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|SETTERS||Lindsey Berg||Alisha Glass|
|Courtney Thompson||Courtney Thompson|
|OUTSIDE HITTERS||Jordan Larson||Jordan Larson|
|Megan Hodge||Kim Hill|
|Logan Tom||Kelsey Robinson|
|OPPOSITES||Tayyiba Haneef-Park||Karsta Lowe|
|Destinee Hooker||Kelly Murphy|
|MIDDLE HITTERS||Foluke Akinradewo||Foluke Akinradewo|
|Christa Harmatto||Christa Harmatto Dietzen|
|Danielle Scott-Arruda||Rachael Adams|
|LIBEROS||Tamari Miyashiro||Kayla Banwarth|
|HEAD COACH||Hugh McCutcheon||Karch Kiraly|
|ASSISTANT COACHES||Karch Kiraly||Tom Black|
|Paula Weishoff||David Hunt|
|Jamie Morrison||Jamie Morrison|
Returners vs. Rookies
The similarities between the 2012 and 2016 rosters are easy to pinpoint. Outside hitter Jordan Larson returns, along with setter Courtney Thompson and middles Christa Harmatto Dietzen and Foluke Akinradewo. The Olympic rookies are setters Alisha Glass and Carli Lloyd, outsides Kim Hill and Kelsey Robinson, middle Rachael Adams, opposites Karsta Lowe and Kelly Murphy and libero Kayla Banwarth.
Two high-profile stars left the program during this quad: Destinee Hooker and Logan Tom. Although USA Volleyball has been very silent about Hooker and Tom's departures, various leaks have indicated that both players expressed their interest in rejoining the team, but Kiraly chose to take the team in a different direction, adding young, fresh talent to the roster in place of these proven veterans.
The starting setter and libero from the London Olympics team have now both retired, with setter Lindsey Berg hanging up her jersey right after the 2012 Olympics and libero Nicole Davis announcing her retirement last summer.
Glass will serve as Berg's primary replacement, with Lloyd likely being used in the double sub. Banwarth has the starting libero position so locked down that Kiraly chose not to bring a back-up.
This iteration of the U.S. Women's National Team is very young. Lowe, 23, and Kelly Murphy, 26, replaced Hooker and veteran opposite Tayyiba Haneef-Park. Hill, 26, and Robinson, 24, take the positions previously filled by Tom and Megan Hodge Easy. Larsen was one of the youngest players in London, and now at 29 is one of the veterans. The same goes for 31 year-old Thompson, 28-year-old Akinradewo and 29-year-old Dietzen.
One of the biggest changes for the USA women since London? Kiraly's ascension to the position of head coach. An assistant in London, Kiraly accepted the head coaching position after Hugh McCutcheon left his national team post to serve as head coach at Minnesota. Although he's one of the most decorated volleyball players in the world, Kiraly is young in coach years and the team's results were mixed in the first couple years of the quad. Now that the U.S. women are ranked No. 1 in the world, it looks like Karch's coaching philosophy and the culture he's created in the national team gym are paying off. But the ultimate test will come next month in Rio. Can this team win gold?
To take an inside look in the gym of the 2016 USA Women's National Team, be sure to catch our first documentary series "All In: USA Women's National Volleyball Team" available exclusively on FloVolleyball.