China 3, Team USA 0
Date of competition: Friday, August 30, 2013
The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team lost to fifth-ranked China 25-20, 25-23, 25-17 Friday afternoon on the third day of the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round being held in Sapporo, Japan.
The U.S., which has won the premier annual women’s international volleyball tournament the last three years, is now 0-3 in the six-team round robin Final Round that takes place over five consecutive days. China is now 3-0 with eight points in the Final Round.
The U.S. versus China match was the first meeting of playing legends Karch Kiraly and ‘Jenny’ Lang Ping as head coaches of their respective countries. Kiraly is in his first year as head coach of Team USA, while Lang Ping took over as China’s head coach this spring. She also led the U.S. to the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Kelly Murphy led the Americans with 11 points and captain Kristin Richards Hildebrand, a Stanford grad, added 10 points that included a team-high three blocks.
--- USA Volleyball
posted by Rick on Aug 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm
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