Wednesday, 22 May 2024

National Teams Update: Champions League Quarterfinals

Several women’s and men’s pro club teams with U.S. players have advanced to the quarterfinals of the CEV Champions League. Let’s take a closer look at the matchups and key players to watch out for.

Women’s Quarterfinal Matches

Igor Gorgonzola Novara vs. Fenerbahçe Opet Istanbul

Italy’s Igor Gorgonzola Novara, led by U.S. setter Micha Hancock and middle blocker Haleigh Washington, will be facing Turkey’s Fenerbahçe Opet Istanbul, which recently acquired outside hitter Kelsey Robinson. It’s a clash of talented teams, and the matchup between these players will be exciting to watch.

Unet e-work Busto Arsizio vs. Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul

Setter Jordyn Poulter and Italy’s Unet e-work Busto Arsizio will be taking on Turkey’s Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, featuring middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu and outside hitter Jordan Thompson. Expect a fierce battle at the net as these players showcase their skills.

Savino Del Bene Scandicci vs. Imoco Volley Conegliano

Italy’s Savino Del Bene Scandicci, with outside hitter Megan Courtney, will face off against Italy’s Imoco Volley Conegliano, led by outside hitters Kim Hill and McKenzie Adams. This matchup promises powerful attacks and solid defense from both sides.

VakifBank Istanbul vs. Grupa Azoty Chemik Police

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Lastly, outside hitter Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Turkey’s VakifBank Istanbul will go head-to-head with Poland’s Grupa Azoty Chemik Police. This match guarantees thrilling rallies and intense competition between these skilled teams.

The first round of quarterfinal matches will be played from Feb. 23-25, with the second round scheduled for March 2-4.

Men’s Quarterfinal Matches

It was unfortunate news for Germany’s Vfb Friedrichshafen, including U.S. setter Joe Worsley and libero Avery Aylsworth, as the team had to withdraw from the Champions League during pool play due to positive coronavirus cases. However, Germany’s Berlin Recycling Volleys, with opposite Ben Patch and outside hitter Cody Kessel, did advance to the quarterfinals. They will be facing Italy’s Trentino Itas, setting the stage for an exciting matchup.

Middle blocker David Smith and Poland’s Grupa Azoty Kędzierzyn-Koźle will play against Italy’s Cucine Lube Civitanova, while setter Micah Christenson and Italy’s Leo Shoes Modena are set to face Italy’s Sir Safety Perugia in what promises to be a thrilling showdown.

Outside hitter Taylor Sander and Poland’s PGE Skra Belchatow will battle it out against Russia’s Zenit Kazan. These matches are guaranteed to provide high-level volleyball action and intense competition for the coveted semifinal spots.

Just like the women’s matches, the first round of quarterfinal matches will be played from Feb. 23-25, followed by the second round on March 2-4.


Q: When will the quarterfinal matches be played?
A: The first round of quarterfinal matches for both women’s and men’s teams will take place from Feb. 23-25, followed by the second round on March 2-4.

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Q: Which U.S. players are participating in the quarterfinals?
A: Several U.S. players are part of the teams competing in the quarterfinals, including Micha Hancock, Haleigh Washington, Kelsey Robinson, Jordyn Poulter, Chiaka Ogbogu, Jordan Thompson, Megan Courtney, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, Joe Worsley, Avery Aylsworth, Ben Patch, Cody Kessel, David Smith, Micah Christenson, and Taylor Sander.

Q: Are there any other notable tournaments happening alongside the Champions League?
A: Yes, there are other CEV tournaments and leagues happening simultaneously, such as the men’s CEV Cup and the CEV Challenge Cup. Athletes Unlimited, a women’s indoor league, will also begin on Feb. 27.

Q: Where can I watch the matches?
A: The matches will be available for live streaming on various social media platforms, as well as on CBS Sports and FOX Sports channels.


The CEV Champions League quarterfinals promise to deliver an exceptional display of talent and skill from the world’s top volleyball teams. With U.S. players at the forefront, these matches will undoubtedly captivate fans around the globe. Stay tuned for thrilling action as these teams compete for a spot in the semifinals.

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