World Champions USA Sweeps
KOBE, Japan, October 4, 2018 - The United States showed that
they were in no mood to let go of their World Championship crown
by defeating Russia 3-2 in the last match of Pool C held at Kobe
Green Arena on Thursday evening.
The Americans, who won the world title for the first time in
2014, beat the 2006 and 2010 world champions Russia 19-25,
25-20, 26-24, 12-25, 15-11 to complete a perfect 5-0 win-loss
record in the first stage. Russia slipped to 4-1.
Four American players scored in double figures led by Kimberly
Hill with 19, Jordan Larson and Foluke Akinradewo with 16 and
Kelly Murphy with 14. Akinradewo notched four of the USA's 13
Nataliya Goncharova led the Russian reply with an incredible 36
points, including 35 spikes, and Kseniia Parubets added 16.
Also in Kobe, Korea ended their World Championship campaign with
their first victory in Pool C - 3-0 over Trinidad and Tobago.
The set scores were 26-24, 25-16, 25-23 and the result condemned
the Calypso Spikers to a fifth consecutive defeat on their World
Park Jeongah led the Korean scorers with 26 points, including 24
spikes, and 18-year-old middle blocker Lee Juah added 14, with
three blocks and six service aces. Korea served 10 aces in
total. For T&T, Channon Thompson and Darlene Ramdin both
contributed 14 points.
In Sapporo, Bulgaria had to fight hard to earn their place in
the second round, edging Canada 3-1 (23-25, 27-25, 25-21, 25-21)
on the last day of first-round action.
Bulgaria were led by Gergana and Nasya Dimitrova who both had 17
points, with Nasya’s total including three aces. Canada’s top
scorers were Autumn Bailey and Kiera Van Ryk, who each scored 18
points with both picking up four aces. Emily Maglio’s 12 points
included six blocking points.
The two teams were well matched. Both had seven blocking points
and eight service points. Canada had 20 errors to Bulgaria’s 22.
Canada ended the first round 1-4, while Bulgaria finished 2-3
Also in Sapporo, Turkey ended the first round of matches with a
3-2 record after beating winless Cuba 3-1 (25-15, 25-14, 23-25,
was Cuba’s 12th straight loss in World Championship matches.
Turkey were led by Meryem Boz (17 points), Hande Baladin (16
points) and Zehra Gunes (15 points). Gunes scored five blocking
points while teammate Meliha Ismailoglu netted four aces.
Cuba’s top scorer was Ailama Cese with 11 points.
In Yokohama, Lonneke Sl÷etjes kept the Netherlands perfect at
the close of the Pool A action on Thursday, claiming 12 points
as they won for the fifth straight match, 3-0 (25-19, 25-14,
25-16) against Mexico.
Juliet Lohuis and Anne Buijs were also regulars on the board for
the Netherlands, putting up 11 points apiece
Mexico’s challenge was led by Andrea Rangel and Samantha Bricio,
who each contributed 13 points, with five of Bricio’s coming