Women's Update: Building Pipeline

By Bill Kauffman | Feb. 23, 2015, 12:02 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 23, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly deemed this past weekend’s National Team Open Tryout a success, while several current members of Team USA continue to have success with their club teams overseas.

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  • A total of 229 athletes from 92 colleges showed their skills during the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts with its head coach Karch Kiraly directing the process. At the conclusion of the three-day event, he said this was a successful tryout in “trying to identify talent and keep pushing them up through the pipeline and to the top of the pyramid.” For more details on the tryout, click here.
  • Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.), who took part in the 2013 U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts and went on to win the most valuable player at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship, took part in a Google+ Hangout with participants in this year’s Open Tryout that took place this past weekend. To watch the Hangout, click here.

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 swept the Playoff 12 home-and-home series following a 25-14, 25-20, 25-27, 27-25 victory on Feb. 19 in Switzerland. Thompson set the team to a 41 kill percent while adding an impressive four blocks, one ace and one kill for six individual points. After the match, Thompson said “It was an incredible first set. My strikers did an amazing job – just a dream for a setter. Furthermore, we could count on our blocking game today. I think this was the key. Now it’s time to prepare for the big challenge versus Eczacibasi VitrA. We are ready for them.” For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Volero advances to meets Turkey’s Eczacibasi in the home-and-home Playoff 6 Round series with dates to be determined. The winner of the Playoff 6 Round advances to the semifinals on April 4. In the Swiss League, Volero began the playoffs with a 25-19, 22-25, 25-12, 25-20 victory over Hotel Cristal VFM on Feb. 22. Volero plays Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen (1-1) on Feb. 25, followed by a Feb. 26 match against Volley Koniz (2-0).

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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 swept both matches of the CEV Champions League Playoff 12 home-and-home series against Agel Prostejov with a 25-14, 25-14, 25-19 capping the round on Feb. 18 to advance to the Playoff 6 home-and-home series. Larson-Burbach started just the first two sets, notching nine kills on 16 attacks with just one error, two blocks and two aces on eight serves for 12 points. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Eczacibasi moves on to the Playoff 6 home-and-home series and will challenge Switzerland’s Volero Zurich. Dates for the two matches have yet to be announced. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi blanked ninth-place Canakkale 25-16, 25-16, 25-22 on Feb. 22. Larson-Burbach started the first two sets and scored 10 points with eight kills on 13 attacks, one block and one ace. She added a 100 percent positive reception percent. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Eczacibasi, in second place and three points behind league-leader VakifBank, plays seventh-place Sariyer on Feb. 28.

HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. Fenerbahce advanced to the CEV Champions League Playoff 6 Round despite falling to Dresdner SC 24-26, 26-24, 25-19, 18-25, 15-13 on Feb. 18 in the second of two home-and-home series matches in the Playoff 12 Round. Last week Fenerbahce swept Dresdner and advanced to the next round based on series points. Hildebrand started the first set and subbed the next two sets, compiling two kills and an ace. The loss was Fenerbahce’s first in the 2014-15 CEV Champions League after going 6-0 in the League Round and winning the first Playoff 12 match. Fenerbahce will now face national rival VakifBank in the Playoff 6 home-and-home series with dates to be determined. In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce swept Ilbank 25-16, 25-18, 25-21 on Feb. 22. Hildebrand was not on the active roster for the match. Fenerbahce, in third place and one point out of second-place Eczacibasi, challenges last-place Bakirkoy Yesilyurt on March 1.

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 had its two-match Turkish League win streak snapped on Feb. 22 as Fenerbahce won 25-16, 25-18, 25-21. Hood scored three kills and a block in the loss. Ilbank, in 10th place with 14 points, plays 11th-place Besiktas on March 1 in the next Turkish League round.

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 was dealt a 25-18, 18-25, 25-19, 25-20 loss by fourth-place Galatasaray on Feb. 21. Newcombe pocketed 14 points with 13 kills on 31 attacks and a block. She added an impressive 100 percent positive reception percent (77 excellent percent) on 13 chances. Idman Ocagi falls to sixth-place and will face fifth-place Nilufer on March 1.

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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 rallied to defeat Savino Del Bene Scandicci 26-24, 21-25, 29-31, 25-14, 15-12 on Feb. 22. Hill tallied 16 points with 13 kills on 31 attacks, two aces and a block while adding a 62 positive reception percent on 34 chances. Klineman, who started the third set after subbing the first two sets, added five kills on 10 attacks and a block for six points. Novara (16-2, 47 points) takes on second-place Liu Jo Modena (13-5, 41 points) on March 8 in its 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 lost to third-place Pomi Casalmaggiore 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23 on Feb. 22. Glass returned to the lineup from an injury, subbing in the first set and starting the final three. She led Conegliano to a 50.5 kill percent in her three set starts while adding a kill, block and ace for three individual points. Meanwhile, Adams was not on the active roster for the match. Conegliano (11-7, 32 points), which is in fourth place, returns to Italian Serie A1 regular season action on March 8 against 11th-place Volley 2002 Forli (1-17, 5 points). This weekend 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 earned a big 25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23 victory over fourth-place Conegliano on Feb. 22. Gibbemeyer turned in 15 points with 11 kills on 20 attacks with just one error to go with four blocks and a 67 positive reception percent on three chances. Casalmaggiore (13-5, 38 points), now with a six-point lead over fourth-place Piacenza and Conegliano, plays last place Zeta System Urbino Volley (1-16, 4 points) on March 8 in the next league match.

