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USA defeat out-of-sorts Trinidad and Tobago

 

Kobe, Japan, September 30, 2018 - World champions USA cruised to a second straight victory in Pool C at Kobe Green Arena on Sunday by beating Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 in a one-sided contest.

The Americans followed up their tough victory over Azerbaijan the previous day with a routine 25-11, 25-12, 25-11 success to improve their win-loss record to 2-0 and drop T&T to 0-2.

Michelle Bartsch-Hackley led the USA with 15 points, with 10 spikes, three blocks and two aces, and middle blocker Tetori Dixon added 13, including four blocks and five service aces. Channon Thompson top-scored with eight for T&T.

In the first set, starting wing spiker Michelle Bartsch-Hackley scored her first points of the world championship as USA jumped out to an 8-5 lead at the first TTO. 

Looking sharp and confident, the Americans led 16-10 at the second TTO as an out-of-sorts T&T seemed bereft of the energy and sparkle they had displayed the previous day. USA cruised to the first set 25-11.

T&T's game had fallen to pieces in the first set and they looked to make amends in the second frame as Darlene Ramdin produced a lusty blow on the left to lift their spirits.

The swirling left-handed serves of Karsta Lowe were causing all sorts of problems for the T&T reception and the USA block kept the big hitters quiet as the Americans continued to dominate through middle blocker Rachael Adams at the net. The second set ended 25-12.

T&T were having to work hard for every point and did not help themselves with a series of serve reception errors which opened up the court for USA to power on to a straight-sets victory.





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