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Nebraska volleyball's Olympians off to undefeated start, indoors and on the sand

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Former Husker Jordan Larson 12 kills, two blocks and one ace in the United States' five-set victory over Turkey on Thursday.

Here's a look at the Summer 2021 Olympians with Nebraska ties.

Indoors and on the sand, former Husker volleyball players competing at the Tokyo Olympics are undefeated through the first six days of competition.

The United States women's indoor team moved to 3-0 with a five-set victory over Turkey on Thursday. That squad — which features former Huskers Jordan Larson, Justine Wong-Orantes and Kelsey Robinson — swept their first two opponents, Argentina and China, before getting pushed to the brink by Turkey.

The U.S. won the first two sets against Turkey before dropping the next two and heading to a decisive fifth set. The Americans ultimately held on for a 25-19, 25-20, 17-25, 20-25, 15-12 victory.

The U.S. has two matches left in pool play. They'll face Russia (2-1) at 9:05 p.m. Saturday and Italy (3-0) at 9:05 p.m. Monday. The top four teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals, which will be played Wednesday. 

The Americans have medaled in each of the last three Olympics, winning Bronze in 2016 and silver in 2012 and 2008.

Through three matches: Larson has 31 kills, three blocks and two service aces; Robinson has four kills and a block; and Wong-Orantes, the libero, has 33 digs.

In the beach competition, former Husker Sarah Pavan is headed to the round of 16 after going 3-0 in pool play. Pavan, who represents Canada with partner Melissa Humana-Paredes, hasn't dropped a set in victories over the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

Pool play concludes Saturday with the knockout rounds starting Sunday. The medal matches take place next Friday, Aug. 6. Pavan will hope to improve on her quarterfinals finish at the 2016 Olympics.


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