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Women's Update: Who led Team USA in Stats in 2019?

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Nov. 24, 2019, 7:45 p.m. (ET)

Chiaka Ogbogu attacking during European Champions League action
Chiaka Ogbogu attacking during European Champions League action

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 24, 2019) – Statistically, who led the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2019? Find out in the current weekly update along with how many tickets have been sold to Team USA’s home FIVB Volleyball Nations League matches and other national team updates from around the globe.

TEAM USA VOLLEYBALL NATIONS LEAGUE TICKETS GOING FAST IN WICHITA: If you are interested in watching the U.S. Women’s National Team in person on U.S. soil prior to the 2020 Olympic Games, you may want to act fast to get the best seats available when Team USA hosts Turkey, Japan and Belgium in its 2020 FIVB Volleyball Nations League home matches in Wichita from June 9-11. Through Nov. 21, 1,510 all-session tickets have already been sold for the VNL matches in Wichita. To get your all-session VNL tickets now, visit www.goshockers.com.

FINAL SEASON STATS ANALYSIS: The U.S. Women’s National Team played 51 tournament matches in 2019 resulting in a 44-7 overall record. Below are some quick sets on statistical analysis, while full team stats can be found by clicking here.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MAIN PHASE MOVES TO ROUND 2: The European Champions League has eight members of the U.S. Women’s National Team competing for a total of five pro teams in this year prestigious event. All matches are scheduled to stream on FloVolleyball.tv.

  • Nov. 27: Allianz MTV Stuttgart (Kyrstal Rivers, Jenna Rosenthal) vs. Igor Gorgonzola Novara
  • Nov. 27: Dinamo Moscow (Lauren Carlini) vs. Maritza Plovdiv
  • Nov. 27: Imoco Volley Conegliano (Kim Hill, Chiaka Ogbogu) vs. CSM Volei Alba Blaj
  • Nov. 28: Fenerbahce (Kelsey Robinson) vs. Budowlani Lodz

1980 OLYMPIC TEAM REUNION IN COLORADO SPRINGS: The 1980 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, one of the greatest Olympic volleyball teams assembled, never had the chance to compete on the grandest stage due to the United States’ boycott of the Moscow Games. Nearly 40 years later, the living members of the squad held a reunion in Colorado Springs where the team came together to train as the first squad at the then-newly christened U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center. During the team’s reunion, they attended the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame followed the USOPC Alumni Reunion. Along the way, the team shared memories of their time training and competing together. To read 1980 Olympian Laurel Brassey Iversen’s blog on the reunion, click here.

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LARSON WITH SHANGHAI IN CHINESE LEAGUE: Outside hitter Jordan Larson (Hooper, Nebraska, Instagram, Twitter) is playing for Shanghai in the Chinese Super League this winter. Shanghai dealt Xitang a 25-23, 25-18, 25-23 loss on Nov. 19. Larson hammered 13 kills on 32 attacks and a block for 14 points. She was credited with a 67 positive reception percent on nine chances. Shanghai powered past Shandong 25-17, 25-21, 25-22 on Nov. 23 to complete Pool C undefeated. Larson contributed 15 kills on 28 swings, two aces and a block for 18 points. She was credited with a 67 positive reception percent on 12 chances. Shanghai (6-0) lost just one set during the six first-round matches.

BARTSCH-HACKLEY, DIXON WITH BEIJING AUTO IN CHINESE LEAGUE: Outside hitter Michelle Bartsch-Hackley (Champaign, Illinois, Instagram, Twitter) and middle Tori Dixon (Burnsville, Minnesota, Instagram, Twitter) are playing for Beijing Auto in the Chinese Super League this winter. Beijing Auto defeated Fujian 25-14, 25-16, 25-14 on Nov. 19. Bartsch-Hackley notched 16 points, including 15 kills on 30 errorless attacks and a block. She was credited with a 50 positive reception percent on four chances. Dixon added eight kills on 12 swings and two blocks for 10 points. Beijing Auto downed Nanchang 25-23, 25-20, 19-25, 28-26 on Nov. 23 to finish the double-round robin Pool A undefeated. Bartsch-Hackley notched 16 kills on 33 swings and a block for 17 points. She was credited with a 68 positive reception percent on 22 chances. Dixon added six kills on 11 swings and a block for seven points in the victory. Beijing Auto (4-0) lost just one set in the four first-round matches.

