Volleyball qualifier

National volleyball teams from the United States, Argentina, Bulgaria and Kazakhstan will vie for the right to advance to the Tokyo Olympics during matches this weekend at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City.

The 14,000-seat CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, LA will play host to the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournament on Friday through Sunday.

Team USA, ranked third in the world, will greet No. 11 Argentina, No. 16 Bulgaria and No. 23 Kazakhstan. The winning team in the round-robin event earns a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Team USA is the only country to medal in each of the last three Olympic Games in women's indoor volleyball. The Women's National Team won silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games, followed by bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

With each nation only being allowed to participate in two tournaments to qualify for the 2020 Games, this qualifier in Shreveport-Bossier City will play a critical role for Team USA's hopes to compete in Tokyo. All three USA matches will air live on either NBC Sports Network, the Olympic Channel, or NBC.

Match Schedule

August 2: Argentina vs. Bulgaria, 3 p.m., USA vs. Kazakhstan, 6 p.m.

August 3: USA vs. Bulgaria, 5 p.m., Kazakhstan vs. Argentina, 8 p.m.

August 4: USA vs. Argentina, 1 p.m., Kazakhstan vs. Bulgaria, 4 p.m.

U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said, "The USA has had far fewer opportunities to actually qualify for the Games on home court. Thank you to everyone with Shreveport-Bossier City Sports Commission, its combined communities and USA Volleyball for making this possible. We can't wait to let it rip in Louisiana."

Tickets to Team USA's three matches start at $25 each and are available via Ticketmaster.

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