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USA women's volleyball falls to Russia

Stanford grad Akinradewo records 13 kills, 5 blocks in the match

The United States women's national volleyball team are in danger of not advancing into the FIVB World Grand Prix finals after losing to Russia, 25-21, 26-24, 19-25, 25-17, Friday in Bangkok, Thailand, in the final preliminary round of the event.

Russia improved to 4-3 record, while USA dropped to 2-5. Currently, seven teams have at least one more victory over the USA with two matches remaining. The top five teams in the 12-country World Grand Prix preliminary round field plus Japan advance to the next weekend's finals in Tokyo.

"I don't think it's a surprise," U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "My players are young and had a problem on blocking their high spikes. I hope my team will come back with the improved form in the next match."

Team USA plays Puerto Rico on Saturday and host Thailand on Sunday.

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo recorded 13 kills on 26 swings and five blocks for 18 points. Cynthia Barboza, a recent Stanford grad, came off the bench in the final two sets to add five points and Cardinal grad Kristin Richards tacked on three points.

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