Thursday, 23 May 2024

U.S. Women Sweep Thailand in VNL Prelim Finale

The U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team displayed an impressive performance as they swept Thailand in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League preliminary round. Opposite hitter Karsta Lowe led the charge with a match-high 20 points, securing a resounding 25-13, 25-20, 25-17 victory for Team USA.

With a record of 12-3 and 35 points, the Americans, ranked third in the world, advanced to the VNL Final Six, which will take place in Nanjing, China from July 3-7. It will feature two pools of three teams each, determining the semifinal participants. All of Team USA’s matches in the VNL will be broadcast live on flovolleyball.tv.

Team USA and China both finished the preliminary phase with identical 12-3 records and 35 points. However, China won the tiebreaker due to their superior set ratio. Brazil and Italy, who had a chance to claim the best VNL record, both suffered defeats on the final day of the preliminary phase. Brazil lost to Turkey, while Italy fell to Belgium in five sets. Poland will enter the Finals as the six and final seed.

Throughout the preliminary round, the U.S. Women displayed a balanced offense and showcased their versatility on the court. In the match against Thailand, five different players reached double-figure scoring. Karsta Lowe led the team with 20 points, followed by Lauren Gibbemeyer with 12, Haleigh Washington with 12, Kelsey Robinson with 12, and Jordan Larson with 11.

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The American team’s attacking efficiency was exceptional, with a 48% kill percentage and a .424 hitting efficiency. On the defensive end, Team USA limited Thailand to a 33% kill percentage and a .173 hitting efficiency.

The U.S. Women’s height advantage at the net played a crucial role in their victory, as they dominated the blocking category with a 15-2 margin. They also excelled in kills (48-35) and aces (5-3). With only 10 errors committed in the match, Team USA demonstrated their consistency and composure.

Looking ahead, the U.S. Women’s Team will now head home to mentally and physically prepare for the Final Six round in China. They aim to replicate their success from last year and bring home another victory.

FAQs

Q: How did Team USA perform in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League preliminary round?

A: Team USA had an impressive performance in the preliminary round with a record of 12-3 and 35 points. They showcased a balanced offense and versatility on the court.

Q: What is the format of the VNL Final Six?

A: The VNL Final Six features two pools of three teams each, determining the semifinal participants. The matches will take place in Nanjing, China from July 3-7.

Summary

The U.S. Women’s National Team concluded the FIVB Volleyball Nations League preliminary round with a convincing victory over Thailand. Led by Karsta Lowe’s 20 points, Team USA showcased their strength and versatility on the court. With a 12-3 record and 35 points, they advanced to the VNL Final Six in Nanjing, China. The American team displayed a balanced offense, exceptional attacking efficiency, and dominant blocking. They will now focus on preparing for the Final Six and aim to replicate their success from last year.

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