Women's Update: Larson, Adams Lead Eczacibasi to Big Win

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Feb. 05, 2018, 9:32 a.m. (ET)

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Jordan Larson and her Eczacibasi teammate Rachael Adams won a key meeting against Turkish League rival VakifBank on Sunday. Come watch Jordan and the rest of the U.S. Women as they host Volleyball Nations League on May 15-17 in Nebraska.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 5, 2018) – The 2017-18 pro leagues are coming down to the final stages of their regular season around the globe, and U.S. Women’s National Team members are in the thick of the action.

QUICK SETS

  • Jordan Larson and Rachael Adams helped spark Turkish leader Eczacibasi to a sweep over second-place VakifBank with Kelsey Robinson.
  • Madi Kingdon sparked IBK to a five-set win over Korea V.League leader Korea Expressway on Jan. 30.
  • Molly McCage was named most valuable player as she and Paige Tapp led second-place Stuttgart past first-place Dresdner in the German Bundesliga.
  • The European Champions League is back in action this coming week with four matches featuring U.S. Women’s National Team athletes.
  • 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 huskers.com/usavolleyball. For more information on the event, click here.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Why did U.S. Women’s National Team outside hitter Kelsey Robinson select her Team USA jersey number?

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE STREAMS: Four European Champions League matches featuring U.S. Women’s National Team players will stream live on laola.tv as the main phase reaches its second leg this week.

  • Feb. 7: Champions League – Igor Gorgonzola Novara (Lauren Gibbemeyer) vs. Agel Prostejov, 8 a.m. PT, WATCH
  • Feb. 7: Champions League - ASPTT Mulhouse (Lexi Dannemiller) vs. CS Volei Alba Blaj, 8 a.m. WATCH
  • Feb. 7: Champions League - Imoco Volley Conegliano (Kim Hill) vs. Fenerbahce, 10:30 a.m. PT, WATCH
  • Feb. 8: Champions League - VakifBank (Kelsey Robinson) vs. Dinamo Moscow, 8 a.m. PT, WATCH

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. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi eased past Canakkale Bld 25-23, 25-16, 25-17 on Jan. 31. Larson notched 15 points with 13 kills on 28 attacks and just one error to go with one block and one ace. She also handled 17 of the team’s 49 receptions. Adams, as a reserve in the second set and starter in the third, added four kills on seven attacks and a team-best three blocks for seven points. Eczacibasi finished the week with an impressive 25-21, 25-17, 25-20 victory over then-second-place VakifBank on Feb. 4. Larson scored eight points in the victory with seven kills on 21 attacks and a block. Adams, as a sub in the first and third sets, charted two kills on three swings and an ace for three points. Eczacibasi (17-1), which is now in sole possession of first place, faces third-place Fenerbahce (15-3) on Feb. 11 in its next Turkish League match. In CEV Cup action, Eczacibasi concludes its CEV Cup 8th Finals Round home-and-home series on Feb. 8 with the winner advancing to the 4th Finals Round (quarterfinals).

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, VakifBank defeated Ilbank 25-19, 25-14, 25-17 on Jan. 31 to start the week. Robinson connected for 10 kills on 19 swings to go with two aces and two blocks. She added a 58 positive reception percent after handling 24 of the team’s 39 receptions. In a showdown of the top two teams in the Turkish League, VakifBank lost to league-leader Eczacibasi 25-21, 25-17, 25-20 on Feb. 4. Robinson was a sub in the second set and started the third set. She tallied five kills on 14 attacks with a 64 positive reception percent on 11 chances in her reserve role. VakifBank (16-2), now in second place, challenges 11th-place Canakkale Bld (5-13) on Feb. 11 in its next Turkish league match. In European Champions League action, VakifBank (3-0 in Pool D) resumes action on Feb. 8 with a rematch of Dinamo Moscow (1-2). Robinson has launched her own website, www.nomandplay.com, on her passions for play, travel and food. Check out her 24-Hour Series article on visiting Paris by clicking here. To read more about her website, click here.

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. In the Italian Serie A1, Conegliano answered its upset loss from a week ago to defeat Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio 25-19, 25-17, 25-17 on Feb. 4. Hill scored eight points in the win with six kills on 20 attacks. She added 12 reception with a 67 positive reception percent. American teammate Simone Lee was a sub in the final two sets, recording two kills on six attacks to go with an 83 positive reception percent on six chances. Conegliano (16-2, 47 points), which holds on to first place, meets sixth-place Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena (11-7, 29 points) on Feb. 10 in its next league match. In the European Champions League, Conegliano (3-0 in Pool B) will have a rematch with Fenerbahce (1-2) in the fourth leg on Feb. 7.

