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.
Looking at the numbers from just the final round, China’s Zhu Ting, who was in and out of the lineup during the preliminary matches, posted the highest scoring tally with 87 points
Kimberly Hill led the way for the U.S. for the match and in the comeback to overcome Turkey for Gold on the final day of the 2018 VNL.
Turkey upended Brazil to reach the finals where they will face USA, who downed host and top-ranked China in four sets.
China and the United States will battle for a spot in the finals against either Brazil or Turkey at the 2018 Volleyball Nations League.
The U.S. Women’s National Team swept Serbia to move on to the semifinals with Turkey, Brazil & China in the 2018 Volleyball Nations League.
At the 2016 FIVB Grand Prix, Brazil’s Women’s National team got a 200k USD check for winning the competition, only one-fifth of the value of the men’s prize. At the 2017 edition of the competition, things improved a bit, with Brazil, again the winner, taking home a check for 600k USD, three-fifths that of the men’s prize
Michelle Bartsch-Hackley scored 21 points after not starting until set three when Team USA came back from an 0-2 hole on Turkey.
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
In May, Make-A-Wish granted the dream of Chloe Wendling, a 12-year-old cancer survivor, who wanted to meet Jordan Larson and attend a Team USA practice.