USA Declares Robinson as 2nd Libero, Adds Wilhite at Outside

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 21st, 2018 | FIVB Nations League - Women, International Volleyball, News, U.S. Women's Volleyball

Volleyball Nations League – Women

  • Week 2 – Pool 5
  • Toyota, Japan
  • Belgium, Japan, Netherlands, United States
  • Schedule/Results

United States women’s national team coach Karch Kiraly picked outside hitter Kelsey Robinson as his starting libero for the team’s Week 1 Volleyball Nations League finale against Italy. Now, the move has been official with Robinson being listed at libero alongside Justine Wong-Orantes on the Americans’ Week 2 roster.

Robinson talked about playing libero vs. Italy and her previous backcourt experience after the sweep of Italy.

Kiraly also spoke of his choice of Robinson for the role, saying she is a “world class passer.”

With Robinson’s move to libero, Kiraly needed another outside hitter on the roster. Enter Sarah Wilhite, who played collegiately at Minnesota. Wilhite, who got married on May 4, takes libero Amanda Benson’s spot on the 14-woman roster for Week 2.

Wilhite, a 6-2 outside hitter was the 2016 AVCA National Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year in 2016 as a senior at Minnesota as the team made an NCAA Final Four run.

This is not Wilhite’s first go around with Team USA as she was part of the 2017 Pan American Cup gold medal team and a member of the FIVB World Grand Prix team.

The United States begins Week 2 of VNL play with a match against Japan on Tuesday at 6 a.m. ET. Matches against the Netherlands (2:30 a.m. ET Wednesday) and Belgium (2:30 a.m. ET Belgium) round out the week.

USA Volleyball #VNL Week 2 Roster

  • Setters: Micha Hancock, Carli Lloyd
  • Opposites: Annie Drews, Kelly Murphy
  • Outsides: Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, Kim Hill, Jordan Larson, Sarah Wilhite
  • Middles: Rachael Adams, Foluke Akinradewo, Tori Dixon, Lauren Gibbemeyer
  • Liberos: Kelsey Robinson, Justine Wong-Orantes

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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