Women's Update: Coaching and Showcases

By Bill Kauffman | Jan. 19, 2015, 2:42 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 19, 2015) – Among the highlights last week for the U.S. Women’s National Team program included the second of two USA Volleyball Collegiate All-Star Showcases, key first-round CEV Champions League matches that Team USA members competed in for their professional clubs and big news regarding Alisha Glass’ first coach earning a prestigious national honor. For details, read the full U.S. Women’s National Team Weekly Update below.


  • In the second and final USA Volleyball Collegiate All-Star Showcase on Jan. 16 in Seal Beach, Calif., Karsta Lowe (UCLA) provided the offensive firepower with a match-high 11 kills to go with three blocks, one ace and five digs. Haleigh Washington (Penn State) added 12 points eight kills on a .400 hitting efficiency and a match-high four blocks. Jennifer Hamson (BYU) contributed nine kills in the contest. Lexi Dannemiller (Michigan) was credited with 23 assists and three aces, while Madi Bugg (Stanford) turned in 19 assists. Falyn Fonoimoana contributed 23 digs, a 43 percent on passing and eight points. Kori Moster (Michigan State) held a 43 positive reception percent on seven chances to go with six digs, while Kayla Banwarth added a match-high nine digs. Macey Gardner (Arizona State) totaled three aces and a match-high 26 reception attempts with a 46 positive percent.
  • For the combined two USA Volleyball Collegiate All-Star Showcases, Karsta Lowe (UCLA) was the leading scorer with 28 points and hit .372 for the two matches. Falyn Fonoimoana recorded 23 points and added a 59 positive reception percent. Haleigh Washington (Penn State) hit .455 for the two contests with 13 kills and 19 total points. Alaysia Brown (San Diego) chipped in 16 points with a .417 hitting efficiency to go with four blocks. Lexi Dannemiller (Michigan) had 58 assists and a leading five aces and 11 digs. To watch a replay of the first Collegiate All-Star Showcase match, click here.
  • Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich.) has received great coaching from her time with Penn State, the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline and the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Now, her first coach and now mother, Laurie, has been recognized as the NFHS Coaches Association Volleyball Coach of the Year. According to Alisha, “(My mom) really goes above and beyond, she helps her girls in more ways than just volleyball. She finds out what they need most as a person and helps create an environment to help them grow. She challenges them to hold themselves to a higher standard, to set goals, to have dreams. She's there for them when life is tough and she provides a support system outside their family. She gets the most out of her players. She assesses her team’s strengths and weaknesses and finds a way to highlight those strengths and we ended up beating people who we had no business beating because she had such a great plan.” To read the full story, click here.
  • Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) shared her thoughts with USA Volleyball sponsor Liberty Mutual Insurance and its Play Positive campaign on how her dad would help her prepare for match situations in a video interview. To watch the video, click here

LIVE VIDEO STREAM MATCHES THIS WEEK: Several U.S. Women’s National Team members will be competing in CEV Champions League this week with matches streamed live on laola1.tv.

  • Jan. 21 at 6 a.m. PT: Fenerbahce (with Hildebrand) vs. Azeryol Baku - CLICK HERE
  • Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. PT: Dresdner (with Jackson, Kreklow, Bartsch) vs. LP Salo - CLICK HERE
  • Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. PT: RC Cannes (with Faucette, Tom, Wopat) vs. Paritzan Vizura Beograd - CLICK HERE
  • Jan. 22 at 7 a.m. PT: Eczacibasi (with Larson-Burbach) vs. Impel Wroclaw (with J. Hagglund) - CLICK HERE
  • Jan. 22 at 8 a.m. PT: Rabita Baku (with Akinradewo, Dixon) vs. Dinamo Kazan - CLICK HERE
  • Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. PT: Volero Zurich (with Thompson, N. Hagglund) vs. Omichka Omsk - 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 Zurich avenged an earlier loss to Eczacibasi by defeating its Turkish counterpart 25-23, 25-22, 25-16 on Jan. 13 to improve to 3-1 Pool D. Thompson set Volero to a 54 kill percent and .418 hitting efficiency for the match. She had three individual kills on three attempts in the victory. Thompson said “This was our best match since the start of the season. We come together and celebrated every point. We are very happy that we won so smoothly.” Volero, which remains one point (9-8) behind Eczacibasi for the Pool D leadership, plays Poland’s Impel Wroclaw in its next CEV Champions League match. Volero remained undefeated in the Swiss League at 14-0 following a 25-13, 25-22, 25-13 victory over fourth-place Hotel Cristal VFM on Jan. 17. Volero seeks to remain undefeated when it is tested on Jan. 24 against third-place Sagres NUC I (9-5, 25 points).

