Nagoya, Japan, November 9, 2010 – USA recorded a straight-sets victory (25-17, 25-22, 25-18) over the Netherlands on the third day of second-round Pool F play at Nippon Gaishi Hall on Tuesday night.
The United States entered the match on the back of their first defeat of the tournament, against Italy on Sunday, but they set the tone from the outset against opponents who had also lost their previous outing, against Thailand.
Destinee Hooker was prominent in attack for the Americans, using her amazing leaping ability to repeatedly pound the opposition, and she finished the match with 20 points including three blocks.
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Logan Tom also made a significant contribution to the win, which puts the US in a good position to qualify for the semifinals with a 5-1 record bettered only by pool leaders Brazil. The veteran Tom recorded 12 points while Jordan Larson and Foluke Akinradewo scored eight apiece.
Hooker scored nine points in the first set as the US prevailed 25-17. The Dutch played better in the second set, showing off good passing skills, and held a 20-17 lead. But Hugh McCutcheon's side ran off three straight points to tie the score 20-20 and then moved ahead at 22-20. The Netherlands drew level at 22-all, but that was as good as it got – the Americans won the next three points on a bad serve and a couple of blocks at the net to take the set.
The US's defensive superiority told in the final set, as the Dutch extended several rallies to no avail and fell 25-18. The defeat left Avital Selinger's team in fifth spot in Pool F with a 2-4 record. This was the 19th meeting between the countries and the US hold a 14-5 advantage. They are next in action against Brazil on Wednesday, while the Netherlands will face Germany.