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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.

It's gold and glory for Team USA as Hill leads first VNL champions

Nanjing, China, July 1, 2018 - The USA were crowned the first-ever FIVB Volleyball Nations League champions on Sunday night after an epic 3-2 (17-25, 25-22, 26-28, 25-15, 15-7) victory over a resilient Turkey, and an inspired 20-point performance from Kimberly Hill.

Captain Zhu provides consolation for China with third-place finish

Nanjing, China, July 1, 2018 - China gave their fans plenty to cheer about on Sunday as captain Zhu Ting's 20 points led them to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-22) sweep of Brazil and into third place in the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

MBH shines brightly and Team USA book a date with VNL finals destiny

Nanjing, China, June 30, 2018 - Michelle Bartsch-Hackley lifted Team USA into the FIVB Volleyball Nations League final through sheer weight of numbers on Saturday, her match-leading 24 points proving the difference in her side's 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 25-18) victory over China.

Sheer joy for Turkey as team effort takes them all the way to VNL final

Nanjing, China, June 30, 2018 - Turkey's remarkable run continued on Saturday as they cleaned up Brazil 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-22) and saw Meryem Boz's 14 points help lift them into the final of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Tandara the star as Brazil breeze past China and into VNL semifinals

Nanjing, China, June 29, 2018 - Brazil left their opponents China - as well as a packed stadium - gasping for air after a 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-22) victory in their FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals clash that was powered by Tandara Caixeta's 19 points.

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.

Bartsch-Hackley powers USA into semis after resounding win over Serbia

Nanjing, China, June 29, 2018 - Team USA shifted their FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals campaign into overdrive on Friday, dispensing with Serbia 3-0 (29-27, 25-22, 25-19) and seeing star wing spiker Michelle Bartsch-Hackley once again led their assault with 16 points.

Tandara sounds out a VNL finals warning in Brazil's impressive opening act

Nanjing, China, June 28, 2018 - Brazil served notice to its FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals rivals with a commanding 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-23) win over the Netherlands on Thursday night that saw their star Tandara Caixeta in imposing form with 17 points.

Baladin - and Turkey - throw Pool B wide open in VNL finals

Nanjing, China, June 28, 2018 - Middle blocker Hande Baladin was the hero with 18 points as Turkey stunned Serbia with a 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 25-18, 19-25, 16-14) victory on Thursday that has thrown Pool B in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals wide open.

Zhu steals the show against Dutch as China make VNL finals intentions crystal clear

Nanjing, China, June 27, 2018 - Superstar Zhu Ting was in irresistible form with a match-high 35 points as China set the FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals off and running with a 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-18) victory over the Netherlands.

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.

Bartsch-Hackley makes all the difference as USA rally and over-run Turkey

Nanjing, China, June 27, 2018 - Team USA brushed off an early scare - and rallied behind wing spiker Michelle Bartsch-Hackley's 21 points - to open their 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals campaign with a nervy but ultimately dominant 3-2 (17-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-15, 15-11) win over Turkey.

World’s best meet in Nanjing ahead of Volleyball Nations League Finals

Nanjing, China, June 26, 2018 - Volleyball fans in China will have the opportunity to witness the world’s very best women’s national teams when the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Women’s Finals start on Wednesday. After an exhilarating five weeks of preliminary rounds, the stage is set for the finale which will see six teams battle it out to become inaugural VNL champions.

Six top women’s teams ready to chase VNL title in Nanjing

Nanjing, China, June 26, 2018 - The coaches and captains of Brazil, the Netherlands, Serbia, Turkey, the United States, and hosts China looked ahead to a tough week of competition as they participated in a press conference ahead of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League Women’s Finals.

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.

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.

All set for Final Six as Women's VNL pool play concludes

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 15, 2018 - Brazil, the Netherlands, Serbia and Turkey all claimed their tickets to the Final Six of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Week 5, the last of pool play, which concluded Thursday night. They join USA who had booked their berth in Week 4 and China who qualified directly as hosts of the finals, June 27 to July 1.

USA flex their muscles once again

Santa Fe, Argentina. June 14, 2018 - Michelle Bartsch-Hackley helped the table-topping USA sign off with a record equalling flourish as relegated Argentina crashed to their 14th defeat in the VNL following a comprehensive 3-0 loss (25-15, 25-14, 25-15).

