FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix 2012

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USA use balanced attack to beat Chinese Taipei


Destinee Hooker scored 15 points to lead USA to a 3-0 victory over Chinese Taipei on Saturday

 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 9, 2012 – Two-time defending champions USA defeated Chinese Taipei in straight sets (25-10, 25-22, 25-12) to claim their second victory in two days in Pool B of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Santo Domingo.

Destinee Hooker and Foluke Akinradewo led the balanced attack of USA with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Megan Hodge and Jordan Larson each contributed eight points. Chen Wan Ting was Chinese Taipei’s top scorer with eight points.

The Americans held the advantage in blocks (9-3) and aces (7-3), and made 11 unforced errors to 27 from their opponents.

The Americans took an 8-5 lead in the first set with two consecutive aces by Akinradewo and a huge spike from Harmotto. Behind two massive spikes by Akinradewo and an ace by Harmotto, USA extended the lead to 16-7 at the second break.  Akinradewo and Hooker combined block and spike for a 19-8 advantage and the Americans never looked back. Hooker followed up her own block and another by Larson with a cross-court blast for 25-10.

USA jumped to a 4-0 lead in the second set behind spikes from Hooker and Larson. Wen scored the first point for Chinese Taipei and Hooker answered back. Chen’s kill made the score 5-2. Hooker levitated for another smash but Liao hit one off the American block. One sharp shot by Hodge gave USA an 8-4 margin. Chinese Taipei tied the score at 8-8 with two spikes by Tsai after two American errors. Liao landed an ace for a 9-8 lead and Tsai blocked the soft spike of Hooker to make it 10-8. Hodge tied the action at 12-all. Consecutive spikes by Chen and Liao gave Taipei a 16-14 lead at the second pause. USA tied the score via spikes by Larson and Hodge. A block and ace by Larson and Tom, respectively, put the Americans 21-19 ahead. A bomb from the arm of Larson closed the set 25-22 for USA.

The Americans led 8-3 at the first TTO of the third set and continued to an 16-8 advantage. Tom and Haneef maintained the lead with two huge kills while Teng responded from the opposite side. Haneef again hit a bomb for 19-10 and Tom followed with a terrific ace. It was “Haneef-time” now as she scored again for 21-10. Scott scored down the middle and Hodge did the same. Scott served an ace off the net cord and Hodge attacked for the victory at 25-12.



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