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.
The U.S. Women’s National Team is 3-for-3 against Brazil this week, following up wins on Sunday and Tuesday with a five-set rally on Thursday.
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.
Karsta Lowe, above, will return to Rio with Team USA in her first official matches since the 2016 Olympic Games.
Cuba carried the momentum from Monday’s five-set win over the United States to a sweep of Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Americans bounced back with a sweep of Group B leader Puerto Rico to claim the pool title with 11 points.
Five setters were the story of the day in Pool B on Monday as both Trinidad & Tobago and the United States rallied to force tiebreak sets, but neither could finish the comeback, falling to Puerto Rico and Cuba respectively.
After stumbling in the opening set, the United States recovered to top Trinidad and Tobago in four sets to open Pool B action at the Pan American Cup. In the late game, Puerto Rico made quick work of Cuba in Set 1, before fighting to hold on for the sweep.
Justine Wong-Orantes, who recently finished a tour winning gold with the US at the Volleyball Nations League, will turn around quickly to join the Pan American Cup roster.
Turkish club Beylikduzu is building a roster full of former NCAA stars