USA’s FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2011 champion Jordan Larson has said the team’s victory in this year’s tournament is much more significant than their gold medal in last year’s tournament as it proves they can now match any side in the world.
Blogging for Mizuno, Larson, who was a member of the US squad that won the World Grand Prix 2010, added that finding a way to push for the win as the team has added valuable experience ahead of USA’s fight for qualification to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“It [victory in the World Grand Prix] proved that we have a great team that can take on any team in the world and challenge them,” she said. “Even at times when all of us aren’t firing on all cylinders, we found a way to battle as a team. Every chance we had to score or get a run of points, we were fighting till the whistle.”
She also discussed the World Grand Prix’s gruelling schedule, particularly in the Finals, this year held in Macau, China.
“What people don’t realize is the mental struggle it takes to get through five straight matches in five days, “ she continued. “ You have to focus on every point and make sure you are executing at a high level. This month long tournament definitely takes a toll on your mind and body.”
Larson is currently playing at the NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship in Caguas, Puerto Rico, where the eventual champions will earn a berth to the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup 2011 from November 4 to 18 in Japan. The top three sides at the World Cup will join hosts Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games. To read the full blog click here