Drews dominate in USA’s tie-break win over Japan


Andrea Drews led USA in their 3-2 win over Japan in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Grand Champions Cup

Nagoya, Japan, September 9, 2017 – Andrea Drews delivered a strong performance to guide USA to win 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 26-28, 25-21, 15-12) over hosts Japan in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Grand Champions Cup at the Nippon Gaishi Hall on Saturday.

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Drews scored 22 points, including 19 attacks and three blocks, while seasoned players Jordan Larson and Kimberly Hill helped out with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Mami Uchiseto and Yurie Nabeya made 17 and 15 points on a losing effort. The NORCECA side had 17 blocks that caused trouble for the Japanese attackers in the crucial moments of the match.

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USA have a three-match winning streak in the 2017 edition and are on a streak in their last four five-set matches at the World Grand Champions Cup. In all these fixtures, they have started the match by losing the first set.

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After Japan scored in spurts, Drews’ responded with solid swings from the flank. However, Japan still closed the set at 25-22. USA retaliated with a set-win, and then Japan answered back with a win as they demolished USA’s 26-5 lead with three straight blocks. USA endured the tough rallies against their rivals but managed to close the fourth and final sets in their favour.


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