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Courtesy: USA Volleyball
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 8, 2018) – They’re back!
The U.S. Women’s National Team, ranked second in the world, opens the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League May 15-17 in Lincoln, Nebraska, by having its seven active Olympians all back on the court together for the first time since earning bronze at the 2016 Rio Games.
The seven Olympians will form a solid core for the 14-player Volleyball Nations League roster which will compete at the Devaney Center on the University of Nebraska campus. Team USA hosts No. 22 Poland on May 15, followed by No. 12 Turkey on May 16 and No. 7 Italy on May 17. All three USA matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. CT after the conclusion of the non-USA match at 5 p.m.
Team USA will have two-time Olympic medalist and Nebraska Husker alum Jordan Larson (Hooper, Nebraska) serving as team captain. She will be joined at outside hitter by Olympians Kim Hill (Portland, Oregon) and Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach, California), as well as Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (Champaign, Illinois). Robinson also played her senior year of college with the Huskers.
“It is awesome playing close to home in Lincoln,” said Larson, who grew up about 45 minutes from Lincoln. “We had the 2016 Olympic Qualifier (in Lincoln), and it was such a great atmosphere. We are excited to come back and get another opportunity to play in front of the Husker fans.”
The U.S. roster will also be deep in the middle. Two-time Olympic medalist Foluke Akinradewo (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) and 2016 Olympian Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) will share time with Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minnesota) and Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minnesota). Olympian Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Illinois) and Annie Drews (Elkhart, Indiana) are the two opposites selected to the Volleyball Nations League opening week roster.
Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, California), a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and the 2017 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Player of the Year, will be joined by Micha Hancock (Edmond, Oklahoma) at setter. The selected liberos are Amanda Benson (Litchfield Park, Arizona) and Husker alum Justine Wong-Orantes (Cypress, California).