Team USA’s Top Five Songs

Oct. 07, 2014, 11:33 a.m. (ET)

Whenever the U.S. women enter an arena or even a church gymnasium, they go with the sound of music with them. The box starts booming usually before they even reach the center of the court. And players start singing. Sometimes. Depends on the song. Other teams don’t seem to play music during their practices.

“Music is a proven, based on the studies, mood elevator,” said U.S. Head Coach Karch Kiraly. “It helps us know it’s time to work. It’s USA time.”

Every volleyball match features loud music in the warmup, so the U.S. makes practice as much like a match as possible.

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“It also is helpful because we can travel thousands of miles, go to a new time zone, be a little groggy or a lot, then we walk in here and the music starts playing, and it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, it’s time to go to work.’”

On this trip to Italy, Rachael Adams is in charge of the music.

“I enjoy being the team DJ, making the flow list for practice,” Adams said. “Music is huge for our team. It gets us going, get our minds right. It gets us singing, a little loose and relaxed and ready to start our day.”

So what are they listening to? I asked the team while we waited for a bus and a lot of them chimed in, so here is the official Team USA’s Top Five Songs

  1. “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
  2. “No Flex Zone” by Rae Sremmurd
  3. “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
  4. “Shake It Off”* by Taylor Swift
  5. “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon

* Not a unanimous selection. I would have to say from personal observation that I saw a fair number of the team singing along to Blake Shelton’s “Boys Round Here,” but somehow that did not make the top five.

Speaking of Music …
The players in the box do a song for one player after that player gets a kill. The player is Kelly “Murph” Murphy; the song is “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. The players replace the word, Thunder, with the word, Murphy. It goes a little something like this …

“MURPHY! na, na, naaaa, na, na, na, na … MURPHY!”

Something like that. Here is the video for the song, viewed 44 million times on YouTube, so you can get a better idea.

Matches on TV, live streaming in the U.S.
From Oct. 8-12, Universal Sports Network will air 15 hours of volleyball coverage showing all 10 final matches of the FIVB Women’s World Championships beginning at 4p Eastern. In addition, all final-round matches will be streamed LIVE on

  • ITA vs. USA on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 4p ET
  • USA vs. RUS on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 4p ET

The Pools and Schedule

Pool G | world ranking | 2014 World record
Italy | 4th | 8-1   
USA  | 2nd | 8-1   
Russia 5th | 6-3

Pool H, world ranking | 2014 World record
Brazil | 1st | 9-0   
China | 5th | 8-1   
Dominican Republic | 10th | 7-2

Wednesday, Oct. 8
Brazil vs. China, 5:30p
USA vs. Italy, 8p 

Thursday, Oct. 9 
China vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30p 
USA vs. Russia, 8p 

Friday, Oct. 10 
Brazil vs. Dominican Republic, 5:30p
Italy vs. Russia, 8p 

All times local. 

A little bit about Rachael Adams 

If she had to choose between a game-winning kill or a game-winning block? 
“I would choose a game-winning block. Working in the middle, going pin-to-pin and you finally get that one block… It goes straight down, those feel amazing.” 

On peanut butter…
“Every time I whip out my peanut butter my team (Polish club team) laughs. They say that is my best friend and I guess the fact that I carry around a whole jar for trips makes it pretty obvious.”

On food overseas...
“One of my favorite things about living overseas and traveling to different countries is trying new foods and visiting new places to eat. But, another favorite on the list is visiting American inspired restaurants”

What she likes to bring on trips or while living overseas…
“I love traveling with candles wherever I go, especially if that involves a hotel room. It’s an easy way to make the hotel feel a little more relaxed and smell better.”

“One of my favorite books that always sits and travels with me where ever I go is my ‘one-sentence journal.’ I randomly stumbled upon it a while ago in a store in the U.S. and I am so happy I did. The journal limits you to four lines a day, so you can capture your day and the moments in it. I’m a journal junkie, so finding this book was like heaven to me.”

What does she collect from the countries she visits?
“Bag tags. I love doing crafty projects, so I thought this would make for a fun project later down the road to hang in my future home.”

U.S. Stat Leaders

99 | Kelly Murphy, 88 kills, 6 blocks, 5 aces
99 | Kim Hill, 81 kills, 8 blocks, 10 aces
61 | Kelsey Robinson, 48 kills, 9 blocks, 4 aces
60 | Tori Dixon, 41 kills, 11 blocks, 8 aces
58 | Nicole Fawcett, 47 kills, 9 blocks, 2 aces

88 | Kelly Murphy… leads in the tournament kill percent at 52.38 … 88 kills, 19 faults, 168 att.
81 | Kim Hill
48 | Kelsey Robinson

17 | Christa Dietzen
13 | Alisha Glass
11 | Tori Dixon

10 | Kim Hill … tied for fifth-most in the tournament
8 | Jordan Larson-Burbach, Tori Dixon
5 | Kelly Murphy

189 running, 314 still, 6.30 per set | Alisha Glass … ranks second overall in set percent/set
84, running, 189 still, 2.80 per set | Courtney Thompson

86, 2.87/set | Kayla Banwarth … ranks 10th overall in digs/set percentage.
61, 2.02/set | Kim Hill
56, 1.87/set | Alisha Glass

109 excellents, 174 att., 59.20 efficiency | Kim Hill … ranks fifth overall in efficiency
96 excellents, 138 att., 65.20 efficiency | Kayla Banwarth … she is not included in the official tournament rankings because she had not taken 25 percent of the team's reception chances.