Kiraly laments slow start as USA women thump Peru

Coach Karch Kiraly lamented his side’s sluggish start but praised their improvement at the service line after the US women’s team powered past Peru 25-17, 25-15, 25-12 at the FIVB World Cup on Wednesday.

With the win the US improve their tournament record to 3-1 to share second spot on the ladder with tournament hosts Japan on 10 points, one adrift of undefeated Russia (4-0).

Tori Dixon led the USA with 14 points, Nicole Fawcett (12) was next best as Kiraly kept the bulk of his starters on the bench in the dominant victory.

Katherinne Olemar led Peru (1-3) with seven points.

“We are trying to get better every day in this tournament and in terms of service pressure, we did that today,” Kiraly said.

“Our start was not so strong, but we finished much stronger. I liked our team effort and liked the fact that we got better at the service line.”

Dixon, whose 14-point-haul included nine kills on 11 attacks as well as four blocks and an ace, declared the performance a step forward.

“I think we played really well as a team,” Dixon said.

“We’ve been working on improving our game. I think we’re getting better as a team and we proved that today.

“It was a good team effort. As a middle, you need a good pass and a good setter to give you the ball, so I think whenever a middle gets an MVP, it’s a true test of what the team did and I think we did really well all together.”

Number-one ranked USA faces Algeria on Wednesday night ET in their next match at Matsumoto.

They then move to Okayama for clashes against Kenya on August 30, Argentina on Aug. 31 and Cuba on Sept. 1.

Team USA concludes the World Cup in Nagoya with matches against Russia on September 4, Japan on September 5 and Dominican Republic on September 6.