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St. Louis Area Native Michelle Bartsch-Hackley Key in defeating China

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 13, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s National Team stunned host China with a convincing 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 victory on Thursday to conclude its fourth week of FIVB Volleyball Nations League preliminary round action in Jiangmen, China.

The Americans, ranked third in the world, are now 9-3 overall with 27 points in the VNL, while second-ranked China falls to 9-3 with 26 points. The U.S. plays its fifth and final preliminary round week in Ekaterinburg, Russia, where it will challenge host Russia on June 18, Netherlands on June 19 and Thailand on June 20. All Team USA matches in the VNL matches are being streamed on flovolleyball.tv.

Team USA’s outside hitters posed problems for the Chinese all evening as Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (Champaign, Illinois) and Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach, California) combined for 40 points with 20 apiece. Bartsch-Hackley totaled 17 kills on 33 swings, two aces and a block in the victory. Robinson was dominating on offense with 18 kills on 26 attacks, one block and one ace. Opposite Annie Drews (Elkhart, Indiana) added 13 kills on 24 attacks.

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All Events Calendar | U.S. National Beach Tour

June 11-16 … FIVB Warsaw 4-star
June 14 … USA vs. Canada Women’s Friendly
June 14-15 … Florida BNQ
June 14-16 … Men’s VNL in France
June 15 … USA vs. Canada Women’s Friendly
June 15-16 … HOA Open BNQ
June 15-16 … Carlsbad BNQ
June 16 … Chesapeake Wave BNQ No. 2
June 18-20 … Women’s VNL in Russia
June 21-23 … Men’s VNL in Hoffman Estates
June 22 … IREVA Junior BNQ No. 2
June 23 … Chicago Sand BNQ (Girls)
June 24 … Chicago Sand BNQ (Boys)

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