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US wins its first women's volleyball world title

US beats China 3-1 in world championship final for first major title in women's volleyball

China's Ting Zhu, background right, spikes the ball against United States' Kimberly Hill, left, and Foluke Akinradewo during the women's Volleyball Wo...
United States' Christa Harmotto Dietzen, right, spikes the ball against China's Junjing Yang during the women's Volleyball World Championships final m...

Italy Women's Volleyball Worlds

China's Ting Zhu, background right, spikes the ball against United States' Kimberly Hill, left, and Foluke Akinradewo during the women's Volleyball Wo...

Italy Women's Volleyball Worlds

United States' Christa Harmotto Dietzen, right, spikes the ball against China's Junjing Yang during the women's Volleyball World Championships final m...

MILAN (AP) -- The United States won its first women's volleyball world championship title Sunday, beating China 3-1 in the final.

Kimberly Hill scored 20 points, including the final kill, and captain Christa Harmotto Dietzen added 15 in the Americans' 27-25, 25-20, 16-25, 26-24 victory before 12,600 fans at the Mediolanum Forum.

The U.S. women had never won a major tournament title at the world championship, World Cup or Olympics.

U.S. coach Karch Kiraly, a three-time Olympic champion, said "we came here to make history and we made it.

The Americans took silver in 1967 and 2002.

In Saturday's semifinals, the U.S. stunned top-ranked and Olympic champion Brazil 3-0.

Brazil edged host Italy 3-2 (25-15, 25-13, 22-25, 22-25, 15-7) in the bronze-medal match.


Updated : 2021-10-21 17:34 GMT+08:00