U.S. Women's Update: Dietzen Connects with Fans

Dec. 01, 2014, 5 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 1, 2014) – The latest edition of the U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team Weekly Update tracks how all your favorite National Team athletes are doing in their overseas professional leagues as well as providing other news related to the team.


  • Christa Dietzen (nee Harmotto) spoke to male and female junior high and high school volleyball players at Hopewell High School in Pennsylvania where she graduated. Her discussion focused on values, goals and leadership. To read the full story and learn more of what Dietzen has been doing since the U.S. Women won the FIVB World Championship, click here to read the article.
  • The CEV Champions League concluded the second leg of the first round last week with several of Team USA members leading their clubs. To view photo galleries from the matches, click here.
  • Cassidy Lichtman took a few minutes to blog about “Under Control.” It is a very worthwhile read for not only the volleyball player and coach, but for relating to other matters in life. Click here to read the blog.
  • The good folks at Jam the Gym posted a well-written blog entitled “Cultivating the Ultimate Trust,” detailing how the U.S. Women’s National Team has built a trusting environment leading to success. To read the blog, click here.
  • Kayla Banwarth and Kelsey Robinson were the latest subjects of Jam the Gym’s latest “Jamming with…” series. To read the interview with Banwarth, click here. To read the interview with Robinson, click here.
  • Nicole Fawcett discusses what it is like coming up through the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline and ultimately reaching the U.S. Women’s National Team in this article.

AKINRADEWO, DIXON WITH RABITA BAKU: Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla., Twitter, Instagram), a 2012 U.S. Olympic Games starter at middle blocker, and Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) are competing for Rabita Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League and the CEV Champions League this club season. Rabita Baku evened its CEV Champions League record at 1-1 after rallying to defeat Dinamo Kazan 22-25, 23-25, 28-26, 25-21, 15-9 on Nov. 26 in Azerbaijan. Dixon tallied 15 points with nine kills on 16 attacks, a team-leading four blocks and two aces. Akinradewo chipped in nine points with seven kills on 16 attacks and two aces. Rabita will challenge Agel Prostejov on Dec. 10 in its next CEV Champions League match. Rabita defeated Azeryol 25-23, 25-27, 23-25, 25-18, 15-12 on Nov. 30. Akinradewo scored 21 points in the victory as Dixon added nine points. Rabita is now 3-1 in the Super League.

LLOYD WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif., Instagram) is setting for Lokomotiv Baku this winter in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv Baku defeated Germany’s Rote Raben Vilsbiburg 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17 to sweep their CEV Cup 16th Final Round home-and-home series. Lloyd started the first two sets and came off the bench in the fourth set to help Lokomotiv to an overall 33 kill percent as a team. She added a block in the victory. Lokomotiv now moves on to the 8th Final Round to face Crvena Zvezda Beograd in a home-and-home series.

FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio, Instagram) is playing in the Korea V-League with Korea Expressway this winter. Korea Expressway came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat IBK Altos 25-20, 19-25, 16-25, 25-18, 15-13 on Nov. 27. Fawcett scored 41 points with 40 kills on 87 attacks, out-dueling 2012 U.S. Olympian Destinee Hooker who had 32 points for IBK in the loss. The two teams will meet again on Dec. 6.

GIBBEMEYER WITH CASALMAGGIORE: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore of the Italian Serie A1 in 2014-15. Casalmaggiore topped seventh-place Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-20 on Nov. 30. Gibbemeyer provided the winners 16 points on 11 kills via 12 errorless attacks and five blocks. After the match Gibbemeyer tweeted “Being on a team that fights for every point is pretty special. I love this team.” Casalmaggiore (5-1, 14 points), now in third place, resumes action on Dec. 3 against sixth-place Imoco Volley Conegliano (3-3, 11 points) and on Dec. 7 versus 12th-place Robur Tiboni Volley Urbino (0-6, 0 points).

