Rookie Jordan Thompson was the stand-out performer once again, recording 11 points including two aces.
The University of Cincinnati alum, who broke NCCA records last season, was delighted with the “grittiness” her team displayed.
“I’m feeling great. We were really scrappy and fought together as a team and we’re really pleased to come out of the win,” said the 22-year-old.
“We will keep working hard ahead of next week and hopefully improve by cleaning up a little bit and picking up the small plays.”
Despite encouragement from the home crowd in Ruse, Bulgaria, the hosts were unable to provide a challenge to a youthful American line-up, who tallied 14 blocks in total.
Once again, Team USA proved that age is just a number as they continued to build depth to their squad. Not only does it bode well for the VNL but looking ahead to the Olympics next year, players like Jordan Thompson could be integral in their aim for gold.