Kelsey Robinson leads Team USA to sweep of Germany
Courtesy: USA Volleyball
Outside hitter Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach, California) scored 18 points for the U.S. Women’s National Team as it defeated Germany 25-18, 25-22, 25-18 on Wednesday evening to win its second straight FIVB Volleyball Nations League match in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The U.S. used a 9-2 run to go up 17-9 in the opening set and cruised into a 25-18 victory. Team USA overcame a 20-18 deficit in the second set by scoring seven of the final nine points with three aces to win 25-22. The Americans used a key 5-0 run to stake a 19-14 lead in the third set and closed out the match with a 25-18 victory.
“I think we came out better (than Tuesday in 3-1 win over Korea), but I don’t think we are dialed in as we need to be,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. “That was not Germany’s first team, but mostly their second team. There are still some things we need to clean up. We can be happy with the win, happy with the 3-0 result and unhappy with some things we need to get better at. Our blocking was not nearly effective as it should have been over the course of the evening. We also had some really nice, tough serving from Kelsey Robinson and Jordan Thompson – just jumping high, hitting it really flat over the net. We are creating these opportunities, but we are not taking advantage of them with a clean block.”
Robinson collected 18 points with 11 kills on 25 attacks, four blocks and three aces. Opposite Jordan Thompson (Edina, Minnesota) tallied nine kills on 27 attacks, three aces and two blocks for 14 points. Outside hitter Mikaela Foecke (West Point, Iowa), starting her second match in a row after getting married this past Saturday, scored 14 points via 13 kills on 20 attacks and an ace.