Women's Update: Future Preparations

By Bill Kauffman | Feb. 16, 2015, 1:48 p.m. (ET)

Jordan Larson-Burbach helped her club Eczacibasi to a key CEV Champions League victory last week. Another victory places her squad into the Playoff 6 Round and one stage away from the semifinals.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 16, 2015) – The annual U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts take place this weekend in Colorado Springs, while current members of Team USA are competing overseas in the their club season.


  • The U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts, under the direction of head coach Karch Kiraly and his staff, are schedule for Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Approximately 238 athletes representing 93 colleges will take part in the tryout. To watch the live video stream once the tryout starts or for additional information, CLICK HERE.
  • Christa Dietzen (Hopewell Township, Pa.) was honored Feb. 10 with the 79th Annual Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year award in Pittsburgh. For the story, click here
  • Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.) is the cover story in Italian-language iVolleyMagazine’s Feb. 12 edition. The six-page spread plus the cover can be viewed by clicking here with the article starting on page 8.
  • Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) was interviewed on Korea’s KBSN Sports and aired on Feb. 13. To listen to the wide-ranging English-language interview, click here.
  • Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.) took a turn answering JamtheGym.com’s Jamming in 5 Questions series. In one partial response, she said “My own personal growth in the USA gym can be contributed to a combination of failures, successes and relationships that have formed over the years.” To read the full interview, 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. 18 at 6:30 a.m. PT – Eczacibasi (Larson-Burbach) vs. Agel Prostejov - CLICK HERE
  • Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m. PT – Fenerbahce (Hildebrand) vs. Dresdner (Jackson, Kreklow) - CLICK HERE
  • Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. PT – Volero Zurich (Thompson, N. Hagglund) vs. RC Cannes (Faucette) - CLICK HERE

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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 opened the Playoff 12 home-and-home series with RC Cannes by rallying for a 21-25, 25-9, 16-25, 25-17, 15-5 victory on Feb. 11 in France. Thompson set Volero to a 47 kill percent and .336 hitting efficiency in the victory, while adding one block and one individual kill for two points. Volero hosts RC Cannes on Feb. 19 and can advance to the Playoff 6 round with a victory or a Golden Set win if RC Cannes wins the match in five sets. In the Swiss League, Volero begins the playoffs Feb. 22 against Hotel Cristal VFM after ending the regular season with an 18-0 record.

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 held off Denso 25-17, 25-22, 27-29, 25-16 on Feb. 14 to start the weekend off well. Murphy scored 25 kills on 66 attacks in the victory. Ageo completed the weekend sweep with a 25-23, 29-27, 14-25, 25-23 win over Hitachi on Feb. 15. Murphy secured 20 kills on 60 attacks with just two errors in the victory. Ageo, now in fourth place with an 11-8 record, will look to extend its two-match win streak next weekend against fifth-place Toray (9-10) on Feb. 21 and first-place Hisamitsu Springs (16-3) on Feb. 22.

PAOLINI WITH HITACHI: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich., Instagram) is playing for Hitachi in the Japan V-League this winter. Hitachi dropped a 25-23, 27-25, 31-29 tough-luck, three-set match to NEC on Feb. 14. Paolini collected 14 kills on 32 attacks and three blocks for 17 points in the match. Hitachi lost its third straight match with a 25-32, 29-27, 14-25, 25-23 loss to Ageo Medics on Feb. 15. Paolini charted 21 kills on 37 attacks, three blocks and an ace for 25 points. All six of Hitachi’s set losses over the weekend were decided by the minimum two points. Hitachi, holding sixth place in the standings with a 6-13 record, will look to snap its losing streak on Feb. 21 versus first-place Hisamitsu Springs (16-3) followed by fifth-place Toray (9-10) on Feb. 22.

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 overwhelmed Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari 25-19, 25-19, 25-22 on Feb. 15 to maintain its first-place ranking. Hill scored a match-high 18 points with 15 kills on 34 attacks and three blocks. She added an impressive 80 positive reception percent on a team-best 20 chances. Klineman did not play in the match. Novara (15-2, 45 points), maintaining its five-point cushion over second-place LIU JO Modena, takes on ninth-place Savino Del Bene Scandicci (7-10, 20 points) on Feb. 22 in the next regular season match. Outside of the Italian Serie A1 regular season, 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. 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. Conegliano swept ninth-place Savino Del Bene Scandicci 25-21, 25-21, 25-17 on Feb. 15. Hancock was a sub in all three sets, serving seven times in the match. Both Adams and Glass were held out of the lineup. Conegliano (11-6, 32 points), which is in fourth place, returns to Italian Serie A1 regular season action on Feb. 15 against third-place Pomi Casalmaggiore (12-5, 35 points) on Feb. 22. Later in the month Conegliano will face Igor Gorgonzola Novara in the Italian Cup semifinals on Feb. 28 with the winner moving on to the finals on March 1.

