MANILA, Philippines—Ali Frantti unleashed 27 factors as United States averted a sluggish begin earlier than taking down Thailand, 17-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-18, to finish a four-game sweep of Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Quezon City leg on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-1 outdoors hitter unloaded 24 assaults, two blocks, and an ace, giving the defending champion its seventh win in eight video games for the second seed after a masterful stint in Week 2.
Kelsey Robinson additionally delivered an all-around effort with 11 factors, 16 digs, and 7 receptions, whereas center blockers Chiaka Ogbogu and Anna Stevenson chimed in with 10 factors every, offering 4 of the crew’s eight blocks.
Frantti was glad that they have been capable of overcome the jitters after Ajcharaporn Kongyot and Chatchu-on Moksri received the primary set for Thailand earlier than USA swept the rest of the match for its seventeenth victory in its 18 matches towards the Southeast Asian Games queens.
“I think the first set, we had some jitters and then, we were able to settle in and get over our nerves. I think our team did a good job,” mentioned the American participant of Chieri within the Italian Series A1 League.
“It feels awesome all the teams are incredible. Each team gave their best and I loved that. We didn’t take anything for granted everyone’s really good here so we’re really happy with what happened today.”
Team USA will play subsequent in Calgary, Canada to wrap up the three-leg match.
The final time the Thais beat the Americans was within the 2009 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Grand Prix with a five-set victory in Bangkok.
Kongyot led Thailand with 25 factors, whereas Moksri had 13 factors, 13 digs, and 12 receptions just for them to soak up their third straight defeat in 4 matches in Week 2.
From profitable their three of their first 4 matches in Week 1, the Thais dropped to 4-4 within the No.8 spot, needing a sturdy end within the third week in Sofia, Bulgaria to qualify within the closing spherical, the place solely the highest seven squads and host Turkey.
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