U.S. women lose to Brazil, still advance to semifinals


The United States women's national volleyball team dropped a 22-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-20 decision to top-ranked Brazil on Friday to complete the preliminary round of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Macau.

The Americans clinched a spot in the semifinals earlier in the week and will meet Serbia in the Final Four on Saturday.

Team USA is the defending champions of the event and are 10-2 overall this year. Brazil is 12-0 and will meet Russia in the other semifinal.

Stanford grad Logan Tom and Destinee Hooker each scored 16 points to lead the U.S. Tom recorded 12 kills, three aces and a block. Hooker added 14 kills and two aces.

Cardinal grad Foluke Akinradewo contributed seven kills, four blocks and an ace for 12 points.

"I'm happy with the way we played, though not with the result," U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon said. "I think for both teams the match wasn't for anything except for the moment of the competition, but I think it's important for the sport, especially for my team, that we came out and played hard. We made some improvements that will help us in the upcoming matches, and I hope the two teams can play in the final."

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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