U.S. Women's Update: Meet National Teamers

By Bill Kauffman | Dec. 15, 2014, 12:10 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 15, 2014) – As the NCAA Division I Women's Championship comes to a close this coming weekend, the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team will have a presence at the finals in Oklahoma City as well as playing for their club teams overseas. For details, read the full update below.

QUICK HITS:

  • Christa Dietzen, Kayla Banwarth, Stacy Sykora and Karch Kiraly will all be in Oklahoma City this week in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship semifinals and finals on Dec. 18 and Dec. 20, along with the AVCA Convention. Dietzen and Banwarth will be signing autographs on Dec. 18 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
  • The U.S. Women are the cover feature story for the latest issue of FIVB VolleyWorld magazine. To read the magazine issue, click here.
  • Kayla Banwarth took a few moments to answer USA Volleyball’s “Off the Court” segment. To find out what she looks forward to coming home from overseas, a surprising fact about herself, what she desires to get better and more, click here.
  • Kelly Murphy took part in the latest installment of “Jamming in Five Questions” by our friends at Jam the Gym. To read her responses to what it is like standing on service line about to serve for championship point in the FIVB World Championship, playing club in Japan, how she keeps up with family and friends with all her travel and other questions, click here.
  • Karch Kiraly and Kayla Banwarth traveled to Omaha on Dec. 11 to promote the upcoming 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix Final Round that will take place July 22-26. For tickets, click here. While in Omaha, they met the Marian High School volleyball team and congratulated them on winning the Nebraska Class A state volleyball championship.
  • Cassidy Lichtman penned a blog on the value of sports and how it benefits everyone. Click here to read the entry.

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. In CEV Champions League Pool D, Eczacibasi improved to 3-0 to start the schedule following a 20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 27-25 victory over previously undefeated Volero Zurich on Dec. 11. Larson-Burbach produced 16 points in the victory with 13 kills on 35 attacks, two aces and a block. She contributed a 54 positive reception percent on 24 chances. For a Facebook photo gallery of the match, click here. Eczacibasi takes a break from the CEV Champions League until a Jan. 13 match re-match with Volero Zurich. Eczacibasi swept Idman Ocagi 25-21, 25-18, 25-13 on Dec. 14 to remain in second place in the Turkish League with 26 points. Larson-Burbach did not play in the match. Eczacibasi plays eighth-place Bursa B.Sehir on Dec. 20 in the next Turkish League match.

HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. In CEV Champions League action, Fenerbahce over-powered Nantes VB 25-15, 25-19, 25-15 on Dec. 9 to improve to 3-0 in Pool B. Hildebrand scored eight kills on 11 errorless attacks and added two aces on 13 serves. She tacked on a 75 positive reception percent on a team-leading 16 chances. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The teams will meet again on Jan. 14 as the Champions League resumes action in the new year. Fenerbahce rallied from a slow start against Besiktas to take an 18-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-14 Turkish League victory on Dec. 13. Hildebrand notched 15 points via 11 kills on 22 attacks with one error, two aces and two blocks. She kicked in a 55 positive reception percent on a team-leading 29 reception chances. Fenerbahce, tied for second place in the Turkish League with 26 points and two behind league-leader VakifBank, resumes league action on Dec. 20 against seventh-place Canakkale.

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 swept Dinamo Romprest Bucuresti 25-17, 25-22, 27-25 on Dec. 9 to start the CEV Challenge Cup 16th Final Round home-and-home series. Hood totaled 12 points with nine kills on 26 attacks, two aces and a block in the victory. She chipped in a 63 positive reception percent on 24 chances. Ilbank needs to win just one set in the concluding home-and-home series match on Dec. 16. Ilbank dropped a 25-22, 18-25, 29-27, 25-19 match to Sariyer on Dec. 13. Hood scored 14 points in the loss, including 10 kills on 32 attacks, three aces and a block. She added a 59 positive reception percent on a match-high 44 chances. Ilbank looks to get back in the win column on Dec. 20 as it plays Galatasaray followed by a Dec. 22 match against Bursa B.Sehir.

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 swept by second-place Eczacibasi 25-21, 25-18, 25-13 on Dec. 14. Newcombe scored five points in the setback. Idman Ocagi, now is sixth place with 16 points, resumes Turkish League action on Dec. 20 against league-lead Vakifbank.

