Published: August 2, 2012
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LONDON - St. Thomas native Megan Hodge finally saw significant playing time for the U.S. women's volleyball team and registered 18 kills off the bench to lead the Americans to a three-set sweep of China on Wednesday.
That blazed a trail for Team USA (3-0) into the quarterfinals at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
The team is on a quest for its first Olympic gold medal.
Hodge was a four-time All-American at Penn State University and plays professionally in Europe. But the outside hitter was surprisingly limited during the Americans' first two preliminary wins in the tournament.
"She is not injured and we don't know why she's not playing, so we will have to wait and see," Hodge's mother, Dr. Carmen Hodge, said in a text message on Wednesday morning. "Only the coach knows. Right now, she is supporting her teammates in other ways."
Hodge's parents are in London and attended Wednesday's match.
Next up for the U.S. is another preliminary Group B match with Serbia (0-3) at 3 p.m. on Friday. The Americans close out preliminary match play against Turkey (1-2) on Sunday before the quarterfinals begin Tuesday.
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