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 downed Agel Prostejov 25-21, 25-12, 23-25, 25-15 on Jan. 15 in CEV Champions League Pool A. Akinradewo tallied 16 points with nine kills on 13 attacks, six blocks and an ace. For her efforts, she was named to Laola1TV’s CEV Dream Team of the Week. For a video highlight of her performance, visit http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/video/leg-4-dream-team-of-the-week/282569.html. In the same match, Dixon notched 10 points with eight kills on 12 errorless attacks and two blocks. Rabita is now 2-2 and in third place in Pool A heading into its Jan. 22 match versus Dinamo Kazan.

LLOYD WITH LOKOMOTIV BAKU: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif., Instagram) is setting for Lokomotiv Baku this winter in the Azerbaijan Super League. In the CEV Cup, Lokomotiv powered past Russia’s Dinamo Krasnodar with a 25-22, 25-18, 25-22 victory on Jan. 14 to start the 4th Final Round home-and-home series. Lloyd set the squad to a 45 kill percent and .269 hitting efficiency in the victory while adding four blocks, one ace and a kill for six points. Lokomotiv needs just one set in the return match on Jan. 20 to advance to the next round.

FAWCETT WITH KOREA EXPRESSWAY: Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio, Instagram) is playing in the Korea V-League with Korea Expressway this winter. Fawcett collected 27 points in Korea Expressway’s 25-19, 25-14, 25-21 victory over Heungkuk Pink Spiders on Jan. 13. She was credited with 25 kills on 52 attempts in the win, along with two blocks. For video highlights of Fawcett playing Heungkuk, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr4JxnIjgOg. On Jan. 19, Korea Expressway rallied to defeat GS Caltex 22-25, 25-21, 24-26, 25-17, 15-12. Fawcett totaled a team-high 36 points with 35 kills on 94 attacks. On the other side of the net, American Haley Eckerman scored a match-high 42 points in the loss, which included 40 kills on 96 attacks. To watch a video highlight of Fawcett from the Korea V-League, click here. In other news, Fawcett was selected to play in the Korean V-League All-Star match slated for Jan. 25.

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. In the opening match of its CEV Cup 4th Final Round, Conegliano dispatched Poland’s PGE Atom Trefl Sopot 25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 25-13 on Jan. 14. Adams turned in seven points in the victory, including three aces, three kills on seven attacks and a block. Glass remained sidelined with an injury. On the opposite side of the net, American Brittnee Cooper scored eight points coming off the bench to start the final three sets. Conegliano looks to sweep the home-and-home series with Atom Trefl Sopot as the teams meet again on Jan. 22. Conegliano rallied to defeat Zeta System Urbino (1-13, 4 points) 25-18, 19-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-10 as Hancock helped provide the spark in starting the final two sets. Adams scored eight points with five kills on 11 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Hancock totaled two points with a kill and ace. She set Conegliano to a .339 hitting efficiency in the final two sets. Conegliano (9-5, 26 points), which dropped into a tie for fourth place, returns to Italian Serie A1 action on Jan. 25 against seventh-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (7-7, 23 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 swept Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (6-8, 19 points) 25-20, 25-23, 25-16 on Jan. 18 to improve to 10-4 with 29 points. Gibbemyer contributed seven points with four kills on nine attacks, two aces and a block in the victory. Casalmaggiore, which remains in third place, travels to 10th-place Il Bisonte Firenze (4-10, 14 points) on Jan. 26 in its next Italian Serie A1 match.

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 was handed a 22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 15-9 loss to Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio on Jan. 18. Hill notched 17 points, all kills coming via 44 attacks. She added a 90 positive reception percent on 40 of the team’s 86 service receptions. Klineman tacked on 13 points with 12 kills and a block while having a 63 positive reception on 19 chances. Novara (12-2, 36 points), which remains in first place with a five-point cushion over second-place LIU JO Modena (10-4, 31 points), looks to avoid a two-match losing streak as it meets up with 12th-place Zeta System Urbino Volley (1-13, 4 points) on Jan. 24. Novara started its CEV Challenge Cup 8th Final Round home-and-home series with a 25-21, 25-17, 22-25, 25-16 loss on Jan. 14 away from its home gym. Neither Hill or Klineman traveled for the match. Novara now is under pressure to win the second match either 3-0 or 3-1 (with better point ratio) of the series on Jan. 21 to advance to the next round.

