Hill, Akinradewo guide USA past Russia in tie-breaker


USA earned back-to-back wins in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Grand Champions Cup, following their tie-break win over Russia in Nagoya

Nagoya, Japan, September 8, 2017 – Kimberly Hill and Foluke Akinradewo teamed-up to guide USA to a 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 15-9) win against Russia in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Grand Champions Cup at the Nippon Gaishi Hall on Friday.

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Hill and Akinradewo and recorded identical 18-point outputs that included four and three aces that disrupted Russia’s reception. Jordan Larson also stepped up and added 16 points. Nataliya Goncharova and Tatiana Kosheleva made 27 and 25 points on a losing effort.

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USA are on a two-match winning streak after their opening day loss to China. They have also extended their winning streak to three over Russia in the history of the World Grand Champions Cup.

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USA edged Russia in attacks, but the latter had more blocks and aces to gain the opening set win. Lauren Carlini set up the plays well to gain a favourable second set finish for USA. Russia reinstated their dominance at the net, and then Goncharova and Kosheleva took care of the offence to win the third set. USA gained momentum towards the end to seize the fourth set, then a great start in the tie-break enabled them to snatch the match win.


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