A true libero is the better option over a converted OH. I think these Olympics proved that, with how invaluable Justine W-O's play was.
The National team needed the Libero to pass a high level, and up until this year, I suppose none of the traditional Liberos were getting it done. Hence, Robinson and then Courtney were used as Libero primarily for passing, even though both were not as skilled at the other Libero tasks (block cover and digging in particular). Wong-Orontes dramatically improved her passing and made the Olympic roster on the basis of her overall strengths as a result.
USA excelled at passing in this Olympic tourney (we had the top three passers which included Wong Orontes). There is no reason to think that Wong-Orontes won't still be the top choice in 3 years. Kendell became an excellent passer by the end of her college career. Perhaps they will bring her back in to USA camp to compete for the spot.
What seems equally interesting is who will replace Larsen. Robinson and Courtney have similar all around skills as the second outside with passing responsibilities and might be given a shot to do that. There will be other 6 rotation OHs who will try to fill that role, but Larsen had very large shoes.
Post by ethankasales on Aug 23, 2021 21:37:10 GMT -5
USA Volleyball invited Kendall White to train with the U.S. women's national team in Anaheim, California. White is training alongside fellow former college stars like Kentucky's Madison Lilley, Texas' Micaya White, Wisconsin's Tiffany Clark, and USC's Jasmine Gross, among others.
Post by ethankasales on Aug 24, 2021 22:15:21 GMT -5
White is on the U.S. roster for the 2021 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship August 26-August 31 in Guadalajara, Mexico. She recently posted a video on her Instagram story from the airport on the way to the tournament.
Post by ethankasales on Aug 25, 2021 17:10:47 GMT -5
Kendall White is wearing No. 10 in her first competition for the U.S. women’s national team. Fellow Nittany Lion Ali Frantti is wearing No. 18 as one of four outside hitters on the 14-player roster. They begin pool play against Puerto Rico Thursday at noon.