As expected, three former Nebraska volleyball players made the 14-player travel roster for the United States women’s national team for this week’s NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament in Lincoln.
Jordan Larson, Kayla Banwarth and Kelsey Robinson each made the final roster, which was cut down from 21 players after a week of training in California. The team arrived in Omaha on Tuesday.
The United States' first match is Thursday against Canada.
Penn State leads the way with four alums on the U.S. roster, with Nebraska next with three.
U.S coach Karch Kiraly chose a roster of four middle blockers, four outside hitters, two setters, two opposite-side hitters and two liberos for the four-team, round-robin event. The winner advances to the 2016 Olympic Games.
“We’ve had a strong training block so far, with all 21 players here working very hard to make USA the strongest it can be going into the NORCECA Olympic Qualifier,” Kiraly said in news release. “We chose the travel roster in the hope of maximizing our chances to accomplish our goal of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and we’re excited to begin the battle.”
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Team USA finished the 2015 season with a 41-6 record that included gold medals in four tournaments and one bronze medal. The United States won the FIVB World Grand Prix, NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship, the Pan American Games and the Pan American Cup. The Americans finished third at the FIVB World Cup.
Five players on this week's USA roster have Olympics experience: Courtney Thompson, Megan Easy, Christa Dietzen, Foluke Akinradewo and Larson.