HILL, KLINEMAN WITH NOVARA: Kim Hill (Portland, Ore., Twitter, Instagram), the most valuable player of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014, and Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Igor Gorgonzola Novara of the Italian Serie A1 this winter. Novara maintained its perfect Italian Serie A1 record with a 25-16, 25-15, 19-25, 25-15 victory over ninth-place Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari on Nov. 30. Klineman collected 12 kills on 32 attacks and an ace for 13 points in the victory. Hill pocketed 11 points with nine kills, one block and one ace. Novara (6-0, 17 points) continues Italian Serie A1 action on Dec. 3 against eighth-place Savino Del Bene Scandicci (2-4, 6 points) followed by a key Dec. 7 against second-place Liu Jo Modena (5-1, 15 points). Novara lost to Russia’s Dinamo Krasnodar 25-21, 17-25, 27-25, 19-25, 15-8 in the CEV Cup 16th Final Round to be swept in the home-and-home series. Klineman tallied a match-high 21 points with 17 kills on 38 attacks, three blocks and an ace. Hill, playing just the first three sets, notched 16 points with 12 kills on 37 attacks, two blocks and two aces. Novara now falls into the CEV Challenge Cup 16th Final Round where it will play ASPTT Mulhouse in a home-and-home series starting later this month.

GLASS, ADAMS WITH CONEGLIANO: Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich., Twitter, Instagram), the best setter of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014, and Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio, Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Imoco Volley Conegliano of the Italian Serie A1 this winter. Conegliano swept its home-and-home CEV Cup 16th Final Round series with Khimik Yuzhny following a 24-26, 25-23, 34-32, 25-23 victory on Nov. 26. Adams scored 11 points in the victory with 10 kills on 13 attacks and an ace. Glass started the first three sets and totaled four points with two kills and two blocks. Conegliano moves on to the 8th Final Round to face Nova KBM Branik Maribor in a home-and-home series. Conegliano suffered a 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-9 loss to eighth-place Savino Del Bene Scandicci on Nov. 30. Adams charted 15 points with 11 kills on 16 attacks and four blocks in the loss. Glass set Conegliano to a 38 kill percent for the match and totaled three individual kills on four attacks and two blocks for five points. Conegliano (3-3, 11 points), now in sixth place, seeks to rebound against third-place Pomi Casalmaggiore (5-1, 14 points) on Dec. 3 and on Dec. 7 against 11th-place Volley 2002 Forli (1-5, 3 points).

ROBINSON WITH BAIC MOTORS BEIJING: Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill., Twitter, Instagram) is competing for Beijing BAIC Motors in the Chinese League. BAIC Motors bounced back from a two-match losing streak to defeat Dalian Jin Pu 25-20, 25-21, 29-27 on Nov. 25. Robinson poured in 20 points with 14 kills on 24 attacks, five blocks and an ace. BAIC Motors won its second straight match on Nov. 29 with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-15 victory over Henan. Robinson scored a team-high 14 points with 13 kills on 20 attacks. BAIC Motors is now 5-2 in Group II and in second place behind Keming.

THOMPSON, NATALIE HAGGLUND WITH VOLERO ZURICH: Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash., Twitter, Instagram) and Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Volero Zurich of the Swiss League this winter. Volero improved to 2-0 in the CEV Champions League after a 25-22, 25-22, 24-26, 21-25, 15-11 victory over Russia’s Omichka on Nov. 27. Thompson set her squad to a 43 kill percent for the match while adding an ace. “The beginning was good and bright, largely due to good feed and concerted action at the net,” Thompson said in a CEV press release. “Omichka proved to be a very strong team, which blocks well. Both teams have good defense. In the Champions League there are no weak opponents.” Volero takes its undefeated record into the third round against Turkey’s Eczacibasi on Dec. 11. Volero remains undefeated (8-0, 24 points) in the Swiss League following a 25-18, 25-17, 25-13 victory over TS Volley Dudingen I on Nov. 29. Volero will look to win their ninth straight Swiss League match of the 2014-15 season on Dec. 3 against fifth-place VC Kanti Schaffhausen I (4-3, 12 points).

