Offensive Fire Power Lifts USA White over USA Blue

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 29th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, News, U.S. Women's Volleyball

USA Collegiate National Team – Minneapolis

Day 2 of the USA Collegiate National Team – Minneapolis round robin tournament saw USA White down USA Blue 25-19, 25-18, 25-21. The victors managed 42 kills in the sweep, while allowing just 28. USA White also boasted the advantage in aces (6-3) and blocks (8-7).

USA White lead nearly throughout the first two sets, but USA Blue grabbed an early 8-4 lead in Set 3, only to see it slip away by the second timeout at 16-15.

Purdue’s Sherridan Atkinson led the way for USA White with 13 points, including nine kills, three blocks and an ace. North Dakota’s Faith Dooley and North Carolina’s Julia Scoles followed with eight and seven points respectively. Dooley managed six kills and two aces, while Scoles scores all came on kills. Maryland’s Angel Gaskin chipped in six points, including two aces, while Minnesota’s Brittany McLean added five points, including three blocks.

“There was a lot of energy,” Atkinson said. “Our team chemistry is out of this world, so it was great finally to put that in a live match. I think we stuck together the whole time, it was fun, there was no stress or anyone yelling at us. I did have butterflies in my stomach just waving at the crowd at the beginning. But it kind of brought me back to our gym in Holloway and playing in front of 3,500-4,000 people.”

BYU’s Veronica Jones-Perry and Louisville’s Amanda Green paced USA Blue with 10 points apiece. Green managed 10 putaways, while Jones-Perry added eight kills and two blocks. Colorado State’s Kristie Hillyer registered five points, including a team-best three blocks.

Next up on the slate, USA White will take on USA Red on Thursday. The two teams will then play again in a championship match on Friday. Both are 1-0 heading into Thursday’s match after Red topped Blue on Tuesday.

A look at the individual team rosters is here.

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Wendy Mayer

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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