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Women’s pro volleyball: Champions League; CEV Cup; big weeks for Kingdom, Eggleston, Cuttino

Women’s pro volleyball: Champions League; CEV Cup; big weeks for Kingdom, Eggleston, Cuttino

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

CEV Champions League

Imoco Conegliano got off to a fast start and and swept Mulhouse 25-15, 25-19, 25-20. Kelsey Cook led with 11 kills and an ace for Conegliano. Kathryn Plummer had two kills in a substitute appearance.

Milano bounced back from being upset last week by sweeping Alba Blaj 25-16, 25-18, 25-16. Jordan Thompson was the top scorer and MVP with 17 kills (hitting .500), five blocks and an ace. Jordan Larson added seven kills while Dana Rettke had three kills, two aces, and a block.

Novara overpowered Crvena Zvezda 25-17, 25-15, 25-22. McKenzie Adams had seven kills (.412), three blocks and two aces.

Potsdam earned the upset win of the week by upending VakifBank 19-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-10. Chiaka Ogbogu was limited to five kills and two blocks for VakifBank. Kara Bajema had seven kills, two blocks and two aces in the defeat.

CEV Cup

Olympiacos advanced to the next round by beating KP Brno 23-25, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 15-7. Jaali Winters played the first four sets and had eight kills and an ace.

Scandicci knocked Mladost out of the competition 25-15, 25-14, 20-25, 25-15. Haleigh Washington did not play.

Schwerin also advanced by beating Bekescsaba 25-14, 25-21, 23-25, 29-31, 15-12. Schwerin only needed to win two sets to advance. Lindsey Ruddins played in both of those sets and contributed seven kills (.375) and a block for Schwerin, who will face Scandicci in the next round.

Busto Arsizio eliminated Maribor 25-11, 25-14, 25-17. Carli Lloyd had two kills and two blocks for Busto Arsizio.

THY swept TFOC to advance 25-14, 25-20, 25-22. Madi Kingdon had six kills and one block in the first two sets for THY. Taylor Fricano led TFOC with 10 kills while Shannon Scully added five. Kendall White was credited with 57% positive reception. THY will face Busto Arsizio next.

Madi Kingdon hits against Shannon Scully

CEV Challenge Cup

Suhl advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Haifa 19-25, 25-8, 25-20, 25-12. Danielle Harbin had nine kills, a block and an ace for Suhl while Jenna Ewert added an ace. Briana Holman contributed seven kills and a block for Haifa. Suhl will face off against Prostejov (CZE) in the next round.

Chieri only needed to win two sets to advance to the quarterfinals and won in five over Panathinaikos 25-14, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-10. Brionne Butler did…

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