Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

USA Volleyball’s High Performance Program: Fostering Success for the Women’s National Team

USA Volleyball’s High Performance program has played a pivotal role in shaping the success of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, with nearly every athlete coming through its pipeline. In this update, we’ll explore how the program has impacted the team, along with other exciting news from around the world of volleyball.

High Performance Program: A Catalyst for National Team Success

The Indoor High Performance Program of USA Volleyball has not only produced star athletes, but also developed a strong coaching system that mentors, teaches, and leads these athletes to greatness. During the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, one such coach, Shelton Collier, had a special interest in four of the U.S. women who won bronze medals. Collier, a long-time coach with the High Performance program, had the privilege of being the head coach for Foluke Akinradewo, Rachael Adams, Jordan Larson, and Christa Dietzen during their early years in international volleyball.

Advice for Players Considering Overseas Opportunities

Natalie Hagglund, the U.S. Women’s National Team libero, recently shared valuable advice for athletes contemplating playing professionally overseas after finishing their collegiate careers. In her blog post, Hagglund offers eight essential factors to consider when making such a decision. These include avoiding emotional decision-making, understanding the reality of playing abroad, and not letting volleyball define one’s entire identity. She also encourages athletes to recognize their qualifications in other areas and to follow their hearts.

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Life as a Pro Athlete in Italy: Insights from Lauren Gibbemeyer

Lauren Gibbemeyer, a pro athlete in Italy, sat down with her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, to discuss her experiences playing for her club in Italy’s competitive Serie A1 league. Gibbemeyer describes what it’s like playing in a small town, winning major events, and the demands of her weekly schedule. She also shares her advice for Minnesota players who are about to embark on their own professional careers.

Updates on U.S. Players in International Leagues

Carli Lloyd and Lauren Gibbemeyer, two members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, have returned to Italy to compete for Pomi Casalmaggiore in the Serie A1 league and the CEV Cup. Meanwhile, Michelle Bartsch is representing Sudtirol Bolzano in the Italian Serie A1. Kim Hill is playing for Turkey’s VakifBank, while Jordan Larson and Rachael Adams are members of Eczacibasi, also based in Turkey. Alexis Crimes is competing for Sariyer in the Turkish League, and Kelsey Robinson and Karsta Lowe are playing for BAIC Motors Beijing in China. Foluke Akinradewo is making waves in Switzerland’s Volero Zurich, and Micha Hancock is setting for Poland’s Impel Wroclaw in the Orlen Liga.

Exciting Opportunities: U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout

For aspiring athletes, the U.S. Women’s National Team will be holding its annual open tryout from March 3-5 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. This three-day event is expected to draw 240 athletes who are vying for a spot in the U.S. Women’s National Team programs.

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Q: How can I try out for the U.S. Women’s National Team?
A: The open tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team is open to current college-age athletes and older born between 1989-1999 (inclusive). High school athletes born in 1997 or earlier are also eligible. For more information or to seek approval if you were born before 1988, please contact USA Volleyball at [email protected].


USA Volleyball’s High Performance program continues to be a driving force behind the success of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Through its development of elite athletes and coaches, the program has shaped the future of volleyball in the country. As we look forward to the upcoming season, we eagerly anticipate the achievements of these talented athletes both on and off the court.

For more information and updates on USA Volleyball’s High Performance program and the U.S. Women’s National Team, visit Alpinetgheep.