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Team USA sweeps QC VNL leg, but gives up 1st set vs Thailand

THE United States wound up unbeaten in the Quezon City leg of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) but was forced to give up a set by an inspired Thailand side on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Thais gave the Americans a scare in a 17-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-18 loss but earned enough bragging rights for putting a stain on the Olympic champion’s Philippine campaign.

“All the teams are incredible, we can’t take anything for granted,” US top player Ali Frantti said. “It’s going to be a battle. It’s going to be a grind each day.”

“It’s going to be harder and harder. I think all the competition is good. You know, we will take it one day at a time and focus on what’s next,” added Franti, who scored 27 points with two blocks and 10 digs for the Americans, whose 7-1 won-lost record for 21 points moved them closer to a spot in next month’s…

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