First class Serbia move into second

Santa Fe, Argentina. June 14, 2018 - Ana Bjelica was on the money once again as Serbia fine tuned their assault for the VNL title with a comprehensive 3-0 win (25-17, 25 -20, 25-11) over struggling Korea that lifted them into second place in the table above Brazil.

Outstanding Ortolani leads Italy to victorious ending of VNL campaign

Eboli, Italy, June 14, 2018 – Well-seasoned Serena Ortolani showed a very strong performance in Italy’s last game of the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League season, leading her younger teammates to a hard-fought 3-2 (22-25, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 15-12) victory over Brazil.

Dominican Republic seen home by Peña Isabel

Walbrzych, Poland, June 14, 2018 – Everything was set up for Poland to take three home wins and to go on their longest winning streak for 44 years, but it was simply not to be. The “Queens of the Caribbean” were on top form for the majority, marshalled brilliantly by Niverka Dharlenis Marte Frica to a 3-1 win (25-18, 16-25, 25-21, 25-20). It was known from the start that a place at the Final 6 in China was already impossible for either team, so this match was purely for pride.

Daalderop helps Netherlands maintain winning ways

Stuttgart, Germany, June 14, 2018 - Nika Daalderop's stellar effort ensured the Netherlands completed an unbeaten phase five with victory over Germany in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Thursday.

Lazarenko blocks her way to victory as Russia beat Japan in five

Walbrzych, Poland, June 14, 2018 - With a spot at the Final 6 out of the question for both teams, this was their last match and it was very much a game for pride. From the start of the second set it was the Russian block that made the difference, with Angelina Lazarenko taking six of her 18 points in this way as she top scored from middle. A large part of the reason that the match went to Russia 3-2 (19-25, 25-14, 25-16, 23-25, 15-10).

Brilliant Baladin shines in Turkey's win over China

Stuttgart, Germany, June 14, 2018 - Hande Baladin highlighted Turkey's impressive depth with a spectacular performance against China to complete the pool phase of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Thursday.

Consistent Janssens pushes Belgium to fourth VNL win

Eboli, Italy, June 14, 2018 – Marlies Janssens made a consistently impressive performance on all counts to help Belgium finish their FIVB Volleyball Nations League campaign with a win – a hard-fought 3-1 (26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21) victory over Thailand.

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.

Bjelica and Rasic down Argentina to dash local hopes

Santa Fe, Argentina, June 13, 2018 - A masterclass from Ana Bjelica and Milena Rasic ensured in-form Serbia crushed local hopes during a straight sets victory over Argentina in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday.

Gibbemeyer leads USA to thrashing of Korea

Santa Fe, Argentina, June 13, 2018 - Lauren Gibbemeyer guided a rejuvenated United States to a straight sets thrashing of Korea in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday.

Brilliant Boz fuels Turkey over Germany and into the finals

Stuttgart, Germany, June 13, 2018 - Meryem Boz spearheaded Turkey into the finals after a convincing 3-1 (25-16, 25-15, 20-25, 25-19) victory over Germany in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday.

Poland shock Russia as Smarzek stars again

Walbrzych, Poland, June 13, 2018 – It was set, set, set and match to Poland in only 1 hour and 16 minutes as they took their second ever win against Russia in world competitions - dominating from start to finish. Whilst the points were coming from everywhere, it was again Malwina Smarzek who topped the charts and was largely responsible for their 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-15) win. With the set scores as evidence of how each set got easier and easier.

Teenage terminators lead Italy in must-do win over Belgium

Eboli, Italy, June 13, 2018 – Two teenagers, Paola Ogechi Egonu and Elena Pietrini, shared the top scoring honours in Italy’s 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-19) shutdown of Belgium to keep alive their slim chances of advancing to the finals of the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Sarina Koga finds form as Japan beat “Queens of the Caribbean”

Walbrzych, Poland, June 13, 2018 – It was all smiles in the end for Japan who started well but left it late to beat the Dominican Republic in a tense fifth set 3-2 (25-15, 14-25, 21-25, 29-27, 15-13). Japan are an all round team, but today Sarina Koga stepped up to be the shining light in attack, complimenting their impressive defensive display. With that win, Japan avoided becoming the first nation to lose 300 matches at world level, and move ahead one more in wins to 328.

