US Women’s Volleyball team returns to play Team Canada at Murrieta Mesa High School in June

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The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team returns to Murrieta Mesa High School Saturday, June 15, to take on Team Canada in an exhibition match. Courtesy photo

The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team returns to Murrieta Mesa High School Saturday, June 15, as the American team takes on Team Canada in an exhibition match. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the game begins at 7 p.m.

Forza1 Volleyball, which is a top performing volleyball club in Temecula that operates out of the 40,000-square-foot Forza One Performance Center off Diaz Road, will be helping host the event and splitting the proceeds with the Murrieta Mesa volleyball program. The community is invited to come watch a world class sporting event as these two teams could end up facing each other in the 2020 Olympics.

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly and his staff have chosen a balance of veteran players to compete alongside younger athletes getting their first real taste of FIVB competition, and they are turning some heads on the court with a strong start in the early stages of the Volleyball Nations League. Each country can designate 14 players from the 25-player overall roster to compete in each preliminary week and the Final Six. Rosters can change each week upon discretion of the coaching staff.

The team consists of setters Carli Lloyd, a local player from Bonsall, and Jordyn Poulter; liberos Megan Courtney and Mary Lake and middles Tori Dixon, Lauren Gibbemeyer, Chiaka Ogbogu and Dana Rettke. The team’s outside hitters are Mikaela Foecke, Madi Kingdon Rishel, Jordan Larson and Kelsey Robinson, and opposites are Annie Drews and Jordan Thompson.

Team USA is in second place in the 16-team Volleyball Nations League. The Americans, 5-1 in the Volleyball Nations League with 15 points, won their first five matches before losing to zonal rival Dominican Republic in a heart-breaking five-set loss. While using a young roster, the U.S. has already defeated the gold and silver medalists from the 2018 FIVB World Championships in this year’s Volleyball Nations League in Serbia and Italy.

“The USA athletes help and inspire and motivate many of the local youth volleyball players with their tremendous skill and years of dedication and determination to take their skills to the highest level,” Murrieta Mesa Athletic Director John Broussard said.

General admission to the match is $10. For seniors 60 and over, military and youth 10 and under, tickets are $7. Murrieta Mesa High School is located at 24801 Monroe Ave. in Murrieta. For more information, visit www.forza1volleyball.com.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.