Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Women’s Update: No Thanksgiving Break for Americans Overseas

While many Americans were enjoying Thanksgiving with family and friends, our U.S. Women’s National Team members and other American citizens playing abroad had to forgo the holiday celebrations. In foreign countries, Thanksgiving is not celebrated in the same way as in the United States, and their schedules continued as planned.


USA Volleyball has processed a significant number of international transfer certificates, allowing United States citizens to compete in foreign professional volleyball leagues for the 2016-17 season. As of November 22, a total of 317 transfers (224 females, 93 males) have been processed. These athletes have transferred to play in 32 different countries, with Germany attracting the most players at 48, followed by England with 23, and Sweden and the Philippines with 13 each.

Lloyd and Gibbemeyer with Italy’s Casalmaggiore

Carli Lloyd and Lauren Gibbemeyer, both members of the 2016 Olympic bronze medal-winning Team USA, have returned to Italy to compete for Pomi Casalmaggiore in the Italian Serie A1 league and the CEV Cup. In a recent match against Il Bisonte, Casalmaggiore emerged victorious with a straight-set win. Lloyd showcased her setting skills, contributing two blocks and an ace. Gibbemeyer also made valuable contributions with three kills and a block. Casalmaggiore currently stands in second place with a 6-1 record and will resume Italian League action on December 3.

Bartsch with Italy’s Bolzano

Michelle Bartsch, an alternate on the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is competing for Sudtirol Bolzano in the Italian Serie A1 this winter. Bolzano recently secured a win against Metalleghe Montichiari, breaking a two-match losing streak. Bartsch played a key role, recording ten points with nine kills and a block. Bolzano will aim to continue their winning streak when they face Savino Del Bene Scandicci on December 4.

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Kreklow with Italy’s Modena

Molly Kreklow, an alternate on the U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena in the Italian Serie A1 and the European Champions League. In a recent match against Igor Gorgonzola Novara, Modena suffered a defeat. Although Kreklow did not play in that match, she is expected to showcase her skills in the upcoming matches against Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena and Pomi Casalmaggiore.

Akinradewo with Switzerland’s Volero Zurich

Foluke Akinradewo, the Best Blocker in the 2016 Olympic Games, is playing for Volero Zurich in the Swiss League and the European Champions League. Volero recently secured a comfortable win against Edelline Koniz, maintaining their unbeaten record in the Swiss League. Their next match is against Volley Lugano on December 3, and they will then proceed to the European Champions League, where they will face Dinamo Moscow, Dinamo Krasnodar, and CS Volei Alba Blaj.

Larson and Adams with Turkey’s Eczacibasi

Jordan Larson and Rachael Adams, members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, are playing for Eczacibasi in the Turkish League and the European Champions League. Eczacibasi recently rallied to defeat Halkbank after losing the first set. Larson contributed 10 points, while Adams made an impact with three kills. Eczacibasi faced a tough five-set defeat against VakifBank but remain in second place. Their upcoming matches against Galatasaray and Seramiksan will be crucial for their standings in the league. In the European Champions League, Eczacibasi will face VakifBank, Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg, and Dresdner SC in the fourth round.

Hill with Turkey’s VakifBank

Kim Hill, a bronze medalist on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is playing for Turkey’s VakifBank and participating in the European Champions League. VakifBank recently secured wins against Besiktas and Eczacibasi, with Hill making notable contributions in both matches. Hill will continue to play a crucial role in VakifBank’s upcoming matches against Idman Ocagi and Fenerbahce. In the European Champions League, VakifBank will face Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg, Dresdner SC, and Eczacibasi.

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Fawcett and Crimes with Turkey’s Sariyer

Nicole Fawcett and Alexis Crimes, alternates to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, are competing for Sariyer in the Turkish League. Sariyer recently secured a victory against Seramiksan after a close match. Fawcett and Crimes played significant roles, contributing 14 and 15 points, respectively. Sariyer will aim to continue their winning streak in upcoming matches against Nilufer and Bursa Sehir.

Robinson and Lowe with China’s BAIC Motors

Kelsey Robinson and Karsta Lowe, bronze medalists on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, are currently playing for BAIC Motors Beijing in China. BAIC Motors recently suffered defeats against Jiangsu Zhongtian Steel and Shanghai East. Robinson and Lowe made valuable contributions in both matches. BAIC Motors will look to bounce back in their upcoming match against Dianchi Lake.

Murphy and Easy with China’s Henan

Kelly Murphy and Megan Easy, both Olympic medalists, are playing for Henan in the Chinese League. Henan recently faced defeats against Liaoning Radio and Television and Fujian. Despite the losses, Easy showcased her skills, scoring the highest points for her team in both matches. Henan will aim to secure a win in their upcoming match against Shenzhen.

Hancock with Poland’s Impel Wroclaw

Micha Hancock, who set the tournament record for aces in the 2016 Pan American Cup, is playing for Poland’s Impel Wroclaw in the Orlen Liga. Impel Wroclaw recently suffered a defeat against league-leader Budowlani Lodz. Hancock played a vital role, showcasing her setting skills. Impel Wroclaw will aim to break their losing streak in their upcoming matches against Polski Cukier Muszynianka Enea and Chemik Police.

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NCAA on TV and Internet

If you’re missing the U.S. Women’s National Team, you can still catch some of the future Team USA players in action during the NCAA collegiate season. USA Volleyball has compiled a list of NCAA Division I matches that will be broadcasted on television or streamed online.


Q: When do the U.S. Women’s National Team members return from playing abroad?
A: The return dates vary depending on their respective league schedules. Some members may return earlier, while others may continue playing abroad for the duration of the season.

Q: Are there any upcoming international tournaments involving the U.S. Women’s National Team?
A: As of now, there are no confirmed upcoming international tournaments for the U.S. Women’s National Team. However, it is always possible for new tournaments to be announced in the future.

Q: How can I watch NCAA Division I matches on TV or online?
A: You can check the USA Volleyball website for a comprehensive list of NCAA Division I matches that will be broadcasted on television or streamed online. Make sure to check the schedules and channels for each match in advance.


In this article, we provided an update on the U.S. Women’s National Team members and other American citizens playing volleyball abroad. Despite the absence of a Thanksgiving break, these athletes continue to showcase their skills and compete in various leagues around the world. From Italy to Turkey, Switzerland to China, these players are leaving their mark on the international volleyball scene. As fans, we can continue to support them by following their progress in their respective leagues and catching NCAA Division I matches featuring future Team USA players. Let’s celebrate their achievements and cheer them on as they represent the United States overseas.