LONDON -- The U.S. men's volleyball team continued its strong early run at the London Olympics with a relatively easy, three-set victory over Germany on Tuesday.
Clay Stanley led the way by scoring 16 points and Matt Anderson added 15 in the 25-23, 25-16, 25-20 win for the defending Olympic champions. The Germans were led by Georg Grozer with 12.
Germany led 22-12 in the first set after a Donald Suxho's return caromed out. The Americans quickly regained the lead and scored the final three points, capped by Matt Anderson's kill.
In the second set, a Reid Priddy ace put the U.S. up 14-10 and the Americans cruised to victory from there.
The U.S. is currently ranked No. 5 by volleyball's governing body. The team is in a difficult pool in London, joining top-ranked Brazil, perennial powerhouse Russia, Serbia, Germany and Tunisia. The top four teams advance.
The Americans opened pool play with an impressive three-set sweep of Serbia on Sunday. The men's and the women's volleyball teams play on alternating days at London's Earls Court. And the U.S. women also are off to a strong, 2-0 start.
The U.S. men went undefeated at the Beijing Games and beat favorite Brazil in an emotionally charged final. That team was coached by Hugh McCutcheon, whose father-in-law was stabbed to death at a Chinese tourist site just before the opening ceremony. McCutcheon now coaches the U.S. women.