UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Former Penn State greats Micha Hancock and Haleigh Washington helped USA Women’s Volleyball beat Italy 3-2 (21-25, 25-16, 25-27, 25-16, 15-12) on Sunday night, securing USA the top spot out of Pool B as it moves on to the quarterfinal round at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Hancock has been waiting for her chance at setter, and while it unfortunately came because of an injury, she made the most of her opportunity. Hancock entered early in the third set, which USA went on to lose 27-25 to fall behind 2-1 in the match.
Hancock righted the ship to help USA take the final two sets. She finished with 23 assists, five digs and one kill. Washington, a starter at middle blocker during all of pool play, totaled seven kills and four blocks.
Washington is tied for fifth among all women’s volleyball Olympians this year with 14 blocks through five matches. USA finished 4-1 in pool play, posting wins over Argentina, China, Turkey and Italy, and a loss to the Russian Olympic Committee.
The quarterfinal match between USA and the Dominican Republic will stream live at NBCOlympics.com.
Hancock was a three-time All-American for Penn State and won back-to-back national titles with the Nittany Lions in 2013 and 2014. Washington also earned three All-America honors and joined Hancock on the 2014 title-winning team.
USA will play the Dominican Republic in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday at 12 a.m. (ET). Dominican Republic went 2-3 in Pool A with wins over Kenya and Japan and losses to Serbia, Brazil and South Korea.