Great block by American players
Beijing, August 13, 2008 - The United States bounced back from their straight loss to Cuba on August 11 to defeat Venezuela in four sets (25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 25-18) in Pool A of the Olympic Women's Volleyball tournament at Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium on Wednesday.
With the win, USA improved their win-loss record to 2-1, making a step further to the quarter-finals while Venezuela dropped to 0-3.
Razor-sharp spikes from frontline Tayyiba Haneef-Park (USA) and several back-court attacks by Kimberly Glass (USA) gave USA a great start and they took the set 25-15.
But Venezuela, who have not won a single set in the previous two matches, fought back in the second set, with Jayce Andrade (VEN) combining with Desiree Glod and spiking through the weak American's blockers. Two fabulous drop-shots from Aleoscar Blanco (VEN) gave Venezuela an advanced lead and the set 25-20. This was the first set Venezuela won in the tournament.
Captain Robyn Ah Mow-Santos's sudden drop-shot caught the Venezuela defence off-guard affecting their rhythm. Venezuela committed crucial mistakes on their defence to give their opponents the lead in the third set which Haneef-Park continued to widen with deadly spiking.
USA maintained their momentum in the fourth set using Glass's back-court spikes from the right and a service error by Blanco into the net gave the set and the game to the United States.
Haneef-Park finished with a game-high 17 points.