Richards helps U.S. improve to 3-0

Former All-American volleyball player had seven kills in a straight set win over Mexico

Stanford grads Kristin Richards and Cynthia Barboza are taking turns supplying some of the offense for the United States Women's senior national team.

Richards took her turn on Sunday in Team USA's 25-19, 25-14, 25-11 victory over Mexico in preliminary pool play in the Pan American Cup at the University of Miami's BankUnited Center.

Richards recorded seven kills for the Americans, who also got big matches from Nancy Metcalf (20 points, including 16 kills, 3 blocks, ace), Danielle Scott-Arruda (11 points on 7 kills, 3 blocks, ace) and Jordan Larsen (11 points, including 10 kills).

"Mexico is a good team and played hard," U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "They present some challenges for us and made us adjust."

The U.S. got eight points on eight service aces, led by Christa Harmotto, who had half of them. Team Mexico did not record an ace.

The Americans also had a blocking advantage at 8-4.

"Mexico dug a lot of balls and touched a lot of other balls off the block and made us adjust," said Scott-Arruda, the team captain. "It is good to know that we can play in a variety of ways and win."

The United States plays Peru (2-1) on Monday in the fourth of five consecutive pool play matches before the classification round.

— PA Weekly Online Sports


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