GIBBEMEYER WITH CASALMAGGIORE: Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore of the Italian Serie A1 in 2014-15. Casalmaggiore was edged by Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio 25-19, 20-25, 26-24, 22-25, 15-13 on Feb. 15. Gibbemeyer notched 15 points with 10 kills on 21 errorless attacks and five blocks. She added an 80 positive reception percent on five chances. Casalmaggiore (12-5, 35 points), which remained in third place, will be challenged by fourth-place Imoco Volley Conegliano (11-6, 32 points) on Feb. 22.

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 opened the Playoff 12 home-and-home series with Agel Prostejov by winning 18-25, 25-15, 25-14, 25-21 in Czech Republic on Feb. 10. Larson-Burbach scored 16 points via 12 kills on 38 attacks, two aces on 18 serves and two blocks. She added a 60 positive reception percent on 20 chances, 50 percent excellent. While Prostejov led the entire first set, Eczacibasi trailed for just two points the rest of the match. The teams conclude the round on Feb. 18 with Eczacibasi needing a 3-0 win to guarantee a spot in the Playoff 6 round, or a 3-1 win to force a golden set. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi topped 11th-place Besiktas 25-17, 25-19, 25-19 to bounce back from last week’s loss to Fenerahce. Larson-Burbach started the first two sets and provided seven kills on 16 attacks with just one error, a block and an ace for nine points. She held a 78 positive reception percent on a team-leading 23 chances. Eczacibasi, which moves back into second place with a one-point cushion over Fenerbahce, faces ninth-place Canakkale on Feb. 22 in the next Turkish League match.

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, won its opening Playoff 12 Round home-and-home series match with a 25-23, 25-15, 25-15 victory over Dresdner SC on Feb. 11 in Germany. Hildebrand did not play in the match. Fenerbahce hosts Dresdner on Feb. 18 and another victory puts them into the Playoff 6 round. In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce nearly upset league-leader VakifBank before falling 16-25, 25-20, 21-25 25-22, 15-13 on Feb. 15. Hildebrand did not play in the match. Fenerbahce, which slipped to third place with the loss, looks to rebound on Feb. 22 against 10th-place Ilbank.

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. Ilbank won its second straight Turkish League match with a 25-17, 25-23, 25-23 victory over 12th-place Bakirkoy Yesilyurt on Feb. 15. Hood totaled 15 points with 11 kills coming on 23 swings with just one error, three blocks and an ace. She also handled 28 of the team’s 46 service receptions with a 57 positive percent. Ilbank, now in 10th place, challenges third-place Fenerbahce on Feb. 22 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 dropped a 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 match to seventh-place Sariyer on Feb. 15. Newcombe was limited to five points in the loss as she also handled 21 of the team’s 69 service receptions. Idman Ocagi, which falls into a tie for fifth place, seeks to get back in the win column against fourth-place Galatasaray on Feb. 21.

FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio, Instagram) is playing in the Korea V-League with Korea Expressway this winter. Fawcett collected 28 points as Korea Expressway defeated KGC Ginseng 25-16, 25-15, 25-21 on Feb. 10. She pocketed 25 kills on 49 swings, two blocks and an ace. Korea Expressway topped Hyundai Engineering and Construction 25-20, 19-25, 25-23, 25-17 on Feb. 14 Fawcett connected for 36 points via 27 kills on 78 attacks, match-high eight blocks and an ace. Korea Expressway returns to Korea V-League action on Feb. 22 against GS Caltex.