OGBOGU, HILL WITH CONEGLIANO IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Middle Chiaka Ogbogu (Coppell, Texas, Instagram, Twitter) and outside hitter Kim Hill (Portland, Oregon, Instagram) are playing in the Italian Serie A1 and European Champions League for Imoco Volleyball Conegliano this winter. Conegliano edged Vasas Obuda Budapest 21-25, 25-20, 25-10, 23-25, 15-4 in its European Champions League opening match on Nov. 19. Ogbogu pocketed 17 points with 13 kills on 23 errorless attacks, three blocks and an ace. Hill, who came off the bench to start the final four sets, compiled 11 kills on 24 swings, two aces and a block for 14 points. She was credited with an 81 positive reception percent on 21 chances to help settle down the service reception. Conegliano plays C.SM. Volei Alba Blaj (0-1) on Nov. 27 in its second Champions League match. Conegliano blanked Savino Del Bene Scandicci 25-23, 25-10, 25-15 on Nov. 24. Hill scored seven kills on 10 attacks and was credited with a 69 positive reception percent on 13 chances. Ogbogu did not play in the match. Conegliano (9-0, 26 points), which sits atop the Italian Serie A league with a full two match lead in the loss column, returns to action on Dec. 12 against last place Bartoccini Fortinfissi Perugia (1-7, 5 points). Conegliano is also competing the eight-team FIVB Women’s Club World Championship Dec. 3-8 in Shaoxing, China. They are placed in Group A with Turkey’s Eczacibasi, China’s Guandong Evergrande and Brazil’s Itamba Minas.

COURTNEY, HANCKOCK WITH NOVARA IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Libero/outside hitter Megan Courtney (Dayton, Ohio, Instagram) and setter Micha Hancock (Edmond, Oklahoma, Instagram, Twitter) are playing for Igor Gorgonzola Novara in the Italian Serie A1 and European Champions League this winter. Novara cruised past Khimk Yuzhny 25-17, 25-10, 25-7 in its opening European Champions League match on Nov. 20. Hancock set the team to a 51 kill percent and .427 hitting efficiency (45-7-89) while delivering five aces and a kill for six points. Courtney did not play in the match. Novara faces Allianz MTV Stuttgart (0-1) on Nov. 27 in its second Champions League match. Novara was upset by Saugella Monza 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 25-21 on Nov. 24. Courtney returned to the lineup and scored six kills on 26 attacks with 12 receptions. Hancock set Novara to a 33 kill percent and added a block and kill for two individual points. Novara (6-3, 17 points), now in fourth place, plays ninth-place Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri (3-5, 10 points) on Dec. 12. Novara is also competing the eight-team FIVB Women’s Club World Championship Dec. 3-8 in Shaoxing, China. They are grouped in Pool B with Brazil’s Dentil Praia Clube, China’s Tianjin Bohai Bank and Turkey’s VakifBank.

WASHINGTON, LOWE WITH BUSTO ARSIZIO IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Middle Haleigh Washington (Colorado Springs, Colorado, Instagram, Twitter) and opposite Karsta Lowe (Rancho Santa Fe, California, Instagram) are playing for Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio in the Italian Serie A1 and CEV Cup this winter. Busto Arsizio swept Bosca San Bernardo Cuneo 25-19, 25-12, 25-18 on Nov. 23. Lowe hammered 16 kills on 30 swings to go with two blocks and an ace for a team-high 19 points. Washington chipped in five kills on seven errorless attacks and a block for six points. Busto Arzisio (6-2, 19 points), now in second place, faces sixth-place Savino Del Bene Scandicci (5-3, 12 points) on Dec. 1 in its next Italian Serie A1 match. Busto Arsizio is in the 16th Finals Round of the CEV Cup and will face VK Up Olomouc on Dec. 4 and Dec. 19.

POULTER WITH CHIERI IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Setter Jordyn Poulter (Aurora, Colorado, Instagram, Twitter) is competing for Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri in the Italian Serie A1 for the 2019-20 pro season along with American Amber Rolfzen (Papillion, Nebraska). Chieri lost to Pomi Casalmaggiore 25-21, 25-20, 25-15 on Nov. 20. Poulter set Chieri to a 37 kill percent while chipping in two blocks and an ace. Rolfzen scored 10 kills on 14 errorless attacks in the loss. Chieri (3-5, 10 points), in ninth place, takes on seventh-place Saugella Monza (4-4, 12 points) on Dec. 8 in its next league match.

