Stanford grad Kristin Richards Hildebrand had 10 kills and recorded an ace while leading an effective receiving game and the U.S. women's national volleyball team downed Japan, 25-17, 26-24, 18-25, 25-20, on Friday.
Lauren Paolini came off the bench to record 12 points as the U.S. won its second straight over the Japanese in front of 3,500 fans at the Walter Pyramid on the campus of Long Beach State.
The three-match USA Volleyball Cup series finishes with a match at JSerra High in San Juan Capistrano on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Americans won the opening match, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23, on Wednesday at UC San Diego.
Team USA is now 7-0 on the season in Karch Kiraly's first season as head coach. He spent the past four years as an assistant coach.
Nicole Davis recorded 16 of USA's 48 digs. The U.S. out-blocked Japan 12-3 to offset Japan's 7-4 advantage in aces.
The Americans converted 37 percent of their kills with a .273 hitting efficiency (51-13-139). Japan was limited to a 33 kill percent and .194 hitting efficiency (46-19-139).
The U.S. Women are ranked No. 1 in the world and won the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. Japan, ranked No. 3 in the world, captured the bronze medal in London last summer.
"In one word I think we are resilient," U.S. player Nicole Fawcett said. "We have been put into some difficult situations and we haven't put it into a negative light. We are working as a team with one goal."
Davis concurred with Fawcett in the team's mentality.
"I think we are resilient as a group and that makes it easy make adjustments," Davis said. "Japan began tipping and we were able to adjust. In the second set we got down and fought back. To do that this early in the quad is a very good sign."