Monday, 22 Jul 2024

Lincoln to Host U.S. Women, Volleyball Nations League

The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is gearing up for an exciting event in 2018 as they return to Lincoln, Nebraska to host a four-team round-robin pod in the opening week of the new FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL). This highly anticipated tournament will feature Team USA, ranked No. 2 in the world, along with Italy, Turkey, and Poland.

The matches will take place at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, which has a seating capacity of 7,900. Fans can expect thrilling action as the teams battle it out on May 15-17. The schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 15: Turkey vs. Italy, 5 p.m. CT; USA vs. Poland, 7 p.m. CT
  • Wednesday, May 16: Poland vs. Italy, 5 p.m. CT; USA vs. Turkey, 7 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, May 17: Turkey vs. Poland, 5 p.m. CT; USA vs. Italy, 7 p.m. CT

The FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) is a 16-country league that replaces the FIVB World Grand Prix starting in 2018. It is a joint venture between the FIVB and IMG, and is considered the premier annual international women’s tournament. The VNL consists of 12 core teams and four challenger teams who will compete in a round-robin format, ensuring each country plays a minimum of 15 matches.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host a preliminary week of the Volleyball Nations League in Lincoln, Nebraska,” said Karch Kiraly, Head Coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team. “The support and love that the community has for our sport is incredible, and we can’t wait to see the energy and enthusiasm of the fans.”

Tham Khảo Thêm:  U.S. Women's National Team Faces Tough Loss to Japan in VNL

The Lincoln community has shown great support for volleyball in the past. In 2016, the U.S. Women’s National Team hosted and won the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament in Lincoln, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games where they went on to win the bronze medal. The athletes are looking forward to returning to Lincoln and playing in front of the passionate fans once again.

Jeff Maul, Executive Director of the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, expressed his excitement for the event, stating, “We are very excited to welcome back the U.S. Women’s National Team to Lincoln. Our community has a deep love for volleyball, and this event will showcase our facilities and our passion for the sport. We invite everyone to come and experience the energy of volleyball at the highest level.”

Fans can expect to see some familiar faces from the University of Nebraska on the Team USA roster. Players like Jordan Larson, Kelsey Robinson, Justine Wong-Orantes, and Amber Rolfzen, who all had successful careers at Nebraska, may be returning to their roots to represent their country in Lincoln.

The U.S. Women finished the 2017 season with an impressive 18-8 record and a bronze medal at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. Italy, the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix runner-up, will also be competing, along with Turkey and Poland. Poland, as one of the four challenger teams in this year’s VNL, won the second tier of the World Grand Prix in 2017.

Tham Khảo Thêm:  Men's Sitting Team Shows Promise Despite Loss

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to witness world-class volleyball in Lincoln. Mark your calendars for May 15-17 and come support Team USA as they take on their international rivals on home soil. It promises to be an unforgettable experience for both the players and the fans.

FAQs

Q: Where will the Volleyball Nations League matches take place?
A: The matches will be held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Q: Which teams will be participating in the tournament?
A: The tournament will feature the U.S. Women’s National Team, along with Italy, Turkey, and Poland.

Q: When will the matches be held?
A: The matches will take place on May 15-17, with two games scheduled each day.

Q: What is the Volleyball Nations League?
A: The Volleyball Nations League is a 16-country league that replaces the FIVB World Grand Prix and is considered the premier international women’s tournament.

Q: Will there be any players from the University of Nebraska on the Team USA roster?
A: It is possible that players from the University of Nebraska, such as Jordan Larson, Kelsey Robinson, Justine Wong-Orantes, and Amber Rolfzen, may be representing Team USA in the tournament.

Summary

Get ready for a thrilling week of volleyball as the U.S. Women’s National Team hosts a four-team round-robin pod in Lincoln, Nebraska, as part of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL). This prestigious tournament will take place at the Bob Devaney Sports Center from May 15-17 and will feature top-ranked teams from around the world, including Italy, Turkey, and Poland.

Tham Khảo Thêm:  Men's Junior Team to Play for NORCECA Gold

The VNL replaces the FIVB World Grand Prix and is set to become the premier international women’s volleyball tournament. With 15 matches to be played by each country, this round-robin format guarantees nail-biting action and fierce competition.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see world-class volleyball on home soil. Come support Team USA as they defend their ranking and strive for victory against tough opponents. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!