Bolstered by the return of several Olympic players, the U.S. women's national volleyball team opened the USA Volleyball Cup in Anaheim by sweeping Brazil 25-21, 25-14, 29-27 on Sunday night.
Olympians Foluke Akinradewo, a Stanford grad, Rachael Adams, Kim Hill and Jordan Larson gave American fans much to cheer inside the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. The teams played a bonus fourth set (Brazil, 25-22) as well.
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Rookie Annie Drews all but stole the thunder of her veteran Olympic teammates. She totaled 18 points, with 14 kills on 26 attacks, three blocks and an ace during the official three sets of the match. Including the bonus set, she tallied 21 points. Larson chipped in 15 points with 12 kills on 24 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Adams pocketed 11 points in the official three-sets with nine kills on 12 swings and two blocks.
The U.S. used a 6-3 run to break a 15-all tie in the opening set and capture the win at 25-21 as Larson and Drews each compiled five points on a combined 8-of-13 hitting.
Drews added eight points in the second set as Team USA rolled to a 25-14 victory.
In the third set, the Americans held off three Brazil set points before gaining the upperhand and winning 29-27 on its second match-point opportunity.
Hill tacked on nine kills on 20 attacks, while Akinradewo scored five kills on nine swings. Setter Carli Lloyd completed the scoring with a kill, ace and block for three points. She also set Team USA to a 53 kill percent and .404 hitting efficiency (50-12-94).
Hill was credited with a 67 positive reception percent on a team-best 27 chances. Libero Megan Courtney, a former outside hitter with the U.S., handled 11 receptions with a 45 positive percent. Larson added a 79 positive reception percent on 14 chances.