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USA women's volleyball rolls over Puerto Rico in preliminary

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Team USA's run at gold got off on the right foot.

The U.S. women's volleyball team endured a stretch of inconsistency before pulling it together and sweeping Puerto Rico in three sets in the preliminary stage Saturday.

The Americans won their first set of the Rio Olympics handedly at 25-17.

The second set proved to be more difficult, as Puerto Rico led 19-17 before U.S. went on a run and ultimately pulled out a 25-22 victory.

After another slow start in the third, the Americans put it all together at the end and finished off a sweep with a 25-17 set win.

The Americans were happy to take the sweep, but still feel they have room to grow to gain consistency.

"It's a good start," outside hitter Kelly Murphy said. "We have some areas we can improve on in order to achieve our ultimate goal throughout this tournament. You try as much as you can to tell yourself, 'This is a normal volleyball game, just do what we always do.'

"But sometimes you look up and you see the Olympic rings or you see the big crowd, but I think we do a good job of just coming together and doing what we do every day."

Murphy and Kim Hill led the way for Team USA with 14 points while Jordan Larson-Burbach had 11 points and Foluke Akinradewo recorded 10 points. Larson-Burbach also had three blocks to pace the match.

The Americans converted 50 of their 90 spikes (46.67 percent) while Puerto Rico converted on just 31 of their 104 spikes (11.54 percent).

The U.S. women's team next plays Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET against a Netherlands squad that just upset China Saturday morning.

The U.S. men's team plays its first game against Canada at 4 p.m. ET Sunday afternoon.

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