The United States, led by the tournament's best player Clayton Stanley, won the Olympic men's volleyball gold yesterday beating defending champions Brazil by three sets to one in the final. Brazil took the first set 25-20, but the United States came back to narrowly win the next three sets 25-22, 25-21, and 25-23. Stanley, the top scorer and server in Beijing, finished with 20 points, including 15 spikes, while Godoy Filho scored 14 points for Brazil and Dante Amaral 13 spikes. "A gold medal in the Olympics is a huge victory for us," said Sean Rooney, referring to a campaign that was overshadowed by the killing of head coach Hugh McCutcheon's father-in-law who was stabbed to death at a tourist site at the start of the Games. "I think when that kind of thing happens, the guys got a good taste of what's important in life. We were crushed by that."