From Karch Kiraly:
"It goes without saying that volleyball has a strong tradition in Huskerland, whether from the University of Nebraska winning NCAA championships, the thousands of fans who support them or the young players competing in club and high school programs wishing to one day wear Husker red. Lincoln and Omaha have been a hotbed for volleyball as witnessed by the NCAA record crowd that watched the Huskers win their fourth NCAA title on Dec. 19 in Omaha.
Our U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team assembles the best American players to field the strongest team possible for competing on the world stage. We are proud to have three Huskers playing important roles – helping the U.S. win its first-ever World Championship and reaching the No. 1 world ranking in the process.
Jordan Larson, a 2012 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, epitomizes that small town Nebraska girl dreaming to be the best. She hails from Hooper, population 830, and has developed into one of the world’s elite outside hitters. Kayla Banwarth, who is striving to reach her first Olympic Games, has taken on a leadership role as USA’s starting libero since 2013. Kelsey Robinson is making a big impact in only her second year on the team.
All three players have roots within the Nebraska volleyball program and they will be returning to Lincoln this week as part of the road to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Team USA will host Canada, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic in the four-team round-robin NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament with the overall winner earning a ticket to the Olympic Games this coming summer.
We, Team USA, invite all fans of the Huskers and the sport of volleyball to cheer us on at the Pinnacle Bank Arena during in our quest of qualifying for the Olympic Games. Much like cheering on your beloved Huskers, your support of Team USA carries a lot of weight."
Tickets to all six matches or per single day are affordable and a great family experience. For ticket information and other details on the tournament, visit http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Events/International/2016-NORCECA-Olympic-Qualifier .
NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament
Jan. 7-9, 2016 * Lincoln, Neb. (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico, 5 p.m. CT
USA vs. Canada, 7 p.m. CT
Canada vs. Dominican Republic, 5 p.m. CT
USA vs. Puerto Rico, 7 p.m. CT
Canada vs. Puerto Rico, 5 p.m. CT
USA vs. Dominican Republic, 8 p.m. CT