Women's Update: Tickets Going Fast, Karch Honored

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Nov. 16, 2015, 11:31 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 16, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will be heading to Lincoln, Neb., to start 2016 with the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament. Before that all important tournament with an Olympic berth at stake and tickets going fast to watch the three-day event Jan. 7-9, U.S. head coach will have a court named in his honor this weekend and a near majority of Team USA players are busy overseas with their club teams. For details, read the Weekly Update below.

KARCH TO HAVE COURT NAMED IN HIS HONOR: On the sands that spawned his immense volleyball talent, U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly will have a court named in his honor on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. Former teammates, coaches and his family and friends will be present to dedicate the “Karch Kiraly Court” on center stage at East Beach in Santa Barbara, Calif., to celebrate the four decades of his volleyball career, both indoor and outdoor. Kiraly represents the proudest product of the Santa Barbara volleyball community, both for his lifetime of accomplishments and for the work habits and character he has displayed throughout.

Kiraly learned the game on East Beach with his father Las, in the Santa Barbara High gym with Rick Olmstead, at UCLA with Al Scates -- and has enjoyed success at every level. A CIF title for the Dons, three NCAA Championships for the Bruins, three Olympic Gold medals (two indoor and one beach) for the USA and 148 tournament victories on the beach were enough to earn Kiraly the rare distinction of being named the player of the century by the FIVB. He had won tournaments in 24 of his 28 seasons with 13 different partners.

Now, as coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2012, Kiraly is still earning glories, leading Team USA to the 2014 FIVB World Championship title. And his sights are set on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. His career of hard work, humility and competitive success is a source of deep pride for Santa Barbara residents, and will be celebrated on this court in the decades to come.

RACHAEL ADAMS BLOG: U.S. Women’s National Team middle blocker Rachael Adams blends her writing and knack for personal photography into a captivating blog, which can be found at rachadams.com. A recent entry written on Nov. 5 goes like this: “So, it’s been 26 days since I arrived to Italy to officially start my professional season number four. During those 26 days I’ve played a lot of volleyball, lifted a lot of weights, broke and destroyed my iPhone and Apple sent me a new one, had a lot of tea, met some knew faces and reconnected with some familiar ones, added new words to my Italian vocabulary, seen some new and beautiful things, tried some new foods that were so ridiculously delicious that I had to nibble at it because I didn’t want the experience to end and each bit was followed by “ugh why is this sooooo good?!”, asked about a million Italian how they stay so skinny with all this food when eating and having this amazing food around them, and I’ve have been enjoying the experience and journey one day at a time.” To see the photos that follow her blog, click here.

TICKETS FOR WOMEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFIER ON SALE: Tickets for the 2016 NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament being held Jan. 7-9 in Lincoln, Neb., are now on sale through Ticket Master. The U.S., ranked No. 1 in the world and reigning world champions, will host the four-team round robin with No. 7 Dominican Republic, No. 15 Puerto Rico and No. 16 Canada. The tournament winner will earn NORCECA’s berth into the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For more details, click here.

2016 USAV HP COACHES’ CLINIC HOLDS ALL-STAR CLINICIAN LIST: The 2016 USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic, set for Feb. 4-6 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, will feature an all-star lineup of clinicians with time spent as coaches in the Olympic Games. Karch Kiraly, current head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, will be joined by 2008 U.S. Men’s Olympic Team head coach and 2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic team head coach Hugh McCutcheon, three-time U.S. Olympic Men’s Team head coach Doug Beal and 2000 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team head coach Mick Haley in delivering the theme “Destination: Olympics – Embracing Adversity on the Road to Gold.” For additional details, click here.

THOMPSON WITH BRAZIL’S REXONA ADES: Setter Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash., Twitter, Instagram) has signed to compete for Rexona Ades in the Brazilian Superliga. Rexona opened the regular season with a 25-15, 25-11, 25-11 victory over Renalta Valinhos on Nov. 13. Thompson set the squad to a 45 kill percent and added one ace in the victory. Rexona faces Concilig/Volei Bauru on Nov. 17 in the next Superliga match, followed by a Nov. 19 contest against Sao Bernardo.