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, Novara defeated third-place Savino Del Bene Scandicci (14-4, 39 points) 25-19, 27-25, 25-19 on Feb. 3. Gibbemeyer tallied five kills on 13 errorless attacks and a team-leading three blocks for eight points. Novara (14-4, 43 points), which remains in second place, resumes Italian League action on Feb. 11 against ninth-place Pomi Casalmaggiore (4-14, 17 points). In the European Champions League, Novara (2-1 in Pool B) challenges Prostejov in a rematch in the fourth leg on Feb. 7.

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 lost to second-place Igor Gorgonzola Novara 25-19, 27-25, 25-19 on Feb. 3. Carlini, a sub in all three sets, tallied one kill on one attack and a block for two points. Scandicci (14-4, 39 points), which stays in third place, resumes regular season action on Feb. 11 against 11th-place Sab Volley Legnano (5-13, 15 points).

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. After stunning league-leader Conegliano the week before, Team Monza continued its win streak with a 25-17, 16-25, 25-23, 22-25, 15-10 victory over Mycicero Volley Pesaro on Feb. 4. Dixon contributed 13 points in the victory with 12 kills on 17 swings and a block. Hancock set her team to a 38 kill percent while chipping in five individual kills on 11 swings and three aces for eight points. Team Monza (10-8, 30 points), now in fifth place, challenges last-place Lardini Filottrano (4-14, 11 points) on Feb. 11.

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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. In the Italian Serie A1, Busto Arsizio lost to league-leader Imoco Volley Conegliano 25-19, 25-17, 25-17 on Feb. 4. Bartsch-Hackley scored three kills and a block for four points in the loss. Wilhite, a sub in the final two sets, scored six kills on 12 attacks with just one error. Busto Arsizio (10-8, 32 points), which stays fourth in the standings, faces eighth-place Il Bisonte Firenze (6-12, 20 points) on Feb. 11 in its next Italian Serie A1 match. In the CEV Cup, Busto Arsizio meets Turkey’s Eczacibasi on Feb. 8 to close out its CEV Cup 8th Finals Round home-and-home series. Eczacibasi won the first meeting on Jan. 24 in four sets. The winner advances to the 4th Finals Round (quarterfinals).

DREWS WITH CASALMAGGIORE IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Opposite Annie Drews (Elkhart, Indiana, Instagram, Twitter), who played her first season with the U.S. Women’s National Team, is currently playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore in the Italian Serie A1 after transferring from Sab Volleyball Legnano. In the Italian Serie A, Casalmaggiore lost to last-place Lardini Filottrano 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20 on Feb. 4. Drews scored nine points in the match with eight kills on 35 swings and an ace. On the opposite side of the net, American Annie Mitchem scored 22 points for Filottrano with 16 kills on 51 sings and a match-high six blocks. Casalmaggiore (4-14 17 points), now in ninth-place, meets second-place Igor Gorgonzola Novara (14-4, 43 points) on Feb. 11. In the CEV Cup, Casalmaggiore concludes its 8th Finals Round home-and-home series with Linamar-Bekescsabi RS KFT on Feb. 7. Casalmaggiore swept the first match.

LLOYD WITH BARUERI IN BRAZIL: Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, California, Instagram), a 2016 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist, joined Hinode Barueri of the Brazil Superliga in January after successfully recovering from an injury during the 2017 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. Barueri defeated Esporte Clube Pinheiros 24-26, 25-23, 25-16, 22-25, 15-12 on Jan. 30 in Sao Paulo. Lloyd set her squad to a 38 kill percent and scored two individual points on a kill and block. Barueri picked up its second win of the week with a 25-21, 23-25, 25-17, 25-14 victory over Fluminense FC on Feb. 2. Lloyd scored two kills, two blocks and an ace in the victory. She set her squad to a 42 kill percent in the victory. Barueri (11-8, 32 points), now in fifth place, resumes action on Feb. 7 against 10th-place Brasilia Volei (4-14, 10 points).

