CINCINNATI –Former University of Cincinnati volleyball star Jordan Thompson has met the media to discuss his route to Tokyo and his selection for the United States Olympic volleyball team.
At just 24, she is one of the youngest members of the United States volleyball team and one of eight to make it to the Olympics for the first time.
âIt means so much because it’s something I really didn’t think about, I didn’t know if it would ever happen, but being at this point so early in my career is still mind blowing. Because in my plan match that I had, I just want to get into the national team gym when I was 25 or 26 and maybe they’ll ask me to train with them then. now on the Olympic list at 24, that’s right, it blows my mind every day. “
Thompson played for the University of Cincinnati from 2015 to 2019. She won the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year award in 2015 and followed three times as the AAC Unanimous Player of the Year. in 2016, 2018 and 2019. She was the first female volleyball player in AAC history to win unanimous honors and receive the award three times.
She will also be the first former UC student-athlete to compete in an Olympic volleyball event.
âI mean, it’s just such an honor. And being able to represent Cincinnati too, I think it’s huge. I think a lot of people don’t always see Cincinnati as a school of volleyball necessarily. And so, I. am truly honored to be able to represent Cincinnati and prove that you don’t have to go to a Big Ten school just to do great things in this sport. You can be very successful at a school like Cincinnati and they are awesome great people and team to guide you on this journey. “
She also took a moment to reflect on her college career in Cincinnati.
âTo end my career in Cincinnati with us by taking a trip to Sweet 16, it was something I didn’t even know if I thought it was possible my first year. But then once we started and that we were building this program, the coaches believed in us as a team so much. You can do so many special things, and I think my story is proof of that. “
Thompson is one of three Bearcats to travel to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. Vanessa Gilles will represent Team Canada in soccer and Annette Echikunwoke will represent Nigeria in the hammer event for track and field.
He was asked what it said about Cincinnati to have three former athletes competing in the next games.
âAgain, it just shows the talent that comes from Cincinnati and the staff that we have there and what we are capable of as a university. And I think there is so much more to come out of Cincinnati. There’s just so much talent coming in and so much greatness coming out. “
Thompson was a dominant force in the field for UC. She is the all-time career leader in eliminations with a total of 2,634. She was the sixth player in NCAA history to record 50 game wins with 50 on her senior day against ECU, resetting its own UC and AAC single match record. During her senior season, she broke her own single-season wins per set record of 6.38 and became the only player in UC history to average over 5.00 wins per set. in his career, finishing at 5.4.
Asked what the biggest difference between college and professional gaming is, she said it comes down to the speed of the game and playing with women who have been playing it for years.
âYou don’t have to be the biggest, meanest player and jump the highest because these women are so incredibly smart and talented. It really taught me that the game isn’t always about to figure out who’s more physical, you can outsmart people and outsmart teams. “
Women’s indoor volleyball will be played from July 25 to August 8 at Ariake Arena in Koto City, Tokyo, Japan. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, American female indoor volleyball athletes won bronze.
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