U.S Women’s National Team connections to college men’s volleyball

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USA Volleyball announced Monday the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo.

Check out all the players and members of the coaching staff from this team who have ties to college men’s volleyball.

Michelle Bartsch-Hackley
Outside attacker
School: UC Irvine
College men’s volleyball connection: Bartsch-Hackley following an All-American college career at Illinois served as a volunteer assistant coach with UC Irvine in 2013 and helped the Anteaters win the NCAA championship.

Justin Chang
Second scout
School: USC
College men’s volleyball connection: Chang spent three seasons as the technical coordinator for USC and helped the Trojans earn an at-large berth to the 2019 NCAA Tournament.


Marv Dunphy
Consultant coach
School: Pepperdine
College men’s volleyball connection: Dunphy spent 34 seasons as the Pepperdine head coach and is one of winningest coaches in college men’s volleyball history with a 612-277 career record. The Hall of Famer and three-time MPSF Coach of the Year guided the Waves to NCAA championships in four decades — 1978, 1985, 1992 and 2005. Pepperdine players under Dunphy have earned National Player of the Year honors nine times and 22 Waves have been First-Team All-American selections. Dunphy was a middle attacker for Pepperdine and three years after graduating was named the team’s new head coach in 1977. In addition, Dunphy remains head coach emeritus at Pepperdine and briefly returned to the sidelines as an assistant coach late in the 2019 season to help the Waves reach the NCAA Tournament semifinals.

Jordan Larson
Outside attacker
School: Pepperdine
College men’s volleyball: The former Nebraska All-American and two-time Olympic medalist is engaged to Pepperdine head coach David Hunt.

Jeff Liu
Performance analyst
College men’s volleyball connection: Liu was the technical coordinator for USC from 2015-17.

Karch Kiraly
Head coach
School: UCLA
College men’s volleyball connection: Kiraly as a four-time All-American led the Bruins to a 126-5 record during his college career and won NCAA championships in 1979, 1981 and 1982. He also was named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player as a junior and senior to become the first player in NCAA men’s volleyball history to earn that award in back-to-back years. The annual award presented to the top outside attacker in NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball is named the Karch Kiraly Award

Luka Slabe
Assistant coach
School: BYU
College men’s volleyball connection: Slabe was an assistant coach with BYU for three seasons and helped guide the Cougars to back-to-back NCAA Tournament finals in 2016 and 2017 along with an NCAA Tournament semifinals appearance in 2018. As an outside attacker for BYU, Slabe 397 career kills and in his sophomore season helped the team win the 2001 NCAA championship.

U.S. Women’s National Team roster

Setter: Micha Hancock, Penn State
Setter: Jordyn Poulter, Illinois
Opposite: Annie Drews, Purdue
Opposite: Jordan Thompson, Cincinnati
Outside attacker: Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, Illinois
Outside attacker: Kim Hill, Pepperdine
Outside attacker: Jordan Larson, Nebraska
Outside attacker: Kelsey Robinson, Nebraska
Middle attacker: Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson, Stanford
Middle attacker: Haleigh Washington, Penn State
Middle attacker: Chiaka Ogbogu, Texas
Libero: Justine Wong Orantes, Nebraska

Setter: Lauren Carlini, Wisconsin
Outside attacker: Kathryn Plummer, Stanford
Outside attacker: Sarah Wilhite Parsons, Minnesota
Middle attacker: Tori Dixon, Minnesota
MIddle attacker: Hannah Tapp, Minnesota
Libero: Megan Courtney, Penn State

Coaching staff
Head coach: Karch Kiraly
Assistant coach: Erin Virtue
Assistant coach Tama Miyashiro
Assistant coach: Luka Slabe
Performance analyst: Jeff Liu
Sport physiologist and team leader: Jimmy Stitz
Physical therapist: Kara Kessans
Consultant coach: Sue Enquist
Consultant coach: Marv Dunphy
Team doctor: Dr. Chris Lee
Second scout: Justin Chang