Thompson Leads Team USA Through World Grand Prix Early Rounds

Aug. 3, 2009

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The first preliminary round of pool play for Husky alum Courtney Thompson and Team USA has concluded in the FIVB World Grand Prix. Thompson gradually earned the lion's share of the setting duties, leading the Americans to a 1-2 record.

Team USA fell in its opener on Friday to Germany, 3-0, though Thompson played only half the match. The next day against Puerto Rico, Thompson subbed in again and helped Team USA claw back from an 0-2 hole to eventually win 21-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-14, 15-13. Assist stats were not available but Thompson was second on the team in digs with 15 and hit three of her team's four aces.

Yesterday, the Americans faced 2008 Olympic gold medalists Brazil on their home turf. Thompson now started and played the entire match at setter, but Brazil was too tough. The Brazilians won the first set, 25-18, and then pulled out the pivotal second set, 25-22. They finished the sweep with a 25-13 third set win.

The tourney continues this week as the Americans ared headed to Miao Li, Chinese Taipei for Pool D action. Team USA plays NORCECA rival Dominican Republic on Aug. 7, Netherlands on Aug. 8 and Germany on Aug. 9.

Click here for the official home page of the World Grand Prix.

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