The moment I knew this endeavor would be a trip of a lifetime was when I arrived in Los Angeles and met my first teammate at the airport. Both of us were so excited for what was ahead. When all 12 of our teamates got together before practice to hang out and chat, I quickly learned that the whole group was ready and eager to get things started. We immediately took to each other and bonded all throughout our first practice on Loyola Marymount’s campus and dinner that night before our redeye to Hong Kong. I couldn’t have imagined 11 better people or more talented athletes that I would’ve rather traveled the world and played volleyball with!
College National Team
It’s our favorite time of year… the 13th annual European Global Challenge will return to Pula, Croatia on July 11th – 14th, 2017 to host u17 and u22 divisions from around the world.
We’ve got 10 teams from the US currently on pre-tours in Europe. The USA Volleyball College National Team is warming up for the tournament at the Dras Center in Maribor, Slovenia with matches against federation teams from Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Meanwhile the Mountain West Conference All Star team is in Budapest, Hungary preparing for the Global Challenge with friendly matches against the Hungary Junior National Team and Senior National Teams.
On July 10th the tournament will kick off with an opening ceremony for all international teams at Pula’s town center near the edge of the Adriatic Sea. Competition starts July 11th. You’ll find complete team rosters and schedule updates on the tournament website here. And if you’re tuning in from afar, you’ll be able to live stream matches here.