Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Women’s Update: Hill Leads VakifBank to European Title

Three U.S. Women’s National Team members had an outstanding performance in the European Champions League, with one leading her team to gold and the other two earning silver medals.

Hill with Turkey’s VakifBank

Kim Hill, a bronze medalist on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, made a significant impact playing for Turkey’s VakifBank in the European Champions League. VakifBank emerged victorious, claiming the prestigious title for the third time. In the semifinals, VakifBank defeated country rival Eczacibasi, with Hill contributing six points, including three kills and three aces. Hill’s outstanding performance continued in the finals, as she provided 11 points, including nine kills, one ace, and one block. She was recognized for her exceptional contributions and selected to the European Champions League Dream Team. VakifBank will continue their journey in the Turkish League playoffs, facing Eczacibasi in the third-place round.

Larson, Adams with Turkey’s Eczacibasi

Jordan Larson and Rachael Adams, members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, represented Eczacibasi in the European Champions League. Although they lost to VakifBank in the semifinals, they bounced back in the bronze-medal match, defeating Russia’s Dinamo Moscow. Adams showcased her skills with 17 points, while Larson contributed six kills and an ace. Adams was recognized for her exceptional performance and named to the European Champions League Final Round Dream Team. In the Turkish League playoffs, Eczacibasi will face VakifBank in the third-place round.

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Robinson, Fawcett with Italy’s Conegliano

Kelsey Robinson and Nicole Fawcett, both Olympic bronze medalists, represented Conegliano in the European Champions League. Conegliano triumphed over Russia’s Dinamo Moscow in the semifinals, with Robinson scoring 19 points and Fawcett contributing 17 points. However, they were unable to secure the gold medal as Turkey’s VakifBank emerged victorious in the finals. Robinson was honored for her exceptional performance and named to the European Champions League Dream Team. Conegliano will now face Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena in the Italian League semifinals.

Lloyd, Gibbemeyer with Italy’s Casalmaggiore

Carli Lloyd and Lauren Gibbemeyer returned to Italy to compete for Pomi Casalmaggiore in the Italian Serie A1 league and the CEV Cup. Casalmaggiore experienced a setback in the Italian League quarterfinals, losing to Unet Yamamay Busto Arsizio. However, they bounced back in the next match and advanced to the semifinals. Gibbemeyer played a crucial role, scoring 13 points and contributing four blocks. Casalmaggiore will now face Igor Gorgonzola Novara in the semifinals.

Akinradewo with Switzerland’s Volero Zurich

Foluke Akinradewo, the Best Blocker in the 2016 Olympic Games, represented Volero Zurich in the Swiss League and the European Champions League. Volero had a remarkable performance in the Swiss League, remaining undefeated in the regular season. They are currently leading the final round series against Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen.

Hancock with Poland’s Impel Wroclaw

Micha Hancock, known for setting the tournament record for aces in the 2016 Pan American Cup, showcased her skills playing for Poland’s Impel Wroclaw in the Orlen Liga. Although Wroclaw fell to Developres SkyRes Rzeszow in the playoffs, Hancock contributed to the team’s performance with her exceptional setting.

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U.S. Women to Host Canada in Friendly Match

The U.S. Women’s National Team will face the Canadian Women’s National Team in a friendly match on June 13 in San Juan Capistrano, California. This match will be the first international contest for Team USA since winning bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games. Both teams will then travel to Peru for the XVI Pan American Cup.

Red-Blue Scrimmage Schedule

Fans in Southern California will have the opportunity to watch the U.S. Women’s National Team in several Red-Blue intrasquad matches as they prepare for summer competitions. Training sessions at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim are also open to fans. The schedule for the Red-Blue scrimmages is as follows:

  • May 12: Murrieta Mesa High School (Murrieta, California)
  • May 19: Location to be determined
  • May 26: Santiago Canyon College (Orange, California) – Doubleheader with U.S. Men’s National Team
  • June 2: Kennedy High School (La Palma, California)

FAQs

Q: How many times has VakifBank won the European Champions League?
A: VakifBank has won the European Champions League three times.

Q: What is the next match for Eczacibasi in the Turkish League playoffs?
A: Eczacibasi will face VakifBank in the third-place round of the Turkish League playoffs.

Q: Which teams will Conegliano face in the Italian League semifinals?
A: Conegliano will compete against Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena in the Italian League semifinals.

Q: What is the current standing of Volero Zurich in the Swiss League final round series?
A: Volero Zurich is leading the final round series against Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen.

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Q: When is the friendly match between the U.S. Women’s National Team and the Canadian Women’s National Team?
A: The friendly match will take place on June 13 in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Conclusion

The U.S. Women’s National Team members continue to excel in various leagues and championships around the world. Their exceptional performances contribute to their respective teams’ success, and they continue to impress volleyball fans with their talent and dedication. Stay tuned for more updates on the U.S. Women’s National Team’s journey.