While the U.S. Women's National Team players are wrapping up their pro seasons overseas, the next generation of Team USA hopefuls will be evaluated March 2-4 by head coach Karch Kiraly and his staff during the annual National Team open tryout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 26, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts will be held March 2-4 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and the public can watch the 230-plus participating athletes either in person or via live video stream.
- European Champions League heads into the final match of the main phase this week. Kim Hill and her Imoco Volley Conegliano team have a chance to go undefeated in the double round-robin competition to determine which teams head to the quarterfinals. However, they will be facing Lauren Gibbemeyer and Igor Gorgonzola Novara, which defeated Conegliano just over a week ago in the Italian Cup finals.
- Paige Tapp and Molly McCage has sparked Allianz MTV Stuttgart to the German Bundesliga regular season championship.
- 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: Since 1983, which two countries has the U.S. Women’s National Team played the most matches against – whether in a tournament or friendly exhibitions?
234 @NCAAVolleyball athletes will take part in the #USAVwnt Open Tryout March 2-4 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Athletes will be evaluated for our National Team or Collegiate National Team programs. Details -> https://t.co/Gfoh9RTuLE pic.twitter.com/htXyO4rBSC— USA Volleyball (@usavolleyball) February 23, 2018
U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TRYOUT THIS WEEK: The next generation of Team USA hopefuls will be in Colorado Springs, Colorado, taking part in the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryout held March 2-4. Head coach Karch Kiraly will evaluate some 230-plus athletes representing 90 colleges for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team or U.S. Collegiate National Team. Nearly every moment of the three-day tryout will be streamed live on four courts and available by clicking here starting on March 2 at 2 p.m. MT. While public seating is limited for fans to watch the tryout in the U.S. Olympic Training Center’s Sports Center II, those wishing to watch should use the Union Boulevard entrance to the U.S. Olympic Training Center grounds. For details on the tryout and the roster of athletes, click here.
"We will have to fight as a team and improve everyday" says @JordanLarson10 on @usavolleyball's road to success in #VolleyballNationsLeague and #FIVBWomensWCHhttps://t.co/OOroQiB2HA pic.twitter.com/d4gZhKOSs7— FIVB (@FIVBVolleyball) February 21, 2018
LARSON INTERVIEW WITH FIVB: Jordan Larson participated in an interview with the FIVB as part of an ongoing series to promote the upcoming FIVB Volleyball Nations League. In the Q&A, Larson talks about the importance of the Volleyball Nations League this year leading up to the World Championship, the format of the Volleyball Nations League, what could make volleyball more interesting for the players and the fans in the future, what she feels is her biggest success thus far in volleyball, her dreams and goals for the future and how tough it is to live most of the year away from home. To read the interview, click here.
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE STREAMS: Three European Champions League matches and two CEV Cup matches featuring U.S. Women’s National Team players will stream live on laola1.tv this coming week.
- Feb. 27: Champions League - VakifBank (Kelsey Robinson) vs. Galatasaray, 9:30 a.m. PT, Lexi Dannemiller) vs. Developres Skyres Rzeszow, 11 a.m. PT, WATCH
- Feb. 27: Champions League - Imoco Volley Conegliano (Kim Hill) vs. Igor Gorgonzola Novara (Lauren Gibbemeyer), 11:30 a.m. PT, WATCH
- Feb. 28: CEV Cup – Eczacibasi (Jordan Larson, Rachael Adams) vs. Yenisei Krasnoyarsk, 8:30 a.m. PT, WATCH
- Feb. 28: CEV Cup – Dresdner SC (Madi Bugg) vs. Allianz MTV Stuttgart (Molly McCage, Paige Tapp), 10 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 CEV Cup action, Eczacibasi defeated Russia’s Yenisei Krasnoyarsk 25-16, 28-26, 23-25, 25-21 on Feb. 20. Larson contributed 24 points with 22 kills on 34 attacks and just one error. She added on block and one ace in the win. Larson was credited with a 56 positive reception percent on 27 chances. Adams pitched in eight points with six kills on 18 swings, one block and one ace. Eczacibasi can claim its spot into the semifinals in the rematch on Feb. 28. In the Turkish League, Eczacibasi concluded the regular season by edging Halkbank 23-25, 25-12, 25-18, 13-25, 15-5 on Feb. 25. The match result had no bearing on Eczacibasi as it had claimed the regular season title outright last week. Adams totaled 19 points with nine kills on 17 attacks, six blocks and four aces on 25 serves. Larson was a sub in the fourth set, recording two kills on five swings, one block and two receptions. Eczacibasi concluded the regular season with a 21-1 record and a two-match advantage over second-place VakifBank.
