USA women following golden path


The United States' women's national volleyball gets a rematch with world No. 1 Brazil with a slightly bigger prize at stake.

Stanford grad Logan Tom had 10 kills and recorded a hitting percentage of .526 Saturday as the Americans downed Serbia, 25-22, 25-20, 25-21, in the semifinals of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Macau.

Brazil swept Russia, 26-24, 25-17, 25-23, in the other semifinal, setting up a match between the world's top two ranked teams for the gold medal and a significant cash prize.

Brazil, undefeated in Grand Prix play to date, beat the Americans in four sets on Friday to claim the top seed in the Final Four.

The U.S. (11-2) is the defending Grand Prix champion and has won three titles overall. Brazil (13-0), which dropped three sets all tournament, is looking for its ninth title.

"I think it is a good win for the USA," team captain Jennifer Tamas said. "Every player on the team had a goal of playing as hard as we could. We wanted to get to the final. Our goal for this tournament is to get better as a team, and I think we accomplished that."

Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo added 10 points on six kills, three blocks and an ace. Destinee Hooker led the U.S. with 20 points on 15 kills and five blocks.

Serbia was the only other team to beat the U.S., ending the Americans long winning streak in the event. The Americans have won two of the three meetings with Serbia.

Team USA had a 10-3 advantage in blocks and Serbia committed 22 errors to the Americans' 12. Serbia recorded five aces.

Japan downed Thailand in straight sets to claim fifth place and Italy went five sets with China before winning and finishing seventh.

Serbia and Russia will play for the bronze medal.

Beach volleyball

Stanford grad Kerri Walsh and teammate Misty May-Treanor are on a roll in the Hague, Netherlands.

The American duo reached the fourth round of the FIVB Swatch World Tour HP Beach Open with a 22-20, 11-21, 15-7 win over Brazil's Taiana Lima and Vivian Cunnha on Friday.

Walsh and May-Treanor meet China's Chen Xue and Xi Zhang on Saturday.

Stanford grad Matt Fuerbringer and teammate Nick Lucena won a pair of consolation matched to finish seventh in the event.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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