COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 6, 2015) – Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) hoisted another major trophy this past weekend and was named the most valuable player of the prestigious CEV Champions League after her Eczacibasi squad captured the European title on Sunday in Poland. In the span of one year, she has now won gold at the 2014 FIVB World Championship with Team USA, along with club titles in consecutive CEV Champions League seasons with Eczacibasi and Dinamo Kazan and the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship with Kazan. For full details, visit her section in the Women’s Update.
- USA Volleyball announced two of its three U.S. Collegiate National Team programs last week. To view the 12-player roster selected to compete at the World University Games, click here. To view the 12-player roster chosen to Tour China, click here.
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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.
She made history by becoming the second player ever to win consecutive CEV Champions League title playing on two different clubs (Antonella Del Core won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009 with Perugia and Bergamo – she won three consecutive titles from 2008-2010, followed a fourth title in 2014). In the semifinals, Eczacibasi downed country rival VakifBank 2-22, 16-25, 25-22, 25-22 on April 4. Larson-Burbach scored a match-high 25 points with all her points coming on 50 attacks. She added a stellar 89 positive reception percent on nine chances without an error. To watch the match replay, click here.
In the CEV Champions League gold-medal match, Eczacibasi swept Italy’s Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio 25-22, 25-20, 25-21 on April 5. Larson-Burbach was one of three players on her team to score 13 points in the match. She tallied 12 kills on 31 attacks to go with an ace and a 73 positive reception percent on 11 chances. In the two matches in the Final Four, Larson-Burbach tallied a team-best 38 points providing much of the offensive firepower in en route to earning the most valuable player award. With the title, Eczacibasi has now qualified for the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship to be staged May 6-10 in Zurich, Switzerland.
After the match, Larson-Burbach said “Obviously Eczacibasi had big goals year. They welcomed me with big open arms. I am so proud of this team. We haven’t been perfect all season, but we were good when it counted. It is great to be a part of this organization. In the sport of volleyball, anybody can win. We just played our game. We had a great game plan.” To watch Larson-Burach in a post-match interview, click here.
For the entire Champions League season, Larson-Burbach ranked eighth in scoring with 160 points and was seventh in Best Spiker. In the 2013-14 Champions League, Larson-Burbach helped her Russian squad Dinamo Kazan win the title and she was honored with the Best Blocker award.
In a span of about one year, Larson-Burbach has a trophy case full of gold medals as she helped Team USA to win its first-ever FIVB World Championship in October 2014 to go with two gold medals in consecutive CEV Champions League club seasons and the 2014 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship while with Dinamo Kazan.
Before heading to the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, Eczacibasi will play in the Turkish League. No. 3 seed Eczacibasi plays No. 6 seed Bursa B. Sehir in the quarterfinal round. Dates for the quarterfinals have yet to be determined.
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HOOD WITH ILBANK: Regan Hood (Dallas, Texas, Instagram) is playing for Ilbank of the Turkish League in 2014-15. Ilbank, the 10th seed in the Turkish League playoffs, won its fourth straight match in the 9-12 Playoff phase with a hard-fought 25-22, 25-21, 21-25, 20-25, 15-7 victory over Canakkale on April 3. Hood secured 10 points with nine kills on 24 attacks and a block while adding a 62 positive reception percent on a team-leading 39 chances. Ilbank had an easier match on April 4 as it swept Bakirkoy Yesilyurt 25-18, 28-26, 25-18. Hood, who started just the first and third sets, compiled seven kills on 17 attacks with just one hitting error. Ilbank concluded its double-round robin Playoff 9-12 by defeating to Besiktas 25-22, 25-17, 25-21 on April 5 to go undefeated in six playoff matches over back-to-back weekends. Hood scored a team-best 12 points with 10 kills on 22 attacks with a block and ace to go with a 67 positive reception percent on a team-leading 21 chances. Hood concluded her Turkish League season with a league-best 425 points.
HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. Fenerbahce, the second seed in the Turkish League playoffs, meets Sariyer in the quarterfinals. Dates for the quarterfinals have yet to be determined.
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 is the eighth seed in the Turkish League playoffs and will meet VakifBank in the quarterfinals. Dates for the quarterfinals have yet to be determined.
