Bartsch-Hackley Helps USA Women to Sweep of China, 10th Straight Win

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 07th, 2018 | Asian Volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Women, International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, U.S. Women's Volleyball


  • June 5-7, 2018
  • Jiangmen, China | Jiangmen Sports Hall (Capacity: 8,500)
  • Time Zone: China Standard Time (UTC + 8)
  • World Rankings: #1 China, #2 USA, #4 Brazil, #5 Russia
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  • Schedule/Results
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
5 Jun 16:00 Russia  0–3  United States 14–25 18–25 18–25 50–75 P2 Report
5 Jun 19:30 China  2–3  Brazil 25–19 23–25 25–27 25–10 14–16 112–97
6 Jun 16:00 United States  3–1  Brazil 25–23 26–28 25–21 25–18 101–90
6 Jun 19:30 China  3–0  Russia 25–21 25–19 25–22 75–62
7 Jun 16:00 Brazil  3–2  Russia 15–25 25–21 25–20 19–25 17–15 101–106
7 Jun 19:30 China  0–3  United States 20–25 22–25 20–25 62–75


USA def. China 3-0

  • USA defeated China 25-20, 25-22, 25-20
  • USA moved to 11-1 (34 points); China moved to 6-6 (20 points)

Michelle Bartsch-Hackley racked up a match-high 18 points to guide the United States to a sweep of host China, its 10th straight win in Volleyball Nations League play. It marked the seventh time Bartsch-Hackley has led Team USA in scoring in 12 matches.

Bartsch-Hackley put down 16 kills and added two aces, while Tori Dixon (11), Jordan Larson (11) and Kelly Murphy (9) rounded out the group of top scorers. Larson notched 10 kills and a block, while Dixon added nine putaways and two blocks. Murphy chipped in eight kills and an ace. Foluke Akinradewo led the team at the net with four blocks.

Zhu Ting was the top scorer for China with 14 points on 11 kills, two blocks and an ace. Liu Xiaotong followed with 11 points (9 kills, 1 block, 1 ace) and Yuan Xinyue chimed in with nine points (7 kills, 1 block, 1 ace).

The U.S. bested China in kills (49-36) and blocks (8-6), but the homestanding Chinese held a slight 6-5 edge in aces. Both teams committed 14 errors.

The United States grabbed a 6-4 lead in Set 1 with help from a kill and an ace by Bartsch-Hackley and boosted the lead to five at 12-7 before cruising to a 25-20 victory.

Set 2 was a little closer, but the Americans held on for a 25-22 win. Trailing 7-5, the U.S. scored seven of the next 11 points to grab a slight 12-11 advantage. China surged ahead 15-14 on an ace, but the United States used a 4-1 run, including a pair of kills by Drews and a kill and a block by Dixon, to regain the lead at 18-16. China was back within one at 22-21, but Akinradewo came through with a kill and Carli Lloyd put up a block to clinch the set at 25-22.

Set 3 saw the USA down 20-15 late, before rallying to seal the sweep. The Americans led 8-6 at the first technical timeout, but China put together a 7-1 run to turn the tables and vault ahead by four at 13-9. The United States chipped away to tied it up at 14. From there, the Chinese built a 20-15 advantage. Team USA dug deep and closed out the set on a 10-0 run. An all-around effort contributed to the final rally as Bartsch-Hackley, Larson and Annie Drews all chipped in points. A Bartsch-Hackley ace gave the team a match-point try at 24-20 and an overturned Chinese point on review gave the Americans the win.

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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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