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.
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.