The USA Women’s Volleyball team eliminates the very scrappy Japan team, gives them a semifinals spot in the Women’s Volleyball tournament in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Americans once again proved that they have all the power and skills of winning this year’s Olympic season as they dethrone the 2012 London Olympics bronze medal, Japan. The USA defeated the Japanese in straight sets by the score of 25-16, 25-23, and 25-22.
The FIVB world ranked number one, once again dominated in all departments. They once again showcased their impressive attacks, strong blocking, and superb service. They got a total team effort of 47 attacks, 5 blocks, and 6 service aces as compared to Japan’s 38 attacks, 2 blocks, and 2 service aces. The Americans managed to win despite having 19 errors as compared to 17 errors of Japan.
The young, talented outside hitter and a newcomer in an Olympic stage, Kimberly Hill, led the USA team with a total score of 15 points, 12 from attacks, 1 block, and 2 service aces. Veteran players who are part of last 2012 London Olympics roster, Jordan Larson and Foluke Akinradewo also helped the with 14 points and 10 points apiece.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands also eliminated South Korea in the earlier match. The Dutch team defeated the Koreans in four thrilling sets by the score of 25-19, 25-14, 23-25 and 25-20 to enter the semifinal round of the tournament.
Once again, veteran opposite hitter Lonneke Sloetjes led the Netherlands team with a total score of 23 points, 18 from attacks, 3 blocks, and 2 service aces. Anne Buijs and Judith Pietersen also helped the team with 15 points and 17 points apiece.
On the Korean side, reigning 2012 London Olympics Most Valuable Player, Kim Yeon Koung is the lone bright spot for the team. She scored a total of 27 points, 25 from his strong spikes and 2 service aces. Yang Hyo Jin also helped the team with 10 points.
The USA and the Netherlands still need to wait for the winners of the two other quarterfinals game between Russia versus Serbia and Brazil versus China, to determine who will be their opponents for the semifinal round of this 2016 Rio Olympics.
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