With Stanford grads Foluke Akinradewo and Logan Tom each producing 14-point performances, the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team registered a 25-23, 25-20, 25-14 victory over Italy on Thursday during the second day of FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round competition in Ningbo, China.
Team USA, now 2-0 in the Final Round and on an overall eight-match win streak, faces two-time defending champion Brazil on Friday in its next match before playing host China on Saturday. The FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round is a five-day, six-team round-robin event.
The U.S. broke a 12-all tie in the opening game with a 4-0 run and went on to win 25-23 as it picked up seven blocks in the period. Italy came back from a 17-11 deficit in the second game to be within one at 17-16, but the Americans outscored their opponent 8-4 down the stretch for a 25-20 victory. Team USA opened the third game with a commanding 9-1 lead and never looked back for a 25-14 victory.
Hooker paced the Americans with 16 kills on 32 attacks and a block for her 17 points. Stanford grad Cynthia Barboza was a serving sub in all three sets.
The U.S. dominated the net with a 15-to-4 block advantage over Italy while also having a 5-1 margin in aces. The Americans held a 43-38 lead in kills for the match. Italy converted just 31.5 percent of its attacks for points and held a .221 hitting efficiency for the match. Team USA tallied 42 excellent receptions on 55 attempts for a 74.6 percent, while Italian held a 54.4 excellent reception percent limiting its offensive ability in system.
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