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.
Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Kim Hill led the way for the United States, topping a group of four double-digit scorers in a sweep of the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.
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 Americans used a strong block and a 21-point effort from Michelle Bartsch-Hackley to score a sweep of Japan to open week 2 of the Volleyball Nations League, meanwhile the Dutch relied on their offensive prowess to best Belgium in five sets.
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.
With the opening day of the FIVB Volleyball Nation’s League just one week away, the United States has named its 14-woman roster for week one of the competition. The roster includes seven returning Olympians from the 2016 Games, led by two-time medalist and Nebraska alumna Jordan Larson, who will act as team captain.
While her compatriot on the outside Zhu Ting had better numbers, the committee sent VakifBank captain Gozde Kirdar off to retirement with the 2018 Champions League MVP.