COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 13, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team players earned several honors last week while playing in their overseas club seasons, highlighted by gold medals in the Azerbaijan Super League playoffs and the Turkish Cup along with most valuable player award in the Korea V-League. Check out all the details in the below U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly Update.
- Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio, Instagram) was named most valuable player (foreigner) in the Korean V-League in a ceremony on April 8. She led her club team Korea Expressway (Hi-Pass) to the regular season title before falling in the playoff championship round. “Being up here (receiving the MVP award) is everything to do with the team and what we have done this year,” Fawcett said. “I am going to miss Korea a lot. It was another home to me. I am sad to say goodbye. I hope to come back sometime.” Fawcett scored 975 points during the season, ranking second overall, including a 53-point performance in a four-set victory on Jan. 29. For a video highlight of her season and the full interview, click here.
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 captured the Azerbaijan Super League playoff title with consecutive wins last week in the best-of-three championship round series. In the opening match on April 10, Rabita Bakue won 25-27, 25-21, 25-21, 25-19. Akinradewo scored 14 points in the victory with 10 kills on 12 errorless attacks to go with four blocks. Dixon chipped in five kills on 10 swings, four blocks and an ace for 10 points. Rabita Baku clinched the series with a 22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-13 victory on April 12. Akinradewo charted a match-high 17 points with 11 kills on 21 swings, five blocks and an ace. Dixon added nine kills on 14 attacks, two aces and a block for 12 points in the victory.
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LLOYD WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif., Instagram) is setting for Lokomotiv Baku this winter in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv finished the Azerbaijan Super Leauge in second place after losing the best-of-three championship round series in two matches. In the opening contest, Lokomotiv lost 25-27, 25-21, 25-21, 25-19 on April 10. Lloyd set her squad to a 35 kill percent while scoring a block and kill in the process. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. In the second contest, Lokomotiv lost 22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-23 on April 12. Lloyd scored four kills on seven errorless swings, three blocks and an ace for eight points. She set the squad to a 30 kill percent. For a photo gallery of the series finale, click here.
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, had its backs up against the wall in the best-of-three quarterfinal round series after losing to No. 3 LIU JO Modena last week and losing the first set on April 11. However, Conegliano bounced back to win 21-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-27, 15-11 to force a series-deciding match on April 14. Adams dazzled with 20 kills on 25 attacks to go with a five blocks and two aces as part of an eye-popping 27 points for the middle blocker. Glass set the squad to a 43 kill percent and adding four individual kills on five errorless attacks in the victory.
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, won its best-of-three quarterfinal round series in two matches against No. 8 Foppapedretti Bergamo following a 28-26, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19 victory on April 12. Klineman contributed 17 kills on 35 errorless attacks for a .486 hitting efficiency to go with two blocks for 19 points. She also handled a team-leading 33 receptions with a 45 positive percent. Hill added 10 kills on 37 attacks to go with a 64 positive reception percent on 25 chances. Novara now awaits for its best-of-three semifinal round opponent to be determined. The semifinals start on April 17 and concludes by April 25.
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, clinched its best-of-three quarterfinal round series against No. 7 Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari following a come-from-behind 23-25, 25-27, 25-18, 25-16, 15-9 victory on April 11 to win the series 2-0. Gibbemeyer scored a team-high 18 points with a stellar 15 kills on 21 errorless attacks for a .714 hitting efficiency to go with two blocks and an ace. Casalmaggiore now awaits for its best-of-three semifinal round opponent to be determined. The semifinals start on April 17 and concludes by April 25.
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, the fourth overall seed in the quarterfinal double-round robin Pool B, started the playoffs with a 17-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-20 victory over Mayaguez on April 7. Robinson connected for 16 kills and three blocks for 19 points to go with 15 receptions and nine digs. American teammate Haley Eckerman tallied a match-high 22 points with 19 kills and three aces. On the opposite side of the net, American Kim Willoughby supplied 12 points in the loss while Micha Hancock set Mayaguez with 20 assists and two kills. Ponce improved to 2-0 in the playoffs with a 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 25-16 victory over Catano on April 8. Eckerman scored a match-high 24 points to go with 10 digs, while Robinson contributed 19 kills and a block for 20 points. For Catano, American Kristy Jaeckel scored a team-high 17 points. On March 11, Ponce secured its third win with a 23-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-21 victory over Mayaguez to ensure a spot into the semifinals. Robinson pocketed a match-high 21 points with 16 digs and 10 receptions in the victory, while Eckerman tacked on 20 via 13 kills and seven blocks to go with 15 digs. Ponce closes out its quarterfinal round on April 13 against Catano.
