U.S. Women Ready for Montreux

May 26, 2014, 10:15 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 26, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, ranked second in the world, will compete in the prestigious Montreux Volley Masters tournament being held May 27 to June 1 in Montreux, Switzerland.

The event, which features seven of the top nine teams in the world, has two pools of four competing in a preliminary round-robin format. The U.S. is grouped in Pool B with No. 3 Japan, No. 8 Dominican Republic and No. 9 Germany. Pool A includes No. 1 Brazil, No. 5 China, No. 6 Russia and host Switzerland.

The U.S. Women open the 29th edition of the Montreux Volley Masters against Germany on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., followed by Japan on Wednesday at 9 p.m. The Americans are idle on Thursday before concluding the round-robin pool play on Friday against NORCECA rival Dominican Republic at 9 p.m. All match times are local Swiss time.

The top two teams each preliminary pool advance to the semifinals that begin on May 31, followed by the medal round on June 1.

Team USA’s 14-player roster includes four middle blockers, four outside hitters, two opposites, two setters and two liberos. The middle blockers are Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio), Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.), Christa Harmotto (Hopewell Township, Pa.) and Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.). The outside hitters are Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah), Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.), Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.) and Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill.).

The American rosters competing at Montreux are Juliann Faucette (San Diego, Calif.) and Ebony Nwanebu (Fairview, Texas). The setters are Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio), while the liberos are Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.).

Team USA’s roster includes three Olympians – Davis, Harmotto and Thompson – to help balance out a roster that will have five players making their international senior level debut in Dixon, Natalie Hagglund Newcombe, Nwanebu and Robinson. Nwanebu is the only player on the roster with remaining collegiate eligibility, who will be a sophomore at University of Southern California this coming fall. Other than the newcomers, the remainder of the roster were part of the U.S. roster in 2013 including Hildebrand as its captain.

The U.S. last competed in the Montreux Volley Masters in 2011 as it finished fourth. The Americans earned the silver medal at the 2010 edition behind gold-medalist China.

Brazil won the most recent Montreux Volley Masters last year by defeating runner-up Russia.

Nearly all 2014 Montreux Volley Masters matches will be streamed online through laola1.tv, which is not available in parts of the world. Links to individual matches are below in the schedule schedule. For additional information on the Montreux Volley Masters, click here.

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Roster for Montreux Volley Masters
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College)
2 – Tori Dixon (MB, 6-3, Burnsville, Minn., University of Minnesota)
3 – Courtney Thompson (S, 5-8, Kent, Wash., University of Washington)
4 – Lauren Paolini (MB, 6-4, Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Texas)
5 – Rachael Adams (MB, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio, University of Texas)
6 – Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., University of Southern California)
7 – Sonja Newcombe (OH, 6-1, Lake Arrowhead, Calif., University of Oregon)
9 – Kristin Hildebrand (OH, 6-1, Orem, Utah, Stanford University)
10 – Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, Bartlett, Ill., University of Nebraska)
11 – Natalie Hagglund (L, 5-9, Encinitas, Calif., University of Southern California)
12 – Ebony Nwanebu (OPP, 6-4, Fairview, Texas, University of Southern California)
13 – Christa Harmotto (MB, 6-2, Hopewell Township, Pa., Penn State University)
15 – Kim Hill (OH, 6-4, Portland, Ore., Pepperdine University)
18 – Juliann Faucette (OPP, 6-2, San Diego, Calif., University of Texas)
20 – Jenna Hagglund (S, 5-10, West Chester, Ohio, University of Washington)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant Coaches: Jamie Morrison, Tom Black, Joe Trinsey
Athletic Trainer: Jill Wosmek
Team Manager: Rob Browning
Scout/Consultant Coaches: Jamison Van Niel, Alessandro Lodi

Montreux Volley Masters Schedule

May 27: Brazil vs. Switzerland, 4:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 27: United States vs. Germany, 6:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 27: China vs. Russia, 9 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 28: Germany vs. Dominican Republic, 4:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 28: Brazil vs. China, 6:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 28: United States vs. Japan, 9 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 29: China vs. Switzerland, 4:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 29: Russia vs. Brazil, 6:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 29: Japan vs. Dominican Republic, 9 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 30: Russia vs. Switzerland, 4:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 30: Japan vs. Germany, 6:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 30: United States vs. Dominican Republic (Video Stream)
May 31: A3 vs. B4, 2 p.m.
May 31: B3 vs. A4, 4 p.m.
May 31: A1 vs. B2, 6:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
May 31: Ba vs. A2, 9 p.m. (Video Stream)
June 1: 5th Place Match, 11 a.m. (Video Stream)
June 1: Bronze Match, 1:30 p.m. (Video Stream)
June 1: Gold Match, 4 p.m. (Video Stream)