WNT Update: Lloyd, Hill Win Cup Titles in Brazil, Italy

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Nov. 12, 2018, 1:04 p.m. (ET)

Carli Lloyd helped her Praia Clube to the Brazilian SuperCup title
Carli Lloyd led Praia Clube to the Brazilian SuperCup title this past weekend

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 12, 2018) – U.S. Women’s National Team players Kim Hill and Carli Lloyd collected more hardware this weekend as their professional clubs won SuperCup titles in Italy and Brazil, respectively.

QUICK SETS

  • Hugh McCutcheon, who led the U.S. Women to silver at the 2012 Olympic Games and the U.S. Men to gold at the 2008 Olympic Games, was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame.
  • Carli Lloyd and her club Praia Clube won the Brazilian SuperCup on Nov. 10.
  • Kim Hill and Megan Easy helped lead Imoco Volley Conegliano to the Italian SuperCup title with a win over Igor Gorgonzola Novara on Nov. 10.

TRIVIA QUESTION: Hugh McCutcheon was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame this past Saturday. Who was last player from the U.S Women’s National Team to be inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame.

HANEEF-PARK’S AND MAY-TREANOR’S 1998 NATIONAL TITLE TEAM INDUCTED INTO LBSU’S HALL OF FAME: Tayyiba Haneef-Park, a three-time Olympian with the U.S. Women’s National Team, and Misty May-Treanor, a three-time Olympic Games gold medalist on the beach, were inducted into the Long Beach State University Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the LBSU volleyball team that won the 1998 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. For a video highlighting their undefeated 1998 season, click here.

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 defeated Osasco 27-29, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 on Nov. 10 to capture the Brazilian SuperCup. Match statistics were not available. Praia Clube opens the Superliga season on Nov. 16 against Volei Balneario Camboriu. Praia Clube opens its Superliga season on Nov. 16 against Volei Balneario Camboriu. Next month Praia Clube will be competing in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship Dec. 4-9 in Shaoxing, China.

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. Further, 2012 Olympic silver medalist Megan Hodge Easy (Boston) is competing for Conegliano. Conegliano claimed the Italian Super Cup title on Nov. 10 after defeating Igor Gorgonzola Novara 25-21, 25-17, 17-25, 25-23. Hill scored 10 kills on 15 attacks while adding a 60 positive reception percent as a sub in all four sets. Easy, who started all four sets, added six kills on 22 attacks and a block. She was credited with a 50 positive reception percent on 18 chances. Conegliano (2-0), which was idle this past week in the Italian Serie A1 as its regularly scheduled match with Novara was postponed to Nov. 28, challenges 13th-place Zanetti Bergamo (0-4, 0 points) on Nov. 14 in its next Italian league match followed by 12th-place Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri (0-4, 0 points) on Nov. 18. Conegliano is also part of the European Champions League where it has a bye through to the fourth round where it will compete in Pool D.

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 this winter. Novara lost to Imoco Volley Conegliano 25-21, 25-17, 17-25, 25-23 on Nov. 10 in the Italian Super Cup title match. Bartsch-Hackley produced seven kills on 29 attacks, two blocks and an ace. She was credited with a 63 positive reception percent on a team-leading 30 chances. Carlini set Novara to a 41 kill percent and .265 hitting efficiency. Novara (3-0, 9 points), who will play Conegliano again on Nov. 28 in the Italian Serie A1 regular season, meets 11th-place Club Italia Crai (0-4, 0 points) on Nov. 14 in its next regular season match followed by ninth-place Lardini Filottrano (1-2, 3 points) on Nov. 18.

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. Team Monza swept Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri 25-19, 25-17, 25-21 on Nov. 11. Adams pocketed 14 points with 10 kills on 15 swings, three blocks and an ace. Hancock did not play in the match. Team Monza (2-2, 6 points), in seventh place, takes on eighth-place Il Bisonte Firenze (2-2, 6 points) on Nov. 14 and closes the week against 10th-place Bosca San Bernardo Cuneo (1-2, 3 points) on Nov. 17. In the CEV Challenge Cup, Monza will face Austria’s Prinz Brunnenbau Volleys Perg on Nov. 28 to start its 16th Finals Round home-and-home series.

