Womens Volleyball

Team USA 3, Russia 2

Date of competition: Friday, July 7, 2017

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The U.S. women’s volleyball national team used an 11-2 run in the tiebreaker to rally from an 8-3 deficit to defeat Russia 22-25, 25-19, 25-27, 25-16, 15-11 on Friday to open its 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix schedule in Kunshan, China.

The U.S. returns to action on Saturday against Italy at midnight PT, followed by facing host China on Sunday at 4 a.m. PT. The matches can be watched live on NBC Sports online at http://www.nbcsports.com/live. The World Grand Prix is the premier annual international tournament for women.

Opposite Kelly Murphy, one of two Olympic bronze medalists from 2016 on the roster, scored a team-best 19 points with 15 kills on 26 swings and four blocks. Outside hitter Michelle Bartsch-Hackley charted 17 points with 13 kills on 32 swings and four aces. Outside hitter Madison Kingdon, playing in her first FIVB tournament, totaled 10 kills on 27 swings, four blocks and an ace for 14 points. Middle Lauren Gibbemeyer contributed six kills on 13 swings, two blocks and two aces for 10 points.

posted by Rick on Jul 7, 2017 at 9:46 pm

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