Sensational Sloetjes leads Netherlands to finals

Stuttgart, Germany, June 13, 2018 - A brilliant performance from Lonneke Sloetjes overwhelmed China on Wednesday and secured the Netherlands a berth in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League finals.

Rosa Maria powers Brazil through tough moments against Thailand

Eboli, Italy, June 13, 2018 – Rosamaria Montibeller kept her cool throughout her team’s FIVB Volleyball Nations League match against Thailand to power Brazil to a 3-1 (25-16, 25-22, 18-25, 25-13) victory, despite falling into some difficult patches on sets 2 and 3.

Brilliant Argentina avoid unwanted history

Santa Fe, Argentina, June 12, 2018 - Antonela Fortuna helped serve up a memorable night for Argentina who avoided the most unwanted record in volleyball and sensationally ended their VNL drought by beating Korea 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-21).

Magic Milenkovic seals Serbia's finals ticket

Santa Fe, Argentina, June 12, 2018 - Bojana Milenkovic was on fire for Serbia to help seal a place in the VNL finals and end table-topping USA ’s 10 match winning streak with a thumping 3-1 victory (30-28, 23-25, 25-20, 25-18).

Captain Yuan steers China to magnificent comeback win

Stuttgart, Germany, June 12, 2018 - Xinyue Yuan helped drag Olympic champions China back from the depths of despair as they came from two sets down to beat Germany in a thrilling five-setter 3-2 (20-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-23, 15-8) to end their poor recent form in the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Smarzek squeezes Poland through for tiebreak win

Walbrzych, Poland, June 12, 2018 - It was all about Malwina Smarzek, again, as Poland thrilled their home crowd with a tense five set win 3-2 (18-25, 25-15, 25-16, 21-25, 16-14). The victory was much needed as we come towards the end of the round robin stage, but moving to the next stage of the competition is already out of their hands.

Superb Malinov helps keep Italy in contention

Eboli, Italy, June 12, 2018 – A superb all-round effort from Italy’s setter Ofelia Malinov fuelled the team on the way to an impressive 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-15) victory over Thailand that keeps them in contention for a spot in the Final Six of the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Sublime Sloetjes drags Dutch to five-set victory

Stuttgart, Germany, June 12, 2018 - Lonneke Sloetjes inspired the Netherlands to a gritty five-set victory 3-2 (25-11, 31-29, 16-25, 20-25, 15-10) over Turkey in the FIVB women's Nations League as they closed in on a place in the Final Round.

Tandara comes back in to push Brazil into VNL finals

Eboli, Italy, June 12, 2018 – Tandara Caixeta had to come back onto court to help Brazil pull off a 3-1 (25-15, 25-14, 21-25, 25-23) win over Belgium in Eboli on Tuesday and make the final push towards qualifying for the finals of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Lyubushkina brings Russia back to winning ways

Walbrzych, Poland, June 12,  2018 - Russia preserved their longest unbeaten run (14 matches) against any nation by downing the Dominican Republic in straight sets 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-16). Secured in large parts by the serving of their captain Ekaterina Lyubushkina and their powerhouse Irina Voronkova through the wings. After the match Voronkova expressed her delight at getting back into winning ways but knows there will be sterner tests to come, this weekend and beyond.

Women's VNL down to the wire as pool play wraps up

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 11, 2018 - With Brazil needing three points in any combination, Serbia and Turkey needing one win (on full points) and the Netherlands two (on full points), the final week of pool play in the 2018 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League keeps fans on the edge of their seats starting Tuesday, as all four try to ward off Italy's advances, who are also in with a chance of qualifying to the finals of the inaugural tournament.

Eboli prepares for women's VNL

Eboli, Italy, June 11, 2018 - The coaches and captains of the national teams of the Brazil, Belgium, Thailand and hosts Italy met with media representatives in Eboli, for a press conference ahead of the last week of VNL Preliminary Round play.

