U.S. Women's Update: Did You Know?

By Bill Kauffman | Nov. 11, 2014, 1:23 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 11, 2014) – This week’s U.S. Women’s National Team Update focuses on recent happenings as the team members compete overseas in their club season, how to follow the athletes through social media (click here) and things you may not have known about the players.


  • Christa Harmotto Dietzen will share her story from her early prep days to the Olympic stage in a Nov. 18 dialogue taking place at Hopewell High School Gymnasium in Aliquippa, Pa. In addition to discussing her path to Olympic success, Dietzen will take questions from the audience. She will sign autographs at the conclusion of the 7-9 p.m. appearance. Admission is free.
  • Kelly Murphy’s younger sister Mary Murphy, a Western Michigan University recruit, helped Joliet Catholic Academy reach the Illinois High School State Tournament this past weekend as her team defeated Sterling in the Class 3A LaSalle-Peru Supersectional. Mary joins her sisters Kelly and Jenn as having reached the State Tournament in a family trifecta.
  • Nicole Davis took part in the sixth installment of the Jam the Gym interview session with U.S. National Team players. To read her responses, click here. Earlier this year, Jam the Gym has interviewed Karch Kiraly (click here), Tori Dixon (click here), Cassidy Lichtman (click here) and Tama Miyashiro (click here) among others. Jam the Gym is a yearly volleyball match at Kiski High in Pennsylvania now in its fifth season that helps raise funds and awareness for cancer. For more details on how this event has evolved and its involvement with the U.S. Women over the last few seasons, visit jamthegym.com.
  • Alisha Glass has an active Tumblr account (Ramblings from the World of AG) that spreads her own wisdom and thoughts to the world. Check it out at livelaughloveplease.tumblr.com. In her Oct. 22 post, Glass writes in part: “So…..summer 2014 was pretty awesome. World Champions!! I still haven’t really wrapped my head around it. I wish I was a better writer so that I could really, truly articulate the feelings. USA Volleyball, the girls, the staff, the organization, we’re all putting everything we have into being the best we can be and setting goals to accomplish things that haven’t been done yet. World Championships was a step on that path, we are so happy to have put in all the effort and energy and to have it come out in our favor. Our journey is far from over, we have lots more steps and a lot more of ourselves to give. It won’t always be sunny, it might get rainy, thunderstorms, maybe some hailstorms, but we’ve got this wonderfully sunny day to remember, to keep us pushing and motivating us towards our goals. There’s more to come from USA Volleyball!”
  • Rachael Adams loves taking pictures of food and has a growing collection showing off ice cream in various parts of the world. “I never turn down an opportunity to eat ice cream,” Adams leads off in her Nov. 5 blog. To read the full blog, click here.

ROBINSON WITH BAIC MOTORS BEIJING: Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill., Twitter, Instagram) is competing for Beijing BAIC Motors in the Chinese League. BAIC Motors won its season opener on Nov. 8 by dropping Liaoning Dalian Jinpu 25-17, 25-23, 25-20. Robinson contributed 11 kills and four blocks in the sweep. In the second round of Group 2, BAIC Motors swept Henan Xinyuan 25-20, 25-22, 25-17 in front of a sold-out crowd in LuoHe. Robinson collected 20 kills and a block in the victory. Through the first two matches, Robinson has scored 37 points with 31 kills, five blocks and an ace for sixth place overall in scoring.

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 improved to 2-0 in Serie A1 following a 25-27, 25-11, 25-18, 21-25, 15-5 victory over Il Bisonte Firenze on Nov. 8. Klineman totaled 23 points with 19 kills via 46 attacks and just one error to go with three aces and a block. Hill scored 15 points with 11 kills and two blocks. Hill held a 90 percent positive reception on a team-leading 29 chances, while Klineman handled 14 receptions with a 64 positive percent. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Novara plays Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (2-0, 4 points) on Nov. 15 in a match that can be watched on Rai Sport 1. Novara starts CEV Cup competition with a 16th Final Round home-and-home series against Russia’s Dinamo Krasnodar on Nov. 12.

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 lost a heart-breaking 16-25, 25-12, 23-25, 25-23, 15-8 match to Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Nov. 9 to have their record evened at 1-1 (4 points). Adams tallied seven kills on 11 attacks and a match-high five blocks for 12 points. Glass set her squad to a 43 kill percent and .288 hitting efficiency. She added three kills on four errorless attacks and a block for four points. Conegliano challenges Robur Tiboni Volley Urbino (0-2, 0 points) on Nov. 16. Conegliano will compete in the CEV Cup, starting with a home-and-home 16th Final Round series with Khimik Yuzhny on Nov. 11.

GIBBEMEYER WITH CASALMAGGIORE: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore of the Italian Serie A1 in 2014-15. Casalmaggiore upset Foppapedretti Bergamo 27-25, 19-25, 19-25, 25-14, 15-10 on Nov. 9 in a road match. Gibbemeyer notched 12 points with eight kills on 21 attacks and four blocks. Casalmaggiore (1-1, 2 points) takes on Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (1-1, 3 points) on Nov. 16.

HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. Fenerbahce claimed a 25-21, 25-19, 25-21 victory over Idman Ocagi in the third round on Nov. 4. Hildebrand scored seven kills in the victory and had a 60 positive reception percent on a team-leading 20 reception chances. Fenerbahce swept Bursa B. Sehir BLD 26-24, 25-10, 25-14 on Nov. 8 following a slow start in the opening set. Hildebrand contributed seven kills and a block in the victory while adding a 67 positive reception percent. In its next league match, Fenerbahce takes on Eczacibasi on Nov. 16 in a key early season match. Fenerbahce will start CEV Champions League action on Nov. 13 against Romania’s Stiinta Bacau as part of Pool B’s first round.