KLINEMAN WITH BRAZIL’S PRAIA CLUBE: Opposite Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) is competing for Praia Clube in the Brazilian Superliga this winter. Praia Clube started the Brazilian Superliga with a 25-16, 25-21, 25-21 victory over Sao Cristovao on Nov. 13. Klineman scored a team-tying-high 14 points with 11 kills on 21 attacks, two aces and a block. She added a 36 positive reception percent on a team-best 22 reception chances. Praia Clube seeks to stay undefeated this coming week against Terracap/Brasilia Volei on Nov. 17 and E.C. Pinheiros on Nov. 20.

AKINRADEWO, NATALIE HAGGLUND, VANSANT WITH SWITZERLAND’S VOLERO ZURICH: Middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo (Plantation, Fla., Twitter, Instagram), libero Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) and Krista Vansant (Redlands, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Volero Zurich in the Swiss League as well as the CEV Champions League. In CEV Champions League action, Volero improved to 2-0 with a 27-25, 25-17, 25-14 victory over France’s RC Cannes (0-2) on Nov. 10. Akinradewo totaled six kills on 10 attacks and a block for seven points. Vansant was a sub in the first two sets and started the final set, compiling two kills on seven attacks and a block. Hagglund did not play in the match. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Volero will look to improve to 3-0 in Champions League as its faces second-place Vizura Beograd (1-1) in the third leg of Pool D. Volero improved to 5-0 in the Swiss League after cruising past seventh-place VBC Cheseaux 25-10, 25-19, 25-12 on Nov. 14. Volero faces second-place Volley Koniz (4-1, 14 points) on Nov. 21.

GIBBEMEYER, LLOYD WITH ITALY’S POMI CASALMAGGIORE: Middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) and setter Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif., Instagram), the MVP of the Pan American Games, are playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore of the Italian Serie A1 league this winter and the CEV Champions League. In CEV Champions League action on Nov. 11, Casalmaggiore nearly overcame a 2-0 deficit to Poland’s Chemik Police (2-0) before falling 25-16, 25-23, 23-25, 19-25, 15-12. Gibbemeyer charted 10 points with five kills on 16 attacks and a team-high five blocks. Lloyd set Casalmaggiore to a 31 team kill percent while adding a block. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Casalmaggiore, now 1-1 in Pool C, returns to Champions League action on Nov. 25 against last-place Agel Prostejov (0-2). In the Italian Serie A1, Pomi Casalmaggiore defeated then-second-place and undefeated Igor Gorgonzola Novara (4-1, 12 points) 25-22, 25-13, 25-19 on Nov. 14. Gibbemeyer stroked seven kills on nine errorless attacks to go with a block for eight points. Lloyd set Casalmaggiore to a 37 kill percent while adding three blocks and one individual kill on three errorless attacks for four points. Casalmaggiore (4-1, 13 points), in second place and one point out of first place, returns to the Italian Serie A1 on Nov. 22 against eighth-place Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (3-3, 9 points).

GLASS, ROBINSON, EASY, ADAMS ALL WITH ITALY’S IMOCO CONEGLIANO: Setter Alisha Glass (Leland, Mich., Twitter, Instagram), the 2013 and 2014 USA Volleyball Female Athlete of the Year, outside hitter Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill., Twitter, Instagram), outside hitter Megan Easy (Boston, Mass.), a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, and Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio, Twitter, Instagram) are all playing for Imoco Volley Conegliano of the Italian Serie A1 League this winter. Conegliano snapped its two match losing skid by defeating 10th-place Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (2-4, 5 points) 26-24, 25-23, 25-17 on Nov. 15. Glass set the squad to a 45 kill percent and chipped in three individual kills on four errorless swings and a block for four points. Robinson was the leading scorer in the match with 17 points coming all on kills via 40 swings. She chipped in a robust 71 positive reception percent on 14 chances. Easy added 12 kills on 26 errorless swings to go with a 64 positive reception percent on a team-high 36 reception chances. Adams kicked in 10 points with six kills on 13 errorless swings, three aces and a block. Conegliano (4-2, 12 points), in fourth place but just two points out of first place, looks to build momentum on Nov. 21 as it faces league-leader Nordmecannica Piacenza (4-2, 14 points) in a match that will be shown on Rai Sport 1 Television in Italy.

