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May 23, 2018: U.S. Women Sweep Netherlands to Take VNL Lead

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 23, 2018) – Jordan Larson (Hooper, Nebraska) notched 18 points to lead the second-ranked U.S. Women’s National Team past Netherlands 25-19, 25-21, 25-23 in FIVB Volleyball Nations League action Wednesday in Toyota, Japan.

Jordan Larson attacks against NetherlandsWith the victory over previously undefeated Netherlands, Team USA will conclude the fifth day of competition atop the 16-team standings with a 4-1 record and 13 points. Netherlands, ranked eighth in the world, falls to 4-1 in the tournament with 11 points. The Americans face Belgium on May 24 at 2:30 a.m. ET in Toyota, Japan, before traveling to play three matches each in Thailand, China and Argentina. The U.S. has won three consecutive matches in straight sets.

The U.S. broke a 3-all tie in the opening set to stake a 7-3 advantage, then never allowed Netherlands closer than three points the rest of the set in winning 25-19. Trailing 15-14 in the second set, the Americans used a 5-1 spurt to grab a 19-15 advantage and went on to win 25-21. Netherlands scored seven unanswered points to tie the third set at 19-all, but could never take the lead as Team USA won 25-23.

Larson tallied 14 kills on 37 attacks, two blocks and two aces on 14 serves to reach her team-leading 18 points. Kim Hill (Portland, Oregon) charted 12 kills on 32 swings. The two starting outside hitters combined for 26 of 69 attacking for a 37.7 kill percent.

Opposite Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Illinois) contributed seven kills on 16 swings, two blocks and an ace for 10 points. Middle Foluke Akinradewo (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) pocketed six kills on 10 swings and two blocks. Middle Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minnesota) recorded six kills on 15 swings. Setter Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, California) added a block and an ace for two points, while Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (Champaign, Illinois) came off the bench in all three sets to provide a block and ace.

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