USA defeat Brazil in USAV Cup opener


Foluke Akinradewo was one of four Olympians making a 2017 debut with the United States team

Anaheim, USA, August 27, 2017 - Olympians Foluke Akinradewo, Rachael Adams, Kim Hill and Jordan Larson made their 2017 debuts with the USA team to help defeat Brazil 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 29-27) in the opening match of the USA Volleyball Cup on Sunday. The teams played a bonus fourth set.

Rookie Annie Drews was the star of the match with 18 points and 14 kills on 26 attacks, three blocks and an ace. Including the bonus set, she tallied 21 points.

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The second USAV Cup match between the United States and Brazil will take place on Tuesday at 19.30 local time. It is one of the last opportunities for the two teams to sharpen their skills ahead of the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup to be played in Japan at the beginning of September.

The USA Volleyball Cup was initiated in 2013 and the United States Women have played in the event every year since except for 2016. Team USA hosted Japan in the inaugural event in 2013, followed by Brazil in 2014 and China in 2015. During the 2014 USA Volleyball Cup, the Americans defeated Brazil in all four matches of the series with two matches in Southern California and two matches in Hawaii.


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