This is our weekly update on USA women playing professional volleyball around the world. Most of the players are former NCAA standouts:
It was all Drews.
Dani Drews had 19 kills and a block as the NEC Red Rockets beat Queenseis.
JT Marvelous won the fifth set 17-15 over Denso. Annie Drews led with 28 kills and two blocks.
JT Marvelous won the battle of recent champions by sweeping defending-champion NEC as Annie Drews had 15 kills and four blocks for JT Marvelous and Dani Drews led NEC with 12 kills and two blocks.
Hisamitsu Springs split. First it fell to Hitachi Rivale in five sets as McKenzie Adams had 19 kills and three blocks. She had 14 kills and two aces in a five-set win over Kurobe.
Firenze opened the week with a five-set win over Roma. Lauren Stivrins played two sets for Firenze, adding four kills and three blocks. Courtney Schwan had a kill for Roma as a substitute.
Chieri beat Vallefoglia and Avery Skinner was Chieri’s second-top scorer with 11 kills, two blocks and an ace. Madi Kingdon had seven kills and two aces.
Cuneo upset Casalmaggiore. Anna Stevenson-Hall had six kills and an ace in the upset. Micha Hancock set for Casalmaggiore and had a match-high three aces along with two kills. Breana Edwards came off the bench and contributed three kills and a block.
Conegliano beat Scandicci in four sets. Kelsey Robinson Cook had 14 kills and an ace and Khalia Lanier added 10 kills. Lindsey Ruddins appeared as a substitute at opposite for Scandicci and had nine kills and a block. Haleigh Washington also subbed in and had two blocks and a kill.
Dana Rettke and Kara Bajema paced Milano in a four-set win over Bergamo. Bajema had six kills, three blocks and two aces, and Rettke had nine kills and a block.
In the second round of matches, Scandicci (4-2) bounced back and swept Trentino. Ruddins led with 12 kills and four blocks. Washington had 10 kills, three blocks and an ace. Carly DeHoog led Trentino (0-6) with nine kills and an ace.
Chieri (3-2) swept Pinerolo as Skinner had 15 kills, a block and an ace. Kingdon added six kills, two blocks and an ace and was MVP.
Conegliano (5-0) beat Milano and Robinson Cook was named MVP for having 14 kills, two blocks and an ace for Conegliano…