Get ready for more USA Volleyball, Husker fans.
The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is returning to Lincoln to host a four-team, round-robin pod as part of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL), May 15-17.
Second-ranked USA will welcome No. 7 Italy, No. 12 Turkey and No. 22 Poland to the Bob Devaney Sports Center for the opening week of the new league.
The VNL is made up of 16 teams including 12 core teams and four challengers. The league will feature a minimum of 15 matches per team with each core team hosting at least one round-robin pod. It is replacing the FIVB Grand Prix starting in 2018.
Tuesday, May 15
- Turkey vs. Italy, 5 p.m. CT
- USA vs. Poland, 7 p.m. CT
Wednesday, May 16
- Poland vs. Italy, 5 p.m. CT
- USA vs. Turkey, 7 p.m. CT
Thursday, May 17
- Turkey vs. Poland, 5 p.m. CT
- USA vs. Italy, 7 p.m. CT
The Last time USA Volleyball visited Lincoln was the 2016 NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament when Team USA beat the Dominican Republic on the final night of the event at Pinnacle Bank Arena in January to earn a berth in the 2016 Olympic Games.
“Any time we get to host any part of an international competition on American soil, we're pumped because we love playing in front of American volleyball fans,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said in a release. “But getting to play a preliminary week of Volleyball Nations League in Lincoln, Nebraska, with the amazing support and love that community has for our sport, leaves us ecstatic — Lincoln, can't wait to see you!”
Among the players volleyball fans could see take the court in May are former Huskers Jordan Larson, Kelsey Robinson, Justine Wong-Orantes and Amber Rolfzen. Larson is a two-time Olympian while Robinson was on the 2016 Bronze Medal-winning squad. Wong-Orontes and Rolfzen graduated in 2017 after leading the Huskers to back-to-back national semifinals and the 2015 national title.
Tickets will go on sale at huskers.com/usavolleyball and 800-8-BIGRED for Nebraska volleyball season ticket holders on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. CT, and the remaining tickets will go on sale for the public the following day, also at 10 a.m. All-session tickets are available for $36, $66 and $96, while single-session tickets will go on sale later in the winter for $15, $25 and $35.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.