Saturday, 3 June 2023

International Volleyball

USA women in finals in Italy, Turkey, Germany, P.R.; Americans win in Greece, Hungary

USA women in finals in Italy, Turkey, Germany, P.R.; Americans win in Greece, Hungary

This is our weekly update on USA women playing professional volleyball around the world. Most of the players are former NCAA standouts. The season is winding down as playoff series have finished are are near their ends:

Country titles are on the line this week in Italy, Turkey, Germany and Puerto Rico, and two USA players won the championships last week for their teams.

In Italy, Jordan Thompson, Jordan Larson, Dana Rettke, Kathryn Plummer and Kelsey Cook are all in the finals.

In Turkey, Logan Eggleston, Sherridan Atkinson and Brooke Nuneviller are still in the postseason.

Adora Anae won the league title with Panathinaikos and Taylor Bannister and Vasas Obuda won the Hungary crown.

Gina Mancuso, Madi Kubik, Audriana Fitmorris, Adanna Rollins, Ronika Stone and Tori Dilfer are all part of a big battle in the Puerto Rico finals.

The action continues Tuesday and Wednesday.

Final tournaments

Best of 5
Conegliano leads Milano 1-0. Next match: Tuesday, May 9, at 2:45 pm Eastern.
Championship, best of 5
Fenerbahce leads Eczacibasi 1-0. Next match: Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.
Third place, best of 3
Vakifbank leads THY 1-0. Next match: Tuesday at 9 a.m. Eastern.
Fifth place, two matches with a golden set if needed
Galatasaray vs. Nilufer. First match: Tuesday at 11 a.m. Eastern
Best of 5
Stuttgart and Potsdam are tied 1-1. Next match: Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. Eastern
Best of 7
Corozal leads Santurce 2-1. Next match: Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern


Milano earned its spot in the finals for the second straight season by eliminating Scandicci 25-21, 25-20, 24-26, 18-25, 15-10.

The Jordans led the way, as Jordan Thompson was the top scorer and named MVP with 26 kills, one block and an ace. Jordan Larson followed with seven kills and a block (Larson, the leader in Tokyo when the USA won Olympics gold, is going back to the USA national team; watch our video with coach Karch Kiraly here). Dana Rettke had three kills as a substitute in the fourth set.

Haleigh Washington finished with five kills and a match-high five blocks for Scandicci.

Jordan Thompson attacks for Milano against USA teammate Kelsey Cook and Marina Lubiano/Vero Volley Milano

Conegliano, looking to defend the title it has won for the past four editions, came from behind to snatch the first match of the best-of-five finals series from Milano 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 25-11.

Kathryn Plummer had 12 kills and three blocks for Conegliano and Kelsey Cook added…

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