Kelsey Robinson, back in the USA uniform for the first time since the Olympics, led with 13 kills, four digs and an ace as the Americans defeated Bulgaria 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 to open the second round of Volleyball Nations League.

Danielle Cuttino, a newcomer to the USA VNL roster, had 10 kills, two blocks and seven digs in the match in Quezon City, Philippines.

Hannah Tapp added nine kills, a block and two digs. Kathryn Plummer led with nine digs and had seven digs and Haleigh Washington had four kills, two blocks, four aces and four kills.

Kelsey Robinson attacks against Bulgaria/Volleyball World photo

Micha Hancock set and had a kill, a block, an ace, and six digs. The team had 44 kills. 

Libero Justine Wong-Orantes had eight digs.

Miroslava Paskova led Bulgaria with 11 kills and Silvana Chausheva had eight. 

The USA improved to 4-1 and plays Poland on Thursday night.

“We have a very different group here than we had in Shreveport,” USA coach Karch Kiraly told USA Volleyball. “We have a real challenge of figuring out ways to connect, to bring out the best in each other and to elevate the play and the performance of the people around us.

“We certainly didn’t play our best volleyball, and that is to be expected with a lot of people playing their first USA match of the 2022 season. We did get things better. It was good that we got uncomfortable and had some chances to reset and some chances to upgrade some things.”

Also in the Philippines on Wednesday, China swept Belgium and the Dominican Republic was to play Korea.

Later in Brasilia, Brazil, Brazil was to play Turkey and Poland was scheduled to play Thailand.

The second round got underway on Tuesday when Thailand swept Canada and Japan did the same to Poland in the Philippines. In Brasilia, Germany beat the Netherlands in four and Italy did the same to Serbia.

Kathryn Plummer, left, and Haleigh Washington block against Bulgaria/Volleyball World photo


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