Santa Fe gears up for final week of pool play in Women's VNL

Santa Fe, Argentina, June 11, 2018 - The final week of women's pool play in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League was presented to members of the press in Santa Fe as Argentina prepare to host Serbia, the United States and Korea. Team coaches and captains were part of the presentation event at the ATE Hotel.

Walbrzych looks ahead to final week of Women's VNL pool play

Walbrzych, Poland, June 11, 2018 - Coaches and captains of the national teams of the Dominican Republic, Japan, Russia and hosts Poland met with media representatives in Walbrzych, Poland prior to their last week of VNL Preliminary Round play. The team representatives received a very warm welcome from the city mayor Dr. Roman Szelemej, proving again that Walbrzych "lives and breathes" volleyball.

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.

Four women's VNL finals berths still open after week 4 (in theory)

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 7, 2018 - With USA now mathematically qualified (and China directly through as hosts), there's still four open berths for the Final Six of the 2018 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League at the conclusion of Week 4 - the penultimate in pool play.

Smarzek delivers again in Poland’s third win in Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz, Poland, June 7, 2018 – Poland finished their FIVB Volleyball Nations League home tournament in Bydgoszcz with three in three and once again Malwina Smarzek led the way to the victory. On Thursday, coach Jacek Nawrocki claimed a hard-fought 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-14) win over Belgium.

Resurgent Netherlands produce sparkling comeback to down Serbia

Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 7, 2018 - Yvon Belien and Celeste Plak inspired a brilliant Netherlands fightback as they came from two sets down to beat Serbia 3-2 (15-25, 19-25, 29-27, 25-17, 20-18) in a tie breaker in a breathtaking FIVB women's Nations League match in Rotterdam.

Coach Koslowski shuffles away as Germany crush Argentina

Bydgoszcz, Poland, June 7, 2018 – Coach Felix Koslowski enjoyed the opportunity to shuffle his line-up a lot as Germany faced no issues in shutting out Argentina on the last day of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League tournament in Bydgoszcz. With pretty much the entire squad getting some time on the court, the European team cruised to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-16) victory.

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.

Chirichella guides classy Italy to fifth straight win

Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 7, 2018 - Italy skipper Cristina Chirichella led by example as Davide Mazzanti's side recorded their seventh win in eight FIVB women's Nations League matches as they beat the Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-18, 25-15, 25-20) to boost their hopes of qualifying for the Final Round.

Courageous Kurogo inspires comeback victory over Thailand

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, June 7, 2018 - A heroic performance by Ai Kurogo crushed local dreams as Japan fought back from two sets down to defeat Thailand in a FIVB Volleyball Nations League thriller.

MBH turns up the power as USA sweep China aside

Jiangmen, China, June 7, 2018 - Michelle Bartsch-Hackley came up huge with 18 points but the talk will be all about the United States' all-round game after a 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-20) victory over China that has officially spelt out their intentions for this inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League

Tandara steels Brazil as they see off Russian challenge

Jiangmen, China, June 7, 2018 - Tandara Caixeta's 30 points - along with some stellar defence - made all the difference for Brazil as they saw off a spirited Russian challenge 3-2 (15-25, 25-21, 25-20, 19-25, 17-15) in their final fourth round clash at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Brilliant Gunes overwhelms slumping Korea

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, June 7, 2018 - A superb all-round performance from Zehra Gunes overwhelmed Korea and ensured a powerful Turkey remained on track to reach the FIVB Volleyball Nations League's final phase.

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.

Sensational Smarzek helps Poland end Germany hoodoo

Bydgoszcz, Poland, June 6, 2018 - Malwina Smarzek produced a virtuoso attacking performance as Poland won a breathless encounter with Germany 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-20, 25-9) on Wednesday, claiming a first world level victory over their neighbours since 2010.

Electric Egonu seals dramatic win for Italy

Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 6, 2018 - Paola Egonu fired Italy to a second successive five-set victory (18-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-15, 15-8) in Rotterdam as they came from behind to beat the Netherlands in a pulsating FIVB women's Nations League match to keep their Final Round hopes alive.

