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 afternoon.


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 over Mexico.


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 2-4.