COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (June 5, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team staged its fourth and final Red-Blue intrasquad scrimmage on June 3 at Segerstrom High School in Santa Ana, California.
Opposites Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Illinois) and Karsta Lowe (Rancho Santa Fe, California) combined for 37 points as they started all four sets of the scrimmage. Murphy scored 19 points with 14 kills on 26 swings and just three errors for a .423 hitting efficiency. She added three aces and two blocks to her evening. Lowe scored 18 points with 14 kills on 29 attacks as part of a .379 hitting efficiency, two blocks and two aces.
Middle Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Florida) contributed 16 points via 11 kills on 18 swings, four aces and a block. Outside hitter Michelle Bartsch (Maryville, Illinois) claimed 14 points with 12 kills on 28 attacks and two blocks. Jordan Larson (Hooper, Nebraska) pocketed 12 points with 10 kills on 29 attacks and two blocks, along with a 61.1 positive reception percent on 18 chances.
Middle Christa Dietzen (Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania) charted 10 points with four kills, four blocks and two aces. Outside hitter Kim Hill (Portland, Oregon) tacked on 10 points with five kills, three aces and two blocks. She added a 55.6 positive reception percent on 27 chances. Outside hitter Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Illinois) provided nine points on seven kills and two blocks.
Middles Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Alexis Crimes (Rancho Cucamonga, California) each scored six points. Setters Alisha Glass (Leland, Michigan) and Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, California) totaled four and two points, respectively.
Libero Kayla Banwarth(Dubuque, Iowa) handled 22 receptions with a 63.6 positive reception percent. Libero Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, California) handled 28 receptions during the match.
Courtney Thompson (Kent, Washington) was a sub in all four sets, while Krista Vansant (Redlands, California) was a sub in three of the four sets.
The U.S. Women will compete in the FIVB World Grand Prix with the first preliminary round being held June 10-12 in Ningo, China. Team USA returns to home to host Germany (June 17), Japan (June 18) and Turkey (June 19), before flying to Hong Kong to finish its nine-match preliminary schedule. The top five teams in the 12-team Group 1 will compete in Bangkok with host Thailand during the Final Round July 6-10.