US Women Seeking 4th Consecutive VNL Title in Ankara

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 12, 2022) – Just over six weeks after the United States Women’s National Team began their 2022 FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) journey, they are in Ankara, Turkey, seeking their fourth straight VNL title.

In fact, the American women are the only champions VNL has had since its introduction in 2018 to replace the FIVB Grand Prix.

USA finished the VNL 2022 Preliminary Round in first place at 11-1. The team’s only loss came in Japan to close out the first week of games in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Because the host nation gets the final round seed, Turkey, who finished seventh, will face No. 8 Thailand in their opener. The USA women enter second and will face defending world champion Serbia (8-4) in the quarterfinals at 8:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday. The Americans beat Serbia 3-0 (25-17, 33-31, 25-16) in a round robin match on June 30 in Canada.

If the United States defeats Serbia, they will advance to the semi-finals on Saturday July 16. The medal games are on Sunday (July 17). All matches are broadcast live and on demand on VolleyballWorld.tv.

United States head coach Karch Kiraly used a different roster of 14 players for each week of the tournament and did not use the same seven starting players in two games.

For the final round, the list includes seven Tokyo Olympic gold medalists, five VNL veterans and two players who made their VNL debut in 2022.

The seven Olympic medalists on the list are setter Jordyn Poulter, middle blockers Haleigh Washington and Chiaka Ogbogu, outside hitter Kelsey Robinson, opposites Annie Drews and Jordan Thompson and libero Justin Wong-Orantes.

The five VNL veterans on the list are setter Lauren Carlini, outside hitters Kathryn Plummer and Sarah Wilhite Parsons and middle blockers Dana Rettke and Hannah Tapp.

Rounding out the list are outside hitter Ali Frantti and libero Morgan Hentz, who both made their VNL debuts this year.

List of American women for the final phase of the VNL 2022
No. Name (Pos., Ht, Hometown, College, USAV Region)

2 Jordyn Poulter (S, 6-2, Aurora, Colorado, University of Illinois, Great Lakes)
3 Catherine Plummer (OH, 6-6, Aliso Viejo, Calif., Stanford University, Southern Calif.)
4 Justine Wong-Orantes (L, 5-6, Cypress, CA, University of Nebraska, Southern California)
5 Morgan Hentz (L, 5-9, Lakeside Park, Kentucky, Stanford Univ., Pioneer)
seven Lauren Carlini (S, 6-2, Aurora, IL, University of Wisconsin, Great Lakes)
8 Hannah Tap (MB, 6-3, Stewartville, Minn., University of Minnesota, North Country)
11 Annie Drews (Opp, 6-4, Elkhart, Ind., Purdue Univ., Hoosier)
12 Jordan Thompson (Opp, 6-4, Edina, Minn., University of Cincinnati, North Country)
13 Sarah Wilhite Parsons (OH, 6-2, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, University of Minnesota, North Country)
15 haleigh washington (MB, 6-3, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Penn State University, Rocky Mountain)
16 Dana Rettke (MB, 6-8, Riverside, IL, University of Wisconsin, Great Lakes)
23 Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, Manhattan Beach, CA, University of Nebraska, Southern California)
24 Chiaka Ogbogu (MB, 6-2, Coppell, TX, University of Texas, North Texas)
30 Ali Frantti (Ohio, 6-1, Spring Grove, Illinois, Penn State, Great Lakes)

The Head Coach: Karch Kirali
Assistant coaches: Erin Virtue, Tama Miyashiro, Alfee Reft
Performance Analyst: Brian Hurler
Physiotherapist/Sports Trainer: Kara Kessans
Consultant coach: Sue investigates
Team leader, manager: Coley Pawlikowski
Sports dietitian: Shawn Huelin
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Brandon Siakel

2022 US Women’s VNL Schedule (All Hourly PDT)

Week 1 – Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
May 31-June 5
United States def. Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-18)
USA defeats Canada, 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-19)
USA defeats Brazil, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-18)
Japan beat USA, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-20)

Week 2 – Quezon City, Philippines
June 15-19
USA beat Bulgaria, 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-20)
USA beat Poland, 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-16)
USA beat China, 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-21)
USA beat Thailand, 3-1 (17-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-18)

Week 3 – Calgary, Canada
June 29-July 4
USA beat Belgium, 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-19)
USA beat Serbia, 3-0 (25-17, 33-31, 25-16)
United States def. Turkey, 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 27-25, 23-25, 18-16)
United States def. Germany, 3-1 (25-17, 25-13, 13-25, 25-22)

Final round: Ankara, Turkey
Quarter-finals
July 13
Brazil vs Japan at 5am
USA vs Serbia at 8:30 a.m.

July 14th
Italy vs China at 5am
Türkiye vs Thailand at 8:30 a.m.

July 16: Semi-finals
July 17: finals

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