The born-and-bred Nebraskan skipper has not featured often in this season’s tournament but played her part in USA’s win with 12 points – 10 kills and a block and ace apiece.
“I thought we came out a little bit slow, but as the match went on, we fought together really well and rode the wave nicely and finished strong,” Larson said.
“I am really proud of our performance as the match went, we got better and better.”
Lauren Carlini echoed her captain’s thoughts in her post-match comments with TeamUSA.org, saying the team “weathered the storm” early on to book their spot in the last six.
“It wasn’t the most orthodox of lineups and we had to change some things throughout the week. I thought we weathered the storm really well, especially in that first set.”
University of Wisconsin graduate Carlini, who set at a 40-kill percentage and added four points with three kills and a block, agreed with coach Kiraly’s thoughts on the “imperfect volleyball” played in Yekaterinburg.
“I think overall, the match wasn’t perfect. As Karch would say, it was very ‘imperfect volleyball’, but we found a way to battle through it and work together and come out on top. I am really proud with how everyone communicated,” added Carlini.