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PIACENZA, ITALY - MARCH 04: Sean Rooney (R) smashes as Maxwell Philip Holt and Andrey Zhekov of Copra Elior Piacenza block during the Serie A1 regular season match between Copra Elior Piacenza and Acqua Paradiso Monza Brianza at Pala Banca on March 4, 2012 in Piacenza, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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.