Members of the Chinese Taipei Women's Volleyball Team happily pose after beating their Philippine counterpart in the 2016 Asian Women's U19 Volleyball Championship on Monday, July 25. The Chinese Taipei team will first encounter mainland China's team in the quarter-finals.
France beat Venezuela 3-2 on Saturday to clinch an Olympic berth at a men's volleyball qualification tournament.
A few weeks back, just before Christmas and before the Americans had reconvened in California from their club teams overseas, U.S. captain Courtney Thompson sent a group email to her teammates with a clear message:
With the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals championship already secured, the United States added a three-set victory over China on Sunday to cap the tournament.
The United States clinched its first FIVB World Grand Prix Finals championship since 2012 Saturday night by defeating the two-time defending champion Brazil.
The United States is the only undefeated team left in the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals after a four-set victory over Russia on Friday night.
A lineup change by Italy forced the United States to make adjustments Thursday night that should help them through the remainder of the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals.