I’m really proud of our team for fighting, says Jordan Larson following USA's loss to Brazil in 2017 FIVB Women’s World Grand Champions Cup
USA’s Jordan Larson may have taken the 2nd Best Outside Hitter award home, but Brazil still got the better of the Americans to clinch the silver medal at the 2017 FIVB Women’s World Grand Champions Cup in Nagoya, Japan.
The reigning Olympic bronze medalists were trying to end the tournament on a high note, but failed to do so after succumbing to Brazil in straight sets, 20-25, 23-25, 19-25, giving up the silver medal to their South American rivals. Larson top-scored for the USA after tallying 12 points off 10 spikes, a block, and an ace.
Larson took some time off this summer and returned to the national team--along with co-Olympians Rachael Adams, Foluke Akinradewo, and Kim Hill--to try to help the USA snatch the gold in the quadrennial tournament. But despite their best efforts, Brazil were able to sneak their way to victory.
“Some of us took the summer off so we’re kind of playing a little catch-up, but I’m really proud of our team for fighting,” says the former Nebraska Husker star.
The two-time Olympian also led the American defence with 8 digs. Despite the disappointing finish, Larson is still positive about the reigning World Champions’ future. “We have some new players on our team, so I think we’re just working out all the things,” Larson added. “I’m really happy with our team and I’m excited to get back.”
This will be Larson and team USA’s final match of the season. In 2018, they will try to start on a positive note as they head on to defend their World Championship title in Japan in September.