Larson Selected for U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team

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Former Husker Jordan Larson has been nominated as one of 12 players on the United States Women's Volleyball Team as announced by USA Volleyball on Tuesday.

The United States National Volleyball Team, which is ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), includes five Olympic Games veterans and seven players making their Olympic Games debuts, including Larson.

In addition, former Husker Nancy Metcalf has also been selected as a replacement athlete for the U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team.

Larson made her U.S. senior team international debut in 2009 at the Pan American Cup and has been the starting outside hitter on three straight FIVB World Grand Prix gold-medal teams, along with silver medal at the 2011 FIVB World Cup. At Nebraska, she was a three-time AVCA All-American and led the Huskers to three NCAA Semifinals appearances.

The 12-team women's volleyball Olympic Games competition will take place on alternating days at Earls Court starting July 28. The preliminary round consists of two pools of six teams playing a round-robin format with the top four teams in each pool advancing to the quarterfinal round. The U.S. is part of Pool B with No. 2 Brazil, No. 5 China, No. 6 Serbia, No. 11 Turkey and No. 15 Korea. The top pool finisher crosses over to play the fourth place team in the quarterfinals, while a drawing of lot decides the crossover matches for second- and third-place finishers. Semifinals are on Aug. 9 with the medal-round matches on Aug. 11.

2012 U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team
# – Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
2 – Danielle Scott-Arruda (MB, 6-2, Baton Rouge, La., Long Beach State)
3 – Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Opp, 6-7, Laguna Hills, Calif., Long Beach State)
4 – Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii, Minnesota)
5 – Tamari Miyashiro (L, 5-7, Kaneohe, Hawaii, Washington)
6 – Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
10 – Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
11 – Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
13 – Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Hopewell, Pa., Penn State)
15 – Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
16 – Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
17 – Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., Washington)
19 – Destinee Hooker (Opp, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)

Head Coach: Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Assistant Coach: Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (Irvine, Calif.)
Assistant Coach/Technical Coordinator: Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.)

Replacement Players for U.S. Olympic Games Women's Volleyball Team Roster

# – Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 – Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
7 – Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
8 – Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
9 – Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
12 – Nancy Metcalf (Opp, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
14 – Nicole Fawcett (Opp, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
18 – Carli Lloyd (S, 5-11, Bonsall, Calif., California-Berkeley)
20 – Kristin Richards (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford)