International Volleyball

International volleyball: Great season-ending finishes for many Americans

International volleyball: Great season-ending finishes for many Americans

From left, Kelsey Robinson Cook, Madi Bugg, Khalia Lanier, Kathryn Plummer/Filippo Rubin, LVF photo

Last week was a tremendous one for American women playing professional volleyball overseas. A large group of them are coming home with championships in their respective countries as we wrap up our international coverage for this season.


What a finish for Americans Kathryn Plummer, Kelsey Robinson Cook, Khalia Lanier and Madi Bugg as Prosecco Doc Imoco Conegliano won its sixth Italian league (Lega Pallavolo Femminile Serie A Tigotà) title in a row and seventh overall.

Conegliano beat Scandicci and fellow Americans Haleigh Washington and Lindsey Ruddins 23-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-21 to win the best-of-five series 3-1.

Plummer had 17 kills and a block and Robinson-Cook had 10 kills. Bugg didn’t play. Swedish teammate Isabella Haak, who lit Scandicci up all series, had 27 kills and two blocks. 

Scandicci’s Washington and Ruddins were subs and had a kill each.

Plummer, Robinson Cook and Washington head to Anaheim to the USA gym where they are on the 30-player Volleyball Nations League roster.

Leah Hardeman, the former Coastal Carolina standout, led Cda Volley Talmassons to the A2 Playoff title with a sweep of Futura Giovani Busto Arsizio. She had 15 kills and a block as Talmassons earned a promotion to A1 next season. 


Stuttgart won its third German league title in a row by beating Schwerin in a fifth and deciding match. Former Alabama great Krystal Rivers had 13 kills and a block and Alexis Hart subbed in and got a kill. Kayla Haneline, a former middle at Northern Iowa who is also on the VNL roster, did not play. 

Meg Wolowicz (Northern Illinois) was a serving substitute for Schwerin.


Paris Saint-Cloud won the first French league title in the club’s history by upsetting top-seeded Nantes in the final. 

LOVB signee Kaisa Alanko, a setter from Finland, was MVP. Fellow LOVB signee and Iowa State alum Candelaria Herrera of Argentina had a match-high five blocks and four kills. St. John’s alum and LOVB signee Karin Palgutova of Slovakia had 16 kills and Canadian Emily Maglio, who played at Hawai’i, added three blocks, two kills and an ace. Emily Thater was injured.

Taylor Mims, the former Washington State star also on the VNL roster, led Nantes with 16 kills. Jaelyn Keene had nine kills, a block and an ace.


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