U.S. Women's Update: 2014 Coming to an End

Dec. 22, 2014, 1:48 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 22, 2014) – While the holiday season is upon us, the U.S. Women’s National Team members remain busy playing in their club season or helping promote the team.

QUICK HITS:

  • Universal Sports will spot the U.S. Women’s National Team as part of its Best of 2014 “Podium 360 Rewind ‘14” series. The segment, which highlights Team USA’s gold-medal performance from the FIVB Women’s World Championship, will air on Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Current national team athletes Christa Dietzen and Kayla Banwarth were in Oklahoma City attending the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship and AVCA Convention greeting fans and coaches. They signed autographs prior to the semifinal matches on Dec. 18.
  • Three-time Olympian Stacy Sykora was at the AVCA Convention and NCAA Championship in Oklahoma City as a roving reporter. She asked Christa Dietzen if she had to retire tomorrow and quit the game, how she would want her younger teammates and generation to remember her by. Dietzen responded with “I would want them to remember me as someone who invested my time with them and got to know them on a personal level, not just on the volleyball court from 8-11 every day but rather also on the outside getting to know them as a person and not just as a player.”
  • Kayla Banwarth was featured in an Omaha World Herald feature on making a career with Team USA. To read the article, click here.
  • Nicole Davis has debuted her new personal website at www.nicoledavis6.com. As part of the site, she has reflections on her 2014 World Championship experience (click here). She also wrote a blog titled “Why Volleyball?” (click here)

FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio, Instagram) is playing in the Korea V-League with Korea Expressway this winter. Korea Expressway won two matches last week, starting with a 25-18, 25-27, 25-16, 26-24 victory over Hyundai on Dec. 18. Fawcett collected 40 kills on 83 attacks as part of a 44-point performance. Korea Expressway blanked GS Caltrex 26-24, 25-22, 25-15 on Dec. 20. Fawcett scored 25 of her 28 points on kills via 49 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 edged VC Wiesbaden 25-21, 26-28, 25-13, 20-25, 15-13 on Dec. 20. Miyashiro handled 10 receptions with a 50 positive percent. Stuttgart (7-3), now in fourth place, resumes German Bundesliga action on Dec. 30 against Aachen.

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 topped VC Wiesbaden 25-17, 21-25, 27-25, 25-21 on Dec. 17. Kreklow served three aces and set her team to a 33 kill percent for the win. Jackson pocketed 14 points with 11 kills on 26 attacks and three blocks. Bartsch notched 12 kills on 41 swings in the victory. Dresdner then improved to 11-0 on the season with a 27-25, 25-22, 25-22 win over VT Aurubis Hamburg on Dec. 20. Jackson contributed 11 points in the win with seven kills, three blocks and an ace. Bartsch scored a team-high 16 points with 14 kills and two aces. Kreklow subbed into the match in the second set and started the third set as she lifted the team with two kills and a block. Dresdner resumes German Bundesliga action on Dec. 30 against Schwerin. Dresdner (2-1) challenges Italy’s Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Jan. 14 in its next CEV Champions League match.

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 swept both CEV Challenge Cup 16th Final Round home-and-home matches with ASPTT Mulhouse with the second meeting a 25-22, 25-22, 25-22 victory on Dec. 17. Hill totaled 11 points, all on kills via 29 attacks. She added an 82 positive reception percent on 17 chances. Klineman did not suit for the match. Novara now starts its CEV Challenge Cup 8th Final Round home-and-home series against Altemo Apeldoorn around Jan. 14 with exact dates to be determined. Novara defeated Conegliano 25-23, 25-18, 25-21 on Dec. 20. Klineman secured 13 points with 11 kills on 23 attacks and two blocks. Hill added nine points with eight kills on 21 attacks and an ace. Novara, now 9-1 in the Italian Serie A1 for first place with 26 points, concludes the first half against 11th place Volley 2002 Forli (1-9, 4 points) on Dec. 26.

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. In the CEV Cup 8th Final Round, Conegliano lost to Nova KBM Branik Maribor 16-25, 16-25, 26-24, 25-18, 15-12 on Dec. 17 in the second match of the 8th Final Round home-and-home series. However, Congeliano assured itself advancement to the 4th Final Round simply by winning the first set of the match. Glass started the first set and led her team to a 50 kill percent while Adams started the first two sets to provide five kills on six errorless attacks, five aces and a block for 11 points. Conegliano will meet Poland’s Atom Trefl in the CEV Cup 4th Final Round at a date to be determined around Jan. 14 to start the home-and-home series. Conegliano lost to Italian Serie A1 leader Igor Gorgonzola Novara 25-23, 25-18, 25-21 on Dec. 20. Glass set the team to a 45 kill percent for the match, along with having three individual kills on three errorless chances. Adams turned in nine kills on 12 attacks and two blocks for 11 points in the loss. Conegliano, which dropped to fifth place in the Italian Serie A1 with a 6-4 record and 18 points, looks to rebound against fourth-place Nordmeccanica Rebecchi Piacenza (6-4, 18 points) on Dec. 26 to conclude the first half.

GIBBEMEYER WITH CASALMAGGIORE: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore of the Italian Serie A1 in 2014-15. Casalmaggiore lost to Nordmeccanica Rebecchi Piacenza 27-25, 25-16, 13-25, 25-23 on Dec. 21. Gibbemeyer tallied six kills on 15 attacks and a block for seven points in the loss. Casalmaggiore, now 7-3 with 20 points for third place in the Italian Serie A1, seeks to get back into the win column on Dec. 26 against second-place Liu Jo Modena (8-2, 25 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 blanked Bursa B.Sehir Bld 25-12, 25-12, 25-21 on Dec. 20 to conclude the first half. Larson-Burbach charted six points with five kills on 14 attacks and an ace. She also was 63 percent positive on eight receptions. Eczacibasi is tied for second in the Turkish League, holding 29 points and two points behind league-leader VakifBank. In CEV Champions League Pool D, Eczacibasi (3-0) takes a break from the CEV Champions League until a Jan. 13 match re-match with Volero Zurich.

HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. Fenerbahce rolled to a 25-22, 25-15, 25-20 victory over Canakkale on Dec. 20. Hildebrand was a sub in the first set only, turning in one kill on one attack. Fenerbahce is tied for second place in the Turkish League with 29 points, two behind the league-leader VakifBank. In CEV Champions League action, Fenerbahce (3-0) will meet Nantes VB on Jan. 14 following the New Year hiatus.

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 defeated Dinamo Romprest Bucuresti 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 25-16 on Dec. 16 to sweep its CEV Challenge Cup 16th Final Round home-and-home series. Hood collected 14 points with 11 kills on 36 attacks and three blocks to go with a 79 positive reception percent on 24 chances. Ilbank now moves into 8th Final Round home-and-home series, which starts Jan. 14, against Russia’s Uralochka-NTMK. In Turkish League action, Ilbank lost to Galatasaray 25-15, 25-17, 15-25, 25-20 on Dec. 20. Hood notched 13 points in the loss with 10 kills on 27 attacks, two aces and a block. Ilbank concluded the first half of the Turkish season with a heart-breaking 25-23, 22-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-9 loss to Bursa B.Sehir Bld on Dec. 22. Hood produced a match-high 24 points with 19 kills on 39 attacks, three aces and two blocks. She also handled 44 of her team’s 97 receptions with a 48 positive percent. Ilbank is now tied for 10th place with five points.

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 lost to Turkish League power VakifBank 25-12, 25-19, 25-23 on Dec. 20 to conclude the first half of the season. Newcombe scored eight points with four kills, two blocks and two aces while holding a 59 positive reception percent on 17 chances. Idman Ocagi is in sixth place with 16 points.

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 topped Terville Florange 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 on Dec. 15. Wopat collected 12 points with nine kills on 13 attacks, two aces and a block. Tom chipped in nine points with eight kills on 20 attacks. RC Cannes blanked Mulhouse 25-16, 25-19, 25-19 on Dec. 20. Tom scored 14 points, all coming on kills via 21 errorless attacks. She added a 71 positive reception percent on 17 chances. In a starting role, Wopat added seven kills on 11 errorless attacks, one ace and one block for nine points. Faucette did not suit. RC Cannes (3-0) will meet VakifBank in CEV Champions League action on Jan. 13.

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 turned back Hapoel Kfar Saba 25-17, 25-21, 25-15 on Dec. 18 to win both home-and-home CEV Challenge Cup 16th Final Round matches. Lichtman pocketed seven points with six kills on 20 attacks and just one error to go with one block. Davis was 80 percent positive on 10 reception attempts. LeCannet moves into the 8th Final Round to face AON Pannaxiakos Naxos in a home-and-home series in mid-January. Le Cannet edged Beziers 25-15, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21 on Dec. 20. Lichtman provided 12 points on 10 kills via 26 attacks, one ace and a block in the victory. She added a 64 positive reception percent on a team-high 44 chances. Davis was 87 percent positive on 15 reception chances.

LLOYD WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif., Instagram) is setting for Lokomotiv Baku this winter in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv won both its CEV Cup 8th Final Round matches against Crvena Zvezda Beograd, including last week’s 25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23 victory to advance to the 4th Final Round. Lloyd set the squad to a 40 kill percent for the match and contributed two individual kills on four errorless attacks. Lokomotiv will now play Russia’s Dinamo Krasnodar on Jan. 14 in the first match of the 4th Final Round home-and-home series.

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. In CEV Champions League action, Rabita (1-2) will seek to avenge its upset loss to Agel Prostejov as the two teams meet again on Jan. 15. Rabita lost to Azeryol 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-22 on Dec. 22 in an Azerbaijan Super League match.

ROBINSON WITH BAIC MOTORS BEIJING: Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill., Twitter, Instagram) is competing for Beijing BAIC Motors in the Chinese League. BIAC Motors lost to Zhejiang 30-32, 19-25, 25-15, 25-12, 16-14 in a hard-fought five set match in in the second round phase. Robinson turned in 17 kills on 50 attacks and a block for 18 points in the loss. BIAC Motors got back in the win column with a 28-26, 25-20, 25-23 victory over Shanghai East on Dec. 20. Robinson charted 13 kills on 19 attacks and three aces for 16 points. After the match, four teams were tied with 2-1 records with BIAC holding the advantage in set ratio.

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 13-0 in the Swiss League following wins over Volley Koniz (23-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-9) on Dec. 20 and VBC Cheseaux I (25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 25-14) on Dec. 21. In CEV Champions League action, Volero Zurich (2-1) will look to rebound from its loss to Eczacibasi as the two teams meet again on Jan. 13.

WEBSTER WITH PRAIA CLUBE: Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) is competing for Praia Clube in the Brazilian Superliga this winter. Praia Clube lost to Rexona 25-19, 25-23, 25-22 as Webster was a sub in all three sets scoring one point. Webster got her first professional start on Dec. 19 and led Praia Clube to a 25-14, 25-17, 25-14 victory. She totaled nine kills on 21 attacks to go with two blocks.

PAOLINI WITH HITACHI: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich., Instagram) is playing for Hitachi in the Japan V-League this winter. The Japan V-League is on holiday hiatus.

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. The Japan V-League is on holiday hiatus.