LOWE, JENNA HAGGLUND WITH ITALY’S BUSTO ARSIZIO: Opposite Karsta Lowe (Rancho Sante Fe, Calif., Twitter, Instagram), MVP of the 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix, and setter Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio, Twitter, Instagram) are competing for Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio of the Italian Serie A1 League this winter. Busto Arsizio had its winning streak snapped on Nov. 14 as it fell to Foppapedretti Bergamo 25-20, 25-21, 25-20. Lowe scored a team-high 16 points with 14 kills on 36 swings and two blocks. Hagglund set the team to a 38 kill percent with two individual points on one ace and one kill. Busto Arsizio (3-3, 9 points), in eighth place, will try to avoid a losing streak on Nov. 22 as it faces second-place Pomi Casalmaggiore (4-1, 13 points).

FAWCETT WITH CHINA’S FUJIAN: Opposite Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio, Instagram), most valuable player of the NORCECA Championship leading Team USA to gold in 2015, and former U.S. National Team player Juliann Faucette are playing for Fujian in the Chinese professional league. Fujian won its second straight match with a hard-fought 18-25, 25-21, 25-18, 18-25, 15-13 victory over Shanghai on Nov. 7. Fawcett contributed 28 kills on 72 attacks in the victory. Faucette chipped in four points in the win. Fujian extended the win streak to three matches with a 16-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 victory over Sichuan on Nov. 14. Fawcett charted 20 kills on 56 attacks and a block for 21 points in the win. Faucette did not play in the match. Fujian will look to continue the win streak on Nov. 17 against Shandong before facing Tianjin on Nov. 21.

LICHTMAN WITH CHINA’S SICHUAN: Outside hitter Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif., Twitter), an outside hitter on the U.S. Women’s National Team, is competing professionally for Sichuan of the Chinese professional volleyball League this winter. Sichuan lost a third straight match on Nov. 7, falling to Jiangsu 18-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-13. Lichtman tallied eight points in the loss with six kills on 22 attacks and two aces. Sichuan was unable to break the losing streak on Nov. 14 as it fell to Fujian 16-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-21. Lichtman scored 16 points in the loss with 12 kills on 25 attacks and four aces. Sichuan will look to halt the losing streak on Nov. 17 against Tianjin before facing Shanghai on Nov. 21. To follow her season-long blog on Facebook, click here.

LARSON-BURBACH, KREKLOW WITH TURKEY’S ECZACIBASI: Outside hitter Jordan Larson-Burbach (Hooper, Neb., Twitter, Instagram) and setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn., Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Eczacibasi of the Turkish League this winter, along with the CEV Champions League. Eczacibasi evened its European Champions League record at 1-1 after sweeping Agel Prostejov 25-21, 25-23, 25-22 on Nov. 10. Larson-Burbach pocketed eight points in the victory with seven kills on 18 attacks and a block. She chipped in a 79 positive reception percent on 19 chances. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Eczacibasi returns to Champions League action on Nov. 26 against Poland’s Chemik Police (2-0), which leads Pool C. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi was upset by Halkbank 22-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21 on Nov. 15. Larson-Burbach provided 11 kills on 29 attacks, three aces and two blocks in the loss. Kreklow set the team to a 34 kill percent while adding one individual kill on one swing. On the opposite side of the net, four-time U.S. Olympian Logan Tom scored 15 points in the victory. Eczacibasi, now in in a three-way tie for fourth place, looks to recover against second-place Fenerbahce on Nov. 18 before facing Bursa B. Sehir on Nov. 22 in a battle of teams with 11 points.

