Whitney Pavlik (in red) tips the ball towards Maria Clara Salgado Rufino of Brazil during the FIVB Grand Slam at The Hague Beach Stadium on June 11, 2013 in The Hague, Netherlands.
U.S. teams take center stage this weekend as indoor and beach volleyball, soccer, water polo, archery and equestrian teams will be competing around the world. In addition, judokas, rugby players and Paralympic track and field athletes will be in action in the U.S. Check out the Team USA Weekend Preview for all of the details.
FIVB World League, U.S. Men’s National Team vs. France, June 14-15, Tulsa, Okla.
The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, which split a pair of matches last week with Argentina, will face France in the second weekend of play in the FIVB World League in Tulsa, Okla. The United States is ranked No. 5 in the world. France, ranked No. 15, lost both of its matches against Bulgaria last week.
Outside hitter Matt Anderson, a 2012 Olympian, led the United States last week with 25 points on 19 kills, three blocks and three aces. France’s outside hitter, Julien Lyneel, ranks No. 1 in the World League in spikes with a success percentage of .656.
Friday’s and Saturday’s matches will be played at the Tulsa Convention Center, which is the second of three U.S. World League stops for the United States. Next up is Reno, Nev., on June 28 and 29 before the United States heads to Poland and Rio de Janeiro for its remaining matches.
TV: 12 a.m. ET June 19, NBC Sports Network; 12 a.m. ET June 21, NBC Sports Network
Pan American Cup, June 10-16, Lima and Callao, Peru
The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team won all three of its matches in pool play and advanced to Saturday’s semifinals of the Pan American Cup in Peru. The United States is defending Pan American Cup champion.
Nicole Fawcett had a match-high 15 points, including 12 kills, to help the United States sweep Argentina on Wednesday, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22. The United States also defeated Trinidad & Tobago, and Puerto Rico in pool play. By reaching the semifinals, the United States clinched a berth in the 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix.
“Our players responded well and I would like to improve our serves and continue to work on our fast offense,” head coach Karch Kiraly said.
IJF Grand Prix, June 15-16, Miami, Fla.
Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison and bronze medalist Marti Malloy will be among the elite U.S. athletes competing Saturday and Sunday at the IJF Grand Prix in Miami. The tournament has drawn a powerful field, and ranking points for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games will be up for grabs.
Athletes from more than 40 nations are entered in the event at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Competition begins Saturday in four women’s weight classes and four men’s weight classes. Only the top two athletes in each weight class in each nation are eligible to compete, although the United States can have four athletes in each weight class because it is the host country. Harrison is expected to compete at 70 kilograms and Malloy will be at 57kg. U.S. men will include Olympian Kyle Vashkulat and Nick Delpopolo.
Myles Porter, a silver medalist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, will compete at 100kg. He will be the first U.S. visually impaired athlete to compete in an international Grand Prix tournament. He is attempting to make both the U.S. Olympic and U.S. Paralympic teams in 2016.
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Korea, June 15, Foxboro, Mass.
Olympic goalkeeper Hope Solo is expected to be back with the U.S. Women’s National Team, following her recovery from shoulder surgery, for Saturday’s international friendly against the Korea Republic at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
The U.S. women will wear game jerseys and pre-game warm-ups that will have a “Boston Strong” logo. The jerseys and warm-ups will be auctioned off on ussoccer.com to benefit The One Fund Boston, which was set up following the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL’s New England Patriots, is located 40 miles from Boston.
The United States and Korea will also play next Thursday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
TV: 7 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN3
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras, FIFA World Cup Qualifier, June 18, Sandy, Utah
Sitting in first place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal with 10 points and a 3-1-1 record, the U.S. Men’s National Team will face Honduras in its next FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Tuesday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The United States, which defeated Panama 2-0 on Tuesday in Seattle, is unbeaten in its last 24 home World Cup Qualifiers.
“This team is really coming together," defender Matt Besler said. “This group of guys are all on the same page. We are starting to play together and I think that’s showing a lot on the field."
TV: 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, ESPN
FINA World League Super Final, June 11-16, Chelyabinsk, Russia
The USA Water Polo Men’s Senior National Team was to play China on Friday in the quarterfinals of the FINA World League Super Final in Russia. The United States won two of its three games in preliminary round play, defeating Hungary and Japan but losing to Montenegro. Janson Wigo scored the game-winning goal against Japan with just 46 seconds left.
USA Rugby Men’s Eagles vs. Tonga, Pacific Nations Cup, June 14, Carson, Calif.
The USA Rugby Men’s Eagles will face Tonga on Friday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The match is a part of the Pacific Nations Cup. The United States lost 16-9 to Canada in its Pacific Nations Cup opener in May and lost a close 15-12 international friendly last week to Ireland.
James Paterson will step into the Eagles’ starting lineup in place of Luke Hume, who injured his ankle in the Ireland game. Todd Clever will captain the squad and Chris Wyles returns at fullback after kicking four penalties against Ireland.
TV: 10 p.m. ET Friday, Universal Sports
USA Rugby Women’s Eagles vs. France, June 14, Carson, Calif.
