Bartsch Leads Second USAV Red-Blue Scrimmage

  0 Nathan Davis | May 21st, 2017 | U.S. Women's Volleyball


  • May 19, 2017
  • St. Margaret’s Episcopal School; San Juan Capistrano, California
  • Full Stats

The USA women’s volleyball team hosted its second Red-Blue scrimmage of the summer. The scrimmage consisted of four sets that were all played to 25 points. Players were rotated around to both teams throughout the match, with the Red Team ultimately winning three of the four sets: 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-19.

There were a total of 16 different players that scored at least one point throughout the match. Outside hitter Michelle Bartsch led both teams with 18 kills, five aces, and three blocks. She was followed by outside hitter Sonja Newcombe with 15 kills and three blocks. Outside hitter Madi Kingdon contributed 12 kills and three blocks. Middle-blocker Molly McCage charted six kills, three aces, and one block. Setter Micha Hancock collected four aces, two kills, and one block in just two sets of play. Libero Justine Wong-Orantes was credited with 21 receptions on a 38% positive reception.

Two players also made their debut for the USA this summer. The 2016 AVCA Division 1 Player of the Year, outside hitter Sarah Wilhite, finished with 11 kills, one block, and one ace. This marks the first Red-Blue match of the summer for Wilhite. Setter Lauren Carlini played in one set in the scrimmage.

The final Red-Blue scrimmage will be played on May 26 at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, California.

Player (Position, 2016-17 Club/College, College, Hometown)
Inky Ajanaku (Middle, Rehabbing in USA, Stanford, Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Michelle Bartsch (Outside, Bolzano (Italy), Illinois, Maryville, Illinois)
Amanda Benson (Libero, Final Season in College, Oregon, Litchfield Park, Arizona)
Madi Bugg (Setter, NUC (Switzerland), Stanford, Apex, North Carolina)
Lauren Carlini (Setter, Final Season in College, Wisconsin, Aurora, Illinois)
Megan Courtney (Outside, Wroclaw (Poland), Penn State, Dayton, Ohio)
Lexi Dannemiller (Setter, Schweriner (Germany), Michigan, West Chester, Ohio)
Tori Dixon (Middle, Rehabbing in USA, Minnesota, Burnsville, Minnesota)
Lauren Gibbemeyer (Middle, Pomi Casalmaggiore (Italy), Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota)
Micha Hancock (Setter, Wroclaw (Poland), Penn State, Edmond, Oklahoma)
Kristen Hahn (Libero, Did not compete, Iowa State, Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Morgan Heise (Libero, Final Season in College, SMU, Hempstead, Texas)
Madi Kingdon (Outside, IBK (Korea), Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona)
Molly McCage (Middle, Wiesbaden (Germany), Texas, Spring, Texas)
Liz McMahon (Opposite, Dresden (Germany), Illinois, Liberty Township, Ohio)
Kelly Murphy (Opposite, Henan (China), Florida, Wilmington, Illinois)
Sonja Newcombe (Outside, Sichuan (China), Oregon, Lake Arrowhead, California)
Val Nichol (Setter, MTV Stuttgart (Germany), Purdue, Normal, Illinois)
Amber Rolfzen (Middle, Dresden (Germany), Nebraska, Papillion, Nebraska)
Kadie Rolfzen (Opposite, Dresden (Germany), Nebraska, Papillion, Nebraska)
Hannah Tapp (Middle, Schweriner (Germany), Minnesota, Stewartville, Minnesota)
Aiyana Whitney (Opposite, MTV Stuttgart (Germany), Penn State, Norwood, New Jersey)
Sarah Wilhite (Outside, Final Season in College, Minnesota, Eden Prairie, Minnesota)
Justine Wong-Orantes (Libero, Final Season in College, Nebraska, Cypress, California)


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Nathan Davis has been around volleyball his whole life. His senior year of high school he coached his own girl's high school volleyball team to a 27-6-1 record and a fourth place finish at the state tournament. He then went on to compete at the collegiate level for two years …

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