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Follow the Four Huskers Competing in Tokyo

A total of four Nebraska volleyball alumni are competing in the Tokyo Olympics. Jordan Larson, Kelsey Robinson and Justine Wong-Orantes make up one-quarter of the United States team, while Sarah Pavan will compete for Canada in beach volleyball. All four Huskers have an excellent chance to earn a medal and are arguably the gold medal favorites in their respective sport.

On the court, Team USA enters the Olympics with a No. 1 world ranking, and the Americans have won the last three FIVB Volleyball Nations League Championships. The Americans have won a medal in each of the last three Olympics, although the United States has never won a gold medal in women’s volleyball. Larson is competing in her third Olympics after helping Team USA to a silver medal in 2012 and a bronze medal in 2016. Robinson was also a member of the bronze-medal winning team in 2016, while Wong-Orantes is making her Olympic debut in Tokyo. 

On the beach, Pavan and her partner Melissa Humana-Paredes are the reigning world champions and are the No. 1-ranked pair in the world. Pavan is competing in her second consecutive Olympic Games, as she finished fifth at the 2016 Olympics while playing with a different partner.

Nebraska Associate Head Coach Tyler Hildebrand is also involved with the Tokyo Olympics. Hildebrand returned to the Husker coaching staff last year after serving as the USA Volleyball Beach National Team Director of Coaching until last summer.

Fans can follow all of the Husker-related volleyball action in Tokyo on, as this page will be updated with brief recaps of Team USA and Pavan matches. Dates and times below reflect Central Daylight Time.

Team USA Women’s Volleyball

 Saturday, July 24 vs. Argentina 9:05 p.m. Stream
 Monday, July 26 vs. China 9:05 p.m. Stream
 Thursday, July 29 vs. Turkey 7:45 a.m. Stream
 Friday, July 30 vs. Republic of China (Taiwan) 9:05 p.m. Stream
 Sunday, Aug. 1 vs. Italy 9:05 p.m. Stream
 Tuesday, Aug. 3 Quarterfinals 1 & 2 TBA Stream
 Wednesday, Aug. 4 Quarterfinals 3 & 4 TBA Stream
 Thursday, Aug. 5 First Semifinal TBA Stream
 Friday, Aug. 6 Second Semifinal TBA Stream
 Saturday, Aug. 7 Bronze Medal Match 7 p.m. Stream
 Saturday, Aug. 7 Gold Medal Match 11:30 p.m. Stream

Women’s Beach Volleyball (Pavan)

Canada 2, Netherlands 0 (Match 1)


Pavan and Humana-Paredes opened play in Pool A with a two-set sweep of Katja Stam and Raisa Schoon of the Netherlands. The Canadian duo won the first set 21-16, with Pavan delivering six kills and two blocks. Canada then closed out the sweep with a 21-15 win in set two, when Pavan had five kills on only six swings and added two more blocks. In the match, Pavan had 11 kills on 17 attacks and had a match-high four blocks.


 Friday, July 23 vs. Netherlands W, 2-0 Stream
 Sunday, July 25 vs. Germany 10 p.m. Stream
 Wednesday, July 28 vs. Switzerland 8 p.m. Stream
 July 31 – Aug. 6 Playoffs TBA Stream


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