USA Volleyball has been selected to host the NORCECA Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament at PBA January 7‐9, 2016.
Session 1: Thursday, January 7, 2016 @ 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Session 2: Friday, January 8, 2016 @ 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Session 3: Saturday, January 9, 2016 @ 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
The U.S., ranked No. 1 in the world and reigning world champions, will host the four‐team round robin with No. 7 Dominican Republic, No. 15 Puerto Rico and No. 16 Canada. The tournament winner will earn NORCECA's berth into the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"We are thrilled to hear that Lincoln will host our zone Olympic qualifier," U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. "It's truly an honor and a privilege ‐ and a phenomenal opportunity ‐ to play on an American court, in front of thousands of USA fans, with these four teams battling for a ticket to the Rio Olympics. We can't wait to get back there, after getting to play ‐ and win ‐ the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals in Nebraska just a few months ago."
The tournament field was determined by the top four teams from the recent eight‐team NORCECA Women's Continental Championship held in Mexico. Team USA captured the title with a four‐set win over Dominican Republic, while Puerto Rico won the bronze medal over Canada.
Team USA finished the 2015 season with a 41‐6 overall record that included gold medals in four tournaments and one bronze medal. The U.S. Women won the FIVB World Grand Prix, NORCECA Women's Continental Championship, the Pan American Games and the Pan American Cup. The Americans finished third at the FIVB World Cup, one spot shy of earning a 2016 Olympic Games berth in the first qualification tournament.
The U.S. Women have captured the silver medal at the two most recent Olympic Games held in Beijing (2008) and London (2012). The Americans won the 2014 FIVB World Championship, the first time they won gold in any of the three triple crown events (Olympic Games, World Championship or FIVB World Cup).