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 lost to Il Bisonte Firenze 24-26, 25-11, 25-19, 25-23 on Nov. 11 in Bergamo. Courtney scored 11 kills on 29 swings and a block for 12 points. She was also credited with a 62 positive reception percent on a team-leading 34 chances. Tapp chipped in four points with three kills on eight attacks and a block. Bergamo will play Imoco Volley Conegliano on Nov. 14 followed by Banca Valsabbina Millenium on Nov. 18.

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 topped Lardini Filottrano 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19 on Nov. 11. Washington was a sub in the third set, producing two kills on as many attacks. Brescia improved to 2-1 on the season by defeating Club Italia Crai 25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 25-10 on Nov. 4. Washington did not play in the match. Brescia challenges Bosca San Bernardo Cuneo on Nov. 14 and Zanetti Bergamo on Nov. 18.

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 Banca Valsabbina Millenium Brescia 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19 on Nov. 11. Whitney chalked up 13 points with 10 kills on 24 swings, two blocks and an ace. Filottrano will now face Pomi Casalmaggiore on Nov. 14 followed by a Nov. 18 contest against Igor Gorgonzola Novara.

OGBOGU WITH CHEMIK POLICE IN POLAND: Middle Chiaka Ogbogu (Coppell, Texas, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Chemik Police in the Polish League this winter. Chemik Police blanked Bank Pocztowy Palac Bydgoszcz 25-11, 25-21, 25-19 on Nov. 9. Ogbogu collected 16 points in the victory with 15 kills on 22 attacks as part of a .591 hitting efficiency and a block. Chemik Police takes on E.Leclerc Rodomka Radom on Nov. 14 in the third round followed by a Nov. 17 match against Developres Skyres Rzeszow.

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. Eczacibasi swept Halkbank 25-12, 25-10, 25-17 on Nov. 6. Gibbemeyer contributed seven points with five kills on nine attacks, one ace and one block. Larson did not play in the match. Eczacibasi improved to 3-0 with a 25-16, 25-20, 25-12 victory over Beylikduzu on Nov. 9. Larson charted 14 points in the victory with eight kills on 19 swings, three blocks and three aces. She handled 13 receptions with a 31 positive percent. Gibbemeyer added six points in the victory, including two kills, two blocks and two aces. To watch a replay of the match, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=n8JKBzJWnR8. Eczacibasi (3-0) returns to Turkish League action on Nov. 13 against Fenerbahce, followed by a Nov. 16 match versus THY. Next month Eczacibasi will be competing in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship Dec. 4-9 in Shaoxing, China. Eczacibasi is also playing in the European Champions League in which it is part of Pool B’s fourth roud.

ROBINSON WITH VAKIFBANK IN TURKISH LEAGUE: Outside hitter Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach, California, Instagram, Twitter, Website) is playing club volleyball with VakifBank in the Turkish professional league this winter. VakiBank defeated Besiktas 25-18, 25-11, 25-18 on Nov. 6 in the second round of the Turkish League. Robinson turned in eight points in the victory, all on kills via 17 attacks. She added a 73 positive reception percent on 15 chances. VakifBank edged Fenerbahce 25-18, 21-25, 20-25, 25-21, 16-14 on Nov. 10. Robinson notched 10 points with seven kills on 24 attacks, two blocks and an ace. She was credited with 31 of the team’s 88 service receptions with a 58 positive reception percent. VakifBank (3-0) resumes its Turkish League schedule next week with matches versus Galatasaray on Nov. 14 and Aydin B.Sehir on Nov. 17. Next month VakifBank will be competing in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship Dec. 4-9 in Shaoxing, China. Robinson has launched her own website, 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.

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 Fenerbahce 34-32, 18-25, 25-21, 25-16 on Nov. 6. Drews and Lee scored 18 points each in the loss. Drews tallied 15 kills on 41 swings and three aces in the loss. Lee hammered 13 kills on 26 attacks, four blocks and an ace while handling 48 of the team’s 93 service receptions with a 46 positive percent. Hunter set the team to a 41 kill percent and .259 hitting efficiency. She added two kills on six attacks and an ace for three individual points. In its second straight match against the Turkish League elite, Beylikduzu lost to Eczacibasi 25-16, 25-20, 25-12 on Nov. 9. Lee notched 10 points with nine kills on 22 swings and an ace. She added a 33 positive reception percent on 30 receptions. Drews pocketed nine points, all on kills from 29 attacks. Hunter set the team to a 33 kill percent and had one individual kill and one ace for two points. To watch a replay of the match, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=n8JKBzJWnR8. Beylikduzu (1-2) returns to Turkish League action on Nov. 13 against THY before challenging Canakkale on Nov. 17.

