Kim Hill helped her Italian pro team Imoco Volley Conegliano to two victories last week in the European Champions League second round to advance to the next stage.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 23, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has members competing in Europe and Asia during the professional club season, and many are off to fast starts with their clubs.
- Foluke Akinradewo hit a blistering .737 hitting efficiency in her season debut in the Japan V-League on Oct. 21.
- Jordan Larson and Rachael Adams picked up two wins to start the Turkish League regular season last week.
- Kim Hill and her Italian pro team Imoco Volley Conegliano won its European Champions League home-and-home second-round series against 2017 Hungarian champion Linamar-Bekescsabi RS KFT to advance to the third round.
- Watch Tori Dixon and Micha Hancock's Saugella Team Monza face Lauren Carlini and her league-leading Savino Del Bene Scandicci in Italian Serie A1 action live on ESPN3 on Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Which U.S. Women’s National Team player was born in Canada, holds tri-citizenship and auditioned for commercials when she was little even though she was shy as a child?
KARCH TO SERVE AS GUEST OF HONOR IN PHILIPPINES: U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly will be the guest of honor as the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix final round opening ceremony on Oct. 28 in San Juan, Philippines. Kiraly is expected to have the opportunity to sit down with all the coaches within the league and have conversations that can increase their knowledge of the game.
LLOYD HONORED DURING CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL GAME: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, California, Instagram) was honored during halftime of University of California-Berkeley's home football game on Oct. 21 for being named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team.
2008 OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST PART OF COVENANT HOUSE’S “SLEEP OUT MOVEMENT”: Kim Glass, a 2008 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team silver medalist, is joining Covenant House in its “Sleep Out Movement.” On Nov. 16, she will sleep on the streets of Los Angeles for one night alongside others to raise awareness for homeless youth. Covenant House is a non-profit youth homeless shelter that provides sanctuary and support for homeless and trafficked youth between the ages of 18-24. Glass said: “This organization is very dear to my heart, and it’s my mission to help raise money for this shelter so they can continue to increase the amount of youth they can keep off of the streets and out of trafficking. These youth deserve a safe, productive and uplifting space to be groomed into successful, resilient and responsible adults. Together we can raise awareness, inspire change and give someone a home.” Glass has a goal of raising $5,000 by Nov. 16. Individuals can donate by click here.
AKINRADEWO WITH JAPAN V-LEAGUE’S HISAMITSU SPRINGS: Two-time U.S. Olympic medalist Foluke Akinradewo (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Instagram, Twitter) is playing middle for Japan V-League’s Hisamitsu Springs this winter. Hisamitsu Springs started its regular season with a 25-14, 25-19, 25-9 win over NEC on Oct. 21. Akinradewo supplied Hisamitsu Springs with 14 kills on 19 swings without an error for a .737 hitting efficiency. She added three blocks and three aces for a total of 20 points. Hisamitsu Springs returns to action on Oct. 28 against JT Marvelous, followed by an Oct. 29 contest versus Denso.
LARSON, ADAMS WITH ECZACIBASI IN TURKISH LEAGUE: Outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Nebraska, Instagram, Twitter), a two-time Olympic Games medalist, and middle Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio, Instagram, Twitter), a 2016 Olympic Games bronze medalist, are playing professionally with Eczacibasi in the Turkish League for the 2017-18 season. Eczacibasi opened its Turkish League regular season with a 25-11, 25-18, 25-14 victory over Kameroglu Beylikduzu Vol.IHT on Oct. 18. Larson contributed seven kills on 14 attacks with just a single error to go with two blocks for nine points in the win. She chipped in an 89 positive reception percent on nine chances. Adams did not play in the match. In its second match, Eczacibasi held off Besiktas 27-25, 25-14, 22-25, 25-23 on Oct. 21 to improve to 2-0 on the young season. Both Larson and Adams scored 15 points in the victory. Larson convert 14 of 29 attacks into points with a block for 15 points. She was credited with a 75 excellent reception percent on four chances. Adams turned in 10 kills on 14 attacks and a team-leading four blocks and an ace in the victory. Eczacibasi challenges Galatasaray on Oct. 24 in the third round of the Turkish League, followed by Nilufer (1-1) on Oct. 28 in the fourth round. Eczacibasi begins the CEV Cup competition in late November as it has a home-and-home series with VC Oudegem in the 16th Finals Round.
