Tuesday, 20 February 2024

International Volleyball

LOVB adds Eggleston, Fleck, Drews, Kubik as it prepares for 2025 season

Zoe Fleck, an NCAA champion libero for Texas, now plays for USC Münster

Zoe Fleck passes for USC Münster

League One Volleyball continues to assemble a noteworthy cast of players and coaches.

Over the last week, startup LOVB has announced the signings of American former NCAA stars Logan Eggleston, Zoe Fleck, Dani Drews and Madi Kubik, and international standout Kimberly Drewniok of Germany.

Coaches Matt Fuehrbringer and Suzie Fritz also were signed by the new league that will begin its regular season in January of 2025 with franchises in Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Houston, Omaha (Nebraska),  Austin (Texas) and Madison (Wisconsin).

New LOVB players

The 2021 and 2022 VolleyballMag.com national player of the year during her sensational career for the Texas Longhorns, Eggleston has been assigned to LOVB Austin, joining Carli Lloyd as a founding athlete. After leading the Longhorns to the 2022 NCAA title as the tournament Most Outstanding Player, Logan has competed in the Turkish pro league for the Galatasaray club in Istanbul.

The high-flying 6-foot-2 outside hitter also has been in the gym with Coach Karch Kiraly’s USA women’s national team and recently received the 2023 NCAA Woman of the Year award, acknowledging her contributions on and off of the volleyball court.

“With her storied record, including winning five straight Big 12 championships, being named the 2022 AVCA Player of the year, and scoring a record-setting 208 aces, Logan is an elite level player and team leader,” LOVB director of sport Tom Hogan said in a release.

Fleck, a 5-foot-6 libero, also in the gym with the USA national team, was Eggleston’s teammate on Texas’ 2022 NCAA champions. She, too, was a 2022 Volleyballmag.com first-team All-American after previously playing at UC Santa Barbara and UCLA. Fleck has gained international experience playing for USC Münster in the German Bundesliga.

Drews enjoyed an All-American career at Utah and has spent time in the USA gym. The 6-foot lefty outside hitter finished No. 3 on the leaderboard during the 2022 Athletes Unlimited season and was voted one of the league’s two best OHs. Drews has played overseas in the Polish league, the Italian Series A1 and for her present club in Japan, the NEC Red Rockets in Kawasaki.

Cuneo’s Madi Kubik hits against Busto Arsizio last November/LVF photo

Kubik, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter, was an All-American for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and VolleyballMag.com’s national freshman of the year in 2019. Kubik played for the Cangrejeras de Santurce club in San Juan and this season is…

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