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Watch: More great VNL highlights

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 20, 2018 - Look back at highlights from a memorable inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, all to the sounds of Nervo's "Worlds Collide".

VNL 2018: 10 photos we liked

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 20, 2018 - A selection of some of the most eye-catching photographs from the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Which is your favourite?

VNL 2018: Remember these breathtaking plays?

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 19, 2018 - Look back at some of the top plays in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

More VNL magic on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 17, 2018 - Just under two months of outstanding volleyball action ended with Russia taking gold at the inaugural 2018 Volleyball Nations League Men's Finals in Lille, France on July 8. Join us now on the FIVB's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for highlights from an unforgettable competition.

Watch: Volleyball Nations League making history

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 13, 2018 - Look back at volleyball making history as the state-of-the-art Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, France set the scene for five days of spectacular action at the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League Men's Finals from July 4 to 8, 2018. From monster blocks to mega rallies, super serves to amazing saves, the VNL was packed with great moments from beginning to end.

VNL: Thank you for being part of the game!

Lille, France, July 10, 2018 - You - the fans - were the heart and soul of the new FIVB Volleyball Nations League. A big thank you for being part of the game and see you again in 2019!

NERVO collaboration embodies FIVB’s vision for sport

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 12, 2018 – Superstar DJs NERVO believe that the Volleyball Nations League’s (VNL) efforts to engage the fans in fresh ways demonstrates the evolution of the sport.

Volleyball Nations League - Press review

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 12, 2018 - After victory for Russia against France on Sunday, we look forward to another great Volleyball Nations League in 2019 with the Men's Finals set to take place in the United States. Read more below.

Players celebrate a Finals to remember

Lille, France, July 11, 2018 – The inaugural edition of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League ended with a bang in Lille with the world's top players celebrating their participation in the new event on social media.

Watch highlights of the amazing Men's VNL final

Lille, France, July 10, 2018 - Look back at a great night for volleyball and watch the highlights of the spectacular FIVB Volleyball Nations League final in Lille on Sunday between Russia and France.

Volleyball Nations League changing the game as fans come first

Lille, France, July 9, 2018 - As the final of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) reached its conclusion in Lille this weekend, the atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm in Stade Pierre Mauroy continued to rise as the fans processed what they had just been involved in.

Wallace sets mark to beat in VNL scoring

Lille, France, July 10, 2018 - A total of 21,702 points were scored in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. And Brazil opposite Wallace De Souza saw it that 278 of them were scored by himself, setting the initial socring record at this inaugural edition of the competition.

MVP Mikhaylov ends VNL on high note

Lille, France, July 8, 2018 - Maxim Mikhaylov ended the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Men's Finals on a high note with 19 points, helping champions Russia to gold against France. His tally including 14 spikes, 2 blocks and 3 aces.

Questions answered as thrilling VNL concludes

Lille, France, July 9, 2018 - As the historic inaugural 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals were about to get underway, just about a week ago, we posed questions on the competition that needed answers. Now that the final count is in, here are all these answers:

Russia claim first world gold in five years at historic 2018 VNL

Lille, France, July 8, 2018 - Russia brought France's brilliant run throughout the season to an abrupt end Sunday night in this northern France city, shutting out their opponents in the final, silencing the partisan crowd and claiming the historic gold medal of the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Mikhaylov leads star-studded VNL Dream Team

Lille, France, July 8, 2018 - Russia opposite Maxim Mikhaylov was named Most Valuable Player of the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Sunday night here, after he piloted Russia to a spectacular win over hosts France in the final of the competition. Mikhaylov leads a star-studded Dream Team of the VNL finals, including the players who shone throughout this thrilling final win.

USA to host next three editions of Men’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals

Lille, France, July 8, 2018 – The FIVB today announced that the USA will host the next three editions of the Men’s Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Finals, from 2019-2021, ensuring the continued success of the flagship competition.

Magical Mikhaylov helps Russia to inaugural VNL gold

Lille, France, July 8, 2018 - Maxim Mikhaylov's virtuoso display helped Russia seal the FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League gold medal as they surged past hosts France in 3 sets (25-22, 25-20, 25-23) with one of the finest volleyball performances in recent years.

Russell roars as the US win bronze in Lille

Lille, France, July 8, 2018 - Aaron Russell roused the United States as they recovered from their heartbreaking semifinal defeat by France to beat Brazil in three sets 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 28-26) and salvage the bronze medal in the 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League.

France, Russia set up all-European first VNL final

Lille, France, July 7, 2018 - France outlasted an American comeback and Russia demolished Brazil here on Saturday after some electrifying action in the semifinals, setting up an all-European historic final in the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League in this northern France city.

Magic Muserskiy sends Russia through to final with France

Lille, France, July 7, 2018 - Dmitriy Muserskiy inspired a clinical Russia to a hugely impressive 3-0 victory (25-17, 25-18, 25-14) over Brazil in the FIVB men's Nations League as they booked a mouthwatering final with France.

Boyer stars as France hold off magnificent US fightback to make final

Lille, France, July 7, 2018 - Stephen Boyer's superb 31-point haul sent France into the final of the inaugural FIVB men's Nations League after they withheld a brilliant United States comeback to win in five sets 3-2 (25-18, 25-17, 23-25, 24-26, 15-13) in a gripping semi-final at Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

France complete VNL semifinals puzzle for semis matchup with USA

Lille, France, July 6, 2018 - The final piece of the semifinals puzzle fell into place Friday here in this northern France city Friday night, as France destroyed Serbia to join Russia, USA and Brazil in the last four of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Toniutti setting France up for an easy win over Serbia

Lille, France, July 6, 2018 - France’s setter Benjamin Toniutti pulled out all the stops in the 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-17) win over Serbia on Friday. Great passing and defending on the French side enabled him to let his offensive line shine.

Majestic Mikhaylov leads Russia to victory over USA substitutes

Lille, France, July 6, 2018 - Maxim Mikhaylov led the Russian troops to the top of pool B in the Men’s Volleyball Nations League in a 3-0 victory (25-22, 25-21, 25-21) over United States’ second choosing.

Three down, one to go for VNL semis as Russia, USA, Brazil advance

Lille, France, July 5, 2018 - With a day to spare in the first phase of the finals, Russia, USA and Brazil have all advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League - leaving France and Serbia to battle it out on the last day of pool play, Friday, for the last remaining berth. Friday's results will also determine the order the qualified teams finish in their pools, to set up the semifinals pairings.

Lucas masterclass sends scintillating Brazil into the semis

Lille, France, July 5, 2018 - Lucas Saatkamp produced a monumental display as Brazil booked their place in the semifinals of the FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League with a crucial 3-0 victory (25-16, 28-26, 25-19) over Serbia in Lille.

Sander sparks the US as Polish hopes go up in smoke

Lille, France, July 5, 2018 - Taylor Sander starred for the United States as they ended Poland's FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League hopes with a commanding 3-0 victory (28-26, 25-17, 25-18) in Lille to book their place in the semifinals.

Advantage Russia, France in race for VNL semifinals

Lille, France, July 4, 2018 - Russia and hosts France took their first step towards a semifinal berth in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals on Wednesday with wins over Poland (3-1) and Brazil (3-2) respectively on the opening day of competition. While both winners rest on Thursday, Poland and Brazil are with their backs against the wall, in must-win situations - for Poland especially on full points, no less.

Boyer brilliance edges France past Brazil in thriller

Lille, France, July 4, 2018 - Stephen Boyer steered hosts France to an impressive 5-set victory 3-2 (22-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 15-13) over Olympic champions Brazil in the men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Final Six to put them in pole position to qualify for the semifinals.

Volkov rocks Poland as Russia get off the mark in the Final Six

Lille, France, July 4, 2018 - Dimitry Volkov's influential display helped European champions Russia to the perfect start in the men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals with a 3-1 victory (25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17) over world champions Poland in Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy, France.

