2018 FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League
- Gimnasio del Campus de la Universidad Tecnologica Nacional; Santa Fe, Argentina
- June 12-14, 2018
- Time Zone: UCT – 3; ET + 1
- FIVB World Rankings: No. 2 USA, No. 3 Serbia, No. 10 South Korea, No. 11 Argentina
United States def. South Korea 3-0
- United States defeated South Korea 25-13, 25-23, 25-19
- United States moved to 12-2 (37 points); South Korea moved to 5-9 (14 points)
It was an all-around effort with seven players chipping in five or more points for the Americans, who got back on track after Tuesday’s loss with a dominating sweep of South Korea.
The United States used a mix of veteran players and newcomers in the win with Lauren Gibbemeyer notching a team-high 11 points. Jordan Larson (10), Kelly Murphy (10), Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (9), Tori Dixon (8), Annie Drews (7) and Sarah Wilhite (5) rounded out the scoring. Bartsch-Hackley downed a team-best eight kills, while the rest of the group posted four or more putaways. Gibbemeyer put up a team-best three blocks, while Larson and Dixon added two stuffs apiece. Murphy served up four of the team’s seven aces and tacked on five kills and a block. Drews scored all of her seven points off the bench, while Wilhite turned in five points in just over a set of action.
Jaeyeong Lee tallied a match-high 13 points for Korea with 12 kills and an ace. Heejin Kim and Jeongah Park followed with nine points apiece. Kim scored on eight kills and a block, while Park’s points all came on putaways. Dayeong Lee served up the team’s lone ace, while three players turned in a block.
Team USA outdid Korea in every way: kills (43-34), blocks (10-3) and aces (7-2). The Koreans gave up 16 points on errors, while the Americans committed 15 miscues.
Even substitute Micha Hancock got in on the action in Set 1, setting up Bartsch-Hackley for the finish in the 25-13 drubbing.
The Koreans led by as many as three in Set 2, and countered an American rally to go up 20-19 late. Wilhite, the newest member of the roster, clinched the 25-23 win.
Team USA rolled to an 8-2 lead in Set 3 and turned away a Korean push to close out a 25-19 win and the sweep.