Murphy leads USA to winning start
KUNSHAN, China, July 7, 2017 - Kelly
scoring and blocking efforts to a 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 25-27,
25-16, 15-11) victory over Russia in
the opening game of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2017,
which took place in China on Friday.
Murphy was the best scorer of the match. She contributed 18
points, including four kill blocks, to her team’s success.
right behind her on the chart with 17 points, as she was
responsible for four of USA’s 15 aces in the match.
Irina Fetisova (also
with four kill blocks) and Kseniia
Russia’s top scorers with 13 points each.
In Apeldoorn, Netherlands,
Celeste Plak had
a day on Friday as she led the Netherlands to
their first FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2017 victory. The
Dutch team mastered a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-21) win against the Dominican
the opening match of their home tournament in Apeldoorn, their
fifth in the five matches these two teams have played against
each other in the history of the competition.
In three sets, Plak managed to make 17 points, which made her
the best scorer of the match. Dutch middle blocker Robin
De Kruijf added
10 points. Dominican Republic’s two most prolific players, Gina
Altagracia Mambru Casilla and Bethania
De La Cruz De Pena,
also scored 10 points each.