Records awaiting to be broken: The VNL in numbers

Lille, France, July 4, 2018 - Spectacular records were set in the last couple of months, all through the pools phase of the inaugural 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. But can any of these be matched or broken once the Final Six gets underway shortly in Lille's impressive Stade Pierre-Mauroy? Here's what to look out for over the next few days as action is about to pick up:

Volleyball world on edge as VNL finals get underway

Lille, France, July 4, 2018 - Just hours before first service at the 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League finals, excitement is building up in the northern France city of Lille. Will reigning world champions Poland repeat their sweep of Russia in pool play at Krakow? Or will reigning European champions Russia retur to their winning ways that earned them second place in the pools table? Find out from 18:00 local time (16:00 GMT).

FIVB President Ary Graça launches Men's VNL Finals in style

Lille, France, July 3, 2018 - The city of Lille caught volleyball fever this evening when FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° officially opened the 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League Finals with a city centre celebration to get everybody in the party mood for the next five days of world class volleyball action.

Questions awaiting answers with VNL Finals on starting line

Lille, France, July 3, 2018 - With the Final Six of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League just round the corner, set to start Wednesday evening in this northern France city right on the border with Belgium, there's some nagging questions awaiting answers, just before Russia and Poland kickstart the event in the maginificent Stade Pierre Mauroy.

Lille preparing for spectacular Men's VNL Finals

Lille, France, July 2, 2018 - The inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League will reach its spectacular climax when hosts France, Olympic champions Brazil, world champions Poland, Russia, Serbia and USA compete in the Men's Finals at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille from July 4 to 8.

Tillie: Any team can win

Lille, France, July 2, 2018 - After finishing top of the Preliminary Round, France coach Laurent Tillie's players have reason to be confident ahead of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in Lille from July 4 to 8. Tillie, however, believes any of the six teams in the Men's Finals could come out on top as hosts France, Brazil, Poland, Russia, Serbia and USA prepare for this week's showdown.

Excitement in Lille as the city prepares for volleyball’s biggest showdown

Lille, France, July 2, 2018 – One of the most anticipated volleyball events of the year reaches its climax this week as six teams have arrived in France to battle it out for the FIVB 2018 Men’s Volleyball Nation League title. France, the USA, Russia, Brazil, Serbia and Poland finished top of the standings after five weeks of intense pool matches and will now face off in an enthralling conclusion.

France ‘ready to shine’ at VNL Finals

Lille, France, June 29, 2018 - The 2018 Volleyball Nations League Finals in Lille will give hosts France an opportunity to shine in front of their home fans, according to national team coach Laurent Tillie. Speaking to media ahead of the VNL Finals, which begin on Wednesday July 4, Tillie said that the chance to play a major final on French soil presented a great occasion to showcase volleyball.

All eyes on the prize as VNL trophy arrives in Lille

Lille, France, June 27, 2018 - The Volleyball Nations League (VNL) trophy has arrived in Lille ahead of the highly-anticipated Men’s Finals which begin on July 4 and will see six of the world’s best teams battle it out to become the inaugural VNL Men’s champion.

Russia and Poland to open VNL Men's Finals

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 26, 2018 – After five weeks of preliminary round matches, a classic European rivalry will be played out when Russia and Poland open the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Men’s Finals at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, France on July 4.

Volleyball Nations League Men’s Final Six headed for dramatic showdown in Lille

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 25, 2018 - It was down to the wire at the start of the last weekend of pool play, with only France as hosts guaranteed a spot in the Final Six of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League and with five open berths still to be claimed.

Anderson returns to crash Italian party

Modena, Italy, June 24, 2018 – USA move above Serbia to finish third after the 120 round robin matches in the 2018 Volleyball Nations League and with that are confirmed as joining Russia and Poland in Pool B at the Finals next month. Pool A will be made up of hosts France, Serbia and Brazil. Key to their 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 29-27) win tonight against the Azzurri was Matt Anderson who was back with a bang as an outside hitter and top scoring with 16 points, many of which came at crucial moments throughout the course of the match.

Ebadipour and Sharifi thrill local fans in Iran's win over Germany

Tehran, Iran, June 24, 2018 - Stellar performances from Milad Ebadipour and Morteza Sharifi inspired Iran past a gallant Germany in a FIVB Volleyball Nations League thriller on Sunday.

Kevin Le Roux produces a middle master class as France top standings

Modena, Italy, June 24, 2018 – It was all about France as they bounced back from their disappointing straight sets loss over Italy yesterday with a commanding 3-0 win (25-20, 25-13, 25-18) over European Champions Russia. 

Bratoev and Penchev power Bulgaria past Korea

Tehran, Iran, June 24, 2018 - Heavy hitting from Rozalin Penchev and Valentin Bratoev powered Bulgaria to a thrilling victory over Korea and end their FIVB Volleyball Nations League campaign on a high.

Luburic looms large as Serbs fine-tune for finals

Jiangmen, China, June 24, 2018 - Serbia warmed up for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 17-25, 25-15) victory over hosts China that saw opposite spiker Drazen Luburic's 28 points help his side sound out a warning as the tournament nears its climax.

Vigrass caps off Canadian campaign with winning effort

Jiangmen, China, June 24, 2018 - Canada applied some polish to their 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League campaign with a comfortable 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-22) victory over Japan on Sunday that saw Graham Vigrass the star of their show with a team-leading 18 points

Bieniek leads Poland to win over Australia and place in finals

Melbourne, Australia, June 24, 2018 - An inspired performance by Mateusz Bieniek saw Poland book the last available spot into the finals of the men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League after a nerve-wracking 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-23) win over Australia on Sunday.

Lima stars as Argentina stun Brazil to end on a high

Melbourne, Australia, June 24, 2018 - Bruno Lima produced one of his finest performances in the men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League to steer Argentina to a stunning 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-21) victory over Olympic champions Brazil on Sunday.

Zaytsev delivers when it matters as Italy keep their Final 6 hopes alive

Modena, Italy, June 23, 2018 – He is the captain and he is the star player but very rarely does he take center stage as he did tonight. Ivan Zaytsev scored nearly a complete set of points on his own as the “Azzurri” claimed a famous 3-0 win (25-21, 25-22, 27-25) over France  After the match the main man said he was “Happy about the win as we were able to reset after yesterday. Our motivation was so big and the result is this. Our strategy was just to stick together and we did it.”

Russia’s captain Dmitry Volkov drives his side to top of the standings

Modena, Italy, June 23, 2018 – For the first time Russia are position number one in the Volleyball Nations League after Volkov and his side beat a much changed American team in straight sets 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-23). With this result Russia also claim consecutive wins against USA for the first time since 2012-2013 (Olympic Games and Grand Champions Cup).

Kazemi serves up something special for home crowd

Tehran, Iran, June 23, 2018 - Saber Kazemi served up a treat and sent the home fans wild to help Iran secure another VNL win and send Bulgaria crashing 3-1 (25-22 25-15 23-25 25-14).

Baxpohler helps Germany crush Korea

Tehran, Iran, June 23, 2018 - Noah Baxpohler led the way for Germany as they made light work of rock-bottom Korea to seal their second VNL win on the spin 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-19).

Magnificent Maar helps end Canada's slump

Jiangmen, China, June 23, 2018 - A commanding performance from Stephen Marr guided Canada to a convincing victory over China to silence local fans in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Saturday.

Brazil safely through to finals after Guerra inspires team to win over Poland

Melbourne, Australia, June 23, 2018 - Brazil booked their place in the finals of the men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League after Evandro Guerra and Eder Carbonera teamed up for 32 points in their team's 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23) win against Poland on Saturday.

Lisinac leads Serbia past Japan and into the finals

Jiangmen, China, June 23, 2018 - Srecko Lisinac led a balanced Serbia past a gallant Japan and into the finals of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Saturday.

