BOSSIER CITY, La. — The United States women's volleyball team punched their ticket to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo with a three-set victory over Argentina on Sunday.

Team USA, ranked third in the world, went undefeated in the Pool C qualification tournament with wins over Kazakhstan, Bulgaria and Argentina (25-22, 25-17, 25-23).

“We can be really proud with how we fought through here, especially the challenge that Bulgaria through at us down two sets to one and the nice response we put together,” said U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly, in an official release USA Volleyball. “This is huge for the program. Everybody knows that we are going to Tokyo. We got that ticket locked in. We worked really hard for that this year. That helps in the planning, and it makes it that much closer in the distance. It is not that much distance to Tokyo.”

Jordan Thompson of Edina, Minn., scored a match-high 16 points with 13 kills, two aces and a block, while Kelsey Robinson of Manhattan Beach, Calif., added 10 kills, 2 aces and a block.

Among the players on the Team USA roster for the Pool C qualification tournament included Annie Drews, a former Purdue standout and daughter of Danville High basketball star Mike Drews, along with former University of Illinois standouts Michelle Barsch-Hackley and Jordyn Poulter.

Team USA, the only country to medal in women’s indoor volleyball in each of the last three Olympic Games, seeks its 12th appearance in the Olympics. In its previous 11 Olympic Games, the Americans claimed silver medals in 1984, 2008 and 2012 along with bronze medals in 1992 and 2016.


Harden claimshome run derby

TILTON — The Danville Post 210 Speakers held a pitchers-only home run derby during Tuesday's practice at the Gruber Sports Complex.

Competing on the smaller Jason Anderson Field, right-hander Elijah Harden won the title over fellow right-hander Trey Bryant.

Harden finished with 12 homers, while Bryant had nine. No other home run totals were recorded.