U.S. Women: Hill and Robinson Earn Gold

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | April 30, 2018, 5:50 p.m. (ET)

Kim Hill with Conegliano after winning Italian Serie A1 playoffs
U.S. Women's National Team outside hitter Kim Hill with Conegliano after winning Italian Serie A1 playoffs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 30, 2018) – Kim Hill and Kelsey Robinson helped their pro teams to playoff titles last week and will meet each other in the European Champions League semifinals on May 5.

QUICK SETS

  • Kim Hill and Conegliano won the Italian Serie A1 playoffs by defeating Lauren Gibbemeyer’s Novara squad.
  • Kelsey Robinson’s VakifBank pro team came back from a 2-1 deficit to win the best-of-five Turkish League championship playoff over Eczacibasi, which had Jordan Larson and Rachael Adams on the team.
  • Kim Hill with Italy’s Imoco Volley Conegliano and Kelsey Robinson with Turkey’s VakifBank have advanced to the European Champions League semifinals. The two teams meet each other on May 5, followed by the championship match on May 6.
  • The U.S. Women will host Italy, Turkey and Poland in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League held May 15-17 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Single session, all-session and group tickets are all now on sale through www.huskers.com/usavolleyball. For more information on the event, click here.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Which U.S. Women’s National Team player won gold in the 17 Open Division of the 2006 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships, followed by a bronze medal in the 18 Open Division the following year?

U.S. WOMEN CONNNECT WITH CLUB PLAYERS IN ANAHEIM: The U.S. Women’s National Team connected with the next generation of superstars Friday morning as the USA Volleyball Girls’ 18s Junior National Championships (GJNC18) started at the Anaheim Convention Center. The U.S. Women train in Anaheim, the official host city for both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Teams for the last decade. But today, they shifted practice about two miles – from the American Sports Centers to the Anaheim Convention Center – so more players participating in the GJNC18 could watch them train and later in a 30-minute autograph session. “It was really cool. It was a great environment,” said U.S. Women’s National Team setter Carli Lloyd, who earned a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games and was named the 2017 USA Volleyball Female Indoor Athlete of the Year. “We actually had the stands pretty full, so it is nice to play in front of girls who are hopefully aspiring to go to the next level, play at a higher level. We had a lot of fun today.” For the complete story, click here.

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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. Conegliano, seeded third in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs, defeated top-seeded Novara 25-12, 25-19, 25-19 on April 25 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Italian Serie A1 championship. Hill totaled nine points with seven kills on 19 swings, one block and one ace. She added a 66 positive reception percent while handling 29 of the team’s 43 receptions. Conegliano concluded the series in the fourth match with a 28-26, 25-21, 22-25, 25-12 victory on April 29. Hill powered down 12 kills to go with a block for 13 points in the victory. She added a 76 positive reception percent on 21 chances. In the European Champions League semifinals, Conegliano will face Turkish League’s VakifBank on May 5. The gold- and bronze-medal matches will take place on May 6.

ROBINSON WITH VAKIFBANK IN TURKISH LEAGUE: Outside hitter Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach, California, Instagram, Twitter, Website), a 2016 Olympic Games bronze medalist, is playing club volleyball with VakifBank in the Turkish professional league this winter. In the Turkish League, second-seeded VakifBank captured the league playoff title with two big wins last week. VakifBank won the fourth set 25-13, 25-16, 25-23 on April 24 to prompt a deciding fifth match. Robinson was a sub in the last two sets with a 100 excellent reception on two chances. VakifBank claimed the title with a 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 victory on April 26. Robinson, a sub in the first two sets, recorded one kill on two swings in the championship victory match. VakifBank swept Eczacibasi in each of its three wins in the best-of-five championship. In European Champions League action, VakifBank face Italy’s Imoco Volley Conegliano in the semifinals on May 5. Robinson has launched her own website, www.nomandplay.com on her passions for play, travel and food. To read her latest blog on travel tricks and tips, click here. To read more about her website, click here.

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. In the Italian Serie A1 playoffs, top-seeded Novara lost to third-seeded Conegliano 25-12, 2-19, 25-19 on April 25 to fall behind 2-1 in the best-of-five championship series. Gibbemeyer provided three kills on 10 attacks in the loss. Novara lost the fourth match to Conegliano 28-26, 25-21, 22-25, 25-12 in the series finale. Gibbemeyer contributed nine kills on 19 swings an three blocks for 12 points in the loss.

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. After taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Turkish League finals, top-seeded Eczacibasi lost twice to second-seeded VakifBank last week to conclude its season with the playoff silver medal. In match four, VakifBank pulled out a 25-13, 25-16, 25-23 victory on April 24 to force a deciding fifth set. Larson had eight kills on 19 attacks in the loss. Adams, as a sub in the first set and a starter in the third, tallied two kills on two swings. Eczacibasi lost in the rubber match 25-23, 25-23, 25-20 on April 26. Larson turned in 11 points with 10 kills on 24 attacks and an ace. She also handled 21 receptions in the match. Adams was a sub in the third set, recording one kill on as many attacks and a block.

PAIGE TAPP, McCAGE WITH ALLIANZ MTV STUTTGART IN GERMAN BUNDESLIGA: Middles Paige Tapp (Stewartville, Minnesota, Instagram, Twitter) and Molly McCage (Spring, Texas, Instagram), who were part of the U.S. Women’s National Team this past summer, are playing professionally this winter with Allianz MTV Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga. In the German Bundesliga playoffs, top-seeded Stuttgart dropped two matches last week to SSC Palmberg Schwerin to lose the best-of-five championship in straight sets. In the second match, Stuttgart lost 25-22, 25-21, 26-24 on April 25. McCage hammered seven kills on 10 errorless attacks and added seven blocks and an ace. Tapp chipped in five kills on seven attacks and a block for six points. In the deciding match, Stuttgart lost 25-22, 25-18, 16-25, 25-18 on April 28. McCage pocketed 15 points with nine kills on 15 attacks and six blocks. Tapp scored three points with one kill, one block and one ace.

AMBER ROLFZEN WITH BEZIERS IN FRENCH LEAGUE: Middle Amber Rolfzen (Papillion, Nebraska, Instagram), who was part of the U.S. Women’s National Team this past summer, is competing with Beziers in the French League this winter. Beziers, the top seed in the French playoffs, defeated St. Raphael 25-22, 25-19, 25-19 on April 25 to win its best-of-three semifinal round series in two matches. Rolfzen turned in four kills on six errorless attacks and a block for five points in the victory. Beziers will now meet second-seeded RC Cannes in the championship round.

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, seeded third in the playoffs, lost to second-seeded RC Canners 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 26-24 on April 26 to lose its best-of-three semifinal round series. Dannemiller tallied two kills and a block for three points in the loss as she came off the bench in the first two sets and started the final two sets.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Lauren Gibbemeyer played for Northern Lights Volleyball Club, leading the team to an undefeated season against her age division (52-0 versus 17s, only two losses vs. 18s teams) and winning the 2006 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in the 17 Open Division.