Jordan Thompson Praised As USA Women's Volleyball Defeats China At Olympics

Volleyball star Jordan Thompson has attracted praise for her performance in Team USA's straight sets victory over China in their second match at the Tokyo Olympics.

Thompson, 24, an opposite hitter who played for the University of Cincinnati from 2015 to 2019, was already praised by many on Sunday as Team USA defeated Argentina 3-0 in their first match of the games.

The fixture against Argentina was Thompson's debut at the Olympics and she posted impressive statistics, including a team-high seven digs, 18 kills with three errors and two blocks as Team USA cruised to victory.

Tuesday's game against China, the 3rd ranked team in the world and gold medalists in the 2016 Olympics, was expected to be a tougher affair for the world number one Team USA, but they cruised to victory in a shock 3-0 win with Thompson singled out by many as the standout performer.

Thompson scored an individual 34 points during the match against China on Tuesday, the most of any volleyball player from both the men's and women's competition so far during Tokyo 2020.

The 24-year-old was praised on social media following Team USA's victory, as journalist Mechelle Voepel wrote: "Big win by U.S. women's volleyball team, and Jordan Thompson was outstanding again."

Big win by U.S. women's volleyball team, and Jordan Thompson was outstanding again. https://t.co/c8oRroegzX

— Mechelle Voepel (@MechelleV) July 27, 2021

The Twitter account for Volleyball World posted: "A 💫 IS BORN: #️⃣1️⃣2️⃣ JORDAN THOMPSON 🇺🇸. The Olympic rookie showed no fear 🆚 🇨🇳 & scored 3️⃣4️⃣ pts. She's the FIRST 🏐 player - male or female - at #Tokyo2020 to score OVER 30 pts."

A 💫 IS BORN: #️⃣1️⃣2️⃣ JORDAN THOMPSON 🇺🇸.

The Olympic rookie showed no fear 🆚 🇨🇳 & scored 3️⃣4️⃣ pts. She’s the FIRST 🏐 player - male or female - at #Tokyo2020 to score OVER 30 pts.

➡️ @jtomm19

🇯🇵 #TokyoHereWeGo #Volleyball #東京2020 #バレーボール

📰 https://t.co/KpYig2dCyq pic.twitter.com/BlCqdD9Iqw

— Volleyball World (@volleyballworld) July 27, 2021

Judith Browne Dianis, the Executive Director of the racial justice organization the Advancement Project National Office, simply wrote: "Jordan Thompson. Yup," as television producer TJ Chambers added: "This is a Jordan Thompson fan account now."

USA Volleyball also praised its star performer following the victory on Tuesday, writing: "Have a game, Jordan Thompson! @jtomm19 scores 34...yes, 34 (!)"

Have a game, Jordan Thompson! @jtomm19 scores 34...yes, 34 (!) as USA 🇺🇸 defeats China in three sets in one of the most anticipated match-ups of the tournament! USA wins 29-27, 25-22, 25-21. #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/ZxjtIkz784

— USA Volleyball (@usavolleyball) July 27, 2021

Thompson was praised by hundreds of other social media users following her dominant performance against China on Tuesday as many people claimed that she is the best volleyball player at the games.

China's loss to Team USA was their second so far this tournament after they fell to a straight sets defeat in their first match of the games against Turkey, who are ranked just behind them 4th in the world.

Team USA won bronze at the 2016 Olympics and will be hoping to win the gold this year after starting strongly in the tournament with two straight sets victories.

They play again on Thursday in another preliminary match against Turkey, while China will face the Russian Olympic Committee as they still search for their first win.

Jordan Thompson at the Olympics
Jordan Thompson during Team USA's match against China on Tuesday July 27. Thompson scored 34 points as Team USA defeated China in straight sets. Associated Press