Peerless Poglajen leads Argentina to 3-1 win over Aussies

Melbourne, Australia, June 23, 2018 - Cristian Poglajen delivered a masterclass of power and precision to lead Argentina to an emphatic 3-1 (25-20, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21) win against Australia in the men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Muserskiy top scores from the bench as Russia secure Finals spot

Modena, Italy, June 22, 2018 – Two of Europe’s heavyweights came face to face in the final leg of the round robin, but only Russia will be smiling tonight as they took a comfortable straight sets victory 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-20) against Italy and now lead the head-to-head 31-26. That win, and the three points that come with it, means they leapfrog the USA into second position and are now guaranteed a spot at the finals in Lille.

Boyer the man as star opposite drives France clear at the top

Modena, Italy, June 22, 2018 - “The first game is always difficult, but this weekend is great preparation for the finals as we play three great teams. The team is feeling good and we are in a good way for Lille.” The words of top scoring Stephen Boyer as France take their eleventh win 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 26-28, 25-20, 15-12). With their two sets in the bag, their opposition from the United States of America get the single point they needed to secure their place at the finals as well.

Kazemi thrills local fans in Iran's win over Korea

Tehran, Iran, June 22, 2018 - An energetic effort from Saber Kazemi overwhelmed Korea and provided plenty of cheer for enthusiastic local fans in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Friday.

Clutch Karlitzek inspires Germany to comeback win over Bulgaria

Tehran, Iran, June 22, 2018 - A clutch fifth set performance from youngster Moritz Karlitzek inspired Germany to a comeback victory over Bulgaria to start the fifth phase of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Friday.

Jiang Chuan the man as China dent Japan's fading hopes

Jiangmen, China, June 22, 2018 - China staged a form reversal with star opposite spiker Chuan Jiang's 26 points leading the way to a 3-1 (25-16, 25-21, 18-25, 25-22) victory over Japan that was a huge blow to their rivals' hopes of sneaking through to the finals of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Wallace passes 200-point milestone in Brazil's 3-0 sweep over Australia

Melbourne, Australia, June 22, 2018 - Wallace de Souza took his individual points for the men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League past the 200 milestone when he led Brazil to an confidence-restoring 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-19) sweep against Australia on Friday.

Bieniek on song as Poland end losing streak by beating Argentina

Melbourne, Australia, June 22, 2018 - Mateusz Bieniek and Jakub Kochanowski combined for 31 points as Poland snapped their recent losing streak with a hard-fought 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 29-27) victory over Argentina in the last preliminary round of the men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Friday.

Lisinac the star as finals-focused Serbs block out all distractions

Jiangmen, China, June 22, 2018 - Serbia strengthened their claim for a place in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals with a comfortable 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-17) victory over Canada on Friday that leaned heavily on the influence of middle blocker Srecko Lisinac and his 16 points.

Volleyball Nations League approaches dramatic climax in hunt for Finals spot

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 21, 2018 – Volleyball fans will need to wait a little longer to see which stars will join the French national team in Lille for the spectacular finale of the FIVB’s 2018 Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Men’s Finals, with so many teams still battling to qualify.

FIVB launches WeChat to reach millions more in China

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 20, 2018 – Volleyball is set to become a social media hit with tens of millions more Chinese fans as the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) launches its official WeChat account, ahead of this month’s Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Women’s Finals in Nanjing.

Italy host top 3 as race for Men's VNL Final Six gets intense

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 20, 2018 - With all five available tickets to the Final Six still to be collected, the last and most thrilling weekend of pool play in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League begins Friday across the world to determine who will join finals hosts France in Lille, 4-8 July.

Watch: Fire spike with Aleksandar Atanasijevic

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2018 - Watch the fire spike with Aleksandar Atanasijevic as Serbia hope to qualify for the Men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in Lille Metropole from July 4 to 8.

Watch: Setting in the dark with Micah Christenson

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2018 - Watch setting in the dark with Micah Christenson as the United States hope to qualify for the Men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in Lille Metropole from July 4 to 8.

Watch: Libero fast and furious with Jenia Grebennikov

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2018 - Watch the libero fast and furious with Jenia Grebennikov as France prepare to host the Men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals from July 4 to 8 at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille Metropole.

Race for Final Six too close to call after Week 4 of Men's VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 18, 2018 - All five tickets to the Final Six remain uncollected after Week 4 of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, though USA and Russia are pretty much there. The Americans actually need only one point to claim their berth in Lille, July 4-8, and the reigning European champions one win to make it through without having to count on any other team's results.

Anderson serves up a masterclass to down Iran

Chicago, USA, June 17 , 2018 - Matthew Anderson served up some magic to help push the USA closer to the VNL finals and make it a weekend to remember in Chicago as Iran were beaten 3-0 (29-27, 25-20, 26-24) to maintain their formidable home turf record.

Red-hot Serbia send Poland crashing again

Chicago, USA, June 17 , 2018 - Aleksander Atanasijevic was the Serbian hero once again as Poland’s American nightmare continued following another straight-sets 3-0 defeat (25-23, 25-23, 25-23) to leave their VNL final hopes in real danger.

Rozalin Penchev drives Bulgaria over the top against mighty Brazil

Varna, Bulgaria, June 17, 2018 – Rozalin Penchev, who stepped in from the bench for Bulgaria, scored the most important points for the home team in Varna to make the final push towards a 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 25-15, 18-25, 15-12) victory over Olympic champs Brazil in the 12th leg of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Patry and Lyneel come off the bench to drive France to 10th VNL win

Varna, Bulgaria, June 17, 2018 – Coming in as substitutions, Jean Patry and Julien Lyneel spear-headed France’s attack on the way to their 10th victory since the start of the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League season – 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 16-14) against Canada.

Dmitry Volkov the driving force as Russia move to nine wins

Ludwigsburg, Germany, June 17, 2018 – Russia have not lost to Germany in five years so were strong favourites here, but they would have expected more of a fight as they came through 3-0 winners (25-18, 26-24, 25-18). It is also the first time they have gone through a weekend without losing a match and whilst he did not finish as many points as some of his teammates, Captain Dmitry Volkov was the main man for the duration of the game.

Captain fantastic Yanagida steers Japan to another five set victory

Ludwigsburg, Germany, June 17, 2018 – Again it was Japan who emerged victorious from a five set thriller as Masahiro Yanagida produced a masterful performance through two positions to ensure his side move on to 15 points in the table following their 3-2 win (26-24, 12-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11). After the third set it appeared that Japan were struggling to fill the void left by the missing Yuji Nishida (their current top scorer on 162 points who is in 3rd position of the competition charts), but after switching their captain Masahiro Yanagida to that role they found the right mix to take a big win.

Aussies sweep Italy aside with Hodges standing tall

Seoul, South Korea, June 17, 2018 - Australian completed a clean sweep of their fourth-round matches in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Sunday, with Thomas Hodges' 20 points leading them to a surprise 3-1 (27-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-23) victory over Italy

Captain Moon leads the way as Koreans break the drought

Seoul, South Korea, June 17, 2018 - South Korea broke through for their first FIVB Volleyball Nations League victory on Sunday, cruising past China 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) as captain Moon Sung-Min led his team with 20 points.

USA take one step closer to VNL finals

Chicago, USA, June 17 , 2018 - Aleksander Atanasijevic was the Serbian hero once again as Poland’s American nightmare continued following another straight-sets 3-0 defeat (25-23, 25-23, 25-23) to leave their VNL final hopes in real danger.

Serbia bounce back in style

Chicago, USA, June 16 , 2018 - Aleksander Atanasijevic smashed through the 30 point barrier to get Serbia back on track in the race for VNL glory with a thrilling 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 27-25, 20-25, 15-11) win over Iran.

Dmitriy Muserskiy shows why he is the VNLs "Best Spiker"

Ludwigsburg, Germany, June 17, 2018 – What is there to say about Dmitriy Muserskiy that has not already been said. Not only is he operating from levels that most others cannot even reach, he is consistent and was easily the difference today as Russia won in straight sets 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-23) to move up to 2nd leapfrogging Brazil, USA and Poland – with the latter two still to play.