ALHASSAN WITH CASERTA IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Middle Rhamat Alhassan (Glenarden, Maryland, Instagram, Twitter) is competing for Golden Tulip Volato 2.0 Caserta in the Italian Serie A1 this winter. Caserta blanked Bartoccini Fortinfissi Perugia 25-16, 25-21, 25-20 on Nov. 24. Alhassan provided Caserta with nine kills on 14 swings and three blocks for 12 points. Caserta (2-6, 7 points), which is in 11th place, challenges 10th-place Lardini Filottrano (3-5, 8 points) on Dec. 1 in its next league match.

FOECKE WITH FIRENZE IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Outside hitter Mikaela Foecke (West Point, Iowa, Instagram, Twitter) is playing for Il Bisonte Firenze in the Italian Serie A1 for the 2019-2020 season. Firenze defeated Zanetti Bergamno 25-18, 28-26, 22-25, 25-16 on Nov. 24. Foecke contributed 17 kills on 38 swings, two blocks and an ace for 20 points. She was credited with a 75 positive reception percent on 12 errorless chances. Firenze (6-3, 18 points), which moved into third place, meets fifth-place Pomi Casalmaggiore (5-3, 16 points) on Dec. 1 in its next league match.

CUTTINO WITH CASALMAGGIORE IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Opposite Danielle Cuttino (Indianapolis, Indiana, Instagram, Twitter) is playing for Epiu Pomi Casalmaggiore in the Italian Serie A1 during the 2019-2020 pro season. Casalmaggiore swept Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri 25-21, 25-20, 25-15 on Nov. 20. Cuttino scored three kills on seven errorless attacks and an ace for four points as a sub in all three sets. Casalmaggiore (5-3, 16 points), which is in fifth place, returns to action on Dec. 1 against third-place Il Bisonte Firenze (6-3, 18 points).

JONES-PERRY WITH BRESCIA IN ITALIAN LEAGUE: Outside hitter Roni Jones-Perry (West Jordan, Utah, Instagram, Twitter) is playing for Banca Valsabbina Millenium Brescia in the Italian Serie A1 this winter. Brescia lost to Lardini Filottrano 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22 on Nov. 24. Jones-Perry racked up nine kills on 22 swings and a block for 10 points. She was credited with a 35 positive reception percent on 17 chances. Brescia (4-5, 11 points), now in eighth-place place, returns to action on Dec. 1 against seventh-place Saugella Monza (4-4, 12 points).

ROBINSON WITH FENERBAHCE IN TURKISH LEAGUE: Outside hitter Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach, California, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Website) is playing for Fenerbahce in the Turkish League and European Champions League this winter. Fenerbahce lost its opening European Champions League match to Turkish rival Eczacibasi 25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 22-25, 15-10 on Nov. 19. Robinson scored 15 kills on 35 attacks and three blocks for 18 points. Eczacibasi served away from Robinson as she was credited with just five receptions resulting in a 40 positive percent. On the other side of the net, Americans and former national team players Carli Lloyd and Lauren Gibbemeyer played key roles in the win. Lloyd set Eczacibasi to a 46 kill percent while added a kill and ace. Gibbemeyer scored five kills on eight attacks, two blocks and an ace. Fenerbahce returns to Champions League action on Nov. 28 against Poland’s Budowlani Lodz (1-0). Fenerbahce edged PTT 22-25, 25-18, 28-26, 24-26, 15-13 on Nov. 24. Robinson scored 13 points, all on kills via 29 attacks. She was credited with a 54 positive reception percent on 28 chances. Fenerbahce (3-2, 23 points), now in third place, closes out the regular season first half on Nov. 30 against 11th-place Karayollari (2-8, 10 points).

