USA Women sweep Bulgaria, Now 3-0 in VNL
RUSE, Bulgaria, May 23, 2019 – Outside
Wilhite Parsons scored
16 points in leading the U.S. Women’s National Team to a 25-20,
25-16, 25-21 victory over host Bulgaria on Thursday evening to
conclude the opening week of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.
The U.S., now 3-0 in the 2019 VNL, resumes action next Tuesday
in Conegliano Venato, Italy, as it takes on Serbia on May 28,
Italy on May 29 and Dominican Republic on May 30.
Wilhite Parsons powered down 11 kills on 26 attacks while adding
three blocks and two aces. Middle Dana
who is still in college at University of Wisconsin, added 12
points with seven kills on 13 swings and a team-best five
who has one year remaining at University of Cincinnati, totaled
11 points with two aces. Outside Mikaela
who just graduated from Nebraska, contributed eight kills, two
blocks and an ace.
Team USA’s defense at the net frustrated Bulgaria as the
Americans held a 14-3 margin in blocks. Further, the Americans
enjoyed advantages of 41-35 in kills and 5-4 in aces.
"I am really impressed with how this group worked and learning,
and working together in all the various combinations we have put
on the court so far," U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach
Karch Kiraly said. "We came here not having any expectations. We
didn't get a lot of time of training together, and that is not
unusual. Almost every team had little time to train and prepare.
A lot of teams are playing with some new faces and younger
players that involve a lot of learning. We are really proud of
the way this group battled and pursued every ball and every
rally relentlessly. Lots of great effort, and that is one of the
few things we can control."
"Next week we face three very quality opponents next week in
Serbia, Italy and Dominican Republic," Kiraly said. "We will
certainly be tested there a lot. Unfortunately, we will not be
able to take Mikaela Foecke with us. We were certainly excited
to do that, but she has bigger and more important things to do
as she is getting married a week from Saturday."