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Larson-Burbach’s successful career will feature stop in Omaha

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Jordan Larson-Burbach has had one of the best two-year stretches of any volleyball player in the world. She’s led two different professional clubs — one in Russia and one in Turkey — to the FIVB Women’s Club World Championships. Then in her summer job as an outside hitter for the United States women’s national team, she helped Team USA to its first FIVB World Championship in October 2014. The U.S. women had never before won gold at any of the three major international volleyball events: World Championship, World Cup or Olympics.

USA Volleyball officials see Omaha tournament as launching pad

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Events like the World Grand Prix Finals regularly have been held outside of North America, and largely been successful in places where women’s volleyball is more popular. But USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal said to further grow the sport, its international governing body knows it needs to have “a significant foothold in the United States.” “It’s a fairly self-evident conclusion,” Beal said. “But how to do it is the challenge.”