WNT Update: FIVB Club World Championship on Deck

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Dec. 03, 2018, 11:52 a.m. (ET)

Kelsey Robinson passing in a match for her club team VakifBank
Kelsey Robinson passing in a match for her club team VakifBank, which is taking part in the FIVB Women's Club World Championship from Dec. 4-9 in China.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 3, 2018) – The FIVB Women’s Club World Championship begins on Tuesday in China, and the U.S. Women’s National Team has athlete representation on three of the eight teams in the field.

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TRIVIA QUESTION: Who currently sits on the USA Volleyball Board of Directors representing the U.S. Women’s National Team?

FIVB CLUB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Women’s National Team has four current players and a former player competing in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship being held Dec. 4-9 in Shaoxing, China. In the four-team Pool A, Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach, California) and Turkey’s VakifBank are among the title contenders of the eight-team tournament. In Pool B, Team USA has Jordan Larson (Hooper, Nebraska) and Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minnesota) competing for Turkey’s Eczacibasi. Brazil’s Praia Clube has Americans Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, California) and Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) playing. All matches of the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship can be viewed online through FloVolleyball.tv. For more information on the FIVB Club World Championship, click here.

AKINRADEWO WITH HISAMITSU SPRINGS IN JAPAN: Middle Foluke Akinradewo (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Twitter, Instagram) has returned to Hisamitsu Springs of the Japanese V-League this winter. Hisamitsu Springs held off PFU Blue Cats 25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 25-13 for victory on Dec. 1. Akinradewo hammered 21 kills on 31 swings and just one attack error to go with two blocks for 23 points. For an interview with Akinradewo following the match, click here. Hisamitsu topped Denso 25-13, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22 on Dec. 2. Akinradewo scored nine kills on 20 attacks and added five blocks for 14 points in the victory. Hisamitsu Springs (5-1, 16 points) is in third place in the Western Conference.

LARSON AND GIBBEMEYER WITH ECZACIBASI IN TURKISH LEAGUE: Outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Nebraska, Twitter, Instagram) and middle Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minnesota, Twitter, Instagram) are competing with Eczacibasi in the Turkish League this winter. Larson is serving as the team’s captain. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi swept Karayollari 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 on Nov. 28. Gibbemeyer provided Eczacibasi 10 points with eight kills on 19 attacks, one ace and one block for 10 points. Larson did not play in the match. Eczacibasi (7-0), in first place in the Turkish League, returns to domestic league action on Dec. 15 against undefeated VakifBank (7-0). Eczacibasi will be competing in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship Dec. 4-9 in Shaoxing, China. In its next European Champions League match, Eczacibasi (1-0) challenges Hameenlinna (0-1) on Dec. 19.

ROBINSON WITH VAKIFBANK IN TURKISH LEAGUE: Outside hitter Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach, California, Twitter, Instagram, Website) is playing club volleyball with VakifBank in the Turkish professional league and European Champions League this winter. In the Turkish League, VakifBank defeated Kameroglu Beylikduzu 25-17, 25-15, 25-20 on Nov. 27. Robinson contributed 10 points to the victory with eight kills on 23 attacks, one block and one ace. She was credited with a 75 positive reception percent as Beylikduzu served away from her. VakifBank swept Halkbank 25-18, 25-12, 25-21 on Nov. 29. Robinson tallied two kills and two blocks in the victory while holding a 67 positive reception percent on 15 chances. VakifBank (7-0), one of two teams undefeated in the Turkish League, resumes its domestic league schedule on Dec. 15 against undefeated Eczacibasi (7-0). VakifBank will be competing in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship Dec. 4-9 in Shaoxing, China. In its European Champions League, VakifBank (1-0) returns to action on Dec. 20 against Maritza Plovdiv (0-1). Robinson has launched her own website, nomandplay.com on her passions for play, travel and food. To read more about her website, click here.