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KINGDON-RISHEL WITH THY IN TURKISH LEAGUE: Outside hitter Madi Kingdon Rishel (Phoenix, Arizona, Instagram, Twitter) is playing for Turk Hava Yollari (THY) in the Turkish League this winter. THY swept its home-and-home second round CEV Challenge Cup series with MCM-Diamant Kaposvari. Kingdon Rishel scored 16 points as THY won the first meeting 25-19, 25-23, 25-16 on Nov. 6. She converted 11 of 20 attacks into points in the victory while adding three aces and two blocks with a 50 positive reception percent on 20 chances. THY completed the series sweep with a 23-25, 25-9, 25-9, 25-21 victory on Nov. 19. Kingdon Rishel racked up 10 kills with a 65 positive reception percent on 17 chances. THY has now advances to the 16th Finals Round where it play a home-and-home series versus Ibsa CV CCO 7 Palmas beginning the first week of December. THY topped then-fifth-place Aydin B.Sehir Bld 25-23, 25-14, 25-17 on Nov. 23. Kingdon Rishel knocked down eight kills with a block for nine points in the victory. She was credited with a 65 positive reception percent on 11 chances. THY (4-6, 15 points), now in seventh place, closes out the first half of the regular season on Nov. 29 against eighth-place PTT (3-7, 11 points).

DREWS WITH JT MARVELOUS IN JAPAN V-LEAGUE: Opposite Annie Drews (Elkhart, Indiana, Instagram, Twitter) is playing in the Japan V-League this winter with JT Marvelous. JT Marvelous lost to NEC Red Rockets 25-22, 23-25, 25-11, 25-21 on Nov. 23. Drews turned in 18 kills on 43 attacks in the setback. JT defeated previously unbeaten Denso 25-13, 20-25, 25-20, 25-17 on Nov. 24. Drews was the match most valuable player after scoring 24 kills on 47 attacks, seven of which came from the back row, three blocks and four aces for 31 points. JT Marvelous (9-3, 25 points), in second place in the Star Conference, resumes action on Nov. 30 versus Okayama Seagulls (7-3, 20 points, third in Premier Conference) followed by a Dec. 1 match against Hisamitsu Springs (4-6, 11 points, fourth in Premier Conference).

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LEE WITH KUROBE IN JAPAN V-LEAGUE: Outside hitter Simone Lee (Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Instagram, Twitter) is playing for Kurobe Aqua Fairies in the Japan V-League this winter. Kurobe fell to Premier Division leader Denso 25-22, 25-19, 25-11 on Nov. 23. Lee accounted for 15 kills on 38 attacks. Kurobe lost to NEC 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17 on Nov. 24. Lee scored 25 points with 24 kills on 53 attacks and a block. Kurobe (1-11), in fifth place in the Star Conference, challenges Hisamitsu Springs (4-6, 12 points, fourth in Premier Conference) on Nov. 30 followed by a Dec. 1 contest versus Okayama Seagulls (7-3, 20 points, third in Premier Conference).

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HANNAH TAPP WITH HITACHI IN JAPAN V-LEAGUE: Middle Hannah Tapp (Stewartville, Minnesota, Instagram, Twitter) is playing with Hitachi Rivale in the Japan V-League this winter. Hitachi was edged by Ageo Medics 33-31, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 15-11 on Nov. 23. Tapp piled up 15 kills on 30 attacks in the match. Hitachi lost a heart-breaking 25-12, 25-19, 18-25, 22-25, 15-9 match to Toyota on Nov. 24. Tapp collected 11 kills on 23 attacks and four blocks for 15 points. Hitachi (3-9, 11 points), in fifth place in the Premier Conference, faces Toray (8-3, 24 points, third in Star Conference) on Nov. 30 followed by PFU (1-11, 5 points, sixth in Star Conference) on Dec. 1.

CARLINI WITH DINAMO MOSCOW IN RUSSIA LEAGUE: Setter Lauren Carlini (Aurora, Illinois, Instagram, Twitter) is playing for Dinamo Moscow in the Russia Super League and the European Champions League. Dinamo Moscow scored a 25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 25-20 victory over domestic league rival Uralochka-NTMK Uralochka to open the European Champions League on Nov. 21. Carlini set Dinamo to a 44 kill percent and notched two kills and a block for three points. Dinamo will play Maritza Plovdiv (0-1) on Nov. 27 in its second Champions League match. Dinamo defeated Leningradka 25-10, 25-13, 25-19 on Nov. 24. Carlini set Dinamo to a 48 kill percent while adding one block, one ace and one kill for three individual points. Dinamo Moscow (2-4, 8 points), in seventh place, resumes Russia Super League action on Dec. 1 against ninth-place Minchanka (2-4, 5 points). Dinamo will face Uralochka in the Russia Cup semifinals on Dec. 25.