Vintage Yordanov inspires Bulgaria over Canada

Varna, Bulgaria, June 16, 2018 - Boyan Yordanov summoned his vast experience to inspire Bulgaria past Canada and delight local fans in phase four of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Saturday.

Hirsch the leading light as Germany pass Argentinian test

Ludwigsburg, Germany, June 16, 2018 – An all round team performance by the hosts in Ludwigsburg sees Germany move up to 9th courtesy of a 3-1 win (25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22) over Argentina. Choosing to rest some of their normal starters, Coach Andrea Giani will be pleased to be leaving with all three points.

Ngapeth stars as confident France downs slumping Brazil

Varna, Bulgaria, June 16, 2018 - An energetic Earvin Ngapeth led a red-hot France past a slumping Brazil in phase four of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Saturday.

Aussies turn to main man Carroll again in win over China

Seoul, South Korea, June 16, 2018 - Australia made it three in a row at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a 3-1 (25-27, 41-39, 29-27, 25-21) victory over China that again showcased the wiles of their skipper Paul Carroll, who chimed in with a match-best 31 points.

Maruotti calms Italy's nerves as they sneak by South Korea

Seoul, South Korea, June 16, 2018 - Italy's run towards the FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals continued despite a huge scare on Saturday, Gabriele Maruotti's 15 points eventually leading his side to a 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 22-25, 22-25, 15-10) win over a gallant South Korea.

USA feel right at home in Chicago

Chicago, USA , June 15, 2018 - The USA kept their push for the VNL finals on course but a perfect night which saw Serbia flattened 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-14) was tarnished with a nasty looking knee injury to Thomas Jaeschke.

Iran's dream day continues

Chicago, USA , June 15, 2018 - Iran capped the greatest day in their sporting history with a stunning 3-0 (26-24, 26-24, 25-22) win over table topping Poland in one of the shocks of the VNL.

Igor Kobzar the man with a plan for Russia

Ludwigsburg, Germany, June 15, 2018 - With three similar sets Russia came through their first test of the weekend unscathed, driven on by captain Kobzar to a straight sets win 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 26-24). In a change for Russia the point scoring was shared around the team with no player vastly outperforming any other.

Nishida’s magical left arm sees Japan stun Germany

Ludwigsburg, Germany, June 15, 2018 – With both teams just inside the top 10 of the standings, getting the maximum three points was a must. Neither will have been happy that it went to a fifth set but Japan will certainly be pleased to take the two points after their 3-2 win (25-22, 21-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-12). Yuji Nishida is still a teenager, but he was by far the standout performer taking 24 points – including 21 spikes and 3 aces.

Patry's panache guides France to easy win over Bulgaria

Varna, Bulgaria, June 15, 2018 - A stellar all-round performance from Jean Patry guided France to a convincing victory over Bulgaria and a perfect start to phase four of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Friday.

Schmitt leads inspired Canada to huge upset over Brazil

Varna, Bulgaria, June 15, 2018 - An inspired Gavin Schmitt led a heroic Canada to a monumental upset victory over world number one Brazil in a spectacular start to phase four of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Friday.

Captain Carroll guides Australia to victory over South Korea

Seoul, South Korea, July 15, 2018 - Australia returned to winning ways with their veteran captain Paul Carroll's 21 points leading them to a 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-21) victory over South Korea as the FIVB Volleyball Nations League moved into its fourth round on Friday

Italy roll over China as Maruotti leads by example

Seoul, South Korea, July 15, 2018 - Italy racked up its 500th victory at world level on Friday with a 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 25-17) result over China at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League that was led by Gabriele Maruotti's 17 points.

Top four mix'n'match as Men's VNL pool play heats up

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2018 - The top four teams in the standings go head-to-head, two at a time, as the penultimate Week 4 of the 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League gets underway Friday across three continents.

Konstantinov gets birthday surprise on eve of VNL in Varna

Varna, Bulgaria, June 14, 2018 – Bulgaria coach Plamen Konstaninov received a special surprise on his 45th birthday during the press conference of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Varna on Thursday.

Poland, Brazil lead the way after halfway point in Men's VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 11, 2018 - With the top three teams in the table winning all their matches in Week 3 of the 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League things remained more or less unchanged, though with pool play now past the halfway point the race is getting tighter for tickets to the finals of this inaugural edition.

USA dance their way past Canada

Ottawa, Canada, June 10, 2018 - Benjamin Patch got into the groove to help the USA win the North American derby with Canada and continue their dance towards the VNL finals with a 3-1 victory (23-26, 25-13, 25-19, 25-20).

Australia rock Germany in five set thriller

Ottawa, Canada, June 10, 2018 - Jordan Richards top scored for Australia but there were heroes all over the court in green and gold as a difficult weekend for the Volleyroos finished on a wonderful high as red-hot Germany were seen off in a thrilling five set classic 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 17-25, 25-18, 15-11).

Boyer's 17 points drive France past Serbia

Aix-en-Provence, France, June 10, 2018 - A Stephen Boyer-led France pleased the home crowd as Les Bleus' march towards the FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals continued unimpeded on Sunday with a 3-0 (31-29, 25-16, 25-15) victory over Serbia.

Muserskiy dominant as Russia take much needed win

Ufa, Russia, June 10, 2018 - Dmitriy Muserskiy offers his teams much with his spiking ability and his massive block, but today it was only the attacking side of his game that really functioned, but boy did it function. In a match where every set was decided by a few key moments, the 24 points scored by Russia’s number 13 – made up of 23 spikes and 1 ace – went a long way to swinging this match the way of the European Champions 3-1 (28-30, 25-23, 27-25, 25-21).

Pogjalen and Argentina brush off South Korea

Aix-en-Provence, France, June 10, 2018 - Cristian Poglajen produced another fine performance to lead Argentina to its second win in the 2018 Nations League as the South Americans swept past South Korea 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 26-24).

Volleyball Teams Up With Winning DJs To Launch NERVO x VNL Collaboration

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 10, 2018 - Volleyball’s fan experience will reach new levels at the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 10 June tour date in Ottawa, Canada, when a unique collaboration with Grammy award-winning Australian DJ duo NERVO is launched, featuring the global debut of their exclusive new track, "Worlds Collide".

Wallace superior in battle of the opposites as Brazil win again

Ufa, Russia, June 10, 2018 - It was Brazil vs. China, but from the off it was apparent that it was also Wallace De Souza vs. Jiang Chuan. Two of the competition's top scorers dominated throughout often being their teams go-to guys. In a demonstration of power, composure and guile it was Brazil that came through to increase their winning streak to seven consecutive matches with this straight sets win 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 27-25).

Nishida on fire in Japan's thrilling upset over Italy

Osaka, Japan, June 10, 2018 - Teenage star Yuji Nishida collected 24 points, he thrilled home-town fans, and he left Italy in shock after leading Japan to a thrilling 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 15-10) victory on Sunday that might just have breathed some life into their campaign at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League

Konarski rises high as Poland power past Bulgaria

Osaka, Japan, June 10, 2018 - Poland are plenty big and they're proving plenty hard to beat, too, adding to their FIVB Volleyball Nations League win tally on Sunday with a 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-18, 25-19) result over Italy that saw Dawid Konarski's 18 points top an all-round team effort.

Germany extinguish Canada's home fire

Ottawa, Canada, June 9, 2018 - Simon Hirsch led the way for Germany as they withstood a dramatic Canadian comeback to continue their VNL resurgence with a 3-1 win (25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 25-19).

Speraw blast boosts Americans

Ottawa, Canada, June 9, 2018 - Matthew Anderson led from the front but it took a blast from coach John Speraw to get the USA back on track and help see off Australia 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-16).

