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USA women overcome Brazil for fourth straight time

USA got a boost in their preparations for the World Grand Prix with four straight wins over rivals Brazil
 Honolulu, Hawaii, July 12, 2014 – With the FIVB World Grand Prix only weeks away, the U.S. women’s national volleyball team, ranked second in the world, continued to send a message to the top volleyball powers of the world by defeating top-ranked Brazil in a fourth straight match in the USA Volleyball Cup. USA won 3-2 (22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11) in the finale in front of 6,000 fans in Honolulu.

Kelsey Robinson sparked the U.S. women with 22 points including 20 kills on 47 attacks and two blocks. Nicole Fawcett turned in 16 points in just the first three sets via 11 kills, three blocks and two aces. Kelly Murphy, playing just the final two sets in place of Fawcett, pocketed 15 kills on 27 attacks as the opposite position combined for 31 points in the match. Rachael Adams scored nine kills and a team-high four blocks for 13 points.

Brazil was led by Fe Garay’s 18 points followed by Monique’s 17 points. Thaisa notched 13 points and Fabiana scored 10.

Brazil held advantages of 17-13 in blocks and 7-4 in aces, but the Americans were more efficient in attacking with a 38 kill percent with a 59 positive reception percent. Meanwhile, Brazil was held to a 32 kill percent. Team USA held a 55-50 dig advantage.

The U.S. won the first three meetings of the four-match USA Volleyball Cup series. The Americans topped Brazil 3-1 (25-22, 25-27, 25-19, 25-19) on July 5 at Irvine, Calif., then followed with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-20) victory the following night in Los Angeles. After the series shifted to Honolulu, Team USA battled to a 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 27-25, 25-27, 15-11) victory on July 11.

Both teams are in their final preparations for the FIVB World Grand Prix that starts Aug. 1 and goes through Aug. 24. USA and Brazil will meet in the second Preliminary Round weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Aug. 10. The two teams have qualified for the FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship taking place Sept. 23 to Oct. 12 in various Italian cities.

The U.S. women have lost to Brazil in the last two Olympic Games gold-medal matches in 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London).

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