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Stanford grads Akinradewo, Wopat rejoin USA volleyball

 
Stanford grad Carly Wopat rejoins USA Volleyball. Photo by Don Feria/isiphotos.com.

Stanford grads Foluke Akinradewo and Carly Wopat have been added to the United States senior women's volleyball team's preliminary roster for the USA Volleyball Cup matches against Brazil on Aug. 27 and 29, and for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan beginning Sept. 5.

Akinradewo was on the U.S. Olympic teams that earned a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Games and a silver medal at the 2012 London Games. She also helped the U.S. earn gold at the FIVB World Championships in 2014.

Wopat played with the national team that earned a bronze medal at the 2016 Pan American Cup. She's played internationally since 2009, including in the FIVB Women's Junior World Championship and the FIVB Girls' Youth World Championships.

The pair are joined by Olympians Jordan Larson, Kim Hill and Rachael Adams. The four Olympians, with Akinradewo, were given time off following the extended Olympic cycle and the ensuing professional season.

"For the upcoming World Grand Champions Cup, we have the possibility of incorporating several players with Olympic and World Championship experience who did not compete in World Grand Prix, players like Jordan, Foluke, Kim and Rachael," American coach Karch Kiraly told USA Volleyball. "That kind of experience can be very beneficial for any team, certainly for ours. Whichever 14 people we travel with, we look forward to more great competition and learning in Japan."

The two matches against Brazil will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center, with Aug. 27 beginning at 4:30 p.m. and Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Interested parties can purchase tickets here.

The WGCC is a six-team, round robin event held in the first year of each Olympic quadrennial. Team USA opens the event with matches against China on Sept. 5 (11:40 p.m. on Sept. 4) and Korea on Sept. 6 (11:40 p.m. on Sept. 5) in Tokyo.

Following an off-day to travel to Nagoya, the Americans face Russia on Sept. 8 (8:40 p.m. on Sept. 7), followed by host Japan on Sept. 9 (3:15 a.m.) and Brazil on Sept. 10 (11:40 p.m. on Sept. 9).

The Americans are currently ranked No. 2 in the world while Brazil is No. 4.

— USA Volleyball

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