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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".

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.

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.

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.

Watch: The power of control!

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2018 - Watch Kelsey Robinson, Lonneke Sloetjes, Zhu Ting, Tatiana Kosheleva and Milena Rasic in the Power of Control ahead of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Women's Finals in Nanjing, China from June 27 to July 1.

Watch: The highest serve with Zhu Ting

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2018 - Watch the highest serve with Zhu Ting as China prepare for the Women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in Nanjing, China from June 27 to July 1.

Watch: Magic bounce with Kelsey Robinson and Lonneke Sloetjes

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2018 - Watch the magic bounce with Kelsey Robinson (USA) and Lonneke Sloetjes (Netherlands) as the two players prepare for the Women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in Nanjing, China from June 27 to July 1.

Watch: Exploding power spikes with Eda Erdem

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2018 - Watch exploding power spikes with Eda Erdem as the Turkish captain prepares for the Women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in Nanjing, China from June 27 to July 1.

Watch: Impossible Jump with Lonneke Sloetjes

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2018 - Watch Impossible Jump Lonneke Sloetjes ahead of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Women's Finals in Nanjing, China from June 27 to July 1.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

USA take lead after sensational Week 2 of VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 24, 2018 - USA lead a group of five teams at the top of the 2018 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League standings - though after a week there's not a single side left undefeated. The reigning world champions, alongside Brazil, Serbia, Turkey and the Netherlands are all on 5-1 records, with the Americans enjoying a slight lead on points.

Boz brilliance leads Turkey to huge win over Argentina

Ankara, Turkey, May 24, 2018 - Meryem Boz's virtuoso display helped hosts Turkey seal a straight-sets win 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-19) over a struggling Argentina side, who remain without a victory and a point in the FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League.

Boskovic overpowers China and lifts Serbs to clean sweep

Macao, China, May 24, 2018 - Tijana Boskovic's 32 points - including five big blocks - ensured Serbia made it a clean sweep of the second round of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a 3-1 (21-15, 25-23, 25-21, 25-17) victory over arch-rivals China on Thursday night.

Majestic performances lead Brazil to huge win over Dominican Republic

Ankara, Turkey, May 24, 2018 - Adenizia Da Silva and Amanda Francisco produced majestic performances to inspire Brazil to a fifth successive women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League win after they crushed the Dominican Republic in straight sets 3-0 (25-20, 25-10, 25-13) in Ankara.

Chatchu-On thrills as Thais deliver the goods against Poland

Macao, China, May 24, 2018 - Thailand's Chatchu-On Moksri's 26 points helped her side deliver on the potential they had shown all week in registering a 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 21-25, 16-14) win over Poland in second-round action at the 2018 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League.

Superb Sloetjes leads Dutch to impressive win over Japan

Toyota, Japan, May 24, 2018 - Lonneke Sloetjes executed another outstanding performance to engineer a comfortable 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-21) win for The Netherlands over the Pool 5 hosts Japan at the first-ever women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Thursday.

Ortolani and Sylla star as rejuvenated Italy stun Korea

Suwon, South Korea, May 24, 2018 - Spectacular performances from Serena Ortolani and Miryam Fatime Sylla led a rejuvenated Italy to an upset victory over Korea in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Thursday.

Powerful Voronkova leads Russia to comeback victory over slumping Germany

Suwon, South Korea, May 24, 2018 - Irina Voronkova produced a powerful all-round performance to lead Russia to a hard-fought 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23) comeback victory over a gallant Germany in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Thursday.

Brilliant Bartsch-Hackley delivers again as USA records another sweep to top VNL standings

Toyota, Japan, May 24, 2018 - Michelle Bartsch-Hackley provided a real masterclass in power and precision as the United States overwhelmed Belgium 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-17) with an awe-inspiring team performance in the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Thursday.

Alikaya magic guides Turkey to crucial 4-set win over Dominican Republic

Ankara, Turkey, May 23, 2018 - Gamze Alikaya's wonderful individual performance inspired Turkey to a rare home victory as they saw off the Dominican Republic in four sets 3-1 (25-20, 17-25, 25-20, 25-19) in the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League at the Baskent Volleyball Hall in Ankara.

Captain Liu delivers as China see off Thailand

Macao, China, May 23, 2018 - China looked to captain Liu Xiaotong and she duly delivered with 17 points and, just as important, a calming presence as the world's number one ranked team downed a spirited Thailand 3-1 (25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 25-17) at the 2018 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League in Macao.

Monique masterclass seals fourth straight win for Brazil

Ankara, Turkey, May 23, 2018 - Monique Marinho Pavao was the star of the show as Brazil continued their hot streak in the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League after battering South American rivals Argentina in straight sets 3-0 (25-9, 25-21, 25-14) in Ankara.

