Thursday, 23 May 2024

Larson Continues Success with 3rd Consecutive Club World Championship Title

Jordan Larson, the talented volleyball player from Hooper, Nebraska, has recently achieved a remarkable feat. She secured her third consecutive FIVB Women’s Club World Championship title, this time with her Turkish club team, Eczacibasi. Larson’s outstanding performance has also contributed to the success of her team in the European Champions League. Let’s dive into the details of her accomplishments and other news from the U.S. Women’s National Team.

2nd Annual Give It Back Foundation Volleyball Camp

The Give It Back Foundation, founded by U.S. Women’s National Team members Courtney Thompson and Tamari Miyashiro, aims to inspire and empower aspiring volleyball players. Building on the success of their inaugural camp, which raised $35,000 for The Children’s Therapy Center of Kent, Washington, they are now gearing up for the second edition of the camp. This year, the camp will be held in four different locations across Miyashiro’s home state of Hawaii from December 3rd to 14th. The net proceeds from each camp will be donated to a local charity. Girls in grades 9-12 are welcome to participate in these camps, where they will receive coaching from past and present U.S. Women’s National Team players.

  • Oahu Camp – Dec. 3-4 – $200
  • Big Island Camp – Dec. 6-8 – $150
  • Kauai Camp – Dec. 10-11 – $200
  • Maui Camp – Dec. 12-14 – Hosted by Maui Juniors Volleyball Club – $150

For more information and registration, please visit the Give It Back Foundation website here.

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HUGS Hawaii, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of families with seriously ill children, will be the beneficiary of the proceeds from the Hawaii camps. To learn more about HUGS Hawaii, click here.

Thompson Reflects on Retirement

Courtney Thompson, the U.S. Women’s National Team player from Kent, Washington, made the decision to retire from professional volleyball earlier this year. An insightful video interview with FloVolleyball provides a glimpse into Thompson’s perspective on retirement. To watch the interview, click here.

Larson and Adams Thriving in Turkey

Jordan Larson and Rachael Adams, members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team that won bronze in Rio, are currently playing for Eczacibasi, a Turkish club team. After securing the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship title, Eczacibasi continued their winning streak in the European Champions League. Larson contributed greatly to their victories, scoring points and displaying solid reception skills. Adams also made significant contributions, scoring points through kills, aces, and blocks. Eczacibasi will now face Minchanka Minsk in the upcoming Champions League third round.

Hill’s Success with VakifBank in Turkey

Kim Hill, a bronze medalist with the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is currently playing for VakifBank in Turkey. Hill’s performance in the Turkish League has been exceptional, showcasing her skills in scoring kills, blocks, and aces. VakifBank has had a strong start in the league, winning their matches with impressive scores. In the European Champions League, VakifBank has secured first, second, and third-round byes and will compete in the round robin fourth round starting in mid-December.

Fawcett and Crimes in Turkey’s Sariyer

Nicole Fawcett and Alexis Crimes, alternates to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, are currently playing for Sariyer in the Turkish League. Despite some close matches, Fawcett and Crimes have showcased their skills in scoring points through kills and blocks. Sariyer will have upcoming matches against strong opponents, including VakifBank.

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U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team Players in China

Kelsey Robinson and Karsta Lowe, members of the 2016 bronze-winning U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, are currently playing for BAIC Motors Beijing in China. Their performances have been outstanding, with Lowe scoring high with kills and aces, and Robinson contributing with kills and excellent reception. BAIC Motors Beijing is set to have a rematch against Zhejiang Jiashan Nong Commercial Bank.

Murphy and Easy in China’s Henan

Kelly Murphy and Megan Easy, members of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Volleyball Team in previous years, are currently playing for Henan in the Chinese League. Their performances have been notable, with Murphy scoring points through kills and Easy displaying strong attacking skills. Henan will return to action soon against Fujian.

Lloyd and Gibbemeyer in Italy’s Casalmaggiore

Carli Lloyd, a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist setter, and Lauren Gibbemeyer, a middle blocker, are playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore in the Italian Serie A1 league and the CEV Cup. Their efforts have contributed to Casalmaggiore’s victories, with Lloyd setting the team effectively and Gibbemeyer making significant kills and blocks. Casalmaggiore will resume action against Imoco Volley Conegliano.

Bartsch in Italy’s Bolzano

Michelle Bartsch, an alternate on the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is currently playing for Sudtirol Bolzano in the Italian Serie A1. Bartsch’s impressive performance has been evident, with her scoring multiple kills and showcasing excellent reception skills. Sudtirol Bolzano will face Club Italia Crai in their upcoming match.

Kreklow in Italy’s Modena

Molly Kreklow, an alternate on the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena in the Italian Serie A1 and the European Champions League. Modena faced a close match against Savino Del Bene Scandici, with Kreklow providing effective setting. Modena will continue their season against Metalleghe Montichiari.

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Akinradewo with Switzerland’s Volero Zurich

Foluke Akinradewo, the Best Blocker in the 2016 Olympic Games, is playing for Volero Zurich in the Swiss League and the European Champions League. Volero Zurich has enjoyed a strong start in the Swiss League. Akinradewo’s exceptional skills in blocking have contributed to the team’s success. In the European Champions League, Volero Zurich awaits the start of the fourth round against Dinamo Moscow, CS Volei Alba Blaj, and a team yet to be determined.

Hancock in Poland’s Impel Wroclaw

Micha Hancock, known for her record-breaking aces in the 2016 Pan American Cup, is currently playing for Impel Wroclaw in the Orlen Liga in Poland. Hancock’s setting skills have helped her team achieve impressive kill percentages. Wroclaw has had a strong start in the league and is set to face Atom Trefl Sopot in their upcoming match.

NCAA Matches on TV and Internet

While the U.S. Women’s National Team is on a break, fans can still catch some exciting volleyball action in NCAA Division I matches. USA Volleyball has compiled a comprehensive list of televised and streamed matches to ensure fans can stay connected to the future stars of Team USA.

These updates provide a glimpse into the achievements and performances of the U.S. Women’s National Team players in various leagues around the world. Stay tuned for more updates and exciting news from the world of women’s volleyball.