Three former Huskers selected for U.S. Olympic volleyball team – University of Nebraska

Three former Nebraska volleyball players have been named to the U.S. Women’s Volleyball National Team that will represent the country at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games from July 28 through August. 11.

Jordan Larson, Kelsey Robinson Cook and Justine Wong-Orantes will compete for the U.S. Women’s National Team following their gold medal win at the 2020 Tokyo Games. At those Olympics, Larson was named Most Valuable Player and Best Outside Hitter after winning the had become the first American woman (along with Foluke Akinradewo) to claim gold (Tokyo 2020), silver (London 2012) and bronze (Rio de Janeiro 2016) medals in indoor competition. volley-ball.

Larson, who was a three-time All-American at Nebraska while lettering from 2005-2008, is competing in her fourth straight Olympic Games. She is also entering her second season as an assistant coach for the Huskers and will resume her coaching duties after the Olympics.

Robinson Cook, an All-American at NU in 2013, was also a member of the bronze medal-winning team in 2016 and the gold medal-winning team in 2020, while two-time All-American Wong-Orantes (2013-16) made her Olympic debut in Tokyo and closed joins Larson on the Tokyo 2020 Dream Team.

“We have so much to be thankful for in our women’s national team,” said head coach Karch Kiraly. “So many quality people who are dedicated, conscious and hardworking women. So many who have both people skills and volleyball skills at such a high level. Our core group of 25 women’s national teams has done a tremendous job in recent months preparing to bring out the best in every person around them, ahead of the Paris Olympics.

“These types of selections bring both the bitter and the sweet. The bitter thing is that we cannot travel to Paris for all 25 of these special women. But we will carry them in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to improve us until the last ball is dropped.

“The great thing is that our Olympic selection is now clear, and we are ecstatic for this group and for our program. This group of athletes will give their best and be the most bulletproof, in what may be the deepest Olympic tournament ever. We can’t wait to see them ‘Let It Rip’ in Paris!”

The US Women entered the 2024 season ranked No. 2 in the world. The team has participated in twelve Olympic Games, including the last ten. The American women qualified for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, which were boycotted by the United States.

The US women have won one Olympic gold medal (2020), three silver medals (1984, 2008 and 2012) and two bronze medals (1992 and 2016).

The Olympic women’s competition schedule and pools will be revealed at the end of the 2024 Volleyball Nations League preliminary rounds, which conclude on June 16. The US Women will play their final preliminary round of the Volleyball Nations League next week in Fukuoka, Japan.

Indoor volleyball at the 2024 Olympic Games will take place at the South Paris Arena 1.

Olympic Games Paris 2024
Women’s indoor volleyball schedule
Paris, France (South Paris Arena)

July 28-Aug. 4: Preliminary phase
August 6: Quarter-finals
August 8: Semi-finals
August 10: Bronze medal match
August 11: Gold Medal Match

US women’s squad for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games
No. Name (Pos., Ht., City, University, USAV Region)
2 Jordyn Poulter (S, 6-2, Aurora, Colo., University of Illinois, Rocky Mountain)
3 Avery Skinner (OH, 6-1, Katy, Texas, University of Kentucky, Lone Star)
4 Justine Wong-Orantes (L, 5-6, Cypress, California, University of Nebraska, Southern California)
7 Lauren Carlini (S, 6-2, Aurora, Ill., University of Wisconsin, Great Lakes)
10 Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., University of Nebraska, Great Plains)
11 Annie Drews (Opp, 6-4, Elkhart, Ind., Purdue Univ., Hoosier)
12 Jordan Thompson (Opp, 6-4, Edina, Minnesota, University of Cincinnati, North Country)
15 Haleigh Washington (MB, 6-3, Colorado Springs, Colo., Penn State Univ., Rocky Mountain)
16 Dana Rettke (MB, 6-8, Riverside, Ill., University of Wisconsin, Great Lakes)
22 Kathryn Plummer (OH, 6-6, Aliso Viejo, California, Stanford Univ., Southern California)
23 Kelsey Robinson Cook (OH, 6-2, Bartlett, Ill., University of Nebraska, Great Lakes)
24 Chiaka Ogbogu (MB, 6-2, Coppell, Texas, University of Texas, North Texas)

1 Micah Hancock (S, 5-11, Edmond, Oklahoma, Penn State University, Oklahoma)
5 Ali Frantti (OH, 6-1, Spring Grove, Illinois, Penn State, Great Lakes)
6 Morgan Hentz (L, 5-9, Lakeside Park, Ky., Stanford Univ., Pioneer)
14 Anna Stevenson Hall (MB, 6-2, Laurens, SC, University of Louisville, Palmetto)
29 Khalia Lanier (OH/Opp, 6-2, Scottsdale, Ariz., University of Southern California, Arizona)

Head coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant coaches: Tama Miyashiro, Erin Virtue, Alfee Reft
Consultant coach: Marv Dunphy
Physiotherapist/athletic trainer: Kara Kessans
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Brandon Siakel
Performance analyst: Rianne Verhoek
Team Leader: Coley Pawlikowski
Mental Performance Coach: Katy Stanfill
Cultural consultant: Sue Enquist
Dietitian: Shawn Hueglin
Massage therapist: Ricardo Brambila
Team doctor: Dr. Lori Boyajian-O’Neill

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