The United States swept the VNL QC leg with a victory over Thailand

The US team celebrates during a match against Thailand in the Volleyball League of Nations. FIVB PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Ali Franti unleashed 27 points as the United States avoided a slow start before taking down Thailand, 17-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-18, to finish four games in the League of Volleyball Nations (VNL). )) End of Quezon City on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The 6-foot-1 striker unloaded 24 attacks, two blocks and an ace, giving the defending champion a seventh victory in eight games for the second set after a masterful stay in Week 2.

Kelsey Robinson also made a multi-faceted effort with 11 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists, while middle blockers Chiaka Ogbogu and Anna Stevenson joined with 10 points each, providing four of the last eight blocks.

Frantti is delighted to be able to overcome worries after Ajcharaporn Kongyot and Chatchu-on Moksri won the first set for Thailand before the United States won the remainder of the match for its 17th victory in its 18 games against the Southeast Asian Games.

“I think in the first set we had a little trembling and then we managed to settle down and overcome our nerves. I think our team did a good job, “said the American Chieri player in the Italian A1 Series.

“I feel great that all the teams are amazing. Each team did their best and I liked that. We didn’t take anything for granted, everyone here is really good, so we are really happy with what happened today. “

The US team will play next in Calgary, Canada to finish the three-legged tournament.

The last time the Thais defeated the Americans was at the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Grand Prix in 2009 with a five-set victory in Bangkok.

Kongyot led Thailand by 25 points, while Moksri had 13 points, 13 points and 12 assists just to take their third straight loss in four games in Week 2.

After winning three of their first four games in Week 1, the Thais fell to 4-4 at No. 8, in need of strong finish in the third week in Sofia, Bulgaria to qualify for the final round, where only the top seven teams and host Turkey.

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