It was in some ways a tougher match for Team USA than their opening match against South Korea, but the American women hung tough and defeated Brazil in four sets, 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21). The match featured the top two FIVB ranked teams in the world, with USA No. 1 and Brazil No. 2.
Team USA couldn’t close the Brazilians out in straight sets, losing a close third set and giving Brazil momentum to make it close in the fourth set. Indeed, it seemed Brazil would force a decisive fifth set, and the Americans displayed uncharacteristic mental lapses on defense. However, whatever ground Team USA gave to Brazil was given right back on the service, where Brazil performed miserably, enduring seven unforced service errors.
Team captain and setter Lindsey Berg served for match point, which featured a dramatic series of volleys culminated by a Logan Tom kill for the victory. Tom had an excellent balanced performance, while Destinee Hooker again was a force up front with 23 points. Jordan Larson contributed 18 points. Libero Nicole Davis led the team with 26 digs and 33 receptions on defense.
Here’s the box score on the game. Team USA has defeated two of the toughest opponents in the Group B draw and is tied for the lead with China with six points (two wins in two matches played each). They will face the Chinese on Wednesday.
More to come on Team USA women’s volleyball, including team analysis and player profiles.