Wednesday, 29 May 2024

WNT Update: Lanier Shines with 20 Points for Conegliano

The U.S. Women’s Update is here to keep fans in the loop about the athletes who showcased their skills during the 2023 season in Anaheim. This week, the U.S. players made their mark on teams around the world.


Prosseco Doc Imoco Conegliano (12-0), featuring outside hitters Kelsey (Robinson) Cook, Khalia Lanier, and Kathryn Plummer, along with setter Madi Bugg, went the distance to secure a victory over Wash4green Pinerolo on December 17th (25-21, 24-26, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13). Lanier stood out with an impressive performance, scoring 20 points on 17 kills, two blocks, and one ace. Cook and Bugg also made significant contributions to the team’s success.

Meanwhile, middle blocker Dana Rettke and outside hitter Kara Bajema, playing for Allianz Vero Volley Milano (11-1), dominated the court against Il Bisonte Firenze, winning in straight sets on December 17th (25-19, 25-22, 25-20). Bajema led the team with 12 points, while Rettke added two points on a block and a kill.

Haleigh Washington, the middle for Savino Del Bene Scandicci (10-2), showcased her skills with 15 points in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Roma Volley Club on December 16th (25-16, 25-14, 24-26, 21-25, 15-7). Washington’s dominant performance included five blocks, eight kills, and two aces.

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Avery Skinner and Madi Kingdon Rishel were instrumental in Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri ’76’s (7-5) win over Honda Olivero S.Bernardo Cuneo (4-8) on December 17th (25-18, 25-19, 17-25, 26-24). Skinner scored 13 points, while Kingdon Rishel contributed 11 points to secure the victory.


VakifBank (11-1), boasting outside hitter Ali Frantti, middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu, and opposite Jordan Thompson, emerged as the silver medalists at the Women’s Club World Champs in Hangzhou, China, from December 12th to 18th.

In the semifinals on December 16th, VakifBank defeated Tianjin Bohai Bank from China in a commanding 3-0 victory (25-16, 25-23, 25-23). Thompson and Frantti showcased their skills, scoring 14 and 13 points, respectively. Ogbogu provided a strong defensive presence with four points.

Although VakifBank fell short in the final against Türkiye’s VakifBank’s Eczacibasi Dynavit Istanbul, losing 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 15-9), Thompson’s outstanding performance led all scorers with 33 points. Ogbogu added 16 points, while Frantti contributed four points.

On December 22nd, VakifBank continued their dominance with a 3-1 victory over Kuzeyboru, thanks to a standout performance by Frantti, who led all scorers with 22 points. Thompson and Ogbogu also played vital roles in securing the win.


Justine Wong-Orantes and SC Potsdam (6-4) battled hard but fell short against Dresdner SC in a thrilling 3-2 match on December 16th (24-26, 25-17, 25-19, 24-26, 15-11). Wong-Orantes showcased her exceptional skills with 25 receptions, 40 percent of which were positive. Danielle Harbin also made her presence felt, scoring 14 points on 10 kills and four aces.

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Kayla Haneline and Allianz MTV Stuttgart (9-1) secured a victory against VC Wiesbaden on December 16th (25-12, 25-20, 24-26, 25-15). Haneline contributed two points as a substitute, while Alexis Hart led all scorers with 18 points.

Japan, Brazil, France, Romania

Annie Drews and JT Marvelous fought hard but were unable to overcome the NEC Red Rockets, losing in the semifinals of the Empress Cup on December 16th (25-17, 25-23, 29-27).

Brionne Butler and Osasco Sao Cristovao Saude (5-2) triumphed over Associação Atlética São Caetano in a straight-set victory on December 18th (25-15, 25-14, 25-17). Butler played a significant role, scoring seven points.

Taylor Mims and Nantes (9-1) dominated Quimper in a 3-0 victory on December 19th (25-21, 25-13, 25-18). Mims contributed seven points to her team’s success, while Shannon Coughlin led Quimper with nine points.

Ashley Evans and CSM Bucuresti (7-4) faced a tough challenge against CSM Corona Brasov, losing 3-1 on December 16th (23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20). Evans showcased her skills with three points.


Q: Which team features Khalia Lanier?
A: Khalia Lanier plays for Prosseco Doc Imoco Conegliano.

Q: Who are the standout players for VakifBank?
A: Ali Frantti, Chiaka Ogbogu, and Jordan Thompson are the standout players for VakifBank.

Q: Can you provide an overview of the German teams’ performances?
A: SC Potsdam, Allianz MTV Stuttgart, and USC Münster competed in thrilling matches, while Justine Wong-Orantes, Kayla Haneline, and Zoe Fleck showcased their skills.


In this article, we provided updates on various U.S. players’ performances across different volleyball leagues. From Italy to Türkiye, Germany, Japan, Brazil, France, and Romania, these athletes have been making their mark on the international stage. Standout performances from players like Khalia Lanier, Ali Frantti, and Jordan Thompson have contributed to their teams’ successes. With their remarkable skills and dedication, these athletes continue to shine in the world of professional volleyball. To stay up to date with the latest news and developments, visit our website and follow the incredible journey of these remarkable players.

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