Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

Pro Playoffs Heat Up for U.S. Women Overseas

Several U.S. Women’s National Team players and other Americans are currently engaged in competitive playoffs in their overseas professional leagues before returning home to train and compete for the U.S. team. Let’s take a closer look at some of the exciting developments happening abroad.

Kelsey Robinson’s Vlog Series:

Kelsey Robinson, a prominent member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, has been creating a vlog series that provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her training routine. Her most recent vlog focuses on what she eats on training days. In the video, she meets up with other American players in Turkey and takes us on a tour of the local market where she shops for food. You can watch this video and more in her vlog series here.

Jordan Larson’s Instagram Stories Q&A:

Jordan Larson, another talented player on the U.S. Women’s National Team, recently held a Q&A session on her Instagram Stories. She answered questions from her fans, providing insights into her journey as a professional player and offering valuable advice. Here are some highlights from her responses:

  1. When asked about her recommendation for players striving to make Team USA, Larson emphasized the importance of maintaining a never-give-up mentality and being open to learning and seizing opportunities.
  2. Larson shared that she realized she wanted to pursue a professional volleyball career after receiving an offer to play in Puerto Rico following college.
  3. When it comes to creativity as an outside hitter, Larson highlighted the need to have a good understanding of the opposing team’s block and the ability to hit high and hard against it.
  4. Larson emphasized the importance of leaning on teammates for support during frustrating moments in games, highlighting the teamwork aspect of volleyball.
  5. She revealed that her favorite volleyball shoes are the #crazyflightx, noting that they hold a special significance as they were designed in honor of her mother.
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U.S. Players’ Performances in Overseas Leagues:

Let’s take a look at how some U.S. players are faring in their overseas professional leagues:

Kim Hill and Karsta Lowe with Conegliano in the Italian League:

Outside hitter Kim Hill and opposite Karsta Lowe are competing for Imoco Volley Conegliano in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs. Conegliano is off to a strong start in their best-of-five semifinal series, winning the first two matches against Saugella Team Monza. Hill has been a key contributor, recording nine kills and two blocks in the opening victory. Lowe has also made contributions off the bench. Conegliano has a chance to close out the series on April 23.

Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Lauren Carlini with Novara in the Italian League:

Outside hitter Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and setter Lauren Carlini are playing for Igor Gorgonzola Novara in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs. Novara faced a tough challenge in the quarterfinal round, but managed to advance to the semifinals after a thrilling five-set victory. In the semifinals, Novara is currently tied 1-1 in the series against Savino Del Bene Scandicci. Bartsch-Hackley has been a standout performer, recording double-digit kills in both matches. Carlini has been instrumental in setting up Novara’s offense. The series is far from over, with matches three and four set to take place on April 22 and April 25.

Other U.S. Players in Action:

Several other U.S. players are also making their mark in overseas leagues. Carli Lloyd is playing for Praia Clube in the Brazilian Superliga playoffs, while Sarah Wilhite Parsons, Molly McCage, Paige Tapp, Krystal Rivers, and Madi Bugg are competing with Allianz MTV Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga playoffs. Jordan Larson is representing Eczacibasi in the Turkish League playoffs, and Kelsey Robinson is playing for VakifBank in the same league. Annie Drews and Simone Lee are competing with Beylikduzu in the Turkish League playoffs as well. Chiaka Ogbogu is playing for Chemik Police in the Polish League playoffs.

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Q: How many U.S. Women’s National Team players have won multiple Olympic Games medals in women’s indoor volleyball?
A: A total of 10 players have won multiple Olympic Games medals for the U.S. Women’s National Team. This includes four players who earned silver medals in the 2012 London Olympics and bronze medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Other double-medal winners include Lindsey Berg, Nicole Davis, Tayyiba Haneef-Park, Danielle Scott, Logan Tom, and Paula Weishoff.


The U.S. Women’s National Team players continue to excel in their overseas professional leagues as they prepare to represent their country. Their performances and contributions in these playoff matches are a testament to their talent and dedication. Make sure to follow their journeys and show your support for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

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