Team USA’s path to volleyball gold hit a snag on Saturday when star Jordan Thompson exited the team’s match against the Russian Olympic Committee with an ankle injury.
Thompson limped off the court after going up for a block and landing a teammate’s foot, rolling her ankle in the process.
With Thompson sidelined, Russia dominated in a 25-20, 25-12, 25-19, three-set win over the United States.
Thompson has been stellar for Team USA in her first Olympics, turning in a 34-point performance against defending Olympic champion China in their second match in Tokyo.
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“We’re hoping to get her back, said coach Karch Kiraly, disclosing that Thompson’s injuries were medium to mild in nature and below a “major ankle sprain.”
Thompson confirmed that she plans to return to the court. In an Instagram post on Saturday, the 24-year-old wrote that “nothing serious is wrong with my ankle.”
The U.S. will face Italy in the team’s final match of pool play on Monday.