USA women beat Italy, advance at World Grand Prix


Destinee Hooker recorded an international high 30 points, all on kills, in leading the United States national women's volleyball team to a 25-19, 21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-10 victory over Italy on Thursday in the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round in Macau.

The Americans (2-0, 8-1) clinched a spot in the FIVB semifinal round when Brazil beat Japan later in the day.

The U.S. and Brazil (2-0, 9-0) meet in Friday's match, with the outcome determining seeding in the semifinals, which begins Saturday.

The Americans are currently ranked second in the world and are the defending World Grand Prix champions.

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo collected 12 points on seven kills, four blocks and an ace. Fellow Cardinal grad Logan Tom had five kills and two aces.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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