RETTKE LEADING WISCONSIN: Middle Dana Rettke (Riverside, Illinois, Instagram, Twitter), who was part of the U.S. Women’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League gold-medal team along with the 2020 Olympic qualification tournament, has helped University of Wisconsin to a 21-5 record and 17-1 mark in the Big Ten as a junior this season. Wisconsin started the week with a 25-18, 25-13, 25-15 home victory over University of Iowa on Nov. 22. Rettke hit .591 with 15 kills on 22 attacks, three aces and eight block assists for a team-high 22 points. Wisconsin followed that with an impressive 25-19, 25-22, 25-21 home victory over University of Nebraska. Rettke contributed 12 kills on 25 errorless attacks, one block solo and four block assists in the victory. Wisconsin, which leads the Big Ten and needing just one win to clinch the title, has a key road match at Penn State University on Nov. 29 followed by a Nov. 30 contest at Rutgers before heading into the NCAA Tournament.

THOMPSON CONTINUES LEADING CINCINNATI: Jordan Thompson (Edina, Minnesota, Instagram, Twitter) had a breakout season with the U.S. Women’s National Team during its gold-medal run in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League and qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games before heading back for her senior season at University of Cincinnati. Thompson scored 25 kills on 48 swings and two aces as Cincinnati defeated Tulane 25-20, 25-17, 25-19 in the American Athletic Conference semifinals on Nov. 23. Cincinnati had its 11-match win streak snapped in the AAC tournament championship match after falling to host University of Central Florida 21-25, 25-16, 26-24, 24-26, 15-10 on Nov. 24. Thompson crushed 38 kills on an eye-opening 98 swings to go with two aces and 20 digs. Cincinnati, which finished the regular season with a 24-6 record, will now await to find out if it has earned a spot into the 64-team NCAA tournament. Thompson now has 2,542 kills in her four-year career at Cincinnati.

LAKE DIGGING RECORDS FOR BYU: Mary Lake (Palm Springs, California, Instagram, Twitter), who played for the U.S. Women during their gold-medal FIVB Volleyball Nations League season and helped Team USA qualify for the 2020 Olympics, is playing her final collegiate season with BYU this fall. BYU swept University of Portland 25-15, 25-14, 25-17 on Nov. 21 as Lake was credited with 10 digs and seven assists. BYU won its second match of the week with a 21-25, 25-9, 25-20, 25-16 victory over Gonzaga on Nov. 23. Lake turned in 18 digs with two aces and nine assists while scoring her second kill of the season. BYU, 24-4 overall and 15-2 in the West Coast Conference, concludes the regular season at home on Nov. 26 against Pepperdine before heading into the NCAA Tournament.

RIVERS, ROSENTHAL WITH STUTTGART IN GERMAN BUNDESLIGA: Opposite Krystal Rivers (Birmingham, Alabama, Instagram, Twitter) and middle Jenna Rosenthal (Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, Instagram, Twitter) are playing for Allianz MTV Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga and the European Champions League. Stuttgart dropped its first Champions League match in heart-breaking fashion, a 16-25, 25-22, 25-19, 16-25, 15-10 setback to Poland’s LKS Commercecon Lodz on Nov. 19. Rivers contributed 26 points in the loss with 21 kills on 53 attacks, four blocks and an ace. Rosenthal was a sub in the third set. Stuttgart returns to Champions League action on Nov. 27 against Italy’s Igor Gorgonzola Novara (1-0). Stuttgart eased past Erfurt 26-24, 25-13, 25-20 in the German Cup quarterfinals on Nov. 23. Rivers pocketed 14 kills on 23 attacks and an ace for 15 points. Rosenthal scored one kill on one swing as a sub in the final two sets. Stuttgart advances to the German Cup semifinals where it will face Schwerin on Dec. 11. Stuttgart (5-1, 16 points), which remains in first place based in the Bundesliga regular season standings, returns to action on Nov. 30 against 11th-place Suhl (0-7, 1 point).

