Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Women’s Update: Key Champions League Matches

Kim Hill, Lauren Gibbemeyer, and Kelsey Robinson are gearing up for important matches this week as they strive to lead their respective pro teams to victory in the European Champions League. Don’t miss the action, catch it live on

Exciting European Matches

Three European Champions League quarterfinal round matches are set to take place this week, along with the opening match of the European CEV Cup championship. What’s even more thrilling is that all four matches will feature members of the U.S. Women’s National Team. You can watch these sensational matches live on

  • April 3: CEV Cup – Eczacibasi (Jordan Larson, Rachael Adams) vs. Minchanka Minsk, 9:30 a.m. PT
  • April 4: Champions League – Imoco Volley Conegliano (Kim Hill) vs. Dinamo Moscow, 9 a.m. PT
  • April 5: Champions League – VakifBank (Kelsey Robinson) vs. Volero Zurich, 9 a.m. PT
  • April 5: Champions League – Igor Gorgonzola Novara (Lauren Gibbemeyer) vs. Galatasaray, 11:30 a.m. PT

U.S. Collegiate National Team-Europe Roster Announced

USA Volleyball is thrilled to announce the 12-player U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team Europe Tour (CNT-Europe) roster. This exceptional team consists of current collegiate players who will train and compete in Europe from July 4-15. The roster includes talented middle players Danielle Hart (University of Wisconsin, Virginia Beach, Virginia), Kirstie Hillyer (Colorado State University, Bayfield, Colorado), and Berkeley Oblad (University of Utah, Henderson, Nevada). The outside hitters selected are Leah Edmond (University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky), Amanda Green (University of Louisville, Skokie, Illinois), MacKenzie May (UCLA, Dubuque, Iowa), and Avery Skinner (University of Kentucky, Katy, Texas). The two opposites joining the CNT-Europe Tour are Audriana Fitzmorris (Stanford, Overland Park, Kansas) and Taylor Mims (Washington State University, Billings, Montana). The setters on the team are Katie Oleksak (Colorado State University, Phoenix, Arizona) and August Raskie (University of Oregon, Colorado Springs, Colorado). Alexis Dirige (Washington State University, San Francisco, California) will serve as the libero.

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Player Highlights

Let’s take a closer look at the impressive performances of some of our talented players:

Kelsey Robinson with VakifBank in Turkish League

Kelsey Robinson, an outstanding outside hitter and 2016 Olympic Games bronze medalist, is currently playing club volleyball with VakifBank in the Turkish professional league this winter. In the Turkish League, VakifBank recently swept Galatasaray in a thrilling match, with Robinson contributing two kills and a block. She also displayed exceptional reception skills, achieving a 58% positive reception rate. VakifBank will now face Eczacibasi in the finals, with matches scheduled on April 17, 19, and 22. Excitingly, VakifBank will also be competing in the European Champions League against Switzerland’s Volero Zurich on April 5.

Kim Hill with Conegliano in Italian League

Kim Hill, a talented outside hitter and 2016 Olympic Games bronze medalist, is currently showcasing her skills for Imoco Volley Conegliano in the Italian Serie A1 this winter. In the Italian Serie A1 playoffs, Conegliano secured a dominant victory against Savino Del Benne Scandicci. Hill played a crucial role, scoring 12 points with pinpoint kills and displaying an impressive 84% positive reception rate. Conegliano is now geared up for their European Champions League quarterfinal round against Dinamo Kazan.

Lauren Gibbemeyer with Novara in Italian League

Lauren Gibbemeyer, a formidable middle player for the U.S. Women’s National Team, is making waves in the Italian Serie A1 with Igor Gorgonzola Novara. In the Italian Serie A1 playoffs, Novara emerged victorious in the first match of their best-of-five semifinal round series against Unet E-Work Busto Arsizio. Gibbemeyer’s contributions, including five kills and a block, were instrumental in securing the win. Novara also holds a 1-0 advantage over Galatasaray in the European Champions League quarterfinals.

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Q: When was the last time the U.S. Women clinched two major international titles on the same day in different countries? How did that happen?

A: The U.S. Women achieved this remarkable feat on July 25, 2015. They split their squad to win the gold medal match against Brazil in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. On the same day, another U.S. Women’s roster defeated a different Brazilian team to clinch the 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix Finals Round title. It was a thrilling day for the U.S. Women as they demonstrated their prowess in international competitions.


As the European Champions League quarterfinals and the CEV Cup championship unfold, the U.S. Women’s National Team members continue to showcase their exceptional talent and contribute significantly to their respective pro teams. Stay tuned to to catch all the thrilling action live. Let’s cheer on Kim Hill, Lauren Gibbemeyer, Kelsey Robinson, and the rest of our incredible athletes as they compete at the highest level.