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VNL MVP Drews inspires USA in 2019

Annie Drews celebrates a point during the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League
Lausanne, Switzerland, November 25, 2019 - Three USA players who were voted on to the Dream Team of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League were the country's most regular starters this year with Andrea 'Annie' Drews also claiming a team-high 335 kills.

MVP Drews (23 match starts), Best Middle Blocker Haleigh Washington (22) and Best Libero Megan Courtney (21)  were key to the United States' results in 2019 with other leading players including Kelsey Robinson, Chiaka Ogbogu and Jordan Larson. Drews was also voted Best Opposite at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup in September, while Robinson received a Best Outside Spiker award.

The team played a total of 51 tournament matches in 2019 resulting in 44 wins and 7 losses. Get the stats below and read more on the USA Volleyball website.

- 40 players suited up for Team USA in 2019 with all but three having at least one match start
- Drews led the way in match starts with 23, followed by Washington (22), Courtney (21), Robinson (21) and Ogbogu (21).

- Robinson played the most sets in 2019 at 90, followed by Courtney at 87.
- As a team, the U.S. held a .327 hitting efficiency while converting 45.4 percent of its attacks. The Americans averaged 2.87 blocks and 1.59 aces per set. In contrast, Team USA’s defense limited opponents to a .194 hitting efficiency and 36.0 kill percent. Opponents averaged just 0.96 aces per set and 2.69 blocks per set.
- Drews totaled a team-high 335 kills in 2019, 72 more than Robinson’s 263 kills.

- Among players with at least 20 sets played, Robinson had the highest kill percent at 57.8 followed by Ogbogu with 55.9 percent. Hannah Tapp converted 54.2 percent of her attacks.
- Karsta Lowe averaged a team-best 4.60 points per set, followed by Drews at 4.56 and Jordan Thompson at 4.51. Robinson was the top point scorer for non-opposites at 3.50 points per set.
- Ogbogu had the highest hitting efficiency at .451 among hitters with at least 75 attacks. Tori Dixon was second at .443, closely followed by Dana Rettke at .442. Robinson had the highest hitting efficiency among non-middles at .376.
- Tapp had the highest blocks per set, a 0.93 average, among players with at least 30 sets played. Ogbogu was second at 0.77 blocks per set.
- Sarah Wilhite Parsons held a 0.42 ace average, the highest among players with at least 30 sets played.
- Justine Wong-Orantes compiled a team-leading 3.02 digs per set in 53 sets played. Lauren Carlini was second in digs at 2.87, followed by Courtney’s 2.64 digs per set.
- Wong-Orantes held the highest reception efficiency at .550 among players with at least 100 attempts. Robinson was second at .547, followed by Jordan Larson at .528.
- Jordyn Poulter compiled the most assists per set at 11.80, followed by Carlini at 11.40.

USA won their second consecutive Volleyball Nations League title in 2019 after also winning the competition in 2018. They went on to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by winning the Tokyo Volleyball Qualification tournament in Shreveport-Bossier City at the beginning of August before finishing second at the Women's World Cup in September.

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