Not so much because of the result but mostly because of the fact it was deprived of the help of two starters, the United States made quite a feat by advancing to the semifinals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s volleyball tournament.
Without its starting opposite hitter and setter, the United States still dominated the Dominican Republic in the quarterfinals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s volleyball tournament, sweeping the rival 3-0 (25-11, 25-20, 25-19).
Both Jordan Thompson and Jordyn Poulter sat on the bench dressed for the match but neither was used by the head coach Karch Kiraly and it remains to be seen whether they will be ready for the semifinals, the fourth in a row for the USA at the Olympic Games. These two were replaced by Andrea Drews (top scorer of the match with 21 points, 52.8 % attack; 21/36; 2 errors) and Micha Hancock. Michelle Bartsch-Hackley had 81.3 % reception (13/16). Brayelin Martínez tallied 16 points for the Dominican Republic.
2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s volleyball tournament – quarterfinals:
South Korea – Turkey 3-2 (17-25, 25-17, 28-26, 18-25, 15-13)
Dominican Republic – USA 0-3 (11-25, 20-25, 19-25)
Serbia – Italy, 10 a.m. CET
Brazil – ROC, 2:30 p.m. CET