Kelly Murphy spikes the ball during the FIVB World Grand Prix Sapporo 2013 match between USA and Japan at Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center on Sept. 1, 2013 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.
Kelly Murphy was named the most valuable player and the best spiker after leading the U.S. women to a successful defense of its NORCECA Continental Volleyball Championship with a 25-19, 26-24, 21-25, 25-19 championship match victory against the Dominican Republic Saturday in Omaha, Neb.
Murphy helped the United States go 4-0 in matches and 12-1 in sets during the tournament.
“We knew this was going to be our toughest match, so we just kept saying, ‘Stay patient. Just play USA Volleyball,’” Murphy said. “I think sometimes we let that get away from us a little bit. But we’re always good about getting it back to center.”
Jordan Larson-Burbach was named best server and Alisha Glass was named best setter.
The title qualifies the United States for the FIVB Grand Champions Cup in November in Japan.
The Dominican Republic won the third set and had a 14-11 lead in the fourth before the United States won 12 of the next 13 points. Murphy served for four of those points and team captain Kristin Hildebrand served for six.
Murphy led the United States with 18 points on 15 kills, two blocks and an ace. Larson-Burbach added 15 points on 12 kills, a block and two aces.
The United States reached the final with a 25-22, 25-14, 25-15 win over Canada Friday.
Adeline Gray earned her third straight world championship medal Friday with a bronze medal at 72 kg. women’s freestyle in Budapest, Hungary.
Gray defeated Turkey’s Yasemin Adar, 8-2, in the bronze-medal match at the FILA World Championships.
“I really wanted to get that gold for my team,” said Gray, who earned a gold medal in 2012 and a bronze medal in 2011. “I feel a little disappointed. I’m definitely ready to go back to the drawing board and make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
The U.S. women came in third in the team race behind Japan and Mongolia.
Two-time Olympian Spenser Mango reached the 55 kg. Greco-Roman bronze-medal match but lost to Armenia’s Roman Amoyan, 5-4, and finished fifth.
The United States finished 10th in the Greco-Roman team standings.
The United States had won three medals earlier in the championships. Jordan Burroughs won a gold medal in men’s freestyle Wednesday while Alyssa Lampe and Elena Pirozhkova earned bronze medals in women’s freestyle.
The United States swept the team and individual events at a world championship for the first time Friday when the men’s double trap team won at the 2013 ISSF Shotgun World Championship in Lima, Peru.
Glenn Eller, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, won the open division gold medal. Derek Haldeman and Jeff Holguin joined him for the team title.
Eller became the fourth American in the sport of shotgun to win four or more world championship medals.
Ian Rupert won the junior men’s double trap individual title and joined Billy Crawford and Christian Wilkoski for the team gold medal.
Evelyn Stevens and Carmen Small were part of the U.S.-based Specialized-Lululemon team that claimed its second straight UCI Road World Championships elite women’s team gold medal Sunday in Toscana, Italy.
The world championships started Sunday and will continue through Sept. 29.
Elsewhere, Marian University and Colorado Mesa University won the team omniums Saturday when the USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships concluded in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Marian won the Division I omnium title for the eighth straight year to cap a weekend that included six gold medals. Stephanie Torres led the way with a 500-meter time trial win Saturday after taking the sprint gold medal Friday.
Colorado Mesa won the Division II team omnium.
Zack Noonan of Fort Lewis College won the men’s individual omnium while Jessica Prinner of Midwestern State University won the women’s individual omnium.
Barry Nobles finished eighth to lead the United States at the UCI Mountain Bike Four-Cross World Championships in Leogang, Austria.
Tom Santagato and Gracie Clapp-Taylor won the titles Saturday at the U.S. National Skeleton Push Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.
“This was the first official push competition for our team on the new push track in Lake Placid,” U.S. head skeleton coach Tuffy Latour said. “The U.S. Olympic Committee has made this a fantastic facility and we are very appreciative.”
