Victoria College Volleyball Wins Road Game

A big road win for Victoria College volleyball. The Victoria College Pirates opened Texas Collegiate Club Sports League volleyball play Thursday night with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-19 win over defending TCCSL champion Trinity University.

Katy Salziger led the Pirates with 10 kills and 12 digs. Kaely Perez added eight kills and three digs; Kate Sexton tallied seven kills, two blocks and four digs; and Bailey Brown posted 23 assists and seven digs.

Victoria College will return to action Thursday in a non-conference match at Blinn College in Brenham.

The U.S. Women’s National Team, the defending FIVB World Champions, dropped its second consecutive match of the FIVB World Championship 25-16, 25-23, 20-25, 25-16 to Italy on Thursday in Osaka, Japan, which put the Americans in a wait-and-see mode on whether they advance to the Third Round (Final Six).

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Key Stat: Italy out-blocked the USA 15-7 and held a 6-2 service ace margin in controlling the match. Key Note: Despite the loss, the U.S. qualified for the Third Round (Final Six) later in the day as Russia lost to China in the final match of the Second Round. Records: USA (7-2, 19 points), Italy (9-0, 27 points) World Rankings: No. 2 USA, No. 7 Italy 2018 Season Record: 33-6 Up Next: The U.S. will compete in the Third Round held Oct. 14-16 in Nagoya. The Third Round has two pools of three, and the USA is grouped with Netherlands and China. Top four teams of Third Round advance to semifinals on Oct. 19. Watch: has exclusive rights in USA. Order subscription by clicking here

Entering the match, the U.S. needed to win the contest or have Russia lose to China later in the day. Both Italy and China had already secured two of Pool F’s three berths into the Third Round (Final Six) based on results from Wednesday, which included China defeating the USA in three sets.

China prevailed 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20 over Russia, which ticketed the Americans into the Third Round. Team USA opened the 2018 World Championship with seven consecutive victories before losing to China and Italy. The Americans would have been the first reigning World Champion to finish outside the top six in the next World Championship if they did not qualify for the Third Round.

Italy (9-0) closed out the Second Round as the only undefeated team remaining in the 24-team World Championship. China (8-2) will advance as the second-seeded team out of Pool F. Team USA will be the third seed from Pool F.

Based on the drawing of lots of the Third Round, below are the pools for the Final Six. The U.S. will play China on Sunday, Oct. 14, followed by Netherlands on Monday, Oct. 15. Both matches are scheduled for 3:10 a.m. ET.

Pool G: Italy (Pool F 1st place); Japan (Pool E 2nd Place); Serbia (Pool E 3rd Place) Pool H: Netherlands (Pool E 1st Place); China (Pool F 2nd Place); USA (Pool F 3rd Place)

Italy built a 9-4 lead over the U.S. in the opening set on a 7-1 run and cruised to a 25-16 victory. Italy back from a 21-18 deficit to win 25-23 by scoring seven of the final nine points. Team USA opened the third set with an 8-4 advantage, and after Italy came to within one at 12-11, the Americans did not allow Italy to score on its serve the rest of the way for a 25-20 victory. Italy established a 7-3 lead in the fourth set and eased into the 25-16 victory.

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“(Italian) Coach Davide has been doing a very nice job and I respect his work. We are quite disappointed with this loss.” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “Volleyball is played by human beings who are not perfect – thank God for that. Both China and Italy played really nice, strong volleyball and put us in difficult positions.”

U.S. outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Nebraska) scored a team-high 14 points, all on kills from 26 attacks. Outside hitter Kim Hill (Portland, Oregon) charted 11 kills on 30 attacks and a block for 12 points as she started the final three sets. Middle Foluke Akinradewo (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) added six kills and three blocks for nine points.

“I think it is obviously a very disappointing loss for us,” Akinradewo said. “You don’t want to go into a match and allow another team dictate your destiny. Hats off to Italy. I think they are playing a really disciplined block defense. We got ourselves in some situations where we got stuck in some rotations. I think Italy played well, and we definitely didn’t play our best.”

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Middle Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minnesota) contributed five kills on 10 swings and a block for six points. Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (Champaign, Illinois), who started at outside and moved to opposite in the final two sets, scored three kills and a block for four points. Sett Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, California) tallied a kill and block, while opposite Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Illinois) pocketed two kills on three attacks in starting the second set. Opposite Karsta Lowe (Rancho Santa Fe, California) scored two kills, while both Micha Hancock (Edmond, Oklahoma) and Sarah Wilhite Parsons (Eden Prairie, Minnesota) rounded out the scoring with an ace each.

Courtesy USA Volleyball