WATCH LIVE: U.S. women’s volleyball team can clinch Olympic berth -- 9 p.m. ET
The U.S. women’s volleyball team will clinch an Olympic berth if it beats the Dominican Republic, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.
The U.S. is the reigning World champion and ranked No. 1 in the world.
It swept Canada on Thursday and beat Puerto Rico in four sets on Friday in its first two matches of a North American Olympic qualifying tournament in Lincoln, Neb. The winner of the four-team, round-robin event earns a berth in the 12-team Olympic field.
If the Dominican Republic, also 2-0 in Lincoln and ranked No. 7 in the world, beats the U.S., the Americans can still qualify for Rio in a spring tournament.
The U.S., the 2008 and 2012 Olympic silver medalist but never an Olympic champion, just missed Olympic qualification at the FIVB World Cup in September in Japan, placing third behind China and Serbia.
The top two nations at the World Cup joined host and two-time reigning Olympic champion Brazil in the Olympic field.
The 14-player U.S. roster this week includes five Olympians, led by USA Volleyball Player of the Year and outside hitter Jordan Larson. The potential first-time Olympians include outside hitter Kim Hill, MVP of the 2014 World Championship.
The U.S. Olympic team of 12 players will be named later this year. It is coached by Karch Kiraly, an Olympic indoor and beach volleyball champion.
The U.S. men clinched an Olympic berth at the FIVB World Cup in September.