U.S. Women's Update: Karch Speaks

By Bill Kauffman | Nov. 18, 2014, 11:37 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 18, 2014) – Members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team are playing professionally in more than 10 different countries during the club season this winter. Track how they are competing in the team’s latest Weekly Update.

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  • Karch Kiraly took part in a two-hour webinar taking a wide range of questions from the listeners. Check out what he said - click here.
  • Talking stats: The U.S. Women’s National Team, which finished 33-8 overall in 2014, had 10 players start at least 10 matches this season led by Kim Hill’s (Portland, Ore.) 24 starts. Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) scored 370 points in 2014, 50 more than second-high scorer Hill. Nine players scored at least 100 points this season. Christa Dietzen (Hopewell Township, Pa.) had a team-leading .512 hitting efficiency (57.7 kill percent) for players with at least 20 sets played, while Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) was second with a .426 hitting efficiency. Dietzen also had a team-leading 0.88 block average. Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) was the leading server with a 0.42 ace average, but Hill had the most overall aces with 33 (26 for Larson-Burbach). Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) had a team-best 155 digs and a 1.85 dig average for those with 20 sets or more played. Of note, setters Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) were two of five players with at least 100 digs this season. For the full season individual statistics, click here.
  • Nancy Metcalf, a 2004 Olympian with the U.S. National Team and 2009 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Player of the Year, gave birth to her first child on Nov. 13 as she and husband Jason welcomed daughter Sophia into the world.
  • Juliann Faucette (San Diego) and Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) were honored with the top two “Most Spectacular Net Actions” in this past week’s CEV Champions League action. To watch the top five plays, click here.
  • U.S. Women’s setter Carli Lloyd was interviewed by Get Sport Media following Lokomotiv Baku’s win over Rote Raben Vilsbiburg in CEV Cup action. Click here to check out the video interview.
  • Courtney Thompson took part in Jam the Gym’s seventh installment of Jamming in Five Questions with U.S. National Team players. To read her responses, click here. To read past Jamming in Five Questions interviews with National Team athletes and coaches, click here.

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 started CEV Champions League Pool E action on Nov. 12 by rallying past Italy’s Nordmeccanica Piacenza 16-25, 25-21, 15-25, 25-23, 15-12. Faucette collected a match-high 30 points with 28 kills on 53 swings and two aces. Tom started the first three sets and provided one kill. Wopat was a sub in the third set only. On the opposite side of the net, American Arielle Wilson tallied 13 points with nine kills on 13 attacks and four blocks. RC Cannes will seek their second straight CEV win on Nov. 25 against Partizan Vizura Beograd. One week after being upset in a French League match, RC Cannes rebounded with a 23-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-18 victory over sixth-place Beziers (2-2, 6 points) on Nov. 15. Faucette downed a match-high 19 points with 16 kills on 45 attacks, two aces and a block. Tom tacked on 15 points in the victory with 11 kills, three blocks and an ace. Wopat got her first start and scored two kills, one block and one ace for four points. RC Cannes, now in second place with a 3-1 record and 10 points, plays eighth-place St Raphael (2-2, 5 points) on Nov. 21 in its next league match. “So far I feel great here,” Faucette said in a CEV interview. “RC Cannes is one of the most prestige clubs known in the Volleyball world and it’s a great honor to be here. I love the team and the staff behind us. And of course, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. I can’t complain.” In the same interview, Faucette responded to not making the U.S. National Team for the FIVB World Championship. “Of course I would have loved to be a part of the World Championship roster this year, but it showed me how much work I need to do to get where I want to be as a player,” Faucette said. “I am so proud to be a part of the USA program and was more than pleased to see some of my best friends make history. I will always pursue my dreams with hard work, diligence and faith, and wherever that leads me is what is meant to be.” For the full interview with Faucette, click here.

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. In its CEV Cup 16th Final Round opener, Le Cannet lost to Turkey’s Galatasaray Daikin Istanbul 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 on Nov. 11. Davis handled 15 of the team’s service receptions with a 60 positive percent. Lichtman totaled six points with five kills and a block. Le Cannet resumes its home-and-home 16th Round series with Galatasaray on Nov. 26. Le Cannet won its second straight French league match on Nov. 15 by defeating fifth-place Mulhouse (3-1, 8 points) 25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22. Lichtman contributed 15 points with 13 kills on 40 attacks and just two errors to go with a block and ace. She was credited with an 81 positive reception percent on 16 reception chances. Davis handled 14 service receptions with a 79 positive reception percent. Le Cannet, now in fourth place with a 3-1 record and nine points will seek its third straight win on Nov. 22 as it plays 11th-place Venelles (0-4, 2 points).

