This is our weekly update on USA women playing professional volleyball around the world. Most of the players are former NCAA standouts:
Imoco Conegliano earned its first trophy of the season by beating Milano for the Italian Supercoppa. Kelsey Robinson Cook had eight kills for Conegliano, Kathryn Plummer added six kills and Khalia Lanier came off the bench to have two kills. Dana Rettke was the second top scorer for Milano with seven kills (hitting .500), two blocks and two aces. Kara Bajema contributed six kills and an ace.
Madi Kubik came off the bench to power Cuneo (2-2) to a five-set win over Bergamo. Kubik entered in set four and had 10 kills (.909), an ace. and the block to seal the match. Anna Stevenson-Hall added three kills and three blocks.
Haleigh Washington had six kills and a block as she started her first match of the season as Scandicci (3-1) beat Casalmaggiore in four sets. For Casalmaggiore (1-3), Micha Hancock had three kills, a block, and an ace and Breana Edwards added six kills.
Lauren Stivrins and Firenze (2-2) won their second match in a row, beating Trentino. Stivirns had five kills, a block and an ace. Carly DeHoog was the top scorer with 20 kills (.450) for Trentino (0-4).
Match Day 1: Galatasaray beat Sariyer in five sets as Logan Eggleston came off the bench and had 11 kills (.421). Heather Gneiting added seven kills and an ace, Danielle Cuttino had seven kills, a block and an ace. Sariyer’s Simone Lee led all players with 28 kills, a block and an ace.
VakifBank earned its biggest win of the league season so far as they swept Eczacibasi behind 16 kills by Jordan Thompson was the top scorer for VakifBank. Chiaka Ogbogu provided a clutch substitute performance in the middle of set three and had two kills, two aces and a block to close the match. Ali Frantti was absent with an injury.
Match Day 2: Galatasaray (2-2) swept PTT and Cuttino had 15 kills (.481) and two blocks. Gneiting added four kills and an ace, Eggleston did not play, while Payton Caffrey had five kills for PTT (2-2).
Lee was top scorer again, this time with 21 kills, a block and an ace for Sariyer (1-3), which lost to Nilufer.
Sarah Parsons had a whopping 35 kills and two blocks as Kuzeyboru (3-1) beat Aydin in five sets, 17-15 in the fifth. Lauren Carlini had three kills and two blocks as Aydin (0-4) lost their second…