HILL WITH TURKEY’S VAKIFBANK: Outside hitter Kim Hill (Portland, Ore., Twitter, Instagram), the MVP of the 2014 FIVB World Championship, is playing for VakifBank in the Turkish League and CEV Champions League this winter. In the European Champions League, VakifBank improved to 2-0 by blanking Poland’s PGE Atom Trefl Sopot (1-1) on Nov. 10. Hill, who is still working her way into the lineup on a full-time basis after missing the early phases of the season, was a sub in all three sets registering two kills on five attacks and an ace. She added three receptions with a 67 positive percent. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. VakifBank, atop the Champions League Pool B, returns to action on Nov. 26 against Calcit Ljubljana (0-2). VakifBank improved to 6-0 in the Turkish League with a 25-18, 27-25, 21-25, 25-20 victory over Galatasaray on Nov. 15. Hill, in her first start of the season for VakifBank after arriving to the team following the start of the season, contributed three kills and an ace while tallying 18 receptions with a 33 positive reception percent. VakifBank, with a one-point lead over Fenerbahce for the league lead, faces 11th-place Salihli on Nov. 18 and fifth-place Sariyer on Nov. 22.

JACKSON WITH TURKEY’S GALATASARAY: Middle blocker Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles, California, Twitter, Instagram) is competing for Galatasaray of the Turkish League this winter. In CEV Cup action, Galatasaray defeated Viteos Neuchatel Universite 25-20, 25-12, 25-13 on Nov. 12 to sweep the 16th Final Round home-and-home series. Jackson turned in 12 points with nine kills on 11 attacks, two blocks and an ace in the victory. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Galatasaray now advances to the 8th Final Round home-and-home series against VDK GENT Dames. Galatasaray dropped a 25-18, 27-25, 21-25, 25-20 match to league-leader VakifBank on Nov. 15. Jackson notched eight kills on 15 attacks, two aces and a block in the setback. Galatasaray, which is in third place, takes on 10th-place Idman Ocagi on Nov. 18 and eighth-place Nilufer on Nov. 22 in matches this week.

DIETZEN WITH TURKEY’S FENERBAHCE: Middle blocker Christa Dietzen (Hopewell Township, Pa., Twitter, Instagram) is competing this winter for Fenerbahce in the Turkish League and CEV Champions League. Fenerbahce rallied from a 2-0 deficit in CEV Champions League action to defeat Azerbaijan’s Telekom Baku (0-2) 21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-11, 15-6 on Nov. 11. Dietzen started the first two sets and scored one kill on five attacks. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Fenerbahce, now 2-0 and in first place in CEV Champions League Pool E, plays Poland’s Impel Wroclaw (1-1) on Nov. 25 in the next Champions League. Fenerbahce won its second straight Turkish League match with a 23-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-17 victory over Nilufer on Nov. 15 as Dietzen did not play. Fenerbahce, in second place in the Turkish League and one point behind leader VakifBank, challenges fourth-place Eczacibasi on Nov. 18 and seventh-place Halkbank on Nov. 22.

STEVI ROBINSON, MIYASHIRO WITH GERMANY’S STUTTGART: Liberos Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii, Twitter, Instagram) and Stevi Robinson (Hermosa Beach, Calif., Twitter, Instagram) are signed to play for Allianz MTV Stuttgart of the German Bundesliga, which is also playing in the CEV Champions League. In CEV Champions League Pool A, Stuttgart lost to Russia’s Dinamo Kazan 25-17, 25-20, 25-20 on Nov. 11 to fall to 0-2 in the early stages of the first round. Robinson was credited with a 38 positive reception percent on 13 chances. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Stuttgart will look for its first win of the Champions League season on Nov. 25 versus Azerbaijan’s Lokomotiv Baku (1-1). Stuttgart captured a 25-16, 25-14, 25-14 victory over VCO Berlin on Nov. 14. Robinson tallied seven receptions with a 43 positive percent without an error in the victory. Stuttgart won its third German Bundesliga match in a row, but had to battle back for a 12-25, 25-21, 16-25, 25-17, 15-9 victory over SC Potsdam on Nov. 15. Robinson contributed a 59 positive reception percent on 22 chances in the victory. Stuttgart (5-2), leaped three spots to third place after the two victories, faces eighth-place Vilsbiburg (4-3) on Nov. 21 in its next Bundesliga match.

