Wednesday, 29 May 2024

U.S. Women’s National Team Triumphs Over Brazil in USAV Cup

The U.S. Women’s National Team showcased their strength during the USA Volleyball Cup, culminating in a sweeping victory against Brazil. The addition of four Olympic veterans to the already formidable team elevated their performance to new heights.

In the match held at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena, the American fans were treated to an impressive display of skill and athleticism. Olympians Foluke Akinradewo, Rachael Adams, Kim Hill, and Jordan Larson contributed significantly to the team’s success. The U.S. Women dominated Brazil with a final score of 25-21, 25-14, 29-27, and even played a bonus fourth set.

Despite the star power of the Olympic veterans, rookie Annie Drews stole the show with an outstanding performance. She amassed a total of 18 points, including 14 kills, three blocks, and an ace. Larson also made a significant impact, contributing 15 points with 12 kills, two blocks, and an ace. Adams rounded out the scoring with 11 points, showcasing her expertise with nine kills and two blocks.

The U.S. Women’s team exhibited their dominance from the onset by breaking a tie in the opening set with a 6-3 run, ultimately winning 25-21. They continued their winning streak, securing a resounding 25-14 victory in the second set. The third set proved to be a nail-biter, with the Americans fending off three Brazil set points before emerging victorious with a score of 29-27.

Fans eagerly awaited the second match of the USA Volleyball Cup, which aired live on NBC Sports Network. Additionally, the official premier partner of USA Volleyball, adidas, offered a premium giveaway item to the first 500 fans through the gates. To further demonstrate their support, fans could present their ticket from Sunday’s match for a 50 percent discount on the final USA Volleyball Cup match.

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The U.S. Women’s team showcased impeccable teamwork throughout the match. Carli Lloyd, the setter, played a pivotal role in their success, notching a kill, an ace, and a block for three points. She also facilitated the team’s impressive 53 kill percent and .404 hitting efficiency. Hill contributed nine kills on 20 attacks, while Akinradewo secured five kills on nine swings.

The defensive efforts of the team were equally commendable. Hill recorded a remarkable 67 positive reception percent, while libero Megan Courtney boasted a 45 positive percent on 11 receptions. Larson showcased her skills with a 79 positive reception percent on 14 chances.

Fun Fact: Megan Courtney, a rookie, made an impressive adjustment from playing as an outside hitter at Penn State to performing as a libero for the USA Volleyball Cup. Fans couldn’t help but notice her sporting the off-color team jersey during her first appearance on Sunday.

Both teams displayed excellent blocking and serving skills, with eight blocks and three aces each. However, the U.S. proved superior in their attacking prowess, limiting Brazil to a 45 kill percent and a .288 hitting efficiency. The American team showcased their receiving skills, boasting a 64 positive reception percent, while Brazil achieved a 42 positive reception percent.

The USA Volleyball Cup featured the U.S. Women’s National Team playing an international match in Anaheim for the first time since establishing their training headquarters there in 2009. This partnership with the City of Anaheim extends until the 2020 Olympic quadrennial.

The USA Volleyball Cup, initiated in 2013, has become a highly anticipated event for fans. The U.S. Women’s team has consistently participated in the Cup, except for 2016 due to scheduling constraints during the Olympic year. In the inaugural event, the Americans triumphed over Japan, followed by victories against Brazil in 2014 and China in 2015. Notably, during the 2014 Cup, the U.S. Women’s team emerged victorious in all four matches against Brazil.

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The rivalry between the U.S. and Brazil on the volleyball court has captivated fans for years. The teams have faced off in the gold-medal match at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, with Brazil emerging victorious on both occasions. Until the 2016 Olympic Games, Team USA’s final match in four consecutive Olympics ended in defeat to Brazil. The two teams have played against each other 26 times since 2011, with the U.S. holding a slight edge with a 15-11 record. Six of these matches were tournament gold-medal showdowns. Overall, Brazil leads in the head-to-head record, with 68 wins compared to the U.S.’s 48 victories in their 116 encounters since 1983.

Brazil is making their second appearance in the USA Volleyball Cup, having previously participated in the 2014 edition, where the U.S. Women’s team emerged victorious in all four matches.

The USA Volleyball Cup also serves as an opportunity to honor and recognize the achievements of Team USA’s 1992 Olympic Games bronze medalists. Several members from both the women’s and men’s teams will be present to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their accomplishments in Barcelona.

The support from U.S. Olympians is visible throughout the tournament. In addition to the 1992 Olympians, April Ross, a two-time Olympic beach volleyball medalist, attended the match to show her support for Team USA. Tayyiba Haneef-Park, a three-time Olympian, and Kawika Shoji, a bronze medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games, were also in attendance, cheering on their Team USA family. All three athletes serve as current members of the USA Volleyball Board of Directors. Liane and Gary Sato, who have previously been part of Olympic Games, were expected to be in attendance as well.

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Looking ahead, both the U.S. and Brazil will have little time to rest following the USA Volleyball Cup as they prepare to compete in the season-ending FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan. The tournament will take place from September 5-10 in Tokyo and Nagoya.


Q: What is the USA Volleyball Cup?
A: The USA Volleyball Cup is an annual event initiated in 2013 that showcases the U.S. Women’s National Team competing against international opponents. Unfortunately, the event was canceled in 2016 due to scheduling conflicts during the Olympic year.

Q: What is the history between the U.S. and Brazil in volleyball?
A: The U.S. and Brazil have a storied rivalry in volleyball, particularly in the Olympic Games. Brazil emerged victorious in the gold-medal matches in 2008 and 2012, while the U.S. faced defeat in four consecutive Olympics, including a bronze-medal match in 2000 and a quarterfinal loss in 2004. The teams have played against each other 26 times since 2011, with the U.S. holding a slim advantage with 15 wins compared to Brazil’s 11. Brazil, however, maintains the upper hand historically, with a 68-48 record in their 116 encounters since 1983.


The U.S. Women’s National Team delivered a memorable performance in the USA Volleyball Cup against Brazil. The addition of Olympic veterans elevated the team’s performance, resulting in a sweeping victory. Rookie Annie Drews stood out with her exceptional performance, impressing the crowd with 18 points. The U.S. Women’s team displayed exceptional teamwork, attacking prowess, and defensive skills throughout the match. The rivalry between the U.S. and Brazil added excitement to the contest. The USA Volleyball Cup has become a highly anticipated event, showcasing top-level international volleyball. Overall, the U.S. Women’s National Team demonstrated their dominance and set their sights on the upcoming FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.