U.S. women’s volleyball beats China, finishes atop Pool B

karch kiraly
AP
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Before the U.S. women’s volleyball team had even completed its match against China Sunday, they had wrapped up the top spot in Pool B by virtue of winning the second and third sets.

China took the first set 25-22, but Karch Kiraly’s team would win the next three to complete pool play undefeated. Next up for the Americans will be Japan, which defeated Argentina to take fourth place in Pool A.

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Jordan Larson-Burbach led four Americans who finished in double digits in kills with 15, and she also had a team-best 14 digs.. Foluke Akinradewo added 13 kills, and Kelly Murphy and Kelsey Robinson had 11 apiece. Kayla Banwarth was second on the team in digs with nine. The U.S. grabbed control of the match during the second set, which they led by as much as eight on three separate occasions before winning 25-17.

While China would be competitive in each of the next two sets, the reigning Olympic gold medalists won both by a score of 25-19 two wrap up the match and a 5-0 record in pool play.