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 rallied to defeat Tauron Banimex MKS Dabrowa Gornicza 23-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-18 on Jan. 17. Hagglund was a sub in the first and fourth sets, providing one ace on four serves. On the opposite side of the net, American Gina Mancuso totaled seven points with six kills and a block to go with 23 service receptions. Impel Wroclaw (11-5, 33 pionts), which remains in fifth place, moves into Orlen Liga 17th round on Jan. 26 against fourth-place BKS Aluprof Bielsko-Biala (11-5, 34 points). In CEV Champions League action, Impel Wroclaw continues to search for its first Pool D victory after falling to Russia’s Omichka Omsk 25-14, 25-23, 24-26, 25-21 on Jan. 14. Hagglund did not suit for the match. Impel Wroclaw (0-4) seeks to break its four-match losing streak on Jan. 22 against Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, which leads Pool D with a 3-1 record and nine points.

DAVIS, LICTHMAN 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. LeCannet lost to AON Pannaxiakos Naxos 25-23, 25-23, 25-22 to start its CEV Challenge Cup 8th Final Round home-and-home series on Jan. 13. Lichtman scored nine kills on 26 attacks with three aces for 12 points in the loss. She added 23 service receptions with a 43 positive percent and just one error. Davis had a 64 positive reception percent on 14 chances. Le Cannet now must defeat AON Pannaxiakos Naxos in three sets on Jan. 21 for a chance to move on to the next round. In the French League, Le Cannet could not overcome league-leader in a 17-25, 25-23, 30-28, 25-23 loss on Jan. 17. Lichtman pocketed 12 points with nine kills, two blocks and an ace while being credited with a 61 positive reception percent on 18 chances. Davis was 69 percent positive on a team-leading 36 reception chances. Le Cannet (10-2, 28 points), which remains in second place despite the loss, takes on 12th-place Hainaut (1-11, 4 points) on Jan. 24 in the next league match.

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 CEV Champions League, RC Cannes took its first loss in Pool E following a 25-11, 25-22, 25-12 loss to Turkey’s VakifBank Istanbul on Jan. 13. Tom scored seven points in the loss while handling 14 service receptions with a 43 positive percent. Faucette did not play. RC Cannes (3-1, 7 points), which falls into second place in Pool E, looks to avoid a two-match losing streak on Jan. 21 as it faces Partizan Vizura Beograd. RC Cannes rallied past Le Cannet in a battle of the top two teams in the French League following a 17-25, 25-13, 30-28, 25-23 victory on Jan. 17. Tom scored nine points with a 64 positive reception percent as both Faucette and Wopat did not play. RC Cannes (11-1, 34 points), now with a six-point cushion over Le Cannet in the league standings, plays 10th-place Istres (3-9, 8 points) on Jan. 24 in the next French League match.

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 CEV Champions League, Dresdner absorbed its second straight loss to Italy’s Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-20 setback on Jan. 14. Jackson converted seven kills on 10 attacks in the loss. Kreklow set Dresdner to a 35 kill percent while adding one individual ace. Dresdner (2-2), in third-place in Pool C, looks to break its two-match CEV Champions League losing streak against LP Salo on Jan. 21. In the German Bundesliga, Dresdner was idle and maintains a 15-0 mark in the league with 42 points, nine points ahead of second-place Schweriner. Dresder resumes German Bundesliga action on Jan. 25 against Aachen.

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 held off VT Aurubis Hamburg 25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 25-15 on Jan. 14 as Miyashiro handled 19 service receptions with a 42 positive percent and just one error. American teammate Heather Meyers totaled 13 points in the victory, while Nichole Lindow and Katherine Harms added seven points each. On the opposite side of the court Americans Sara Shaw, Alexis Olgard and Kylin Munoz scored 12, nine and seven points, respectively. Stuttgart (11-4, 35 points) continues to reside in second place in the German Bundesliga prior to its Jan. 24 match with VCO Berlin.

