Team USA 3, Japan 2
Date of competition: Sunday, September 1, 2013
The United States women’s national volleyball team ended its run at the FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round with a 17-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12 victory over host Japan on Sunday in Sapporo, Japan.
The Americans finished with a 1-4 record in the final round and recorded three points for sixth place. The U.S. (17-5 overall) saw its three-year championship run come to a screeching halt.
Nicole Fawcett scored 22 points off the bench to lead top-ranked U.S., which was looking for an unprecedented fourth consecutive title.
Stanford grad Cassidy Lichtman turned in eight points off the bench, w hile former Cardinal All-American and Team USA captain Kristin Hildebrand added one point.
Fawcett scored her 22 points with 19 kills and three blocks. Kim Hill added 17 points, followed by Lauren Gibbemeyer’s 12 points that included a team-high four blocks. Lauren Paolini added 11 points.
posted by Rick on Sep 1, 2013 at 9:49 am
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