In Saturday’s opening match, China swept Russia 27-25, 25-20, 25-19, making both squads 2-2 in the finals. Brazil fell to 2-2 with the loss to the Americans.
U.S. captain Christa Dietzen had seven spikes and seven blocks. The Americans scored the final four points of the third set to break a 21-21 deadlock and win the match.
It was a spike by Karsta Lowe, the newest member of the national team, which secured the victory at CenturyLink Center. Lowe finished with nine kills, one behind team leader Kimberly Hill.
A 25-16, 25-22, 25-21 sweep of second-ranked Brazil secured the title for the No. 1 Americans with one day remaining in the five-day event. The United Statesis the only undefeated team, going 4-0 so far in the finals and 12-1 through the Grand Prix event.
OMAHA, Neb. — The United States clinched its first FIVB World Grand Prix Finals championship since 2012 Saturday night by defeating two-time defending champion Brazil in women’s volleyball.