U.S. Women's Update: Club Season in Full Gear

Nov. 24, 2014, 1:59 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 24, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team has members competing all over the globe this winter, including in Europe, Asia and South America. Read up on their results in this week’s National Team update.


  • CEV Champions League and CEV Cup action are back this week with key matches. In CEV Champions League Pool A, Rabita Baku with Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla.) and Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn.) looks for its first win against Dinamo Kazan on Nov. 26. Fenerbahce with Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah) plays Azeryol Baku on Nov. 26 in Pool B, while Dresdner SC with Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) and Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) face LP Salo on Nov. 27 in Pool C. Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) and Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) will guide Volero Zurich in their Pool D match against Omichka on Nov. 27, while Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) and Eczacibasi face Impel Wroclaw on Nov. 25 in Pool D. RC Cannes with Juliann Faucette (San Diego) challenge Partizan Vizura Beograd on Nov. 25 in Pool E. In CEV Cup second round matches of the 16th Final Round, Le Cannet with Nicole Davis (Stockton, Calif.) and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.) plays Galatasaray on Nov. 26, Conegliano with Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) and Rachael Adams (Cincinnati) play Khimik Yuzhny on Nov. 26, Lokomotiv Baku with Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) face Rote Rabe Vilsbiburg on Nov. 26 and Novara with Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) and Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) face Dinamo Krasnodar on Nov. 25. For additional details on each match, visit the player sections below.
  • To watch future CEV Champions League and CEV Cup matches online, check out USA Volleyball’s calendar of events with dates and links for each streamed match by clicking here. Additional matches will be added as links to streams are made available.
  • USA Volleyball has processed 292 international transfer certificates (194 female, 98 male) allowing U.S. citizens to compete for club teams overseas. For the updated list, click here.
  • Pepperdine alum Kim Hill and Waves men’s volleyball coaches Marv Dunphy and David Hunt were featured in the Malibu Times for their contributions to Team USA winning its first-ever FIVB Women’s World Championship. To read the article, click here.
  • Cassidy Lichtman is happy with where she is playing this winter with Le Cannet in France. “So far I think it’s safe to say this is my favorite place I’ve lived overseas; it’s beautiful and it’s a big enough city so that there are options for places to go and things to eat.” Her team breakdown has five players from France, two from Italy, one from Croatia and one from Slovakia in addition to American Nicole Davis. “My other American is Nicole Davis, one of the liberos from the USA team. It’s always great to have someone around who understands the system you come from and who you can use non-broken English with.” To read her blog through the season, 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 rallied from a slow start to defeat KGC Ginseng 23-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-14 on Nov. 20. Fawcett scored 34 points in the victory, which included 29 kills on 70 attacks, three aces on 19 attempts and a block. Korea Expressway, which is in second place with 14 points, takes on league-leader IBK Altos on Nov. 27.<.p>

LLOYD WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif., Instagram) is setting for Lokomotiv Baku this winter in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv Baku improved to 4-0 in the Azerbaijan Super League with a 3-2 victory (25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-13) over defending champion Rabita Baku on Nov. 21. Lloyd set Lokomotiv to a 39 kill percent and .255 hitting efficiency (63-22-161) while adding two individual kills and three blocks for five points. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Lokomotiv Baku looks to sweep the CEV Cup 16th Final Round home-and-home series against Germany’s Rote Raben Vilsbiburg when the teams meet on Nov. 26 for the right to advance to the 8th Final Round.

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 league-leader Lokomotiv Baku (4-0) 25-22, 18-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-13 on Nov. 21 as both teams were undefeated heading into the match. Dixon notched 18 points with 13 kills on 21 attacks and just two errors, three blocks and two aces. Akinradewo added 15 points with 11 kills on 18 errorless attacks and four blocks. Rabita is now 2-1 in the Super League. Rabita seeks its first CEV Champions League Pool A victory on Nov. 26 as it plays Russia’s Dinamo Kazan in the second leg. The match starts at 5 a.m. PT and be watched online by clicking here.

