Women’s Sports on NBC in June 2021

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With U.S. Olympic Trials in diving, swimming, track & field, and gymnastics, June will be a very busy month in the women’s sports world. Here’s a TV schedule of all of the women’s sports action on NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel, and Golf Channel in June 2021.

Thursday, June 10, 2021:

French Open

    • Live: NBC (11am-2pm ET)
    • Live: NBCSN (11am-2pm ET)

Track & Field – Rome/Florence Diamond League

    • Live: NBCSN (2pm-4pm)

LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship – Round 1

    • Live: Golf Channel (6pm-9pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Diving Trials – Women’s Synchronized Springboard Final

    • Live: Olympic Channel (7pm-8pm ET)

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Friday, June 11, 2021:

French Open

    • Live: NBC (11am-3pm ET)
    • Live: NBCSN (11am-3pm ET)

LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship – Round 2

    • Live: Golf Channel (6pm-9pm)

U.S. Olympic Diving Trials – Women’s Synchronized Platform Final

    • Live: NBCSN (7pm-8pm ET)

Saturday, June 12, 2021:

French Open

    • Live: NBC (9am-12pm ET)
    • Live: Peacock (12pm-2pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Diving Trials – Women’s Springboard Final

    • Live: NBC (4pm-6pm ET)

LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship – Round 3

    • Live: Golf Channel (7pm-10pm ET)

Gymnastics – World Challenge Cup – Osijek, Croatia

    • Olympic Channel (8pm-10pm ET)

Sunday, June 13, 2021:

French Open

    • Live: NBC (9am-12pm ET)
    • Live: Peacock (12pm-2pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Heats

    • NBCSN (5:30pm-7pm ET)

LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship – Final Round

    • Live: Golf Channel (7pm-10pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s 400 IM)

    • Live: NBC (8pm-9pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Diving Trials – Women’s Platform Final

    • Live: NBC (9pm-10pm ET)

Gymnastics – World Challenge Cup – Osijek, Croatia

    • Olympic Channel (8pm-10pm ET)

Monday, June 14, 2021:

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Heats

    • NBCSN (6:30pm-8pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s 100m Fly, Women’s 400m Freestyle)

    • Live: NBC (8pm-10pm ET)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021:

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Heats

    • NBCSN (6:30pm-8pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s 100m Backstroke, Women’s 100m Breaststroke)

    • Live: NBC (8pm-10pm ET)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021:

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Heats

    • NBCSN (6:30pm-8:30pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s 200m Free, Women’s 200m IM, Women’s 1500m Free)

    • Live: NBC (8pm-10pm ET)

Thursday, June 17, 2021:

LPGA – Meijer Classic – Round 1

    • Live: Golf Channel (10:30am-12:30pm)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Heats

    • NBCSN (6:30pm-8pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s 200m Fly)

    • Live: NBCSN (8pm-10pm ET)
    • NBC (10pm-11pm ET)

Friday, June 18, 2021:

LPGA – Meijer Classic – Round 2

    • Live: Golf Channel (10:30am-12:30pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Heats

    • NBCSN (6pm-7pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials – Finals

    • Live: NBCSN (7pm-10pm ET), NBC (10pm-11pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s 200m Breaststroke, Women’s 100m Free)

    • Live: NBC (9pm-10pm ET)

Saturday, June 19, 2021:

LPGA – Meijer Classic – Round 3

    • Live: Golf Channel (3pm-6pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Championships – Heats

    • NBCSN (6:30pm-8pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s 100m)

    • Live: NBCSN (8pm-10pm ET)
    • Live: NBC (10pm-11pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s 200m Backstroke, Women’s 800m Freestyle)

    • Live: NBC (9pm-10pm ET)

Sunday, June 20, 2021:

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s 50m Freestyle)

    • Live: NBC (8pm-9pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s High Jump, Women’s 400m, Women’s 100m Hurdles)

    • Live: NBC (9pm-11pm ET)

Monday, June 21, 2021:

U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s 1500m)

    • Live: NBCSN (7pm-8pm ET)
    • Live: NBC (8pm-9pm ET)

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Thursday, June 24, 2021:

LPGA – KPMG Women’s Championship – Round 1

    • Live: Golf Channel (11am-3pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s Steeplechase)

    • Live: NBCSN (9pm-12am ET)

Friday, June 25, 2021:

LPGA – KPMG Women’s Championship – Round 2

    • Live: Golf Channel (11am-3pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials – Finals

    • Live: NBCSN (5pm-8pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials – Women’s Competition

    • Live: NBC (8pm-10pm ET)

