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USA women's volleyball a finalist for Best of the Month

 

The U.S. women's national volleyball team is one of three team finalists for the Team USA Awards Best of July as presented by Dow.

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The U.S. women captured the silver medal at the FIVB World Grand Prix, the premier annual international women's volleyball tournament.

The Americans reached the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals in Bangkok with a sterling 8-1 record in the preliminary round with the only setback being against then-No. 2 China.

However, the U.S. defeated China in straight sets on July 26 to cap the preliminary round in Hong Kong.

Team USA went on to win their Final Round pool with sweeps over Olympics bound Netherlands and China.

The Americans then defeated No. 4 Russia in the semifinals to set up a gold-medal match against Olympic Games host Brazil on July 10. The Americans won the opening set over Brazil before needing to rally in the fourth set to force a thrilling fifth set for the $200,000 top prize.

However, Brazil managed to recover in the fifth set to win its 11th gold medal in the 24th edition of the World Grand Prix. The Americans were aiming for their seventh gold medal in the premier event

— Bill Kauffman/USA volleyball

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