Grobelna on fire as Belgium stop the rot against Argentina

Bydgoszcz, Poland, June 6, 2018 - Kaja Grobelna was on red-hot form as Belgium finally ended their seven-game losing streak in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League by comfortably seeing off bottom side Argentina 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-14).

Brilliant Boskovic moves Serbia up to second

Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 6, 2018 - Tijana Boskovic's superb scoring run continued as Serbia put one foot in the FIVB women's Nations League Final Round after an emphatic straight-sets victory (25-19, 25-20, 25-13) over Dominican Republic in Rotterdam.

Baladin sparks Turkey over hosts Thailand

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, June 6, 2018 - A spectacular performance from Hande Baladin sparked Turkey to a hard-fought victory over a gallant Thailand in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday.

Liu inspires China to comfortable win over Russians

Jiangmen, China, June 6, 2018 - Outside hitter Liu Xiaotong led by example with a match-best 15 points as China got another win on the board by downing Russia 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-22) in fourth-round action at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday night.

Gibbemeyer blocks Brazil's path as USA keep on rolling

Jiangmen, China, June 6, 2018 - Team USA continued on their winning ways, overpowering Brazil 3-1 (25-23 26-28, 25-21, 25-18) and seeing big-hitting Lauren Gibbemeyer shine with 16 points in women's fourth-round action in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Inspired Ishii shines in rejuvenated Japan's victory against Korea

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, June 6, 2018 - A masterclass from Yuki Ishii has fuelled a rejuvenated Japan to a convincing 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-20) victory over a disappointing Korea in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday.

Smarzek merciless in Poland’s crush of Argentina

Bydgoszcz, Poland, June 5, 2018 – Poland mastered a routine 3-0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-20) victory over Argentina in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a merciless Malwina Smarzek firing away as many as 20 points towards her team’s success.

Sloetjes too strong for Dominicans

Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 5, 2018 - The Netherlands bounced back as the hosts dominated the Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-18) as home favourite Lonneke Slöetjes led the way in Rotterdam on Tuesday.

Lippmann wins scoring duel with Herbots in Germany’s victory over Belgium

Bydgoszcz, Poland, June 5, 2018 – Louisa Lippmann and Britt Herbots engaged in a fiery duel during the Germany vs. Belgium FIVB Volleyball Nations League game in Bydgoszcz, with Lippmann emerging victorious in both the top scorer chart and the result of the match – 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 25-23) in favour of the Germans.

Egonu clinical for Italy in Serbia upset

Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 5, 2018 - A Paola Egonu led Italian team won its fifth straight game as the Squadra surprised European champs Serbia 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 25-21, 18-25, 15-13) in Tuesday's action at the 2018 FIVB Nations League.

Tandara helps lift Brazil in an epic against China

Jiangmen, China, June 5, 2018 - Brazil's Tandara Caixeta led the way with 19 points as her side carved out an epic 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 27-25, 10-25, 16-14) victory over China in women's third-round action at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Tuesday.

Kim's composure helps Korea overcome Thailand and end losing skid

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, June 5, 2018 - Kim Yeon Koung showcased her impeccable leadership skills to ensure Korea overcame a tenacious Thailand on Tuesday and end a four-game losing streak in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

It's a team effort as USA go on record run with win over Russia

Jiangmen, China, June 5, 2018 - The United States continued their winning ways on Tuesday night with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-18) victory over Russia that was led by Michelle Bartsch-Hackley's team-leading 16 points but was more a showcase of just how well these Americans play as a unit.

Boz lifts Turkey to crucial win over Japan

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, June 5, 2018 - Meryem Boz inspired Turkey to a crucial victory over Japan to open the fourth phase of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in style on Tuesday.

Leaders go head-to-head as Women's VNL race heats up

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 4, 2018 - Two of the three table leaders go head-to-head as the business end of pool play at the 2018 FIVB Women's VNL gets underway on Tuesday with penultimate Week 4, when USA and Brazil clash at Jiangmen alongside Russia and pool hosts China. Will this play into the hands of Serbia, the third team on a 5-1 record at the top of the standings, who travel to Rotterdam to face the Netherlands, Italy and the Dominican Republic?

