The United States outdid Germany 48-30 in kills and 5-2 in aces as Michelle Bartsch-Hackley once again led the way in a sweep Tuesday.
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.
USA outside attacker Michelle Bartsch-Hackley will join Igor Volley Novara for the 2018-19 season.
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.
Day 2 of Volleyball Nations League action brought redemption for many sides, but also saw World #2 United States edged by a young Turkish squad. To see the agony and ecstasy of each match, we’ve included a short recap of the action and also quotes from the involved parties.
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.
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Relative newcomer Michelle Bartsch-Hackley came through for the United States in a big way, notching a match-high 27 points, including 25 kills and two aces, as the Americans staved off a feisty Polish squad in four sets Tuesday night.