The Americans will carry their week 2 roster for another week as they travel from Tokyo to Thailand.
USA coach Karch Kiraly tabbed a mix of seasoned and newer players, including opposite Annie Drews and middle Lauren Gibbemeyer, to lead the team against Belgium on Thursday and the Americans came through with a dominating sweep, their fourth straight Volleyball Nations League win.
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.
Eczacibasi may just have pulled the transfer of the season in women`s volleyball by announcing the signing of South Korea`s superstar Kim Yeon-koung to a contract
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.
Turkey outdid the United States across the statsheet, besting the Americans in kills (62-60), blocks (20-17) and aces (8-5), although the USA did rally back from down 2-0 to force a fifth set, before falling in tiebreak.
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.
Jordan Larson has resigned with her Turkish team, Eczasibasi, for the upcoming season.
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