BARTSCH WITH GERMANY’S DRESDNER: Outside hitter Michelle Bartsch (Maryville, Ill., Twitter) is playing for Dresdner SC of the German Bundesliga and CEV Champions League this winter. In CEV Champions League Pool E action, Dresdner evened its record to 1-1 by edging Poland’s Impel Wroclaw 25-17, 23-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-13 on Nov. 11. Bartsch scored a team-high 20 points with 18 kills on 58 swings, one block and one ace. She added a 64 positive reception percent on 25 chances. Fellow American Gina Mancuso added 17 points in the victory. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Dresdner takes on Azerbaijan’s Telekom Baku on Nov. 25 in its next Champions League match. Dresdner dropped a 25-16, 25-22, 25-17 match to VC Wiesbaden on Nov. 15 for its second loss in the German Bundesliga. Bartsch was a sub in the second set, but did not register any statistics. Dresdner (4-2), in fifth place, challenges seventh-place Straubing (4-3) on Nov. 21 in its next Bundesliga match.

HILDEBRAND WITH POLAND’S IMPEL WROCLAW: Outside hitter Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah, Twitter, Instagram) is competing this winter for Impel Wroclaw in the Polish League and CEV Champions League. In CEV Champions League, Impel Wroclaw lost a five set heart-breaker to Germany’s Dresdner by scores 25-17, 23-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-13 on Nov. 11. Hildebrand, who started all but the fourth set, recorded eight kills on 34 attacks and three blocks for 11 points while handling 25 receptions. For a photo gallery of the match, click here. Impel Wroclaw, now 1-1 in Pool E, seeks to rebound from the setback on Nov. 25 against Turkey’s Fenerbahce, which leads the pool at 2-0. In the Polish League, Impel Wroclaw defeated KS Palac Bydgoszcz 25-8, 25-19, 23-25, 25-14 on Nov. 14. Hildebrand did not see any action in the victory. Impel Wroclaw (5-2, 14 points), which is in a tie for fourth place, looks to win a third straight Polish Orlen Liga match on Nov. 19 versus third-place Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (5-2, 15 points).

DIXON WITH JAPAN’S TORAY ARROWS: Middle blocker Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minn., Twitter, Instagram), Best Blocker in the 2015 FIVB World Cup helping Team USA to the bronze medal, is playing her first season in the Japan V-League with Toray Arrows. Toray (6-1, 17 points), with a four-point lead over second-place Hisamitsu Springs, challenges eighth-place Ageo (2-5, 6 points) on Nov. 21 and third-place Okayama (4-3, 11 points) on Nov. 22 after a week away from the V-League. For a photo gallery of Dixon's experience playing club volleyball in Japan, click here.

PAOLINI WITH JAPAN’S HITACHI RIVALE: Middle blocker Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich., Twitter, Instagram), a middle blocker on Team USA, is playing her second consecutive season with Hitachi Rivale of the Japan V-League. Hitachi (4-3, 10 points), now in fifth place, returns to action with matches versus second-place Hisamitsu Springs (4-3, 13 points) on Nov. 21 and sixth-place Denso (4-3, 9 points) on Nov. 22.

MURPHY WITH JAPAN’S AGEO MEDICS: Opposite Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill., Twitter, Instagram), Team USA’s leading scorer in 2013 and 2014, is playing her second season in the Japan V-League with Ageo Medics. Ageo (2-5, 6 points), in eighth place, takes on league-leader Toray (6-1, 17 points) on Nov. 21 and seventh-place Toyota (1-6, 7 points) on Nov. 22 in its next league matches following the V-League’s off week.