USA Volleyball announced its opening weekend FIVB World Grand Prix roster, which features five former University of Minnesota volleyball players on there. Lauren Gibbemeyer, Tori Dixon, Hannah Tapp, Paige Tapp and Sarah Wilhite have all made the trek to China with Team USA.
The month-long competition begins on July 7. Team USA has a demanding FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round schedule that takes them to China the first two weeks followed by Brazil for the third weekend. In their opening weekend, the Americans face powerhouses No. 5 Russia on July 7, No. 8 Italy on July 8 and No. 1 China on July 9 in Kunshan, China. The World Grand Prix is the premier annual international women’s volleyball tournament that commenced play in 1993.
2017 U.S. Women’s Schedule in FIVB World Grand Prix Preliminary Round
At Kunshan, China
July 7: USA vs. Russia, 3 a.m. ET
July 8: USA vs. Italy, 3 a.m. ET
July 9: USA vs. China, 7 a.m. ET
At Macau, China
July 16: USA vs. Turkey, 4 a.m. ET
July 17: USA vs. Italy, 2:30 a.m. ET
July 18: USA vs. China, 3:30 a.m. ET
At Cuiaba, Brazil
July 21: USA vs. Netherlands, 5:05 p.m. ET
July 22: USA vs. Belgium, 5:05 p.m.ET
July 23: USA vs Brazil, 9:10 a.m. ET
FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round At Nanjing, China
Aug. 2-6 China plus top five other finishers from FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary round
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Press Release courtesy of Minnesota Athletics.