Lauren Carlini will not be from the US when the Volleyball Nations League game starts next week in Turkey. No, she and many veterans will be home in Anaheim.
“We’re thinking long-term here,” said Carlini. “It’s been a long summer.”
Carlini is now 28, nearly 10 years after leading Wisconsin to a title game in the 2013 NCAA tournament. After her college career, she won the Sullivan Award, the first volleyball player to be so honored.
In her professional career, Carlini played with Savino Del Bene Scandicci and then with Igor Gorgonzola Novara in Italy before spending a season with Dynamo Moscow, two years with THY in Turkey and her final season in Italy with Casalmaggiore.
“Just returned from a two-week break which was fantastic and much needed after a long, intense season in Italy,” said Carlini. “And back to the gym, we have a lot of new faces and young girls, especially in the first week or two when we’re transitioning and speeding up.”
Carlini, the alternate, one of the 23 strong, for the Tokyo Olympics, will be on the move again next season and tells us about it too.
By the way, coach Karch Kiraly did not reveal the final list, but you can be sure that there are quite a few VNL rookies among the 14 US players for the matches against Serbia, Italy, Korea and Turkey. Click here to see full list of 30 US players.
Carlini, a 6ft 1 quarterback from Aurora, Ill., will likely travel from the US for the second round starting June 13 in Brasília, Brazil, and if not, for sure the final game starting June 28 in Suwon, Korea. The VNL Finals will be held in Arlington, Texas July 12-16, and as noted by Carlini, as hosts, the United States is guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals.