2016-12-29 / Sports

Glass guides Team USA to Olympic semifinals

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By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


ALISHA GLASS throws her hands up following a Team USA point on Aug. 16.The Americans dispatched No. 5 Japan in straight sets, advancing to an Olympic semifinal matchup with No. 6 Serbia. The Americans lost to Serbia but would later capture the bronze medal. Photo: FIVB ALISHA GLASS throws her hands up following a Team USA point on Aug. 16.The Americans dispatched No. 5 Japan in straight sets, advancing to an Olympic semifinal matchup with No. 6 Serbia. The Americans lost to Serbia but would later capture the bronze medal. Photo: FIVB Alisha Glass certainly made the most of her trip to Brazil this summer.

Glass, Leelanau County’s first-ever Olympian, was electric as the starting setter for Team USA’s volleyball team, guiding the Americans to a 5-0 record in pool play and a bronze medal.

Volleyball fever took hold in Leelanau County once pool play came to a close and Team USA beat Japan in the quarterfinal round on Aug. 16.

Here’s how the story looked in the Aug. 18 issue of the Enterprise:

The county’s first-ever Olympian is two wins away from a gold medal.

Alisha Glass and top-ranked Team USA stayed perfect in their quest for a first-ever gold in the quarterfinal round of the Rio Games on [Aug. 16] by showcasing their offensive firepower in a sweep of No. 5 Japan (25-16, 25-23, 25-22) in front of 7,226 fans at Maracanazinho Arena.


ALISHA GLASS (1) celebrates a point with Team USA hitters Foluke Akinradewo (16) and Kim Hill (15) during a five-set win over the Netherlands. Photo: FIVB ALISHA GLASS (1) celebrates a point with Team USA hitters Foluke Akinradewo (16) and Kim Hill (15) during a five-set win over the Netherlands. Photo: FIVB Glass, a setter, was credited with 28 running sets on 65 chances in the 72-minute affair as Team USA posted a .412 hitting efficiency.

The victory sets up a semifinal showdown between the 6-0 Americans and No. 6 Serbia today at noon.

“We’re just really enjoying this time with each other,” said Glass, who added an ace and a game-high 11 digs in the win over Japan. “It’s a special group of women. We’re enjoying it and enjoying competing together. We’re really trying to soak up every moment.”

The pride of Leland Public School has done just that through the first 24 sets of her Olympic career — and the locals who refer to her as the “world’s best setter” officially have evidence to support their claim.

Glass, according to stats provided on the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) website, ranks first among Olympic setters with 251 running sets.

Read the rest at leelanaunews.com

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