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National Teams Update: Welcome Back, Taylor Sander

The CEV Champions League has entered pool play, with teams now competing in a bubble format instead of traveling to each other’s cities. Let’s take a look at the recent updates from the men’s and women’s national teams as they navigate through the tournament.

Men’s Teams

Taylor Sander Makes His Debut with PGE Skra Belchatow

Taylor Sander, the talented outside hitter, finally made his long-awaited debut with Poland’s PGE Skra Belchatow. In their second Pool A match against Belgium’s Lindemans AALST, Belchatow secured a 3-0 victory. Sander contributed 10 points with his impressive performance, including eight kills, one block, and one ace.

Kędzierzyn-Koźle Dominates Pool A

In Pool A, Kędzierzyn-Koźle emerged as a dominant force, finishing the first round with a perfect 3-0 record. Led by middle blocker David Smith, they secured victories against Belchatow and other strong opponents.

Berlin Recycling Volleys’ Solid Performance in Pool C

The Berlin Recycling Volleys, with Ben Patch and Cody Kessel, showcased their skills in Pool C. They finished the first round with a 2-1 record, including a convincing win over Slovenia’s ACH Volley Ljubliana. Patch led the team with 16 points, while Kessel made a notable impact on the court.

U.S. Representation in Pool E

U.S. setter Joe Worsley, libero Avery Aylsworth, and VfB Friedrichshafen had a commendable performance in Pool E, finishing the first round with a 2-1 record. They secured wins against Russia’s Lokomotiv Novosibirsk and ČEZ Karlovarsko. Despite their loss to Italy’s Trentino Itas, the team displayed their potential.

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Women’s Teams

Eczacıbaşı VitrA’s Dominance in Pool D

Turkey’s Eczacıbaşı VitrA, led by Jordan Thompson and Chiaka Ogbogu, demonstrated their strength in Pool D. They emerged victorious in all three matches, including a remarkable performance against Dinamo Moscow. Ogbogu led the scoring with 18 points, while Thompson also made a significant contribution.

Vakifbank Istanbul and Michelle Bartsch-Hackley’s Success in Pool C

Vakifbank Istanbul, with outside hitter Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, showcased their dominance in Pool C. They finished the first round with a perfect 3-0 record, securing victories against ASPTT Mulhouse VB and other strong teams. Bartsch-Hackley scored seven points in their match against France’s ASPTT Mulhouse VB.

Novara’s Solid Performance in Pool E

Igor Gorgonzola Novara, with middle blocker Haleigh Washington and setter Micha Hancock, displayed a solid performance in Pool E. They finished the first round with a perfect 3-0 record, including a thrilling victory over Poland’s Chemik Police. Hancock and Washington made notable contributions to their team’s success.

Imoco Conegliano’s Dominance in Pool B

Italy’s Imoco Conegliano, featuring U.S. outside hitters Kim Hill and McKenzie Adams, showcased their dominance in Pool B. They remained unbeaten in the first round, securing victories against strong opponents like Turkey’s Fenerbahçe Opet Istanbul. Hill emerged as the top scorer with 12 points in their match against Fenerbahçe Opet Istanbul.

Savino del Bene Scandicci’s Impressive Performance in Pool A

Savino del Bene Scandicci, led by outside hitter Megan Courtney, had an impressive performance in Pool A. They achieved a perfect 3-0 record, including a victory over U.S. setter Jordyn Poulter and Unet e-work Busto Arsizio. Courtney and Poulter made significant contributions to their respective teams.

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These are the latest updates from the national teams competing in the CEV Champions League. Stay tuned for more exciting matches and outstanding performances as the tournament unfolds.


Q: How is the CEV Champions League being conducted this year?

A: The CEV Champions League is being conducted with a bubble format, where teams gather in a centralized location and play multiple matches over a few days.

Q: Who are the standout players in the tournament so far?

A: Some standout players in the tournament include Taylor Sander, Jordan Thompson, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, and Kim Hill. They have showcased exceptional skills and contributed significantly to their teams’ success.

Q: Are there any upcoming matches to look forward to?

A: Yes, there are many exciting matches coming up in the next rounds of the CEV Champions League. Keep an eye out for intense battles between top teams and thrilling performances from the players.


In the CEV Champions League, national teams are competing in the pool play stage. Taylor Sander made an impressive debut with PGE Skra Belchatow, while Kędzierzyn-Koźle showed their dominance in Pool A. The Berlin Recycling Volleys, VfB Friedrichshafen, and other teams also delivered commendable performances in the men’s tournament.

In the women’s tournament, Eczacıbaşı VitrA, Vakifbank Istanbul, and other teams emerged as strong contenders in their respective pools. The standout players include Jordan Thompson, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, and Kim Hill, who have displayed exceptional skills.

Stay tuned for more thrilling matches and outstanding performances as the CEV Champions League continues. Don’t miss out on the action and support your favorite national teams.

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