Two former Huskers earn spots on US national volleyball team

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Photo courtesy USA Volleyball

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Former Husker volleyball players continue to be a mainstay on the U.S. national team.

Rosters for the upcoming Fédération Internationale de Volley Ball Championship were announced Thursday.

Kelsey Robinson and Justine Wong-Orantes are among the 14 players on the U.S. team.

Both Robinson and Wong-Orantes were a part of the 2021 national team, which took the gold home at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Absent from this year’s roster is another former Husker, Jordan Larson, who is now serving as a volunteer assistant at Midland University.

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This year’s national team is ranked No. 1 in the world.  In the last world championship in 2018, the U.S. took fifth place.

The team is traveling to Arnhem, Netherlands, for its first game on Saturday against Kazakhstan.

The Americans will then go on to Łódź, Poland, where the team will face Bulgaria and Germany next week.

After the first round of pool play, the top teams will move on to another round of pool play before entering a single-elimination tournament.

Wong-Orantes played at Nebraska from 2013 to 2017, while Robinson was only a Husker during the 2013-14 season.

Both earned several accolades during their time playing under head coach John Cook.

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