Michelle Bartsch-Hackley leads Team USA in scoring through 4 weeks of play at the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League.
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.
Lauren Gibbemeyer had a breakout game, posting a match-high 16 points, including eight of the USA’s 14 blocks, as the Americans rolled on to its ninth straight win on Wednesday, besting Brazil 3-1.
Since losing to Turkey, the American women have swept their last 7 matches, but will face their toughest challenges yet in week 4 in China
A balanced offensive attack, led by Kim Hill’s 13 putaways, guided Team USA to its seventh straight Volleyball Nations League victory and seventh straight sweep.
The Americans will carry their week 2 roster for another week as they travel from Tokyo to Thailand.
Five aces and a balanced offensive attack lifted the USA to a quick sweep of the Netherlands, taking down the final unbeaten side in Volleyball Nations League play. Meanwhile, Japan dominated Belgium offensively in a sweep to wrap up Day 2 play in Pool 5.
The United States and Netherlands spearhead Pool 5 with Japan and upstart Belgium joining the week two action.
Twenty-three Italian miscues were the difference in an otherwise close match statistically as the United States got back on track in Volleyball Nations League action with a sweep of Italy.
With a roster of 14 players, including a reunited group of seven Olympians, the United States, ranked No. 2 in the world is an odds-on favorite to contend for the Volleyball Nations League title. Despite just a few practices, the players see potential and positivity in their future.