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 its CEV opener, Dresdner stunned Dinamo Moscow with a thrilling come-from-behind five-set win (22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 18-16) on Nov. 12 in a Pool C match in Germany. Jackson capped the victory with an ace on match point, her 13th point of the night that included 10 kills on 20 attacks and two blocks before the winning ace. Kreklow got the starting nod and set Dresdner to a 40 kill percent for the match while adding one ace. Bartsch tallied a team-high 21 points in the victory. Dresdner returns to CEV Champions League action on Nov. 27 against LP Salo. Dresdner improved to 5-0 in the German Bundesliga after rallying to defeat fourth-place VC Wiesbaden 23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 28-26 on Nov. 15. Jackson collected 14 points with nine kills on 18 attacks, three aces and two blocks. Kreklow set the squad to a 38 kill percent while adding an ace and kill for two individual points. Bartsch chipped in 14 points on 10 kills, three aces and a block. Dresdner gets back into Bundesliga action on Nov. 22 against 12th-place VCO Berlin.

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. In her first match with her club, Miyashiro was credited with a 71 positive reception percent on 14 chances on Nov. 15 against league-leader Schweriner SC. However, Stuttgart lost 18-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-12 in a hard-fought five-set battle. After the match, Miyashiro tweeted “Played in my first match with Allianz MTV Stuttgart last night. Good to be back in Germany…and my teammates are awesome!!!!” Miyashiro has battled injuries since last year when she played for a different German club.

ROBINSON WITH BAIC MOTORS BEIJING: Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill., Twitter, Instagram) is competing for Beijing BAIC Motors in the Chinese League. BAIC Motors topped Sichuan 24-26, 25-11, 25-18, 26-24 on Nov. 15 to improve to 3-0 on the season. Robinson scored nine points in the victory, including seven kills and two aces. She handled 25 of 29 receptions with an excellent rating without an error. BAIC Motors plays Keming on Nov. 18 in its next league match. Both teams are undefeated in three matches this season in Group II.

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 was handed a 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-15 loss by Russia’s Dinamo Krasnodar in the CEV Cup 16th Final Round home-and-home series opener on Nov. 12. Klineman recorded 13 kills and three blocks for 16 points. Hill added 12 points via 11 kills and an ace while adding a 47 positive reception percent on 19 chances. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Novara must win the series finale on Nov. 25 to have a chance to advance to the 8th Final Round. Novara remained undefeated in Italian Serie A1 action through three matches by sweeping Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (2-1, 4 points) 25-12, 25-15, 26-24 on Nov. 15 at Busto Arsizio. Klineman totaled 23 points with 17 kills on 30 attacks with just one error to go with three blocks and three aces from her outside hitter spot. Hill was credited with eight kills on 19 attack with just one error to go with an 81 positive reception percent on a team-leading 26 chances. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Novara (3-0, 8 points), which stayed in second place in the standings, will have put its undefeated record on the line again on Nov. 19 versus 12th-place Robur Tiboni Volley Urbino (0-3, 0 points) and on Nov. 23 prior to a possible No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown against first-place Nordmeccanica Rebecchi Piacenza (3-0, 9 points).

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 opened its CEV Cup home-and-home 16th Final Round series with a 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21 victory over Khimik Yuzhny on Nov. 11. Adams pocketed 10 points via six kills, three blocks and an ace. Glass set Conegliano to a 44 kill percent for the match and added three individual kills on three attacks and a block for four points. The teams conclude the home-and-home series on Nov. 26 with the winner advancing to the 8th Final Round. Conegliano bounced back from its second round Italian Serie A1 loss by defeating 12th-place Robur Tiboni Volley Urbino (0-3, 0 points) 26-24, 25-20, 20-25, 26-24 on Nov. 16 in Urbino. Adams connected for 14 points with 11 kills on 25 attacks and three blocks. Glass set her squad to a 41 kill percent for the match while chipping in three blocks and a kill for four individual points. Conegliano (2-1, 7 points), which resides in fourth place in the league standings, resumes Italian Serie A1 action on Nov. 19 against third-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (2-1, 7 points), followed by a Nov. 23 match versus ninth-place Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (1-2, 3 points).

GIBBEMEYER WITH CASALMAGGIORE: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore of the Italian Serie A1 in 2014-15. Casalmaggiore stopped Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (1-2, 3 points) 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 on Nov. 16 at Viadana. Gibbemeyer charted four blocks and scored three kills on five errorless attacks for seven points in the victory. Casalmaggiore (2-1, 5 points), now in sixth place in the league standings, returns to action on Nov. 19 against 10th-place Il Bisonte Firenze (0-3, 1 point), followed by a Nov. 23 match versus eighth-place Volley 2002 Forli (1-2, 3 points).

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 opened its CEV Champions League schedule at home against Poland’s Impel Wroclaw with a 25-19, 25-9, 25-20 convincing victory on Nov. 13 in Pool D. Thompson set Volero to a 49 kill percent for the match as part of a .365 hitting efficiency. She added two aces in the victory. Hagglund was a sub in the second set, registering two serves and one reception in her limited action. Volero takes Russia’s Omichka on Nov. 27 in the second leg of Pool D. Volero remains undefeated in the Swiss League, but had to overcome a first-set loss to defeat then-second place Hotel Cristal VFM 24-26, 25-4, 25-18, 25-20 on Nov. 16. Volero will seek its seventh straight Swiss League victory of the season on Nov. 23 against fifth-place Sagres NUC I.

FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio, Instagram) is playing in the Korea V-League with Korea Expressway this winter. Korea Expressway topped Hungkuk Life Pink Spiders 25-20, 25-20, 25-13 on Nov. 13. Fawcett contributed 24 points in the victory, including 21 kills on 44 attacks. On Nov. 17, Korea Expressway stopped GS Caltex 20-25, 25-19, 28-26, 25-11 for its second straight win. Fawcett charted 28 points with 25 kills on 70 attacks and two aces.

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 opened the Japan V-League with a 25-21, 25-15, 32-30 victory over Toyota Autobody on Nov. 16 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Murphy totaled 17 kills on 50 attacks, two blocks and one ace for 20 points in the victory. On the opposite side of the net, American Kanani Danielson scored two points in starting the first two sets in the loss. Ageo Medics will seek to remain undefeated next week as it plays Hitachi on Nov. 22 and Toray on Nov. 23.

PAOLINI WITH HITACHI: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich., Instagram) is playing for Hitachi in the Japan V-League this winter. Hitachi started the 2014-15 season with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-21 setback to NEC Red Rockets on Nov. 16 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Paolini contributed nine kills on 16 attacks and one block for 10 points. Paolini’s Hitachi club will face Ageo Medics on Nov. 22 and Okayama on Nov. 23.

HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. Fenerbahce started the CEV Champions League in impressive fashion by defeating Stiinta Bacau 25-13, 25-16, 25-21 on Nov. 13 in Bacau. Hildebrand collected six points in the victory, all coming off of 12 attacks. She also had a team-best 17 reception chances in the win. Fenerbahce resumes CEV Champions League action on Nov. 26 against Azerbaijan’s Azeryol Baku. In a key Turkish League match among two powerhouse clubs, Fenerbahce rallied to defeat Eczacibasi 25-21, 21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-13 on Nov. 16. Hildebrand contributed nine points, all on kills coming on 22 attacks. She handled 31 of the team’s 94 service receptions with a 42 excellent percent. Fenerbahce, now in first place in the Turkish League with 14 points, meets second-place VakifBank (13 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 opened CEV Champions League play on Nov. 11 with a convincing 25-18, 25-18, 25-23 victory over Russia’s Omichka in Pool D action. Larson-Burbach secured nine points with six kills on 17 attacks, two aces and a block while being credited with a 67 positive reception percent on nine chances. Eczacibasi plays its Champions League second leg on Nov. 25 against Poland’s Impel Wroclaw. In the Turkish League fifth round, Eczacibasi lost to Fenerbahce 25-21, 21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-13 on Nov. 16. Larson-Burbach secured 12 points in the loss with 10 kills on a match-high 56 attacks and two aces. She added a 69 positive reception percent on 26 service receptions. Eczacibasi, which is in fourth place in the Turkish League with 11 points, plays 11th-place Besiktas on Nov. 22.

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 held off Canakkale BLD 25-19, 25-23, 18-25, 15-25, 17-15 on Nov. 15 in a Turkish League match. Newcombe pocketed 16 points with 12 kills on 33 attacks, two blocks and two aces in the victory. She chipped in 26 of her team’s 97 receptions. Idman Ocagi, which is in fifth place with 10 points in the Turkish League, challenges eighth-place Sariyer BLD (7 points) on Nov. 22 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 defeated Levski Sofia 25-22, 25-17, 25-19 to open the CEV Challenge Cup second round on Nov. 11. Hood scored 10 kills as part of a 13-point performance to go with a 71 positive reception percent on 14 chances. The two teams conclude the home-and-home second round series on Nov. 25. Ilbank lost to Nilufer BLD 25-16, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19 on Nov. 15 in Turkish League action. Hood scored seven points with four kills on 17 attacks, two blocks and an ace.

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 their CEV Champions League opener, Rabita was upset 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 by Poland’s Chemik Police on Nov. 12. Akinradewo scored nine points in the loss with seven kills on 13 errorless attacks to go with a block and ace. Dixon subbed in the first two sets and started the third set, producing three kills on 10 errorless chances and a block for four points. Rabita returns to CEV Champions League Pool A on Nov. 26 against Dinamo Kazan.

LLOYD WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) is setting for Lokomotiv Baku this winter in the Azerbaijan Super League. Away from the Azerbaijan League, Lokomotiv Baku downed Germany’s Rote Raben Vilsbiburg 25-17, 26-24, 25-22 on Nov. 12 to start the CEV Cup 16th Final Round home-and-home series. Lloyd set Lokomotiv to a 36 kill percent for the match and .232 hitting efficiency while scoring four individual points on two blocks and two kills on four errorless swings. The teams conclude the series on Nov. 26. Lokomotiv Baku edged Telekom Baku 25-20, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19 on Nov. 15 in the Azerbaijan Superleague. Lloyd started the first two sets and came off the bench in the fourth set to help propel Lokomotiv to the win. She scored two blocks in the victory as Lokomotiv hit 46 percent for the match. Lokomotiv is now 3-0 in the Azerbaijan Super League.