Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo recorded 14 kills and had 16 total points to help the United States women's senior national team downed Russia, 22-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17, Friday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The U.S. also plays Korea and host Brazil this weekend.
Cardinal grad Alix Klineman added a team-high two blocks and a kill as a sub in the first two sets. Former Stanford All-American Cassidy Lichtman was used as a substitute in all four sets.
The U.S. is one of six teams in the 12-team top-tier group with two victories, chasing one of four slots into the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round. Brazil, Turkey and Italy already have three wins leading the pack. Last week Russia defeated the U.S. in four sets to open the FIVB World Grand Prix.
We made a lot of upgrades from the last match against Russia and played good volleyball," Akinradewo said.
Stanford grad Graham Brockington returns to the Cardinal as the assistant coach on Friday, as announced by coach Conrad Ray.
"We are very excited to welcome Graham Brockington back to The Farm," Ray said. "Graham brings with him a wealth of knowledge of the art of being a Stanford student-athlete performing at the highest of levels. He made an impact here as a player and I see that trend continuing as a coach."
Brockington fills the vacancy left by Philip Rowe, who earlier this week was named assistant coach at UNLV after a four-year stint on the Cardinal staff.
"I could not be more excited to return to Stanford," Brockington said. "Stanford has already had a tremendous effect on my life in just a few short years since graduating. I cannot wait to begin a new journey at Stanford as a coach."
In related news, Ray has advanced by automatic succession to the office of Golf Coaches Association of America president.
Heading into his 11th season at the helm of the Cardinal program, Ray most recently led Stanford to the semifinals of the 2014 NCAA Championships and its first Pac-12 Conference title since 1994.
Iowa's Mark Hankins, who ascended to the GCAA presidency on July 1, accepted a position as the school's assistant to the director of athletics and resigned from the association's National Advisory Board.
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