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  • Writer's pictureDave Neeley

Breakdown: USA Women's First Two Wins in Tokyo

The USA women's Olympic volleyball team is seeking its first-ever gold medal after winning silver and bronze in the previous two Olympic tournaments. The squad has come out strong in its first two matches, beating Argentina and top-ranked China, both in straight sets, to start the tournament 2-0.

As we've watched this women's team through two matches, we're reminded of the value strong pin attackers have in helping a team score points and win matches.

The following chart shows the offensive production of each position group.

USA's starting opposite, Jordan Thompson, has been phenomenal in her Olympic debut. She's recorded a kill on 60% of her hitting attempts and has a hitting efficiency of over .500!


NBC's volleyball analyst, Kevin Barnett, has suggested that Team USA's middle attackers should be a larger part of the team's offensive philosophy. He also wants to see more slightly more kills from Team USA's outside hitters.

Clearly, moving forward, Team USA's opponents will have to figure out how to slow down Jordan Thompson. As opposing coaches begin to make some of these adjustments, how will Team USA respond?


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