By Cindy Luis
Hawaii’s Clay Stanley ended the first two sets with an ace to lead the U.S. men’s national volleyball team to a 32-30, 26-24, 25-22 sweep of Korea in Friday’s FIVB World League match in Dallas.
It was the seventh consecutive World League victory for the Americans (8-2), who take on France Saturday and Italy Sunday.
Stanley, the MVP of the 2008 Olympic men’s volleyball tournament, added 14 kills and 3 blocks for a match-high 19 points.
The women also won today, staying undefeated in Grand Prix play with a 25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20 over Turkey in Friday’s opening match of the final round in Ningbo, China.
Former University of Hawaii middle blocker Heather Bown had one block in playing only in Set 4. Kalani High product Tamari Miyashiro was used as a serving specialist in the first three sets and at libero in Set 4.
Both Bown and Miyashiro are still competing for a roster spot at next month’s Olympics. Punahou School graduate and setter Lindsey Berg has secured her spot and is not with the team this week.
The top-ranked Americans face Cuba Saturday and conclude the tournament Sunday against China.