Kim Hill stepped into the spotlight in the match, racking up 25 points as the United States ended the World Championships with a four-set win over Japan and fifth place out of the 24-team field.
Zhu Ting led the way as China rallied for a 5-set win over the United States to open Final Six play at the World Championships leaving the Americans in a must-win situation on Monday against the Netherlands.
Taubaté is stacked at the outside position
At the end of the day, the Netherlands, Italy, the United States and Serbia wrapped up the preliminary round with perfect 5-0 marks and pool titles.
Four teams punched their tickets to the second round of the FIVB World Championships with Italy and China notching Pool B wins to move through and the USA and Russia also staying perfect in Pool C to secure their spots.
A balanced American offense saw 4 players score in double figures as they earned an opening win over Azerbaijan.
Team USA has a clean route for a 5-0 pool run, if its plays at its peak and do not underestimate its opponents
The USA Women’s Volleyball Team enters the 2018 World Championships as both the defending Nations League winners and World Champions.
With the FIVB World Championships just over a month away, U.S. Women’s National team head coach Karch Kiraly announced a preliminary 22-woman roster on Thursday.