U.S. Women Start Club Season with World Title in Tow

By Bill Kauffman | Oct. 28, 2014, 11:45 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 28, 2014) – With its first-ever FIVB World Championship title secured two weeks ago, the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team is on hiatus for the winter as the players have moved on to their club obligations in all parts of the world.

This weekly update will provide details on where many of the National Team players are competing, how they are doing and ways to get to know them better through social media. For a listing of Twitter and Instagram accounts for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team members, click here.

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U.S. WOMEN TRAVELING WORLD FOR CLUB SEASON: USA Volleyball has processed 245 international transfer certificates, including 162 females, allowing United States citizens to compete in foreign professional volleyball leagues for the 2014-2015 season, as of Oct. 21. Additional transfers are expected to be processed over the course of the winter club season. On the women's side, 34 transfers have been processed for athletes to play in France, while Germany has been involved in 27 transfers and Switzerland 17 transfers. USA Volleyball has also processed 12 transfers for players competing in Sweden. As of Oct. 21, USA Volley has processed transfers for female athletes to 25 different countries. The International Transfer Certificate (ITC) is a mandatory requirement of the FIVB for athletes to transfer from one National Federation (country) to another National Federation (country) to play in professional leagues. All National Federations are required to follow this established procedure. For details, refer to the FIVB Sports Regulations (2013) Section 45.3. For the listing of athletes and which clubs they are competing for this winter, click here.

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 regular season opener, Larson-Burbach produced a team-high 23 points in leading Eczacibasi to a 24-26, 25-21, 25-27, 25-23, 15-9 victory over Nilufer on Nov. 25. Larson-Burbach recorded 21 kills on 67 attacks to go with two aces. She added 19 service receptions with a 63 positive percent. Eczacibasi has an early second round test as it goes up against VakifBank on Nov. 1. Eczacibasi opens CEV Champions League on Nov. 12 against Russia’s Omichka Omsk in Pool D action.

HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. In the team’s regular season opener, Fenerbahce defeated Sariyer 25-11, 25-15, 25-18 on Oct. 25. Hildebrand notched six points with four kills and two aces while adding a 66 positive reception percent on 29 of the team’s 43 total chances. Fenerbahce seeks to go 2-0 on the early season with a Nov. 1 test against Galatasaray. Fenerbahce will start CEV Champions League action on Nov. 13 against Romania’s Stiinta Bacau as part of Pool B’s first round.

NEWCOMBE WITH IDMAN OCAGI: Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.) is playing for Trabzon Idman Ocagi of the Turkish League this winter. Idman Ocagi begins its 2014-15 campaign on Oct. 29 against Ilbank, followed by a Nov. 1 contest against Yesilyurt.

HOOD WITH ILBANK: Regan Hood (Dallas, Texas, Instagram) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League in 2014-15. Ilbank opens its season Oct. 29 against Idman Ocagi, while its second round match versus Bursa B.Sehir is not until Nov. 19.

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. In the regular season opener of the French LAF, Faucette scored a team-high 17 points with 16 kills on 26 attacks and an ace to power RC Cannes to a 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20 victory over SF Paris St-Cloud on Oct. 25. Tom added 13 points with eight kills, four aces and a block. Wopat notched six points with five kills on seven errorless attacks to go with a block. 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. In the league’s regular season opener on Oct. 25, Le Cannet defeated Hainaut 25-21, 25-22, 25-23. Davis provided a 76 positive reception percent on 17 of her team’s 55 service reception chances. Lichtman started the first two sets and scored two kills and two blocks while holding a 94 positive reception on 16 chances. 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. In the league opener, Dresdner topped Allilanz MTV Stuttgart 25-13, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19 on Oct. 22. Kreklow was the starting setter and helped Dresdner to a 42 kill percent for the match while adding three individual kills on five attempts and two aces for five points. Fellow American Michelle Bartsch totaled 14 points in the victory. Jackson tallied an ace and block as a sub in the fourth set. In its second match of the week, Dresdner edged SC Potsdam 25-21, 25-14, 22-25, 24-26, 16-14 on Oct. 25. Jackson scored seven kills on 15 attacks, two blocks and an ace for 10 points in a starting role. Kreklow started the match, but only played in the first set. Dresdner is part of CEV Champions League Pool C and opens the first round against Russia’s Dinamo Moscow on Nov. 12.

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 a friendly on Oct. 24, Akinradewo scored eight points and Dixon added six points as Rabita defeated Azerbaijan rival Lokomotiv Baku 25-16, 25-20, 25-22, 19-25 (fourth set was extra). Rabita will play Azerreyl on Nov. 1. 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. She scored one point in a league friendly on Oct. 24 against Rabita Baku, which won 25-16, 25-20, 25-22. Lokomotiv won an extra set 25-19. Lokomotiv plays Azeryol on Nov. 2. 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.

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 is 3-0 to start the season, which includes two victories this past weekend. Volero defeated VBC Cheseaux I 25-12, 25-20, 25-19 on Oct. 25, followed by a 25-22, 25-15, 25-15 victory over Volley Toggenburg on Oct. 26. Volero will open the CEV Champions League against Poland’s Impel Wroclaw on Nov. 13 in Pool D.

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. The league opens play this coming weekend as Novara faces Pomi Casalmaggiore on Nov. 2 to start the season. 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 opens its season on Nov. 2 against Il Bisonte Firenze. 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 starts the regular season on Nov. 2 against Igor Gorgonzola Novara.

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.

ROBINSON WITH BAIC MOTORS BEIJING: Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill., Twitter, Instagram) is competing for BAIC Motors Beijing in the Chinese League. Her team is currently in Japan training and scrimmaging against Ageo Medics prior to the regular season starting the second week of November.