The United States women's national volleyball team dealt more than a dozen aces and beat Kazakhstan, 25-15, 25-21, 25-12, Saturday in the FIVB World Grand Prix first preliminary weekend held at Luohe, China.
Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo had six kills and two blocks for the Americans, who rank second in the FIVB world ranking and are defending FIVB World Grand Prix champions.
The U.S., on a 13-match winning streak in Grand Prix play, and sixth-ranked China meet in the final match of the first weekend on Sunday. The competition moves to Japan next weekend.
"I am happy to win," U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "We improved from last night. Kazakhstan made some adjustment in the second set, and gave a lot pressure on us. I am glad we were able to respond. Our serving helped us a lot."
Destinee Hooker led the U.S. with 15 points on 11 kills, three aces and a block. Megan Hodge added nine kills, four aces and a block for 14 points.
Stanford sophomore Eric Mochalski had 12 points, with six kills on 10 attacks, three blocks and three aces as the United States junior national team shrugged off a first set loss to beat Iran, Iran 22-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-17, on Friday at FIVB Junior World Championship in Rio de Janeiro.
Cardinal sophomore Brian Cook also recorded a kill as the Americans (1-0, 3-1 overall) opened their second round of pool play.
The U.S. meets Spain on Saturday and Russia on Sunday.
"We had some trouble in receiving Iran's float serves in the first set," U.S. team captain Taylor Crabb said. "From the second set on, we got better with it and our block worked very well. Iran has tall players and we were extremely disciplined on blocking."
Team USA recorded 49 kills and hit at a .270 percentage. The Americans also held a 22-10 advantage in blocks.