BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - The Olympics qualifier for women’s volleyball is coming to Shreveport-Bossier City.
Team USA’s FIVB Volleyball Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournament will be held Aug. 2-4 in CenturyLink Center.
News of the three-day event came during a news conference Thursday in the Bossier City venue.
It featured Karch Kiraly, head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team since September 2012; Foluke Akinradewo, who led the Americans to silver at the 2012 London Games and bronze at the 2016 Rio Games; and Danielle Scott, the only U.S. player to compete in five Olympic Games for indoor volleyball.
Scott also is a 2019 inductee into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame with a standout career at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge.
“The USA Women’s National Team has only competed in 11 Olympic Games since indoor volleyball’s original inclusion back in Tokyo, 1964,” Kiraly says in a statement about the tournament. "“The USA has had far fewer opportunities to actually qualify for the Games on home court, the most recent being in January of 2016 before Rio as part of the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament.
“The rarity of that occurrence has us feeling incredibly blessed, humbled and thrilled to compete for another Olympic berth this August.”
The U.S. is the only country to have medaled in each of the past three Olympic Games in women’s indoor volleyball.
In August, the Americans, who are ranked third in the world, will host Argentina, Bulgaria and Kazakhstan in the round robin play.
The winner will get a shot at the 2020 Olympic Games.