American women's volleyball one win from Olympic berth


Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo had 15 points on 14 kills and a block and the United States women's national volleyball team beat Puerto Rico, 25-14, 24-26, 25-12, 25-14, in the NORCECA Olympic Qualifying tournament Friday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb.

"I think the biggest message was not letting off the gas," Akinradewo said. "We made big defensive adjustments."

Team USA faces Dominican Republic with an Olympic berth at stake in a winner-take-all match Saturday at 6 p.m., to be aired on NBC Sports.

The second- and third-place finishers advance to the last chance Olympic qualifiers in May.

Akinradewo led a balanced attack for the Americans. Nicole Fawcett chipped in 14 points. Karsta Lowe ended the night with 10 points and Tori Dixon charted nine points.

Jordan Larson totaled 17 of the team's 68 digs and Kayla Banwarth added 16 digs.

Puerto Rico committed 27 errors in the match to the USA's 11. The USA managed a 9-3 block advantage to go with a slim 2-1 ace edge.

— USA volleyball


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