COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 2, 2021) – Two groups down, three to go. The U.S. Women’s National Team remained undefeated at the end of their second group at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday, beating Thailand, 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-16) in Rimini. The U.S. Women (6-0) get three days off before playing Germany (2-4)...
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 6, 2021) – After a slow start in the first set, the U.S. Women’s National Team got its groove back and beat Germany, 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-13) on Sunday at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy.
The U.S. Women (7-0) maintain their first-place tourney lead over 16 other teams. They will play South Korea on Monday at 7 a.m. PT. Matches are being shown on VolleyballWorld.tv.
The U.S. Women had to fight back from a 13-17 deficit in the first set. But after that, it was a relatively smooth dance to victory.
“I think we did a really good job of staying patient throughout the match,” U.S. libero Justine Wong Orantes said. “Germany was getting a lot of defensive plays. We did a good job of focusing on our side of the net and controlling what we could control.”
Opposite Annie Drews and outside hitter Kelsey Robinson led the way for the U.S. and led all scorers with 17 points each. Drews scored on a match-high 17 kills (.654). Robinson scored on 12 kills, a match-high two blocks and three aces, which tied her for the match high with teammate Micha Hancock.
The U.S. Women led Germany in kills (45-27) and aces (8-3). The teams tied in blocks (4-4). The U.S. Women scored 18 points on Germany’s errors while committing 15.
Among other scorers, outside hitter Jordan Larson scored 10 points on eight kills and two aces. Middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu finished with six points on five kills and one block. Middle Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson finished with three points on two kills and one block.
Hancock scored four points in her three aces and one kill. She set the U.S. Women to a .500 hitting efficiency. Wong Orantes was credited with team-leading 14 digs and seven successful receptions.
U.S. Head Coach Karch Kiraly started Larson and Robinson at the outsides, Akinradewo and Ogbogo in the middle, Drews at opposite, Hancock at setter and Wong Orantes at libero. He did not substitute.
The only real difficulty for the U.S. Women came in the first set when they fell behind 13-17. Two kills in a row from Akinradewo and Larson pulled the U.S. to within two. With the U.S. still trailing 16-18, Drews scored on an attack, giving Hancock the serve. The U.S. scored the next three points on a kill from Ogbogu, ace by Hancock and Drews kill to go ahead 20-18. Germany tied it at 20 and the teams were still tied at 21 when the U.S. scored twice on Germany’s errors. The U.S. reached set point first at 24-22. Germany scored once before Akinradewo ended it with a kill.
U.S. Women’s National Team 14-Person Roster for June 6
No. Player (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Micha Hancock (S, 5-11, Edmond, Okla., Penn State Univ.)
3 Kathryn Plummer (OH, 6-6, Aliso Viejo, Calif., Stanford Univ.)
4 Justine Wong Orantes (L, 5-6, Cypress, Calif., Univ. of Nebraska)
6 Tori Dixon (M, 6-3, Burnsville, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota)
7 Lauren Carlini (S, 6-2, Aurora, Ill., Univ. of Wisconsin)
8 Hannah Tapp (M, 6-3, Stewartville, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota)
10 Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Univ. of Nebraska)
11 Annie Drews (OPP, 6-4, Elkhart, Ind., Purdue Univ.)
12 Jordan Thompson (OPP, 6-4, Edina, Minn., Univ. of Cincinnati)
13 Sarah Wilhite Parsons (OH, 6-2, Eden Prairie, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota)
16 Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson (M, 6-3, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Stanford Univ.)
23 Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Univ. of Nebraska)
24 Chiaka Ogbogu (M, 6-2, Coppell, Texas, Univ. of Texas)
U.S. Women’s Schedule for FIVB Volleyball Nations League (all times Pacific)
May 25: USA def Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-12)
May 26: USA def Canada, 3-0 (26-34, 25-15, 25-10)
May 27: USA def Brazil 3-1 (25-17, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22)
May 31: USA def Serbia, 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-12)
June 1: USA def Netherlands, 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-18)
June 2: USA def Thailand, 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-16)
June 6: USA def Germany, 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-13)
June 7 at 7 a.m.: Korea vs USA
June 8 at noon: Italy vs USA
June 12 at 6 a.m.: USA vs Belgium
June 13 at 3 a.m.: USA vs Japan
June 14 at noon: USA vs Turkey
June 18 at 9 a.m.: Poland vs USA
June 19 at 3 a.m.: USA vs Russia
June 20 at 3 a.m.: China vs USA
June 23: Semifinals 1 and 2
June 24: Bronze and Gold medal matches