Atanasijevic extends Serbia winning streak

Aix-en-Provence, France, June 9, 2018 - A scintillating performance from Aleksandar Atanasijevic helped Serbia claim their fifth consecutive win with a 3-0 victory over South Korea (25-17, 25-23, 25-19) in Saturday's action at the 2018 FIVB Nations League.

Clinical Boyer guides France past Argentina

Aix-en-Provence, France, June 9, 2018 - A solid 17-point return from Stephen Boyer led France past Argentina 3-1 (25-18, 25-16, 23-25, 25-20) in Saturday's third-round action at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Karpukhov helps Russia to fifteenth straight win against China

Ufa, Russia, June 9, 2018 - In a dominant display, Anton Karpukhov was the standout performer for Russia as they followed the form book against China by securing a straight sets win 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 31-29). When the pressure came on at the end of the third set it was the defensive side of the blue number 6’s game that kept his team in it on a Chinese set point, but he was the go to man in attack and then combined with Ilia Vlasov for the winning block to end an entertaining match – on Russia’s sixth match point.

Douglas top scores as Brazil survive scare against Iran

Ufa, Russia, June 9, 2018 -This may have been a match of five sets, but in the end of all came down to the final few points of the decider. When it mattered, Brazil rallied and found some golden moments to take it 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-13). The turning point was most probably at 10-8 in the fifth when a pancake save led to a dig set from Bruno to Lucas on a C quick to hit a winner. From here their experience told and with a bit of luck they got to the magic 15 points first.

Poland march on and Schulz serves it up to Japan

Osaka, Japan, June 9, 2018 - Poland's march towards the FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals continued unimpeded on Saturday with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-20) victory over Japan that saw surprise packet Damian Schulz lead the reigning world champions with 16 points.

Captain Lanza takes control as Italy roll Bulgaria

Osaka, Japan, June 9, 2018 - Italy worked overtime again but they got the rewards on Saturday as a solid 20-point return from captain Filippo Lanza led them past Bulgaria 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 25-19) in third-round action at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Marr the man for Canadians

Ottawa, Canada, June 8, 2018 - Stephen Marr was Canada’s hero as Australia were seen off 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-19) to keep alive their VNL glory push.

Brilliant Germany upset the odds once again

Ottawa, Canada, June 8, 2018 - Germany continued their brilliant VNL resurgence as David Sossenheimer and Moritz Reichert helped shock the USA 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-13).

Patry and France sweep past Korea

Aix-en-Provence, France, June 8, 2018 - Jean Patry's French team faced no issues in shutting out South Korea 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-22) in the opening game of Week 3 of the 2018 FIVB Nations League.

Luburic does the job for Serbia

Aix-en-Provence, France, June 8, 2018 - Serbia claimed a fourth straight victory in the 2018 FIVB Nations League as they dominated Argentina 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-22) to start week 4 with a smile.

Wallace still creating new angles as Brazil now sit on top of the table

Ufa, Russia, June 8, 2018 - Wallace De Souza top scored with 22 points as the two most recent Olympic Champions faced up in Russia. No-one approaches to spike as Wallace does and his incredible ability to contort his body, that impressive leap, along with the vision to find the gaps, helped his team record an important 3-1 victory (25-21, 25-20, 25-27, 25-18). Renan Dal Zotto has now guided his team to six victories in the Volleyball Nations League and will be proud of how they dominated proceedings away in Russia. Brazil are now top the standings with six wins and 18 points, moving back above Poland.

Marouf the magician as Iran down China in straight sets

Ufa, Russia, June 8, 2018 - It was 10th plays 13th in the Volleyball Nations League as China faced Iran in the Ufa Arena in Russia, but it was Iran who were in control throughout. Led by their setter and a solid blocking performance, they rode out 3-0 winners (25-19, 25-20, 25-15) with relative ease.

Uchikov has Bulgaria back in winning ways against Japan

Osaka, Japan, June 8, 2018 - Nikolay Uchikov's 15 points helped Bulgaria work their way past Japan 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 29-27) and renew some confidence in the Europeans' camp in their first third-round match at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Friday.

Szalpuk steps up to lead Poland over Italy

Osaka, Japan, June 8, 2018 - Artur Szalpuk led Poland with 24 points as they found winning form again, beating Italy 3-2 (25-17, 21-25, 25-17, 29-31, 15-10) as third-round men's action in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League kicked off on Friday.

Men's VNL leaders avoid each other in tight race

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 7, 2018 - The top three teams in the 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League table face opponents further down the standings as Week 3 of the competition opens on Friday in what continues to be a very close race in the search for the five available tickets to the finals in Lille next month.

Ufa prepares for Volleyball Nations League

Ufa, Russia, June 7, 2018 - Coaches and captains of the four teams participating in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League tournament in Ufa from Friday to Sunday were present at a press conference on Thursday.

Coaches look forward to Men's VNL matches in Osaka

Osaka, Japan, June 7, 2018 - The city of Osaka in Japan will play host to FIVB Volleyball Nations League Pool 10 from Friday to Sunday. The coaches of Bulgaria, Japan, Poland and Italy provided their impressions at a press conference on Thursday.

Week 2 stunners leave no team undefeated in Men's VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 4, 2018 - It was a weekend full of astounding upsets, epic comebacks and simply just some incredible results across the 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League that has no team undefeated after two weeks of pool play.

Conte crushes Italy for emotional Argentina win

San Juan, Argentina, June 3, 2018 - Facundo Conte sparked mass celebrations as he led host nation Argentina to their first Volleyball Nations League victory with a dramatic straight sets upset triumph over Italy 3-0 (25-19, 33-31, 25-20).

Super Sclater completes Canada's perfect week

San Juan, Argentina, June 3, 2018 - Ryan Sclater stood tall as Canada completed a perfect streak during week two of the Volleyball Nations League with a comfortable victory 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21) over Iran.

Jiang fires 30 for China’s sensational win over France

Lodz, Poland, June 3, 2018 – Chuan Jiang contributed an incredible 30 points towards China’s 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 25-21, 16-25, 15-13) upset of pre-favourites France in the last match of the three-day FIVB Volleyball Nations League tournament in Lodz.

Isac ace seals epic Brazil win

Goiania, Brazil, June 3, 2018 - Isac Santos smashed home a dramatic match winning ace as Brazil sensationally came from two sets down to send the USA crashing to their first VNL defeat and seal an epic 3-2 triumph (21-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-20, 20-18). Wallace was again the leading marksman for the Olympic champions, whacking down 18 spikes, two blocks and an ace to help the Brazilians leapfrog their rivals and move into joint-top place alongside Poland.

Kliuka takes leading role for Russia as they heap more pressure on Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria, June 3, 2018. Russia bounced back well from their loss to Serbia yesterday with a comfortable straight sets win against this weekend's host (25-17, 25-15, 25-21). The main man in attack and defence, Egor Kliuka, scored with ease finishing 12 points, but being part of the creation of a large number more. Even when things got vaguely tense towards the end of the third set, he took his game to an even higher level.

Ivovic off the bench to ensure Serbia win third tie break in three days

Sofia, Bulgaria, June 3, 2018 - After playing the full 15 sets in Sofia, Serbia will be pleased to be leaving Bulgaria with three victories. Usually top scorers will be the key players of match, but it was half way through the 4th set against Australia that this game was decided as Serbia reverted to their strongest line-up bringing on captain Marko Ivovic, their top scorer Drazen Luburic and star middle Srecko Lisinac.

Kampa ace stuns Poland

Lodz, Poland, June 3, 2018 – Germany’s captain Lukas Kampa delivered an off-the-net ace to close off a sensational 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 27-25) win over table leaders Poland in the sixth leg of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Fukuzawa breaks Korean hearts

Goiania, Brazil, June 3, 2018 - Tatsuya Fukuzawa broke Korean hearts to help Japan seal a dramatic comeback triumph and win a brilliant Asian derby 3-2 (27-29, 25-19, 16-25, 28-26, 15-12).

