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U.S. women's volleyball through to semis with win over Dominican Republic

Team USA advances to the semifinals on Wednesday after beating the Dominican Republic in straight sets at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI
Team USA advances to the semifinals on Wednesday after beating the Dominican Republic in straight sets at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Team USA advanced to the women's volleyball semifinals at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Wednesday as they swept the Dominican Republic in three straight sets.

"Semifinals, here we come!" USA Volleyball said on Twitter after the win.

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It is Team USA's fourth consecutive Olympic semifinals appearance in women's volleyball.

Andrea Drews, 27, led the United States to victory at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo with 21 points.

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Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, 31, and Haleigh Washington, 25, also scored in double digits for the Americans at 13 and 10 points, respectively, while only Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez, 24, for the Dominicans scored more than 10 with 16.

Despite being down starters Jordyn Poulter, 24, and Jordan Thompson, 24, the Americans dominated in all three sets, taking the first frame 25-11 on a strong offense.

The second set saw the Americans get off to a fast start scoring the first 2 points before the Dominicans called a time out to try and slow the game down.

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On returning to the court, the Dominicans scored 2 points of their own, before the Americans dictated the play and distanced themselves from their opponents.

However, at the end of the set down 16-24, the Dominicans clawed their way back with a 4-point run that forced the United States to call a time out.

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Drews, though, would finish the Dominicans' point streak with a smash that Gaila Ceneida Gonzalez Lopez, 24, couldn't control and hit out of bonds.

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The third set was the only one in which the Americans trailed the Dominicans, but only by a high of 2 points while down 7-9. The deficit was erased with the 10th U.S. point of the set and the Americans took the final frame 25-19 to advance to the semifinals.

The U.S. women's team, who won bronze at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro and silver in London and Beijing, have never won a gold medal in the sport.

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The Russian Olympic Committee's Ksenlia Smirnova cheers after a point won against the United States during a women's volleyball match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on July 31, where the ROC beat Team USA in straight sets, 25-20, 25-12, 25-19. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI | License Photo

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