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Cheers in Dubuque as Kayla Banwarth wins bronze medal in Rio

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The  family of Kayla Banwarth can't hold their cheers and applause while watching the Olympic women's volleyball game.

The native Dubuquer is playing in the finals against the Netherlands trying to bring home the bronze medal.

During the semifinals, team U.S.A was defeated by Serbia. Although they're no longer playing for a gold medal, Kayla's family says this is still a major accomplishment.

"It's an accomplishment just getting to the Olympics, she is amazing no matter how you do it. She's the best libero in the tournament. They've already beat all these teams, all this is just icing on the cake," said Becky Green, Kayla's aunt.

Back in Rio, Kayla and her teammates playing hard to win and her family here at home hanging on to every single move.

But finally during the fourth set, team U.S.A claims victory.

Her aunts, uncles and cousins here in Dubuque, overjoyed. "Oh, Kayla...we're so proud of you. We are just beyond happy that you are getting a medal. We don't care that its bronze, it's gold to us because you are our golden girl," said Sharon Matz, Kayla's aunt.

Kayla spoke with our media coverage partners the Telegraph Herald after the match.

She says,"The people of Dubuque have been absolutely amazing this whole time. I feel their support, the love from them. I’m very proud that I get to bring home some hardware for them. It was an honor to represent them.”

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