Maar's menace keeps Canada rolling

San Juan, Argentina, June 2, 2018 - Stephen Maar delivered an intense performance as Canada gave their finals push a major boost with a hard-fought victory 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 24-26, 25-23) over Argentina in the Volleyball Nations League.

Zaytsev power surge sparks Italy revival

San Juan, Argentina, June 2, 2018 - Ivan Zaytsev surged back to top form as Italy rebounded from their first Volleyball Nations League defeat to sink Iran 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-20) on Saturday.

Williams helps Australia take first ever victory over Bulgaria to open VNL account

Sofia, Bulgaria, June 2, 2018 - A straight sets win for Australia (25-23, 25-23, 26-24) sees them make history as Lincoln Williams top scores again with 15 points. Speaking after the game the big opposite hitter explained that the VolleyRoos “always have the belief that we can win” and that their “fighting spirit made the difference today”.

Rossard and Chinenyeze inspire France to straight-sets win over Germany

Lodz, Poland, June 2, 2018 - Thibault Rossard and Barthélémy Chinenyeze both produced fine individual performances as France recovered from Friday’s straight-sets defeat to Poland by beating Germany 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-23) on Saturday.

Luburic steers Serbia to another tie-break win

Sofia, Bulgaria, June 2, 2018 - Serbia squeezed through another five set encounter as they downed Russia 25-20, 23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 12-15. Drazen Luburic starred again with 29 points, 28 of which were attack winners. That takes him to 75 for the competition, and fourth position in the best scorers table.

Anderson helps USA stand tall

Goiana, Brazil, June 2, 2018 - Matthew Anderson helped the USA rise above the challenge of Korea and maintain their perfect 5-0 record in the VNL with a comprehensive straight-sets 3-0 win (25-23, 25-21, 25-11).

Szalpuk on song as Poland stay perfect against China

Lodz, Poland, June 2, 2018 - Artur Szalpuk was the star of the show as Poland extended their perfect start to the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a comfortable 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-21) victory over China, to remain top of the men’s standings with five wins from five.

Lights out but no problem for Brazil

Goiana, Brazil, June 2, 2018  - Wallace shone for Brazil - despite the lights going out.

Ebadipour spurs Iran over Argentina in nailbiter

San Juan, Argentina, June 1, 2018 - Milad Ebadipour’s stunning attacking display helped Iran secure a nail-biting 3-2 victory (21-25, 25-22, 25-22, 24-26, 15-9) over Argentina in the Volleyball Nations League on Friday.

Vigrass victorious as Canada ends Italy streak

San Juan, Argentina, June 1, 2018 - Graham Vigrass produced a rock-solid performance as Canada brought Italy’s winning start in the Volleyball Nations League to a crashing halt with a 3-1 victory (22-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-16) on Friday.

Luburic stars as Serbia snatch dramatic win over Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria, June 1, 2018 - Drazen Luburic's superb display helped Serbia come from match-point down to snatch a stunning 5-set victory (25-17, 23-25, 23-25, 25-21, 16-14) over hosts Bulgaria in a thrilling FIVB men's Nations League match at the Arena Armeec.

Carbonera helps Brazil bring down the house

Eder Carbonera helped lead the way for Brazil as Korea were crushed in straight sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-19) to keep their VNL charge firmly on track.

Fromm leads Germany to first VNL win

Lodz, Poland, June 1, 2018 – With a continuously improving performance by Christian Fromm, Germany beat China 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-21) in Lodz on Friday to register their first victory in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Patch pulls off another American great escape

Goiania, Brazil, June 1 - Benjamin Patch produced a powerhouse performance as the United States pulled off another escape act to eventually see off Japan in a five set thriller 3-2 (23-25, 13-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-10).

Brilliant Kliuka drags Russia to victory over Australia

Sofia, Bulgaria, June 1, 2018 - Egor Kliuka inspired Russia to their 3rd FIVB men's Nations League victory in 4 games as they saw off Australia in 4 sets (25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 25-22) in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

Konarski subs in to pull Poland out of difficult moment against France

Lodz, Poland, June 1, 2018 – Poland kept their perfect record into the fourth leg of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. At a sold-out Atlas Arena in Lodz, the home side delivered an impressive 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-22) shutout of the other team on full nine points after the first week, France, and substitute Dawid Konarski had something to do with it.

Perfect Poland and France to open thrilling Week 2 of Men's VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 31, 2018 - Week 2 of the 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League begins with a bang, Friday, as the only two teams on full points after Week 1 go head-to-head when reigning world champions Poland host 2018 FIVB World League gold medallists France in Lodz.

Coaches look forward to VNL in Sofia

Sofia, Bulgaria, May 31, 2018 – The coaches of Australia, Serbia, Russia and hosts Bulgaria expect difficult matches between strong teams in Sofia, during the second week of the men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League from Friday to Sunday.

More VNL action in Poland - time for Lodz

Lodz, Poland, May 31, 2018 - Coaches and captains of China, Germany, France and hosts Poland gathered at a media meeting in Lodz, one day before the start of the second weekend of the men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League. The city's Atlas Arena has been the stage of numerous volleyball tournaments of the highest rank and Friday will mark a new chapter in its history.

Poland, France set pace in thrilling VNL start

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 27, 2018 - Reigning world champions Poland and 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League gold medallists France are the only two teams on full points after the opening week of the inaugural 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League that brings together the top 16 countries of the world in an almost two-month volleyball extravanganza.

Zaytsev on the money once again for Italy

Kraljevo, Serbia, May 27, 2018 - Ivan Zaytsev was the hero once again as Italy brilliantly ended their Serbia hoodoo and maintained a 100% VNL record with a thumping straight sets win 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-16).

Muserskiy walls off Korea in hard-fought Russian win

Krakow, Poland, May 27, 2018 – Dmitriy Muserskiy was late to get into routine in Russia’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League game against Korea, but when he did, the victory was inevitable. He registered five stuff blocks on the way to a 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-15) win.

Boyer and France maintain winning streak

Rouen, France, May 27, 2018 - Stephen Boyer stole the light when France claimed their third straight win as they swept past Australia 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 36-34) in Sunday's week 1 action at the 2018 Nations League in Rouen.

Wallace routs Germany

Kraljevo, Serbia, May 27, 2018 - Wallace De Souza led the way as Brazil responded strongly to their set-back on Saturday by seeing off Germany 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 26-24) and getting their VNL campaign back on track.

Kochanowski makes the difference in Poland’s third VNL win

Krakow, Poland, May 27, 2018 – Young middle blocker Jakub Kochanowski put on a superb all-round performance for Poland in Krakow to help the home team master a 3-1 (25-21, 26-24, 21-25, 25-17) victory over Canada and up their win-loss record to 3-0 in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Nishida shines as Japan claim Asian derby

Rouen, France, May 27, 2018 - Japan claimed the Asian derby against Iran 3-1 (25-22, 30-28, 23-25, 25-23) thanks a commanding performance by Yuji Nishida in Sunday's men's 2018 Nations League clash.

Sander shows the way for USA against China

Ningbo, China, May 27 - Taylor Sander showcased his all-round skills as the wing spiker's 17 points led the USA to a 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-18) victory over China and a 3-0 sweep of their first round matches in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Uchikov helps Bulgaria blow Argentina away

Ningbo, China, May 27 - Nikolay Uchikov made the evening his own with 26 points and Bulgaria moved to 2-1 overall after dispensing with Argentina 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-22) in first-round men's action at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Maar leads Canadian charge

Krakow, Poland , May 26 - Stephen Maar topped the scoring for Canada who put their opening match misery behind them to overpower Korea in straight-sets 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-19) and set themselves up perfectly for a clash with Poland on Sunday.

Tillie the killer as France sees off Japan

Rouen, France, May 26, 2018 - France made it two for two at home as Kevin Tillie stole the show in Saturday's with a gritty 3-1 victory over Japan (25-16, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22) at the 2018 Nations League.

