International Volleyball

Volleyball today: USA women’s, men’s VNL rosters; PVF, NCAA men, Italy updates

Volleyball today: USA women's, men's VNL rosters; PVF, NCAA men, Italy updates

Haleigh Washington attacks for Scandicci against Conegliano/Filippo Rubin, LVF photo

In this all-things-volleyball notebook, we’ve got USA Volleyball Nations League rosters, Pro Volleyball Federation updates, news about USA players internationally and a nod to the upcoming NCAA men’s tournament.

Volleyball Nations League

Both the USA women’s and men’s teams have submitted their 30-player rosters for VNL. 

For each round, coaches Karch Kiraly and John Speraw, respectively, can bring 14 of those players.

For the Olympics, the rosters must be pared to 12 with one alternate. Play begins in Paris with men’s preliminary matches on July 27 and the women starting the next day.

VNL is this year’s most signifcant pre-Olympics tournament. The USA women begin play against Thailand on May 15 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they also play China, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

The second leg is in Arlington, Texas, site of last year’s finals. The USA plays Canada on May 28, Bulgaria on May 31, Poland on June 1 and Türkiye on June 2.

Then they head to Fukuoka, Japan, and starting June 10 play France, Netherlands, Italy and Japan.

The finals are in Bangkok, Thailand, June 20-23.

The USA men open play in Antalya, Türkiye, on May 22, when the play Poland, followed by France, Bulgaria and the home team.

The second round is back in Ottawa, Canada, where VNL had a round last year. The USA men play Argentina on June 4, followed by matches against Italy, Serbia and Canada.

The third leg is in Manila, Philippines, where the USA plays Iran on June 19, and then Brazil, Germany and Japan. 

The finals are in Lodz, Poland, June 27-30.

Here is the USA women’s 30-player roster:

1. Micha Hancock (S, 5-11, Edmond, Okla., Penn State)
2. Jordyn Poulter (S, 6-2, Aurora, Colo., Illinois)
3. Avery Skinner (OH, 6-1, Katy, Texas, Kentucky, Baylor)
4. Justine Wong-Orantes (L, 5-6, Cypress, Calif., Nebraska)
5. Ali Frantti (OH, 6-1, Spring Grove, Ill., Penn State)
6. Morgan Hentz (L, 5-9, Lakeside Park, Ky., Stanford)
7. Lauren Carlini (S, 6-2, Aurora, Ill., Wisconsin)
8. Brionne Butler (MB, 6-4, Kendleton, Texas, Texas)
9. Madisen Skinner (OH, 6-2, Katy, Texas, Kentucky, Texas)
10. Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
11. Annie Drews (Opp, 6-4, Elkhart, Ind., Purdue)
12. Jordan Thompson (Opp, 6-4, Edina, Minn., Cincinnati)
13. Sarah Wilhite Parsons (OH, 6-2, Eden Prairie, Minn., Minnesota)
14. Anna Hall (MB, 6-2, Laurens, S.C., Louisville)
15. Haleigh…

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