Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Women’s Update: Akinradewo Wins Japan V.League Title

Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 19, 2018) – Foluke Akinradewo, the talented middle blocker, has concluded an incredible season with Hisamitsu Springs. While Akinradewo celebrates her success, many of her teammates on the U.S. Women’s National Team are competing in professional playoffs worldwide.

Introducing Foluke Akinradewo’s Triumph

Foluke Akinradewo, the two-time U.S. Olympic medalist, played as a middle blocker for the Japanese V.League’s Hisamitsu Springs this winter. In a thrilling finals match against JT Marvelous, Hisamitsu Springs secured the Japan V.League title with an impressive 3-0 sweep. Akinradewo’s remarkable performance included 10 kills on 12 attacks, delivering a phenomenal 83.3% hit rate, and contributing one ace. Reflecting on her season, Akinradewo expressed her gratitude to her teammates, coaches, and staff for their support and credited the fans for their unwavering encouragement. Her outstanding performance has earned her a place on the V.League’s Best Six all-star team.

U.S. Women’s National Team Pro Playoffs

While Akinradewo shines in Japan, her U.S. Women’s National Team compatriots are showcasing their skills in professional playoffs all around the world. Let’s take a look at their achievements.

European Champions League and CEV Cup Action

Several U.S. Women’s National Team players are competing in the European Champions League and CEV Cup, representing various teams. Here’s where you can catch them in action:

  • CEV Cup: Eczacibasi (Jordan Larson, Rachael Adams) vs. SSC Palmberg Schwerin on March 20 at 9 a.m. PT
  • CEV Cup: Allianz MTV Stuttgart (Molly McCage, Paige Tapp) vs. Minchanka Minsk on March 20 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Champions League: Igor Gorgonzola Novara (Lauren Gibbemeyer) vs. Galatasaray on March 21 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Champions League: Imoco Volley Conegliano (Kim Hill) vs. Dinamo Moscow on March 21 at 12:30 p.m. PT
  • Champions League: VakifBank (Kelsey Robinson) vs. Volero Zurich on March 22 at 9 a.m. PT
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Conversations with Alma Mater

Lauren Gibbemeyer, the talented middle blocker from St. Paul, Minnesota, took the time to speak with her alma mater, the University of Minnesota. She shared insights on her transition to a new Italian team, the thrill of winning the Italian Cup, playing against her Team USA teammates, and the special bond she shares with other Minnesota alums.

U.S. Stars in the Turkish League

Several U.S. Women’s National Team players are showcasing their talent in the Turkish League. Here are the highlights:

  • Eczacibasi: Jordan Larson and Rachael Adams helped their team sweep SSC Palmberg Schwerin in the CEV Cup and are also competing in the Turkish League playoffs.
  • VakifBank: Kelsey Robinson is playing for VakifBank and recently secured a victory against Galatasaray in the semifinals.
  • Rookie Star: Carli Lloyd, the talented setter and 2016 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist, is making her mark with Hinode Barueri in the Brazil Superliga.

The Excitement Continues in Italy

Italy’s Serie A1 is hosting multiple U.S. Women’s National Team players this season. Let’s see what they have accomplished:

  • Novara: Lauren Gibbemeyer is playing her heart out for Igor Gorgonzola Novara, contributing to their success in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs.
  • Conegliano: Outside hitter Kim Hill is making significant contributions to Imoco Volley Conegliano’s playoff journey.
  • Scandicci: Lauren Carlini, the talented setter, is proving herself with Savino Del Bene Scandicci in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs.
  • Monza: Tori Dixon and Micha Hancock are playing exceptional volleyball for Saugella Team Monza in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs.
  • Busto Arsizio: Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Sarah Wilhite are showcasing their talent for Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio in the Italian Serie A1 playoffs.
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Other U.S. Women’s National Team Players Around the World

Let’s take a quick look at some other U.S. Women’s National Team players making waves in various leagues:

  • Korea V-League: Madi Kingdon, the dynamic outside hitter, continues to impress with IBK.
  • Germany Bundesliga: Paige Tapp and Molly McCage are displaying their skills for Allianz MTV Stuttgart.
  • France League: Amber Rolfzen, Lexi Dannemiller, and Amanda Benson are making their presence felt for their respective teams in the French League.


Q: Where did Mickisha Hurley, a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, attend college?
A: Mickisha Hurley attended Barry University, an NCAA Division II school. She played a pivotal role in leading the university to a national title in 1995, and she had a successful career representing the U.S. in international competitions.


In this article, we highlighted Foluke Akinradewo’s triumph in winning the Japan V.League title with Hisamitsu Springs. We also provided an overview of the U.S. Women’s National Team players’ performances in various leagues worldwide. From the European Champions League to the Turkish League and Italian Serie A1, these athletes continue to impress with their skill, dedication, and determination. Stay tuned for more updates and exciting stories from the world of women’s volleyball. To know more and stay up-to-date with the latest news, visit Alpinetgheep.com.

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