BYU women's volleyball junior outside hitter Veronica Jones-Perry played well in her second match with the U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team Wednesday evening in Minneapolis.
Jones-Perry started all three sets played for the second night in a row as her Team Blue fell in three sets (25-19, 25-18, 25-21) to Team White. She collected eight kills, three blocks and two aces during the match.
Team White jumped out to an early lead in the first set, 13-10 at the technical timeout. Despite a block from Jones-Perry, Team Blue as a whole had trouble on the defensive side of the ball through the back half of the set. Team White ultimately came out with a 25-19 win with Jones-Perry contributing five kills for Team Blue in the set.
The second set started again with Team White dominating early, taking a 14-8 advantage. Jones-Perry added a kill on a 4-0 Team Blue streak near the end of the set, forcing a Team White timeout. It wasn't enough, however, as Team White took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-18 set two win.
Team Blue took a four-point lead to begin the third set, going up 8-4 with help from a strong block. Team White came charging back, however, taking a 16-15 edge after a cross-court kill. Jones-Perry continued her defensive effort, collecting two more blocks to help Team Blue. Team White completed the set comeback, though, winning 25-21 on a Team Blue attack error.
Jones-Perry will compete with Team Blue again Friday, June 30, at noon CDT on Court 20 in the semifinals of the CNT-Minneapolis tournament. A live video stream will be available on USA Volleyball's website.
Click here to read USA Volleyball's recap of the match.