In the opener of the Eagles’ doubleheader at the Home Depot Center, the USA Rugby Women’s Eagles will face France in the third of its three-game friendly series that began a week ago. A 13-10 win in the first match marked the first-ever win by the U.S. women’s team over France
TV: 8 p.m. ET Friday, Universal Sports
ISSF World Cup, shotgun, June 10-16, Nicosia, Cyprus
U.S. Olympic Trials finalists Mark Weeks and Dustin Perry are among 22 U.S. shooters competing in this week’s ISSF World Cup event in Nicosia, Cyprus. Weeks and Perry will shoot in the skeet competition, which begins Saturday.
Also in shooting:
National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships, June 15-21, Colorado Springs, Colo.
World Cup, June 11-15, Antalya, Turkey
The U.S. men finished qualifying with the No. 3 team ranking and the women were No. 5 headed into Friday’s team recurve elimination round at a World Cup event in Antalya, Turkey. Brady Ellison, a 2012 Olympian, led the men by placing fifth individually in qualifying.
The United States fared even better in men’s compound. Rodger Willett Jr. was No. 1 in qualifying with a score of 706 and teammate Reo Wilde was runner-up with 701. The Antalya World Cup is the second stop on the World Cup circuit.
FIBA Americas U16 Championship, June 11-15, Maldonado, Uruguay
A 26-point game Thursday by Malik Newman of Callaway High School in Jackson, Miss., not only helped send the USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team to the semifinals of the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, but also clinched a berth for the United States in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.
The United States blasted Bahamas 121-52 behind Newman’s offensive performance for its third straight win in pool play and a berth in Friday’s semifinal round. A win Friday would advance the United States to the gold medal game Saturday.
“Malik is the best pure scorer in our class,” U.S. teammate Daniel Giddens said of Newman’s 11-for-13 shooting performance. “I think being here on the USA really solidified that. Malik can really score at will and that’s what he did. He played his game.”
Also in basketball:
USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team training camp and trials, June 14-19, Colorado Springs, Colo.
ITTF World Tour China Open, June 12-16, Changchun, China
London 2012 Olympians Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang advanced to the main draw of the ITTF World Tour China Open in both doubles and singles. Hsing finished second in her preliminary-round group to advance. Zhang won her group despite losing her final preliminary match.
Zhang was to face Germany’s Zhenqi Barthel on Friday and Hsing was to face China’s Yan Guo in main draw singles.
World Squash Team Championships, June 9-15, Mulhouse, France
Gilly Lane and Christopher Gordon each scored wins over Mexican opponents, securing a ninth- through 12th-place finish for the United States at the World Squash Team Championships. They will next face a team from Scotland.
PARALYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD
U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships, June 14-15, San Antonio, Texas
More than 120 athletes will compete Friday and Saturday in the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to competing for national titles, the competition will determine the roster spots for the U.S. team that will go on to the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in July in France.
Among those entered in the competition is Richard Browne, who unofficially tied a world record with a time of 10.85 in the men’s 100-meter (T44) race last week at the Star Athletics Sprint Meet in Montverde, Fla. Other 2012 Paralympians in the field include wheelchair racer Hannah McFadden, who at age 16 was the youngest member of the U.S. squad at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and Raymond Martin, a four-time gold medalist in London.
UCI BMX Supercross World Cup, June 15-16, Papendal, Netherlands
Connor Fields, a 2012 Olympian, will seek to continue his strong season when the third round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup season takes place Saturday and Sunday in Papendal, Netherlands. Fields led every lap he raced in at the last World Cup event in May in Argentina.
Among the leading U.S. women is Arielle Martin, who placed seventh in the Argentina World Cup.
Also in cycling:
UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup, June 14-16, Val di Sole, Italy
USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships, June 15-16, Gallup, N.M.
Midwest Challenge, USA Cycling National Track Calendar (NTC), June 14-15, Major Taylor Velodrome, Indianapolis
Nature Valley Grand Prix, USA Cycling National Racing Calendar (NRC), June 12-16, Minneapolis
Skyscraper Harlem Cycling Classic, USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC), June 16, New York City
U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, June 14-16, Chicago, Ill.
Eight teams will begin racing Friday in the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Chicago. The racing will take place on Lake Michigan’s Belmont Harbor. Among the sailors are Sally Barkow, a 2008 Olympian, who will team up with Jennifer Wilson in a Tom 28, and Stephanie Roble, who was a part of the winning crew in 2012.
Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, CSIO5* Spruce Meadows Continental, June 13-16, Calgary, Canada
The U.S. Stripes jumping team of Brianne Goutal, Katie Dinan, Candice King and McLain Ward placed second Thursday in the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows, a Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup event. The U.S. Stars team of Kent Farrington, Reed Kessler, Charlie Jayne and Christine McCrea placed fourth. Both teams clinched spots for the United States in the FEI Nations Cup Jumping Season Series Final that will be held in September in Barcelona, Spain.
Kessler, a 2012 Olympian, had a near perfect performance aboard Mika in the opening round of competition. McCrea, a 2011 Pan American Games gold medalist, rode the anchor position for the Stars. The Spruce Meadows Continental continues through Sunday.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.