Santagato and John Daly each had a time of 3.31 seconds in their first run. Santagato then won the title by one-hundredth of a second with a second push time of 3.27 to Daly’s 3.28.
Clapp-Taylor, a track athlete at Florida International, first learned about the sport of skeleton while watching the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
“It’s exciting to be a part of a program filled with such athleticism,” Clapp-Taylor said.
Two-time Olympian Brady Ellison won a shoot-off in men’s recurve bronze-medal match Sunday to take third place at the World Cup Final in Paris.
In the compound competition, Braden Gellenthien and Erika Jones earned silver medals. Gellenthien fell short of the championship match with a shoot-off loss in the semifinals.
The U.S. women defeated Mexico, 6-0, Saturday and Chile 5-1 Sunday in their first two pool play games at the Pan American Cup in Mendoza, Argentina. The United States overcame an early Chile goal Sunday to rally for a tie on a Kathleen Sharkey goal and the halftime lead on a goal by 2012 Olympian Michelle Kasold. Katie Reinprecht scored two goals Saturday.
The winner of the tournament clinches a spot in the 2014 World Cup.
TRACK & FIELD
Molly Huddle, a 2012 Olympian, repeated as USA 5-kilometer champion with a win in Providence, R.I. Sunday. Huddle finished in 15:29.6.
Andrew Bumbalough won his first U.S. road championship title in the men’s race with a time of 13:45.9.
Bailie Key, the 2013 U.S. junior all-around champion, won the all-around title Sunday and all four individual event titles on Monday at the International Junior Gymnastics Competition in Yokohama, Japan. Key had the highest scores of the event in the vault, uneven bars and floor during the all-around competition.
Fellow American Lauren Hernandez earned bronze medals in the all-around and vault. On the men’s side, Fabian DeLuna earned a silver medal on vault and tied for the bronze medal on the still rings.
Dave Dellenbaugh defeated Dave Perry in the final of the U.S. Match Racing Championships, which matched two Connecticut residents and Pequot Yacht Club members against each other Sunday.
Team Dellenbaugh defeated Team Perry, 3-1, to give Dellenbaugh his third Prince of Wales Bowl that goes with the title.
Rebecca Dellenbaugh, Dave’s daughter, was part of the crew along with Janel Zarkowsky and Amanda Callahan. Team Dellenbaugh was 14-0 in the double round-robin and finished 20-2 for the week.
“I loved sailing with my daughter again this year,” Dave Dellenbaugh said. “It’s nice to win after we lost in the finals last year.”
Perry has four career titles, including the 2012 final over Dellenbaugh.
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker won their second ice dancing gold medal of the ISU Junior Grand Prix season, taking a victory in Gdansk, Poland, Saturday to earn a spot in the December Junior Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan. Hawayek and Baker posted their personal best scores in international competition with 144.84 points overall (62.58 in the short dance and 82.26 in the free dance).
American Angela Wang claimed the silver medal in the women’s competition. Jordan Moeller led the U.S. men with a sixth-place finish.
Jackie Galloway won the women’s middleweight senior gold medal Friday at the Pan American Open and Pan Am Championships in Queretaro, Mexico. The United States produced a total of eight medals Friday and 10 Saturday.
On the senior level, Jackie Galloway won a women's middleweight gold medal Friday and Jessie Bates earned a women's flyweight bronze medal Saturday. Juniors Amanda Bluford (women's light heavyweight), Gabiola Carrillo (women's lightweight), Mariuam Galecki (women's featherweight), Kelsey Junious (women's flyweight), Cheyenne Lewis (women's welterweight), Deireanne Morales (women's light middleweight) and Kendall Yount (women's middleweight) also added gold medals. The juniors added four silver medals and four bronze medals over the first two days as well.
The competition was scheduled to conclude Sunday with junior and cadet opens.
Amniel Narajo finished 12th in both the C1 men’s event and the C2 men’s senior event (with Ian Ross) at the ICF Marathon World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. Also placing 12th at the world championships were Kaitlyn McElroy and Maggie Hogan, who competed in the K2 women’s event.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org.