The United States Women’s Volleyball were able to withstand a charging Brazil team to win their second match of the 2012 London Olympics.
The American team, led by a phenomenal Destinee Hooker, won the set three games to one, 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, and 25-21.
Hooker gave another explosive effort and finished with 23 spikes and eight blocks for a total of 23 points. Jordan Larson also gave a strong performance with 36 spikes for 18 points during today’s match against Brazil and Foluke Akinradewo added another 9 points and 9 spikes.
Mass Live reports that the American Team and Brazil are now 21-21 in career play. Recently, however, the Americans have been dominant. The Brazil team has now lost its last five international matches to the Americans.
But it hasn’t always been that way. In 2008, the Brazilian beat the Americans for the Gold Medal. Brazil held the number one ranking for four consecutive years until the Americans took the title in 2011. The USA Women’s Team is hoping to keep their number one world ranking by earning their first gold medal in team history.
Today’s win over Brazil was a big one for the Americans but they’ll face an even bigger challenge on Wednesday. The United States Women’s Volleyball team will square off against China later this week. China and the United States are currently tied at the top with 6 points each in group play.
Do you think the USA Women’s Volleyball team will be able to capture its first gold medal?