Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Women’s Update: Watch Americans in Champions League Crunch Time

Several members of the U.S. Women’s National Team are currently in a crucial period of their professional overseas leagues. If you’re interested in watching some of these matches live, you’re in luck! This week, there are several matches being streamed online where you can see these American athletes in action.

Watch Americans in European Champions League and CEV Cup

The CEV European Champions League 4th Round features four matches that will be streamed live. These matches are part of the home-and-home round robin, which is a critical phase in determining which teams will advance to the next round. You can catch all four matches live on

  • Feb. 8: Eczacibasi (Jordan Larson, Rachael Adams) vs. Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg, 5:30 a.m. PT
  • Feb. 8: VakifBank (Kim Hill) vs. Dresdner SC, 10 a.m. PT
  • Feb. 8: Conegliano (Kelsey Robinson, Nicole Fawcett) vs. Chemik Police, 11:30 a.m. PT
  • Feb. 9: Volero (Foluke Akinradewo) vs. CS Volei Alba Bjaj, 11 a.m. PT

Dixon Discusses Her Road to Recovery from ACL Surgery

Over a year ago, U.S. middle blocker Tori Dixon tore her ACL during a professional match in Japan. Unfortunately, this injury prevented her from competing in her first Olympic Games. However, over the past 12 months, Dixon has been diligently rehabbing her injury and working on improving her mechanics to eliminate any bad habits.

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Hill with Turkey’s VakifBank

Outside hitter Kim Hill, a bronze medalist on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is currently playing for Turkey’s VakifBank in the Turkish regular season and the European Champions League. In a recent match against Nilufer, VakifBank secured a victory with Hill contributing 13 points. She had 11 kills on 20 attacks, one ace, and one block. Hill also showcased her defensive skills with a team-leading 27 receptions and a 59% positive reception rate. VakifBank will face Sariyer in their next Turkish League contest on Feb. 12. In the European Champions League, VakifBank will have a rematch against Dresdner SC on Feb. 8.

Larson, Adams with Turkey’s Eczacibasi

Outside hitter Jordan Larson and middle Rachael Adams, both members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, are currently playing for Eczacibasi in the Turkish League and the European Champions League. In a recent Turkish League match against Fenerbahce, Eczacibasi narrowly lost in a five-set battle. Larson had an impressive performance, scoring 19 points with 17 kills, one block, and one ace. Adams did not play in the match due to the league’s foreigner limits. Eczacibasi is currently ranked second in the league standings and will face Canakkale Bld in their next Turkish League match. In the European Champions League, Eczacibasi will have a rematch against Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg on Feb. 8.

Crimes with Turkey’s Sariyer

Middle blocker Alexis Crimes, an alternate on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team, is competing for Sariyer in the Turkish League this season. In a recent match against Halkbank, Sariyer lost in four sets. Crimes contributed 12 points with eight kills and four blocks. Sariyer currently sits in 10th place in the Turkish League regular season standings and will face league-leader VakifBank in their next match on Feb. 12.

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Robinson, Fawcett with Italy’s Conegliano

Outside hitter Kelsey Robinson and opposite Nicole Fawcett are playing in the Italian Serie A1 for Conegliano after transferring midseason from teams in China and Turkey, respectively. In Robinson’s return to the league, Conegliano secured a victory against Suditrol Bolzano. Robinson provided six kills and two blocks, contributing to the team’s success. Conegliano, now in first place following the victory, will face second-place Pomi Casalmaggiore in their next match on Feb. 12. In the European Champions League, Conegliano will take on Poland’s Chemik Police on Feb. 8.

Lloyd, Gibbemeyer with Italy’s Casalmaggiore

Setter Carli Lloyd and middle blocker Lauren Gibbemeyer are competing for Pomi Casalmaggiore in the Italian Serie A1 league and the CEV Cup. In a recent Italian League match against Igor Gorgonzola Novara, Casalmaggiore suffered a loss. Lloyd set the team to a 39% kill percent and contributed two individual kills and three blocks. Gibbemeyer had four points with three kills and a block. Casalmaggiore will face Imoco Conegliano, who is currently in first place, in their next Italian League match. In CEV Cup action, Casalmaggiore has advanced to the 8th Final Round where they will face HPK Hameelinna in a home-and-home series on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22.

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 season. In a recent match against Imoco Volley Conegliano, Bolzano suffered a loss. Bartsch did not play in the match. Bolzano will face Club Italia Crai in their next match on Feb. 12.

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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. In recent Swiss League matches against Sm’Aesch Pfeffingen I and Volley Top Luzern, Volero secured victories in both matches. Volero remains undefeated this season with a 15-0 record. In the CEV Champions League, Volero will face CS Volei Alba Blaj in their next match on Feb. 7.

Hancock with Poland’s Impel Wroclaw

Micha Hancock, who played for the U.S. Women’s Team during the 2016 Pan American Cup, is currently competing for Poland’s Impel Wroclaw in the Orlen Liga. In a Polish Cup semifinal match against Grot Budowlani Lodz, Wroclaw suffered a loss, narrowly missing out on a place in the final. Hancock played a key role in setting the team to a 47% kill percent and contributed seven points with five kills and two aces. Wroclaw will face Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza in their next league match.

Kiraly Headlines HP Coaches Clinic

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly will be one of the headline presenters at the 2017 USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic. The clinic, held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, will feature other notable coaches such as Bill Hamiter, Matt Fuerbringer, Keegan Cook, and Beth Launier.