WONG-ORANTES WITH SCHWERIN IN GERMAN BUNDESLIGA: Libero Justine Wong-Orantes (Cypress, California, Instagram, Twitter) is playing for SSC Palmberg Schwerin in the German Bundesliga this winter. American Lauren Barfield is also a member of the team. Schwerin held off SC Potsdam 25-22, 25-21, 13-25, 25-20 in the German Cup quarterfinals on Nov. 24. Wong-Orantes was a sub in third set, registering one excellent reception on as many chances. Schwerin will meet Stuttgart in the German Cup semifinals on Dec. 11. Schwerin blanked Dresdner 25-20, 25-21, 25-22 on Nov. 20. Wong-Orantes did not play in the match. Schwerin (5-1, 15 points), which ranks third in the Bundesliga regular season, returns to action on Dec. 1 against fifth-place Straubing (4-3, 11 points). Schwerin is in the CEV Cup 16th Finals Round in which it plays home-and-home matches against Sliedrecht Sport on Dec. 4 and Dec. 17.

KADIE ROLFZEN WITH DRESDNER IN GERMAN BUNDESLIGA: Outside hitter Kadie Rolfzen (Papillion, Nebraska, Instagram, Twitter) is playing for Dresdner in the German Bundesliga and the CEV Challenge Cup. Dresdner defeated Aachen 26-24, 25-20, 25-15 on Nov. 23 in the German Cup quarterfinals. Rolfzen scored 10 kills on 19 swings with a 50 positive reception percent on a team-high 24 chances. Dresdner takes on Suhl in the German Cup semifinals on Dec. 11. Dresdner lost to SSC Palmberg Schwerin 25-20, 25-21, 25-22 on Nov. 20. Rolfzen scored 10 points in the loss, all on kills from 23 attacks. She also handled 22 receptions with a 45 positive percent. Dresdner (3-4, 9 points), in seventh place, returns to action Nov. 27 versus eighth-place Munster (2-4, 7 points). Dresdner is in the 16th Finals Round of the CEV Challenge Cup where it will face LLC Kamienskie in a home-and-home series on Dec. 4 and Dec. 18.

SELIGER-SWENSON WITH BEZIERS IN FRENCH LEAGUE: Setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson (Minnetonka, Minnesota, Instagram, Twitter) is playing for Beziers in the French League and the CEV Challenge Cup along with American teammate Alexa Smith (Colorado Springs, Colorado). Beziers lost to second-place Nantes 21-25, 25-19, 25-22, 26-24, 21-19 on Nov. 23. Seliger-Swenson set Beziers to a 37 kill percent while adding one ace and one block for two individual points. Smith was a sub in two of the five sets. Beziers (6-3, 20 points), which falls to fourth place in the French league, returns to action on Nov. 30 against Mulhouse. Beziers opens its CEV Challenge Cup 16th Finals Round with a home-and-home series Dec. 4 and Dec. 12 against RSR Walferdange.

BENSON WITH NUC IN SWISS LEAGUE: Libero Amanda Benson (Litchfield Park, Arizona, Instagram) is playing for Viteos NUC in the Swiss League and CEV Cup this winter along with American teammates Tia Scambray (Dana Point, California) and Kyra Holt (Hercules, California). NUC blanked Groupe E Valtra 25-12, 25-19, 25-11 on Nov. 23. Benson was perfect on five receptions for NUC. Holt led the team in scoring with 17 points through 15 kills on 21 attacks and two aces. Scambray chipped in 13 kills on 23 swings and an ace for 14 points. NUC (7-1, 21 points), now in third place, challenges top-ranked Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen I (8-0, 24 points) on Dec. 1 in its next Swiss League match. NUC faces Minchanka Minsk in the CEV Cup 16th Finals Round that begins the week of Dec. 3.

WILHITE PARSONS WITH SESI BAURU IN BRAZILIAN SUPERLIGA: Outside hitter Sarah Wilhite Parsons (Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Instagram, Twitter) is competing for Sesi Bauru in the Brazilian Superliga this winter. Sesi Bauru defeated Sao Paulo FC/Barueri 17-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 on Nov. 23. Wilhite Parsons was a sub in the opening set and did not register a point. Bauru (2-1, 7 points), currently in fifth place, returns to action on Nov. 26 against first-place SESC RJ (4-0, 12 points) followed by a Nov. 29 contest versus eighth-place C.R. Flamengo (1-3, 3 points).

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