USA roar past Germany into semifinals


Kathryn Plummer led USA with 16 points in the victory over Germany

Lima, Peru, August 14, 2015 –United States advanced to the semifinals of the FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship with a solid 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-20) victory over Germany at Eduardo Dibos Coliseum of Lima on Friday.

The United States side dominated their opponents in all aspects of the game while establishing big margins of 10-3 and 12-3 in the blocks and serves categories, respectively.

Kathryn Plummer led United States with 16 points, including five blocks and two aces, while Alexis Sun and Khalia Lanier added 11 and 10, respectively. Ronika Stone chipped in with 9 points in the win.

Hanna Orthmann ended with 8 points as the best scorer for Germany.

United States dominated the first set with 8-3 and 16-7 advantages. Germany improved in the latter stages it was not enough. Sun finished the set 25-19 with a big bomb.

The heavy spikes by Plummer carried United States to an 8-4 lead in the second set. The Americans won the next eight points for a 16-4 difference. The set finished 25-11 with the block by Pittman against Orthmann.
United States led 8-6 in the third and expanded the gap to 12-6 with a four-point rally led by two aces of Lanier. The set closed at 25-20.


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