By Rudi Lopez, Editor-in-Chief (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Long Beach, California (June 15, 2016). The United States Women’s National volleyball team will host the Group 1 Pool E preliminary round of the FIVB World Grand Prix June 17-19, 2016 at the Walter Pyramid on the Long Beach State University campus in California.
Team USA, ranked No. 1 in the world by FIVB, hosts No. 11 Germany on June 17 at 7:10 p.m., followed by No. 5 Japan on June 18 at 7:10 p.m. and No. 10 Turkey on June 19 at 5:10 p.m. All times Pacific Time.
The World Grand Prix is the premier annual international women’s volleyball tournament. This year it serves as the last major event for teams qualified to the 2016 Olympic Games to fine tune their systems. Both USA and Japan are among the 12 teams which will participate at the Rio Games in August.
The U.S. enters the second World Grand Prix preliminary round weekend with a 2-1 record and six standings points. The Americans defeated Germany and Thailand last weekend in Ningbo, China, before falling to host and No. 2 China in four sets. In the process, China snapped Team USA’s 12-match win streak dating back to the 2015 FIVB World Cup.
Match tickets are still available at http://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/events/international/2016-fivb-world-grand-prix/tickets