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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Not even the steady rain that fell throughout the men’s beach volleyball match finals on Thursday night and early Friday morning damped the spirits of the players or the crowd. The Brazilian duo of Alison and Bruno Schmidt were able to beat the Italian team in two straight sets to take the gold medal.

Although the Italian team started out better and at one point had a four-point advantage over the home team, the incredible defenses made by Schmidt and blocks made by Alison, led the Brazilian team . . .

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