Stanford grad Kristin Richards led the United States women's national volleyball team to an impressive 25-15, 25-20, 24-26, 25-23 victory over Puerto Rico in a battle of unbeaten teams on Tuesday at the University of Miami.
The Americans (5-0) earned a bye into the semifinals of the event, which begins Friday. Puerto Rico (4-1) will play a quarterfinal match Thursday. It's possible the same two teams can meet in the semifinals.
Richards, Stanford's all-time leading dig producer, recorded 18 points on 15 kills, two blocks and an ace. She also had 20 digs.
Cardinal grad Cynthia Barboza subbed into the match in three of the four sets and served seven times.
Jordan Larsen also had 18 points for the U.S., which won its first 14 sets before dropping the third set against Puerto Rico.
With 47 points, Richards is among the tournament leaders in the category, despite sitting out one match.
Stanford grad Ashley Ivy knows numbers. She and her beach volleyball partner Lauren Fendrick (UCLA) won a match at the World Championships, beating Ragnhild Aas and Siri BjÃ¸rkesett of Norway, 21-17, 21-18, in a 38-minute match at Stavanger, Norway on Tuesday.
Ivy and Fendrick have to wait until Wednesday, the last day of pool play, to find out if their 1-2 record is good enough to earn them a spot in the next round.
But she understands the odds.
"It's a waiting game now and waiting is misery," Ivy told the official USA Volleyball website. "I computed what would get us out of pool play and it was a 1.0 point percentage. We had to beat Norway by more than 21 points, and we only beat them by 7, so we're only plus-14. Now we have a 66 percent chance of getting out of pool."
Whatever the outcome, Ivy has to be pleased with the results of her first visit to the World Championships.
Local club Vision Gold's 13-year-old team reached the national semifinals of the USAV Junior Olympics National Division before losing to silver medalist Asics MAVS on Tuesday at the Miami Convention Center.
Vision Gold (8-2) and St. Louis CYC Green (8-2) tied for third, each receiving a bronze medal.
The Vision Gold's 17-year-old team lost its final pool play match but still advanced to the Gold Playoffs in the Open Division with a 5-1 record overall. Championship play will be contested on Wednesday.
The City Beach 17 Black team won two of three matches on Tuesday and will compete in Wednesday's Gold Playoffs, while the Vision 17 Blue team will compete in the Silver Playoffs.
In the 15-year-old Open division, Vision Gold (2-1) has three matches remaining in pool play, while City Beach Black (0-4) has two matches left.