Gibbemeyer shines for USA over Brazil
JIANGMEN, China, June 6, 2018 - Team USA continued on their
winning ways, overpowering Brazil 3-1 (25-23 26-28, 25-21,
25-18) and seeing big-hitting Lauren Gibbemeyer shine with 16
points in women's fourth-round action in the FIVB Volleyball
The Americans look to have played themselves into an
irresistible run of form as the VNL finals start to loom on the
horizon and their effort in the last set in particular would not
have made pretty viewing for any potential rivals come the
business end of the tournament.
The likes of middle blocker Gibbemeyer - who had eight huge
blocks - along with wing spiker and captain Jordan Larson (16
points) and middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (13 points)
showcased once again just how deep their talent pool runs.
Consider the fact that none of the three took part in the
previous night's clash with Russia.
Brazil stuck in there, after their heroics the night before
against China, but just couldn't break the shackles applied by
the Americans' accuracy and their court coverage. Leading the
way for the beaten brigade were middle blocker Ana Carolina Da
Silva with 14 points and wing spiker Amanda Francisco with 12.
There was some mystery at the end as Brazilian star Tandara
Caixeta sat out the third and fourth stanzas, after looking to
struggle in the first two on her way to five points.
It was a battle between the top two teams in the VNL, coming in
to this fourth-round encounter, and it certainly lived up to its
billing with the lead fluctuating throughout and neither outfit
really ever dominating.
The USA (10-1) now finish up round four with a Thursday night
match-up again China, while Brazil (9-2) will look to get back
to winning ways against Russia.