Luburic starts and stars for Serbia as they get much needed win over Germany

Kraljevo, Serbia, May 26, 2018. Serbia take their first win of the new Volleyball Nations League against a resilient Germany with Drazen Luburic scoring 21 points, excelling in attack from both front and back court. After going a set down, the home side started to fire up the crowd and slowly took control by attacking through all channels to secure a 3-1 win (19-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-14).

Zaytsev steers his team to down Olympic Champions in five sets

Kraljevo, Serbia, May 26, 2018. In the 66th encounter between Italy and Brazil it was the Azzurri captain who consistently made the difference when it mattered. While setter Simone Giannelli expertly provided the ammunition, more often than not it was Ivan Zaytsev who finished the points that resulted in an important 3-2 win for Italy (18-25, 25-19, 25-21, 24-26, 15-8).

Williams not enough for Volleyroos against Iran

Rouen, France, May 2016, 2018 - Australia conceded its second defeat in Saturday's action at the men's Nation League as Lincoln Williams scored 18 points in a 3-0 sweep at the hands of Iran (25-23, 25-23, 25-21).

Kubiak brings the house down in Krakow

Krakow, Poland , May 2016, 2018 - Michael Kubiak, Poland’s captain fantastic, brilliantly led from the front as Russia were blown away in straight sets (25-15, 25-23, 25-23) to delight a packed house in Krakow.

Chuan soars as China roll Argentina in upset win

Ningbo, China, May 26 - Chuan Jiang was in irresistible form on Saturday, collecting 23 points in a superb all-round performance as China rolled Argentina 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-18) and delighted their fans in first-round action at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Sander shoulders the scoring for USA in victory over Bulgaria

Ningbo, China, May 26 - Taylor Sander stepped up big with 18 points for the USA as the world's second-ranked team made it 2-0 so far with a 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-19, 25-20) victory over Bulgaria in first-round action at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Saturday.

Wallace shines as no-nonsense Brazil sweep Serbia

Kraljevo, Serbia, May 25, 2018 - A Wallace led Brazil claimed its maiden victory in the 2018 Nations League as the Seleçao dominated hosts Serbia 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 26-24) in Friday's action.

Influential Ngapeth hands France winning start

Rouen, France, May 25, 2018 - Earvin Ngapeth provided the spark for France as the hosts began their inaugural FIVB men's Nations League campaign with a gritty 4-set victory (25-20, 24-26, 25-20, 25-17) over Asian powerhouses Iran.

Muserskiy back with a bang!

Katowice, Poland, May 25, 2018 – Russian star Dmitriy Muserskiy, one of the tallest athletes in the world, marked a terrific return to the national team making a solid contribution to the 3-0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-19) victory over Canada in the first leg of the inaugural 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Ri reels in Australia as Japan get off the mark

Rouen, France, May 25, 2018 - Haku Ri guided Japan to victory in their first ever FIVB men's Nations League encounter as they saw off Australia in 4 sets (25-18, 25-15, 23-25, 25-17) to open up their Pool 1 campaign on a positive note.

Tsar Zaytsev stars for Italy against Germany

Kraljevo, Serbia, May 25, 2018 - Italy kicked off their 2018 Nations League with a winning start on Friday as they swept past Germany 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20) thanks to a ruthless Ivan Zaytsev.

Drzyzga “hides the ball” for Polish win over Korea

Katowice, Poland, May 25, 2018 – With a stellar performance by their setter Fabian Drzyzga, Poland started off their FIVB Volleyball Nations League campaign with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-21) victory over Korea.

Yordanov helps Bulgaria survive China scare

Ningbo, China, May 25 - Bulgarian wing spiker Boyan Yordanov led the way with 17 points as his team received a decent old scare from China but rallied back to win 3-2 (25-18, 18-25, 19-25, 25-17, 15-11) in first round action at the inaugural 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League.

Patch holds firm as USA see off Argentina

Ningbo, China, May 25 - Benjamin Patch's match-leading 23 points helped the United States get their 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League campaign under way with a gritty 3-2 (25-27, 24-26, 26-24, 25-21, 15-10) victory over Argentina on Friday.

Lozano glad with home start for China

Ningbo, China, May 24, 2018 – China coach Raul Lozano is pleased that his squad will play on home soil against strong squads Argentina, Bulgaria and the United States in the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League from May 25 to 27.

Teams ready for first-ever VNL tournament in Poland

Katowice, Poland, May 24, 2018 – Representatives of the four national teams who are about to start the FIVB Volleyball Nations League tournament in Poland gathered at a media meeting at the iconic Spodek Hall in Katowice, where hosts Poland won the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship four years ago. The Polish tournament will start in Katowice on Friday and move to Krakow’s Tauron Arena for the following two days.

Men's VNL under starter's orders

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 21, 2018 - The world's top sixteen teams are on the starting line ahead of the launch this coming weekend of the inagural 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League.

Poland upbeat ahead of Men's VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 20, 2018 – Poland coach Vital Heynen has named a 21-man squad to begin his team’s Volleyball Nations League campaign.

Brazil's men's team ready for Volleyball Nations League

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 19, 2018 – Brazil’s men set their marker high for the start of the Volleyball Nations League with a double victory over China in their final warm-up matches.

World champions Poland in transition

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 17, 2018 - Introducing the top teams in the world rankings, the sixth installment in this series takes a look at 2014 world champions Poland.

United States eye Volleyball Nations League glory

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 16, 2018 - Introducing the top three teams in the current world ranking, the fifth installment of this series takes a look at the team ranked number 2 in the world - Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallists USA.

FIVB partners with Microsoft, changing the way fans consume Volleyball

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 15, 2018 – The FIVB has announced its partnership with technology and cloud services provider Microsoft, which will change the way the sport of volleyball is consumed while heightening the fan experience during match days as well as in the digital space.

FIVB announces major partnership with online streaming service FloSports

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 14, 2018 – The FIVB today announced a multi-year partnership with FloSports, one of the leading innovators in live sports and original content, to show extensive coverage of major volleyball events across the United States.

FIVB and IMG partnership takes volleyball Over-The-Top with new subscription service

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 14, 2018 - The FIVB will partner with IMG to launch Volleyball TV, the first over-the-top (OTT) digital streaming platform in volleyball history. Volleyball TV will offer fans both live action and unmissable highlights from all of the sport’s major events starting with the Volleyball Nations League, which begins on May 15.

China welcome Belgium, Dominican Republic and Korea to Ningbo

Ningbo, China, May 14, 2018 - Representatives of the four teams set to compete in FIVB Volleyball Nations League Women's Pool 2 in Ningo, China from May 15 to 17 attended a press conference on Monday.

Brazil all set to take on Germany, Japan and Serbia in Barueri

Barueri, Brazil, May 14, 2018 - The 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League begins on May 15 in Brazil, China, Russia and the United States. In Brazil, the host country will take on Germany, Japan and Serbia in Barueri from Tuesday to Thursday.

Fans' support key for Argentina in VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 10, 2018 - The Argentine Volleyball Fedration presented the men's National Team programme to the media, ahead of the opening of the inaugural Volleyball Nations League, in which the South American also hosts one of the preliminary round pools.

Australia eye 'the next step', a successful VNL campaign

Canberra, Australia, May 8, 2017 - The Australian players have gathered in Poland over the last week to train before heading to Berlin for two friendlies against Germany and to Sicily for two more matches against Italy. They will begin their campaign in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on May 24 in the French city of Rouen.

Kolakovic to give youth its chance

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 8, 2018 – Iran coach Igor Kolakovic has promised the young players in the squad their chance to feature in the team if they show the right quality and approach after he named a 26-man training squad for a busy few months.

Laurent Tillie - We need to manage the pressure of playing at home

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 7, 2018 - The 2018 FIVB season is expected to be an extraordinary experience for France's men's national team, ahead of the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League starting later this month and the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship coming later in Italy and Bulgaria.