ROBINSON WITH VAKIFBANK IN TURKISH LEAGUE: Outside hitter Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach, California, Instagram, Twitter), a 2016 Olympic Games bronze medalist, is playing club volleyball with VakifBank in the Turkish professional league this winter. After winning the Turkish SuperCup on Oct. 15, VakifBank claimed a 25-20, 25-13, 25-20 victory over Halkbank in its Turkish League regular season opener on Oct. 17. Robinson pitched in six kills on 17 attacks and a block for seven points in the victory. She was credited with a 73 positive reception percent (59 percent excellent) on a team-leading 22 receptions in the victory. VakifBank edged out Kameroglu Beylikduzu Vol.IHT 25-16, 25-16, 23-25, 13-25, 15-9 on Oct. 21 in its third match in seven days as VakifBank rested many of its starters. Robinson was a sub in the third and fourth sets, compiling one kill and an 80 positive reception percent on five chances. VakifBank resumes Turkish League action on Oct. 25 against Besiktas (1-1), followed by an Oct. 28 match versus Galatasaray (2-0). VakifBank is also competing in the European Champions League this winter and has a bye into the third round.
HILL WITH CONEGLIANO IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Outside hitter Kim Hill (Portland, Oregon, Instagram), a 2016 Olympic Games bronze medalist, is playing for Imoco Volley Conegliano in the Italian Serie A1 this winter alongside fellow American Megan Easy (Boston). Conegliano swept its European Champions League home-and-home second-round series with Hungarian champion Linamar-Bekescsabai RS KFT with two victories last week. In the opening match on Oct. 17 in Hungary, Conegliano won 25-4, 25-10, 25-17 as Hill was nearly perfect on offense. She collected 11 kills on 12 errorless attacks and she added five aces on 17 serves and a block for a team-leading 17 points. Hill added a team-high 12 receptions with a 50 positive percent. Easy turned in 12 points with nine kills on 18 attacks, two blocks and an ace. In the rematch held on Oct. 21 in Italy, Conegliano won 25-11, 25-10, 25-15. Full match statistics were not available. Conegliano advances to the European Champions League third round to play Sliedrecht Sport in a home-and-home series with dates to be announced. In the Italian Serie A1, Conegliano (1-0, 3 points) hosts fifth-place Il Bisonte Firenze (1-0, 3 points) on Oct. 25 and Lardini Filottrano on Oct. 29.
GIBBEMEYER WITH NOVARA IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: U.S. Women’s National Team middle Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minnesota, Instagram, Twitter) is playing her 2017-18 professional season with Igor Gorgonzola Novara in the Italian Serie A1. Novara blanked Mycicero Volley Pesaro 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 on Oct. 22 to improve to 2-0 in the Italian Serie A1. Gibbemeyer scored six kills on nine errorless swings and a block for seven points. Novara, in second place of the Italian League with a 2-0 record and five points, returns to action on Oct. 29 when it faces fifth-place Il Bisonte Firenze (1-0, 3 points). Novara is also participating in the European Champions League this winter and will have a bye into fourth round.
BARTSCH-HACKLEY, WILHITE WITH ITALY’S UNET E-WORK BUSTO ARSIZIO: Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (Champaign, Illinois, Instagram, Twitter) and Sarah Wilhite (Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Instagram, Twitter), both outside hitters for the U.S. Women’s National Team, are playing their 2017-18 pro season for Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio in the Italian Serie A1. Busto Arsizio blanked Lardini Filotranno 25-18, 25-21, 25-16 on Oct. 21 to even its Italian Serie A1 record at 1-1. Bartsch-Hackley pocketed a team-high 20 points with 19 kills on 35 swings and an ace. She added a 68 positive reception percent (50 percent excellent) on a team-leading 28 receptions, over half of the team’s total 55 receptions. Wilhite did not play in the match. Fellow American Annie Mitchem scored 10 points in the loss for Filotranno. Busto Arsizio, 1-1 on the season and in third-place with four points, will look to go above .500 on the young season when it takes on ninth-place Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena (1-1, 3 points) on Oct. 28. Busto Arsizio is also competing in the European CEV Cup and begins 16th Finals Round home-and-home competition in late November.
