USA extend perfect record to 6-0
OSAKA, Japan, October 7, 2018 - The United States picked up from
where they left off in Kobe by winning their opening Pool F game
in Osaka on Sunday, defeating Bulgaria 3-0.
The reigning world champions came to Osaka from Kobe with a 5-0
win-loss record and extended that 100 per cent run to 6-0 with a
fluid 25-16, 25-17, 25-11 victory in 72 minutes over the eastern
Europeans, who dropped to 2-4.
Kimberly Hill led the USA attack with 13 points, lefty Karsta
Lowe added 12 and Captain Jordan Larson kept her team flowing
with nine points.
Bulgaria's main scorers were middle blocker Nasya Dimitrova (11)
and wing spiker Miroslava Paskova with nine.
In Nagoya, Sarina Koga scored a match-high 23 points as Japan
held off the Dominican Republic 3-2 (25-17, 28-26, 22-25, 25-27,
15-11) in a five-set thriller. Ai Kurogo added 20 and Mai
Okumura had 11 for the winners.
Bethania De La Cruz was the top scorer in the loss for the
Dominicans with 21 points. Brayelin Martinez and Yonkaira Peña
added 19 and 17, respectively, and Jineiry Martínez finished
Japan entered the match with a 4-1 record, while the Dominican
Republic was 3-2.
Japan looked headed for a 3-0 victory before the momentum
switched late in the second set. The Dominican block and attack
troubled Japan in the middle sets. Japan finally regained their
footing in the final set with good serves and blocks.
Nagoya, Tijana Boskovic scored 11 points as Serbia opened play
in the second round with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-15) victory
Brankica Mihajlovic and Stefana Veljkovic notched 10 points each
in the win for Serbia. Andrea Rangel paced Mexico with 14 points
in the loss.
Lonneke Sloetjes scored 12 points as the Netherlands remained
unbeaten with a 3-0 victory (25-16, 25-15, 25-20) over Puerto
Rico. The Netherlands entered the match with a 5-0 record, while
Puerto Rico was 2-3.
Yvon Belien and Anne Buijs added 11 points each in the triumph.
Daly Santana was the high scorer for Puerto Rico with 11 points.
The Dutch played solidly in the comprehensive win, serving,
blocking and attack well. Puerto Rico struggled with reception
at times and was unable to contend with the power of their