Former Husker Jordan Larson has been nominated as one of 12 players on the United States Women’s Volleyball Team. The squad, which is ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), includes five Olympic Games veterans and seven players making their Olympic Games debuts, including Larson. In addition, former Husker Nancy Metcalf has also been selected as a replacement athlete for the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team.
Larson made her U.S. senior team international debut in 2009 at the Pan American Cup and has been the starting outside hitter on three straight FIVB World Grand Prix gold-medal teams, along with silver medal at the 2011 FIVB World Cup. At Nebraska, she was a three-time AVCA All-American and led the Huskers to three NCAA Semifinals appearances.
The 12-team women’s volleyball Olympic Games competition will take place on alternating days at Earls Court starting July 28. The preliminary round consists of two pools of six teams playing a round-robin format with the top four teams in each pool advancing to the quarterfinal round. The U.S. is part of Pool B with No. 2 Brazil, No. 5 China, No. 6 Serbia, No. 11 Turkey and No. 15 Korea. The top pool finisher crosses over to play the fourth place team in the quarterfinals, while a drawing of lot decides the crossover matches for second- and third-place finishers. Semifinals are on Aug. 9 with the medal-round matches on Aug. 11.