The United States Women’s Junior National Team won a tight one with Cuba on day two of the U20 NORCECA Women’s Championship.
After 120 matches, 15 per team and several standout performances in women’s VNL play, there was no question about who was the standout performer of the preliminary round: Poland’s Malwina Smarzek
Logan Eggleston led Team USA as all four winner swept on the opening day of the 2018 U20 NORCECA Continental Championship.
On Monday, Team USA released its initial 25-woman roster for the Pan American Cup, including three setters, four liberos, five opposites, six outside hitters and seven middle blockers.
After leaving the U.S. Women’s National Team to attend graduate school, 2016 Olympian Karsta Lowe has announced she missed the sport and will be coming back to the national team.
After 120 matches in round robin play, the Volleyball Nations League Final Six is set and the pools for Nanjing on June 27-29 are set.
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With the Final Six field already set, Thursday’s results were about seeding, pride and final placement. The United States finished atop the standings, while Italy, Russia and the Dominican Republic ended round-robin play with wins.
The United States wrapped up the Volleyball Nations League round-robin action atop the standings table, clinching the top spot with an all-around team effort in a sweep of last place Argentina.
Italy did all it could after a slow VNL start, but came up just short as the Netherlands and Turkey came through with victories on Wednesday to sew up the final two spots in the Final Six.
It was an all-around effort with seven players chipping in five or more points for the Americans, who got back on track after Tuesday’s loss with a dominating sweep of South Korea.
Just two spots are still available in the Volleyball Nations League Final Six after the close of play on Tuesday as two more teams – Brazil and Serbia – punched their tickets to China.
Any questions on Serbia’s ability to solidify its spot in the VNL Final Six were put to rest on Tuesday as the team, despite what many thought was a depleted roster, knocked off No. 2 United States in four sets to punch its ticket to China.
After circling the globe, the United States have made it back to the Western hemisphere, wrapping up the preliminary rounds of the Volleyball Nations League against No. 3 Serbia, which is holding out several starters, South Korea and host Argentina.
It’s win-and-in for the women from Brazil: one win next week locks up their spot in the Final 6.
Michelle Bartsch-Hackley leads Team USA in scoring through 4 weeks of play at the FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League.
Kelsey Robinson (above, red jersey) has been a more consistent libero for the Americans since taking over in week 3, and Kim Hill leads the tournament with a 22.22% reception.
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