The United States moved a step closer to reaching the FIVB World Grand Prix finals with another masterful performance at the Hong Kong Coliseum yesterday. The Americans enjoyed their fourth consecutive win in the qualifying round when they beat Germany in straight sets, 25-15, 25-18, 25-13. Former US coach Lang Ping, who watched her ex-team from the stands, was impressed with the way they played. 'They won fairly easy today and their blocking was exceptional,' said Lang. Outside hitter Destinee Hooker led the rout with a match-high 20 points, of which 17 came from the spike and the remaining three from blocks. Logan Tom, who is set to rejoin her former coach Lang at the Guangzhou team in the China Super League in November, had 14 points, including four blocks. The Americans are now third in the standings and are likely to join other top nations such as Brazil, Japan, Poland and hosts China in the Grand Prix finals, which will take place in Ningbo next week. 'Obviously this was an important win because Germany are one of the teams who still have the possibility to qualify for the finals and it helps as we now have five wins,' said US coach Hugh McCutcheon, who paid tribute to his players for their strong display. The US team had a poor start in the first week of the qualifiers, losing two matches and winning one, including a 3-1 defeat to the Germans. But they made a strong comeback in the Bangkok leg last week, winning all three matches, including an impressive 3-1 victory over Italy. 'Last weekend the team looked a different side. We had a nice win over Italy, played a challenging match against Thailand and beat a very good Puerto Rico team. We started to play better together ... let's see what happens from here,' said coach McCutcheon. McCutcheon admitted his primary concern was not simply reaching the finals but playing good volleyball in the series. 'One of the good things is we are improving from week to week,' he said. 'We are learning and improving every day and that's the goal.' The US will play Thailand today - the team who they beat 3-0 in Bangkok last week - and the coach said they would not take anything for granted. 'Thailand are a very challenging team because they fight and play a different system with a lot of combinations,' he said. 'But if we play well again we certainly have a chance. Complacency is the only worry but I think my players know that already.'