Women's Update: Tickets and Playoffs

By Bill Kauffman | April 27, 2015, 12:35 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 27, 2015)Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) and Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) have helped Novara surge into the Italian Serie A1 finals, while three other Americans are trying to gain the other final's spot against Novara. Team USA also has players still competing in club playoffs in Turkey, Germany, France, Puerto Rico and Switzerland.

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  • Tickets are now on sale for all four matches of the women’s USA Volleyball Cup as the world’s No. 1 U.S. Women host No. 3 China at University of Hawaii in Honolulu (June 5-6), UC Irvine (June 9) and Cal State San Bernardino (June 12). The competition creates an intriguing rematch of the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championship in which Team USA defeated China 3-1 in the gold-medal match. For tickets and more information on the series, visit usavolleyballcup.com.
  • Tickets for the 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals being held July 22-26 are now on sale. All-session passes allow you to watch all 15 matches over the five-day round-robin event, while daily passes get you in to watch all three matches per day. Matches played July 22-25 are scheduled for 3, 5 and 8 p.m. CT with the U.S. Women playing the last match each day, while the final day's matches are at 11:30 a.m., 3 and 5 p.m. CT with Team USA playing the first match of the day to accommodate a live television broadcast (details to come soon). To purchase tickets, click 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, the Italian League top-seed after finishing the regular season 19-3, swept its best-of-five semifinal round series against Nordmeccanica Rebecchi Piacenza with two victories last week. In the second match of the series, Novara won 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 26-24 on April 21. Klineman contributed 20 points in the victory via 18 kills on 40 swings with just one error and two blocks. She chipped in a 40 positive reception percent on 15 chances. Hill tacked on 12 points with 11 kills on 39 attacks and a block. She was 56 percent positive on a team-best 27 receptions. Novara closed out the series on April 25 with a 25-19, 25-16, 25-14 victory at home. Klineman pocketed 13 points with nine kills, three blocks and an ace while improving her reception to 64 percent positive. Hill totaled eight kills on 15 errorless swings and a block for nine points. She handled 10 receptions with a 50 positive percent. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Novara now advances to the finals where it will play the semifinal winner of Imoco Volley Conegliano and Pomi Casalmaggiore, which are knotted at 2-2 in the series. The best-of-five final series begins on May 2 with matches scheduled for May 5 and May 9. If necessary, matches four and five will be played May 12 and May 16.

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, was unable to close out its best-of-five semifinal round series with second-seed Pomi Casalmaggiore last week after going up 2-0. Conegliano lost the third match 25-20, 25-15, 25-23 on April 24. Glass set Novara to a 33 kill percent for the match and added two individual kills on five errorless swings and a block for three points. Adams scored six points with five kills and a block. For the second match in a row Conegliano lost in straight sets 25-20, 25-20, 25-17 on April 26 forcing a fifth and deciding match on April 29. Adams scored a team-high 12 points with 10 kills on 21 attacks and two blocks. Glass set the team to a 31 kill percent as she tallied three blocks and one kill.

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, came back to even its best-of-five semifinal round series with sixth-seed Imoco Volley Conegliano following two victories last week. Conegliano won the third match 25-20, 25-15, 25-23 on April 24. Gibbemeyer tallied six kills on 12 attacks and a block for seven points. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Casalmaggiore forced a deciding fifth match following a 25-20, 25-20, 25-17 victory on April 26 in the fourth match. Gibbemeyer collected nine points with five kills on 12 attacks to go with four blocks. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. The deciding match will be played on April 29 with the winner advancing to play top-seed Novara in the best-of-five finals.

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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. Eczacibasi began the double-round robin playoffs on April 22 with a 25-19, 26-24, 18-25, 25-17 loss to Fenerbahce. Larson-Burbach tallied 12 points with 11 kills and a block on the loss. She was 48 percent positive on a team-leading 29 reception chances. Eczacibasi was unable to get on the winning side in the second match, falling 25-18, 25-16, 25-20 to regular season winner VakifBank on April 23. Larson-Burbach tallied seven kills on 40 swings in the loss. She was 50 percent positive on six receptions. Eczacibasi earned its first win on April 24 with a 25-22, 25-18, 25-19 victory over Galatasaray. Larson-Burbach contributed seven kills, two and a block for 10 points to go with a 78 positive reception percent on nine chances. Eczacbasi will seek its second straight win on April 29 as it plays Galatasaray to start the second round, followed by VakifBank on April 30 and Fenerbahce on May 1.

HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. Fenerbahce, winners of the Turkish Cup earlier this month, started its double-round robin playoff finals with a 25-19, 26-24, 18-25, 25-17 victory over CEV Champions League winners Eczacibasi on April 22. Fenerbahce won the second match 25-12, 25-18, 22-25, 30-28 over Galatasaray on April 23. Fenerbahce took a 3-0 record through the first round following a 28-26, 25-21, 25-23 victory over regular season champion VakifBank on April 24. The second phase of the playoffs begins on April 29 as Fenerbahce faces VakifBank, followed by Galatasaray on April 30 and Eczacibasi on May 1 to close the series.

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, the eighth seed in the Turkish playoffs, edged Nilufer 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 22-25, 15-6 on April 24 to start its 5-8 classification series. Newcombe tallied 16 points on 11 kills via 30 attacks, three blocks and two aces. She was 78 percent positive on 17 reception attempts. However, Idman Ocagi dropped its second match 25-23, 25-20, 25-20 to Bursa Sehir on April 25. Newcombe pocketed 12 points with 10 kills on 20 attacks and two blocks. She handled 14 receptions with a 43 positive percent. Idman Ocagi bounced back to win the third match 25-21, 25-17, 25-16 on April 26 to move to 2-1 in the double-round robin series. Newcombe tallied 13 points in the victory with nine kills on 25 attacks, two aces and two blocks while adding a 73 positive reception percent. The second half of the 5-8 classification starts May 1 as Idman Ocagi faces Sariyer, followed by Bursa Sehir on May 2 and Nilufer on May 3.

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. With its best-of-seven semifinal series tied 1-1, Ponce lost to Caguas 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 on April 21. Robinson charted 20 points with 18 kills and two blocks in the loss to go with 11 digs. Eckerman added seven kills in the setback. On the opposite side of the net, American Regan Hood totaled 13 points in the victory and Jessica Jones added seven points. Ponce leveled the series at 2-2 with a 13-25, 26-24, 25-10, 17-25, 17-15 thrilling victory on April 23. Eckerman led Ponce with 21 points on 20 kills and a block to go with 13 digs. Robinson added 16 kills, one block and one ace for 18 points as part of a double-double with 22 digs. Hood led Caguas with 21 points, while Jones chipped in 11 points. Ponce dropped the fifth match 25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-15 on April 25. Robinson turned in 17 points with 15 kills, one block and one ace to go with 11 digs. Eckerman added 15 kills and a block for 16 points along with 12 digs. Hood led Caguas with 16 points, while Jones provided seven points. Ponce now must win the final two matches on April 27 and April 29 to advance to the best-of-seven championship against the Mayaguez-Juncos semifinal winner.

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 its best-of-three semifinal round series by defeating Beziers 25-23, 25-21, 20-25, 25-17 on April 24. Faucette tallied five kills and a block in the victory. Tom scored a team-high 14 points with 11 kills on 25 attacks, two aces and a block. She was 55 percent positive on 22 receptions. RC Cannes can close out the series with a victory on April. If Beziers ties the series, the deciding match will be played on May 1 with the winner advancing to the championship match on May 9.

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, edged SF Paris St. Cloud 25-14, 26-28, 21-25, 25-19, 15-12 on April 25 to start its best-of-three semifinal round series. Davis held a 61 positive reception percent on 23 total reception chances. Lichtman contributed eight kills on 32 attacks with 28 receptions as part of a 54 positive reception percent. Le Cannet will seek to close the series out on April 29. If necessary, the semifinal series tiebreaker will be May 2 with the winner advancing to the championship match on May 9.

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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 defeated second-seed Allianz MTV Stuttgart 25-13, 25-16, 19-25, 25-23 to go up 2-0 in the best-of-five championship round series. Jackson tallied six kills on nine errorless attacks, two blocks and an ace for nine points. Kreklow set Dresdner to a 41 kill percent while scoring an ace in the victory. American teammate Michelle Bartsch added 11 points with nine kills, one block and one ace. Dresdner will seek to sweep the series for the title on May 29. If necessary, matches four and five will be played on May 2 and May 6, respectively.

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, lost its second match of the best-of-five championship round series to top-seed Dresdner following a 25-13, 25-16, 19-25, 25-23 setback in match two on April 25. Miyashiro was 64 percent positive on 14 receptions. American teammates Nichole Lindow and Katherine Harms each added eight points in the loss, including five kills and three blocks apiece. Stuttgart will seek to extend the series on April 29, followed by matches on May 2 and May 6 if necessary.

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, after winning the Swiss League playoffs, is now training in preparation of hosting the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship being staged in Zurich May 6-10.