WICHITA, Kan. — The eyes of women’s volleyball will focus on Wichita come June, putting the city front-and-center on Team USA’s journey to the 2020 Olympic Games.
The U.S. Women’s National Team’s only domestic tournament before heading to Tokyo takes place in Wichita, as they host Japan, Turkey and Belgium during their FIVB Volleyball Nations League preliminary round matches being held from June 9 to 11, 2020.
The four-team round-robin match format will take place at Charles Koch Arena on the Wichita State University campus. Tickets are available at www.goshockers.com.
“Next year’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League Week 4 will be a huge one,” U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Karch Kiraly said in a press release.
“We will be approaching it as one of our last chances to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics. It will be one of the rare opportunities for Americans to cheer on their Olympic women’s volleyball representatives live and in-person, so we’re looking forward to an amazing atmosphere in Wichita.”
The U.S. Women have won the last two VNL championships and the $1 million prize. The VNL is the premier annual international women’s volleyball tournament.
Team USA women’s volleyball team is ranked second in the world, while Japan is ranked No. 7, Turkey is No. 12 and Belgium is No. 19. Serbia is the reigning world No.1.
The U.S. and Japan have already secured their spots for the 2020 Games.
- Match Schedule (All Times Central)
- June 9: Japan vs. Turkey, 4 p.m.; USA vs. Belgium, 7:30 p.m.
- June 10: Turkey vs. Belgium, 4 p.m.; USA vs. Japan, 7:30 p.m.
- June 11: Japan vs. Belgium, 4 p.m.; USA vs. Turkey, 7:30 p.m.