COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 20, 2021) – The U.S. Women’s National Team had its only loss of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League preliminary round in its last match as it fell to China on Sunday, 3-0 (25-10, 25-20, 25-17) in Rimini, Italy.

The U.S. Women (14-1), ranked No. 1 in the world, had already qualified for the final round and will play Turkey (11-4) in the semifinals at 10:30 a.m. PT on June 24. Brazil (13-2) will play Japan (12-3) in the other semifinal.

China, ranked No 2 in the world, finished VNL in fifth place with a 10-5 record.


U.S. Head Coach Karch Kiraly called the match, “another learning experience.

“We have some things that we are doing well and some things we have to get better at. The score doesn’t tell us whether we are taking care of our jobs or not. We’ve had some wins (at VNL) that we were pretty disappointed in.”

Kiraly started Kelsey Robinson and Michelle Bartsch-Hackley at outside hitter, Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson and Hannah Tapp at middle blocker, Annie Drews at opposite, Micha Hancock at setter and Kim Hill at libero.

Middle Haleigh Washington played the third set for Tapp.

“It’s a really disappointing loss, Akinradewo said. “China had its A-team there. They are a very strong team. I think it’s always good for us to be pushed. It’s always good to face adversity. I’m hoping that we can reflect on this, and we will come back stronger next time.”

Drews led the U.S. scoring with 11 points on nine kills and two blocks. Robinson scored nine points on nine kills. Bartsch-Hackley and Akinradewo each scored seven points. Washington and Hancock each scored three points and Tapp finished with one.

Hill led the team with seven digs and 15 successful receptions. Hancock set the U.S. to a .329 hitting efficiency.

China led in kills (45-36), blocks (9-4) and aces (7-1). It scored 14 points on U.S. errors and committed six. China’s outside hitter Ting Zhu led all scorers with 16 points on 13 kills (.667), one block and two aces.

The VNL is being broadcast in the United States on the FIVB’s streaming service Volleyball World TV.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for June 20

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)
8 Hannah Tapp (M, 6-3, Stewartville, 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)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Luka Slabe, Erin Virtue, Tama Miyashiro
Technical Coordinator: Jeff Liu
Athletic Trainer: Kara Kessans
Team Manager: Jimmy Stitz

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: USA def Russia, 3-1 (25-21, 25-27, 25-23, 25-15)
June 20: China def USA, 3-0 (25-10, 25-20, 25-17)

June 24: 8 a.m. Brazil vs Japan
10:30 a.m. USA vs Turkey

June 25: Bronze and Gold medal matches