In a result befitting of its No. 1 world ranking, the U.S. women’s volleyball team defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-17) to open play at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Opposite Kelly Murphy and outside hitter Kim Hill – both playing in their first Olympic Games – each scored 14 points to lead Team USA, while a pair of Olympic veterans, Jordan Larson and Foluke Akinradewo, added 11 and nine points, respectively.
After playing to a 14-14 tie in the first set, the U.S. caught fire, going on an 8-1 scoring run en route to a 25-17 victory. The second set was a similar challenge, as Team USA trailed 19-17. It took another late charge in which the U.S. scored eight of the final 13 points to secure the 25-22 win. And after a 13-13 tie in the third set, a 6-1 scoring run put the game out of reach for Puerto Rico, as the U.S. went on to take the final set 25-17.
“In general I think we are always using matches to learn,” captain Christa Dietzen told USA Volleyball. “I think each match we are working to improve, and I think we did that tonight. Now we are preparing for Netherlands.”
Team USA will take on the Netherlands, ranked No. 11 in the world, on Monday at 2 p.m. ET.