Tuesday, 21 March 2023

International Volleyball

Women’s pro volleyball: Bajema, VakifBank advance; Turkey resumes play; busy week in Puerto Rico

Women’s pro volleyball: Bajema, VakifBank advance; Turkey resumes play; busy week in Puerto Rico

This is our weekly update on USA women playing professional volleyball around the world. Most of the players are former NCAA standouts:

Champions League

VakifBank advanced to the quarterfinals by sweeping LKS Lodz 25-23, 28-26, 25-23. Kara Bajema had seven kills, a match-high five blocks and an ace and Chiaka Ogbogu added five kills, two blocks and an ace. VakifBank plays Milano next.


Scandicci made the semifinals by beating Potsdam (25-17, 25-14, 22-25, 25-17 as Haleigh Washington had four kills, three blocks and two aces. Scandicci plays THY.

Haleigh Washington celebrates a Scandicci point against Potsdam/CEV photo

THY also advanced by sweeping Mulhouse 25-19, 25-22, 25-22. Madi Kingdon led with 12 kills and three blocks.

Challenge Cup

Chieri advanced to the final oby beating Suhl 25-20, 25-15, 19-25, 25-15. Brionne Butler came off the bench to have three kills and a block for Chieri and Julia Brown was the top scorer for Suhl with 12 kills, a block and an ace. Jenna Ewert had an ace. Chieri plays Lugoj of Romania in the final.


Play, which was postponed after the earthquake, has resumed.

SigortaShop upset Aydin 25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 21-25, 25-11. Kelsie Payne led SigortaShop with 23 kills, two blocks, and two aces. Marin Grote had 13 kills (.480) and four blocks.

Marin Grote attacks for SigortaShop/TVF photo

Galatasaray got past last-place Ilbank 25-17, 22-25, 25-17, 25-14. Logan Eggleston was a serving sub.

Nilufer was upset by Sariyer 19-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 15-10. Brooke Nuneviller was the top scorer for Nilufer with 16 kills and an ace. Teammate Sherridan Atkinson added eight kills, a block, and an ace.

VakifBank got swept by Eczacibasi 25-21, 28-26, 25-21. Bajema had four kills and Ogbogu one.

Puerto Rico

Manati began the week by beating defending-champion Corozal 15-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 as Gloria Mutiri had 14 kills and four blocks. Callie Schwarzenbach had 14 kills and a block. Adanna Rollins had eight kills, two blocks and an ace and Ronika Stone added six kills and three blocks. Setter Tori Dilfer had a kill, a block and an ace.

Juncos upset Caguas 20-25, 25-19, 13-25, 25-16, 15-9 as Naya Gros had 11 kills and three blocks and setter Natalie Hayward added two kills, two blocks and two aces. Kayla Caffey led Caguas with nine kills, six blocks and an ace. Shelly Stafford had 13 kills while Kash Williams had six kills and two blocks.

Naranjito beat Ponce 25-19, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22. Lindsey…

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