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Glory for America as they see off China in volleyball

Published 27/07/2015 | 00:00

OMAHA, NE - JULY 26: Jordan Larson-Burbach #10, and Christa Harmotto Dietzen #13, Karsta Lowe #25 and Megan Easy #11 of the USA celebrate after a point during the final round match against China on day 5 the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix on July 26, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for FIVB)
OMAHA, NE - JULY 26: Jordan Larson-Burbach #10, and Christa Harmotto Dietzen #13, Karsta Lowe #25 and Megan Easy #11 of the USA celebrate after a point during the final round match against China on day 5 the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix on July 26, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for FIVB)

Having already won the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals, the United States completed the tournament Sunday with a straight-set victory over China.

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The Americans avenged their five-set loss to China on July 19 by winning 25-23, 25-19, 25-18. They ended the match with a spike by home-state star Jordan Larson-Burbach. Karsta Lowe and Megan Easy combined for 26 spikes and U.S. captain Christa Dietzen had nine.

The Americans went 15-2 in tournament sets and captured their first Grand Prix title since 2012 with Saturday's victory over Brazil. This was the final test for the U.S. before next month's first 2016 Olympic qualifying tournament — the World Cup in Japan.

In later matches for the silver and bronze medals, it was Italy against Brazil and Japan against Russia.

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