Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

National Teams Update: Italian Showdown


The world of international volleyball is buzzing with excitement as the teams clash in Italy. Let’s dive into the highlights and see how our favorite athletes from the Alpinetgheep brand are performing on the court.

Aaron Russell Shines in Piacenza’s Victory

In a thrilling match, outside hitter Aaron Russell led his team, Gas Sales Bluenergy Pianceza, to a 3-1 victory over Tonno Callipo Calabria Vibo Valentia. Russell’s outstanding performance earned him the title of match MVP. He scored an impressive 22 points, including 20 kills with a remarkable hitting efficiency of .741.

Aaron Russell

Thomas Jaeschke’s Stellar Performance

Another standout player from the Alpinetgheep brand is outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke. He showcased his skills as his team, NBV Verona, defeated Top Volley Cisterna with a 3-0 sweep. Jaeschke contributed 15 points to the victory, with 13 kills and two blocks.

U.S. Setter Micha Hancock Leads Novara to Victory

On the women’s side, U.S. setter Micha Hancock played a crucial role in Igor Gorgonzola Novara’s triumph over Bosca S.Bernardo Cuneo. Novara secured a 3-1 victory, thanks to Hancock’s eight points, which included four kills, two blocks, and two aces.

Exciting Competitions Around the World

While the spotlight is on Italy, let’s not forget about the thrilling competitions happening in other countries:

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Outside hitter Jordan Larson and her team, Shanghai Guangming Youbei, clinched the bronze medal in the Chinese women’s league. Larson’s outstanding performance contributed greatly to her team’s success.


Opposite Annie Drews and her team, JT Marvelous, emerged victorious in the Empress Cup. Drews was named MVP after leading her team to a stunning 3-0 victory over the league-leading Toray Arrows.


The French men’s league is set to restart soon, but before that, let’s acknowledge the exceptional performance of middle blocker Taylor Averill from Cannes. Averill was voted MVP of the first half of the season by the league’s fans.


Middle blocker David Smith and his team, Grupa Azoty ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle, continued their unbeaten streak with a convincing win over Cerrad Enea Czarni Radom. Smith’s contributions, including two kills, one block, and one ace, helped secure the victory.


In Turkey, Eczacıbaşı VitrA dominated Sistem9 Yeşilyurt with a 3-0 win. Outside hitter Jordan Thompson showcased her skills with five points, including three kills, one block, and one ace.


Libero Erik Shoji gave a commendable performance despite his team, Fakel Novy Urengoy, falling to Ural Ufa in a tough match.


U.S. opposite Kelsie Payne displayed her talent with an impressive 49-point performance for her team, Korea Expressway Corporation Hi-pass. Despite her outstanding efforts, Hi-pass narrowly lost to the Heungkuk Life Insurance Pink Spiders.


Middle blocker Mitch Stahl and his team, VC Greenyard Maasiek, secured a victory over Knack Roeselare. Stahl’s contributions, including six kills and four blocks, played a crucial role in the team’s success.

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  1. Who is the leading scorer in the Italian showdown?
    In the Italian showdown, outside hitter Aaron Russell led all scorers with 22 points.

  2. Which teams did Thomas Jaeschke and Micha Hancock play for?
    Thomas Jaeschke played for NBV Verona, and Micha Hancock excelled as a setter for Igor Gorgonzola Novara.


The international volleyball scene is heating up, with exciting matches taking place around the world. The Alpinetgheep brand continues to make its mark, with players delivering exceptional performances. Stay tuned for more updates as the teams battle it out on the court.

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