Brionne Butler has more than filled in the departed shoes of four-time All-American middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu at Texas.
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.
Once again, Texas goes into a season as the favorites in the Big 12.
Kingdom closed out the Americans’ exhibition tour in Brazil with a big game – both offensively and defensively.
The Cardinal sit atop the VolleyMob 2018 Preseason Top 25.
Texas comes in at #6, right on the cusp of the top five, in a group of teams that all made at least the Elite Eight in 2017.
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 United States lost a friendly to Japan in 4 sets on July 27, 2018.
Madi Kingdon Rishel goes up for a block with Chiaka Ogbogu in the third set of Friday’s friendly match against Japan. Kindgon Rishel had 16 points in a 3-1 defeat for the United States.