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 stayed undefeated with two victories last week starting with a 25-14, 25-18, 25-16 win over 12th-place Robur Tiboni Volley Urbino (0-5, 0 points) on Nov. 19. Klineman tallied eight kills on 20 errroless attacks to go with three aces for 11 points. Hill added seven kills on 17 errorless attacks to go with an ace for eight points. Hill added a 78 positive reception percent on nine chances. Novara held back sixth-place Nordmeccanica Rebecchi Piacenza (3-2, 9 points) 25-20, 25-17, 19-25, 25-20 on Nov. 22. Klineman turned in 15 points with 14 kills on 40 swings and a block. Hill tacked on 11 points via nine kills on 24 attacks and two aces. She added a 73 positive reception percent on a team-leading 26 reception chances. On the opposite side of the net, Arielle Wilson scored seven points for Piacenza in her middle blocker starting role. Novara (5-0, 14 points) will look to stay undefeated in Italian Serie A1 with its next match coming on Nov. 30 against eighth-place Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (2-3, 5 points). Novara returns to CEV Cup 16th Final Round action with a must-win situation coming up on Nov. 25 as it faces Russia’s Dinamo Krasnodar trailing in the home-and-home series with a loss 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 had a mid-week setback as it lost to second-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (4-1, 13 points) 25-23, 25-21, 25-22. Adams scored five kills on 11 attacks in the loss. Glass started the first two sets providing a 39 kill percent for the team and an individual kill. Conegliano bounced back to top eighth-place Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (2-3, 5 points) 20-25, 25-13, 25-22, 25-21 on Nov. 23. Glass set the squad to a 46 kill percent as a team with added five points on two kills, two aces and a block. Adams provided 15 points that included nine kills on 15 attacks, four blocks and two aces. Conegliano, in fifth place with a 3-2 record and 10 points in Italian Serie A1, will try to maintain the win streak on Nov. 30 as it meets ninth-place Savino Del Bene Scandicci (1-4, 4 points). Conegliano returns to CEV Cup action on Nov. 26 with a 1-0 lead over Khimik Yuzhny in the 16th Final Round home-and-home series. A Conegliano win would push them into the 8th Final Round.

GIBBEMEYER WITH CASALMAGGIORE: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore of the Italian Serie A1 in 2014-15. Casalmaggiore swept 11th-place Il Bisonte Firenze (0-5, 1 point) 25-16, 25-23, 25-18 on Nov. 19 in a mid-week match-up. As one of five players scoring in double-digits, Gibbemeyer contributed 10 points with seven kills on 12 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Casalmaggiore continued its winning ways with a 26-24, 25-14, 25-22 victory over 10th-place Volley 2002 Forli (1-4, 3 points) on Nov. 22. Gibbemeyer was credited with 10 points highlighted by seven blocks, two aces and a kill. Casalmaggiore, which ranks fourth in the Italian Serie A1 with a 4-1 record and 11 points, returns to action on Nov. 30 against seventh-place Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (3-2, 8 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. Dresdner improved to 6-0 in the German Bundesliga after rallying past Aachen 22-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-12 on Nov. 22. Jackson secured 14 points in the victory with nine kills on 19 attacks, three aces and two blocks. Kreklow did not suit the match. Dresdner is idle the Bundeliga until Dec. 6 when it faces Kopenick. In the CEV Champions League, Dresdner seeks to go 2-0 as it resumes Pool C action on Nov. 27 against LP Salo. Watch the match live by clicking here starting at 8:30 a.m. PT.

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. Miyashiro logged a 53 positive reception percent on 15 chances in helping Allianz MTV Stuttgart to a 2-23, 25-7, 21-25, 25-19 victory on Nov. 22. Stuttgart returns to Bundesliga on Nov. 29 against Potsdam.

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 (7-0, 21 points) in the Swiss League as it withheld a stiff challenge from seventh-place Sagres NUC to win 29-27, 25-23, 25-14 on Nov. 23. Volero meets eighth-place TS Volley Dudingen on Nov. 29. Volero, which is also 1-0 in the CEV Champions League, resumes the top European circuit on Nov. 27 as it faces Russia’s Omichka in Pool D action. The match can be viewed online by clicking here starting at 5 a.m. PT.

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 the Turkish League sixth round, Eczacibasi swept Besiktas 25-13, 25-18, 28-26 on Nov. 21. Larson-Burbach chipped in 13 points with 12 kills on 26 attacks and a block. She added a 61 positive reception percent on 18 total reception chances. Eczacibasi, tied for second with 14 points, takes on ninth-place Canakkale BLD (7 points) on Nov. 29. Eczacibasi looks to go 2-0 in CEV Champions League with its Nov. 25 match against Poland’s Impel Wroclaw. Online video of the match is available by clicking here starting at 10 a.m. PT.

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 blanked Yesilyurt 25-20, 25-15, 25-20 on Nov. 22. Hood collected eight points, all on kills via 19 attacks. She added a 64 positive reception percent on a team-leading 22 reception chances. Ilbank, now in 10th place in Turkish League with four points, meets second-place Fenerbahce (14 points) on Nov. 29. Ilbank meets Levski Sofia in the second round of the CEV Challenge Cup home-and-home series on Nov. 25. An Ilbank victory would push it into the next round.

