Men’s and Women’s national team begin preparation for Rio Olympics

Murphy Troy puts an overpass down on about the two foot line.

Both the U.S. men’s and women’s Olympic teams participated in intrasquad scrimmages last week at Santiago College in Orange, Calif. It was part of a busy time as both teams prepare the Rio Olympics August 6-21.

The men are preparing for the World League, which includes matches in Dallas, July 1-3.

July 1 at 5:30 p.m.: Australia v Russia
July 1 at 7:30 p.m.: USA v Bulgaria
July 2 at 5:30 p.m.: Bulgaria v Russia
July 2 at 7:30 p.m.: USA v Australia
July 3 at 12:30 p.m.: USA v Russia
July 3 at 3 p.m.: Bulgaria v Australia

Tickets for World League can be purchased here:

Head USA men’s coach John Speraw on Olympic roster decisions: “Each of these guys brings some strengths. They’re all good guys, they’re all good team guys. We don’t have a lot of guys that have the experience of going to Olympics games, that guys like Reid Priddy and David Lee have. I plan on making a decision early July. If we go to the World League finals, which is a big “if”, I would make the decision July 5th. If we don’t, I would extend it another week.”

The women are preparing for Grand Prix play June 17-19 at the Pyramid in Long Beach, which includes the Vol-B-Que. If you live in Southern California, you dont want to miss the event that has become Vol-B-Que.

June 17: Japan vs. Turkey at 5 p.m. PT; USA vs. Germany at 7 p.m. PT
June 18: Turkey vs. Germany at 5 p.m. PT; USA vs. Japan at 7 p.m. PT
June 19: Japan vs. Germany at 3 p.m. PT; USA vs. Turkey at 5 p.m. PT

Tickets for Grand Prix can be purchased here:

USA coach Karch Kiraly on final preparations for Rio: “We have some other things we’re working on improving too, and some things based on what we’re learned about ourselves in the last few years. Serving and passing are certainly focal points, as they always are.”

This is a list from which the 12 final Olympic team members will be chosen:

U.S. Women’s Team
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1 – Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Michigan, Penn State)
2 – Kayla Banwarth (L, 5-10, Dubuque, Iowa, Nebraska)
3 – Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Washington, Washington)
4 – Lauren Paolini (M, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Texas)
5 – Rachael Adams (M, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio, Texas)
6 – Carli Lloyd (S, 5-11, Bonsall, California, California)
10 – Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Nebraska, Nebraska)
11 – Megan Easy (OH, 6-3, Boston, Massachusetts, Penn State)
12 – Kelly Murphy (Opp, 6-2, Wilmington, Illinois, Florida)
13 – Christa Dietzen (M, 6-2, Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania, Penn State)
14 – Nicole Fawcett (Opp, 6-4, Zanesfield, Ohio, Penn State)
15 – Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Portland, Oregon, Pepperdine)
16 – Foluke Akinradewo (M, 6-3, Plantation, Florida, Stanford)
17 – Natalie Hagglund (L, 5-9, Encinitas, California, Southern California)
19 – Michelle Bartsch (OH, 6-3, Maryville, Illinois, Illinois)
23 – Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, Bartlett, Illinois, Nebraska)
25 – Karsta Lowe (Opp, 6-4, Rancho Santa Fe, California, UCLA)

The following were inactive for the instrasquad scimmage:

Alexis Crimes, Tori Dixon, Tama Miyashiro and Krista Vansant.

Here is a similar list for the men:

U.S. Men’s Team
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
1. Matt Anderson (OH, 6-9, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State)
4. David Lee (MB, 6-8, Alpine, Calif., Long Beach State)
5. James Shaw (S, 6-8, Woodside, Calif., Stanford)
6. Paul Lotman (OH, 6-7, Lakewood, Calif., Long Beach State)
7. Kawika Shoji (S, 6-3, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
8. Reid Priddy (OH, 6-4, Richmond, Va., Loyola Marymount)
9. Murphy Troy (Opp, 6-8, St. Louis, Mo., Southern California)
10. Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-6, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola of Chicago)
11. Micah Christenson (S, 6-6, Honolulu, Southern California)
12. Russell Holmes (MB, 6-8, Fountain Valley, Calif., BYU)
14. Ben Patch (Opp, 6-8, Provo, Utah, BYU)
14. Micah Maa (S, 6-3, Kaneohe, HawaiI, UCLA)
16. Tom Carmody (MB, 6-9, Orland Park, Ill., Pepperdine/Pacific)
16. Jayson Jablonsky (OH, 6-5, Yorba Linda, Calif., UC Irvine)
17. Max Holt (MB, 6-9, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State)
18. Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA)
20. David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., UC Irvine)
21. Kyle Russell (OH, 6-9, Loomis, Calif., UC Irvine)
21. Dustin Watten (L, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Long Beach State)
22. Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford)
25. Dan McDonnell (MB, 6-6, Glendale, Ariz., UC Irvine)


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