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, the Italian League top-seed after finishing the regular season 19-3, opened the best-of-three quarterfinals with an 18-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 victory over eighth-seed Foppapedretti Bergamo on April 4. Hill notched 17 points in the victory with 14 kills on 35 attacks with just two hitting errors to go with three aces on 15 serves. She added a 79 positive reception percent on 19 chances. Klineman chipped in 13 points with 10 kills on 22 swings and just two hitting errors to go with two blocks and an ace. She tallied 21 receptions with a 43 positive percent. The teams meet again in the series’ second match on April 11. Should Bergamo even the series, the deciding match will be played on April 14.
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, seeded sixth in the playoffs, opened its best-of-three quarterfinal series with a 25-19, 25-20, 20-25, 25-21 loss to third-seed LIU JO Modena on April 6. Glass set the squad to a 37 kill percent while adding two blocks, one ace and one individual kill on two attacks for four points. Adams produced a team-best 14 points with 11 kills on 15 swings with just one error to go with two blocks and an ace. Conegliano will look to even the series at home on April 11 to force a deciding third match on April 14 back in Modena.
GIBBEMEYER WITH CASALMAGGIORE: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore of the Italian Serie A1 in 2014-15. Casalmaggiore, as the second seed in the playoffs, swept seventh-seed Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari 25-21, 25-23, 25-19 on April 6 to start the best-of-three quarterfinal round series. Gibbemeyer pocketed nine points, all on kills via 15 attacks and just one hitting error. Casalmaggiore will look to close out the series on April 11. If the series is tied, the deciding match will be played April 14.
ROBINSON WITH PONCE IN PUERTO RICO: Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill., Twitter, Instagram), who played for BIAC Motors in the short-season Chinese professional league to start the 2014-15 season, has transferred to Ponce in the Puerto Rico Super League. Ponce topped Catano 26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20 on April 1 with a balanced scoring effort. Robinson tallied 17 points in the victory, while American teammate Haley Eckerman scored a team-best 18 kills with 13 digs for a double-double. On the opposite side of the net, American Kristy Jaeckel tallied a match-high 19 points while setter Caitlyn Donahue had 22 assists, 14 digs and three points. In the regular season finale on April 5, Ponce lost to Mayaguez 20-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-19, 15-13 to finish fourth in the standings. Robinson scored a team-leading 18 points with 15 kills, two blocks and an ace to go with nine digs and 14 receptions. Eckerman added 13 points and 11 digs in the loss. For the winners, American Kim Willoughby scored 20 points and Micha Hancock provided 25 assists, 13 digs, eight kills, four aces and two blocks for 14 points for Mayaguez. Ponce enters the double round-robin playoffs as the fourth seed and is group in Pool A with second-seed Mayaguez and fifth-seed Catano. Playoffs begin on April 7.
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, already with second-place secured, lost its final regular season match to Venelles 7-25, 25-19, 25-15, 26-24 on April 4. Lichtman contributed 10 points with seven kills, two aces and a block. Davis produced a 60 positive reception percent on a team-best 35 receptions. Le Cannet, which ended the regular season with a 17-5 record and 49 points, starts the best-of-three quarterfinals against Venelles with matches on Apirl 11 and April 15. If necessary, the tiebreaking match will be played April 18.
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 concluded the French League regular season with a 31-29, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22 victory over SF Paris St-Cloud on April 4. Wopat scored a team-leading 14 points with six kills on 14 attacks and an eye-opening eight blocks. Tom was a reserve in the opening set registering one reception. RC Cannes finished the regular season in first place with a 21-1 record and 64 points, a 15-point lead over second-place Le Cannet. RC Cannes challenges eighth-seed Istres in the best-of-three quarterfinals with matches on April 10 and April 14, followed by an April 17 match if the series is tied at 1-1.
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, the number-two seed in the Bundesliga playoffs, won its best-of-three semifinal round series against Schweriner SC with two five-set victories last week. Stuttgart rallied to win the opening match 13-25, 25-20, 25-27, 25-14, 15-13 on April 1. Miyashiro handled 18 of the team’s receptions with a 56 positive percent. American teammate Katherine Harms scored 17 points, while Nichole Lindow added 11 points. In the second contest, Stuttgart again rallied to win 25-20, 15-25, 14-25, 26-24, 15-12 on April 4. Miyashiro handled 27 of the team’s 90 receptions with a 56 positive reception percent. Lindow added eight points in the win. Stuttgart now await its championship round opponent as Dresdner and VC Wiesbaden play on April 14 to determine which team advances from their semifinal round matchup.