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 opened the CEV Challenge Cup 16th Final Round with a strong 25-15, 25-18, 25-11 victory over ASPTT Mulhouse on Dec. 10 in Italy. Hill started the first two sets and scored eight kills on 16 attacks and a block. She added a 71 positive reception percent on seven chances. Klineman did not play in the match. The teams wrap up the home-and-home series on Dec. 17 with Novara needing just one set to advance to the 8th Final Round. Novara swept eighth-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (4-5, 14 points) 25-13, 25-19, 25-19 on Dec. 14 in Italian Serie A1 action. Klineman produced 13 points on eight kills via 19 errorless attacks, four blocks and an ace. Hill pocketed 10 kills on 26 swings to go with a 94 positive reception percent on a team-leading 18 receptions in the victory. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Novara, which moved back into the Italian Serie A1 top spot with an 8-1 record and 23 points, will challenge fourth-place Imoco Volley Conegliano (6-3, 18 points) on Dec. 20 in a match available on Rai Sport 1.

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 began the CEV Cup 8th Final Round with an impressive 25-23, 25-13, 25-23 victory over Nova KBM Branik Maribor on Dec. 11. Glass set the squad to a 50 kill percent and .440 hitting efficiency (42-5-84) while scoring three blocks and two kills on four attacks for five points. Adams tallied three kills on eight attacks, one block and one ace for five points in the victory. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The teams conclude the home-and-home series on Dec. 17. Conegliano edged then-top-ranked Liu Jo Modena (7-2, 22 points) 27-25, 22-25, 25-18, 27-29, 15-11 in Italian Serie A1 action on Dec. 14. Glass set the squad to a 44 kill percent for the match while chipping in seven individual points on three kills, three blocks and an ace. Adams charted 14 points with 11 kills on 16 errorless attacks and three blocks. Conegliano, which moved into fourth place following the win with a 6-3 record and 18 points, faces league-leader Igor Gorgonzola Novara (8-1, 23 points) on Dec. 20 in a match being shown on Rai Sport 1 in Italy.

GIBBEMEYER WITH CASALMAGGIORE: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore of the Italian Serie A1 in 2014-15. Casalmaggiore took down 10th-place Savino Del Bene Scandici (2-7, 6 points) 25-22, 5-18, 25-27, 25-18 on Dec. 13 in league action. Gibbemeyer totaled eight points with six kills coming on 19 attacks to go with two blocks. Casalmaggiore, which remains in third place in the Italian Serie A1 with 20 points and a 7-2 record, travels to sixth-place Nordmeccanica Rebecchi Piacenza (5-4, 15 points) for a Dec. 21 matchup.

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 continued to impress in the CEV Champions League Pool E as they defeated host VakifBank 25-23, 23-25, 26-24, 27-25 in a tight four set battle in Istanbul. RC Cannes is now 3-0, while VakifBank falls to 2-1 to conclude the first round of the home-and-home schedule. Faucette started the first three sets and contributed eight kills. Tom secured 12 points on 10 kills and two blocks while handling 41 of the team’s 80 service receptions. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. The teams meet again on Jan. 13 as the CEV Champions League resumes following the New Year break. RC Cannes plays Terville Florange on Dec. 15, followed by Mulhouse on Dec. 20 in the ninth round. Faucette is 13th in the league in scoring with 94 points and a league-leading 5.22 scoring average. Tom ranks eighth in the league with 11 aces.

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. LeCannet started the CEV Challenge Cup 16th Final Round with a 25-26, 25-20, 25-13 victory over Hapeol Kfar Saba on Dec. 9. Lichtman led all scorers with 13 points via six kills on 17 attacks, four aces and three blocks. She added 16 reception attempts with a 75 positive percent. Davis handled 10 receptions in the match with an 80 positive percent. The teams conclude the home-and-home series on Dec. 18. Le Cannet blanked St. Raphael 25-18, 25-13, 25-14 in French League action on Dec. 13. Davis was credited with a 93 positive reception percent on a team-leading 14 chances. Lichtman scored 11 points in the victory, including seven kills, two blocks and two aces to go with a 91 positive reception percent on 11 chances. Le Cannet resumes French League action on Dec. 20 against Beziers. For the season, Davis leads the French League with a 37.01 perfect reception percent, while Lichtman is third with a 33.6 percent.

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 was upset by Agel Prostejov 25-19, 23-25, 27-25, 17-25, 15-13 in CEV Champions League Pool A action on Dec. 10. Akinradewo charted 16 kills on 28 attacks, one ace and one block for 18 points. Dixon collected 10 kills on 15 errorless attacks while adding three blocks and two aces for 15 points. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Rabita is now 1-2 in Pool A and will have a rematch with Prostejov on Jan. 15.

