Monday, 22 Jul 2024

WNT Update: CEV Tournaments Nearing Their Finales

The CEV Tournaments are reaching their exciting conclusions, and we’re thrilled to bring you the latest updates on the performances of U.S. women’s players. Let’s dive into the action and see how our athletes are making their mark.

CEV Tournaments

Türkiye’s VakifBank, featuring the talented middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu and outside hitter Kara Bajema, showcased their skills by winning two playoff matches. These victories paved their way to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. In both matches against Poland’s ŁKS Commercecon ŁÓDŹ, VakifBank secured dominant 3-0 victories. Bajema impressed with 13 points, including seven kills, five blocks, and one ace. Ogbogu added to the team’s success by contributing eight points. VakifBank is now set to face Italy’s Vero Volley Milano in the quarterfinals, scheduled for March 21, with a second date to be announced.

In other quarterfinal matchups, Italy’s Igor Gorganzola Novara, led by outside hitter Mckenzie Adams, will go head-to-head with Germany’s Allianz MTV Stuttgart. This highly anticipated clash promises an exciting showdown between two talented teams. The matches are scheduled for March 14 and 22. Additionally, Conegliano, with a lineup consisting of outside hitters Kelsey (Robinson) Cook and Kathryn Plummer, along with opposite Stephanie Samedy, will face Turkey’s Fenerbahce Opet Istanbul on March 23, with a second date yet to be announced.

Moving on to the CEV Challenge Cup, Italy’s Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri, featuring the formidable middle Brionne Butler, secured a spot in the finals after an impressive 2-0 victory over Germany’s VfB SUHL Thüringen in the quarterfinals. Butler proved her worth by contributing four points in the second match. The finals will see Chieri face off against Romania’s CSM Lugoj on March 15 and 22.

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In Italy’s Prosecco Doc Imoco Conegliano’s recent match against Wash4green Pinerolo, Kathryn Plummer displayed her prowess by leading her team to a 3-2 victory. Plummer’s outstanding performance included 22 points, with 20 kills, one block, and one ace. She also showcased her defensive skills with 55 receptions, maintaining an impressive 64 percent positive rate. Kelsey (Robinson) Cook and Stephanie Samedy also made valuable contributions to the team’s success.

Meanwhile, Megabox Ond. Savio Vallefoglia’s Annie Drews stole the spotlight as she led her team to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Il Bisonte Firenze. Drews delivered an impressive 28 points, with 28 kills and one block, earning her the title of match MVP. Micha Hancock and Rhamat Alhassan were also part of the team’s winning roster.

Haleigh Washington, representing Savino Del Bene Scandicci, helped her team secure a hard-fought 3-2 victory against Vero Volley Milano. Washington’s eight points were pivotal in securing the win, while Jordan Thompson, Jordan Larson, and Dana Rettke put up a strong fight for Milano.

Brionne Butler, playing for Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri, contributed significantly to her team’s 3-1 victory over E-Work Busto Arsizio, where she scored five points. Carli Lloyd showcased her skills for Arsizio, scoring six points in the match.

Cuneo Granda S.Bernardo, featuring Anna Hall and Dani Drews, dominated their matchup against Cbf Balducci Hr Macerata, winning in straight sets. Hall impressed with eight points, while Drews made her presence known on the court.

Lastly, Trasportipesanti Casalmaggiore, with Lauren Carlini and Ali Frantti, faced a tough challenge against Igor Gorgonzola Novara. Despite their best efforts, Casalmaggiore narrowly lost the match. Frantti stood out with 14 points, while Carlini showcased her versatility with four points and excellent setting skills.

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Beziers, with the U.S. talents of Justine Wong-Orantes, Madison Lilley, Avery Skinner, and Blake Mohler, delivered a stellar performance against Paris St. Cloud, securing a convincing 3-0 victory. Lilley’s exceptional setting skills contributed to the team’s outstanding .434 hitting efficiency, earning her the title of match MVP. Skinner and Mohler made notable contributions, scoring 15 points and four points, respectively.

Terville-Florange, with Kendall White, Taylor Fricano, Taira Ke’Alohilani Robins-Hardy, and Shannon Scully, faced a tough challenge against Le Cannet. Despite their best efforts, Terville-Florange fell short in a 3-0 loss. Fricano’s impressive performance led the team with 10 points, while Scully showcased her skills with nine points.

Cannes, featuring Jenna Gray, Carli Snyder, Madeleine Gates, and Claire Felix, faced a fierce battle against Nantes, ultimately losing in a thrilling 3-2 match. Snyder stood out with 20 points, while Felix and Gates each contributed 10 points. Gray’s setting prowess helped Cannes maintain an impressive .335 hitting efficiency.


Lindsey Ruddins played a crucial role in SCC Palmberg Schwerin’s triumph over SC Potsdam in the final of the German Cup. Ruddins’ impressive 17 points, including 13 kills, helped secure a 3-1 victory and the coveted title.

Ashley Evans and Ladies in Black Aachen will soon resume their regular season, with a match against Dresden scheduled for March 4.


Karsta Lowe showcased her skills in a match between JT Marvelous and Saitama Ageo Medix. Lowe’s outstanding performance, including 25 points from 24 kills and one block, contributed to JT Marvelous’ commanding 3-0 victory.

Danielle Cuttino displayed her offensive prowess on behalf of the Toyota Auto Body Queenseis, scoring an impressive 27 points despite her team’s 3-1 loss to the Toray Rose.

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1. Which teams are representing the United States in the CEV Tournaments?

U.S. players are making their presence known in the CEV Tournaments. Türkiye’s VakifBank features Chiaka Ogbogu and Kara Bajema, and Italy’s Igor Gorganzola Novara has Mckenzie Adams. Other notable teams include Conegliano, with Kelsey (Robinson) Cook and Kathryn Plummer, and Reale Mutua Fenera Chieri, with Brionne Butler.

2. Who are the standout performers from the U.S. in Italy’s Prosecco Doc Imoco Conegliano?

Kathryn Plummer played a crucial role in Conegliano’s recent victory, leading the team with 22 points. Kelsey (Robinson) Cook and Stephanie Samedy also made significant contributions.

3. How did Lindsey Ruddins perform in the German Cup final?

Lindsey Ruddins showcased her skills in the German Cup final, contributing 17 points and helping SCC Palmberg Schwerin secure a 3-1 victory over SC Potsdam.

4. How did U.S. players fare in the matches in France?

The U.S. players had notable performances in France. Justine Wong-Orantes, Madison Lilley, Avery Skinner, and Blake Mohler played pivotal roles in Beziers’ impressive 3-0 victory. Kendall White, Taylor Fricano, Taira Ke’Alohilani Robins-Hardy, and Shannon Scully faced a tough challenge but showcased their skills for Terville-Florange.

5. Who were the standout performers for JT Marvelous in Japan?

Karsta Lowe impressed for JT Marvelous, scoring a remarkable 25 points and leading her team to a commanding 3-0 victory over Saitama Ageo Medix.


In this article, we witnessed the thrilling progress of U.S. women’s players in the CEV Tournaments. We explored the exciting matchups, standout performances, and notable achievements across various leagues in countries like Italy, France, Germany, and Japan. The passion and dedication of these athletes truly shine through in their exceptional performances.

Stay tuned for more updates and be sure to visit for the latest news and insights from the world of women’s volleyball.