USA NT 2019

  • Is the difference between Paige and Hannah Tapp is so big. Recently Hannah has been called instead of Paige to the NT🤔


    Im also surprised by Adams, I hope it doesn't mean that she is out of picture for the A team now😱

    I didn't follow Hannah a lot lately, 'cause she played in Serie A1 (which is boring to me), while I watched a lot of matches of Paige in Stuttgart.


    Their biggest difference since they played with Minnesota in NCAA is that Hannah is a stronger spiker and Paige is a little bit better blocker. In college Paige was on bench in her freshman season, 'cause Dixon was there too (and she was the best player of the team alongside Santana and Wittman), while Hannah won the spot in their internal competition and played ad starter all the years.

  • when is pan am cup? and what is the point of it? does it qualify for anything?


    Panamerican Cup will be played in the first week of July. We shouldnt confused it with the Panamerican Games (which are held every 4 years).

    The Panamerican Cup does not qualify to anything and it does not give points. It used to work like a qualifier to the Grand Prix, but with the change of format and the born of the VNL, now it is an useless tournment.

    However, last year it worked as the qualifier to the Panamerican Games.

    USA usually sent a mixed team, B team or even just graduated players. I dont recall when was the last time they sent their best squad.

  • thanks, i have watched many pan am cup matches in years past, it was interesting to see new US players, i.e. a few years back, i saw drews and al-hassan for the first time. also interesting to me to see CUB or COL players, along with PUR and DOM. it's a fun tournament.


    i think adams is there to provide some experience to this team.

  • I didn't follow Hannah a lot lately, 'cause she played in Serie A1 (which is boring to me), while I watched a lot of matches of Paige in Stuttgart.


    Their biggest difference since they played with Minnesota in NCAA is that Hannah is a stronger spiker and Paige is a little bit better blocker. In college Paige was on bench in her freshman season, 'cause Dixon was there too (and she was the best player of the team alongside Santana and Wittman), while Hannah won the spot in their internal competition and played ad starter all the years.

    Agree with this! Hannah seems to have the better opportunities since college than Paige (and overall has been the stronger player). I don’t anticipate Paige will be with the NT team going forward and I wonder how much longer she’ll actually play pro volleyball. Curious to see where they both end up next year. Hannah to Turkey or Brazil (where their best friend Sarah Parsons is going)? I’m guessing Paige is wanting Italy A1 or A2 as the next step in her career as well as for personal reasons.

  • Panamerican Cup will be played in the first week of July. We shouldnt confused it with the Panamerican Games (which are held every 4 years).

    The Panamerican Cup does not qualify to anything and it does not give points. It used to work like a qualifier to the Grand Prix, but with the change of format and the born of the VNL, now it is an useless tournment.

    However, last year it worked as the qualifier to the Panamerican Games.

    USA usually sent a mixed team, B team or even just graduated players. I dont recall when was the last time they sent their best squad.

    The Panamerican Games are also this year, I believe. I can see that being a mix of this Cup team and some young players on the VNL team right now (Rettke, Thompson, Foecke, Lake, Poulter, etc.)

  • So far, USA has played all its four setters on the VNL roster. Now, what do you guys think of the selection of the setters? It seems a done deal that the two setters for all the rest of the major tournaments of this squad will be chosen from Lloyd, Hancock, Carlini and Poulter. What are the pros and cons of these four setters, and which combination do you think is the best?

  • I didn't follow Hannah a lot lately, 'cause she played in Serie A1 (which is boring to me), while I watched a lot of matches of Paige in Stuttgart.


    Their biggest difference since they played with Minnesota in NCAA is that Hannah is a stronger spiker and Paige is a little bit better blocker. In college Paige was on bench in her freshman season, 'cause Dixon was there too (and she was the best player of the team alongside Santana and Wittman), while Hannah won the spot in their internal competition and played ad starter all the years.

    I think you should start to watch Puerto Rico league instead... It is way more interesting league same as Croatian one :gone:

  • So far, USA has played all its four setters on the VNL roster. Now, what do you guys think of the selection of the setters? It seems a done deal that the two setters for all the rest of the major tournaments of this squad will be chosen from Lloyd, Hancock, Carlini and Poulter. What are the pros and cons of these four setters, and which combination do you think is the best?

    I find it very hard to pick! Lloyd was the first setter the last 2 years, but last summer she was already bad and in Praia Clube she didn't show anything spectaculair either...

    From what I've seen of Hancock in Monza, she wants to play to fast, so her sets are imprecise.

    Carlini didn't impress me in Novara, but she played good in todays match against Turkey and won CL.

    I like Poulter, she is a good prospect. For now I think it's to early for her to be the starting setter and looking at the shape of the setters above, the presure could be to much for her as second setter.


    All setters don't use their middles a lot, which is something they should do more, because that's the strength of the USA team.


    If I have to make a choice right now, I think I would choose Carlini and Hancock.

  • Speaking about the US setters, I have to say I likwd Carlini yesterday against Poland. At least the limits she showed in Novara weren't so evident.. she got blamed so much for not playing with the MBs, but I think that she shouldn't get all the fault for that!

  • Lloyd is awful.. it doesn't really matter that she's the veteran right now, because even she freaks out in tense moments. It's too late for Poulter, a year before the Olympics.. so I would go with Hancock/Carlini

    Everyone complains that the setters don’t use their middles and yet Poulter is the only one I feel like actually tries to use the middles and does it fairly well so shouldn’t she be getting more looks??

  • Everyone complains that the setters don’t use their middles and yet Poulter is the only one I feel like actually tries to use the middles and does it fairly well so shouldn’t she be getting more looks??

    I don't think there's enough time for her to be ready for an event so big as the Olympics. Neither Carlini, nor Micha are experienced or stable enough, that's why I think both setters should be ready to be starters. Prior to Rio it was obvious Alisha would never get subbed, same for Berg in 2012, so the second setter was really just a part of the double sub, and in case of injury of course

  • Carlini as starter and Hancock as back (expecially for her service) for me. Poulter as back up could be good too.


    No more Lloyd please. She is always hot and cold: she never plays more than 2 good seasons in a row, 'cause she always gets out of shape or has to deal with some injuries, but lately she's even worse than ever, after her injury in the 2017 summer. Keep Eczacibasi in your prayers.


    Knowing Charlie, he could easily go with 3 setters again, using Hancock as service specialist (like Thompson).


    Charlie = good vibes, so I'm confident for Tokyo.

  • Setter: Carlino, Hancock

    Opp: Drews, Thompson (Cuttino)

    Oh: Robinson, Bartsch, Hill, Foecke

    Mb: Ogbogu, Washington, Akinradewo (Dixon)

    Libero: Courtney (Lake)


    This is my personal lineup.


    Drews has really improved. She plays better than Lowe now. I put Thompson over Cuttino coz I havent seen Cuttino play in the national team yet. If thompson calms her nerves she will be a great OPP. I put Foecke over Larson coz as much as I like Larson, Robinson fills in that role better. Foecke brings heat like what MBH does. And why do I have this feeling that Akinradewo might not make it to Tokyo? Either she decides not to or she might not make it. Playing in Japan i believe did not do good for her. And I really like Lake. I believe she hasnt graduated yet so it might be hard for her to be the starter but she has room for improvement. She plays like a libero compared to Courtney.