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. Less than a week after claiming the CEV Champions League title, Eczacibasi fell to Fenerbahce in the Turkish Cup semifinals 25-22, 25-16, 25-20 on April 11. Larson-Burbach scored 11 points in the loss with eight kills, two blocks and an ace to go with a 58 positive reception percent. In the Turkish League playoffs, No. 3 seed Eczacibasi plays No. 6 seed Bursa B. Sehir in the quarterfinal round with best-of-three matches scheduled for April 14, April 18 and April 19.
HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. In the Turkish Cup, Fenerbahce swept Eczacibasi 25-22,25-16, 25-20 on April 11 less than a week after Eczacibasi had claimed the CEV Champions League title. In the Turkish Cup finals, Fenerbahce upset regular season champion VakifBank 25-18, 23-25, 23-25, 25-14, 15-9 on April 12. Fenerbahce, the second seed in the Turkish League playoffs, meets Sariyer in the best-of-three quarterfinals with matches on April 15 and April 18, while if necessary on April 19.
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 best-of-three quarterfinals. The teams will play on April 15 and April 18 in the first two matches, and if necessary, the tiebreaker will be on April 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. RC Cannes, the top seed in the French League playoffs, started the best-of-three quarterfinals with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-19 victory over Istres on April 10. Tom started the first two sets providing seven kills on 11 errorless attacks to go with four aces for 11 points. Faucete added seven kills and an ace for eight points while playing the first two sets. The series continues on April 14, and should No. 8 Istres upset the regular season winners, the tiebreaker will be played on April 17.
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, the second seed in the French League playoffs, was tripped up at home in the best-of-three quarterfinal round series opener against No. 7 Venelles with a 23-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-20, 15-13 setback on April 11. Lichtman scored 11 points with 10 kills and an ace to go with a 57 positive reception percent. Davis held a 64 positive reception percent on a team-leading 44 chances. Le Cannet looks to even the series on the road on April 15 to force a deciding match on April 18.
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, No. 1 seed Dresdner won the deciding best-of-three semifinal round series match with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-17 victory over VC Wiesbaden on April 12. Jackson collected 11 points with eight kills on 13 errorless swings to go with two blocks and an ace for 11 points. Kreklow set the team to a stellar 50 kill percent and .402 hitting efficiency while adding a block to her individual scoring. The victory pushes Dresdner into the best-of-five championship round match against No. 2 Stuttgart. The opening matches are on April 19, April 25 and April 29. If necessary, the fourth match is scheduled for May 2 and the concluding match on May 6.
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 No. 2 seed in the playoffs, was idle last as it won its best-of-three semifinal round series early in two matches and awaiting the outcome of the other semifinal round series. Stuttgart will play No. 1 Dresdner in the finals with the first three matches scheduled for April 19, April 25 and April 29, If necessary, the fourth and fifth matches are set for May 2 and May 6.
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, upset top-seed Chemik Police 13-25, 25-23, 25-13, 13-25, 15-10 on April 12 on the road to start the best-of-five semifinal round series. Hagglund, who subbed into the match in the opening set and started the final four sets, led the charge. She set Impel Wroclaw to a 52 kill percent in the third set and a dominating 58 kill percent in the deciding fifth set. Hagglund scored one kill and one ace in the victory. The series continues on April 13 before it moves on to Wroclaw with matches on April 16 and April 17. If the series is remained tied after four matches, the deciding match is set for April 22.
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 won the first two matches of the championship round against Volley Koniz. Volero Zurich won the opening match 25-14, 27-25, 25-23 on April 9, followed by a 13-25, 25-14, 25-11, 25-19 victory on April 11. The third match is set for April 16.