U.S. Women Finalist for Team USA Best of July

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Aug. 02, 2018, 6:32 p.m. (ET)

U.S. Women's National Team winning the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League
The U.S. Women's National Team has been selected finalist for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of July

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 2, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has been selected as one of three team finalists for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of July. The United States Olympic Committee announced the finalists today to recognize outstanding achievements of Team USA athletes.

The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team won two gold medals in July to open its 2018 international season. The Americans captured the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League title and the $1 million prize by going 17-2 overall in the tournament. The U.S. used a 10-match win streak, including nine 3-0 victories, during the preliminary round to reach the Final Six with an overall 13-2 record over five weeks playing in five countries on three continents. The U.S. then won all four of its Final Six matches, including a five-set win over Turkey in the gold-medal match.

The U.S. also captured the Pan American Cup with a younger roster against more seasoned teams. In the gold-medal match, the Americans came back from a two-set deficit to win in five sets to claim its second consecutive Pan Am Cup title, fifth in seven years and sixth overall championship in the event.

The U.S. Women’s National Team are up against the U.S. Women’s Foil Team (Fencing) and the U.S. Mixed Relay Team (Triathlon) for Best of July team honors.

Fans are invited to vote for their favorite athletes and teams at TeamUSA.org/Awards through midnight Monday, Aug. 6.

Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per sport discipline. An internal nominating committee selects finalists to advance to the voting round. Votes received from NGB representatives and select members of the media account for 50 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting.

In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the Team USA Awards are supported by DICK’S Sporting Goods and USG.