Former Los Al Griffin Justine Wong-Orantes had 15 digs, and 15 excellent receptions on 17 chances as the United States women’s national team defeated Turkey 25-21, 24-26, 25-19, 25-12 on Friday on the fourth day of competition at the FIVB World Grand Prix in Macau, China.
The win improved the United States record to 4-0, making them the only undefeated team at the World Grand Prix, a distinction that only lasted one day as the American women then fell to Italy 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 13-25, 15-13) on Saturday, and then lost to reigning Olympic Games champion China 25-27, 25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 15-11 to conclude its second round of play in Macau.
Agan in a starting role, Justine Wong-Orantes (Cypress, California) compiled 20 digs and 17 excellent receptions on 24 attempts in the match against Italy and against China was credited with a team-high 14 digs and 19 excellent receptions on 20 errorless chances.
The U.S., now 4-2 after consecutive five-set losses to China and Italy after defeating both teams in three sets last week, has a long journey to Cuiaba, Brazil, for upcoming matches versus Netherlands on July 20, Belgium on July 21 and host Brazil on July 23 in the third and final World Grand Prix preliminary weekend. The World Grand Prix is the premier annual international tournament for women.
- US Women Sweep China, Now 3-0 in World Grand Prix (teamusa.org, July 13, 2017)
- US Women Down Turkey 3-1 in World Grand Prix (teamusa.org, July 14, 2017)
- U.S. Women Lose for First Time in 2017 World Grand Prix (teamusa.org, July 15, 2017)