Monday, 27 May 2024

Hill, Ogbogu Win Gold at FIVB Club Worlds

Kim Hill and Chiaka Ogbogu emerged victorious in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, held this past weekend. This article provides a round-up of the latest news from the world of volleyball, focusing on the success of these two athletes.

A Special Thanksgiving for Foluke Akinradewo

Foluke Akinradewo, an Olympic silver and bronze medalist, celebrated Thanksgiving by giving birth to her first child, Olukayode Ayodele Gunderson. Akinradewo is aiming to secure a spot on her third Olympic Team this summer.

Hill and Ogbogu’s Success in the Italian League

Kim Hill and Chiaka Ogbogu are currently playing for Imoco Volleyball Conegliano in the Italian Serie A1 and European Champions League. They played a crucial role in Conegliano’s victory in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship. The team won the gold-medal match against Turkish power Eczacibasi. Hill contributed nine kills and two blocks in the title match, while Ogbogu made a significant impact as a substitute in the second set. Conegliano’s success in the tournament was preceded by their undefeated performance in pool play.

Jordan Thompson’s Achievements

Jordan Thompson had a remarkable season with the U.S. Women’s National Team, helping them win the gold medal in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League and secure qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games. Thompson then returned to her senior season at the University of Cincinnati, leading the team to victory in the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

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Dana Rettke’s Impressive Performances

Dana Rettke, a member of the U.S. Women’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League gold-medal team, has been a key player for the University of Wisconsin. She helped the team advance to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament Sweet 16 with two victories over the weekend.

Updates from Other Leagues

Several other American players are making their mark in international leagues. Megan Courtney and Micha Hancock are representing Igor Gorgonzola Novara in the Italian Serie A1 and European Champions League. Haleigh Washington and Karsta Lowe are playing for Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio in the Italian Serie A1 and CEV Cup. Jordyn Poulter is competing for Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri in the Italian Serie A1 alongside Amber Rolfzen. Rhamat Alhassan is representing Golden Tulip Volato 2.0 Caserta in the Italian Serie A1. Mikaela Foecke is playing for Il Bisonte Firenze in the Italian Serie A1. Danielle Cuttino is a part of Epiu Pomi Casalmaggiore in the Italian Serie A1. Roni Jones-Perry is making her mark with Banca Valsabbina Millenium Brescia in the Italian Serie A1. Annie Drews is playing for JT Marvelous in the Japan V-League. Hannah Tapp is a member of the Hitachi Rivale in the Japan V-League. Simone Lee is representing Kurobe Aqua Fairies in the Japan V-League. Lauren Carlini is playing for Dinamo Moscow in the Russia Super League and the European Champions League. Krystal Rivers and Jenna Rosenthal are making an impact with Allianz MTV Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga and European Champions League. Justine Wong-Orantes is representing SSC Palmberg Schwerin in the German Bundesliga alongside Lauren Barfield. Kadie Rolfzen is playing for Dresdner in the German Bundesliga and the CEV Challenge Cup. Samantha Seliger-Swenson is making her mark with Beziers in the French League and the CEV Challenge Cup. Madi Kingdon Rishel is representing Turk Hava Yollari (THY) in the Turkish League. Kelsey Robinson is making an impact with Fenerbahce in the Turkish League. Sarah Wilhite Parsons is playing for Sesi Bauru in the Brazilian Superliga. Amanda Benson is representing Viteos Neuchatel UC in the Swiss League and the CEV Cup alongside Tia Scambray and Kyra Holt. Jordan Larson and Michelle Bartsch-Hackley are playing for Shanghai and Beijing Auto, respectively, in the Chinese Super League. Lastly, Mary Lake, who played for the U.S. Women’s National Team during their championship-winning FIVB Volleyball Nations League season, is competing for BYU in her final collegiate season.

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Q: How can I watch these matches and follow the athletes’ performances?
A: To stay updated on these athletes’ performances and watch their matches, you can visit the official website of their respective teams or check their social media accounts for updates and live streaming options.

Q: Will these athletes be participating in the 2020 Olympic Games?
A: Many of these athletes are actively working towards earning a spot on their national teams for the 2020 Olympic Games. Keep an eye on their performances and announcements from their respective national federations for updates on their Olympic journey.


These American athletes continue to showcase their skills and make their mark in various international leagues. Their achievements contribute to the growth and success of the sport worldwide. Stay tuned for more updates on their performances and accomplishments in the coming weeks. For more information about Alpinetgheep and their products, visit the official Alpinetgheep website.