Klineman's first start with USA national team a big hit

Stanford grad Alix Klineman took advantage of her first start with the United States women's national volleyball team Sunday by recording a match-high 19 points as the Americans downed world No. 1 Brazil, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20, at USC's Galen Center as part of the USA Volleyball Cup.

Alix Klineman. Photo by David Gonzales/
Klineman made the successful switch from outside hitter to opposite, recording 14 kills on 27 attempts, three blocks and a pair of service aces.

In Saturday's win over the Brazilians, it was Cardinal grad Foluke Akinradewo making a triumphant return to the national team.

Stanford grads Kristin (Richards) Hildebrand and Cassidy Lichtman also participated. Hildebrand, the team captain, produced seven kills for the U.S.

The four-match series takes a short break before starting up again with a pair of matches in Hawaii on Friday and Saturday.

Akinradewo sat out Sunday's match, but will join Lichtman with the team in Hawaii. Hildebrand and Klineman will not be making the trip.

So far, so good for the second-ranked Americans, who have lost to Brazil in the gold medal match of each of the last two Olympics.

The U.S. has employed several newcomers over the current year and the added experience will only benefit Team USA heading into final preparations for the 2016 Olympics.

Kelsey Robinson, also making her first start, had 13 kills on 25 attacks with just one error, while adding two blocks and an ace.

Alisha Glass, who set Team USA to a 45 kill percent for the match, contributed two kills and an ace. Libero Nicole Davis, who played at USC, had a team-leading 11 digs.

Team USA out-blocked Brazil 7-1 and held a 6-2 advantage in aces. The U.S. defense limited Brazil to a 38 kill percent.

A full replay of Sunday's match can be viewed on the USA Volleyball website.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA volleyball


There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Draeger’s Los Altos eyes upgrades, expansion
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 3,347 views

Housing is for People
By Steve Levy | 33 comments | 2,330 views

College Visit: Lehigh and Lafayette
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 4 comments | 1,650 views

"the Summit" (CompPlan): Forewarned is Forearmed
By Douglas Moran | 21 comments | 892 views

A quiet moment
By Sally Torbey | 8 comments | 666 views