The U.S. Women’s National Team returns to Lincoln next week for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League where it will host No. 9 Korea on June 4, No. 13 Germany on June 5 and No. 4 Brazil on June 6 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Three former Huskers – Mikaela Foecke, Jordan Larson and Kelsey Robinson – will be on the 14-player roster next week. Foecke competed with Team USA in the opening week in Bulgaria, as they went 3-0. Larson and Robinson were part of the inaugural VNL championship squad last year. The U.S. is 5-1 after two weeks of competition.
A unique ticket opportunity for the event includes a Team USA Meet-and-Greet for $250 (plus taxes and fees, no refunds) on June 2 from 3-4 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena. In addition to the meet-and-greet, the plan includes a chalk talk with head coach Karch Kiraly, a greeting from Jordan Larson, an autograph session with all the U.S. Women in Lincoln for the matches, a chance to watch the U.S. Women practice the afternoon of June 2 immediately after the meet-and-greet, a mini volleyball and an event program.
The VNL, a 16-country league, is in its second season after replacing the FIVB World Grand Prix starting in 2018. The VNL, a joint venture between the FIVB and IMG, serves as the premier annual international women’s tournament. The VNL comprises 12 core teams and four challenger teams who will compete in a round-robin format. Each country will play 15 pool play matches with each core country hosting at least one round-robin pod. China, hosts of the VNL Final Six July 3-7, will face the top five teams after the preliminary round with the $1 million prize at stake.
FIVB Volleyball Nations League Schedule
Pinnacle Bank Arena
(All match times are Central Time)
Tuesday, June 4
Brazil vs. Germany, 4:30 p.m.
USA vs. Korea, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5
Korea vs. Brazil, 4:30 p.m.
USA vs. Germany, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 6
Germany vs. Korea, 4:30 p.m.
USA vs. Brazil, 7:30 p.m.