Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Opposites Shine as Team USA Wraps Up Final Red-Blue Scrimmage

The U.S. Women’s National Team recently concluded its fourth and final Red-Blue intrasquad scrimmage at Segerstrom High School in Santa Ana, California. The match showcased the exceptional skills of opposites Kelly Murphy and Karsta Lowe, who combined for a total of 37 points throughout the four sets of the scrimmage.

Murphy, hailing from Wilmington, Illinois, demonstrated her prowess with 19 points, including 14 kills on 26 swings, boasting an impressive hitting efficiency of .423. She also contributed three aces and two blocks to her team’s success. Lowe, a resident of Rancho Santa Fe, California, made a significant impact with 18 points, tallying 14 kills on 29 attacks and displaying a .379 hitting efficiency. Additionally, she recorded two blocks and two aces during the scrimmage.

The middle position was fortified by Foluke Akinradewo from Plantation, Florida, who contributed 16 points through 11 kills on 18 swings, four aces, and a block. Michelle Bartsch, an outside hitter from Maryville, Illinois, claimed 14 points with 12 kills on 28 attacks as well, adding two blocks to her performance. Jordan Larson from Hooper, Nebraska, pocketed 12 points with 10 kills on 29 attacks and two blocks, showcasing a remarkable 61.1% positive reception rate on 18 chances.

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Christa Dietzen from Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania, charted 10 points, showcasing her versatility with four kills, four blocks, and two aces. Kim Hill from Portland, Oregon, made a significant impact on the court with 10 points, contributing five kills, three aces, and two blocks. Furthermore, Hill displayed a 55.6% positive reception rate on 27 chances. Kelsey Robinson from Bartlett, Illinois, provided nine points through seven kills and two blocks.

Both Rachael Adams from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Alexis Crimes from Rancho Cucamonga, California, each scored six points in the match. Setters Alisha Glass from Leland, Michigan, and Carli Lloyd from Bonsall, California, contributed four and two points, respectively.

The liberos, Kayla Banwarth from Dubuque, Iowa, and Natalie Hagglund from Encinitas, California, played pivotal roles in the match as well. Banwarth displayed excellent reception skills, handling 22 receptions with a 63.6% positive reception rate, while Hagglund handled 28 receptions during the match.

Courtney Thompson from Kent, Washington, made appearances in all four sets as a substitute, while Krista Vansant from Redlands, California, was a substitute in three of the four sets.

Looking ahead, the U.S. Women’s Team will be participating in the FIVB World Grand Prix, with the preliminary round taking place from June 10-12 in Ningo, China. Following that, Team USA will return home to host Germany, Japan, and Turkey on June 17, 18, and 19, respectively, before heading to Hong Kong to complete their nine-match preliminary schedule. The top five teams from the 12-team Group 1 will advance to the Final Round, which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from July 6-10.

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Q: When and where will the U.S. Women’s Team compete next?

A: The U.S. Women’s Team will be participating in the FIVB World Grand Prix with the preliminary round taking place from June 10-12 in Ningo, China.

Q: Who were the standout players in the final Red-Blue scrimmage?

A: Opposites Kelly Murphy and Karsta Lowe had an impressive performance, combining for a total of 37 points throughout the four sets of the scrimmage.

Q: Which players showed exceptional skills in their respective positions?

A: Middle Foluke Akinradewo, outside hitters Michelle Bartsch and Jordan Larson, and middle Christa Dietzen made significant contributions to the team’s success with their remarkable performances.


In the final Red-Blue scrimmage, opposites Kelly Murphy and Karsta Lowe showcased their skills, contributing a total of 37 points. The U.S. Women’s National Team displayed their expertise and versatility, with players like Foluke Akinradewo, Michelle Bartsch, Jordan Larson, and Christa Dietzen making notable contributions. The liberos, Kayla Banwarth and Natalie Hagglund, played key roles in maintaining the team’s rhythm. Looking ahead, Team USA is set to participate in the FIVB World Grand Prix, followed by several home matches and an international tournament in Bangkok. Follow for more updates on the team’s journey.