Two Badgers named to Team USA Olympic Volleyball team (2024)

(UW ATHLETICS) MADISON – The two most decorated Badgers for the Wisconsin volleyball program, Lauren Carlini and Dana Rettke, have been named to the 2024 Women’s National Indoor Volleyball Team, announced by USA Volleyball Wednesday evening.

CarliniandRettkeare two-of-12 athletes named to the 2024 USA Volleyball Olympic roster. Of the 12 athletes, eight are from the Big Ten.

“To make the Olympic team and be one of the 12 players selected to represent your sport and country is what you dream of,” said Badger head coach Kelly Sheffield. “Lauren and Dana, as well as everyone else who’s been in that gym, have worked their butts off. They’ve evolved their game and been willing to do whatever it takes to help their team. I couldn’t be more excited for both of them and the great opportunity that is in front of it.”

Lauren Carlini helped set the tone during the start of the Sheffield era. The four-timeAVCAAll-American and three-time First Team All-American helped the Badgers to a runner-up finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships. In addition to her freshman campaign, Carlini was named the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the AVCA Northeast Regional Freshman of the Year. To cap off her accolades, the Illinois native was also a four-time All-Big Ten selection and was named 2014 Big Ten Player of the Year and 2014 and 2015 Big Ten Setter of the Year. Lastly, in 2016-17, Carlini was honored with the Sullivan Award for the best amateur athlete in any sport in the United States.

Professionally, the six-foot-two setter played her first three seasons out of college in Italy with team Savino Del Bene inScandicciand a season with Igor Gorgonzola Volley in Novara. Since then, she has made stops in Moscow, Russia, with team Dinamo Moscow, THY Volleyball in Istanbul, Turkey, and most recently with VolleyballCasalmaggiorein Cremona, Italy. She has been with Team USA since 2016.

Dana Rettke became the first five-time AVCA First Team All-American during her tenure with the Badgers and helped the Badgers to its first National Championship in 2021. The six-foot-eight middle blocker was also named AVCA National Player of the Year in 2021, where she averaged 1.43 blocks per set, held a .430 hitting percentage, led the team with 3.41 kills per set, and recorded double-figure kills in 23 matches, including three with 20+ kills. That same season,Rettkesurpassed former Badger Heather Dodaro (682) for the total block record with 751 career blocks.

Since graduation,Rettkehas played professionally in Italy with Vero Volley Monza and most recently took the silver medal in this year’s Champions League. She has also represented USA Volleyball since 2018, both for the women’s collegiate national team and senior women’s national team.

USA Volleyball has one more stop in Japan with the Volleyball Nations League tournament and will wrap up its international tour in Thailand on June 20-23. In the first round of the VNL, Carlini split time with fellow Olympian setter Jordyn Poulter. The former Badger setter helped achieve a .364 hitting efficiency in its 3-1 victory over Thailand.Rettkejoined Team USA in its second week, where she played in three matches and tallied 30 points on 23 kills and seven blocks.

Further updates regarding the 2024 Olympic games will be available onuwbadgers.comand on the @badgersvbFacebook, X, and Instagram pages.

U.S. Women’s Roster for the Olympic Games Paris 2024

No. Name (Pos., Ht., Hometown, College,USAVRegion)

2 Jordyn Poulter (S, 6-2, Aurora, Colo., Univ. of Illinois, Rocky Mountain)

3 Avery Skinner (OH, 6-1, Katy, Texas, Univ. of Kentucky, Lone Star)

4 Justine Wong-Orantes (L, 5-6, Cypress, Calif., Univ. of Nebraska, Southern California)

7 Lauren Carlini (S, 6-2, Aurora, Ill., Univ. of Wisconsin, Great Lakes)

10 Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Univ. of Nebraska, Great Plains)

11 Annie Drews (Opp, 6-4, Elkhart, Ind., Purdue Univ., Hoosier)

12 Jordan Thompson (Opp, 6-4, Edina, Minn., Univ. of Cincinnati, North Country)

15HaleighWashington (MB, 6-3, Colorado Springs, Colo., Penn State Univ., Rocky Mountain)

16 Dana Rettke (MB, 6-8, Riverside, Ill., Univ. of Wisconsin, Great Lakes)

22 Kathryn Plummer (OH, 6-6,AlisoViejo, Calif., Stanford Univ., Southern California)

23 Kelsey Robinson Cook (OH, 6-2, Bartlett, Ill., Univ. of Nebraska, Great Lakes)

24ChiakaOgbogu(MB, 6-2, Coppell, Texas, Univ. of Texas, North Texas)


1 Micha Hanco*ck (S, 5-11, Edmond, Okla., Penn State Univ., Oklahoma)

5 Ali Frantti (OH, 6-1, Spring Grove, Ill., Penn State, Great Lakes)

6 Morgan Hentz (L, 5-9, Lakeside Park, Ky., Stanford Univ., Pioneer)

14 Anna Stevenson Hall (MB, 6-2, Laurens, S.C., Univ. of Louisville, Palmetto)

29KhaliaLanier (OH/Opp, 6-2, Scottsdale, Ariz., Univ. of Southern California, Arizona)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly

Assistant Coaches: Tama Miyashiro, Erin Virtue,Alfee Reft

Consultant Coach: Marv Dunphy

Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer: Kara Kessans

Strength & Conditioning Coach: Brandon Siakel

Performance Analyst:RianneVerhoek

Team Leader: Coley Pawlikowski

Mental Performance Coach: Katy Stanfill

Culture Consultant: Sue Enquist

Dietitian: Shawn Hueglin

Massage Therapist: Ricardo Brambila

Team Doctor: Dr. Lori Boyajian-O’Neill

Two Badgers named to Team USA Olympic Volleyball team (2024)
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