North Texans to play in USA Women’s Volleyball Tournament – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The Olympic gold medalist women’s volleyball team will be in North Texas at the end of May.

The Volleyball Nations League returns to the United States and makes a stop in Arlington at the College Park Center.

After winning gold at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Copeland’s Siaka Okpoku is back as a member of the team, hoping to help them win Olympic gold again. Before making Team USA, he was an All-American at the University of Texas-Austin. During her career from 2013-2017, Coppell led her high school volleyball team to state titles in 2011 and 2012.

Other notable Texans to watch in Team USA competition:

  • Asjia O’Neal from Southlake, TX – Middle Blocker
    • Made her senior national team debut in the 2023 Volleyball Nations League
    • Two-time AVCA First Team All-American at University of Texas, helping team to NCAA Championships in 2022 and 2023
    • Texas has tied her USA Women’s teammate Chiaka Ogboku for the most points in school history.
  • Avery Skinner from Katy, Texas – Outside hitter
    • The 2023 FIVB Road to Paris Olympic Qualifier helped the U.S. women qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
    • He made his senior national team debut at the 2022 Pan Am Cup
    • Won the 2020 NCAA National Championship with the University of Kentucky
    • All-American at both Kentucky and Baylor University (played 2017-20 at Kentucky and final season at Baylor in 2021)
    • Best spiker and top scorer at the 2022 Pan Am Cup
  • Breon Butler from Kendleton, Texas – Middle Blocker
    • Butler has been a member of Team USA since 2019 and will participate in the VNL in 2022.
    • He made his senior national team debut at the 2019 Pan American Cup
    • AVCA All-American first team in 2021 and 2020; AVCA All-American Honorable Mention in 2018
    • Invited to train with senior US team in Spring 2020 (cancelled due to Covid)
    • 2017 Women’s Junior (U20) National Team
    • 2015-16 Women’s Youth (U18) National Team
  • Madison Skinner of Katy, Texas – Outside hitter
    • four-time AVCA All-American; Made the first team in 2023
    • Played two years at the University of Kentucky, where the team won the national championship in 2020
    • Transferred to Texas and won national championships in 2022 and 2023
    • Named MVP of the 2023 National Championship
    • Won the 2023 Honda Sport Award for Volleyball
    • 2019 USA Volleyball Women’s Junior National Championship All-Tournament Team
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The International competition May 28-June 2 Paris will host the world’s best teams competing for the last major volleyball tournament before the Olympics and the only VNL Games in the USA this year. Teams appearing include: Volleyball Nations League 2023 Champions Turkey Along with Canada, Korea, Germany, Serbia, Bulgaria And Poland.

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