With the FIVB World Championships just over a month away, U.S. Women’s National team head coach Karch Kiraly announced a preliminary 22-woman roster on Thursday.
Kingdom closed out the Americans’ exhibition tour in Brazil with a big game – both offensively and defensively.
After posting a four set win on Sunday, the United States women’s national team made short work of Brazil in the second of four friendlies on Tuesday.
Karsta Lowe, above, will return to Rio with Team USA in her first official matches since the 2016 Olympic Games.
The side did not submit an application to play in Serie A in 2018-2019 after suffering major penalties for financial mismanagement last season.
While Team USA had a very impressive 10-match win streak in the VNL, including wins over Final Six participants Brazil, China, and the Netherlands, it will face Turkey and Serbia next. Ironically, these are the only teams to defeat the Americans in the preliminary round
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.
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.
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.