Wednesday, 22 May 2024

U.S. Women’s Roster Set for Match vs Canada

The U.S. Women’s National Team has finalized its roster for an upcoming international friendly against Canada in preparation for the Pan American Cup. The match will take place at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, California, and is scheduled for June 13th at 7 p.m. PT.

Key Players in the Roster

The American squad is comprised of 14 talented players who will represent the U.S. in the match against Canada. The roster includes two setters, two liberos, two opposites, five outside hitters, and four middles. Among the notable players are captain Micha Hancock from Edmond, Oklahoma, and Lauren Carlini from Aurora, Illinois. The liberos selected for the match are Amanda Benson from Litchfield Park, Arizona, and Justine Wong-Orantes from Cypress, California. The outside hitters Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, Megan Courtney, Madi Kingdon, and Sonja Newcombe will also be representing the U.S. team. The middles include Rhamat Alhassan, Hannah Tapp, Paige Tapp, and Amber Rolfzen.

Anticipation for the Upcoming Tournament

Head coach Karch Kiraly expressed his excitement for the start of the National Team season and the opportunity to play against Canada before heading to Peru for the Pan American Cup. He emphasized the importance of training together for an extended period, allowing the team to develop better cohesion. Kiraly mentioned that the decision to skip the early season tournament was made with the intention of providing a more thorough and comprehensive training experience for the younger players.

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A Blend of Experience and New Faces

The U.S. roster for the Canada match combines young talents with limited international experience, players who have undergone limited training, and a few members who have been with the team for a few years without making it to the most elite tournament rosters. Kiraly drew parallels to the 2013 team, where many new faces emerged and later played crucial roles in the Olympic quad. He highlighted the growth opportunities for players like Carlini and Hancock, who had limited exposure to the top U.S. team previously.

Exciting Opportunities for Younger and Veteran Players

With some of the top athletes taking time off this summer, younger players like Bartsch and Newcombe have the chance to shine and provide a veteran presence. Kiraly recognized the need for recharging and recovery for the athletes who have played in previous Olympics, creating opportunities for others to step up and gain valuable experience. The coach expressed his excitement about the possibilities that the team’s wide variety of players present and hoped to face tough decisions once the veterans return to the gym.

FAQS

Q: What is the Pan American Cup?

The Pan American Cup is an annual event where teams from the NORCECA (North America, Central America, and Caribbean) and South America confederations compete for the title. The competition features a 12-team format with two six-team preliminary round pools. The U.S. is part of Group A, and their matches include Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Argentina.

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Q: What is the schedule after the Canada match?

After the Canada match, the U.S. Women’s team will compete in the Pan American Cup from June 17th to 25th. Following that, they will embark on their FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) World Grand Prix schedule, playing in China and Brazil.

Conclusion

The U.S. Women’s National Team is gearing up for an exciting season, starting with a match against Canada and followed by the Pan American Cup. With a roster consisting of a mix of experienced players and emerging talent, the team is poised to make a strong impression in international competitions. Stay tuned to see how they fare in their upcoming matches.

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