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 took its first loss of the season with a 25-23, 25-22, 25-16 setback to Switzerland’s Volero Zurich on Jan. 13. Larson-Burbach recorded seven kills in the loss. Eczacibasi (4-1), which remains in first place in Pool D with a 9-8 point advantage over Volero, challenges Poland’s Impel Wroclaw (0-4) on Jan. 22 in its next first-round match. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi edged league-leader VakifBank 25-19, 25-16, 17-25, 20-25, 15-7 on Jan. 18. Larson-Burbach contributed 11 points in the victory with nine kills, one block and one ace. She handled 37 of the team’s 81 receptions with a 43 positive percent. With the win, Eczacibasi pulls to within one point of VakifBank for first place and now faces 10th-place Ilbank on Jan. 25 in its next Turkish League match.

HILDEBRAND WITH FENERBAHCE: Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Fenerbahce of the Turkish League this winter. In CEV Champions League action, Fenerbahce remained undefeated in four Pool B matches after sweeping Nantes 25-15, 25-14, 25-14 on Jan. 14. Hildebrand did not see action in the match. Fenerbahce resumes CEV action on Jan. 21 against second-place Azeryol Baku (3-1). In the Turkish League, Fenerbahce blanked Galatasaray 25-19, 25-20, 27-25 on Jan. 18 as Hildebrand did not suit for the match. Fenerbahce, in third place with 32 points and just three points out of first place, challenges fifth-place Idman Ocagi on Jan. 25 in the next league contest.

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 CEV Challenge Cup action, Ilbank lost to Russia’s Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg 25-22, 25-20, 25-17 on Jan. 14 to start its 8th Final Round home-and-home series. Hood totaled nine points with seven kills, one ace and a block to go with a 67 positive reception percent on 15 chances. Ilbank now must defeat Uralochka in three sets in Russia for a chance to advance to the next round. In Turkish League action, Ilbank rallied to defeat Bursa B.Sehir Bld. 24-26, 25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 17-15 on Jan. 18. Hood amassed 21 points with 19 kills on 58 attacks and two blocks. She added a 61 positive reception percent on 23 attempts. Ilbank, in 10th place in the league, returns to action on Jan. 25 against second-place Eczacibasi.

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 came back from a slow start to stop Bakirkoy Bld. Yesilyurt 23-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-18 on Jan. 18. Newcombe contributed 12 points with 10 kills on 27 attacks and two blocks in the victory. She added a 56 positive reception percent on 18 chances. Idman Ocagi, in fifth place with 22 points, has a stiff test ahead on Jan. 25 as it faces third-place Fenerbahce.

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 claimed a 25-19, 19-25, 31-29, 21-25, 15-10 victory over seventh-place Toyota on Jan. 17. Murphy collected 36 kills on 83 attacks, one block and one ace for 38 points. Ageo earned its second victory over the weekend with a 25-16, 26-24, 25-27, 25-17 victory over second-place Okayama on Jan. 18. Murphy pocketed 23 kills on 67 attacks and one block for 24 points. Ageo is now in fifth place with a 5-6 record.

PAOLINI WITH HITACHI: Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich., Instagram) is playing for Hitachi in the Japan V-League this winter. Hitachi dropped a 25-18, 25-19, 25-18 match to Toray on Jan. 17. Paolini charted 10 kills on 21 attacks in the loss. Hitachi came up on the losing end of a 25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 23-25, 16-14 match to Denso on Jan. 18. Paolini secured 16 kills on 42 attacks, two blocks and an ace for 19 points. Hitachi falls to sixth place with a 5-6 record.

WEBSTER WITH PRAIA CLUBE: Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.) is competing for Praia Clube in the Brazilian Superliga this winter. Praia Clube lost to Camponesa/Minas 25-16, 25-13, 25-15 on Jan. 13 in the second half’s second round. Webster was a sub in the first and third sets, and did not score.

OPEN TRYOUTS: The annual U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts will be held Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. A record 245 athletes participated in last year’s tryout, and a similar number is expected in 2015. Athletes eligible to participate are those who have concluded college eligibility, current collegiate athletes born in the years 1987-1997 inclusive and high school athletes born in 1997 or earlier. The tryout will be identifying athletes for the U.S. Women’s National Team Program, the U.S. Collegiate National Team and the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team (athletes born in 1996 and 1997). The tryout fee is $225, which includes housing, meals, local transportation and tryout expenses. For athletes not staying at the OTC, the fee is $150. For additional details and how to register for the tryout, click here.