Super Shinnabe leads Japan to victory over Belgium

Toyota, Japan, May 23, 2018 - Propelled by sensational performances from Risa Shinnabe and Sarina Koga, Japan posted their first win at home in the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-19) victory over Belgium on Wednesday.

Brilliant Kim guides confident Korea to rare win over Russia

Suwon, South Korea, May 23, 2018 - Another standout performance from Kim Yeon Koung guided Korea to a rare triumph over Russia as the hosts notched their fourth straight victory of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday.

Mihajlovic helps Serbs grind out win over Poland

Macao, China, May 23, 2018 - Serbia dug deep and had star Brankica Mihajlovic's magic to thank as they overcame Poland 3-1 (20-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-15) on the 2018 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League's second night of action in Macao.

Sensational Sylla fuels Italy to drought-breaking victory

Suwon, South Korea, May 23, 2018 - An energetic all-round performance from Miryam Fatime Sylla inspired Italy to their first triumph of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-20) victory over Germany on Wednesday.

Captain Larson leads from the front as USA hand Dutch first loss of VNL

Toyota, Japan, May 23, 2018 - Jordan Larson provided a sublime demonstration of her immense skill and inspiring leadership as she spearheaded the United States to a hugely impressive 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-23) romp against the Netherlands in the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday.

25-point Tandara powers Brazil to impressive win against hosts Turkey

Ankara, Turkey, May 22, 2018 - Tandara Caixeta hit 25 points to inspire Brazil to a third win from four games in the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a gritty 4-set 3-1 (25-17, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21) victory over hosts Turkey in front of a raucous Ankara crowd.

Smarzek powers Poland to upset win over China

Macao, China, May 22, 2018 - Malwina Smarzek added a further 34 points to her collection while Poland upset China 3-2 (18-25, 25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 15-12) in front of a stunned home crowd as the 2018 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League lit up the southern Chinese city of Macao on Tuesday night.

Martinez and Pena Isabel lead Dominican Republic to first VNL win

Ankara, Turkey, May 22, 2018 - Brayelin Martinez and Yonkaira Pena Isabel both scored 15 points as the Dominican Republic secured their first ever victory in the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League after a tense three-set victory 3-0 (26-24, 26-24, 25-19) over Argentina.

USA's Bartsch-Hackley unleashes her incredible power in victory over Japan

Toyota, Japan, May 22, 2018 - Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Kimberley Hill combined for 38 points as the United States turned on the power to beat Pool 5 hosts Japan 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-23) in the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Tuesday.

Kim inspires Korea to dazzle home fans

Suwon, South Korea, May 22, 2018,- Kim Yeon Koung showcased her impeccable leadership to inspire Korea to a thrilling comeback victory over Germany on Tuesday in front of a delighted home crowd.

Boskovic rises as Serbs hold off spirited Thailand

Macao, China, May 22, 2018 - Opposite spiker Tijana Boskovic steadied Serbian nerves and drove them on to 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19) victory over a spirited Thailand as Week 2 of the 2018 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League took the action to the southern Chinese city of Macao.

Sloetjes shines brightest as Dutch edge Belgium in thriller

Toyota, Japan, May 22, 2018 - Lonneke Sloetjes produced a brilliant all-round performance to lead the Netherlands to a heartstopping 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 23-25, 31-29,15-10) win over Belgium in a sensational start to Week 2 in the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Tuesday.

Clutch Voronkova leads Russia over winless Italy

Suwon, Korea, May 22, 2018,- A clutch all-round performance from Irina Voronkova has guided a confident Russia to a perfect start in the second phase of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-12, 25-23) win over hapless Italy on Tuesday.

Netherlands, Turkey continue VNL quest from pole position

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 21, 2018 - The Netherlands and Turkey, who stormed the opening round of the 2018 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League last week, felling giants and shattering dreams, are back in action this week, as Week 2 of the inaugural edition of the competition takes off with the top 16 teams of the world gathering in four pools across the world.

Volleyball Nations League stars attend promotional event at Senado Square

Macau, China, May 20, 2018 – The enthusiastic Macau citizens and volleyball fans warmly greeted team members of China, Poland and Thailand as they attended the promotional event for the Volleyball Nations League at the famous landmark Senado Square on Sunday.

The mighty fall, as VNL opening delivers stunners

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 18, 2018 - Who would have thought that after the opening three days of the 2018 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League the unlikely sides of The Netherlands and Turkey would be the only two undefeated teams amongst the top 16 countries of the world participating in this inaugural competition?