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 dominated last-place Hainaut (2-14, 7 points) 25-18, 25-16, 25-22 on Feb. 14. Faucette totaled seven points with six kills on 12 attacks and a block in starting the first two sets. Wopat collected 11 points six kills on eight swings and a match-high five blocks. RC Cannes (15-1, 63 points) continues the French League on Feb. 21 against 10th-place Terville Florange (4-12, 12 points). In CEV Champions League, RC Cannes lost to Volero Zurich 21-25, 25-9, 16-25, 25-17, 15-5 to open their Playoff 12 home-and-home series on Feb. 11. Tom was a sub in the first two sets and started the final three sets in contributing five points and 20 reception attempts. Faucette started the first two sets but did not score. RC Cannes travels to Zurich for the Feb. 19 rematch and needs a 3-0 or 3-1 win to advance to the Playoff 6 round, or win a Golden Set should they win in five sets.

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 rebounded after last week’s loss in strong fashion in topping sixth-place Mulhouse (9-7, 27 points) 25-23, 26-24, 25-23 on Feb. 14. Lichtman pocketed 14 points with 11 kills on 31 swings and just one attack error to go with two blocks. She chipped in an 86 positive reception percent on a team-leading 22 chances. Davis held an 80 positive reception percent on 15 chances. Le Cannet (13-3, 37 points), with a four-point cushion for second place, seeks to stretch its win streak to two matches on Feb. 20 against 11th-place St. Raphael (3-13, 8 points).

KREKLOW, JACKSON WITH DRESDNER: Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles, Twitter, Instagram) and Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Dresdner SC of the German Bundesliga and in the European (CEV) Champions League. In the German Bundesliga, Dresdner stuffed VCO Berlin 25-15, 25-17, 25-18 on Feb. 9. Kreklow set the team to a 53 kill percent for the match and .395 hitting efficiency. She added two aces and a block in the victory. Jackson secured five kills on eight swings in the victory. American teammate Michelle Bartsch held a match-high 15 points with 12 kills on 16 swings, two aces and a block. Dresdner rallied against VT Aurubis Hamburg 20-25, 25-14, 25-18, 30-28 to remain undefeated in the league. Bartsch charted 24 points with 16 kills on 46 attacks, six blocks and two aces. Kreklow set the team to a 38 kill percent while Jackson had five kills in the victory. On the opposite side of the net, Americans performed well for Hamburg as Sara Shaw tallied 18 points, Dana Cranston had 14 points, Kylin Munoz added nine points and Alexis Olgard notched seven points. As the Bundesliga heads into the final week of the regular season, Dresdner (21-0, 60 points) has third-place Schwerin (17-4, 51 points) on Feb. 21 as the only match standing in its way of an undefeated season. In CEV Champions League, Dresdner lost to Fenerbahce 25-23, 25-15, 25-15 on Feb. 11 in the first of two home-and-home Playoff 12 round matches. Jackson provided seven kills on 13 attacks, while Kreklow set the squad to a 32 kill percent while adding an ace and individual kill for two points. Bartsch chipped in a team-high 11 points, all on kills via 24 swings. Dresdner now must win the rematch in Turkey on Feb. 18 to force a golden set to decide which team advances to the Playoff 6 round.

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 stopped Schwerin 25-18, 19-25, 25-17, 25-23 on Feb. 10. Miyashiro produced a 55 positive reception percent on 20 chances in the victory. American teammate Katherine Harms added 22 points in the victory, while Nichole Lindow collected 13 points. Stuttgart edged VC Wiesbaden 25-14, 17-25, 25-20, 14-25, 15-7 on Feb. 14 as Miyashiro handled 16 receptions with a 62 positive percent. Harms contributed 12 points and Lindow put down 10 points. Stuttgart (17-4, 52 points), in second place with a one-point cushion over third-place Schwerin, closes out the regular season on Feb. 21 against sixth-place Aachen (9-12, 31 points).

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 edged ninth-place SK Bank Legionovia (6-14, 21 points) 25-20, 21-25, 25-13, 21-25, 19-17 on Feb. 11. Hagglund started the third and fourth sets while being a sub in the second and fifth sets. She tallied three aces and a block in her limited action while also serving a total of 13 times. Impel (14-6, 42 points), in fourth place, plays 11th-place PGNiG Nafta Pila (3-17, 10 points) on Feb. 21 in the second to last match of the Polish Orlen Liga regular season.

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 Baku swept Lokomotiv 27-25, 25-16, 25-17 on Feb. 14 in the Azerbaijan Super League. Rabita now is in second place with 24 points, one point behind leader Azeryol. 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.

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 27-25, 25-16, 25-17 on Feb. 14 in the 14th round of the Azerbaijan Super League. With the loss, Lokomotiv falls to third place, one point behind Rabita and two points behind league-leader Azeryol.