Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Women’s NT Update: Champions in Italy

With the exhilarating Tokyo Olympic Games now behind us, the U.S. Women’s National Team players have shifted their focus to their professional club teams overseas. In this update, we’ll take a closer look at their performances and achievements, particularly in Italy.


Megan Courtney, renowned libero for the U.S. Women’s National Team, has been showcasing her versatility as an outside hitter for Prosecco Doc Imoco Volley Conegliano. She started off the season on a high note, as her team secured victory in the Italian SuperCup, with Courtney herself named the Most Valuable Player. The final match saw four U.S. players in action, as Kathryn Plummer, Conegliano’s outside hitter, also contributed to the team’s success. Conegliano emerged triumphant with a 3-1 (23-25, 29-27, 25-15, 26-24) victory over Igor Gorgonzola Novara, which included setter Micha Hancock and middle blocker Haleigh Washington, who was honored as the Best Middle of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Revealing their prowess on the court, Conegliano exemplified their dominance, with Plummer leading the team with 17 kills (.516 hitting efficiency) and a notable 36 receptions. Courtney, on the other hand, made a significant impact with 14 points, including 12 kills and two blocks, while also excelling with her receptions. Novara showcased their talent as well, with Washington contributing eight points through seven kills and one block, and Hancock securing five points with three kills and two aces. The regular season in Italy commenced on October 9th and 10th, marking the start of an exciting journey for the U.S. athletes.

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Turning our attention to Turkey, the VakifBank team, which includes outside hitter Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu, emerged triumphant in the 2021 Spor Toto Women’s Champions Cup. With an impressive 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-19) victory over Eczacıbaşı Dynavit, they celebrated their well-deserved win. Bartsch-Hackley’s outstanding performance included eight points through six kills and two blocks, along with commendable receptions. Meanwhile, Ogbogu provided invaluable support to the team throughout the tournament.

In the Turkish regular season, VakifBank demonstrated their strength by securing wins against Yeşilyurt (3-0) and Eczacıbaşı Dynavit (3-2), with Ogbogu contributing significantly with 15 points, including 10 kills, four blocks, and one ace. The remarkable Jordan Thompson from Eczacıbaşı Dynavit, along with McKenzie Adams, showcased their talents as well. The regular season in Turkey is well underway, promising a captivating competition ahead.


In Germany, the U.S. libero sensation, Justine Wong-Orantes, known for her exceptional skills, has returned to Wiesbaden for another exciting season. Although her team experienced a 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 26-24) loss against Erfurt, Wong-Orantes proved her mettle with 16 receptions, highlighting her prowess on the court.

Japan, Brazil, and China

The Japanese league is set to commence on October 15th, with several U.S. National Team players competing in Japan this season. Players such as Foluke Akinradewo, Annie Drews, Kelsey Robinson, Hannah Tapp, and Sarah Wilhite Parsons will undoubtedly make a splash in the league. Meanwhile, Danielle Cuttino and Rachael Adams will be heading to Brazil to play for Itambé Minas and Osasco, respectively. U.S. Women’s Team Captain Jordan Larson, the Olympic MVP and Best Outside Hitter, is set to showcase her talent in China.

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Q: Which U.S. players competed in Italy?
A: Megan Courtney, Kathryn Plummer, Micha Hancock, and Haleigh Washington showcased their skills in Italy, representing their respective teams with pride.

Q: Who led the U.S. team to victory in the Italian SuperCup?
A: Megan Courtney’s outstanding performance contributed significantly to Prosecco Doc Imoco Volley Conegliano’s victory in the Italian SuperCup, where she was also named the Most Valuable Player.

Q: Which U.S. players will be competing in Japan this season?
A: Foluke Akinradewo, Annie Drews, Kelsey Robinson, Hannah Tapp, and Sarah Wilhite Parsons are set to compete in the Japanese league this season.


In this update, we explored the recent achievements of the U.S. Women’s National Team players as they embarked on their journey in professional club teams overseas. From Italy to Turkey, Germany, Japan, Brazil, and China, these athletes continue to captivate audiences around the world with their exceptional skills and dedication to the sport. Follow their remarkable journey and witness the passion and talent that propels them to greatness.

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