Friday H.S. Volleyball Results

Here are Friday’s high school volleyball results. West volleyball improves to 10-1 after winning at 22nd ranked Calhoun, 25-16, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23. The Warriors, the district leaders, got 13 kills from Lexie Morris, five blocks from Angelica Joy, 15 digs for Piper Kallman, and 19 assists for Kia Willborn. East volleyball drops to 4-8 in district after losing to Veterans Memorial, 25-16, 25-13, 25-10. For the Titans, six kills and four blocks for Leilani Wimbish-Gay, eight digs for Lauren Vahalik. St. Joe volleyball wins in non-district play in five sets at Needville. For the Lady Flyers, Savannah Wharton had 10 kills, five blocks; Mikah Sloan had nine kills, Katherine Terry with 33 digs, and Cheyenne Stewart with 18 assists.

The U.S. Women’s National Team captured a hard-fought 19-25, 25-20, 26-24, 12-25, 15-11 victory over Russia in a battle of undefeated teams on Thursday to close out the FIVB World Championship Pool C first round in Kobe, Japan.

Quick Sets

Key Stat: American outside hitter Kim Hill (Portland, Oregon) scored four of her team-leading 19 points in the decisive fifth set. She also had four points in the decisive fifth set on Wednesday in the win over Thailand. Key Note: After losing set four by 13 points forcing a fifth set, the U.S. responded in the tiebreaker with leads of 3-0 and 10-4 before holding off Russia down the stretch. Records: USA (5-0, 13 points), Russia (4-1, 12 points) World Rankings: No. 2 USA, No. 5 Russia 2018 Season Record: 31-4 Up Next: USA vs. Bulgaria (2-3, 6 points) on Oct. 7 at 12:25 a.m. ET Watch: FloVolleyball.tv has exclusive rights in USA. Order subscription by clicking here

Russia opened the first set with a bang, taking an 18-9 advantage, then held on for a 25-19 victory. Team USA built a 19-12 advantage in the second set, but needed crucial blocks down the stretch to win 25-20 to even the match. The third set witnessed 17 ties and Russia coming back from three-point deficits twice to level the set, but the Americans eventually prevailed 26-24. Russia controlled the fourth set in establishing an 18-7 lead and close out the set at 25-12.

Team USA recovered from its disastrous fourth set by scoring the first three points of the fifth set and scorched to a 10-4 advantage. Russia climbed back into the set with a 7-2 run to within 13-11, but the Americans finished the set with the final two points for a 15-11 victory. Six different Americans scored in the final set.

“Russia started the match out very strong and pushed us on our heels,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “I really like the way that our team responded and had great fighting spirit;. Even after a disappointing fourth set we came back strong in the fifth set.”

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“Russia is a very strong team, we knew that coming in,” U.S. captain Jordan Larson (Hooper, Nebraska said. “We knew they would be serving tough. They are a great blocking defense team. We knew we had to hit high. I am just really proud of our team for grinding through some tough times. We are just trying to be better every day. Obviously to win this whole thing would be an honor. But it is a tough tournament to win. We are just trying to get better every single day.”

Courtesy USA Volleyball