Undefeated United States women’s volleyball team appear as favorites for gold at Olympics
Destinee Hooker was in blazing-hot form whilst scoring 19 points as the undefeated United States women’s volleyball team acquired their last victory in the preliminary pool play at the 2012 London Olympics. United States grabbed a straight-set victory over Turkey on Sunday night to prove their women’s volleyball team was still among the hot favorites to win gold at the event.
Meanwhile, United States captain Lindsey Beg suffered an injury scare during the third set against Turkey. The three-time Olympian Lindsey Berg injured her left ankle while jumping. No detailed reports or updates about her injury have been provided yet.
Lindsey Berg’s absence from the top-ranked United States squad will certainly be considered as a huge setback. Nonetheless, United States star studded squad is capable of coping up with this setback.
Foluke Akinradewo of United States was also among the top scorers against Turkey. She scored 15 points to take United States to a 27-25, 25-16, 25-19 victory. United States have sealed a quarterfinal spot at the 2012 London Olympics with their triumph over Turkey. The quarterfinal is scheduled for Tuesday.
Turkey fought well against United States, but the American firepower drilled holes in Turkish defense on a regular basis. Neriman Ozsoy was the top scorer for Turkey with 14 points to his name.
Turkey took an 11-5 lead in the beginning of first set, but United States came back with a superb 11-3 run to show they were good offensively as well as defensively. The intense battle between United States and Turkey went on till the third quarter, where Lindsey Berg limped off the volleyball court.
In spite of Lindsey Berg’s absence United States sailed to a comfortable victory against Turkey. United States women have never won gold medal in indoor volleyball at the Olympics. Four years ago at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, United States had the chance of winning gold under coach Lang Ping. However, Brazil defeated United States and left them a consolation silver medal.
Now, United States women’s volleyball team is being coached by Hugh McCutcheon, who led United States men’s volleyball team to gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This is another reason United States women’s volleyball team is expected to win the event.