- The Olympic Women’s Volleyball competition semifinals will start Friday, August 6th
- Unbeaten Brazil and the United States are both in the final four
- See the odds for each matchup on Friday’s slate at the Olympics and best bets
The Olympic Women’s Volleyball competition is down to the final four, with the United States, Brazil, Serbia and South Korea in the semi-finals. Those first three squads were among the favorites to win gold entering the tournament. The lone exception is South Korea, who has made a Cinderella run to the semis, despite being +20000 longshots to win gold pre-event.
The United States will take on Serbia, which is expected to be a hotly contested battle. In the other match, South Korea is still considered unlikely to get through like they did in the quarters, as they take on undefeated Brazil.
Read on to see the matchup odds and best bets to make for Friday’s action in Olympic Volleyball.
Olympic Women’s Volleyball Matchup Odds
|United States vs Serbia||USA -163| SRB +120||OV 182.5 (-120) | UN 182.5 (-120)||USA -1.5 (+125) | SRB +1.5 (-175)|
|Brazil vs South Korea||BRA -1600| KOR +700||OV 138.5 (-120) | UN 138.5 (-120)||BRA -2.5 (-150) | KOR +2.5 (+110)|
Odds as of August 5th at Bet365
United States Facing Stern Test
The United States, who were tops in Pool B with four victories in five matches are up against Serbia, who also won the same amount of contests in Pool A. The only defeat they suffered was to Brazil, who still hasn’t lost in the tournament. They’ll do battle as the clock strikes midnight EST early Friday morning.
The USA, which is ranked first in the world, easily dispatched of the overmatched squad from the Dominican Republic in straight sets, while Serbia did the same as the underdog against Italy.
Semifinals, here we come! The U.S. Women dominated Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 in three sets to advance to the next round on Thursday. @annie_drews led the team in scoring with 20. That's how you do it! pic.twitter.com/gXv8wkKzF6
— USA Volleyball (@usavolleyball) August 4, 2021
Despite being down two starters in Jordyn Poulter and Jordan Thompson, the USA took down the Dominicans 25-11, 25-20, 25-19. This is the sixth time in their eight Olympic bids that they’ve made it this far, but they’re still searching for that elusive first gold medal.
Sixth-ranked Serbia swept Italy 25-21, 25-14, 25-21, and they’re attempting to right the wrongs of Rio 2016 when they lost the gold medal game to China. Tijana Boskovic, the leading scorer in the tournament, had a game-high 24 points.
Wow, what a Win! That’s what I’m Talking about Ladies! The A-Team All the Way, Congratulations @AprilRossBeach and @alixklineman ! I like Gold 🤩, Bring it Home! Go USA Go! @NBCOlympics @TeamUSA @USAVBeach @usavolleyball #Gold
— Mr. T (@MrT) August 5, 2021
The United States will be fighting to finally get over the hump against a Serbian squad that defeated them in the semis in 2016. With starters Poulter and Thompson potentially back, that could be just the push the team needs to punch their ticket to the final.
Picks: USA ML (-150), USA -1.5 sets (+150)
Brazil Has Been a Dominant Force
Through six contests, Brazil has been a buzzsaw, winning every single one of them, while losing just four sets. They entered the tournament with four teams favored over them to win gold, but now they’re the slight favorites to win it all. South Korea, meanwhile, is on a storybook run, as they were +20000 to win it all but are now in the final four. Brazil is in search of their third gold in the last four tries, having taken the 2008 and 2012 top spot on the podium.
🇧🇷 ROSAMARIA: O NOME DO JOGO (THE GAME CHANGER).
💫 The opposite played the biggest match of her career by far as she came in from the bench to replace Tandara. She scored 16 pts to help Brazil's victory vs ROC.
— Volleyball World (@volleyballworld) August 4, 2021
Despite winning in four sets against ROC 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22, it wasn’t easy for Brazil as it was a seesaw affair. Gabriela Guimaraes scored a team-high 18 points to fend off a hard-charging ROC squad. Six of those came in the deciding set to clinch the victory. Their depth and experience paid off at crucial moments.
What an intense and just all around fantastic match between ROC and Brazil in women's volleyball. Brazil advances, but ROC certainly made them work for it! #Olympics
— Rachael Kriger (@RachaelKriger) August 4, 2021
South Korea outlasted Turkey in five sets 17-25, 25-17, 28-26, 18-25, 15-13. Veteran captain Kim Yeon-Koung came up clutch in the final set, scoring seven of her game-high 28 points in the final frame.
The South Koreans are seeking their second-ever medal (bronze 1976), and have been an amazing story. They lost in straight sets to Brazil in the pool portion, and are heavily overmatched. Their counterparts are second in the world while they’re eleventh.
Picks: BRA ML (-1600), KOR +2.5 sets (+110)