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PREVIEW: U.S. Women's volleyball takes on Serbia Thursday

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RIO DE JANEIRO (KWWL) -

The United States Women's volleyball team will try to stay perfect and earn a spot in the gold medal match when they take on Serbia Thursday for the second time in these Olympics.

Dubuque native Kayla Banwarth, and Kelsey Robinson, whose parents are from Eastern Iowa, will both look to factor heavily in the match.

Team USA is a perfect 6-0, coming off a sweep of Japan in the quarterfinal round.

Their game Thursday, which starts at 11:00 a.m. on KWWL, will come against a Serbian team that the Americans beat in four sets during the preliminary rounds.

In that matchup, Team USA’s middles Rachael Adams and Foluke Akinradewo combined for 34 points in the victory. Adams scored 13 kills on 19 errorless attacks, four aces and a block. Akinradewo added 16 points with 12 kills on 19 attacks and just one error to go with four blocks. The middles converted 25 of 38 of their attacks with just one error for a .632 hitting efficiency. Outside hitter Kim Hill contributed 13 points in the victory with 11 kills on 30 attacks and two blocks. Outside hitter Jordan Larson tacked on 11 points with nine kills, one block and one ace.

Serbia was led by Brankica Mihajlovic and Tijana Boskovic, who each had 18 points in the match.

Team USA is 9-4 against Serbia all-time, including 2-0 during the Olympics.

The winner of this match will advance to the gold medal match on Saturday, and will play the winner of the other semifinal between China and the Netherlands.

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