Landor partners with FIVB for Volleyball Nations League

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 7, 2018 – The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has partnered with global brand strategy and design firm Landor to create the Volleyball Nations League (VNL). Debuting on May 15, 2018, the VNL is set to revolutionize the fan experience, making it one of the most important events in the history of volleyball.

Men's VNL squads at your fingertips - Get them now

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 3, 2018 - The 16 men's teams in this year's inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League have registered their players for the competition which begins on the weekend of May 25 to 27 and culminates in the Finals in Lille, France from July 4-8.

Bulgaria in full force for big year

Sofia, Bulgaria, May 3, 2018 – Bulgaria coach Plamen Konstantinov has announced an impressive roster of 26 players for the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Olympic champions Brazil geared up for VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 4, 2018 - Introducing the top teams in the current world rankings, the fourth installment in this series looks at reigning Olympic champions Brazil.

Blengini ready for VNL and pressure of hosting World Championship

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 25, 2018 – Gianlorenzo Blengini is counting down the days until he is reunited with his Italy squad ahead of what will be a busy few months.

Russia call up six Olympic champs for 2018

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 24, 2018 – Six gold medallists from the London 2012 Olympic Games, including Dmitriy Muserskiy, are among the 30 players on the extended roster of the Russian men’s national team for the upcoming 2018 season.

Argentina in preparation for men’s and women’s VNL

San Juan, Argentina, April 24, 2018 – The Argentinean city of San Juan is preparing to host one of the tournaments in the inaugural men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Tickets sales in full swing as Volleyball Nations League debut approaches

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 23, 2018 - Excitement is building for the start of the Volleyball Nations League next month, with ticket sales for the FIVB’s brand new event in full swing.

Serbia always aim for gold - Dusan Petkovic

Belgrade, Serbia, April 23, 2017 - Serbia's Men's National Team made their first gathering of the season this past weekend, ahead of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League and 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship as they head to both competitions aiming for the highest possible distinctions.

Volleyball Canada confirm staff for senior indoor teams

Ottawa, Canada, April 20, 2018 - With the men's and women's national team seasons fast approaching, Volleyball Canada has confirmed the staff overseeing its squads this year.

Mini Guide to the VNL: All you need to know

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 17, 2018 – For the very first time in FIVB history, the Volleyball Nations League will take place from May 15 to July 8, 2018.

Countdown to VNL marks start of historic and thrilling 2018 FIVB season

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 16, 2018 - With less than a month to go until the start of the FIVB's exciting new competition, the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, fans can look forward to a historic and thrilling season of international volleyball.

Iran begin training for action-packed season

Tehran, Iran, April 8, 2018 – The men’s national team of Iran have started their preparations for an action-packed international season. As of earlier this week, 29 players are training in Tehran, with another eight given more time to recover after the end of their club seasons before joining coach Igor Kolakovic’s squad.

Velasco sets out plans for VNL and World Championship

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 5, 2018 - Argentina men's national team coach Julio Velasco set the tone today in Buenos Aires for the team's preparation ahead of this year's major challenges, including the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League and the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship.

Masahiro Yanagida prepares to lead Japan

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 5, 2018 - Masahiro Yanagida enjoys superstar status in Japan. He may only be 1.86m tall, but the explosiveness of his jumps, his timing and ability make him a truly exceptional player.

Italy on the stretch ahead of VNL and World Championships

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 3, 2018 - As Italy's men and women inch closer to their appearances in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League and the 2018 FIVB World Championships, a series of friendly matches has been confirmed in preparation for the historic major events of the year.

China's Jiang Chuan upbeat ahead of international season

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 29, 2018 - One of China's leading young players, Jiang Chuan scored 164 points in last year's FIVB Volleyball World League and will be out to show his class at the inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in 2018.

Volleyball Nations League - Online ticket sales information

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 27, 2018 - Tickets for this year's inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League are available online with sales to begin in several countries soon.

Lille looking forward to spectacular Volleyball Nations League Finals

Lille, France, March 22, 2018 - Media representatives were gathered at a press conference at Lille's Pierre Mauroy stadium on Wednesday to learn about this year's inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Japan men's team getting bigger, better and stronger

Tokyo, Japan, March 21, 2018 – The Japan men’s national volleyball team start training for a busy 2018 on April 9 with a five-day training camp in Tokyo followed by two weeks in the southern city of Kagoshima.

Georg Grozer eyes further success for Germany

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 16, 2018 - Georg Grozer has a dream he hopes to fulfil. Now 33 years old, he has his sights set on playing at another Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. He also hopes to be a part of the German team at this year's inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Lukas Kampa: "We have shown we can take on anyone"

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 14, 2018 - A key player for club and country, Lukas Kampa has helped Germany to some of its greatest successes in recent years.

Juantorena wins prestigious award in Italy

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 7, 2018 – Osmany Juantorena won the Trofeo Gazzetta 2018 in Italy. The outside spiker of Cucine Lube Civitanova was recognized as the best player of the Italian championship’s regular season for a second time in a row to add to an already successful club season for the 32-year-old Cuban-born Italian, honoured as the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 FIVB Men's Club World Championship less than three months ago.

Atanasijevic upbeat ahead of promising season for Serbia

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 19, 2018 - Speaking in an exclusive FIVB interview, Aleksandar Atanasijevic discussed the importance of the new Volleyball Nations League, his successes to date and his goals for the future.

Pools overview released for thrilling inaugural season of VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 16, 2018 - An overview of the pools for the inaugural FIVB Men's and Women's Volleyball Nations Leagues has been released, as the top 16 teams in the world of each gender prepare to launch on a marathon of 240 matches (not including the final rounds) that will keep volleyball fans on their toes for over a month and a half starting from May 15.

Matt Anderson: "Our goal is simple. We want to win."

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 14, 2018 - Matt Anderson is one of the stars of the US volleyball team. The outstanding hitter led the United States to success at the FIVB Volleyball World League (2014), to victory in the FIVB Volleyball World Cup (2015), and bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Heynen to lead Poland in VNL and World Championship

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 7, 2018 - Vital Heynen has been appointed head coach of the men's National Team of Poland, ahead of their obligations in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League and the FIVB World Championship later this year.

Lille, France selected to host FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League Finals

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 7, 2018 – Lille’s Stade Pierre Mauroy has been selected as the venue for the inaugural FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League Finals, from July 4-8, 2018.

France captain Toniutti relishing the challenges at club and national-team level

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 2, 2018 – France captain Benjamin Toniutti has found success almost everywhere he’s been. He was voted the Best Setter in the FIVB Volleyball World League in 2015 and 2017 – won both times by France – and has won European Championship titles at the U19, U21 and senior levels, and with his clubs he has won championship medals in Germany and Poland.

Aussies aim high for 2018 national team season

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 19, 2018 – With the Volleyroos lining up among the 24 national teams set to participate in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in Italy and Bulgaria, as well as among the 16 squads set to play in the inaugural Volleyball Nations League, as one of four challenger teams, Volleyball Australia are betting on a strong season in 2018.

France coach Tillie feeling positive about 2018

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 15, 2018 – France had an up-and-down record in 2017, winning the FIVB Volleyball World League but falling short of their expectations in the European Championship and the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup, but coach Laurent Tillie is keen to look ahead to the possibilities of 2018 rather than dwell on last year’s disappointments.

Patience pays off for 2017 USA Player of the Year David Smith

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 10, 2018 – Rio 2016 bronze medallist and USA middle blocker David Smith is looking forward to competing in the inaugural edition of the Volleyball Nations League and at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship.

Volleyball Nations League: A new league is born

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 16, 2017 – The volleyball community was quick to react to the announcement of the Volleyball Nations League on Thursday.

FIVB announces the Volleyball Nations League

Paris, France, October 12, 2017 - The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) today announced the Volleyball Nations League, which is set to begin in 2018. The league will revolutionise volleyball competitions, making it one of the most important events in the history of the sport.

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