Minnesota grad Lauren Gibbemeyer stepped up when Team USA needed a boost. She helped guide the Americans past Korea, 25-13, 25-23, 25-19, Wednesday at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League preliminary round in Santa Fe, Argentina.
Gibbemeyer recorded a game-high 10 points to help Team USA (12-2) move one step closer to clinching the top seed for thee Final Round in Nanjing, China in two weeks.
Jordan Larson spikes for Team USA. Photo courtesy of FIVB.
Illinois grad Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, the Americans' top scorer, was limited to two sets and Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo had the night off.
Gibbemeyer, Jordan Larson and Kelly Murphy made it a moot point, each reaching double-figures in points.
“We knew we have to play well in reception against Korea and we did it," Gibbemeyer said. "We're really excited about tomorrow's game because it will be full of fans and it is a great challenge for us.”
The Americans, who lost to Serbia in three sets on Tuesday, ending a 10-match winning streak, returned to the court with a renewed sense of focus. They needed a mere 22 minutes to take care of the first set, with a thundering spike from Bartsch-Hackley to finish it off. The spike was recorded at about 57 miles per hour.
"I like the way the team responded from yesterday’s disappointment," USA coach Karch Kiraly said. "We expect a full house for tomorrow’s match against Argentina. Everybody was excited with Argentina’s first victory yesterday. I hope we can show really good volleyball. It’s a good challenge for us to finish in a strong way after a really long tournament.”
Stanford sophomore Andrea Lee helped the United States earn a record victory for the United States in the Curtis Cup over the weekend at the Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y.
The Americans earned a 17-3 victory over Great Britain-Ireland after sweeping the eight singles matches on Sunday.
Lee defeated Alice Hewson, 2 and 1, to contribute to the win.
On Saturday, Lee teamed with high school junior Lucy Li of Redwood Shores to win in Four-Ball competition, 3 and 2.
The Americans held a 9-3 lead entering the final day and needed 1 1/2 points to nab the Cup back Ireland, which took it in 2016.
The previous largest margin of victory was 11 in 1982 at the Denver Country Club.
Lee will be competing in the Palmer Cup next month in Evian, France. Stanford teammate Albane Valenzuela will be playing for Europe.