COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 9, 2015) – While the U.S. Women’s National Team staff and various athletes were taking part in this past weekend’s USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches' Clinic, other athletes were making news from around the world. The CEV Champions League Playoff 12 round starts this week and you will have the opportunity to watch the matches online from your computer. Check out all the details below.
- U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly, along with his staff of Jamie Morrison and Joe Trinsey, were presenters at this past weekend’s USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic in Colorado Springs. Kiraly was the headline speaker, along with Argentina Head Men’s Coach Julio Velasco and France Head Men’s Coach Laurent Tillie. U.S. Women’s National Team athletes Christa Dietzen (Hopewell Township, Pa.) and Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) were part of a panel along with past National Teamers Danielle Scott-Arruda (Baton Rouge, La.), Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas) and Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.). To read more details of the clinic, click here.
- Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa) was spotlighted by Cronkite Sports LA in a video segment that traces her volleyball roots back to a pre-teen among a volleyball family. Check it out by click here.
- Juliann Faucette (San Diego) took part in a recent Jamming in Five Questions with JamtheGym.com. As part of one of her responses she said “My biggest victory in my career is today. Each day that I wake up, walk into the gym and give 100 percent effort is a victory.” To read the full interview, click here.
- Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) took a few minutes of free time in Italy to respond to JamtheGym.com’s Jamming in Five Questions blog. Hill says the best way to get through tough times on the court is “is the work you do before the match, before the tournament even begins.” To read the full interview, click here.
- Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), a three-time U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team selection who was recently named as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team, continues her transition from an elite player into being the best coach she can be. During a break from learning at the USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic last weekend, Sykora described her learning processes that she is going through and who she counts as mentors from the coaching profession. To read the article, click here.
- The U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts are schedule for Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Approximately 230 athletes representing 88 colleges will take part in the tryout. To watch the live video stream once the tryout starts or for additional information, click here.
CEV CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAYOFF ROUND BEGINS: The U.S. Women’s National Team has seven players competing in the CEV Championship League Playoff Round that begins this week with all matches able to be viewed live online at laola1.tv.
- Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. PT – Eczacibasi (Larson-Burbach) vs. Agel Prostejov - CLICK HERE
- Feb. 11 at 10:30 a.m. PT – Fenerbahce (Hildebrand) vs. Dresdner (Jackson, Kreklow) - CLICK HERE
- Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. PT – Volero Zurich (Thompson, N. Hagglund) vs. RC Cannes (Faucette, Tom, Wopat) - 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. In a break from the regular season action, Novara won its Italian Serie A1 Cup quarterfinal home-and-home series despite falling to Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari 22-25, 25-16, 33-31, 25-23 on Feb. 4. Based on winning the first match in straight sets, Novara claimed the series after winning the first set of the return match. Hill tallied 23 kills on 51 attacks in the victory, along with a 77 positive reception percent on 30 chances. Klineman, who started just the first two sets, totaled five kills and a block in her limited action. Novara moves into the Italian Serie A1 Cup semifinals on Feb. 28 and will face Imoco Volley Conegliano with the winner advancing to the final on March 1. After concluding the Italian Cup quarterfinals, Novara topped Nordmeccanica Rebecchi Piacenza 25-23, 18-25, 25-12, 25-18 on Feb. 7. Klineman was on fire with 22 kills on 41 attacks, three blocks and an ace for 26 points in the victory. Hill contributed 22 points with 18 kills on 35 attacks, two aces and two blocks to go with an 83 positive reception percent on 23 chances. On the opposite side of the net, American Arielle Wilson charted six kills in the loss. Novara (14-2, 42 points), now with a five-point cushion over second-place LIU JO Modena, challenges eighth-place Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (7-9, 22 points) on Feb. 15 in the next regular season match. In the CEV Challenge Cup, Novara will face Germany’s Schweriner in the quarterfinal round with matches scheduled for March 4 and the second match prior to March 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. Micha Hancock (Edmond, Okla.), the 2014 AVCA Division I Player of the Year, was signed in mid-January as Glass recovers from an injury. After dropping its first match of the Italian Serie A1 Cup, Conegliano bounced back to defeat Foppapedretti Bergamo 25-21, 24-26, 25-18, 25-22 in the rematch. With both teams winning a match 3-1, a Golden set was played immediately after the second match and Conegliano came away with a hard-fought 15-13 victory to gain a spot into the semifinal round. Adams contributed 21 points with 13 kills on 20 attacks and an eye-opening eight blocks in the victory. Hancock was a serving sub in the fourth set. Conegliano will face Igo Gorgonzola Novara in the Italian Cup semifinals on Feb. 28 with the winner moving on to the finals on March 1. Following the dramatic comeback in the Cup, Conegliano was not able to sustain it in the Italian Serie A1 regular season return with a 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-23 loss to Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari on Feb. 8. Adams did not play in the match, and Hancock started the final set after being a sub in the first three sets. Hancock turned in two aces, one block and one ace for four points. Conegliano (10-6, 29 points), which is in fourth place, returns to Italian Serie A1 regular season action on Feb. 15 against ninth-place Savino Del Bene Scandicci (7-9, 20 points).
