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Dec. 3, 2018: WNT Update: Club World Championship on Deck

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 3, 2018) – The FIVB Women’s Club World Championship begins on Tuesday in China, and the U.S. Women’s National Team has athlete representation on three of the eight teams in the field.

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FIVB CLUB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Women’s National Team has four current players and a former player competing in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship being held Dec. 4-9 in Shaoxing, China. In the four-team Pool A, Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach, California) and Turkey’s VakifBank are among the title contenders of the eight-team tournament. In Pool B, Team USA has Jordan Larson (Hooper, Nebraska) and Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minnesota) competing for Turkey’s Eczacibasi. Brazil’s Praia Clube has Americans Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, California) and Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) playing. All matches of the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship can be viewed online through FloVolleyball.tv. For more information on the FIVB Club World Championship, click here.

ROBINSON WITH VAKIFBANK IN TURKISH LEAGUE: Outside hitter Kelsey Robinson (Manhattan Beach, California, Twitter, Instagram, Website) is playing club volleyball with VakifBank in the Turkish professional league and European Champions League this winter. In the Turkish League, VakifBank defeated Kameroglu Beylikduzu 25-17, 25-15, 25-20 on Nov. 27. Robinson contributed 10 points to the victory with eight kills on 23 attacks, one block and one ace. She was credited with a 75 positive reception percent as Beylikduzu served away from her. VakifBank swept Halkbank 25-18, 25-12, 25-21 on Nov. 29. Robinson tallied two kills and two blocks in the victory while holding a 67 positive reception percent on 15 chances. VakifBank (7-0), one of two teams undefeated in the Turkish League, resumes its domestic league schedule on Dec. 15 against undefeated Eczacibasi (7-0). VakifBank will be competing in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship Dec. 4-9 in Shaoxing, China. In its European Champions League, VakifBank (1-0) returns to action on Dec. 20 against Maritza Plovdiv (0-1). Robinson has launched her own website, nomandplay.com on her passions for play, travel and food. To read more about her website, click here.

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 and the European Champions League this winter. In the Italian Serie A1, Novara handed second-place Imoco Volley Conegliano a 25-17, 15-25, 25-21, 25-22 loss in an early test of undefeated teams. Bartsch-Hackley scored eight kills on 17 swings to go with a 64 positive reception percent on 25 chances. Carlini set Novara to a 41 kill percent and .274 hitting efficiency for the match. She added two blocks in the victory. Novara swept seventh-place Saugella Team Monza 25-23, 25-15, 25-19 on Dec. 2. Carlini set Novara to a 48 kill percent and a .400 hitting efficiency (48-8-100). She collected four individual kills on six errorless attacks, one block and one ace for six points. Bartsch-Hackley chipped in 10 points, all on kills from 27 swings. She added a 60 positive reception percent on 10 chances. Novara (8-0, 23 points), in first place in the Italian Serie A1, is idle next week in the Italian Serie A1. In the European Champions League, Novara (1-0) returns to Pool C action on Dec. 19 against Minchanka Minsk (0-1).

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