Bangkok, Thailand, July 9, 2016 – The United States moved a step closer to retaining their title, following their 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-14) victory over Russia in the second semifinal match in the 2016 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Finals at Indoor Stadium Huamark on Saturday.
Kimberly Hill scored a match-high 17 points, including 11 spikes, one block and five aces for USA. Jordan Larson added 12 points, while Rachael Adams assistant with four points on blocks. Nataliya Goncharova led Russia with 14 points.
USA started off strong in the first set, with Hill and Larson unleashing powerful attacks. Russia bounced back, with Goncharova and Fetisova leading the assault. USA solidly played to clinch the first set 25-20.
USA’s Karsta Lowe helped out Hill and Larson, and contributed to the USA offence with her powerful spikes. Russia increase the tempo but USA played more consistently to gain a one-point cushion at 24-23, before Alisha Glass drop shot secured the second set victory 25-23.
USA controlled the third set and built a commanding lead. They led from beginning to end and won set and match 25-14.