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USAV the Weekly - July 13, 2018

USA Volleyball to Host VNL Finals for Three Years

USA will host the finals from 2019-2021, ensuring the continued success of the competition. MORE

U.S. Collegiate Team-Europe Plays for Gold at Global Challenge

Team USA will play the Mountain West Conference All-Stars in the final. MORE

U.S. Women Cruise by Colombia at Pan Am Cup

Aiyana Whitney scored 20 for Team USA in the quarterfinals. MORE

Sitting Blog: Italy Makes U.S. Players Feel at Home

Team USA’s Charlie Swearingen talks about the team’s prep for Worlds. MORE

Lori Okimura Blog: Boys’ and Men’s Volleyball Growth

The USAV Board of Directors chair shares her thoughts after BJNC. MORE

Learning Key for Collegiate National Team Athletes

The 24 players on CNT-Detroit experienced a high level of competition. MORE

U.S. Women Fall to Cuba in Pan Am Cup

Team USA battled for five sets in a match that lasted until 1:15 a.m. MORE

Bay to Bay 17-1 Wins BJNC 17 Open

The team rallied past Ultimate B17 Gold to take the title. MORE

Beach Update: U.S. Teams Bringing the Bling

U.S. teams brought home hardware from two FIVB World Tour events. MORE

Team Rockstar 15-1 Rolls to BJNC 15 Open Title

Rockstar finished the tournament with an 11-0 record. MORE

Atomic Bronze! U.S. Men Sweep Brazil for 3rd in VNL

The men bounced back from a heartbreaking semifinal loss to France. MORE

All Events Calendar | U.S. National Beach Tour

July 13 … CNT-Europe in European Global Challenge Final
July 8-14 … FISU Beach Volleyball World University Championships
July 8-14 … Pan American Cup
July 10-14 … Girls’ Select A3 National Training Program
July 10-14 … Girls’ Youth A3 National Training Program
July 10-14 … Boys’ Future Select National Training Program
July 10-14 … Girls’ Future Select National Training Program
July 10-16 … USA A2 National Invitational
July 10-15 … FIVB Beach U19 World Championships
July 10-15 … FIVB Gstaad Major
July 15-22 … Sitting Volleyball World Championships
July 18-22 … FIVB Haiyang
July 19-23 … USA Volleyball HP Championships Training
July 19-21 … USA Junior Beach National Championships (12u and 16u)

  • 949 Volleyball Club Makes History at Junior NationalsLos Angeles Times
  • Zach Upp Brings New Energy as Youngest Member of U.S. Sitting
  • Worlds Collide as DJs Meet Volleyball at FIVB VNL Finals
  • Boys’ Junior Nationals Live on Fox10
  • Sisters Duo Has Aspirations of Playing in
  • Midland Girls Learning the Ropes of Beach VolleyballStar-Telegram
  • ESPN2 and ABC Serve Up Pro Beach Volleyball Finals in New Agreement
  • Catholic League Volleyball Vet Gets ‘Right Job’ at Marian
  • Piece of Paradise: A Day at Sand Volleyball –  Herald-Whig
  • Villagers Take on Water Volleyball With a TwistThe Villages Daily Sun
  • Volleyball Standout Looking for Junior Achievement  – Chicago Tribune
  • Superwoman Inc. Introduces Volleyball to Young Players Selma Times Journal
  • Fortnite Season 5 Introduces Golf, Basketball and (Possibly) Volleyball
  • Why Are Some Dallas-area Linemen Playing Volleyball This Summer?  – SportsDay Dallas
  • Olympians Christenson and Shoji Brothers Return to Hawaii for Clinic  –
  • Dana Rettke Is Ready to Face Elevated Expectations for Badgers Volleyball  – Wisconsin State Journal
  • Former NBA Player Chase Budinger is Living the Dream as a Pro Beach Player  – SBNation
  • NCAA Women’s Volleyball: Eight Potential Impact Players We’ll Be Watching
  • Local Beach Volleyball Standouts Prep for Nationals  –
  • Athlete Story: Jess Brennis, volleyball   – Northwest Nazarene University
  • Adorable Dog Becomes Best Friends With Volleyball  The Western Journal
  • Local Volleyball Star Returns to Moab to Share Her Skills  Moab Times
  • Kauai Team Places Third at BJNC  – The Garden Island
  • Owens Earns Spot in USA Volleyball Training Program  –

USAV Updates to Regional VB Associations

SIESTA KEY TO HOST USA NATIONAL BEACH TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2018 USA National Beach Tour Championships has selected Siesta Key, Florida, as host for the juniors’ event set for July 19-24. The tournament expects to feature over 400 boys’ and girls’ teams from across the country ranging in age from 10-18. MORE

VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE TICKETS ON SALE: The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will return to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 2018 as it hosts a four-team round-robin pod May 15-17 in the opening week of the new FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL). The U.S. Women will host Italy, Turkey and Poland. To purchase tickets for this event, click here. Iran, Poland and Serbia will join the U.S. Men’s National Team for three days of FIVB Volleyball Nations League matches on June 15-17, 2018 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. To purchase tickets for this event, click here.

USAV DIG DEEPER Newsletter April 2018




Blocking Middle
Learn 10 keys to blocking middle from three-time Olympian Heather Bown. She was a starting middle blocker on the U.S. Women's National Team for 10 years, plus she mentored Foluke Akinradewo, and that turned out pretty well. #ThrowbackThursday

Check out Heather's keys to blocking middle success.

