The U.S. women’s national volleyball team suffered its first loss at the FIVB World Championship as China, ranked No. 1 in the world, swept the Americans 25-17, 26-24, 25-18 in a second-round Pool F match on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. The Americans' record in the tournament is now 7-1.
China outblocked the United States 9-3 and limited its errors to eight for the match. China had a .439 hitting efficiency.
The United States can still advance to the third round (Final Six) with a victory over undefeated Italy on the final day of the second round on Thursday. The United States can also advance with a loss to Italy as long as the Russians also lose to China.
Hooper native and former Husker Jordan Larson led the Americans with 14 points via 12 kills on 30 attacks, one block and one ace serve.