With the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals championship already secured, the United States added a three-set victory over China on Sunday to cap the tournament. The top-ranked Americans avenged their July 18 five-set loss to China with a 25-23, 25-19, 25-18 sweep before an announced crowd of 8,500 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Karsta Lowe and Megan Easy combined for 26 spikes to power the U.S. in its final test before the first 2016 Olympic qualifying tournament – the FIVB Women’s World Cup from
Aug. 22 to Sept. 6 in Japan. The victory capped a good week for the U.S. women’s national team as it readies for the 2016 Olympics. The U.S. team playing at the Pan American Games in Toronto swept Brazil 25-22, 25-21, 28-26 on Saturday to win the gold medal. – AP
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