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Kelsey Robinson, headed to Turkey, recaps USA Volleyball summer

USA Volleyball national-team member Kelsey Robinson, like many other top American women, has left home to play professionally. Robinson, who wrote previously about the national team for, is in Istanbul, Turkey. She recapped a busy summer:

The US women’s national team left the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan this summer with both disappointment and excitement.

We had our sights set on gold, but came up short in a grueling round-robin tournament…


Kelsey Robinson’s update on USA Women’s National Team

Kelsey Robinson in action


The USA Volleyball Cup pits the U.S. national team against Brazil in Anaheim for matches Sunday, August 27, and Tuesday, August 29. The women are coming off a fifth-place finish in the FIVB World Grand Prix and are preparing for the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup Sept. 5-10 in Japan.

Kelsey Robinson, a product of suburban Chicago who finished her college career at Nebraska, was a member of the 2016 Olympic team that won the bronze medal. After the Olympics, she played professionally in Beijing, China for BAIC Motor and then in Conegliano, Italy, for Imoco Volley. She has been in the USA gym all summer.

The 6-foot-2 outsider hitter/DS was not, however, included on the team rosters for the Grand Prix or Grand Champions Cup because she has to be home September 9 for her sister’s wedding, which falls right in the middle of the latter competition.


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Our team has officially made it to week four of the Grand Prix, which means two things: delirium has definitely set in for most of us and our legs have basically turned to jello. The good news is that we’ve qualified

for the Grand Prix finals next week in Bangkok, Thailand (yup, that means we’re looking at another 15-hour flight; so, if anyone wants to donate miles for that upgrade life, let me know).

Volleyball might not seem like hard work to an outsider. I mean all we do is jump right? You wouldn’t be wrong as about three-fourths of my day is usually dedicated to jumping, but the continuous reps can take a toll. After a 6:00am wake-up call; four-hour practice with jumping; additional weights, video, tutoring; and three more hours of practice and jumping, our bodies are pretty beat up.


Kelsey Robinson Of Team USA Volleyball Documents Her Use Of Tech As She Travels The World In Preparation For The Rio Olympics

Hong Kong, China – It’s currently 9:00 a.m. in Hong Kong. I’m looking out my hotel window, overlooking a harbor surrounded by high rises. It would look like a scene from a movie, except I’ve been up for fifteen hours forcing myself to adjust to the time change so I don’t face plant or get hit by a volleyball at practice later today. Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, various other social media outlets may have you convinced that the life of a professional athlete is glamorous, but I can assure you it’s not all fun and games! It’s mostly games and jet lag.

The USA Volleyball team is partaking in the Grand Prix before heading to Rio. This event happens before every major tournament so we can tune up for the spotlight. These matches take us to a different country every week over the course of four-to-five weeks. We fly from the U.S. to Ankara, Turkey or Sao Paulo, Brazil to Kalingrad, Russia. New countries, new time zones, all in a month. But time zones don’t present the only obstacle. In China, we can’t eat the meat because they inject their cows with whatever the Russian national team uses. In other countries, the Wifi doesn’t work (and what’s the point of being in a new country if you can’t use a new Snapchat geotag?). Wifi and meat aren’t the only things in life!


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