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American women complete home sweep in FIVB Grand Prix

 

The top-ranked U.S. women's senior national indoor volleyball team concluded its weekend of hosting the FIVB World Grand Prix Pool E with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 victory over visiting Turkey on Sunday evening in Long Beach.

The USA is now 5-1 overall with 15 points in the standings through the first two weekends. The Americans also moved into third place in the 12-team Group 1 standings. Turkey saw its record fall to 3-3 overall before heading into the third and final preliminary round weekend at home in Ankara.

Nicole Fawcett sparked Team USA with 15 points, including 12 kills on 28 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Rachael Adams added 15 points with eight kills on 13 errorless swings and five blocks. Kelsey Robinson notched 14 points on the strength of 12 kills on 26 swings and two blocks.

"I think one of our goals was we knew that the atmosphere might be different than last night, which was a pretty special atmosphere," American coach Karch Kiraly said. "We knew the energy would be less, and we don't want to be dependent on crowd, or energy or even really good play like last night when we were up 16-4 to start – we were on fire. We don't want to be dependent on those things to bring a good version of ourselves. So our challenge was if we could bring a good version of ourselves and we did. I think our team did a nice job with quite different conditions. We didn't go out to a huge lead, we weren't playing out of our minds, and we didn't have the crowd we had last night. We had a nice crowd, but it wasn't the VOL-B-QUE crowd from last night."

Beach volleyball

USA's top ranking Olympic-bound teams each the title from the AVP New York City Open on Sunday afternoon.

On the backdrop of Pier 26 in New York, New York, Phil Dalhausser-Nick Lucena and April Ross-Kerri Walsh Jennings brought home the title of the fourth AVP stop of the season.

For Ross and Walsh Jennings, their pair have 11 titles together, this being their second victory of two events in 2016.

It was Dalhausser and Lucena's third AVP title together, their first since winning 2015's Manhattan Beach in August.

Ross and Walsh Jennings rolled through the competition, never dropping a set along the way. As the top seed, they met familiar FIVB World Tour team Jennifer Fopma-Brittany Hochevar, beating them 21-15, 21-18. In the semifinal, they outlasted USC juniors, Kelly Claes-Sara Hughes 21-18, 21-19.

In the final, they met up with Lane Carico and Summer Ross, the third meeting between the two teams in 2016, the previous two on the FIVB World Tour. In their longest match-up yet, a total of 55 minutes, April Ross and Walsh Jennings came out ahead, 21-16, 21-18.

— USA volleyball

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