Volleyball back to Nebraska for FIVB VNL
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, February 5, 2019 – Jordan
Larson and Kelsey
have a return engagement to their University of Nebraska roots
as the No. 3 U.S. Women’s National Team hosts a four-team
round-robin week of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League June 4-6
in Lincoln, Neb.
The U.S. Women, which won the inaugural 16-team event last year
and the $1 million top prize, will host No. 9 Korea on June 4,
No. 13 Germany on June 5 and No. 4 Brazil on June 6. All matches
will be played at the 15,500-seat Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The U.S. and Brazil have had a long-standing rivalry with
tremendous respect for each other’s program over the last four
decades, including facing each other in the 2008 and 2012
Olympic Games gold-medal match. The two powerhouses have played
each other 50 times since 2008 and the U.S. has won 22 of the
The U.S. opened the inaugural Volleyball Nations League last May
on the Nebraska campus and went on to win the first-ever VNL
title with a 17-2 overall record.
Unlike last year, this year’s Team USA domestic matches shift to
the third week in the five-week long preliminary round schedule.
Karch Kiraly, head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team,
feels the later dates on the schedule will be an advantage in
drawing even larger support from the Lincoln-Omaha area.
“We had a fabulous time beginning our first-ever preliminary
week of FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Lincoln last year, so
we couldn’t be happier to do it all over again in 2019,” Kiraly
said. “The community and fan support were great for our first
experience. Since this year’s version will be held after the
school year has ended for most students, we look forward to
having even more families and young’uns cheering our women on as
we battle for another world title.”
Larson and Robinson starred in Husker scarlet and cream uniforms
winning all-American honors before joining the U.S. Women’s
National Team. Larson is a two-time Olympic medalist as an
outside hitter, including silver at the 2012 London Games and
bronze at the 2016 Rio Games. Robinson, who was part of the 2016
Olympic bronze-medal team with Larson, transitioned to libero
during last year’s VNL from her typical outside hitter role and
became one of the top liberos in the world.