DREWS AND LEE WITH BEYLIKDUZU IN TURKISH LEAGUE: Opposite Annie Drews (Elkhart, Indiana, Twitter, Instagram) and Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Twitter, Instagram) are competing with Kameroglu Beylikduzu Voleybol Ihtisas alongside fellow American setter Kelly Hunter in the Turkish League for the 2018-19 season. Beylikduzu lost to VakifBank 25-17, 25-15, 25-20 on Nov. 27. Lee notched nine kills on 21 attacks and a block for 10 points. She handled 40 of the team’s 66 receptions. Drews added seven kills on 23 swings and a block. Hunter set the squad to a 35 kill percent while recording an ace. Beylikduzu lost to fourth-place Besiktas 25-21, 25-21, 25-17 on Dec. 1. Lee totaled 11 points with nine kills on 19 swings and two aces. She was credited with a 42 positive reception perent on 19 chances. Drews added eight points via four kills, three aces and a block. Hunter set the squad to a 37 kill percent and added an ace. Beylikduzu (3-5), now in eighth place, returns to Turkish League action on Dec. 14 against fifth-place Galatasaray (3-4).

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HILL WITH CONEGLIANO IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Outside hitter Kim Hill (Portland, Oregon, Instagram) is playing for Imoco Volley Conegliano in the Italian Serie A1 this winter. In the Italian Serie A1, Conegliano lost to league-leader Igor Gorgonzola Novara 25-17, 15-25, 25-21, 25-22 on Nov. 28. Hill provided Conegliano with 11 points, all on kills from 30 attacks. She was credited with a 90 positive reception percent on 20 chances. Conegliano rallied to defeat 12th-place Club Italia Crai 23-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 on Dec. 2. Hill hammered 13 kills on 25 attacks to go with three blocks and two aces. She was credited with a 55 positive reception percent on 20 reception chances. Conegliano (6-1, 18 points), in second place, returns to Italian Serie A1 action on Dec. 9 when it meets third-place Savino Del Bene Scandicci (6-1, 17 points). In the European Champions League, Conegliano returns to Champions League action on Dec. 18 against Germany’s SSC Palmberg Schwerin (0-1).

BARTSCH-HACKLEY, CARLINI WITH NOVARA IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Outside hitter Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (Champaign, Illinois, Twitter, Instagram) and setter Lauren Carlini (Aurora, Illinois, Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Igor Gorgonzola Novara in the Italian Serie A1 and the European Champions League this winter. In the Italian Serie A1, Novara handed second-place Imoco Volley Conegliano a 25-17, 15-25, 25-21, 25-22 loss in an early test of undefeated teams. Bartsch-Hackley scored eight kills on 17 swings to go with a 64 positive reception percent on 25 chances. Carlini set Novara to a 41 kill percent and .274 hitting efficiency for the match. She added two blocks in the victory. Novara swept seventh-place Saugella Team Monza 25-23, 25-15, 25-19 on Dec. 2. Carlini set Novara to a 48 kill percent and a .400 hitting efficiency (48-8-100). She collected four individual kills on six errorless attacks, one block and one ace for six points. Bartsch-Hackley chipped in 10 points, all on kills from 27 swings. She added a 60 positive reception percent on 10 chances. Novara (8-0, 23 points), in first place in the Italian Serie A1, is idle next week in the Italian Serie A1. In the European Champions League, Novara (1-0) returns to Pool C action on Dec. 19 against Minchanka Minsk (0-1).

ADAMS AND HANCOCK WITH TEAM MONZA IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Middle Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio, Twitter, Instagram) and setter Micha Hancock (Edmond, Oklahoma, Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Saugella Team Monza in the Italian Serie A1 and CEV Challenge Cup this winter. In the CEV Challenge Cup, Monza defeated Prinz Brunnenbau Voleys Perg 25-19, 25-23, 25-20 on Nov. 28 in Austria. Neither Hancock or Adams played in the first match of the 16th Finals Round home-and-home series. The two teams conclude the series in Italy on Dec. 4. In the Italian Serie A1, Team Monza dropped a 25-23, 25-15, 25-19 match to league-leader Igor Gorgonzola Novara on Dec. 2. Adams tallied eight kills on 17 swings, one block and one ace for 10 points. Hancock set the team to a 35 kill percent and .273 hitting efficiency (38-8-110). She added four points with two kills, one ace and one block. Team Monza (3-5, 11 points), in seventh place, challenges fifth-place Pomi Casalmaggiore (6-2, 17 points) on Dec. 10 in its next league match.

