Wednesday, 29 May 2024

U.S. Women Announce 30-Player Roster for FIVB Volleyball Nations League

USA Volleyball has revealed the preliminary roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team for the highly anticipated 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. This prestigious international tournament features 16 countries competing in both genders and showcases the best volleyball talent from around the world. It’s worth noting that Team USA emerged as the victor in the inaugural Volleyball Nations League last year.

Excitement Builds as Tournament Approaches

The Volleyball Nations League comprises 15 pool play matches for each country over five consecutive weeks. Four pods, each consisting of four teams, engage in round-robin action every week. Each of the 12 core countries hosts at least one round-robin pod. The top five teams from the preliminary round will move on to the VNL Final Six, which will take place in China from July 3-7, with the winner earning a grand prize of $1 million.

Match Schedule

The U.S. Women’s National Team will be hosting three exciting matches in Lincoln, Nebraska. On June 4, they will face-off against Korea, followed by a match against Germany on June 5, and concluding with a highly anticipated game against Brazil on June 6. All matches will thrill spectators at the 15,500-seat Pinnacle Bank Arena.

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Here is the schedule for these nail-biting matches:

Tuesday, June 4

  • Brazil vs. Germany at 4:30 p.m. CT
  • USA vs. Korea at 7:30 p.m. CT

Wednesday, June 5

  • Korea vs. Brazil at 4:30 p.m. CT
  • USA vs. Germany at 7:30 p.m. CT

Thursday, June 6

  • Germany vs. Korea at 4:30 p.m. CT
  • USA vs. Brazil at 7:30 p.m. CT

Building the Dream Team

The preliminary roster consists of 30 talented players, which will be trimmed down to 25 players by May 11. Each country has the flexibility to select 14 players from the reduced 25-player roster to participate in each preliminary week as well as the Final Six. The coaching staff will have the discretion to make changes to the roster every week.

Get to Know the U.S. Women’s National Team Preliminary Roster

The U.S. Women’s National Team is packed with exceptional talent. Here are the players who will be representing Team USA in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League:

  • Micha Hancock (S, 5-11, Penn State, Edmond, Oklahoma)
  • Jordyn Poulter (S, 6-2, Illinois, Aurora, Colorado)
  • Carli Lloyd (S, 5-11, California, Bonsall, California)
  • Justine Wong-Orantes (L, 5-6, Nebraska, Cypress, California)
  • Rachael Adams (M, 6-2, Texas, Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Tori Dixon (M, 6-3, Minnesota, Burnsville, Minnesota)
  • Lauren Carlini (S, 6-2, Wisconsin, Aurora, Illinois)
  • Lauren Gibbemeyer (M, 6-2, Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota)
  • Madi Kingdon Rishel (OH, 6-1, Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Nebraska, Hooper, Nebraska)
  • Annie Drews (OPP, 6-4, Purdue, Elkhart, Indiana)
  • Jordan Thompson (OPP, 6-4, Cincinnati, Edina, Minnesota)
  • Sarah Wilhite Parsons (OH, 6-2, Minnesota, Eden Prairie, Minnesota)
  • Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (OH, 6-3, Illinois, Champaign, Illinois)
  • Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Pepperdine, Portland, Oregon)
  • Megan Courtney (L, 6-1, Penn State, Dayton, Ohio)
  • Mikaela Foecke (OH, 6-3, Nebraska, West Point, Iowa)
  • Hannah Tapp (M, 6-3, Minnesota, Stewartville, Minnesota)
  • Dana Rettke (M, 6-8, Wisconsin, Riverside, Illinois)
  • Simone Lee (OH, 6-1, Penn State, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin)
  • Haleigh Washington (M, 6-3, Penn State, Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, Nebraska, Manhattan Beach, California)
  • Chiaka Ogbogu (M, 6-2, Texas, Coppell, Texas)
  • Karsta Lowe (OPP, 6-4, UCLA, Rancho Santa Fe, California)
  • Kadie Rolfzen (OH, 6-3, Nebraska, Papillion, Nebraska)
  • Mary Lake (L, 5-7, BYU, Palm Springs, California)
  • Krystal Rivers (OPP, 5-11, Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama)
  • Paige Tapp (M, 6-1, Minnesota, Stewartville, Minnesota)
  • Danielle Cuttino (OPP, 6-4, Purdue, Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Tita Akiu (L, 5-3, Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii)
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Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Luka Slabe, Erin Virtue, Tama Miyashiro
Technical Coordinator: Jeff Liu
Athletic Trainer: Kara Kessans
Team Manager: Jimmy Stitz


Q: Who won the inaugural Volleyball Nations League?
A: Team USA emerged as the victor in the inaugural Volleyball Nations League.

Q: How many teams compete in the Volleyball Nations League?
A: The Volleyball Nations League features 16 countries competing in both genders.

Q: When and where will the VNL Final Six take place?
A: The VNL Final Six will be held in China from July 3-7.


The U.S. Women’s National Team is gearing up for an exhilarating journey in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. With a talented roster and renowned coaching staff, they are ready to showcase their skills and compete against the best in the world. Stay tuned for updates and don’t miss the thrilling matches as Team USA aims for another victory in this prestigious tournament.

To learn more about the U.S. Women’s National Team and their journey in the Volleyball Nations League, visit Alpinetgheep.