Monday, 27 May 2024

Women’s Update: Get to Know Kristin Hildebrand

The European Champions League is reaching its climax, with four U.S. players among the four semifinal teams. In this Women’s Update, we bring you all the details on the tournament, player news from around the world, and an exciting feature on Kristin Hildebrand of the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Did You Know: Kristin Hildebrand

Kristin Hildebrand, hailing from Orem, Utah, joined the U.S. Women’s National Team in June 2005. She has been an alternate on the last two U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Teams that competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

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  • Hildebrand served as captain of the 2015 Pan American Cup and 2015 Pan American Games gold-medal winning teams. She ranked third in Best Spiker at Pan Am Cup, while placing third in receiving and 12th in scoring at the Pan Am Games.
  • She also captained the 2013 U.S. Women’s National Team, recording 291 points in 30 of the 31 matches of the season.
  • Hildebrand was selected as the most valuable player of the 2012 Pan American Cup as Team USA claimed the gold.
  • She started all 14 matches of the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix, averaging an impressive 3.06 points per set.
  • Hildebrand’s journey in volleyball began at the age of 8.
  • Her father, Dave, played on the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1978-1980. Her mother, Lori, who sadly passed away in 2012, also played volleyball at BYU, just like Dave and Kristin’s sister Lauren.
  • Overcoming adversity, Hildebrand nearly quit volleyball after her mother’s passing in 2012.
  • She made an inspiring comeback after rehabilitating two consecutive knee surgeries in just nine months.
  • Hildebrand was a two-time AVCA All-American at Stanford University.
  • Prior to her junior season at Stanford, she made her senior level debut with the U.S. Women’s National Team in the 2005 Montreux VolleyMasters and 2005 FIVB World Grand Prix.
  • In her earlier years, Hildebrand played on the U.S Women’s Junior National Team in 2001 and 2002, and captained the 2000 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team.
  • Hildebrand was named the 2003 National Gatorade Player of the Year at Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah.
  • She played junior volleyball for Players Volleyball Club, which secured the 2002 Nationals title.
  • If volleyball wasn’t her calling, Hildebrand would likely be playing soccer.
  • She looked up to her older sister Lauren, who served as a great inspiration and teammate.
  • On the road, Hildebrand always carries her travel pillow.
  • Her idol and inspirational athlete is Stacy Sykora.
  • Hildebrand is married to Tyler Hildebrand, a former U.S. Men’s National Team setter who now coaches on the beach volleyball side, including Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson.
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CEV European Champions League Finals

The U.S. Women’s National Team will have four players competing in the CEV Champions League semifinals this coming weekend. Catch all the action live online:

  • April 9: Fenerbahce (Christa Dietzen) vs. VakifBank (Kim Hill), 6:30 a.m. PT.
  • April 9: Pomi Casalmaggiore (Lauren Gibbemeyer, Carli Lloyd) vs. Dinamo Kazan, 9:30 a.m. PT
  • April 10: Bronze-medal match, 5:30 a.m. PT
  • April 10: Gold-medal match, 8:30 a.m. PT

U.S. Players in International Leagues

Here’s an update on U.S. players competing in international leagues:

  • Foluke Akinradewo, Natalie Hagglund, and Krista Vansant are playing for Volero Zurich in the Swiss League as well as the CEV Champions League. Volero recently clinched the Cornèrcard Volley Cup title.
  • Courtney Thompson has signed to compete for Rexona-Ades in the Brazilian Superliga. Rexona-Ades emerged as the Superliga champion, defeating Dentil/Praia Clube in a thrilling title match.
  • Alix Klineman is competing for Praia Clube in the Brazilian Superliga. Praia Clube reached the championship match but narrowly lost to Rexona-Ades in a hard-fought battle.
  • Nicole Fawcett transferred to Italy’s Igor Gorgonzola Novara after the Chinese professional league. Novara concluded the regular season with a comfortable victory and is preparing for the semifinals.
  • Lauren Gibbemeyer and Carli Lloyd are playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore of the Italian Serie A1 league. Casalmaggiore finished the regular season in second place and is set to face Foppapedretti Bergamo in the quarterfinals.
  • Alisha Glass, Kelsey Robinson, Megan Easy, and Rachael Adams are all playing for Imoco Volley Conegliano of the Italian Serie A1 League. Despite a recent loss, Conegliano remains a strong contender for the championship title.
  • Michelle Bartsch is playing for Dresdner SC of the German Bundesliga. Dresdner won the first match of the semifinal round series and looks forward to the next encounter.
  • Christa Dietzen is competing for Fenerbahce in the Turkish League and CEV Champions League. Fenerbahce is set to face VakifBank in the semifinals of the European Champions League.
  • Kim Hill is playing for VakifBank in the Turkish League and CEV Champions League. VakifBank will take on Fenerbahce in the highly anticipated semifinals.
  • Cursty Jackson is competing for Galatasaray in the Turkish League. Galatasaray fought hard in the CEV Cup but ultimately settled for the silver medal.
  • Kristin Hildebrand is representing Impel Wroclaw in the Polish League and CEV Champions League. Impel Wroclaw is currently in a tense semifinal series against PGE Atom Trefl Sopot.
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FAQs

Q: Which leagues are U.S. players competing in?

A: U.S. players are participating in various leagues worldwide, including the Swiss League, Brazilian Superliga, Italian Serie A1, German Bundesliga, Turkish League, and Polish League.

Q: Can you provide updates on specific U.S. players?

A: Certainly! Here are some notable updates on U.S. players:

  • Foluke Akinradewo, Natalie Hagglund, and Krista Vansant are playing for Volero Zurich and have clinched the Cornèrcard Volley Cup title.
  • Courtney Thompson is competing for Rexona-Ades and helped them secure the Superliga championship.
  • Nicole Fawcett has transferred to Italy’s Igor Gorgonzola Novara and is preparing for the semifinals.
  • Lauren Gibbemeyer and Carli Lloyd are playing for Pomi Casalmaggiore and are set to face Foppapedretti Bergamo in the quarterfinals.
  • Alisha Glass, Kelsey Robinson, Megan Easy, and Rachael Adams are all playing for Imoco Volley Conegliano and are strong contenders for the championship title.
  • Michelle Bartsch is competing for Dresdner SC and won the first match of the semifinals.
  • Christa Dietzen is playing for Fenerbahce and will face VakifBank in the European Champions League semifinals.
  • Kim Hill is representing VakifBank and is set to challenge Fenerbahce in the semifinals.
  • Cursty Jackson is competing for Galatasaray and recently settled for the silver medal in the CEV Cup.
  • Kristin Hildebrand is playing for Impel Wroclaw and is currently engaged in a tense semifinal series against PGE Atom Trefl Sopot.

Summary

In this Women’s Update, we explored the European Champions League, updates on U.S. players in various international leagues, and exciting accomplishments within the volleyball community. Stay tuned for more thrilling action and support your favorite players as they chase victory on the court. For the latest news and in-depth coverage, visit Alpinetgheep.com.

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