USA Starts #VNL Week 3 with Dominant Sweep of Germany

2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League – Week 3 / Pool 11

  • May 29-31, 2018
  • Indoor Stadium Huamark; Bangkok, Thailand
  • Time Zone: UCT + 7 (ET + 11)
  • World Rankings: #2 United States, #9 Dominican Republic, #13 Germany, #16 Thailand
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  • Schedule/Results
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
29 May 15:05 0–3 United States 18–25 17–25 17–25 52–75 P2 P3
29 May 18:05 0–3 Dominican Republic 21–25 22–25 20–25 63–75 P2 P3

USA def. Germany 3-0

  • USA defeated Germany 25-18, 25-17, 25-17
  • USA moved to 6-1 (19 points); Germany moved to 1-6 (3 points)

The United States outdid Germany 48-30 in kills and 5-2 in aces as Michelle Bartsch-Hackley once again led the way in a sweep Tuesday.

Bartsch-Hackley racked up 16 points with 15 kills and a block. Kelly Murphy added 12 points (10 kills, 2 blocks) and Jordan Larson followed with 10 (8 kills, 1 block, 1 ace). Rachael Adams (7), Tori Dixon (7) and Annie Drews (5) rounded out the scoring. Adams notched six kills and an ace, while Dixon posted four kills, two aces and a block. Drews’ points all came on putaways.

Louisa Lippman was the top scorer for Germany, but was held to just nine points.

The opening stanza saw Team USA surge ahead with the first four points of the match and never look back, despite a knotup at 11, in a 25-18 win. The Americans trailed briefly in Set 2 at 14-13, but closed out the set on a 12-3 run, capped by a Murphy putaway. The United States struck first again in Set 3, going up 7-2 and hanging on for a 25-17 win, securing the victory on its third match-point try, a kill from Adams.

Kelsey Robinson relished her new role as the team’s second libero, starting the match and handling 27 of the team’s 43 service receptions, with a 59 positive reception percent.

The USA will face off with NORCECA foe, the Dominican Republic at 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

 

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