The Women’s Volleyball team of the United States of America eliminates the winless Italy in the preliminary round of the Women’s Volleyball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The reigning 2012 London Olympics silver medalist, USA, defeated Italy in four exciting and thrilling sets by the score of 25-22, 25-22, 23-25 and 25-20. This win brings the Americans in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
The FIVB world ranked number one dominated the attack department by having 66 successful spikes as compared to 44 of Italy. They also got 2 more service aces as compared to Italy’s 1 service ace.
The newcomers in an Olympic stage, Kimberly Hill, and Karsta Lowe led the American team’s offense who both scored a total of 12 points. Veteran middle attacker Foluke Akinradewo also helped the team with 14 points, 13 from the attacks and 1 successful block.
This is the fourth straight win for the USA in the preliminary round. They already defeated Puerto Rico, Netherlands, and Serbia in their previous matches.
On the other side of the court, Italy showed some bright spot in their blocking department. The Italians outscored the American in blocking by having 14 blocks as compared to USA’s only five blocks.
The young and talented player, Paola Egonu, is the lone player who scored in double digits for Italy. She scored 20 points, 17 from the attacks and 3 successful blocks. This is also her first Olympic tournament since joining the National team.
Anna Danesi and Cristina Chirichella also helped the Italian team who both scored a total of eight points.
Meanwhile, Serbia also advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating China in straight sets by the score of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-22.
Brankica Mihajlovic and Tijana Boskovic led the Serbian team who scored a total of 19 points and 23 points apiece.
The USA team will face China in their last game of the preliminary round while Italy will face the also winless team, Puerto Rico. Serbia will go up against the very dangerous Netherlands team.
USA is in the top spot of Pool B followed by Serbia and Netherlands while Italy and Puerto Rico are at the bottom of the standing.
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