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U.S. women’s volleyball sweeps Canada in international friendly

By in Press Enterprise on June 14, 2017

By Damian Calhoun

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — The start of the 2020 Olympic cycle offers some excitement for Coach Karch Kiraly as he looks for the next group of contributors for the U.S. women’s volleyball program.

Tuesday night, in the first match of the new cycle, the U.S., with a lot of new faces on the court and veterans watching from the stands, swept Canada, 25-21, 25-22, 27-25, in an exhibition at JSerra High.

The teams played a fourth set and the U.S. also won that, 25-11.

“We have a young group that we’re excited about,” Kiraly said. “A lot of these players have played very little for USA before and this is a year of opportunity and development.”

As many as eight players on the roster were seeing their first time with the senior team or had very limited national team experience.

“This is the first year of a new Olympic cycle, this is the year that we try and bring in the most people who have spent little time in our gym and you’re seeing that with this group, a lot of new faces,” Kiraly said.

“Our liberos, Justine Wong-Orantes and Amanda Benson, have played very little and everybody did a nice job tonight and there were plenty of things we can get better at. This is about developing and they did a nice job against Canada.”

The U.S. will depart Thursday for Peru and the first official competition of the year, the Pan American Cup (June 17-25). The U.S. will be in Group A along with Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Mexico and Argentina.

Next month, the U.S will compete in the FIVB World Grand Prix in China.

“That will be a better challenge,” Kiraly said of the Grand Prix. “We will have more experienced players who are getting a bit of a rest and training, like Carli Lloyd, Kelly […]    

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