July 8, 1999
Palma de Mallorca, Spain - In its most dominating performance of the tournament thus far, the USA women's volleyball team (2-2) defeated Switzerland 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19) today at San Jose Obrero. The win is Team USA's second consecutive victory. UCLA's Elisabeth Bachman (Farmington, Minn.) was outstanding for the second straight game, leading the U.S. squad with eight blocks and adding eight kills. Jenna Wrobel (Naperville, Ill.) paced Team USA with 17 kills.
"This is a young group and for most of them, this is their first international competition," head coach Jim Stone said. "We're getting more comfortable with each game and playing with more confidence."
The early start time of the match (10:00 a.m.) seemed to affect both teams in the opening stages of game one. Play was marked by unforced errors on both sides and Switzerland jumped out to a 7-4 lead. Team USA then ran off four straight points, three on kills by Wrobel, to take its first lead of the game. With the U.S. leading 18-17, the red, white and blue then closed the game with a 7-2 run that included three blocks. Wrobel contributed six kills in game one.
Games two and three were much like the opening frame, with Team USA falling behind early, grabbing the lead in the middle of the contest and extending that lead at the end. The United States trailed by as many as four points in game two but used an 8-2 run to take its first lead of the game. Then, leading 17-16, they scored eight of the game's last 10 points, punctuated by a Leslie Tuiasosopo (Woodinville, Wash.) kill to end the game. Tuiasosopo, a middle blocker from the University of Washington, had seven kills and no hitting errors for a .580 hitting percentage in the match. Though the U.S. never trailed after grabbing a 7-6 lead in game three, they didn't pull away until a 6-2 run put them up 19-14. From there, they traded points with the Swiss until a hitting error gave Team USA the victory.
Team USA continues play tomorrow against Canada at noon at Galatzo. Canada defeated Ukraine 3-2 today in its first game of the consolation bracket.