.@Krobin32 interviewed #USAVwnt teammate Carli Lloyd for her https://t.co/W77cO6o7hj site. To read Carli's powerful and moving message on change is good, the uncontrollable, living with love, the mindset, loving yourself and self doubt, visit https://t.co/UxpO0G1ncG. pic.twitter.com/ZLrAkOIdhX— USA Volleyball (@usavolleyball) February 25, 2018
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 European Champions League action, VakifBank dominated Poland’s Grot Budowlani Lodz 25-13, 25-22, 25-16 on Feb. 20. Robinson did not play in the match. VakifBank, now 5-0 in Pool D, concludes the Champions League main phase on Feb. 27 against Turkish League rival Galatasaray (4-1). In the Turkish League, VakifBank lost to Bursa B. Sehir Bld 22-25, 25-20, 28-26, 25-19 in the regular season finale on Feb. 24. Robinson, who came off the bench to start the final three sets, turned in 11 kills on 29 attacks, one ace and one block for 13 points. She also handled 37 of the team’s 88 receptions with a 62 positive reception percent. VakifBank (19-3) was guaranteed to finish in second place, regardless of the match outcome. Robinson has launched her own website, nomandplay.com, on her passions for play, travel and food. She recently interviewed Carli Lloyd, her teammate on the U.S. Women’s National Team. To read Lloyd’s incredibly powerful and moving message on 1) change is good; 2) The uncontrollable; 3) living with love; 4) the mindset; 5) loving yourself and 6) self doubt, 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 European Champions League, Novara defeated Turkey’s Fenerbahce 25-23, 25-18, 25-13 on Feb. 22. Gibbemeyer turned in five kills on 10 attacks, three blocks and two aces for 10 points in the sweep. Novara (4-1 in Pool B) challenges Italian rival Conegliano (5-0) on Feb. 27 to conclude Pool B. A week after winning the Italian Cup, Novara resumed its Italian Serie A1 regular season with a 25-16, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19 win over Saugella Team Monza on Feb. 24. Gibbemeyer tallied four kills on 11 swings, a team-best four blocks and an ace for nine points in the win. Novara (15-5, 46 points), which remains in second place, resumes Italian League action on March 4 against league-leader Imoco Volley Conegliano (17-3, 49 points).
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 European Champions League, Conegliano blanked Agel Prostejov 25-21, 25-21, 25-15 on Feb. 21. Hill scored a team-leading 14 points with 10 kills on 25 swings, two blocks and two aces. She also handled 10 receptions with a 60 positive reception percent. American Simone Lee earned her first start for Conegliano and tallied nine kills on 18 swings and just one error to go with an ace and block for 11 points. She handled 29 of the team’s 51 receptions with a 31 positive percent with only one error. Conegliano (5-0 in Pool B) concludes the main phase on Feb. 27 against Italian rival Novara (4-1). In the Italian Serie A1 regular season, Conegliano was upset by third-place Savino Del Bene Scandicci (16-4, 45 points) 25-14, 25-22, 25-20 on Feb. 25. Hill turned in three kills on 22 swings while handling 10 receptions with an 80 positive percent. Lee started the first set, recording two kills on four swings to go with a 44 positive reception percent on nine chances. Conegliano (17-3, 49 points), which holds on to first place, meets second-place Igor Gorgonzola Novara (15-5, 46 points) on March 4 in its next Italian Serie A1 match.
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 upset league leader Imoco Volley Conegliano (17-3, 49 points) 25-14, 25-22, 25-20 on Feb. 25. Carlini was back in the starting lineup and set Scandicci to a 41 kill percent. She added two kills on three swings in the victory. Third-place Scandicci (16-4, 45 points) resumes regular season action on March 3 against 10th-place Foppapedretti Bergamo (7-13, 18 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. Team Monza dropped a 25-16, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19 match to Igor Gorgonzola Novara on Feb. 24. Dixon totaled five points, all kills on 16 attacks. Hancock, who set the team to a 33 kill percent, added three aces and a kill for four points. Team Monza (11-9, 33 points), now in fifth place, challenges sixth-place Liu Jo Nordmeccanica (11-9, 30 points) on March 4 in its next league match.
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. Fourth-place Busto Arsizio lost to seventh-place Mycicero Volley Pesaro 25-22, 25-18, 25-23 on Feb. 25. Bartsch-Hackley recorded 10 kills on 26 swings and a block for 11 points. Wilhite was a sub in the second set, recording one block. Busto Arsizio (11-9, 35 points) faces ninth-place Pomi Casalmaggiore (6-14, 22 points) on March 3 in its next Italian Serie A1 match.
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 CEV Cup, Casalmaggiore lost to Germany’s SSC Palmberg Schwerin 35-33, 25-20, 25-15 on Feb. 21 in the first of two quarterfinal home-and-home matches. Drews scored eight points in the loss with seven kills on 26 attacks and a block. Casalmaggiore will need to win the return match on March 1 in three sets to force a tiebreaker to decide which team moves on to the semifinals. In the Italian Serie A, Casalmaggiore edged 11th-place Sab Volley Legano 25-18, 15-25, 25-21, 23-25, 21-19 in a thrilling five-set battle. Drews scored a team-high 23 points with 19 kills on 42 swings, three aces and a block. Ninth-place Casalmaggiore (6-14, 22 points) challenges fourth-place Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio (11-9, 35 points) on March 3 in its next Italian Serie A1 match.
