Monday, 22 Jul 2024

Women’s Update: European Champions League Semis with American Flavor

Welcome to the weekly update from, where we bring you the latest news from the world of women’s volleyball. In this edition, we’ll be focusing on the European Champions League semifinals and the American athletes who will be competing. Let’s dive in!

Courtney Thompson Runs Boston Marathon

Retired U.S. Women setter Courtney Thompson recently completed her first-ever marathon, the 2017 Boston Marathon. With an impressive finishing time of 3:40.54, Thompson showcased her endurance just eight months after retiring from the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Thompson’s goal was to finish in 3:29, and she came close despite the challenges of the race. In an interview before the marathon, Thompson humorously described how her volleyball training didn’t typically involve long-distance running. She also shared her aspirations of competing in an Ironman triathlon and a 100-mile ultramarathon in the future.

Watch Americans in European Champions League

The upcoming CEV European Champions League semifinals will feature American athletes representing three out of the four teams. Volleyball fans can catch the action live on Here are the matches to look out for:

  • April 22: Eczacibasi (Jordan Larson, Rachael Adams) vs. VakifBank (Kim Hill) at 8 a.m. PT
  • April 22: Imoco Conegliano (Kelsey Robinson, Nicole Fawcett) vs. Dinamo Moscow at 11 a.m. PT
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U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team-Europe Tour Roster Announced

USA Volleyball has announced the roster for its U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team Europe Tour (CNT-Europe). The team consists of current collegiate players who will train and compete in Europe from July 5-16. Among the players selected are middles Corissa Crocker, Claire Kiefer-Wright, and Jenna Rosenthal, outside hitters Courtney Schwan, Carlyle Nusbaum, and Jaali Winters, opposites Kelsie Payne and Taylor Mims, setters Kristen Gengenbacher and Taira Robins-Hardy, and libero Jesse Earl. The CNT-Europe squad will participate in the 13th Annual European Global Challenge in Croatia and engage in friendly matches with various National Teams.

Team Updates from Italy, Switzerland, and Turkey

Several American athletes are making waves in various leagues across Europe. Here are some highlights:

  • Kelsey Robinson and Nicole Fawcett are playing for Conegliano in the Italian Serie A1, with Conegliano set to face Dinamo Moscow in the European Champions League semifinals.
  • Carli Lloyd and Lauren Gibbemeyer are competing for Pomi Casalmaggiore in the Italian Serie A1 league and the CEV Cup.
  • Foluke Akinradewo is representing Volero Zurich in the Swiss League and the European Champions League.
  • Jordan Larson and Rachael Adams are part of the Eczacibasi team in the Turkish League and will face VakifBank in the European Champions League semifinals.
  • Kim Hill is playing for VakifBank in the Turkish League and is set to clash with Eczacibasi in the European Champions League semifinals.
  • Micha Hancock is showcasing her skills as a setter for Poland’s Impel Wroclaw in the Orlen Liga.
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Friendly Match Between U.S. and Canada

The U.S. Women’s National Team will host the Canadian Women’s National Team in a friendly match on June 13 at JSerra High School in California. This contest marks the first international opponent for Team USA since winning bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Red-Blue Scrimmage Schedule

Fans in Southern California have the opportunity to witness the U.S. Women’s National Team’s training sessions and Red-Blue intrasquad matches as they prepare for upcoming competitions. Here are the dates and locations of these exciting scrimmages:

  • May 12: Murrieta Mesa High School (Murrieta, California) at 7 p.m. PT
  • May 19: To be announced in Southern California at 7 p.m. PT
  • May 26: Santiago Canyon College (Orange, California) at 6 p.m. PT (doubleheader with U.S. Men’s National Team)
  • June 2: Kennedy High School (La Palma, California) at 7 p.m. PT


Q: Which American athletes will be competing in the European Champions League semifinals?
A: Jordan Larson, Rachael Adams, Kim Hill, Kelsey Robinson, and Nicole Fawcett will be representing their respective teams in the European Champions League semifinals.

Q: When is the friendly match between the U.S. and Canada?
A: The friendly match between the U.S. and Canada will take place on June 13.


In this week’s update, we highlighted the American athletes competing in the European Champions League semifinals. Courtney Thompson’s impressive performance at the Boston Marathon, along with the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team Europe Tour roster announcement, added to the excitement. We also covered the latest updates from Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, and Poland. Don’t miss the upcoming friendly match between the U.S. and Canada, and make sure to mark your calendars for the Red-Blue scrimmages in Southern California. Stay tuned for more exciting news and updates from the world of women’s volleyball. For more information, visit

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