JACKSON, KREKLOW WITH DRESDNER: Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles, Twitter, Instagram) and Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Dresdner SC of the German Bundesliga. In the German Bundesliga, Dresdner captured a 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 victory over VC Wiesbaden in the best-of-three semifinals opening match on April 1. Kreklow set the squad to a 40 kill percent. Jackson tallied eight points with five kills, two blocks and an ace in the victory. American teammate Michelle Bartsch scored a team-leading 18 points with 15 kills, two aces and block. However, Wiesbaden rallied to win the second match 25-22, 25-22, 25-14 on April 4 to even the series. Jackson pocketed a team-leading nine points, all on kills via 15 attacks. Bartsch added eight points in the loss as Kreklow set the team to a 42 kill percent. The series concludes on April 14 with the winner advancing the championship round to play second-seed Stuttgart. Upon the conclusion of the CEV Champions League, Jackson led the season statistics in Best Spiker percent with a 56.2 percent in eight matches.
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. Rabita Baku concluded the regular season with a 22-25, 25-19, 25-23, 26-24 victory over Lokomotiv on April 1. Akinradewo scored five kills on seven errorless attacks to go with two blocks and an ace. Dixon chipped in four kills on six errorless swings with a block and ace for six points. Rabita, the winner of the regular season, opened its best-of-three semifinal round series with Azerreyl with a 25-19, 25-19, 25-15 victory on April 4. Rabita Baku finished the series with a 25-18, 24-26, 25-13, 25-17 victory on April 6. Rabita will now face the opposite semifinal series winner of Lokomotiv Baku and Azeryol in the best-of-three championship held between April 10 and April 14.
LLOYD WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif., Instagram) is setting for Lokomotiv Baku this winter in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv lost to Rabita Baku 22-25, 25-19, 25-23, 26-24 on April 1 to end the regular season. Lloyd set her squad to a 35 kill percent for the match while adding three individual points with one kill, ace and block each. Lokomotiv, which finished the regular season in third place, started the best-of-three semifinals with a 25-17, 25-22, 14-25, 25-15 victory over Azeryol on April 4. Lloyd set her team to a 41 kill percent for the match while adding a block and ace in the victory. For a photo gallery of the opening match, click here. Azeryol evened the series on April 6 with a 25-16, 25-20, 25-20 victory. Lokomotiv converted just 26 percent of its attacks. The tiebreaking match will be played on April 8. The best-of-three championship will have the semifinal winners meet between April 10 and April 14.
FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio, Instagram) is playing in the Korea V-League with Korea Expressway this winter. After entering the Korea V-League playoffs as the No. 1 seed and being idle for two weeks awaiting the winner from the Playoff 2-3 series, Korea Expressway was unable to regain the momentum from the regular season in losing the best-of-five championship series with IBK Altos in a series sweep. Needing to win the final three matches, Korea Expressway lost the third match 25-15, 25-23, 25-19 on March 31 as IBK Altos claimed the league title. Fawcett scored 20 kills on 65 attacks and one block for 21 points in the loss. American Destinee Hooker notched a match-high 26 points for IBK Altos en route to being selected the most valuable player of the series.
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. In the Swiss playoffs, Volero will meet Volley Koniz in the finals on April 9 and April 11. In May, Volero will host the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship May 6-10.
JENNA HAGGLUND WITH IMPEL WROCLAW: U.S. setter Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio, Twitter, Instagram) signed with Impel Wroclaw of Poland’s Orlen Liga late in 2014 and has started to competition. Impel Wroclaw, the fourth seed in the playoffs, begins its best-of-five semifinal round series on April 12 and April 13 against regular season champion Chemik Police. The series shifts to Wroclaw with the third match on April 16. If necessary, the fourth match will be played in Wroclaw on April 17 with the tiebreaking match shifting back to Chemik Police’s home venue on April 22.