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. After going undefeated (21-0) during the regular season and winning its first four round of six playoff matches, Hisamitsu Springs finally dropped a match as JT Marvelous won 25-22, 25-20, 25-17 on Feb. 24. Akinradewo scored eight kills on 18 errorless attacks. She added one block for nine points in the loss. Hisamitsu Springs finished second in the six-team round-round playoffs with a 4-1 record, and now will face third-place Toyota in the two-match semifinal round on March 3-4 in Kumamoto. The winner advances to play JT Marvelous in finals round on March 10 and March 17.
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 to sixth-place Hungkuk Life Pink Spiders 25-22, 25-13, 21-25, 18-25, 19-17 on Feb. 21. Kingdon tallied 37 kills on 92 attacks and three blocks for 40 points. She added 19 digs in the loss. IBK rebounded with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-16 victory over Hyundai on Feb. 25. Kindgon contributed 18 kills on 41 attacks along with 12 digs in the win. IBK (19-9, 55 points), now in second place, challenges GS Caltex on March 6.
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 topped 13th-place Sorelle Ramonda Ipag Montecchio (7-17, 20 points) on Feb. 21 to start the week. McMahon pocketed 12 points with nine kills on 21 swings and three blocks. Soverato lost to eighth-place Club Italia Crai (14-11, 40 points) 30-28, 25-16, 25-16 on Feb. 25. In the first set, Soverato held a 21-15 advantage before losing the set and momentum. McMahon, who started the first two sets, scored four kills on 13 attacks. Soverato (16-8, 45 points), which is in seventh-place place, plays 11th-place Zambello Orvieto (13-11, 38 points) on March 4 in its next league match.
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 CEV Cup, Stuttgart defeated German rival Dresdner 25-23, 25-16, 25-17 on Feb. 21 to begin its home-and-home quarterfinal round series. McCage collected 10 points with six kills on 10 attacks and a match-high four blocks. Tapp added six kills on 12 attacks and three blocks for nine points. Stuttgart can advance to the CEV Cup semifinals with a win over Dresdner in the second quarterfinal match on Feb. 28. In the German Bundesliga regular season, Stuttgart swept Rote Raben Vilsbiburg 25-16, 25-21, 25-19 on Feb. 24. McCage hammered eight kills on 13 errorless attacks to go with two aces on seven serves for 10 points. Tapp added four kills on seven swings and an ace for five points in the win. Stuttgart (17-2, 52 points), which secured the regular season title with its victory over Vilsbiburg, challenges third-place Schwerin (15-4, 46 points) on March 10 in its final regular season match.
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 CEV Cup, Dresdner lost the first of two quarterfinal home-and-home matches with German rival Allianz MTV Stuttgart 25-23, 25-16, 25-17 on Feb. 21. Bugg was a starter in the second set and sub in the other two. She scored one block during the match. Dresdner will need to defeat Stuttgart in three sets in the return match on Feb. 28 to force a tiebreaker to determine which German team moves on to the semifinals. In the German Bundesliga, Dresdner topped Suhl 25-18, 25-18, 25-14 on Feb. 24. Bugg did not play in the match. Dresdner (16-3, 47 points), which moved into second place, faces 10th-place Erfurt (3-16, 9 points) on Feb. 28 in its final regular season match.
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 swept eighth-place Quimper (7-11, 20 points) 25-20, 25-20, 25-18 on Feb. 16. Rolfzen hammered seven kills on 10 attacks to go with two blocks and an ace for 10 points. Beziers (16-2, 45 points), now in first place, meets last-place Chamaliers (2-17, 5 points) on Feb. 26 in its next league match followed by St. Raphael on March 3.
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 European Champions League, Mulhouse dropped a 26-24, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19 match to Switzerland’s Volero Zurich on Feb. 21. Dannemiller set her squad to a 38 kill percent while adding one kill and one block for two points. Mulhouse (1-4 in Pool A) concludes the main phase on Feb. 27 against Poland’s Developres SkyRes Rzeszow (1-4). In the French League, Mulhouse blanked SF Paris St. Cloud 25-11, 25-17, 25-20 on Feb. 24. Dannemiller set Mulhouse to a 47 kill percent and .442 hitting efficiency (40-2-86). She added one individual kill on one attack. Mulhouse (13-6, 39 points), which is in third place, resumes French League action on March 4 against Quimper.
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 had its two-match win streak snapped on Feb. 24 as Evreux came from behind to win 24-26, 19-25, 31-29, 25-19, 15-12. Benson handled 14 receptions with a 79 positive percent. Nancy (8-11, 23 points), now in eighth-place place, resumes French League action on March 3 against Venelles.
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 (13-8, 37 points), now in fifth place, resumes action on March 2 against first-place Dentil Praia (20-0, 57 points).
TRIVIA ANSWER: The U.S. Women’s National Team has played Japan and Cuba the most of any other country since 1983. The Americans have faced the Japanese 225 times and the series is almost split 50 percent. Japan holds a very slim 113-112 record against the U.S. Meanwhile, the U.S. has faced Cuba 155 times with the Cubans leading the series 93-62. Further, Team USA has 75 wins over Canada (75-10) for the second most wins against another country.