Larson dominates Italy to put USA third

Lincoln, United States, May 17, 2018 - Jordan Larson guided the United States to a straight sets victory 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-21) over Italy to put their Volleyball Nations League campaign back on track.

Ismailoglu downs Poland as Turkey stays unbeaten

Lincoln, United States, May 17, 2018 - Turkey continued its dream start to the Volleyball Nations League as Meliha Ismailoglu stepped up to sink Poland in straight sets 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-23) and gave her team its third straight win.

Koga gets Japan off the mark

Barueri, Brazil, May 17, 2018 - Sarina Koga weighed in with 22 points as Japan finally experienced that winning VNL feeling by seeing off a determined Germany 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 25-17) .

Ana on target for buoyant Brazil

Barueri, Brazil, May 17, 2018 - Ana Beatriz helped fire a brilliant Brazil comeback as Serbia were eventually ground down and defeated 3-1 (23-25 25-22 25-14 25-21).

Plak ensures that the Dutch leave Ekaterinburg undefeated

Ekaterinburg, Russia, May 17, 2018 – As Lonneke Slöetjes continues to watch on, Celeste Plak again showed why she is the starting opposite for the world famous orange side right now. Plak top scored again, this time with 18 points against Russia, and put in a dominant attacking display from both front and backcourt. The Netherlands dominated in all of the major statistics from the match, with the exception of the ace count (0-8), but in the only one that matters they won 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 27-25).

Korea stun China 3-0 after Kim and Lee combine for 32 points

Ningbo, China, May 17, 2018 - Yeon Koung Kim and Jaeyeong Lee combined for 32 points as Korea pulled off a stunning 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-13) victory over China on the third night of the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Thursday.

Pornpun orchestrates first victory for Thailand

Ekaterinburg, Russia, May 17, 2018 - In a match to decide who would finish the tournament in 3rd place, there was only really one likely outcome. Despite Argentina taking more sets off the top two teams in the pool over the last couple of days, it was Thailand who were in control for the majority of the match. Their setter Pornpun Guedpard distributed the ball with ease, linking particularly well with joint top scorers Pimpichaya Kokram and Ajcharaporn Kongyot, ensuring a 3-0 win (25-17, 25-17, 25-16).

Herbots stars again as Belgium edge Dominican Republic in thriller

Ningbo, China, May 17, 2018 - Belgium teenager Britt Herbots summoned up every ounce of energy she had left to deliver another superb attacking performance and lead her team to a pressure-packed 3-2 (25-16, 18-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-7) victory over the Dominican Republic on the third day of the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Thursday.

Gunes magic powers huge Turkey upset over USA

Lincoln, United States, May 16, 2018 - Zehra Gunes’ defensive masterclass led Turkey to a stunning upset of the United States in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, as the heavily-favoured hosts went down in a 3-2 thriller (28-26, 25-19, 20-25, 24-26, 16-14).

Kakolewska skippers Poland to thrilling win over Italy

Lincoln, United States, May 16, 208 - Agnieszka Kakolewska produced a true captain’s performance to power Poland’s Volleyball Nations League campaign into life with a fearless all-round display to sink Italy in a nail-biting 3-2 victory (21-25, 25-14, 19-25, 25-17, 15-12).

Stevanovic and Serbia block off Germany

Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 16, 2018 - Jovana Stevanovic's ten blocks helped Serbia to easily see off Germany 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-17) and claim their second straight win in Wednesday's action at the women's Volleyball Nations League.

Brazil's Tandara powers through Japan

Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 16, 2018 - Opposite spiker Tandara Caixeta lifted Brazil as they recovered from a set down to see off a spirited Japan 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-11) and claim the pool hosts first win of the women's Volleyball Nations League.

Parubets powers Russia to victory over spirited Thailand

Ekaterinburg, Russia, May 16, 2018 - Captain Kseniia Parubets produced another sensational performance to help Russia overcome a spirited challenge from Thailand on Wednesday, and move level with the Netherlands at the top of Pool 1 in the women’s Volleyball Nations League after a hard-fought 3-1 (25-23, 13-25, 25-18, 30-28) win.

Brilliant Buijs blasts the Netherlands to comeback win over Argentina

Ekaterinburg, Russia, May 16, 2018 - Anne Buijs was the star of the show for the Netherlands as they recovered from a set down to see off Argentina 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-8, 25-18) and make it two wins from two in Pool 1 of the women’s Volleyball Nations League.

Yuan leads youthful Chinese lineup to victory over Belgium

Ningbo, China, May 16, 2018 - Xinyue Yuan produced a sublime all-round display to lead a younger, less experienced Chinese team to a comprehensive 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-13) victory over Belgium on the second day of the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday.

