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USA snap three-match World Grand Prix losing streak against Netherlands


USA captain Kristin Lynn Hildebrand leads the celebration after victory

Belgrade, Serbia, August 10, 2013 – Reigning World Grand Prix champions USA snapped a three-match competition losing streak against the Netherlands with a straight-sets 3-0 (25-20, 26-16, 25-12) win in their second pool F match.


It was the USA's fourth victory of the 2013 World Grand Prix season and snapped an eight-year-old losing streak after defeats against the Netherlands in 2005, 2007 and 2009.


Netherlands started the match with more determination, and by the first technical time-out were two points ahead at 8-6, but USA's Kimberly Hill created so many problems for the Dutch receivers on her serve, that the USA were able to get even and then get ahead.


Netherlands picked up the pace and got back in front at 16-14, but once again the USA tied the set (17-17) so the teams entered the final stage on level terms. In an exciting finish Cassidy Lichtmann's tricky services were a problem for the Dutch receivers and the USA wrapped it up 25-20.


The second set saw USA take firm control of the match. At the first technical time-out the USA were in front (8-5) and their lead only got bigger. Netherlands struggled to find an answer and the USA doubled their lead and took the second set 25-16 for a 2-0 lead.


With Hill on serve, the USA picked up the first six points of the third set and made a clear statement to the Netherlands that they wanted to wrap up the match in straight sets.


USA coach Karch Kiraly took the opportunity to let some of the reserves play out the final set, and a Regan Hood ace made it 25-12 for a flawless victory.


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