CARLINI WITH SCANDICCI IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Setter Lauren Carlini (Aurora, Illinois, Instagram, Twitter), who played her first year with the U.S. Women’s National Team this past summer, is playing her first pro season with Savino Del Bene Scandicci in the Italian Serie A1 this winter. Scandicci swept perennial Italian power Pomi Casalmaggiore 25-18, 25-20, 25-19 on Oct. 21 to improve to 2-0 on the season. Carlini led Scandicci to a 45 kill percent and .333 hitting efficiency (38-10-84). She added four points with two blocks, one ace and one kill in the victory. Carlini was on the service line 20 times for Scandicci, four more serves than any of her teammates. To watch a replay of the Scandicci-Casalmaggiore match on ESPN3, visit http://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=3192929. Scandicci now has defeated the 2016-17 Italian League runnerup (Modena) and the 2015-16 European Champions League champion (Casalmaggiore) in its first two Italian League matches. Scandicci, atop the Italian League standings with a 2-0 record and six points, looks to stay undefeated as it takes on seventh-place Saugella Team Monza (1-1, 3 points) on Oct. 28. The match can be watched live on ESPN3 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
DIXON, HANCOCK WITH MONZA IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Middle Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minnesota, Instagram, Twitter), an alternate to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Team, and U.S. Women’s National Team setter Micha Hancock (Edmond, Oklahoma, Instagram, Twitter) are playing for Saugella Team Monza in the Italian Serie A1 this winter after missing the 2016-17. Team Monza held off Sab Volley Legnano 28-26, 21-25, 25-18, 25-14 on Oct. 22 to even its record at 1-1. Dixon pocketed nine points in the victory with six kills on 18 attacks, two blocks and an ace. Hancock, who did not play in the season opener, started in the second match and provided seven kills on 12 errorless attacks, one block and one ace for nine points. Team Monza, in seventh place with a 1-1 record and three points, faces league-leader Savino Del Bene Scandicci (2-0, 6 points) on Oct. 28 in the third round of the Italian League. The match can be watched live on ESPN3 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
DREWS, NEWCOMBE WITH LEGNANO IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Opposite Annie Drews (Elkhart, Indiana, Instagram, Twitter), who was a rookie with the U.S. Women’s National Team this past summer, is competing for Sab Volley Legnano in the Italian Serie A1 alongside fellow U.S. Women’s National Team member Sonja Newcombe (Lake Arrowhead, California, Instagram, Twitter). Legnano dropped its second-round match to Saugella Team Monza 28-26, 21-25, 25-18, 25-14 on Oct. 22. Newcombe scored a team-high 15 points with 14 kills on 38 swings and a block for 15 points. She added 23 receptions with a 48 positive percent. Drews was a sub in the first three sets before starting the fourth set. She racked up eight kills on 18 attacks in coming off the bench. Legnano, in sixth place with a 1-1 record and three points, meets up with 11th-place Mycicero Volley Pesaro (0-2, 0 points) on Oct. 28 in its next Italian League match.
HANNAH TAPP WITH FIRENZE IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Middle Hannah Tapp (Stewartville, Minnesota, Instagram, Twitter), who played her first season with the U.S. Women’s National Team this past summer, is playing her pro season with Il Bisonte Firenze in the Italian Serie A1. Firenze was idle this past week and returns to the court on Oct. 25 to play Imoco Volley Conegliano (1-0) and on Oct. 29 against Igor Gorgonzola Novara (2-0).
McMAHON WITH SOVERATO IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: U.S. Women’s National Team opposite Liz McMahon (Liberty Township, Ohio, Instagram) is playing for Volley Soverato in the Italian Serie A2 this winter. Soverato swept Lpm Bam Mondovi 25-22, 25-23, 25-21 on Oct. 18. McMahon tallied seven kills on 27 swings and a block for eight points. Soverato improved to 4-0 to start the season with a 20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20 victory over P2P Givova Baronissi on Oct. 22. McMahon recorded five kills on 22 swings and a block for six points in starting the first three sets. Soverato, tied atop the league standings with a 4-0 record and 11 points, will look to stay undefeated in the fifth round of the Italian Serie A2 when it faces 12th-place Bartonccini Gioiellerie Perugia (1-2, 3 points) on Oct. 29.
