USA to semifinals, after five setter win over Brazil
Mexicali, Mexico, October 9 2013- The United States qualified to
the Semifinals at FIVB Women’s U23 World Championship after a
five-setter win over Brazil (25-10, 16-25, 10-25, 25-22, 15-9).
Ariel Turner scored 18 points for USA while captain Gina Mancuso
finished with 15, Hayley Hodson and Sha’Dare McNeal closed with
13 apiece. Brazil exploted all their weapons and offensive
choices with Ellen Braga and Gabriella Souza, who concluded with
17 apiece. Mara Leao scored 15 and Francynne Jacintho 13.
Glauciele Silva registered 12.
Block and service were good weapons for Brazil after the
Americans took an advantage in the end of first set. Brazil had
14 kills against 9 by USA. Leao registered 5 kills and Jacintho
Brazil served with 9 aces, 4 by Braga and 2 by Souza. The
Americans had only 4 team aces, 2 by Ariel Turner. She and
Hayley Hodson blocked 3 succesfull atempts apiece. USA qualified
to the semifinals that will be played in Tijuana on Friday.
Brazil tried to recover in the fourth with a 21-24 deficit after
a defensive fail by their rivals, however USA capitalized the
set point for a 25-22 score.
The South Americans played hard with their blocking and service
game with Braga, Leao, Jacintho and Silva. But USA forced a 3-3
tie by the beginning of the fifth and also had good spikes on
the corners increasing the advantage to 8-3.
USA increased the advantage by 7 points after Brazilian defense
showed some weakness in key plays.