USA Women Roll Lineup into Week 4 on 22-Straight Set Wins

  0 Braden Keith | June 03rd, 2018 | International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, U.S. Women's Volleyball

For the 2nd-straight week, USA Women’s volleyball head coach Karch Kiraly will carry the same roster into the 2018 FIVB Nations League, with Kelsey Robinson continuing to play at libero.

The Americans had their steadiest week yet of the tournament in week 3 in Bangkok, albeit also their easiest week of the tournament. The Americans earned 3-0 sweeps over Germany, the Dominican Republic, and Thailand and sit atop the table with an 8-1 overall record and 25 points. Team USA has only lost 4 sets in the entirety of the tournament, all of which came in the first week at home in Lincoln, and have won 21 consecutive sets, including 7 consecutive sweeps since moving Robinson from outside hitter to libero.

Now the Americans will head to the Jiangment Sports Hall where they will face their toughest pool yet against Russia, Brazil, and China with a chance to guarantee their spot in the Final 6. Without accounting for any other results, the Americans need 10 more points to guarantee a spot in the Final 6. If they win 3-0 or 3-1 over Russia next week, that number falls to 7 points. Any other Russian losses would continue to erode that tally.

  • 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

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for FIVB Volleyball Nations League June 5-7
# – Player (Position, Height, College, Hometown)
1 – Micha Hancock (S, 5-11, Penn State, Edmond, Oklahoma)
3 – Carli Lloyd (S, 5-11, California, Bonsall, California)
4 – Justine Wong-Orantes (L, 5-6, Nebraska, Cypress, California)
5 – Rachael Adams (M, 6-2, Texas, Cincinnati, Ohio)
6 – Tori Dixon (M, 6-3, Minnesota, Burnsville, Minnesota)
8 – Lauren Gibbemeyer (M, 6-2, Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota)
10 – Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Nebraska, Hooper, Nebraska)
11 – Annie Drews (OPP, 6-4, Purdue, Elkhart, Indiana)
12 – Kelly Murphy (OPP, 6-2, Florida, Wilmington, Illinois)
13 – Sarah Wilhite (OH, 6-1, Minnesota, Eden Prairie, Minnesota)
14 – Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (OH, 6-3, Illinois, Champaign, Illinois)
15 – Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Pepperdine, Portland, Oregon)
16 – Foluke Akinradewo (M, 6-3, Stanford, Plantation, Florida)
23 – Kelsey Robinson (L, 6-2, Nebraska, Manhattan Beach, California)

U.S. Women’s Schedule for FIVB Volleyball Nations League Preliminary Round
May 15: USA def. Poland 28-26, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15 (at Lincoln, Nebraska)
May 16: USA lost to Turkey 28-26, 25-19, 20-25, 24-26, 16-14 (at Lincoln, Nebraska)
May 17: USA def. Italy 25-21, 25-18, 25-21 (at Lincoln, Nebraska)
May 22: USA def. Japan 25-20, 25-16, 25-23 (at Toyota, Japan)
May 23: USA def. Netherlands 25-19, 25-21, 25-23 (at Toyota, Japan)
May 24: USA def. Belgium 25-11, 25-17, 25-18 (at Toyota, Japan)
May 29: USA def. Germany 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 (at Bangkok, Thailand)
May 30: USA def. Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-23, 25-21 (at Bangkok, Thailand)
May 31: USA def. Thailand 25-10, 25-22, 25-16 (at Bangkok, Thailand)
June 5: USA vs. Russia, 4 a.m. ET (at Jiangmen, China)
June 6: USA vs. Brazil, 4 a.m. ET (at Jiangmen, China)
June 7: USA vs. China, 7:30 a.m. ET (at Jiangmen, China)
June 12: USA vs. Serbia, 4:40 p.m. ET (at Santa Fe, Argentina)
June 13: USA vs. Korea, 4:40 p.m. ET (at Santa Fe, Argentina)
June 14: USA vs. Argentina, 7:40 p.m. ET (at Santa Fe, Argentina)

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