The U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team celebrates after a win at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Sept. 1, 2021 in Chiba, Japan.
The top-ranked U.S. women’s sitting volleyball team is one step closer to winning its first world title after sweeping past Germany in the quarterfinals of the WPV Sitting Volleyball World Championships on Wednesday in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
The two-time defending Paralympic champs, Team USA will face Brazil in the semifinals on Thursday, with the medal rounds to follow on Friday.
The U.S. women have won silver medals in each of the last three world championships, which are held every four years. A win at this year’s tournament would secure a berth into the Paralympic Games Paris 2024.
The American women opened the tournament strong, going 3-0 through pool play to earn a bye past the round of 16. Germany proved no match for the U.S. in the quarterfinals, with the Americans winning 25-10, 25-14, 25-9.
The win sets up a semifinal showdown with Brazil, the Paralympic bronze medalist from 2016 and 2020. The U.S. beat Brazil in the semifinals each time.
Brazil is going for its first medal at the world championships after having already eclipsed its best-ever finish at the tournament.
Meanwhile, the U.S. men saw their world championships run come to an end on Tuesday in a quarterfinal loss to Iran, the defending world and two-time defending Paralympic champs. The U.S. men defeated Ukraine 3-1 in a classification game Wednesday.