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Olympic volleyball: Needing a sparkle, Team USA goes to Penn graduate Annie Drews versus Turkey

Olympic volleyball: Needing a sparkle, Team USA goes to Penn graduate Annie Drews versus Turkey

Penn High School and Purdue University graduate Annie Drews of Elkhart gave a fix of energy off the seat Thursday as the U.S. ladies’ volleyball crew endure an alarm from Turkey in Olympic pool play.

It was the third consecutive success for the U.S. group, guaranteeing it a spot in the quarterfinals.

The Americans beat Turkey 25-19, 25-20, 17-25, 20-25, 15-12 in their third pool play match to join Italy at 3-0 in Pool B.

“I know my job right currently is to come in and change games,” Drews said quickly thereafter. “On the off chance that my number is called, I need to effectively bring a little sparkle. Having that job clearness helps a ton.”

The United States is looking for its first gold award in the game and is looking great so far in Tokyo with prevails upon Argentina, reigning champ China and Turkey.

Italy, Serbia and Brazil have additionally secured spots in the quarters with the other four spots still to be resolved.

In the past two games Drews recorded only one square against Argentina and didn’t play in Tuesday’s success against China.

In any case, with the U.S. battling halfway through Thursday’s fourth set, mentor Karch Kiraly went to Drews for a sparkle, subbing her in for star Jordan Thompson.

The 27-year-old didn’t frustrate, recording a pro, two kills and a square. Turkey, be that as it may, was capable hang on for the success to constrain a conclusive fifth set.

That is when Drews truly sparkled, driving the U.S. with five focuses, every on kill, to control the Americans to a 15-12 success to secure the match, 3-2.

“We have endeavored to be an aggregate gathering of 12,” Drews said. “That truly shows in those defining moments. We take a full breath, we visually connect and we play for one another, nothing else.

“Realizing that they have me covered and I have theirs, it makes it less about what I need to do and more about what we can do collectively.”

Group USA has two pool games remaining — Saturday versus the Russian Olympic Committee and Monday versus Italy — before the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

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