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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 23-30 … WCNT-Anaheim Training
June 27-July 6 … Girls Junior National Championships
June 28-July 7 … FIVB Beach World Championships
June 28-30 … Men’s VNL in Bulgaria
June 28 … Women’s National Team Red vs. Blue
June 29-30 … Pacific Northwest BNQ
June 29-30 … Rocky Mountain Region BNQ
June 30-July 7 … Boys Junior National Championships
June 30-July 5 … Men’s Collegiate National Training Team Program
July 4-7 … FIVB Qidong 2-star
July 8-12 … Girls Future Select Training Program
July 8-12 … Girls Youth A3 Training Program
July 8-12 … Girls Select Skills National Training Program
July 8-12 … Girls Youth A3 Training Program
July 9-14 … FIVB Gstaad 5-star
July 10-14 … FIVB Volleyball Nations League Men’s Final