Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Ready Or Not: U.S. Women’s Volleyball Begins Rio Push This Weekend

Each October, the U.S. women’s volleyball players embark on their professional seasons in different parts of the world. While many players choose this path, there are exceptions, such as Kayla Banwarth.

Banwarth, a 5-foot-10 libero, has decided to stay in Southern California for the past two seasons. By staying stateside, she can train with U.S. coach Karch Kiraly and her personal strength coach, enjoying the benefits of individualized training. However, she acknowledges the drawback of not being able to participate in six-on-six competition regularly.

That changed on May 2 when the U.S. team began their training camp for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. The transformation continues this weekend with the start of the annual FIVB World Grand Prix in Ningbo, China.

The U.S. women are set to play against Germany, Thailand, and China in Pool A. This tournament provides a valuable opportunity for the team to compete together before the Olympics. Further games will take place in Long Beach, California, and Hong Kong in June. The World Grand Prix Finals are scheduled for July 6-10 in Bangkok.

As the U.S. team prepares for the Olympics, coach Kiraly and his staff are facing the difficult task of selecting the final 12 players for the squad. The World Grand Prix will be a crucial factor in identifying the starting lineup and strategies for the Olympic Games.

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While the U.S. women enter the Olympic year in excellent form, having won six out of their last seven tournaments, they face tough competition from teams like China, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, and Russia. However, Brazil remains the team to beat, having won the last two Olympics and possessing home-court advantage.

For Team USA, the goal is clear – win the Olympic Games. With the journey ahead, the team embraces the challenge and looks forward to an exciting tournament.


Q: What is the World Grand Prix?

A: The World Grand Prix is an annual international women’s volleyball tournament organized by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB). It features the world’s top national teams competing for the title.

Q: How many players will the U.S. women’s volleyball team take to the Olympics?

A: The squad for the Olympic Games is limited to 12 players. Coach Kiraly, along with his staff, will have to make difficult decisions to finalize the roster.


The U.S. women’s volleyball team is gearing up for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. With rigorous training and participation in the World Grand Prix, they aim to improve their skills and build a cohesive team before the tournament. Facing strong competition from teams like China, Italy, and Brazil, the U.S. team is focused on winning the Olympic gold. Coach Kiraly and his staff have the challenging task of selecting the final 12 players for the squad. With determination and a strong sense of urgency, Team USA is ready to embrace the challenge and strive for victory.

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