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 defeated Dianchi 26-24, 25-17, 25-18 on Nov. 7. Dixon collected 14 points with nine kills on 13 errorless attacks, three blocks and two aces. Kindgon Rishel added 12 points with 11 kills on 17 attacks and an ace. She was credited with a 78 positive reception percent on nine chances. In the second round, BAIC Motors swept Xitang 25-15, 25-12, 25-18 on Nov. 9. Kingdon Rishel contributed 15 points with 14 kills on 32 swings and a block. She was credited with a 90 positive reception percent on 10 chances. Dixon chipped in 12 points with six kills on 13 attacks, four blocks and two aces. BAIC Motors blanked Hebel 25-18, 25-19, 25-21 on Nov. 10. Kingdon Rishel tallied seven kills on 10 attacks and an ace for eight points in starting the first two sets. Dixon did not play in the match. BAIC Motors picked an important 25-18, 25-27, 25-22, 25-18 victory over Shanghai on Nov. 12. Dixon collected 17 points in the victory, including nine kills on 21 swings and an impressive eight blocks. Kingdon Rishel tallied eight kills on 28 swings along with a block for nine points in the victory. She handled 14 receptions with a 79 positive reception percent in starting the first three sets. BAIC Motors, in first place with a 4-0 record, returns to action on Nov. 13 with two matches against Fujian and Jiangsu.

MURPHY WITH SHANGHAI VOLLEYBALL CLUB: Opposite Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Illinois, Twitter, Instagram) is playing for Shanghai Volleyball Club this winter. Shanghai edged Jiangsu 25-19, 19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-13 on Nov. 8 to open the season. Murphy tallied 14 kills on 42 swings and four aces for 18 points. In the second round, Shanghai downed Dianchi 25-11, 25-15, 25-13. Murphy charted 14 points with 13 kills on 18 swings and a block. Shanghai lost its first match of the season 25-18, 25-27, 25-22, 25-18 to BAIC Motors on Nov. 12 in a battle of undefeated teams. Murphy started the match and had three attacks. Shanghai, which falls to second place with a 4-1 record, faces Fujian on Nov. 14 in its next match.

WILHITE, PAIGE TAPP, RIVERS AND McCAGE WITH MTV STUTTGART IN GERMAN BUNDESLIGA: Outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (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. The squad is also competing in the European Champions League. Stuttgart lost to Romania’s CSM Volei Alba Blaj 25-18, 25-20, 17-25, 28-26 on Nov. 7 at the home of Blaj in the opening home-and-home match of the Champions League third round. Rivers notched 18 points with 15 kills on 38 swings, two aces and a block. McCage tacked on 11 points with nine kills on 12 attacks, one ace and one block. Tapp produced four kills and two blocks for fix points. Bugg started the first two sets at setter, while Wilhite was a sub in the second and fourth sets. The series shifts to Stuttgart on Nov. 13. Stuttgart rallied past VC Wiesbaden 26-24, 21-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-7 on Nov. 10 in its German Bundesliga opener in Stuttgart. Wilhite charted 11 points with seven kills on 20 attacks and four blocks. Tapp, coming off the bench in the second set and starting the final three sets, contributed nine points with seven kills on nine attacks and two blocks. McCage added eight points, highlighted by seven kills on 18 attacks and a block. Rivers started the first three sets, producing three kills. Bugg, a sub in the first two sets before starting the final three sets, helped Stuttgart to a 39 kill percent as a team for the match and a .228 hitting efficiency over the final three sets. Stuttgart returns to Bundesliga action on Nov. 18 against VCO Berlin.

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. Dresdner won its second Bundesliga match to open the regular season by sweeping Erfurt 25-16, 25-15, 25-16 on Nov. 10. Benson contributed a 36 positive reception percent on 14 chances as Dresdner compiled a 51 team kill percent. Dresdner resumes Bundesliga action on Nov. 17 against Aachen. Dresdner faces Italy’s Yamamay E-Work Busto Arsizio in the CEV Cup 16th Finals Round home-and-home series on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5.

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 lost to JT Marvelous 25-20, 21-25, 14-25, 25-19, 15-10 on Nov. 10 without Akinradewo, who has not returned to her club team after getting married on Nov. 3.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Danielle Scott-Arruda was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2016, marking the most recent inductee from the U.S. Women’s National Team. For more information on her career and induction, click here.