LLOYD WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif., Instagram) is setting for Lokomotiv Baku this winter in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv swept Crvena Zvezda Beograd 25-16, 25-21, 25-12 on Dec. 11 to open the CEV Cup 8th Final Round home-and-home series. Lloyd set Lokomotiv to a 47 kill percent and .329 hitting efficiency (36-11-76) while scoring three blocks, one ace and one kill for five individual points. The two teams complete the home-and-home series on Dec. 17. After suffering its first Azerbaijan Super League loss last week, Lokomotiv bounced back to defeat Telekom Baku 25-19, 25-15, 25-22 on Dec. 14. Lloyd set her team to a 47 kill percent for the match and scored six individual points with four kills on six attacks, one ace and one block.

PAOLINI WITH HITACHI: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich., Instagram) is playing for Hitachi in the Japan V-League this winter. In a break from the V-League schedule, Hitachi took part in the Empress Cup last week and reached the title match before falling to Hisamitsu Springs 25-19, 25-13, 25-23 on Dec. 14. Hitachi reached the championship match by rallying to defeat Okayama 31-29, 25-27, 23-25, 25-21, 15-10 in a closely contested semifinal match on Dec. 13.

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. In the Empress Cup, Ageo Medics lost to eventual champion Hisamitsu Springs 15-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 15-11 on Dec. 12 in the quarterfinal round.

ROBINSON WITH BAIC MOTORS BEIJING: Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill., Twitter, Instagram) is competing for Beijing BAIC Motors in the Chinese League. In her second match filling as the team’s libero, Robinson tallied four digs and seven excellent receptions on 22 attempts as BAIC Motors to Keming 25-14, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18 on Dec. 9. However, BAIC finished second in the first round Group 2 to advance to the next round. BAIC Motors bounced back to defeat Shanghai 25-21, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23 on Dec. 13 as Robinson returned to her normal outside hitter spot. She collected 13 kills on 17 attacks and an ace for 14 points. Robinson was credited with 18 excellent receptions on 19 chances in the victory. BAIC Motors will take on Zhejiang on Dec. 16 in the next match of the second phase.

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. In CEV Champions League action, Volero Zurich took its first loss of Pool D with a 20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 27-25 setback to undefeated Eczacibasi (3-0) on Dec. 11. Thompson set her team to a 38 kill percent. Hagglund was a sub in the second and fourth sets, serving twice and was perfect on her one service reception. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Volero (2-1) will get a rematch against Eczacibasi in the team’s next Champions League match on Jan. 13. Volero improved to 11-0 in the Swiss League following a 23-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-21 victory over sixth-place Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen on Dec. 13. Volero returns to Swiss League action on Dec. 20 against second-place Volley Koniz.

FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio, Instagram) is playing in the Korea V-League with Korea Expressway this winter. Korea Expressway came up just short in a 26-24, 23-25, 25-14, 13-25, 15-9 setback to Hungkuk Life on Dec. 10. Fawcett scored 35 points in the loss with 31 kills. Korea Expressway improved to 7-6 for the season after defeating KGC 25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 25-17 on Dec. 15. Fawcett racked up 31 points, including 26 kills on 58 attacks.

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 handled USC Munster 25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21 on Dec. 13. Miyashiro was credited with a 53 positive reception percent on 17 reception chances in the victory. Stuttgart (6-3) plays Wiesbaden on Dec. 20 in the next league match.

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. Dresdner had its CEV Champions League undefeated record broken on Dec. 10 as it fell to Italy’s Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio 25-15, 25-16, 25-20. Jackson scored nine points with six kills on 10 attacks and three blocks. Kreklow set Dresdner to a 32 kill percent as a team. American Michelle Bartsch came off the bench to provide three kills and an ace. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Dresdner will have a rematch against Busto Arsizio (2-1) on Jan. 14 in the next league match for both teams. Dresdner improved to 9-0 in the Bundesliga after a 25-20, 18-25, 25-17, 25-21 victory over VolleyStars Thuringen on Dec. 13. Jackson collected nine points with seven kills on 12 attacks and two aces. Bartsch added 13 points with eight kills, two aces and three blocks. Kreklow was a reserve in the first two sets. Dresdner challenges Hamburg on Dec. 20 in the next Bundesliga match.

WEBSTER WITH PRAIA CLUBE: Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) is competing for Praia Clube in the Brazilian Superliga this winter. Praia Clube lost a close battle with Molico 26-24, 25-18, 29-27 on Dec. 9. Webster, a sub in all three sets, scored four kills in the victory. In its second match of the week, Praia Clube again narrowly missed out on an upset by falling to Sesi Sao Paulo 25-13, 22-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-8 on Dec. 11. Webster scored two kills and a block for three points as a reserve in all five sets.