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 held off a challenge from Ilbank on Nov. 5 to capture a 25-22, 25-21, 21-25, 25-16 victory. Larson-Burbach pocketed 10 points with six kills, three aces and a block while adding a 74 positive reception percent on 19 chances. Eczacibasi downed Yesilyurt 25-16, 25-13, 25-10 on Nov. 8 as Larson-Burbach and other key teammates did not see action. Eczacibasi moves into the fifth round to play league-leader Fenerbahce on Nov. 16. Eczacibasi opens CEV Champions League on Nov. 12 against Russia’s Omichka Omsk in Pool D action.

NEWCOMBE WITH IDMAN OCAGI: Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Trabzon Idman Ocagi of the Turkish League this winter. Newcombe collected a team-leading 11 points with 10 kills and a block, but it wasn’t enough as Fenerbahce took a 25-21, 25-19, 25-21 victory on Nov. 4. Newcombe was 62 percent positive on a team-best 21 reception chances. Idman Ocagi scored a 25-13, 25-23, 25-17 victory over Besiktas on Nov. 8. Newcombe was credited with six points, including five kills and a block, to go with a 77 positive reception percent on 13 chances. Idman Ocagi faces Canakkale BLD on Nov. 15 in its next Turkish League match.

HOOD WITH ILBANK: Regan Hood (Dallas, Texas, Instagram) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League in 2014-15. Ilbank pushed Eczacibasi to four sets before falling 25-22, 25-21, 21-25, 25-16 on Nov. 5. Hood provided Ilbank with 15 points on 12 kills and three blocks. She chipped in an 81 positive reception percent on 21 serve receive chances. Ilbank gave an early challenge to VakifBank on Nov. 8, but succumbed in the end with a 28-26, 25-12, 25-20 loss. Hood gained a match-high 13 points, all on kills via 29 attacks. She also handled 37 of the team’s 66 reception chances with a 41 positive percent. Ilbank returns to the court on Nov. 15 against Nilufer.

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 claimed a 3-0 victory (25-15, 26-24, 25-15) over Telekom on Nov. 7 in the second round of the Azerbaijan Super League. Rabita improves to 2-0 in the league with a full six points. In CEV Champions League action, Rabita Baku takes on Poland’s Chemik Police on Nov. 12 to start Pool A.

LLOYD WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) is setting for Lokomotiv Baku this winter in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv Baku earned a 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22 victory over AzerRail Baku on Nov. 7. Lloyd set Lokomotiv to a 37 kill percent for the match and added two individual kills on three attacks and two blocks for four points. Lokomotiv is now 2-0 on the season. Away from the Azerbaijan League, Lokomotiv Baku is taking part in the CEV Cup and will face Germany’s Rote Raben Vilsbiburg in the 16th Final Round home-and-home series starting Nov. 12.

FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio, Instagram) is playing in the Korea V-League with Korea Expressway this winter. To date, she has played in two matches this season. Korea Expressway dropped a 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, 25-22 match to GS Caltex on Nov. 5. Fawcett charted 29 points with 27 coming off kills. Korea Expressway captured a 24-26, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 victory over Hyundai on Nov. 8. Fawcett collected 25 points, all coming on kills from 68 attacks. Korea Expressway dropped a 14-25, 25-21, 25-12, 25-12 match to IBK on Nov. 10. Fawcett scored 27 points with 26 kills on 69 attacks. On the opposite side of the net, 2012 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Destinee Hooker scored 26 points with 25 kills on 59 attacks.

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 was upset by Nantes 20-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 15-13 on Nov. 8. Faucette scored a match-high 30 points with 28 kills on 55 swings and two blocks. Tom turned in 10 points with six kills and four aces. RC Cannes looks to rebound from the French League loss on Nov. 15 against Beziers. RC Cannes starts CEV Champions League action on Nov. 12 versus Italy’s Nordmeccanica Piacenza in Pool E play.

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 swpt Terville Florange 25-23, 25-15, 25-8 on Nov. 8. Lichtman notched nine points with all coming on kills via 22 attacks. Davis handled 14 of her team’s 38 service receptions with a 64 positive percent. Le Cannet will also be participating in the CEV Cup later this year.

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. Dresdner stopped second-league NawaRo Straubing 28-26, 25-15, 25-16 in the first round of the DVV Cup on Nov. 5. Dresdner will now face Vilsbiburg in the DVV Cup quarterfinals. In its regularly scheduled Bundeliga match, Dresdner rallied to defeat Munster 20-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 on Nov. 9. Kreklow came off the bench in the middle of the first set to spark the comeback. In the final three sets, Dresdner converted 62.2 percent of its attacks into points with Kreklow starting. Jackson contributed 11 points in the victory with nine kills on 14 attacks. American teammate Michelle Bartsch, who also started the final three sets to help energize the squad, added 13 points in the comeback. Dresdner, now 4-0 in the regular season, will seek a fifth straight victory in its next league match on Nov. 15 against Wiesbaden. Before its return to the Bundesliga, Dresdner opens the CEV Champions League Pool C schedule against Russia’s Dinamo Moscow on Nov. 12.

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 remains undefeated in the Swiss League following its 25-20, 25-14, 25-22 victory over Volley Toggenburg I on Nov. 8. Volero seeks its sixth straight win on Nov. 16 against second-place Hotel Cristal VFM. Volero will open the CEV Champions League against Poland’s Impel Wroclaw on Nov. 13 in Pool D.

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 begin the regular season on Nov. 16 against Toyota Auto Body.

PAOLINI WITH HITACHI: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich., Instagram) is playing for Hitachi in the Japan V-League this winter. Hitachi opens its top-division schedule on Nov. 16 against NEC.