Overview

Team profile

USA

After three straight wins from 2010-12, United States have failed to make the podium at the World Grand Prix in the last two editions. Last year they finished fifth in the Intercontinental Round of Group 1 but failed to qualify for the Final Six. However, legendary coach Karch Kiraly helped them to bounce back in spectacular fashion by winning the World Championship. This time around their place in the final round is guaranteed as it is being held on home soil in Omaha, Nebraska, and their quest for a sixth World Grand Prix triumph gets under way against Italy in Ankara, Turkey.

 
In 2013 the US were sixth in the World Grand Prix yet were able to take the silver medal at the Grand Champions Cup. Since finishing runners-up at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, they have never been out of the top two places in the FIVB world rankings. They displaced Brazil at No.1 following their silver medal at the 2011 World Cup. The South Americans regained top spot in September 2013 after they ended USA’s three-season reign as World Grand Prix champions. But USA took the gold medal at the NORCECA Continental Championships in September 2013 and returned to the top of the rankings after winning World Championship gold in Italy last year.

Coach

Kiraly, Karch

Kiraly, Karch

Volleyball legend Charles ‘Karch’ Kiraly, widely considered the best player of all time, was promoted from assistant to head coach of the US women’s team in 2012. He is looking for his first World Grand Prix medal with the team after finishing sixth in 2013 and fifth in the Intercontinental Round of Group 1 last year, having failed to qualify for the Final Six. However, Kiraly has found success as a coach in other tournaments, leading the United States to gold at the 2014 World Championships and wins at the Pan American Cup and the NORCECA Continental Championship in 2013. As a player, Kiraly is the only player to have won Olympic gold in both indoor and beach volleyball.

Staff

  • Team Manager Browning, Robert
  • Assistant coach Morrison, Jamie
  • Second Assistant Coach Black, Thomas
  • Doctor Boyajian-O'neill, Lori
  • Physiotherapist Wosmek, Jill

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Brazil
9 9 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 27 27 2 13.500 721 555 1.299
2
China
9 9 0 5 3 1 0 0 0 26 27 5 5.400 770 569 1.353
3
USA
9 8 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 24 26 9 2.888 823 731 1.125
4
Italy
9 5 4 4 0 1 0 3 1 14 18 14 1.285 740 690 1.072
5
Russia
9 5 4 1 3 1 0 1 3 14 16 17 0.941 730 746 0.978
6
Japan
9 4 5 3 1 0 1 2 2 13 16 16 1.000 699 721 0.969
7
Germany
9 4 5 2 2 0 1 1 3 13 15 17 0.882 733 692 1.059
8
Serbia
9 3 6 2 1 0 3 2 1 12 17 19 0.894 796 775 1.027
9
Thailand
9 3 6 1 1 1 0 2 4 8 11 21 0.523 667 726 0.918
10
Belgium
9 2 7 2 0 0 0 2 5 6 8 21 0.380 571 692 0.825
11
Turkey
9 2 7 1 0 1 0 4 3 5 10 23 0.434 690 783 0.881
12
Dominican Republic
9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 27 0.000 415 675 0.614

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