USA move closer to the third round with 7-0 mark
OSAKA, Japan, October 8, 2018 - The United States continued
their awesome form by winning their seventh straight match at
the Women’s Volleyball World Championship, defeating Turkey 3-0
in Pool F at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Monday
The Americans won 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-18) to improve to 7-0
for the tournament and stay on course for one of the three
qualifying places from Pool F for the third round. Turkey's
record slipped to 3-4 with their second successive defeat
here in Osaka.
Kelly Murphy led the USA scorers with 12 points and there were
10 apiece for captain Jordan Larson, Kimberly Hill and Foluke
Akinradewo in a strong team performance. Zehra Gunes top-scored
for Turkey with nine points and Meliha Ismailoglu scored seven.
In Nagoya, Tandara Caixeta scored a match-high 25 points and
rallied Brazil to a 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-13, 25-19) victory
Gabriela Guimaraes added 15 points in the win, while Drussyla
Costa contributed 14. Andrea Rangel was the high scorer for
Mexico in the loss with 23 points.
Brazil was 4-2 entering the match, while Mexico was 1-5.
Meanwhile, Lonneke Sloetjes scored a match-high 23 points as the
Netherlands remained unbeaten with a 3-0 victory over the
Dominican Republic (25-19, 25-16, 25-14).
The Dutch attack proved too much for the Dominicans on this day
as they passed and set the ball with fluidity. They also did
well on reception and counterattack.
The Dominican Republic was unable to mount a challenge or get
together a run of several points throughout the contest.
Anne Buijs had 13 points and Maret Balkestein-Grothues eight in
the win for the Dutch. Yonkaira Isabel was the top scorer for
the Dominican Republic in the loss with 10 points.
The Netherlands entered the match with a 6-0 record, while the
Dominican Republic was 3-3.
Finally, Erika Araki tallied a team-high 12 points as Japan
downed Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-18).
Yuki Ishii scored 10 points and Miyu Nagaoka and Mai Okumura had
nine points each in the triumph. Daly Santana paced Puerto Rico
with 13 points in the loss.
Japan entered the match with a 5-1 mark, while Puerto Rico was