By Cindy Luis
Alix Klineman and Kelsey Robinson , starting their first matches at the senior level against top-ranked Brazil, combined for 35 points in leading the second-ranked U.S. Women’s National Team to a 25-21, 25-23, 25-20 victory on Sunday evening at the Galen Center on the campus of University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Lauren Gibbemeyer added eight points, including three blocks. Kristin Hildebrand provided seven kills in the victory. Rachael Adams totaled six kills on 12 errorless attacks. Alisha Glass , who set Team USA to a 45 kill percent for the match, contributed two kills and an ace. Libero Nicole Davis ,who played at USC, tallied a team-leading 11 digs.
Brazil was led Fe Garay with eight points, while Fabiana and Thaisa pocketed seven points.
Team USA out-blocked Brazil 7-1 and held a 6-2 advantage in aces. The U.S. defense limited Brazil to a 38 kill percent.
The U.S. won the opening match of the USA Volleyball Cup 25-22, 25-27, 25-19, 25-19 on Saturday evening in Irvine, Calif.
The four-match USA Volleyball Cup shifts to Honolulu with 7 p.m. matches July 11 and 12 at the Stan Sheriff Center.