U.S. women complete four-match volleyball sweep of Brazil


The United States women's senior national volleyball team completed a four-match sweep of world No. 1 Brazil on Saturday, winning 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11, at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu as part of the USA Volleyball Cup.

The Americans also went five sets in beating Brazil on Friday night, with Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo playing a key role. She produced 16 kills on 25 attacks.

The two teams will meet again in the FIVB Grand Prix, which starts Aug. 1.

Team USA and Brazil are scheduled to play in the second preliminary round weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Aug. 10.

The teams have already qualified for the FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship, which will be contested between Sept. 23 and Oct. 12 in various Italian cities.

The U.S. Women have lost to Brazil in each of the past two Olympic gold medal matches, at Beijing in 2008 and in London in 2012.

On Saturday night, they showed why they are currently the top two ranked teams in the world.

Cardinal grad Cassidy Lichtman also made the trip to Hawaii with the national team and appeared in the fourth set as a serving substitute in Saturday's winning effort.

Stanford grads Kristin (Richards) Hildebrand and Alix Klineman played in the first two matches of the series at UC Irvine and USC.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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