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Saturday, June 26, 2021:

LPGA – KPMG Women’s Championship – Round 3

    • Live: NBC (1pm-4pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s Hammer Throw, Women’s Pole Vault, Women’s 200m)

    • Live: NBC (9pm-11pm ET)

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Sunday, June 27, 2021:

U.S. Paralympic Super Trials

    • NBC (1:30pm-3pm)

LPGA – KPMG Women’s Championship – Final Round

    • Live: NBC (3pm-6pm ET)

Trampoline World Cup – Anadia, Portugal

    • Olympic Channel (6pm-8pm ET)

Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup – Cluj-Napoca, Romania

    • Olympic Channel (6pm-8pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials – Finals (Includes Women’s 400m Hurdles, Women’s 800m)

    • Live: NBC (7pm-8:30pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials – Women’s Competition

    • Live: NBC (8:30pm-11pm ET)

 


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Thursday, June 3, 2021:

U.S. Women’s Open – Round 1

    • LIVE: Golf Channel (7pm-11pm ET)

Friday, June 4, 2021:

U.S. Women’s Open – Round 2

    • LIVE: Golf Channel (7pm-11pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials (Wave I – top finishers qualify for Wave II)

    • Live: Olympic Channel (8pm-10pm ET)

U.S. Gymnastics Championships – Women’s Competition

    • Live: NBCSN (8p-10pm ET)

Saturday, June 5, 2021:

French Open

    • Live: NBC (12pm-2pm ET)
    • Live: Peacock (2pm-6pm ET)

U.S. Women’s Open – Round 3

    • Live: NBC (2pm-5pm ET)
    • Live: Golf Channel (5pm-10pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials (Wave I – top finishers qualify for Wave II)

    • Live: Olympic Channel (8pm-10pm ET)

Gymnastics – World Challenge Cup – Cairo, Egypt

    • Olympic Channel (10pm-12am ET)

Trampoline World Cup – Brescia, Italy

    • Olympic Channel (12am-2am ET)

Sunday, June 6, 2021:

French Open

    • Live: NBC (12pm-2pm ET)
    • Live: Peacock (2pm-6pm ET)

U.S. Women’s Open – Final Round

    • Live: NBC (3pm-7pm ET)

Gymnastics – World Challenge Cup – Cairo, Egypt

    • Olympic Channel (6pm-8pm ET)

U.S. Gymnastics Championships – Women’s Competition

    • Live: NBC (7pm-9pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials (Wave I – top finishers qualify for Wave II)

    • Live: Olympic Channel (8pm-10pm ET)

Street Skateboarding World Championships – Women’s Final

    • Olympic Channel (10pm-11:30pm ET)

Monday, June 7, 2021:

French Open

    • Live: Peacock (3pm-6pm ET)

U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials (Wave I – top finishers qualify for Wave II)

    • Live: Olympic Channel (8pm-10pm ET)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021:

U.S. Olympic Diving Trials – Women’s Springboard Semifinal

    • Live: Olympic Channel (7pm-10:30pm ET)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021:

U.S. Olympic Diving Trials – Women’s Platform Semifinal

    • Live: Olympic Channel (7pm-10:30pm ET)

Crystal Dunn returns to USWNT roster five months after giving birth

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Crystal Dunn was named to the USWNT roster for two upcoming friendlies against England and Spain, marking her first official selection since giving birth to son Marcel in May.

Dunn made her NWSL return with the Portland Thorns earlier this month and also trained with the U.S. team as a non-rostered player ahead of friendlies vs. Nigeria.

In addition to Dunn, the 24-player roster features a veteran core of Alyssa Naeher, Becky Sauerbrunn, Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh, and Megan Rapinoe.

Alex Morgan was not named to the USWNT roster due to a knee injury. While U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski did not provide details of the injury, he noted that “if this was a World Cup final, Alex was going to be on this trip and was going to play, no question.”

Other roster highlights include 17-year-old Alyssa Thompson, who becomes the first player born in 2004 to receive a USWNT call-up. Thomas, a high senior, plays club soccer for the U-17 Total Futbol Academy boys’ team.

“We are very excited for her, very excited about her potential and qualities and looking forward to seeing how she will turn out in our environment,” Andonovski said of Thompson. “This camp is not make it or break it. It’s a first experience for her, it’s just something that she shouldn’t even worry about.”

The USWNT also includes a handful of players who have made their USWNT breakthrough this season — thanks in part to both strong NWSL play and injuries to more veteran players. That list includes the likes of Naomi Girma (7 caps), Taylor Kornieck (5 caps), Hailie Mace (5 caps), Sam Coffey (1 cap), and Savannah DeMelo (0 caps).

