Monday, 27 May 2024

National Teams Update: Germany Begins Play

Men’s volleyball competition is back in action in Germany, with the Berlin Recycling Volleys securing a 3-0 victory over United Volleys Frankfurt in the SuperCup on October 11. American player Cody Kessel stepped in for his injured teammate Ben Patch and made a significant contribution to the team’s success. Kessel scored 11 points with nine kills and two blocks, showcasing his skill and versatility on the court. Another standout player in this match was U.S. libero Kyle Dagostino, who played one set for Frankfurt.

French League Update

In France, regular-season play began on October 10, and several teams have shown promising performances. Cannes, led by middle blocker Taylor Averill, maintained an impressive 3-0 record. On October 10, Cannes defeated Montpellier in a thrilling match, winning 3-0 with set scores of 28-26, 26-24, and 26-24. Averill played a crucial role, scoring seven points with five kills and two blocks.

Chaumont, with middle blocker Dan McDonnell, is off to a solid start with a 2-1 record. Despite their loss to Narbonne on October 10, they put up a strong fight with set scores of 25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 15-25, and 15-12. McDonnell’s impressive performance included 13 points with nine kills, one block, and three aces.

Setter Micah Ma’a and his team Poitiers have also made a positive start to the season with a 2-0 record. They secured a hard-fought victory against Sete on October 6, winning 3-2 with set scores of 25-23, 17-25, 26-24, 18-25, and 17-15. Ma’a showcased his skills with seven points, including three kills, three aces, and one block, and contributed to the team’s impressive .420 hitting efficiency.

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Italian League Update

In the Italian league, two matches scheduled for October 14 had to be postponed due to COVID cases. These matches were between Igor Gorgonzola Novara and Bosca C. Bernardo Cuneo, and Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio and Banca Valsabbina Millenium Brescia.

In women’s matches, Megan Courtney had a dominant performance for Savino Del Bene Scandicci, contributing to their 3-1 victory over Vbc Èpiù Casalmaggiore on October 14. Courtney started two sets at outside hitter and scored three points with two kills and a block.

Middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan made a significant impact as a substitute for Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri in their intense match against Saugella Monza on October 14. Chieri emerged victorious with a 3-2 win, with set scores of 25-15, 24-26, 25-19, 22-25, and 16-14. Alhassan scored a valuable point, helping her team secure the victory.

On the men’s side, Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Velentia, led by outside hitter T.J. DeFalco, triumphed over NBV Verona in a closely contested match. Vibo Velentia emerged as the winners with a 3-2 victory and set scores of 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, 25-17, and 15-11. DeFalco displayed his exceptional skills, scoring 14 points with 12 kills and two blocks, while Thomas Jaeschke made a notable contribution as a substitute for Verona.

Vero Volley Monza, featuring middle blocker Max Holt, emerged victorious against Kioene Padova on October 14, winning 3-2 with set scores of 26-28, 15-25, 25-12, 26-24, and 16-14. Holt made a valuable contribution to the team’s success, scoring five points with five kills. Setter Kawika Shoji also showcased his skills for Padova, scoring five points with two kills, two blocks, and one ace.

Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza, with outside hitter Aaron Russell and opposite James Shaw, faced a tough challenge against Cucine Lube Civitanova on October 14, resulting in a 31-29, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23 loss. Russell had an outstanding performance, leading all scorers with 23 points, including 20 kills and three blocks. Shaw played as a substitute.

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Turkish League Update

In Turkey, Eczacıbaşı VitrA, with opposite Jordan Thompson and middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu, continues to dominate the league. On October 13, they secured a convincing 3-1 victory over Aydin B.Şehir Bld., with set scores of 25-14, 20-25, 25-18, and 25-18. Thompson and Ogbogu played vital roles in their team’s success, scoring 15 and 12 points respectively.

Sarah Wilhite Parsons and Willow Johnson made significant contributions to Nilüfer Bld.’s 3-0 win over Karayollari on October 13. Parsons had an impressive performance with 15 points, including 14 kills and one ace, while Johnson scored 13 points with nine kills, two blocks, and two aces. Symone Abbot played as a substitute for Karayollari.

Meanwhile, Türk Hava Yolları, featuring setter Lauren Carlini and outside hitter Madi Kingdon Rishel, faced a tough challenge against Fenerbahçe Opet on October 13, resulting in a 3-0 loss with set scores of 25-22, 25-17, and 25-19. Kingdon showcased her skills with seven points, all from kills, while Carlini added four points with three kills and one block.

Polish League Update

Several matches in Poland’s men’s league had to be postponed due to COVID-19 cases among players and staff. However, some teams have managed to showcase their abilities on the court.

Middle blocker David Smith and Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle continue to dominate the league with an impressive 8-0 record. On October 10, they secured a 3-1 victory over Indykpol AZS Olsztyn, with set scores of 25-21, 25-18, 17-25, and 25-16. Smith made valuable contributions, scoring eight points with six kills and two blocks.

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Outside hitter Garrett Muagututia played a crucial role in Aluron CMC Warta Zawiercie’s 3-0 victory over Cerrad Enea Czarni Radom on October 10. Muagututia scored 12 points with 11 kills and one block, while Brenden Sander put up an excellent performance for Czarni Radom, finishing with 11 points from nine kills and two blocks.

Jeff Jendryk made a significant impact as a middle blocker for Asseco Resovia Rzeszów in their thrilling 3-2 victory over Stal Nysa on October 10. Although Jendryk did not score, his presence on the court contributed to the team’s success.

Setter Josh Tuaniga played a vital role in Ślepsk Malow Suwałki’s 3-0 win over Cuprum Lubin on October 10. Tuaniga scored three points with a kill and two aces and displayed excellent setting skills, contributing to his team’s .422 hitting efficiency.


Q: What is the current record of the Berlin Recycling Volleys in the German league?
A: The Berlin Recycling Volleys have started the season with a strong performance, securing a 3-0 victory over United Volleys Frankfurt in the SuperCup.

Q: Who are some standout players in the French league?
A: Taylor Averill, playing for Cannes, has been exceptional, contributing to their 3-0 record. Middle blocker Dan McDonnell has also made an impact for Chaumont.

Q: Which teams are dominating the Turkish league?
A: Eczacıbaşı VitrA, led by Jordan Thompson and Chiaka Ogbogu, continues to lead the league with impressive performances.


It’s great to see men’s and women’s volleyball leagues back in action across various countries. The teams and players mentioned in this article have showcased their skills and determination on the court, providing thrilling matches for fans. We look forward to following their progress throughout the season.

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