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Hopewell's Harmotto, U.S. volleyball settle for silver in loss to Brazil

AP - USA's Christa Harmotto (13, right) gets a point past Brazil's Jaqueline Carvalho (8) during a women's volleyball gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>USA's Christa Harmotto (13, right) gets a point past Brazil's Jaqueline Carvalho (8) during a women's volleyball gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
AP - United States' Destinee Hooker watches after a ball bounces in for a Brazil point during a women's gold medal volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>United States' Destinee Hooker watches after a ball bounces in for a Brazil point during a women's gold medal volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
AP - United States' Nicole Davis dives but cannot reach a ball as it lands in for a Brazil point during a women's gold medal volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>United States' Nicole Davis dives but cannot reach a ball as it lands in for a Brazil point during a women's gold medal volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
AP - USA coach Hugh McCutcheon attempts to fire up his team against Brazil during a women's volleyball gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>USA coach Hugh McCutcheon attempts to fire up his team against Brazil during a women's volleyball gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
AP - United States' Destinee Hooker, left, spikes the ball over defenders from Brazil during a women's gold medal volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>United States' Destinee Hooker, left, spikes the ball over defenders from Brazil during a women's gold medal volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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By Dejan Kovacevic
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, 3:22 p.m.
 

LONDON — Hopewell's Christa Harmotto and the U.S. women's volleyball team settled for a disappointing silver medal by falling to Brazil — for a second consecutive Olympics — in the championship match Saturday at Earl's Court.

The U.S. dominated the first set, 25-11, but Brazil pushed back just as hard in taking the second and third, 25-17 and 25-20. The Americans never regained the momentum and lost the decisive fourth set, 25-17.

Harmotto, 25, was competing in her first Olympics.

The Americans were 7-0 entering this match and had lost only two of 23 sets the entire tournament.

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