Stage set for VNL in Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz, Poland, June 4, 2018 – Poland's women’s team are back home and ready to take on opponents from Argentina, Belgium and Germany. The first of their two home tournaments will take place in Bydgoszcz and before the action starts tomorrow, coaches and captains met with the media to share their thoughts and expectations for the matches this week.

Turkey expect difficult matches against Asian teams in Nakhon Ratchasima

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, June 4, 2018 - Turkey are expecting a tough week ahead of them as they face top Asian teams Korea, Japan, and Thailand in the fourth round of the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand from Tuesday to 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.

USA, Brazil, Serbia break clear after Week 3 of women's VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 31, 2018 - USA and Brazil stormed through Week 3 of the 2018 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League picking up full points, and Serbia also squeezed in after outlasting Turkey, as the three sides sit at the top of the table on 8-1 records, past the halfway point of pool play.

Boskovic outraces Boz in epic five-set thriller

Kraljevo, Serbia, May 31, 2018 – Two fantastic spikers, Tijana Boskovic and Meryem Boz, led their teams in an epic five-set race for a precious FIVB Volleyball Nations League win. In a rollercoaster clash in Kraljevo on Thursday evening, hosts Serbia snatched a 3-2 (25-20, 22-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-12) win over a fighting Turkey.

Tandara rifles 31 points as Brazil edge the Dutch in thriller

Apeldoorn, Netherlands, May 31, 2018 - Tandara Caixeta took centre stage again as Brazil earned a pulsating 4-set victory 3-1 (25-23, 26-24, 13-25, 25-22) over the Netherlands in the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League in front of a sell-out Dutch crowd.

Voronkova sets pace in Russia’s win over Belgium

Kraljevo, Serbia, May 31, 2018 – Irina Voronkova was once again the driving force behind Russia’s victory in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, as her team mastered a 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-18) defeat of Belgium on Thursday.

Smarzek thunders 19 points as Poland crush South Korea

Apeldoorn, Netherlands, May 31, 2018 - Malwina Smarzek was the key figure again for Poland as they thrashed South Korea in straight sets 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-16) for their first victory in 5 matches in the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Egonu's talent shines bright as Italy upset China

Hong Kong, China, May 31, 2018 - Teenage star Paola Egonu stole the show - delivering a match-high 13 points - as Italy upset China 3-1 (25-18, 25-14, 16-25, 25-18) in third-round action at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Thursday.

Larson leads USA to victory over Thailand and seventh straight 3-0 win in VNL

Bangkok, Thailand, May 31, 2018 - Leading by example with another stellar all-round performance, Jordan Larson guided the seemingly unstoppable United States to a comprehensive 3-0 (25-10, 25-22, 25-16) victory over Thailand in the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Thursday.

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.

Japan's Kurogo and Shinnabe share the joy in victory over Argentina

Hong Kong, China, May 31, 2018 - Wing spikers Ai Kurogo and Risa Shinnabe shared the spoils with 11 points each on Thursday night, driving Japan to a comprehensive 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-21) victory over Argentina in women's third-round action at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Lippmann stars again as Germany down Dominican Republic for back-to-back wins

Bangkok, Thailand, May 31, 2018 - Louisa Lippmann produced another dominant display to give Germany their second win in 24 hours at the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Thursday with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-15, 21-25, 25-12) victory against the Dominican Republic.

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.

Clinical Mihajlovic powers past Belgium

Kraljevo, Serbia, May 30, 2018 - Brankica Mihajlovic produced a powerful display as Serbia continued its hot streak to breeze past Belgium 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-13) in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League action on Wednesday night.

Sensational Sloetjes powers the Dutch past South Korea

Apeldoorn, Netherlands, May 30, 2018 - Lonneke Sloetjes was the Dutch hero as the Netherlands continued their hot streak in the FIVB women's Nations League with a sensational straight-sets victory (25-18, 25-10, 25-12) over South Korea in front of another big home crowd in Apeldoorn.

Turkey hits Russian block

Kraljevo, Serbia, May 30, 2018 - An Ekaterina Lyubushkina-led block lifted Russia over Turkey in a pulsating 3-2 thriller (25-23, 19-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-11) in Wednesday's action of the 2018 FIVB Nations League.