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 defeated league-leader Korea Expressway 25-14, 25-22, 27-29, 17-25, 15-12 on Jan. 30. Kingdon scored a match-high 39 points with 35 kills on 94 swings, three blocks and one ace. She added 18 digs in the victory. IBK (15-7, 43 points), now in second place and two points behind Korea Expressway (15-7, 45 points) in the standings, challenges third-place Hyundai (12-10, 37 points) on Feb. 6 and sixth-place GS Caltex (8-13, 21 points) on Feb. 11 in its next league matches. The IBK-Hyundai match can be watched live at 12:25 a.m. PT on Tuedsay by clicking here.

WOPAT WITH BAIC MOTORS IN CHINA: Carly Wopat (Santa Barbara, California, Instagram, Twitter), a middle for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is playing for BAIC Motors in Beijing as part of the Chinese professional league. BAIC lost its final Stage 2 playoff match to Liaoning Broadcasting 25-19, 24-26, 25-22, 30-28 on Feb. 3. Wopat did not play in the match. BAIC finished in seventh place of the eight-team playoffs and did not advance to the semifinals.

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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 continued its resurgence last week with a 25-18, 13-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-10 win over fourth-place Ubi Banca San Bernardo Cuneo on Feb. 4. McMahon tallied one kill in the victory after playing just the first two sets. Soverato (15-7, 42 points), which moved up to sixth-place place, is idle next week and resumes action on Feb. 21 against Sorelle Ramonda Ipag Montecchio.

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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 regular season, Stuttgart downed USC Munster 25-17, 25-15, 16-25, 25-15 on Feb. 4. McCage slammed 14 kills on 22 attacks to go with two blocks and an ace for 17 points and the match most valuable player honor. Tapp added four kills on seven attacks, three blocks and two aces for nine points. Stuttgart (13-2, 40 points), which is in second place in the Bundesliga, returns to regular season Bundesliga action on Feb. 10 against fourth-place Wiesbaden (9-5, 26 points) In the CEV Cup, Stuttgart concludes its 8th Finals Round home-and-home series with Aserix Avo Beveren on Feb. 6. Stuttgart, looking to advance to the 4th Finals Round (quarterfinals), won the first match 3-0 on Jan. 24.

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. In the German Bundesliga, Dresdner swept seventh-place Vilsbiburg (7-8, 20 points) 25-18, 25-13, 25-19 on Feb. 3. Bugg started all three sets, compiling four kills on five errorless attacks and three aces. She led Dresdner to a 45 kill percent as a team. Dresdner (14-2, 41 points), which remains in first place, faces third-place Schwerin (13-3, 39 points) on Feb. 14. In the CEV Cup, Dresdner looks for a 8th Finals Round home-and-home series sweep TS Volley Duedingen when the teams meet again on Feb. 7.

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. In the French League, Beziers blanked ninth-place Vandoeuvre Nancy 25-23, 25-16, 25-18 on Feb. 3. Rolfzen connected for eight kills on nine swings and two blocks for 10 points in the victory. Beziers (15-1, 41 points), now back in first place after league-leader RC Cannes’ loss, meets fourth-place Le Cannet (10-6, 24 points) on Feb. 10 in its next French League match. In the CEV Cup, Beziers looks to sweep its 8th Finals Round home-and-home series with Minchanka Minsk on Feb. 7. Beziers won the first meeting in five sets on Jan. 24.

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. In the French League, Mulhouse defeated St. Raphael 25-13, 28-30, 25-23, 25-23 on Feb. 2. Dannemiller was a sub in the second set. Mulhouse (11-5, 33 points), which is in third place, resumes French League action on Feb. 10 against fifth-place Venelles (8-7, 23 points). In the European Champions League, Mulhouse (1-2 in Pool A) resumes action on Feb. 7 against Blaj (3-0).

BENSON WITH VANDOEUVRE NANCY IN FRENCH LEAGUE: Libero Amanda Benson (Litchfield Park, Arizona, Instagram, Twitter), 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 lost to current league-leader Beziers 25-23, 25-16, 25-18 on Feb. 3. Benson handled 17 receptions in the loss. Nancy (6-10, 16 points), now in 10th place, resumes French League action on Feb. 10 against seventh-place Quimper (7-8, 19 points).

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 finished the regular season undefeated (21-0) and is preparing for the playoffs. Hisamitsu Springs faces Toyota on Feb. 10 followed by a Feb. 11 match versus Toray.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Kelsey Robinson was a diehard Chicago Bulls fan growing up in the Chicago suburbs, and her favorite player was Michael Jordan. As homage to him, she wears his No. 23 on her U.S. Women’s National Team jersey.