USA to face Russia in Montreux Volley Masters semifinals


Montreux, Switzerland, May 30, 2013 – Outclassing the
Dominican Republic in straight sets 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-14), world No. 2 USA
kept a clean sheet after the preliminary round of the 2014 Montreux Volley

USA’s women improved their win-loss record to 3-0, whilst the Caribbean team till wait for their first success in Montreux.

As winner of Pool B, USA
will face Russia in Saturday’s semifinals. The Dominican Republic will
challenge Brazil in the race for fifth place.

USA jumped out for an
8-7 early in the opening set. Even though the Dominicans tried their best to
resist the powerful USA attack, they couldn’t cope with the speed and
precision of the opponents.

Led by Kristin Hildebrand,
the US ladies slowly took control of the game. Mambru Casilla answered with
some hammers from the right side, but couldn’t stop the American powerhouse in
the crucial phase of the first set. Five consecutive points from 18-18 to 23-18
helped USA enter the first set break with a hard-earned 1-0 lead.

The Dominicans, traumatised
by the unexpected end in the first set, had lost their positive spirit from the
beginning of the match at the start of the second set. USA, on the other hand, kept
the pace high. Kelsey Robinson fired several missiles in the opponent’s court,
while the block and defense specialists showed their incomparable skills in
defense. As a consequence, the North Americans sailed to an easy 25-11 in the
second period.

Things didn’t change in the
third set with the USA heading toward an undisputed straight-sets win. TeTori
Dixon closed it out at 25-14 with an ace.

The best scorer of Friday’s clash was USA’s Kelsey Robinson with
13 kills. Mambru Casilla was the strongest scorer on for the Dominican
Republic, with nine points. 


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