Mental Injuries
Physical injuries are common in volleyball and all sports, but how do you recover from a mental injury? Superstars Carli Lloyd and Dustin Watten share their experiences and advice.

Take control of your mental game.

Carli Lloyd

The Lost Art of Shot-making: Terminate the Ball
Written by USAV High Performance coach Chris Larson, this article discusses tools for making better shots at the net, making you a more creative and wily hitter.

Terminate it!




Beach HP Selection Camps
USA Volleyball is hosting selection camps ahead of the spring Beach National Qualifiers (BNQs). There are seven selection camps in total, two in April. Find out more.

  • April 6 ... Santa Cruz Main Beach, California
  • April 6 ... Beach South Sandy Camp and Pinetop Club, North Carolina

USA National Beach Tour/BNQs
The new USA National Beach Tour is underway, as are Beach National Qualifiers. Moster blocks await on the beach ... sign up for the tour and the qualifiers.

  • April 7 ... Beach South VB BNQ
  • April 7-8 ... Northern California BNQ
  • April 15 ... Florida USAV Beach Series - SSOVA
  • April 28 ... Gulf Coast Region Beach Series
  • April 29 ... Arizona BNA (12U and 16U)

Indoor HP Tryouts: Register
There are 12 indoor HP tryouts for girls across the country in the month of April, with cities including Philadelphia, Kansas City, Dallas, Minneapolis and more. There are also a handful of events left in March. Check the schedule, then register.


Event Information



Collegiate National Team


  • Check out the roster for the 12-player U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team China Tour (CNT-China), comprised of current collegiate players who will train and compete in China from May 20-31.





College Recruiting Series No. 1
From our partners at SI Play and NCSA: Navigating through the recruiting process can be difficult. It's hard to know where it begins, what's expected of you, or even what your step-by-step game plan should be. Here are some beginner tips and tricks.


You've just finished an exceptionally hard practice ... or maybe you won a five-set match. Either way, it's time to eat. But, what's your best choice for food to replenish what you've lost? Fill up on these proteins and carbs.


The new SafeSport training course is now available in the USAV Academy. Coaches need to complete all three sections, which can be accessed through our training website. Direct questions to



NCAA Beach Championships


Will USC three-peat, or will a new champion be crowned at this year's championship? BLOCK May 4-6 on your calendar and purchase your tickets to see the champions crowned in Gulf Shores, Ala.




See the Best
Get tickets to great volleyball this spring and summer, including Girls '18s, GJNC and the new FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

  • Girls' 18 ... April 27-29 ... Anaheim, Calif. Tickets
  • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (w) ... May 15-17 ... Lincoln, Neb. Tickets
  • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (m) ... June 15-17 ... Hoffman Estates, Ill. Tickets
  • GJNC June 25-July 4 ... Detroit, Mich. Tickets (Advanced ticket sales open March 23!)




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Get A Wicked Float Serve
Legendary coaches Hugh McCutcheon, John Speraw and Karch Kiraly, and players Kim Hill and FIVB Best Server April Ross, give you keys to developing a serve that will baffle your opponents.

The critical toss


Set Like a Pro
Two-time Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Berg shares 10 tips that will help you make a difference on the court. Learn how you can build a rapport with your hitters by knowing their strengths and weaknesses.

Be a leader

Prepare For HP Tryouts With These Tips from Coaches
Are you interested in preparing for the High Performance pipeline? Here are tips on what HP coach evaluators are looking for in a potential national-level player.

Defining an indoor High Performance athlete

Yoga Master
Yoga can help increase your flexibility and strength, improve balance and help prevent injuries. Olympian Kayla Barnwarth demonstrates the top five yoga poses for volleyball players. Take time out of your day for these exercises.

Threading the needle

Foam Rolling Exercises
USA Volleyball Beach National Team athlete Emily Day shows you seven useful foam rolling exercises. In a bonus move, she's throwing in two tennis ball exercises for your pecs and rhomboid. 

Roll on it



Girls 18s

Girls' 18s
The third edition of the USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championships kicks off tomorrow in Anaheim. USAV will be on hand with live streaming, results, photos and more.

Follow @USAVolleyball on Snapchat, Instagram Stories and Facebook Live for behind-the-scenes fun! Share your posts with us using #GJNC18.

Live streaming begins Friday, including a two-hour practice by the U.S. Women's National Team on the championship court at 9 a.m. Pacific. Championship matches are on Sunday.


Beach Camps
USA Volleyball is hosting selection camps ahead of the spring Beach National Qualifiers (BNQs). There are two more camps in May. Find out more.

Get evaluated for 2018 national beach programming at the Spring Open National Skills Assessment Camp in Playa Del Rey, Calif., May 18.


USA National Beach Tour/BNQs
The USA National Beach Tour is underway, as are Beach National Qualifiers.


Indoor HP Tryouts
There is just one more Indoor HP tryout for girls on the schedule: this Sunday in Las Vegas.





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College Recruiting Series No. 2
From our partners at SI Play and NCSA: A major aspect of the recruiting process is understanding the importance of technology. Did you know that many coaches do their initial evaluation of recruits online? Get online or get in line!



I see coconut water everywhere; it's all the rage! Are there benefits to drinking coconut water over regular water? Learn the pros and cons of this latest trend.



Have you witnessed or experienced abuse? File a report.






See the Best
Get tickets to great volleyball this spring and summer.

    • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (w) ... May 15-17 ... Lincoln, Neb. Tickets
    • FIVB Volleyball Nations League (m) ... June 15-17 ... Hoffman Estates, Ill. Tickets
    • GJNC June 25-July 4 ... Detroit, Mich. Tickets








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