U.S. Women compete at the World Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 24, 2022) – The U.S. Women’s National Team dominated Kazakhstan with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-22) victory to open the 2022 FIVB World Championships in Arnhem, Netherlands on Sunday.

The U.S Women (1-0) will continue pool play at Worlds on Monday at noon PT against Canada (0-0).

The U.S. Women led Kazakhstan in kills (47-24), blocks (5-3) and aces (6-2). Kazakhstan scored 22 points on U.S. errors while committing 17.


U.S. setter Jordyn Poulter helped her team to a .434 hitting efficiency.

Outside hitter Ali Frantti led all scorers with 14 points on a match-high 13 kills and one ace. Opposite Annie Drews scored 13 points on 10 kills, one block and three aces.

“We didn’t know much about Kazakhstan. It’s not a team we face very often,” Drews said. “We put a lot of importance on our side and what we could control and how we are going to set the tone for this tournament.”

Outside hitter and team captain Kelsey (Robinson) Cook finished with 12 points on 11 kills and one block.

Middle blocker Haleigh Washington totaled nine points on five kills, two blocks and two aces and middle Chiaka Ogbogu added eight points on seven kills and one block.

Libero Justine Wong-Orantes was credited with eight digs and one excellent reception. Poulter had seven digs and Frantti led in receptions with four.

Poulter scored two points on a kill and an ace. Sarah Wilhite Parsons played as a substitute.

Matches are being livestreamed on VolleyballWorld.tv.

The U.S. Women are ranked No. 1 in the world. They 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)
Sept. 26 at noon USA vs Canada

Łódź, Poland
Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. USA vs Bulgaria
Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. USA vs Germany
Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. USA vs Serbia

Pool Play Round Two
Oct. 2-9

Oct. 11

Oct. 12-13

Oct. 15