Tandara stars again as Brazil cruise past the Poles

Apeldoorn, Netherlands, May 30, 2018 - Tandara Caixeta produced her second powerful display in as many days in Apeldoorn as Brazil earned their 7th straight FIVB women's Nations League victory after beating Poland in straight sets 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-23).

Skipper Zhu steers the ship as China cruise past Japan

Hong Kong, China, May 30, 2018 - Zhu Ting once again led by example with 19 points as she led China to a comfortable 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-17) victory over Japan in third-round action at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday night.

Lippmann on fire as Germany survives amazing Thai comeback to win five set thriller

Bangkok, Thailand, May 30, 2018 - Louisa Lippmann scored 22 points in a brilliant display of power and precision as Germany withstood a ferocious comeback to beat Thailand 3-2 (25-23, 28-26, 23-25, 22-25, 15-10) in a heartstopping encounter in the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday.

Chirichella's power show pushes Italy past Argentina

Hong Kong, China, May 30, 2018 - Cristina Chirichella delivered for Italy with a 11-point haul as they breezed to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-18) victory over Argentina in FIVB Volleyball Nations League action on Wednesday night.

USA wins again as Hill and Gibbemeyer shine against Dominican Republic

Bangkok, Thailand, May 30, 2018 - Kimberly Hill and Lauren Gibbemeyer celebrated their returns to the starting lineup as the United States continued their hot streak in the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-21) victory against the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

Boskovic storms over Russia for 3-0 Serbian win

Kraljevo, Serbia, May 29, 2018 – Tijana Boskovic led Serbia to a straight-set victory over Russia in their first match of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League tournament in Kraljevo, storming in with a stellar performance, which resulted in a fantastic 25 points, more than half of which she scored in the first set.

Sloetjes shines against Poland as the Dutch make it 6 from 7

Apeldoorn, Netherlands, May 29, 2018 - Lonneke Sloetjes starred as hosts Netherlands maintained their terrific women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League form with a hard-fought straight-sets win 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 27-25) over Poland inside the raucous Omnisport Apeldoorn.

Tandara power boosts Brazil as they edge out South Korea

Apeldoorn, Netherlands, May 29, 2018 - Tandara Caixeta's brilliant individual display guided Brazil to a 6th successive FIVB women's Nations League victory after they edged past a battling South Korea side in 4 sets 3-1 (25-11, 25-14, 31-33, 25-20) in Apeldoorn.

Boz powers Turkey to sixth VNL win

Kraljevo, Serbia, May 29, 2018 – Meryem Boz was on fire in Turkey’s sixth win since the start of the inaugural 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Thanks to her prolific contribution, her team mastered a 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 26-24) shutout of Belgium to open the three-day tournament in the Serbian town of Kraljevo.

Zhu returns and China rejoices with victory over Argentina

Hong Kong, China, May 29, 2018 - Superstar captain Zhu Ting made her considerable presence felt with a 16-point FIVB Volleyball Nations League debut as China defeated Argentina 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-11) on Tuesday night.

Dominican Republic's captain Marte uses her head in 3-0 win over Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand, May 29, 2018 - Niverka Marte put her body on the line in more ways than one as she helped inspire Dominican Republic to an impressive 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-20) victory against Thailand in the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Tuesday.

Kurogo rallies Japanese in gutsy win over Italy

Hong Kong, China, May 29, 2018 - Japan rallied behind wing spiker Ai Kurogo's 16 points to beat Italy 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11) in a thrilling third-round clash at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Tuesday night.

Bartsch-Hackley and Larson combine forces as USA continues streak with win over Germany

Bangkok, Thailand, May 29, 2018 - Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Jordan Larson showed off their dazzling array of shots to guide the United States to a clinical 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-17) win over Germany in the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Tuesday.

Teams expect tough matches in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand, May 28, 2018 - Coaches and captains of hosts Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Germany, and USA are all expecting tough matches and high-quality volleyball as the four teams face each other for the third round of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Bangkok.

Leaders go head-to-head to clear up women's VNL table

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 28, 2018 - Table leaders USA travel to Bangkok this week as the 2018 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League enters its third week of action with the world's top 16 teams jostling for position to get the first five spots and tickets to the final round from June 27 to July 1 in Nanjing.

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.

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