COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 14, 2021) – The U.S. Women’s National Team remained undefeated and secured a spot in the semifinals of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-14) win over Turkey on Monday in Rimini, Italy. The U.S. Women (12-0) will get three days off before playing a final...
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 18, 2021) – The U.S. Women’s National Team hosted a block party on Friday and Poland was the only guest. Fourteen blocks later, the U.S. Women had won their 13th-straight match at the FIVB Volleyball Nation’s League, 3-0 (29-27, 29-27, 25-14) in Rimini, Italy.
The U.S. Women (13-0) will play Russia (8-5) on Saturday at 3 a.m. PT. The U.S. has already qualified for the final round, which begins with the semifinals on June 24.
The U.S. Women edged Poland in kills (45-43) and aces (5-3) but dominated in blocks (14-5).
“I think Poland pushed us throughout the entire match, which is what we need,” said libero Justine Wong Orantes who did a solid job covering for her blockers, finishing with 17 digs. “I think in the first set, we started a little bit slower than we wanted to. But then, as the game went on, we started to pick it up, especially with service pressure.
“Poland has some very physical attackers, (we had to) get in good spots on the block and then play defense behind that.”
Outside hitter Kim Hill led the blocking with five. Middle blocker Tori Dixon and opposite Jordan Thompson each finished with three. Outside hitter Michelle Bartsch-Hackley had two and setter Micha Hancock made one block.
Bartsch-Hackley and Thompson each finished with 17 points. Each had 14 kills to go with their three blocks. Hill finished with 13 points and had eight kills to go with her five blocks.
Hancock scored six points on a match-high four aces to go with one block and one kill. Dixon also had six points and middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson finished with five.
Bartsch-Hackley was credited with 11 successful receptions and 10 digs. Wong Orantes had five successful receptions.
The U.S. Women trailed 18-21 in the first set but tied the score at 22s on kills from Thompson, Bartsch-Hackley and Hill. The teams battled back and forth until they were tied at 27. Hancock served an ace. Poland called timeout and Hancock served another ace for the win.
The U.S. Women held a 20-16 lead in the second half. Poland got close with a 3-0 run and eventually tied the score at 23-23. The U.S. grabbed set point three times before the teams tied at 27-27. Bartsch-Hackley connected on an attack and Dixon scored on a block to give the U.S. the set win.
The U.S. jumped out to a 12-8 lead in the third set and Poland never threatened.
The VNL will be broadcast in the United States on the FIVB’s streaming service Volleyball World TV.
U.S. Women’s National Team 14-Person Roster for June 18
No. Player (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 Micha Hancock (S, 5-11, Edmond, Okla., Penn State Univ.)
2 Jordyn Poulter (S, 6-2, Aurora, Colo., Univ. of Illinois)
4 Justine Wong-Orantes (L, 5-6, Cypress, Calif., Univ. of Nebraska)
6 Tori Dixon (M, 6-3, Burnsville, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota)
10 Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Univ. of Nebraska)
11 Annie Drews (OPP, 6-4, Elkhart, Ind., Purdue Univ.)
12 Jordan Thompson (OPP, 6-4, Edina, Minn., Univ. of Cincinnati)
13 Sarah Wilhite Parsons (OH, 6-2, Eden Prairie, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota)
14 Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (OH, 6-3, Champaign, Ill., Univ. of Illinois)
15 Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine, Univ.)
16 Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson (M, 6-3, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Stanford Univ.)
22 Haleigh Washington (M, 6-3, Colorado Springs, Colo., Penn State Univ.)
23 Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Univ. of Nebraska)
24 Chiaka Ogbogu (M, 6-2, Coppell, Texas, Univ. of Texas)
May 25: USA def Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-12)
May 26: USA def Canada, 3-0 (26-34, 25-15, 25-10)
May 27: USA def Brazil 3-1 (25-17, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22)
May 31: USA def Serbia, 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-12)
June 1: USA def Netherlands, 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-18)
June 2: USA def Thailand, 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-16)
June 6: USA def Germany, 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-13)
June 7: USA def South Korea, 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-15)
June 8: USA def Italy, 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 25-16)
June 12: USA def Belgium, 3-0 (25-9, 26-24, 25-20)
June 13: USA def Japan, 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-20)
June 14: USA def Turkey, 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-14)
June 18: USA def Poland, 3-0 (29-27, 29-27, 25-14)
June 19 at 3 a.m.: USA vs Russia
June 20 at 3 a.m.: China vs USA
June 23: Semifinals 1 and 2
June 24: Bronze and Gold medal matches