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Three ex-Huskers make roster for major volleyball tournament

Three ex-Huskers make roster for major volleyball tournament

U.S. vs. Korea volleyball, 6.4

Former Husker Jordan Larson high-fives her teammates as she is announced as part of the starting lineup against Korea on June 4 for a FIVB Volleyball Nations League match at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Former Nebraska volleyball players Jordan Larson, Kelsey Robinson and Justine Wong-Orantes have each been chosen to play for the United States women's national team during the FIVB World Cup later this month in Japan.

Wong-Orantes returns to the top U.S. team after not making the roster for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League or Olympic qualifying tournament earlier this summer. One of the two libero spots opened up after Mary Lake rejoined her college team at BYU.

There are four outside hitters on the 14-player roster, with Kim Hill and Michelle Bartsch-Hackley joining Robinson and Larson at the position. Ex-Husker Mikaela Foecke has also been training and playing for Team USA this summer at outside hitter but was not chosen for this tournament.

The FIVB World Cup is one of the triple crown major events in the four-year Olympic cycle. The Americans’ first match in the 12-team tournament is on Friday against Kenya.


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Husker volleyball/women's basketball reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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