Kelsey Robinson

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 15, 2022) – The U.S. Women’s National Team finished the FIVB World Championship in fourth place after losing the bronze medal match to Italy 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 27-25) on Saturday in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

The U.S. Women finished the tournament 8-4. They finished the FIVB season 19-6.


Italy dominated the match, leading in kills (42-31), blocks (10-7) and aces (4-3). Italy scored on 21 points on U.S. errors while giving up 19. Italy opposite Paola Egonu led all scorers with 25 points.

“We just need to execute better, serve tougher and just let her rip,” U.S. Head Coach Karch Kiraly told between the second and third sets. “We’re playing a little too timid against this team.”

Opposite Annie Drews led U.S. scoring with 10 points on nine kills and one ace.

Outside hitter Kelsey (Robinson) Cook added eight points on eight kills. Middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu scored six points on three kills and three blocks.

Outside hitter Sarah Wilhite Parsons, who started the second and third sets, scored six points on five kills and one block.

Middle Haleigh Washington finished with five points on three kills, one block and one ace.

Starting setter Lauren Carlini totaled three points on two blocks and an ace. Starting outside hitter Kara Bajema had three points on three kills.

Justine Wong-Orantes and Morgan Hentz shared libero duties. Opposite Danielle Cuttino and middle Hannah Tapp each played as substitutes.

Matches are being livestreamed on

The U.S. Women won the World Championships for the first time in 2014. They took silver in 1967 and 2002. They took third in 1982 and 1990. They tied for fifth at the last World Championships in 2018.

U.S. Women’s Roster for 2022 FIVB World Championships
No. Name (Pos., Ht., Hometown, College, USAV Region)
Jordyn Poulter (S, 6-2, Aurora, Colo., Univ. of Illinois, Great Lakes)
Justine Wong-Orantes (L, 5-6, Cypress, Calif., Univ. of Nebraska, Southern California)
Morgan Hentz (L, 5-9, Lakeside Park, Ky., Stanford Univ., Pioneer)
Lauren Carlini (S, 6-2, Aurora, Ill., Univ. of Wisconsin, Great Lakes)
Hannah Tapp (MB, 6-3, Stewartville, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota, North Country)
11 Annie Drews (Opp, 6-4, Elkhart, Ind., Purdue Univ., Hoosier)
13 Sarah Wilhite Parsons (OH, 6-2, Eden Prairie, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota, North Country)
15 Haleigh Washington (MB, 6-3, Colorado Springs, Colo., Penn State Univ., Rocky Mountain)
18 Kara Bajema (OH, 6-2, Lynden, Wash., Univ. of Washington, Puget Sound)
20 Danielle Cuttino (Opp, 6-4, Indianapolis, Ind., Purdue Univ., Hoosier)
23 Kelsey (Robinson) Cook (OH, 6-2, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Univ. of Nebraska, Southern California)
24 Chiaka Ogbogu (MB, 6-2, Coppell, Texas, Univ. of Texas, North Texas)
30 Ali Frantti (OH, 6-1, Spring Grove, Ill., Penn State, Great Lakes)
31 Anna (Stevenson) Hall (MB, 6-2, Laurens S.C., Univ. of Louisville, Palmetto)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Erin VirtueTama MiyashiroMarv Dunphy
Performance Analyst: Brian Hurler
Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer: Kara Kessans
Consultant Coach: Sue Enquist
Team Manager: Coley Pawlikowski
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Brandon Siakel
Sports Dietitian: Shawn Hueglin
Massage Specialist: Tony Poland
Team Doctors: Warren Young and Steven Stovitz

U.S. Schedule for the World Championships
All times PT

Pool Play Round One
Arnhem, Netherlands
USA def Kazakhstan, 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-22)
USA def Canada, 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-15)

Łódź, Poland
USA def Bulgaria, 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-11, 25-15)
USA def Germany, 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 26-24)
Serbia def USA, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-13)

Pool Play Round Two
Łódź, Poland
USA def Dominican Republic, 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-14)
Poland def USA, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-18)
USA def Türkiye, 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22)
USA def Thailand 3-2 (23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 27-25, 15-13)

USA def Türkiye, 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-20)

Serbia def USA, 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-23)
Brazil beat Italy, 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 26-24, 25-19)

Oct. 15
Bronze medal: Italy def USA, 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 27-25)
Gold medal: Serbia def Brazil, 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-17)