By Bill Kauffman
USA Volleyball Communications
Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo, a silver medalist with the U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team at the 2012 Olympic Games, is competing for Rabita Baku in the Azerbaijan Super League.
Rabita Baku handled Lokomotiv 25-23, 30-28, 25-21 on April 11 to stay well in the lead of the league standings. Rabita Baku won its 24th round match against Baki Azeryolservis 25-21, 25-12, 25-21 on April 14.
Akinradewo collected eight kills on 10 errorless attacks while picking up two blocks for 10 points. Rabita currently has 55 points in the league standings, 10 more than second-place Igtisadchi.
Cardinal grad Alix Klineman returns to the Italian Serie A1 for a second season, but will compete for Asystel McCarnaghi Villa Cortese.
Villa Cortese ended the regular season with a 9-9 record and with 30 points for fourth place. Villa Cortese received a bye in the Eighth Round home-and-home as one of the top four teams and will play fifth-seed Imoco Volley Conegliano in the best-of-three quarterfinal round that began Tuesday.
Stanford grad Kawika Shoji and U.S. outside hitter Scott Touzinsky, a 2008 Olympian, helped the German league team Berlin Recycling Volleys advance to the playoff finals after sweeping TV Ingersoll Bühl, 3-0 in the playoff semifinals.
Berlin plays Vfb Friedrichshafen in the finals, which begin on Sunday.
Cardinal grad and USA setter Kevin Hansen, a 2008 Olympian, are members of the Turkish League's Arkas Izmir Spor, which reached the championship semifinal against Istanbul BBSK, which features USA opposite Brook Billings, a 2004 Olympian.
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The U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team will play Argentina on June 7-8 at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan.
It will play France on June 14-15 at the Tulsa Convention Center Arena in Reno Nev.
It will play Bulgaria on June 28-29 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nev.