2018 USA Volleyball Annual Report
Women's National Team
The U.S. Women’s National Team won two tournaments in 2018, including the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League and its $1 million top prize. Overall, Team USA finished 34-8 on the year.
The U.S. Women opened the season by winning the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League title and $1 million top prize. At one point, the U.S. won 10 straight matches and nine of those in straight sets. Team USA defeated China in the semifinals, then beat Turkey in a thrilling five-set win for gold. Michelle Bartsch-Hackley was named MVP of the tournament.
The Americans captured the Pan Am Cup title by rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the gold-medal match to host Dominican Republic. Lauren Carlini was named MVP of the event.
After going 4-0 in friendly matches against Brazil in August, the U.S. opened the 2018 FIVB World Championship with a 7-0 record. However, consecutive five-set losses to China and Netherlands derailed the Americans reaching the podium. The U.S. finished fifth following a four-set win over host Japan.
Foluke Akinradewo and Kelsey Robinson were selected USA Volleyball Co-Female Indoor Players of the Year.