COURTNEY AND HANNAH TAPP WITH BERGAMO IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Libero/outside hitter Megan Courtney (Dayton, Ohio, Instagram) and Hannah Tapp (Stewartville, Minnesota, Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Zanetti Bergamo in the Italian Serie A1 during the 2018-19 pro season. Bergamo edged out 11th-place Lardini Filottrano 25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 25-16 on Dec. 2. Courtney slammed 11 kills on 19 attacks to go with three blocks and two aces for 16 points. She was credited with a 57 positive reception percent after handling 23 of the team’s 69 receptions. Tapp added six kills on 14 errorless attacks and three blocks for nine points. Bergamo (3-5, 9 points), now in ninth place, meets 13th-place Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri (0-7, 0 points) on Dec. 9 in its next league match.

WHITNEY WITH FILOTTRANO IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Opposite Aiyana Whitney (Norwood, New Jersey, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Lardini Filotrrano in the Italian Serie A1 this winter along with American Courtney Schwan. Filottrano lost to ninth-place Zanetti Bergamo 25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 25-16 on Dec. 2. Whitney scored a team-high 14 points, all on kills via 38 attacks. Schwan was a sub in all four sets, registering two kills on eight attacks. Filottrano (1-6, 3 points), in 11th-place, faces 10th-place Bosca San Bernardo Cuneo (3-4, 8 points) on Dec. 8 in its next league match.

WASHINGTON WITH BRESCIA IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Middle Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Colorado, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Banca Valsabbina Millenium Brescia in the Italian Serie A1 this winter. Brescia lost to fifth-place Pomi Casalmaggiore 18-25, 25-17, 25-21, 18-25, 15-8 in a hard-fought match on Dec. 2. Washington turned in nine points with five kills on 14 swings, two blocks and two aces. Brescia (3-4, 11 points), now in sixth place, faces Unet fourth-place E-Work Busto Arsizio (6-1, 17 points) on Dec. 9 in its next league match.

LLOYD WITH PRAIA CLUBE IN BRAZIL: Setter Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, California, Instagram) is playing for Praia Clube in the Brazilian Superliga this winter. Praia Clube also has former U.S. Women’s National Team member Nicole Fawcett playing at opposite. Praia Clube topped Sao Cristovao Saude Sao Caetano 25-14, 28-26, 25-23 on Nov. 26. Lloyd set Praia Clube to a 38 kill percent as a team. Fawcett amassed 11 kills on 29 attacks, five aces on 14 serves and a block for 17 points. Praia Clube returns to Superliga action on Dec. 18 against Fluminese. Praia Clube will be competing in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship Dec. 4-9 in Shaoxing, China.

OGBOGU WITH CHEMIK POLICE IN POLAND: Middle Chiaka Ogbogu (Coppell, Texas, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Chemik Police in the Polish League and European Champions League this winter. Chemik Police edged 12th-place Energa MKS Kalisz 25-21, 23-25, 25-13, 25-19 on Nov. 28. Ogbogu, a sub in the second set and starting the final two sets, scored eight points with five kills on 10 errorless attacks, two blocks and an ace. Chemik Police overwhelmed sixth-place BK Profi Credit Bielsko-Biala 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 on Dec. 2. Ogbogu scored two kills on seven attacks and served two aces for four total points. Chemik Police (7-0, 21 points) returns to Polish Orlen Liga action on Dec. 9 against fourth-place Grot Budowlani Lodz (5-1, 13 points). In European Champions League action, Chemik Police (0-1) returns to action on Dec. 19 against Fenerbahce (1-0).

