This is our weekly update on USA women playing professional volleyball around the world. Most of the players are former NCAA standouts:
Play in Turkey has stopped because of the earthquake. As best as we can tell all American volleyball players are OK.
The Turkish Volleyball Federation had this statement:
“All national and international activities due to the earthquake that affected Kahramanmaraş, Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Adana, Osmaniye, Diyarbakır, Malatya, Adıyaman and Şanlıurfa and many other cities; In addition, international club activities have been postponed until further notice.
“May God have mercy on our citizens who lost their lives in the earthquake that occurred in Kahramanmaraş and was felt in the surrounding cities; Our condolences to their families and our nation, and we wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”
Chiaka Ogbogu is one of the many Americans playing in Turkey. The VakifBank star Tweeted last week, “Thank you to everyone that has checked up on me! I am okay. Please keep all those affected in Southern Turkey in your thoughts. My heart goes out to this beautiful country and all its people. Please also keep an eye out for ways to help!”
And she added, “I also think of Syria. A country that was also affected by this earthquake. A country that has endured so much pain, especially in recent years. My heart goes out to all those affected in Syria!”
Wisconsin libero Gulce Guctekin, who is from Turkey, had the following Instagram post:
Imoco Conegliano finished the group stage unbeaten by sweeping Rzeszow 25-20, 25-17, 25-16) Kathryn Plummer was Conegliano’s second top scorer with 13 kills (hitting .684) and an ace. Kelsey Cook added six kills. Conegliano is in the quarterfinal round as the top seed in Group A.
Milano topped Group B by beating Volero Le Cannet 23-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-15. Dana Rettke led with 10 kills (.600), three blocks and an ace. Rettke had blocks to end sets two and three. Jordan Thompson had eight kills and an ace while Jordan Larson chipped in two kills and two blocks. Milano is also in the quarterfinal round as the top seed in its group.
Alba Blaj beat Prometey 25-23, 25-20, 24-26, 25-16 to claim third place in the group as Kaitlyn Hord had five kills (.625) and a match-high four blocks in her first Champions League start. Hord and Alba Blaj will join the CEV Cup in the quarterfinal round after finishing…
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