Suburban Chicago is well represented as the men's U.S. volleyball team faces Italy Wednesday in the quarter-finals.
Wheaton native Sean Rooney is credited with scoring 12 points in Monday's 25-15, 25-19, 25-19 win, lifting the team closer to a second gold after placing first in Beijing four years ago.
The team's outside hitter grew up in Wheaton and attended Wheaton-Warrenville South High School. Rooney's whole family is out here to watch the match.
The U.S. team has played very well so far in London after a golden performance in the Beijing Games.
Monday's win came off a five-set loss to Russia, which ended an 11-match winning streak in Olympic play. Their preliminary round was highlighted by a four-set victory over top-ranked Brazil, a rematch of the Beijing final.
The men’s volleyball team currently is ranked No. 1 with 14 wins and four losses. They head into the quarterfinals against Italy, which has 10 wins and nine losses.