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Sept. 23, 2019: U.S. Women Fall to China in Battle of Undefeated FIVB World Cup Teams

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 23, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s National Team, ranked No. 3 in the world, lost to No. 2 China 25-16, 25-17, 25-22 on Monday in a battle of the final two undefeated teams in the FIVB World Cup in Sapporo, Japan.

Karsta Lowe hits through the Chinese triple blockTeam USA falls to 6-1 and into second place in the 12-team round robin World Cup. The Americans return to the court on Tuesday to face NORCECA rival Dominican Republic (played at 11:30 p.m. ET on Monday). The FIVB World Cup matches will be streamed live on FloVolleyball.tv.

Related: Unofficial Stats | Updated World Cup Standings

China raced to an 18-9 advantage in the opening set and went on to win 25-16. China used a 5-0 run to go up 18-12 in the second set and cruised to a 25-17 victory. China opened up a 12-7 advantage in the third set, then held off the Americans who closed to one point before winning 25-22.

Opposite Karsta Lowe (Rancho Santa Fe, California) came off the bench and led Team USA with nine kills on 20 attacks and a block for 10 points. Outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Nebraska) added eight kills and a block for nine points. Starting opposite Annie Drews (Elkhart, Indiana) scored six kills on 12 attacks, while outside hitter Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach, California) turned in five kills.

Middle Chiaka Ogbogu (Coppell, Texas) totaled three kills and a block for five points, while outside hitter Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (Champaign, Illinois) charted four kills. Middle Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Colorado) downed four kills and setters Jordyn Poulter (Aurora, Colorado) and Lauren Carlini (Aurora, Illinois) each scored one point.

Justine Wong-Orantes (Cypress, California), who entered as the libero midway through the second set, produced eight digs and handled 13 receptions with a 62 positive percent. Starting libero Megan Courtney (Dayton, Ohio) handled 25 receptions with a 40 positive percent to go with five digs. Robinson was credited with a 62 positive reception percent on 13 chances. Larson was 57 percent positive on seven receptions.

The U.S. was held to a 36 kill percent for the match and .196 hitting efficiency (40-18-112). In contrast, China converted 46 percent of its attacks with a .337 hitting efficiency (42-11-92) according to the unofficial stats.

China held its errors to just 10 for the match while holding advantages of 11-6 in blocks and 5-1 in aces. The Chinese produced a 43-38 margin in kills.

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