London Olympics: U.S. women volleyballers defeat Brazil in Olympics
Monday, July 30, 2012 | 1:49 p.m. CDT;
updated 2:14 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 30, 2012
United States' Destinee Hooker, left, and teammate Jordan Larson celebrate during a women's preliminary volleyball match against Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Monday.
LONDON — The U.S. women's volleyball team defeated Brazil 3-1 on Monday at the Olympics in an early-round rematch of the Beijing Games final won by the Brazilians.
Destinee Hooker had 23 points, and wing spiker Jordan Larson added 18 for the top-ranked Americans, who won 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 to improve to 2-0 in pool play at Earls Court.
Sheilla Castro had 15 points for No. 2 Brazil, which was energized after a third-set victory but lost when Logan Tom's floater fell for match point in the fourth set.
Brazil has lost five straight international matches to the U.S. The teams are 21-21 in career play.
In earlier matches, China, South Korea and Russia all won.
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