MURPHY WITH SHANGHAI VOLLEYBALL CLUB: Opposite Kelly Murphy< (Wilmington, Illinois, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Shanghai Volleyball Club this winter. Shanghai swept Fujian 25-21, 25-20, 25-20 on Nov. 27. Murphy scored five kills in the victory. Shanghai stopped Jiangsu Zhongtian Iron and Steel 15-25, 25-12, 33-31, 22-25, 15-11 on Dec. 1. Murphy racked up 18 points with 17 kills on 34 swings and just two errors to go with a block. Shanghai, now in second place with a 3-0 record and seven points in the second round Group C, resumes league action on Dec. 8 against fourth-place Shandong (2-1, 6 points) followed by a Dec. 10 match against fifth-place BAIC Motors (1-2, 3 points).

DIXON AND KINGDON-RISHEL PLAYING FOR BEIJING BAIC IN CHINESE LEAGUE: Middle Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minnesota, Twitter, Instagram) and Madi Kingdon Rishel (Phoenix, Arizona, Twitter, Instagram) are playing for Beijing BAIC Motors Volleyball Club in China during the 2018-19 pro season. BAIC Motors lost to Group C leader Tianjin (3-0) 25-23, 26-24, 25-23 in a closely contested three-set match on Nov. 27. Dixon contributed nine kills on 15 errorless attacks, four blocks and an ace. Kingdon Rishel was a sub in the second set. After the loss, BAIC Motors came back to defeat Fujian (0-3) 25-16, 25-19, 25-15 on Dec. 1. Kingdon Rishel racked up 10 kills on 23 swings and an ace for 11 points. She handled nine receptions with a 56 positive reception percent. Dixon turned in five points with four kills on seven attacks and a block. BAIC Motors, now in fifth place with a 1-2 record and three points, resumes action on Dec. 8 against sixth-place Liaoning (1-2, 3 points) followed by a Dec. 10 match against second-place Shanghai (3-0, 7 points).

WILHITE, PAIGE TAPP, RIVERS AND McCAGE WITH MTV STUTTGART IN GERMAN BUNDESLIGA: Outside hitter Sarah Wilhite Parons (Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Twitter, Instagram), middles Molly McCage (Spring, Texas, Twitter, Instagram) and Paige Tapp (Stewartville, Minnesota, Twitter, Instagram), opposite Krystal Rivers (Birmingham, Alabama) and setter Madi Bugg are playing for Allianz MTV Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga. All but Bugg played for the U.S. Women in the 2018 season. In the German Bundesliga, Stuttgart swept USC Munster 27-25, 25-21, 25-15 on Dec. 2. Rivers scored a match-high 17 points with 15 kills on 26 attacks and two blocks. Tapp added nine points with eight kills on 12 errorless attacks and a block. Wilhite Parsons chipped in seven kills with six kills on eight errorless attacks and an ace in playing just the first two sets. McCage, who played just the first set, tallied one kill in the victory. Bugg was a sub in all three sets. Stuttgart (3-0), which is in third place but with six fewer matches than league-leader SSC Palmberg Schwerin, returns to Bundesliga action on Dec. 5 against 11th-place Straubing (1-4, 5 points) followed by a Dec. 8 match with eighth-place Erfurt (2-4, 7 points). In the European Champions League, Stuttgart (0-1) resumes action on Dec. 19 against France’s Beziers (1-0), which won its opener against Maritza Plovdiv in straight sets.

BENSON WITH DRESDNER IN GERMAN BUNDESLIGA: Libero Amanda Benson (Litchfield Park, Arizona, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Dresdner SC in the German Bundesliga this winter. Dresdner is also competing in the CEV Cup this winter. In CEV Cup 16th Final Round action, Dresdner lost a grueling five-set match to Italy’s Yamamay e-Work Busto Arsizio on Nov. 28. Benson handled 23 of her team’s 97 receptions in the match helping the team to a 40 kill percent as a team. The two teams complete the home-and-home series on Dec. 5 in Germany. In the Bundesliga, Dresdner lost to SSC Palmberg Schwerin 25-21, 22-25, 26-24, 25-21 on Dec. 1. Benson was credited with a 56 positive reception percent on 18 reception chances. Dresdner resumes Bundesliga action on Dec. 8 against Suhl.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tayyiba Haneef-Park serves as the U.S. Women’s National Team athlete representative to the USA Volleyball Board of Directors.