Wednesday, August 28, 2013

National Team | Brazil pounds USA in World Grand Prix volleyball

  • #3 Brazil def. #1 USA 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-10)
  • next: #1 USA vs. #9 Serbia | August 28 | 9:30PM (Pacific Time)

It was an ugly loss against an inspired opponent.
USA setter Alicia Glass towels off during 0-3 loss to Brazil
-photo by Ronald Hoogendoorn, via FIVB

In the first of five World Grand Prix Finals round-robin matches in Sapporo, Japan, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Brazil handily defeated Olympic silver medalist USA, 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-10). It was the most lopsided USA loss in recent international history.

For the match, USA hit zero (0.0%): 22 kills and 22 errors on 91 attempts. USA’s leading hitter for the match was Nicole Fawcett, who had 7 kills and 7 errors on 12 swings.

Washington alum Tama Miyashiro was the USA libero; she recorded 5 digs and 3 “excellent” serve receives. Fellow UW alum setter Jenna Hagglund saw brief action in the third set.

The six teams in the World Grand Prix Finals play each other once this week. The Americans play Serbia tonight at 9:30PM (Pacific Time). USA is the three-time defending champion.

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