FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 USA / USA

 
Team manager Xie, John
Coach Kiraly, Karch
Assistant coach Morrison, Jamie
Doctor Briner, William
Physiotherapist Wosmek, Jill
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  C 1 Alisha Glass Glass 05.04.1988 184 72 305 300 Fenerbahce SK
  2   Kayla Banwarth Banwarth 21.01.1989 178 75 295 283 Rabita Baku
  3 Courtney Thompson Thompson 04.11.1984 170 66 276 263 Volero Zürich
  4   Lauren Paolini Paolini 22.08.1987 193 73 317 299 Hitachi Automotive Systems
  5 Tamari Miyashiro Miyashiro 08.07.1987 170 70 284 266 Rote Raben Vilsbiburg
  6   Nicole Davis Davis 24.04.1982 167 73 284 266 Clubul Sportiv Dinamo
  7 Cassidy Lichtman Lichtman 25.05.1989 185 68 299 279 Lokomotiv Baku
  8   Lauren Gibbemeyer Gibbemeyer 08.09.1988 187 71 307 293 Imoco Volley SRL SSD
  9 Kristin Lynn Hildebrand Hildebrand 30.06.1985 185 68 300 284 Campinas Volleyball Clube
  10   Jordan Quinn Larson - Burbach Larson-Burbach 16.10.1986 188 75 302 295 Dinamo Kazan
  11 Carli Lloyd Lloyd 06.08.1989 180 75 313 295 Imoco Volley SRL SSD
  12   Kelly Murphy Murphy 20.10.1989 188 79 315 307 Agil Volley SSD ARL
  13 Christa Harmotto Harmotto 12.10.1986 188 79 322 300 Eczacibasi Istanbul
  14   Nicole Fawcett Fawcett 16.12.1986 191 82 310 291 Ponce Leonas
  15 Kimberly Hill Hill 30.11.1989 193 72 320 310 Atom Trefl Sopot
  16   Foluke Akinradewo Akinradewo 05.10.1987 191 79 331 300 Rabita BAKU (AZE)
  17 Alexandra Klineman Klineman 30.12.1989 194 73 322 299 Villa Cortese
  18   Bailey Webster Webster 21.07.1991 191 84 306 298 University of Texas
  19 Kelsey Robinson Robinson 25.06.1992 188 75 306 300 USA Women's Volleyball Team
  20   Jenna Hagglund Hagglund 28.05.1989 178 68 292 290 Rote Raben Vilsbiburg
  21 Tetori Dixon Dixon 04.08.1992 191 83 306 295 Rabita Baku
  22   Rachael Adams Adams 03.06.1990 188 81 318 307 MKS Dabrowa Gornicza
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

For a United States team used to making the podium at the World Grand Prix, a sixth-place finish in 2013 was out of character. Since the end of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, they have never been out of the top two places in the FIVB world rankings. They displaced Brazil at No1 following their silver medal at the 2011 World Cup. The South Americans regained top spot in September last year after they ended Team USA’s three-season reign as World Grand Prix champions.

After an uncertain start to the reign of coach Karch Kiraly, as evidenced by their disappointing 2013 World Grand Prix performance, the team’s form has improved. They took the gold medal at the NORCECA Continental Championship last September. The team’s silver at the Grand Champions Cup in November then gave notice that they will again start among the favourites at this year’s World Grand Prix.

Setter Alisha Glass, who won World Grand Prix gold with the side in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 tournaments, remains their key player. Her displays last season saw her named best indoor female athlete by USA Volleyball. The United States’ quest for a sixth World Grand Prix triumph gets under way with their Pool A opener against Russia.

Coach profile

Charles ‘Karch’ Kiraly, widely considered to be the best player of all time, was appointed United States team coach in 2012.

His first season in charge saw them finish sixth at last year’s World Grand Prix, an event they had won the previous three years. But any disappointment in that performance would have been tempered as his side took gold medals in the Pan American Cup and NORCECA Continental Championship, and silver in the Grand Champions Cup.

Kiraly, the only player to have won Olympic gold in both indoor and beach versions of the sport, was assistant to United States coach Hugh McCutcheon in the quadrennial ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games, in which the team took silver.