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 had its two-match win streak snapped on Feb. 21 with a 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-18 loss to Hisamitsu Springs. Murphy provided 23 kills on 54 attacks and one block in the setback. Ageo came back to defeat regular season champion Hisamitsu Springs 25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 25-23 the following day. Murphy collected 21 kills on 63 attacks and three aces for 24 points. Ageo finished the regular season in fourth place with 12 wins.

PAOLINI WITH HITACHI: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich., Instagram) is playing for Hitachi in the Japan V-League this winter. Hitachi lost to Hisamitsu Springs 25-22, 25-19, 25-17 on Feb. 21. Paolini pocketed 14 kills on 27 swings in the loss. Hitachi bounced back to handle Toray 25-20, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18 on Feb. 22. Paolini recorded 11 kills on 27 attacks without an error and one ace for 12 points in the victory. With the victory, Hitachi ended the regular season in sixth place with seven wins and 22 points and avoiding the V-League Challenge matches for possible demotion for next season. Hitachi edged out Denso and Toyota, who each had 20 points.

FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio, Instagram) is playing in the Korea V-League with Korea Expressway this winter. Korea Expressway raced by GS Caltex 25-20, 25-22, 25-19 on Feb. 22 in its only league match of the week. Fawcett was credited with 26 points, all coming on kills via 50 swings. Korea Expressway plays IBK Altos on Feb. 25 in its lone match next week.

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 Terville Florange 25-14, 25-20, 25-12 on Feb. 21. Faucette tallied a team-best 14 points with 13 kills on 23 attacks and a block. Wopat added 10 kills on 14 errorless swings, two aces and a block for 13 points. RC Cannes (16-1, 66 points) continues the French League on Feb. 28 against seventh-place Venelles (7-10, 25 points). In CEV Champions League, RC Cannes lost to RC Cannes for the second time in the Playoff 12 home-and-home series with a 25-14, 25-20, 25-27, 27-25 setback on Feb. 19. Faucette started the first two sets and scored two kills. Tom added 15 points scored via 13 kills on 38 swings, one block and one ace. Wopat started the final three sets and tallied four kills on 11 attacks.

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 won its second straight league match with a 25-7, 25-14, 25-20 victory over St. Raphael on Feb. 20. Lichtman was credited with six kills on 15 swings and two aces for eight points. Davis was 63 percent positive on eight service receptions in the victory. Le Cannet (14-3, 40 points), with a five-point cushion for second place, seeks to stretch its win streak to three matches on Feb. 28 against ninth-place Istres (5-12, 14 points).

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 and in the European (CEV) Champions League. In the German Bundesliga, Dresdner lost for the first time in the regular season finale, a 25-18, 25-19, 17-25, 24-26, 15-13 loss to Schwerin on Feb. 21. Jackson scored 16 points with 13 kills on 20 attacks and three aces. Kreklow set the team to a 42 kill percent while adding an individual kill and block. American teammate Michelle Bartsch totaled 19 points with 17 kills on 40 swings, one block and one ace. Dresdner (21-1), the top seed in the tournament, awaits its quarterfinal round playoff opponent as it plays again March 14-22 in a best-of-three series to advance to the semifinals. In CEV Champions League, Dresdner defeated Fenerbahce 24-26, 26-24, 25-19, 18-25, 15-13 on Feb. 18. However, Dresdner did not advance out of the Playoff 12 Round as it lost to Fenerbahce in three sets in the first match of the home-and-home series. Fenerbahce was 7-0 in the current CEV season. Jackson contributed 15 points with 12 kills on 21 attack with just one error, two blocks and an ace. Kreklow set the team to a 41 kill percent. Bartsch turned in a team-high 24 points with 22 kills, one block and one ace to go with a 53 positive reception percent on 32 chances.

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 closed out the regular season with a 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-20 victory over Aachen on Feb. 21. Miyashiro handled 19 service receptions with a 68 positive percent. Stuttgart, the number-two seed in the playoffs, awaits its quarterfinal round opponent for the best-of-three series taking place March 14-22.

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 topped 11th-place PGNiG Nafta Pila 25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17 on Feb. 21. Hagglund was a sub in the first three sets, but did not register a point. Impel (15-6, 45 points), in fourth place, closes the regulars season out against ninth-place KSZO Ostrowiec (7-14, 22 points) on March 2. Impel could leap-frog third-place Polski Cukier Muszynianka (16-5, 47 points) with a three-point win and Polski loss to 10th-place Developres SkyRes Rzeszow in three or four sets.

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 blanked Telekom 25-12, 25-15, 25-22 on Feb. 21 as Dixon scored six points. With the victory, Rabita moves back into first place in the Azerbaijan Super League with a two-point cushion on 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 was idle in the Super League this past week.