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March 12, 2018: U.S. Women in Pro Playoffs on 3 Continents

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 12, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has athletes on three continents competing for playoff titles before they come back to the Team USA gym this spring.


  • Lauren Gibbemeyer and her Italian club Novara won the Serie A1 regular season title, jumping from second to first in the final match.
  • Jordan Larson and Rachael Adams with Eczacibasi and Kelsey Robinson with VakifBank won their Turkish League quarterfinal round series last week.
  • Foluke Akinradewo helped spark Hisamitsu Springs to an opening win in the Japan V.League two-match championship round this past weekend.
  • 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.

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 dominated JT Marvelous 25-9, 25-20, 25-21 on March 10 to start the V.League’s two-match championship series. Hisamitsu Springs had gone undefeated through the regular season with a 21-0 record, then won its first four matches of the Playoff 6 Round. However, JT Marvelous defeated Hisamitsu Springs in the final round robin match of the Playoff 6 round to gain automatic entry into the championship finals and forcing Hisamitsu Springs into the two-match Playoff 3 round (semifinals). Akinradewo contributed 10 kills on 17 errorless attacks, two aces and a block for 13 points in the victory. Hisamitsu Springs can sweep the two-match series when the teams meet again on March 17 in Tokyo.

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