Andonovski on Thursday called Coffey, a midfielder for the Portland Thorns, a candidate for NWSL MVP.


USWNT Roster for October 2022 Friendlies vs. England and Spain

Goalkeepers (3):

  • Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit)
  • Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage)
  • Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders(7):

  • Alana Cook (OL Reign)
  • Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC)
  • Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC)
  • Sofia Huerta (OL Reign)
  • Hailie Mace (Kansas City Current)
  • Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC)

Midfielders (8):

  • Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville FC)
  • Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, FRA)
  • Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave FC)
  • Rose Lavelle (OL Reign)
  • Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC)
  • Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit)
  • Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

Forwards (6):

  • Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit)
  • Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars)
  • Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)
  • Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit)
  • Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Alyssa Thompson (Total Futbol Academy)

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Justine Wong-Orantes’ atypical path to becoming one of the best liberos in the world

Justine Wong-Orantes hits the ball in the women's semi-final volleyball match between USA and Serbia during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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It’s been 20 years since the same nation held both the Olympic and world volleyball titles at the same time, but libero Justine Wong-Orantes is looking to help lead Team USA accomplish that very feat at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships in the Netherlands and Poland. Competition began on Friday and the U.S. is currently 2-0 after group play wins against Kazakhstan and Canada.

“We’re trying to win, for sure,” Wong-Orantes told On Her Turf. “I think, especially with the new turn of the program and the new year of the quad, we just have a really nice blend of veterans and also newcomers on the team.”

The 14-woman roster for Team USA, which is ranked No. 1 in the world and won its first Olympic title last summer, features six players from that gold-medal-winning team. And while Wong-Orantes is among the 2021 U.S. Olympic team veterans, she’s still a relative newcomer to international play.

The Southern California native enjoyed a notable junior career – she was 12 when she became the youngest female to ever earn an AAA rating in beach volleyball – and was a standout collegian at Nebraska, where she was a member of the 2015 NCAA championship team. But Wong-Orantes followed a different path upon graduation, initially choosing not to go overseas to play professionally.

While she was first selected for the U.S. national team in 2016 and played a handful of international tournaments in the following years, it wasn’t until she started playing professionally in Germany in 2019 that she saw the potential to elevate her position on the roster. In particular, the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics gave her an additional year of overseas experience, which she calls “a blessing in disguise.”

“I just felt like I was still in that developmental stage,” she said. “And a whole year postponement allowed me to go overseas and really get all the touches, all the repetitions, and just kind of expose myself to international volleyball another year. So I was, in hindsight, pretty thankful for that COVID season because I got an extra year under my belt, and I think that just gave me a ton of confidence.”

Ahead of the Olympics, Wong-Orantes earned “best libero” honors at the 2021 FIVB Volleyball National League in Rimini, Italy, which helped secure her spot on the Olympic roster. In Tokyo, she followed up with another standout performance and was named best libero of the Olympic tournament.

As to how the Wong-Orantes transformed into one of the world’s top liberos, she points to her background as a beach volleyball player. She began competing at age 8, and her first partner was Sara Hughes, a star on the AVP Pro Tour who also won two NCAA titles with USC.

“I think having that background and just the court awareness that beach volleyball forces you to have allowed me to really have a good read on the game,” said Wong-Orantes. “I think that’s what makes a great libero is just reading and always being reactive towards the ball.”

Wong-Orantes also credits the assistance of mental coach Sue Enquist, a former UCLA softball coach and U.S. national team coach, who now helps teams work on their culture and relationships. Enquist began working with the U.S. volleyball team during the pandemic and has continued in her role ever since.

“We just worked on a lot of stuff within ourselves, within our program, how to communicate with each other off the court, and I think that honestly propelled us into such a high, high level with how we worked with each other, and then that transferred onto the court,” explained Wong-Orantes, who noted the team has Enquist on speed dial while at the World Championship. “I really commend Sue. I just really give a lot of praise to her because I think our culture was never bad, but I think [she] just transformed into a different level.”

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ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS – Justine Wong-Orantes (far right) poses for a photo with her U.S. teammates after defeating Canada at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship on September 26, 2022. (Photo by Rene Nijhuis/Orange Pictures/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Wong-Orantes said she and her U.S. teammates are on their toes for the world championships, which features twice as many teams (24) as the Olympics and a “more grueling” format.

“It’s going to be a long tournament, and I think we’re really going to need all 14 of us that are here. I’m pretty certain that, at any given moment, someone’s going to be called on and someone’s going to need to step up in big moments.”