Penn State women’s volleyball alumnae Nia Reed and Kendall White are again representing the United States on the international stage after making the 14-player roster for the 2022 NORCECA Pan American Cup Final Six September 4-10 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Reed and White recently helped the U.S. take home the bronze medal at the Pan American Cup in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The U.S. beat Mexico 3-1 on August 28 and will begin play in this new tournament with a rematch Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.
The U.S. Women 🇺🇸 are hitting the court again this week at the Pan American Cup Final Six in the Dominican Republic. They open against Mexico on Sunday.
— USA Volleyball (@usavolleyball) September 4, 2022
The U.S. is competing against Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. The tournament will feature five days of round-robin play before the top four teams advance to the semifinals on September 9.
White and Reed played significant roles for the U.S. in the Pan American Cup and also participated in the 2022 Volleyball Nations League earlier this summer. White had 144 digs in the Pan American Cup, surpassing 30 digs twice in the six matches she played.
White was named team captain for the tournament a few weeks ago and split time at libero with Hana Lishman, while Reed and former Minnesota star Stephanie Samedy battled for playing time at opposite hitter.
White and Reed played together at Penn State for three seasons from 2016-18 before eventually beginning their professional volleyball careers. Reed played in Turkey, France, and Brazil before signing with the Gwangju Peppers of South Korea for the upcoming 2022-23 season.
White is scheduled to play her third straight season for French side Terville Florange Olympique Club, where she competed against Reed during the 2020-21 campaign, as Reed played for Volero Le Cannet that season.
White and Lishman will again handle libero responsibilities for the U.S. this week, while Reed and Samedy are back at opposite hitter. White and Reed will have the chance to showcase their skills against some of the top teams from the region.
Former Kentucky and Oregon standouts Alli Stumler and Ronika Stone will make their U.S. women’s national team debuts, as will 2023 Nebraska commit Bergen Reilly, who notably made the team after leading the U.S. to the gold medal at the U19 Pan American Cup in Tulsa, Oklahoma, alongside Penn State commit Izzy Starck in July.