Tuesday, 28 May 2024

CNT – Japan Tour Shows Resilience in Penultimate Match

The U.S. Collegiate National Team – Japan Tour (CNT – Japan Tour) put up a strong fight in their penultimate match against the host Japan Under-20 team. Despite their best efforts, the U.S. team fell short with a 3-1 loss (25-12, 27-25, 27-29, 25-19) at the Japanese Olympic Training Center in Kita, Tokyo.

Coach Heather Olmstead praised her team’s performance, highlighting their high-intensity offense and their improvement in the serve-pass game. Although Japan took the first set, the CNT – Japan Tour fought back in the second set, forcing extra points with their exceptional attacking skills. The U.S. team managed to secure a 27-29 victory in the third set but couldn’t maintain their lead in the fourth set, ultimately losing the match.

Lauren Forte, a middle player from California-Berkeley, acknowledged the U20 team’s relentless defense and attributed their loss to the host team’s exceptional performance. The U.S. team displayed their strength in reception, achieving their highest total of the tour with 100 receptions. Jacqueline Quade led the team with positive receptions, closely followed by Dani Drews, CC McGraw, and McKenna Melville.

With a balanced offensive approach, the CNT – Japan Tour had nine different players contributing to their attack. Kenzie Koerber led the team with 12 kills and an impressive .348 attack efficiency. Quade was close behind with 11 points on the attack.

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The U.S. team dominated at the net yet again, out-blocking their opponents 14-5. Heather Gneiting led the team with four blocks, showcasing their strong defensive skills. The U.S. team’s serving and passing also improved throughout the match.

Next, the U.S. Collegiate National Team will wrap up their tour with a match against the Okayama Seagulls, a team in Japan’s top volleyball league. The match is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28.

Schedule/Results

  • May 22 vs Nippon Sport Science University, W 3-2 Tokyo
  • May 23 vs Japan Women’s U20 Team, L 1-3 NEC Red Rockets Training Center; Kawasaki
  • May 24 vs Japan World University Games Team (DH) L 1-2; T 2-2 NEC Red Rockets Training Center; Kawasaki
  • May 25 vs Japan World University Games Team, L 1-2 NEC Red Rockets Training Center; Kawasaki
  • May 26 vs Japan Women’s U20 Team, L 1-3 Japan National Training Center; Kita, Tokyo
  • May 28 vs. Okayama Seagulls Okayama

FAQs

Q: How did the U.S. Collegiate National Team perform in their match against the Japan Under-20 team?

A: The U.S. team put up a strong fight but ultimately lost 3-1 (25-12, 27-25, 27-29, 25-19) against the host Japan Under-20 team. Despite the loss, the U.S. team showed resilience and performed well in their offense and serve-pass game.

Q: Who were the standout players for the U.S. Collegiate National Team?

A: Kenzie Koerber led the team with 12 kills and a .348 attack efficiency, while Jacqueline Quade made significant contributions with 11 points on the attack. Heather Gneiting showcased her defensive skills with four blocks, leading the team in that category.

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Q: What is the next match for the U.S. Collegiate National Team?

A: The U.S. team will be facing the Okayama Seagulls, a team in Japan’s top volleyball league, in their final match of the tour. The match is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28.

Summary

The U.S. Collegiate National Team – Japan Tour put up a spirited performance in their penultimate match against the Japan Under-20 team. Despite a 3-1 loss, the U.S. team showed determination and improvement in various aspects of their game. Led by standout players such as Kenzie Koerber, Jacqueline Quade, and Heather Gneiting, the team displayed their offensive prowess and domination at the net. As they approach their final match against the Okayama Seagulls, the U.S. team aims to continue their progress and finish the tour on a high note.

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