US loses to Brazil in volleyball round robin



SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — The U.S. women’s national volleyball team lost to Brazil 25-19, 25-12, 25-10 Wednesday in the opening FIVB World Grand Prix final round match.

Nicole Fawcett led the U.S. in scoring with seven kills, two blocks and an ace for 10 points.

Team USA faces Serbia on Friday in the round-robin tournament at the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center. The U.S. qualified for the final round with an 8-1 record in finishing the preliminary phase on a six-match win streak.

Earlier, China defeated Serbia 25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 25-20.