Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Exciting News: Larson Inducted into Hall of Fame, European Champions League Resumes

After a thrilling month-long break, the highly anticipated European Champions League is back in action! This week, six talented members of the U.S. Women’s National Team will be showcasing their skills on the court, representing six of the 20 teams still vying for the crown.

Quick Sets

Two powerhouse Italian teams, Imoco Volley Conegliano (featuring Kim Hill and Karsta Lowe) and Igor Gorgonzola Novara (featuring Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Lauren Carlini), have secured their spots in the Italian Cup semifinals. They achieved this impressive feat by sweeping their opponents in the quarterfinals.

In other exciting news, the legendary Jordan Larson has been honored with a well-deserved induction into the Hall of Fame for Russian power club Dinamo Kazan. Although Larson currently competes for the Turkish club Eczacibasi, she will be heading to Kazan this week to face off against her former team in European Champions League action on January 22nd.

Alisha Glass Childress, the starting setter for the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team that won bronze in the 2016 Olympic Games, has accepted an assistant coach position in the NCAA. Glass Childress continues to make waves in the volleyball world, demonstrating her dedication to the sport in various roles.

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Trivia Question: Test Your Knowledge!

Before we dive into more thrilling updates, here’s a trivia question for all the volleyball enthusiasts out there: Which current U.S. Women’s National Team player has a father who boxed professionally? Keep reading to find out the answer!

Robinson Explores Istanbul in Vlog #3

The talented Kelsey Robinson, known for her exceptional skills as a pro volleyball player competing overseas, has released the third edition of her vlog series. In this captivating video, Robinson takes us on a journey through Istanbul, showcasing the city’s beauty while providing valuable historical insights. To watch this exciting vlog, click here.

Larson Welcomed into Dinamo Kazan Hall of Fame

We are thrilled to announce that Jordan Larson, one of the most revered volleyball players in the world, has been inducted into Dinamo Kazan’s Hall of Fame. Larson’s extraordinary career saw her shine for Kazan from 2009 to 2014, playing a pivotal role in the club’s victory in the 2013-14 European Champions League and the 2014 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship. Although Larson now competes for Eczacibasi, this momentous achievement recognizes her exceptional contributions to Kazan’s success.

European Champions League Update

The upcoming week promises six thrilling European Champions League matches featuring members of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Volleyball enthusiasts can stream all six matches live on

Here are the matchups you won’t want to miss:

  • January 22: Eczacibasi (Jordan Larson, Lauren Gibbemeyer) vs. Dinamo Kazan
  • January 22: Igor Gorgonzola Novara (Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, Lauren Carlini) vs. RC Cannes
  • January 22: Imoco Volley Conegliano (Kim Hill, Karsta Lowe) vs. LKS Commercecon Lodz
  • January 23: VakifBank (Kelsey Robinson) vs. Beziers
  • January 23: Allianz MTV Stuttgart (Sarah Wilhite Parsons, Paige Tapp, Molly McCage) vs. Maritza Plovdiv
  • January 24: Chemik Police (Chiaka Ogbugu) vs. Dinamo Moscow
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Alisha Glass Embarks on Coaching Career

Alisha Glass Childress, an integral member of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2010 to 2016, has taken the next step in her volleyball journey by accepting an assistant coach position with the defending NCAA champions, Stanford University. Glass Childress, who showcased her coaching prowess as part of the U.S. Women’s National Team staff this summer, played a pivotal role in the team’s gold medal victory at the Pan American Cup in July. With her extensive experience as a player, including winning the Best Setter award at the 2016 Olympic Games, Glass Childress is excited to contribute to Stanford’s championship culture.

Action in Japan: Akinradewo Dominates

Middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo is making waves in Japan, playing for Hisamitsu Springs in the V-League. Akinradewo’s incredible performance helped her team secure two victories recently. In the match against Toyota, she scored 15 points with 11 kills and four blocks. She continued her dominance in the match against Hitachi Rivale, notching 16 points with nine kills, five blocks, and two aces. Hisamitsu Springs currently leads the V-League Western Conference and sits atop both divisions.

Hill and Lowe Thriving in Italian League

Kim Hill and Karsta Lowe are showcasing their talent in the Italian Serie A1, playing for Imoco Volley Conegliano. In a break from the regular season, Conegliano swept Saugella Team Monza in their Italian Cup quarterfinal round series. The first match saw Conegliano secure a 3-0 victory, with Hill contributing 15 points. In the second match, Conegliano emerged victorious in a hard-fought battle, winning 3-1. Lowe was instrumental in the team’s success, scoring a team-leading 19 points.

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Bartsch-Hackley and Carlini’s Success in Italian League

Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Lauren Carlini are making a significant impact in the Italian Serie A1, representing Igor Gorgonzola Novara. The team triumphed over Bosca San Bernardo Cuneo in their Italian Cup quarterfinal series, winning both matches. Bartsch-Hackley delivered an outstanding performance, recording 12 kills in the first match and helping her team secure a 3-0 victory. In the second match, Carlini set Novara to victory, playing a crucial role in the team’s win.


Q: Which current U.S. Women’s National Team player has a father who boxed professionally?

A: The answer to our trivia question is Micha Hancock. Her father, Michael Hancock, was a professional boxer who competed in the heavyweight division from 1982 to 1985.


As the European Champions League resumes and our talented U.S. Women’s National Team members continue to make waves in their respective leagues, the excitement in the world of volleyball continues to grow. We wish each player the best of luck in their upcoming matches and look forward to witnessing their incredible skills on display.

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