U.S. Women Finalize 25-Player FIVB Volleyball Nations League Roster

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The U.S. Women's National Team officially announced the 25 players who will represent the country in the upcoming 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

The honor, of course, comes with great expectations. The Americans won the inaugural VNL last summer.

Here's a look at the women who've been chosen by head coach Karch Kiraly and his staff:

The U.S. will begin VNL play on Tuesday, May 21. All matches for the entirety of VNL can be watched LIVE on FloVolleyball.

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Under Armour All-American Profile: Annie Cate Fitzpatrick

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Under Armour All-American Profile: Paige Flickinger

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Under Armour All-American Profile: Birdie Hendrickson

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Under Armour All-American Profile: Nalani Iosia

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Under Armour All-American Profile: Taylor Landfair

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Under Armour All-American Profile: Emily Londot

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Under Armour All-American Profile: Anna DeBeer

In an interview with Catholic Sports Net earlier this year, Assumption High School outside hitter Anna DeBeer named Mikaela Foecke as her favorite player.

Under Armour All-American Profile: Naomi Cabello

Since the departure of Chloe Collins following the 2016 season, Texas has seen plenty of shuffling at the setter position. Ashley Shook took over the reigns in 2017 and started for most of 2018 too, before losing her spot to then-freshman Jhenna Gabriel, who remains the starter for the Longhorns as they work their way through the 2019 NCAA Tournament. 

Under Armour All-American Profile: Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford spent most of her formative years in Liberty, Missouri, but recently moved just across the border to Lansing, Kansas, which means her family will have an even easier time coming to watch her play at the University of Kansas next fall.