LARSON-BURBACH WITH ECZACIBASI: Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb., Twitter, Instagram), a 2012 U.S. Olympian and starting outside hitters, is playing for Eczacibasi Vitra of the Turkish League this winter. Eczacibasi improved to 2-0 in the CEV Champions League Pool D after sweeping Impel Wroclaw 31-29, 25-16, 25-21 on Nov. 25 in Poland. Larson-Burbach charted eight points with seven kills and a block. She added 16 receptions with a 44 positive percent without an error. Eczacibasi returns to CEV Champions League action on Dec. 11 against Volero Zurich that includes U.S. National Team players Courtney Thompson and Natalie Hagglund. In the Turkish League sixth round, Eczacibasi blanked Canakkale 25-16, 25-13, 25-13 on Nov. 29 as Larson-Burbach was rested and not suited for the match. Eczacibasi, in a tie for second place in the Turkish League with 17 points, plays eighth-place Sariyer on Dec. 2 in the next stage of the regular season.

HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. Fenerbahce improved to 2-0 in the CEV Champions League with a 25-21, 25-20, 19-25, 25-16 victory over Azerbaijan’s Azeryol Baku on Nov. 26. Hildebrand started and provide two kills and a block while adding a 67 positive reception percent on a team-leading 30 reception chances. Fenerbahce will face Nantes VB on Dec. 9 in the next round of the CEV Champions League. Fenerbahce swept Ilbank 25-21, 25-21, 25-23 on Nov. 29 to avoid a two-match losing streak. Hildebrand, who was a sub the first two sets and started the third set, tallied four points with three aces and a kill while adding 10 receptions. Fenerbahce, in a tie for second place in the Turkish League with 17 points, takes on 12th-place Bakirkoy BLD Yesilyurt on Dec. 2 in the next league match.

HOOD WITH ILBANK: Regan Hood (Dallas, Texas, Instagram) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League in 2014-15, as well as the CEV Challenge Cup. Ilbank dropped Levski Sofia 25-14, 25-21, 25-20 on Nov. 25 to sweep its CEV Challenge Cup second round home-and-home series. Hood scored a match-high 11 points, all coming on kills on 21 attacks with just one error. She added 15 service receptions with a 47 positive percent. Ilbank now challenges Dinamo Romprest Bucuresti in a home-and-home series in the 16th Final Round of the CEV Challenge Cup. Ilbank was unable to stretch its win streak this weekend as it fell to Fenerbahce 25-21, 25-21, 25-23. Hood totaled 11 points with 10 kills on 26 attacks and an ace. She chipped in a 56 positive reception percent on 27 serve receive chances. Ilbank will look to get back in the win column on Dec. 2 as it faces 11th-place Besiktas.

NEWCOMBE WITH IDMAN OCAGI: Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Trabzon Idman Ocagi of the Turkish League this winter. Idman Ocagi was unable to maintain its win streak this past week as it fell to Galatasaray Daikin 25-18, 25-18, 25-23 on Nov. 29. Newcombe turned in eight points, all on kills via 19 errorless attacks. She added a 71 positive reception percent in the loss. Idman Ocagi, which falls to fifth place with 13 points, challenges Nilufer on Dec. 2.

FAUCETTE WITH RC CANNES: U.S. Women’s National Team opposite Juliann Faucette (San Diego, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) is playing with RC Cannes in France this winter, along with four-time U.S. Olympian Logan Tom and Carly Wopat. RC Cannes rallied to defeat Partizan Vizura Beograd 25-22, 18-25, 19-25, 25-20, 15-12 in CEV Champions League action on Nov. 25 to improve to 2-0 in Pool E. Faucette scored 15 points including 13 kills on 47 attacks, one ace and a block. Tom added 17 points with 15 kills and two aces while adding a 53 positive reception percent on 47 of her team’s 96 reception chances. Wopat came off the bench in the second set and started the final three sets in scoring nine points via five kills on 11 attacks, two aces and two blocks. RC Cannes faces Turkey’s VakifBank Istanbul on Dec. 11 in its next CEV Champions League match. RC Cannes overwhelmed Hainaut 25-17, 25-23, 25-8 on Nov. 29 in the French League action. Faucette started just the first two sets and totaled four kills and a block. Tom added three kills in the victory. Wopat received the start at middle and charted eight kills on 14 attacks and three aces for 11 points. RC Cannes plays Istres on Dec. 5 in the seventh round of the French League.

