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West Volleyball Clinches Playoff Spot

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Tuesday night started out rough for West volleyball.
The air conditioner was out in the gym due to a Tuesday night storm. That caused condensation that made the gym floor slick. Because of that, the Warriors district game against Ray had to be delayed. In the end, though, West wins in four, staying all alone in first in district, and clinching a playoff spot for the ninth straight season. Every year there has been a West high school, the Warriors have made the volleyball playoffs. I talked with head coach Alysia Hill about that impressive streak. "Oh it's so exciting. I'm very proud of the girls. It's not just them who sacrifice but the parents as well. It's a great opportunity for the girls just to keep on living the legacy of Warrior volleyball." 
West volleyball continues district play Friday night in Corpus Christi against Miller.

The U.S. Women’s National Team suffered its first loss at the FIVB World Championship as China, ranked No. 1 in the world, swept the Americans 25-17, 26-24, 25-18 in a second round Pool F match on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

Quick Sets

  • Key Stat: China out-blocked the U.S. 9-3 and limited its errors to eight for the match.
  • Key Note: The U.S. can still advance to the third round (Final Six) with a victory over undefeated Italy (8-0, 24 points) on the final day of the second round on Thursday. The U.S. can also advance with a loss to Italy as long as the Russians also lose to China.
  • Records: USA (7-1, 19 points), China (7-1, 21 points)
  • World Rankings: No. 2 USA, No. 1 China
  • 2018 Season Record: 33-5
  • Up Next: USA vs. Italy (8-0, 24 points) on Oct. 11 at 3:10 a.m. ET
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The U.S. concludes the World Championship second round versus Italy on Wednesday at 3:10 a.m. ET and will need a victory to automatically qualify for the third round (Final Six). Otherwise, the Americans will need assistance from the Chinese to defeat Russia in their final second round match to conclude the day’s action.

Related: U.S. Women’s National Team Home Page | Team USA World Championship Press Kit | Team USA World Championship Event Page

Earlier today Italy secured its spot into the third round by defeating Russia 3-1. China moved into second place with its sweep of the USA, which falls to third place. Russia is in fourth place, but must get help from the Italians in defeating the U.S. in order to take the third and final spot into the third round from Pool F.

The U.S. overcame an early 8-4 deficit to tie the set at 10-all, but a 6-0 run propelled China to a 23-15 advantage en route to a 25-17 win. The U.S. rallied from a 21-18 deficit in the second set to take a 23-22 advantage, but China scored four of the five final points to win 26-24. China raced to a 12-6 advantage in the third set and cruised to a 25-18 victory.

"I want to congratulate China for playing a very strong volleyball match today," U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. "They were stronger than we were in lots of phases. Our team is looking forward to a chance to get back on the court tomorrow against a very good Italy team in the next match in this group."

Outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Nebraska) led the Americans with 14 points via 12 kills on 30 attacks, one block and one ace. Outside hitter Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (Champaign, Illinois), who started the final two sets, tallied eight kills on 24 swings and an ace for nine points. Opposite Karsta Lowe (Rancho Santa Fe, California), who started the final set after being the double-sub opposite in the first two sets, provided nine kills on 15 swings in the match.

“We knew it was going to be a difficult match,” Larson said. “Obviously we respect China very much. They played very well today. I think we also competed very hard today. I am really proud our team for fighting through some tough moments.”

Details: Unofficial Match Stats | Official FIVB Stats | FIVB World Championship Web Site

Opposite Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Illinois) charted six kills on 14 swings and a block for seven points in starting the first two sets. Middle Foluke Akinradewo (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) pocketed seven kills on 13 swings. Outside hitter Kim Hill (Portland, Oregon) tallied three kills in starting the first set. Setter Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, California) scored a block and middle Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minnesota) rounded out the scoring with a kill as a sub in the third set.

Courtesy: USA Volleyball

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