Women's Update: Larson-Burbach Does it Again

By Bill Kauffman | May 11, 2015, 10:26 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 11, 2015) – While most of her American teammates started training in Anaheim last week, Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb.) was lifting another team trophy and individual award at the conclusion of the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship in Zurich, Switzerland. For full details, see below.

QUICK HITS:

  • USA Volleyball will hold a unique Red-Blue doubleheader featuring both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Teams playing back-to-back Red-Blue matches on May 15 at Segerstrom High School in Santa Ana, Calif. The U.S. Women will play the opening Red-Blue match at 6 p.m. PT, followed by the U.S. Men at 8 p.m. PT. An autograph session will follow at the conclusion of the men’s match. Admission is $5 to watch both matches. Youth 18 and under are admitted free, as are Starlings Club teams and parents. The doubleheader will be the first public Red-Blue matches for both programs in 2015. The U.S. Women, ranked No. 1 in the world by FIVB, is coming off winning the 2014 FIVB World Championship. The U.S. Men, ranked No. 5 in the world, is preparing to defend their FIVB World League title won in 2014.
  • 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, click here.
  • 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.

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. She wrapped up her club season in high style as she led Eczacibasi to the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship title and pulled in the most valuable player award – just a little over a month after pacing Eczacibasi to the European CEV Champions League title and garnering the most valuable player award in that event. Larson-Burbach was awarded $30,000 for being selected the FIVB Club World Championship most valuable player.

In the championship match, Larson-Burbach scored a team-best 20 points with 15 kills on 36 attacks, three aces and two blocks in leading Eczacibasi to a 25-16, 25-21, 24-26, 25-19 victory over Russia’s Dinamo Krasnodar on May 10. She added nine digs and 11 excellent receptions on 14 chances. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. To view a photo gallery of the award ceremony, click here.

“I’m exhausted,” Larson-Burbach said following the gold-medal match victory. “We left everything on the court today and I’m very proud of the team. We didn’t start the week well, but we got better and better. It wasn’t an easy game. They are a good team with a big block. This is just a reflection of all the hard work we’ve put in. Our coach did a great job. Winning the MVP is a great end to a perfect year. I’ve got 10 days off, and then it’s back to the national team, looking towards qualifying for the Olympics.”

In a span of about one year, Larson-Burbach has a trophy case full of gold medals as she helped Team USA to win its first-ever FIVB World Championship in October 2014 to go with two gold medals in consecutive CEV Champions League club seasons. She also helped Russia’s Dinamo Kazan win the 2014 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship to make it two gold medals in a row with two different teams.

Eczacibasi got off to a rough start in the tournament with a 12-25, 28-16, 25-20, 19-25, 15-11 loss to Japan’s Hisamitsu Springs in the opening Pool B match on May 6. Larson-Burbach scored a team-high 17 points, all on kills via 42 swings. Eczasibasi bounced back to defeat Krasnodar 25-22, 26-24, 25-19 on May 7 to win Pool B. Larson-Burbach contributed seven kills on 27 attempts, four aces and three blocks for 14 points.

Eczacibasi advanced to the championship match after defeating host 25-17, 25-22, 18-25, 34-32 in a protracted four-set semifinal victory. Larson-Burbach secured 19 points with 17 kills on 35 attacks and two blocks. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. To watch a post-match video interview with Larson-Burbach, click here.

Larson-Burbach finished the tournament ranking second in Best Server (0.44 aces per set), second in Best Receiver (67.5 percent efficiency), third in Best Scorer (70 points), fifth in Best Spiker (40.0 kill percent), sixth in digs per set (3.19) and 12th in Best Blocker (0.44 blocks per set).

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, hosted the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship May 6-10 in Zurich and collected the bronze medal. In the opening match of pool play, Volero overcame an opening set loss to defeat Dominican Republic’s Mirador 20-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-15 on May 6. Thompson scored two aces and a kill for three points while adding eight digs and 23 running sets leading to a 47.2 kill percent and .330 hitting efficiency. However, Brazil’s Rexona Ades won the final pool match with a thrilling 30-28, 25-22, 33-35, 25-22 four-set victory on May 7. Thompson, who had one ace in the scoring column, totaled 13 digs and 14 running sets in leading Volero to a 38.0 kill percent. In the semifinals, Volero could not overcome an early two-set deficit to eventual tournament winner Eczacibasi in a 25-17, 25-22, 18-25, 34-32 loss on May 9. Thompson served one ace in the loss and set Volero to a 40.7 kill percent with six running sets. In the bronze-medal match, Volero got revenge over its pool play loss to Rexona Ades with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-18 victory. Thompson set Volero to a 49.0 kill percent and .408 hitting efficiency with seven running sets and 72 total set attempts to go with one ace and three digs. “I’m so proud of my team,” said Thompson, who is Volero’s captain. “We showed a lot of character today. We might have given up in the past. Getting a medal is really special, and something Volero haven’t done before. We didn’t want to end the season with the bad taste of yesterday’s defeat in our mouths. Our libero Silvija was amazing today and my team is just the best passers. It makes my job great fun.”

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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, the Italian League playoffs’ top-seed, lost to second-seed Pomi Casalmaggiore 20-25, 31-29, 25-21, 25-18 on May 5 to have its best-of-five championship round series knotted at one match each. Klineman provided her share of offense with 24 points via 18 kills on 49 attacks and a team-high four blocks and two aces. She added a 63 positive reception percent on 27 chances. Hill added 15 points with 13 kills on 36 attacks and two blocks. She chipped in a 73 positive reception percent on a team-leading 37 chances. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Novara answered the loss with a 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17 home victory on May 9 to take a 2-1 series advantage. Klineman collected 16 kills on 34 attacks, two blocks and an ace for 19 points. Hill charted 13 kills on 25 swings with just one hitting error to go with a block for 14 points. She was stellar passing during the evening with an 81 positive reception percent on a team-best 26 attempts. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Novara will travel to Casalmaggiore’s home venue on May 12 to try to close out the series. If necessary, the deciding fifth match will be played on May 16 at Novara.

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, evened its best-of-five championship round series with top-seed Igor Gorgonzola Novara following a 20-25, 31-29, 25-21, 25-18 come-from-behind victory on May 5. Gibbemeyer pocketed seven kills on 18 attacks with just one error in the victory. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. However, Novara forged back into the series lead with a 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17 victory on May 9 in Novara. Gibbemeyer tallied a team-best 16 points with 13 kills on 22 attacks and three blocks in the loss. To view a photo gallery of the match, click here. Casalmaggiore will look to even the series again on May 12 at home to send the series to a deciding fifth match on May 16.

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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, captured the French League playoff title by rallying from two-sets down against second-seed Le Cannet to win 23-25, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23, 15-10 on May 9 in the winner-take-all match. Le Cannet seemed on the verge of winning the match after holding a 21-17 lead in the fourth set, but RC Cannes raced back to score eight of the final 10 points. Faucette scored a match-high 25 points with 20 kills on 35 swings, four aces and a block. Tom, who started the first two sets and was a sub in the final two sets, recorded three points in the victory.

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, led top-seed RC Cannes 25-23, 25-21 after the first two sets in the winner-take-all playoff final on May 9. However, RC Cannes battled back to win the third set 25-16 and rallied from a 21-17 deficit in the fourth set to win 25-23. That momentum led RC Cannes to a 15-10 victory in the tiebreaker. Lichtman scored 14 points, all on kills via 48 attacks in the loss. She added a 58 positive reception percent on a team-leading 33 reception chances. Davis held an 81 percent positive reception on 27 chances.