USA Women one win away from a repeat at VNL


NANJING, China, July 6, 2019 - The U.S. Women’s National Team is one win away from repeating as the FIVB Volleyball Nations League champions after defeating host China 25-11, 15-25, 25-17, 25-20 in the second semifinal on Saturday in Nanjing, China.


USA, now 15-3 overall in this year’s VNL, will face Brazil in the gold-medal match on Sunday riding an eight-match win streak. Brazil, defeated Turkey 25-23, 25-15, 25-10 in today’s first semifinal.


The U.S. Women, ranked No. 3 in the world, also defeated China in last year’s VNL semifinals. China, which has lost all four of its VNL matches to the USA dating back to the inaugural edition in 2018, is ranked No. 2 in the world.


Opposite Annie Drews and outside hitter Michelle Bartsch-Hackley scored 21 points to lead Team USA to victory. Outside hitter Kelsey Robinson charted 15 points.