KINGDON WITH KOREA V-LEAGUE’S IBK: Outside hitter Madi Kingdon (Hermosa Beach, California, Instagram, Twitter), a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, is playing her second consecutive professional season with IBK of the Korea V-League. IBK lost Hyundai 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 21-25, 15-10 on Oct. 18. Kingdon notched 31 kills on 71 swings and 34 digs in the five-set loss. She added 21 excellent receptions on 39 chances. IBK played its second five-set match of the week on Oct. 22, but the outcome was different as it defeated Korea Expressway 25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 17-25, 15-11. Kingdon charted 24 kills on 48 attacks, one ace and two blocks for 27 points. She added 18 digs and had 20 excellent receptions on 40 chances. IBK is off next week with its next contest on Oct. 31 against GS Caltex Seoul.
BENSON WITH VANDOEUVRE NANCY IN FRENCH LEAGUE: Libero Amanda Benson (Litchfield Park, Arizona, Instagram), who was part of the U.S. Women’s National Team this past summer, is competing for Vandoeuvre Nancy in the French professional league this winter. Vandoeuvre Nancy rallied to defeat Mulhouse 20-25, 25-23, 28-26, 25-18 on Oct. 22 to even its record at 1-1. Benson was credited with a 63 positive reception percent on 19 reception chances. Her passing and digging helped Vandoeuvre Nancy to an incredible 71 kill percent for the match and .529 hitting efficiency (60-15-85). Vandoeuvre Nancy resumes French league action on Oct. 30 against Nantes (1-1).
DANNEMILLER WITH MULHOUSE IN FRENCH LEAGUE: Setter Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio, Instagram, Twitter), a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team this past summer, is competing for ASPTT Mulhouse in the French League this winter. Mulhouse opened its French League regular season with a 26-24, 25-23, 30-28 victory over Chamalieres on Oct. 16. Dannemiller started the opening set and helped her team to a 38 kill percent in the frame. Mulhouse dropped a 20-25, 25-23, 28-26, 25-18 match to Vandoeuvre Nancy on Oct. 22 in the French League second round. Dannemiller came off the bench in second set and started the third set. She scored two kills on as many attacks with a block and ace for four points. Dannemiller led Mulhouse to an 81 kill percent in the third set with a .619 hitting efficiency (17-4-21). Mulhouse continues French League action on Oct. 28 against Beziers, one of two undefeated teams in the 12-team league through the first two weekends of the regular season. Mulhouse will also compete in the European Champions League this year and has a bye into the main format, or fourth round.
McCAGE WITH ALLIANZ MTV STUTTGART IN GERMAN BUNDESLIGA: Middle Molly McCage (Spring, Texas, Instagram), who was part of the U.S. Women’s National Team this past summer, is playing professionally this winter with Allianz MTV Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga. Stuttgart improved to 2-0 in the German Bundesliga following a 24-26, 25-13, 25-12, 25-22 victory over VB Suhl LOTTO Thuringen on Oct. 21. McCage was named most valuable player of the match as she scored 19 points with 12 kills on 20 attacks to go with seven blocks. Stuttgart will seek a third straight win to start the season as it hosts Erfurt on Oct. 25. Stuttgart is also competing in the CEV Cup this winter and has a 16th Finals Round home-and-home series in late November against VK Up Olomouc.
BUGG WITH DRESDNER IN GERMAN BUNDESLIGA: Setter Madi Bugg (Apex, North Carolina, Instagram), who was part of the U.S. Women’s National Team this past summer, is competing in the German Bundesliga with Dresdner SC this winter. After losing its season opener in the German Bundesliga, Dresdner came back strong to defeat USC Munster 25-18, 25-17, 25-17 at home on Oct. 22 to even its record at 1-1. Bugg was a sub in the final set. Dresdner resumes German Bundesliga action on Oct. 28 as it faces Wiesbaden. Dresdner is competing in the CEV Cup this winter and begins 16th Finals Round home-and-home competition against Pays d’Aix Venelles VB on Dec. 13.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Foluke Akinradewo was born in London, Canada, and holds tri-citizenship with the United States, Canada and Nigeria. When she lived in Fresno, California, her family would drive to Los Angeles to enable her to audition for commercials. But there was one problem. “I’m shy,” Akinradewo was quoted as saying in a Pac-12 article in 2008. “I wasn’t one of those bubbly and out-going little kids that awed adults. It has always taken me a while to come out of my shell even more so when I was younger, which is exactly the opposite of what they wanted. Needless to say, I didn’t make it in Hollywood.”