DAVIS, LICTHMAN WITH Le CANNET: Two-time U.S. Olympic libero Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) and outside hitter Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif., Twitter) are competing for Le Cannet in the French LAF this winter. Le Cannet stopped SF Paris St. Cloud 13-25, 26-24, 25-15, 25-22 on Nov. 29 in French League action. Lichtman tallied six kills and a 52 positive reception percent on 29 chances. Davis was credited with an 80 positive percent on 15 reception chances in the victory. Le Cannet moves into the seventh round of the French League on Dec. 5 as it faces Vannes. In its CEV Cup 16th Final Round, Le Cannet lost to Turkey’s Galatasaray Daikin 25-15, 25-21, 19-25, 13-15, 15-9 in a must-win match on Nov. 16. Lichtman scored 18 points on 15 kills, two aces and a block while being credited with a 72 positive reception percent on 29 chances. Davis handled 21 service receptions with a 71 positive percent. LeCannet now falls into the CEV Challenge Cup where it will face Hapoel Kfar Saba in a home-and-home series starting later this month.

KREKLOW, JACKSON WITH DRESDNER: Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn., Twitter, Instagram), who was in her first year with the U.S. National Team this past summer, and Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles, Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Dresdner SC of the German Bundesliga and in the European (CEV) Champions League. In the CEV Champions League, Dresdner improved to 2-0 in Pool C after a hard-fought 20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 15-11 victory over LP Salo on Nov. 27. Jackson connected for 16 points with 11 kills on 17 errorless attacks, three blocks and two aces. Kreklow started the first two sets providing one individual kill. In the third round, Dresdner will face Italy’s Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Dec. 10. Dresdner, 6-0 in the German Bundesliga, was idle this past week and will next play Kopenick on Dec. 6.

MIYASHIRO WITH ALLIANZ MTV STUTTGART: Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii, Twitter), a 2012 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, joined Allianz MTV Stuttgart of the German Bundesliga in mid-November. Stuttgart swept SC Potsdam 25-13, 25-21, 25-22 on Nov. 29. Miyashiro continued her impressive play by recording an 83 positive reception percent on 12 chances. Stuttgart, in fourth place with 14 points, resumes Bundesliga action on Dec. 7 against Vilsbiburg.

PAOLINI WITH HITACHI: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich., Instagram) is playing for Hitachi in the Japan V-League this winter. Hitachi prevailed over Denso 23-25, 21-25, 29-27, 34-32, 15-13 in an all-deuce match on Nov. 29 in Yamagata. Paolini pocketed 27 kills on 45 attacks and just one error, five blocks and an ace for 33 total points. However, Hitachi was not able to pull out a second straight five-set thriller the following day with an 18-25, 25-22, 25-22, 17-25, 16-14 loss to Toray on Nov. 30. Paolini scored 24 kills on 43 attacks and two blocks for 26 total points. Hitachi will face Hisamitsu Springs on Dec. 6 and Toyota on Dec. 7.

MURPHY WITH AGEO MEDICS: Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill., Twitter, Instagram) is competing in Japan this winter for Ageo Medics in the V-League’s top division. Ageo Medics lost a tough five-set match 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 17-15 to Okayama on Nov. 29 in Yamaguchi. Murphy charted 25 kills on 78 attacks, three aces and a block for 29 total points in the loss. Ageo Medics lost for the second straight day with a 25-18, 25-21, 17-25, 25-14 setback to Hisamitsu Springs on Nov. 30. Murphy notched 19 kills on 42 attacks and one ace for 20 points. Ageo looks to break its losing streak on Dec. 6 against NEC, followed by Denso on Dec. 7.

WEBSTER WITH PRAIA CLUBE: Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) is competing for Praia Clube in the Brazilian Superliga this winter. Webster came off the bench in the second two sets as Praia Clube swept Brasilia 26-24, 25-22, 25-23 on Nov. 24. In its next round match, Praia Clube swept Sao Cristovao 25-14, 25-21, 25-21 on Nov. 28 as Webster was a reserve in the third set.