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 continues its winning ways after gaining a 17-25, 25-17, 25-22, 26-24 victory over Sariyer BLD on Nov. 22. Newcombe scored 18 points with 16 kills on 32 attacks, one block and one ace. She added a 100 percent positive reception percent in the victory. Idman Ocagi, which is in fourth place with 13 points in the Turkish League, challenges fifth-place Galatasaray Daikin (11 points) on Nov. 29.

HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. In its second consecutive weekend of key matches in the Turkish League, Fenerbahce was unable to win back-to-back matches as it lost to VakifBank 25-19, 20-25, 25-12, 25-21 on Nov. 22. Hildebrand did not suit for the match. Fenerbahce, which falls into a tie for second place with 14 points, faces 10th-place Ilbank (4 points) on Nov. 29 in the next regular season match. Fenerbahce takes a 1-0 CEV Champions League record into its Nov. 26 match against Azerbaijan’s Azeryol Baku. The match will air live at 9 a.m. PT and viewed by clicking 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 dispatched St. Raphael 25-22, 25-14, 26-24 on Nov. 21 as Faucette was rested in the match. Tom started the first two sets and scored four kills on 10 attacks while adding a 62 positive reception percent on 13 chances. Wopat got the start and tallied eight kills on 10 errorless swings to go with a block and an ace. RC Cannes plays Hainaut on Nov. 29 in its next French League match. Earlier last week RC Cannes swept Quimper 25-17, 25-21, 25-13 in the French Cup 1/8 Finals to advance to the Jan. 6 quarterfinal round against Vannes. RC Cannes will seek their second straight CEV Champions League win on Nov. 25 against Partizan Vizura Beograd.

DAVIS, LICHTMAN 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 edged Venelles 25-16, 28-30, 28-26, 19-25, 15-7 on Nov. 22 in French League action. Lichtman charted 15 points with 14 kills on 37 attacks and an ace. She also handled 51 of the team’s 92 service receptions with a 57 positive percent. Davis was credited with an 80 positive reception percent on 20 total reception chances as the libero. Le Cannet challenges SF Paris St.-Cloud on Nov. 29 in its next French League match. The match will be a repeat of Le Cannet’s French Cup 1/8 Finals victory on Nov. 18, a 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 win. Le Cannet will now play Venelles in the French Cup quarterfinals on Jan. 6. In its CEV Cup 16th Final Round, Le Cannet plays Turkey’s Galatasaray Daikin Istanbul on Nov. 26 in a must-win situation after losing the opener of the home-and-home series.

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 was unable to win a second straight match to open the season after falling to Hitachi Rivale 25-15, 25-21, 25-22 on Nov. 22. Murphy was limited to 11 points, all on kills via 38 attacks. Ageo Medics bounced back to defeat Toray Arrows 25-16, 25-20, 25-21 on Nov. 23. Murphy pocketed 18 kills on 37 attacks with just three errors, two aces and an block for 21 points in the straight set win. Ageo Medics (2-1) seeks its first back-to-back wins of the season as it plays Okayama Seagulls on Nov. 29, followed by Hisamitsu Springs on Nov. 30.

PAOLINI WITH HITACHI: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich., Instagram) is playing for Hitachi in the Japan V-League this winter. Hitachi came back from a season-opening loss last week to defeat Ageo Medics 25-15, 25-21, 25-22 on Nov. 22. Paolini connected for 20 points with 17 kills on 25 attacks with just one error, two blocks and an ace. Hitachi was unable to keep the momentum the following day as it fell to Okayama Seagulls 26-24, 25-22, 25-20. Paolini contributed 17 kills on 29 attacks with one error, three blocks and an ace for 21 points. For the weekend, Paolini held a .593 hitting efficiency and 63.0 kill percent. Hitachi (1-2) takes on Denso on Nov. 29, followed by Toray on Nov. 29.

ROBINSON WITH BAIC MOTORS BEIJING: Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill., Twitter, Instagram) is competing for Beijing BAIC Motors in the Chinese League. BAIC Motors headed into last week undefeated, but lost twice to halt the streak. Keming defeated BAIC Motors 25-16, 25-19, 25-22 on Nov. 18 in a battle of undefeated teams. Robinson started the first two sets and was limited to two points. In the second match of the week, BAIC Motors lost to Bohai Bank of Tianjin 16-25, 25-22, 25-22, 28-26 on Nov. 22. Robinson turned in 14 points, all on kills coming from 27 swings. She had a team-best 15 excellent receptions on 25 chances.

WEBSTER WITH PRAIA CLUBE: Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) is competing for Praia Clube in the Brazilian Superliga this winter. She opens her first club season in South America on Nov. 24 as her club faces Brasilia Volei, followed by a Nov. 28 match against Sao Cristovao Saude/Sao Caetano.