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.
The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is 6-0 through the first two of three preliminary round weekends of the FIVB World Grand Prix before hosting the Finals round July 22-26 at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.
In one year approximately 1,400 swimmers will compete at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming in the quest to become a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, and tickets to attend the nation’s biggest domestic swimming competition are now on sale.
We just had our first home run of the 2015 College World Series. Kyle Peterson rounded the bases on Wednesday. As guest speaker at an Omaha Press Club lunch, he delivered a CWS primer full of insight, information and stories. He knocked this one out, and there was no doubt that he would.
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.”