Balanced Attack Guides USA in Sweep of South Korea

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 13th, 2018 | Asian Volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Women, International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, U.S. Women's Volleyball

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
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  • Schedule/Results

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.


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Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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