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U.S. advances to semifinals in women's volleyball

London, England (Sports Network) - The United States rolled into the semifinals of women's volleyball with a straight-set victory over the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

After winning Pool B without a loss, the U.S. dispatched the Dominicans by a 25-14, 25-21, 25-22 decision and faces South Korea in the semis on Thursday.

The U.S. team played without captain Lindsey Berg, who was rested after suffering a left ankle injury in the club's most recent match. However, Destinee Hooker notched 19 points -- 15 off spikes and another four on blocks -- and Foluke Akinradewo added another 12.

"The first two sets went really well. It feels good but you have to expect the unexpected. The nerves are there every match," said Hooker.

Korea dropped its first set to Italy on Tuesday, but rebounded for an 18-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18 triumph to move on.

Brazil survived a two-hour, 33-minute marathon with Russia, picking up a 24-26, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 21-19 win. Sheilla Castro had 27 points to pace Brazil, while Russia got a game-high 28 points from Liubov Shashkova.

The 2008 Olympic gold medalist, Brazil handed Russia its first loss of the tournament and will next face Japan after its five-set win over China. The Japanese team notched a 28-26, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 18-16 triumph.

The win was Japan's first over the more powerful China since 2001.

08/07 18:49:55 ET


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