USA off on right foot in defence of VNL title
RUSE, Bulgaria, May 21, 2019 - It took a little bit of
concentration to seal the first set, but USA got off to a
cracking start in the 2019 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations
League as they began the defence of last year's title with a
solid and convincing 3-0 (25-23, 25-8, 25-22) win over Belgium
Andrea Drews was top scorer of the game with 19 points,
including five of USA's six aces and a 61% (14/23) attacking
efficiency. Sarah Whilwhite added 14 in the victory. Kaja
Grobelna, with 12 points, was the only Belgian to score in
Karch Kiraly, head coach of USA: "We have a pretty young group
here. There are four people who are playing in the team for the
first time and they are doing a great job. They play great,
consistent volleyball and everybody is making a contribution.
They have a lot to be proud of. We face Japan tomorrow and it is
one of the legendary programs and they always have a strong team
so we know nothing will come easy."
Madison Kingdon, player of USA: "We started in the first set
really strong and I think our passing was good. Our opposites
and middles did a great job for the team tonight. We are very
happy to be here and the whole team has been ready for this
competition for a while and it was just exciting to finally play
our first match of the year."