GIBBEMEYER WITH CASALMAGGIORE: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore of the Italian Serie A1 in 2014-15. Casalmaggiore dropped its second match of the Italian Serie A1 Cup quarterfinal round home-and-home series with a 25-22, 25-23, 25-23 loss to Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Feb. 4. Gibbemeyer totaled seven points with five kills on 11 swings and two blocks. Casalmaggiore returned to the Serie A1 regular season with a 16-25, 25-22, 25-13, 25-16 victory over Volley 2002 Forli on Feb. 8. Gibbemeyer punch in 17 points with 11 kills on 23 attacks and six blocks. Third-place Casalmaggiore (12-4, 34 points) resumes the Italian Serie A1 regular season against fifth-place Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (10-5, 26 points) on Feb. 14.
FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio, Instagram) is playing in the Korea V-League with Korea Expressway this winter. Fawcett scored 43 points on Feb. 5 in a 25-18, 20-25, 25-14, 25-22 victory over the Pink Spiders. She notched 36 kills on 43 attacks, a season-high five aces and two blocks in the victory.
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 CEV Champions League action, Volero moves into the Playoffs 12 Round to play France’s RC Cannes, Pool E’s second-place team with a 4-2 record in the League Round, in a home-and-home series with the first match on Feb. 11, followed by a return match on Feb. 19. In the Swiss League, Volero defeated Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen 25-14, 25-13, 25-17 on Feb. 7 to end the regular season with a perfect 18-0 record having lost just six sets over 18 matches.
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 swept Toyota 25-21, 26-24, 25-19 on Feb. 7. Murphy pocketed 14 kills on 46 attacks, two blocks and an ace for 17 points. On the opposite side of the net, American Kanani Danielson tallied six kills in the loss. Ageo had its win streak snapped on Feb. 8 as Okayama prevailed 25-15, 25-20, 25-19. Murphy had 11 kills on 40 attacks in the loss. Ageo (9-8) is still in fourth place despite the weekend split.
PAOLINI WITH HITACHI: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich., Instagram) is playing for Hitachi in the Japan V-League this winter. Hitachi broke its losing streak with a 22-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-17 victory over Okayama on Feb. 7. Paolini produced 20 kills on 33 attacks in the victory. However, Hitachi could not pull the weekend sweep after falling to Toyota 25-21, 25-22, 25-21 on Feb. 8. Paolini was credited with 15 kills on 28 attacks and two blocks for 17 points in the loss. Hitachi is in sixth place with a 6-11 record.
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 CEV Champions League Pool D, Eczacibasi faces Agel Prostejov in the Playoff 12 home-and-home series on Feb. 10 and Feb. 18. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi lost to Fenerbahce 27-25, 25-20, 25-15 on Feb. 6. Larson-Burbach tallied six kills on 23 attacks with a 62 positive reception percent on 21 chances in the loss. Eczacibasi falls into third place with 40 points and will play 11th-place Besiktas on Feb. 14.
HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. Fenerbahce, the only team to go undefeated in CEV Champions League first round, moves into the Playoff 12 to face Germany’s Dresdner in a home-and-home series on Feb. 11 and Feb. 18. In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce came away with an important 27-25, 25-20, 25-15 victory over Eczacibasi on Feb. 6 without Hildebrand in the lineup. Fenerbahce moved into second place with 41 points, three shy of league-leader VakifBank. The two league leaders meet on Feb. 15.
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. In Turkish League action, Ilbank got back into the win column with a 25-19, 26-24, 22-25, 25-22 victory over Nilufer on Feb. 8. Hood notched 24 points with 21 kills on 52 attacks and three aces. Ilbank moved into 10th place with 11 points and will challenge 12th-place Bakirkoy Yesilyurt on Feb. 15 in the next league match.
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 blanked Canakkale 27-25, 25-14, 25-21 on Feb. 8 as Newcombe provided 10 kills on 26 attacks and an ace. She added 21 receptions with a 52 positive percent. Idman Ocagi, now in fifth place with 26 points, takes on seventh-place Sariyer on Feb. 15.
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 French League action RC Cannes overwhelmed Beziers 25-18, 26-24, 25-9 on Feb. 7. Faucette connected for seven kills on 16 chances as Tom and Wopat did not play. RC Cannes (14-1, 43 points) continues the French League on Feb. 14 against 12th-place Hainaut (2-13, 7 points). In CEV Champions League, RC Cannes moves to the Playoffs 12 Round to face Switzerland’s Volero Zurich in a home-and-home series on Feb. 11 and Feb. 19.
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 fell to eighth-place Vannes 22-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18 on Feb. 7. Lichtman charted seven points with five kills and two aces. Davis was 100 percent positive on 22 service receptions. Le Cannet (12-3, 34 points), which remained in second place despite the setback, seeks to get back on the winning side on Feb. 14 against sixth-place Mulhouse (9-6, 27 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. In the German Bundesliga, Dresdner blanked USC Munster 25-11, 25-18, 25-16 on Feb. 4. Kreklow set the team to a 46 kill percent while adding two individual kills on three attacks with two aces. Jackson turned in 12 points with five kills on six errorless attacks and six blocks. American Michelle Bartsch had a match-high 19 points with 14 kills on 23 swings, three blocks and two aces. Dresdner continued its winning ways with a 26-24, 25-13, 26-24 hard-fought victory over VolleyStars Thuringen on Feb. 7. Jackson totaled 12 points with eight kills on 14 attacks, two aces and two blocks. Bartsch had seven points off the bench, while Kreklow was only a sub in the first set. Dresdner (19-0, 54 points) resumes German Bundesliga action on Feb. 9 against VCO Berlin, followed by a Feb. 14 match against Hamburg. In CEV Champions League, Dresdner advances to the CEV Champions League Playoff 12 Round with a home-and-home series against Turkey’s Fenerbahce on Feb. 11 and Feb. 18.
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 was too much for USC Munster on Feb. 8 in a 25-22, 25-18, 25-19 victory in Munster. Miyashiro held a 50 positive reception percent as she handled just two receptions as the libero. Stuttgart (15-4, 47 points), which is in third place, plays second-place Schwerin (16-3, 48 points) on Feb. 10 and Wiesbaden on Feb. 14.
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 lost a heartbreaking 25-19, 29-31, 20-25, 25-16, 15-11 match to Budowlani Lodz on Feb. 8 in the Orlen Liga. Hagglund came off the bench as a reserve in the second set and started the final three sets. She tallied two kills on five attacks in the loss. Impel Wroclaw (13-6, 40 points), still in fourth place in the league standings, meets eighth-place SK Bank Legionovia (6-13, 20 points) on Feb. 11 in the next regular season match.
LLOYD WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif., Instagram) is setting for Lokomotiv Baku this winter in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lokomotiv blanked Telekom 25-13, 36-34, 25-15 on Feb. 7 in the Azerbaijan Super League. Lloyd set her squad to a 45 kill percent while chipping in an ace and block. To view a photo gallery of the match, 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 and the CEV Champions League this club season. Rabita, after a fourth-place League Round finish in the CEV Champions League, falls to the CEV Cup and the Challenge Round where it will face Beziers VB in a home-and-home series on March 3 and a return date before March 12.