Amazing Kim steers Korea to thrilling 5-set comeback over Dominican Republic

Ningbo, China, May 16, 2018 - Kim Yeon Koung delivered a masterclass display of power and precision to lead Korea to a nailbiting 3-2 (26-24, 25-27, 21-25, 25-14, 15-12) win over the Dominican Republic in the second round of the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Wednesday.

Bartsch-Hackley shines as USA survives Poland onslaught

Lincoln, United States, May 15, 2018 - Michelle Bartsch-Hackley’s attacking firepower helped the United States survive an unexpected thriller and make a winning start in the Volleyball Nations League thanks to a hard-fought 3-1 (28-26, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15) victory over a plucky Poland side.

Boz the boss as powerful Turkey sink Italy

Lincoln, United States, May 15, 2018 - Meryem Boz spearheaded a power-packed performance as Turkey began its Volleyball Nations League campaign in emphatic fashion with a 3-0 victory over Italy (25-21, 25-21, 25-20).

Boskovic blows Japan away

Barueri, Brazil, May 15, 2018 - Tijana Boskovic overpowered Japan with some fierce attacking intent as Serbia began their VNL campaign in style with a comprehensive 3-0 triumph (25-18, 25-17, 25-22).

Lippmann leads the way as Brazil are rocked

Barueri, Brazil, May 15, 2018 - Louisa Lippmann brilliantly led from the front as Germany recovered from a set down to beat Brazil for the first time in 16 years following a dramatic 3-1 win (15-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-20).

Parubets leads Russian recovery as Argentina are swatted aside

Ekateringburg, Russia, May 15, 2018 - Hosts Russia recovered from a slow start to see off Argentina in 4 sets 3-1 (20-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-22) and get off to a positive start in the inaugural Volleyball Nations League as they joined the Netherlands at the top of Pool One.

Plak inspires Dutch as they cruise past Thailand

Ekaterinburg, Russia, May 15, 2018 - Netherlands are off and running in the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League after a Celeste Plak-inspired straight-sets victory over Thailand 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-13).

Yingying Li shines for China as hosts beat Dominican Republic

Ningbo, China, May 15, 2018 - Teenage sensation Yingying Li provided an awesome reminder of why she is regarded as one of China's rising stars as she helped the host-nation to an emphatic 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-11) win over the Dominican Republic in the opening round of the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Tuesday.

Britt Herbots leads Belgium to victory over Korea in VNL opener

Ningbo, China, May 15, 2018 - Led by a brilliant all-round performance from Britt Herbots, Belgium made history by being the first women's team to win a match at the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-21) win over Korea on Tuesday.

Hosts China to rest captain Zhu Ting for VNL debut

Beilun, China, May 15, 2018 - Olympic champions China will kick off their FIVB Volleyball Nations League campaign Tuesday against the Dominican Republic without captain and star player Zhu Ting, confirmed head coach Lang Ping.

USA, Italy, Turkey, Poland open VNL in College Volleyball capital Lincoln

Lincoln, USA, May 14, 2018 - Reigning world champions USA begin their quest for glory in the inauguaral FIVB Volleyball Nations League at home in Lincoln, Nebraska, where they host Poland, Italy and Turkey over the next three days on the opening week of the brand new competition.

Russia ready for the Netherlands, Argentina and Thailand in Ekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg, Russia, May 14, 2018 - A press conference dedicated to the start of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League was held in Yekaterinburg, where the national teams of Russia, Argentina, Thailand and the Netherlands will meet over the next three days.

Larson to lead USA in Volleyball Nations League

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 13, 2018 – Jordan Larson will captain USA when they begin their FIVB Volleyball Nations League campaign with home court advantage in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Eyes of the world on inaugural VNL grand opening

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 12, 2018 - Sixteen teams from across the globe embark on a brand new adventure Tuesday, as the inaugural women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League marks the start of an exhilarating season that will bring fans all over the world an unrivalled experience.

Belgium aiming to impress in Volleyball Nations League

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 12, 2018 – Belgium coach Gert Vande Broek is hopeful that playing three rounds in Europe will help his team play their best in the Volleyball Nations League.

Poland coach Nawrocki set to choose hard-working players for VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 11, 2018 – Jacek Nawrocki is set to stick with the key players in his Poland women's squad for the opening three rounds of the Volleyball Nations League before giving the younger players their chance once they return home for the final two rounds.

Kotikova looks forward to beginning of VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 10, 2018 - Voted best opposite at the FIVB Volleyball Women's U20 World Championship in Mexico in 2017, where Russia were silver medallists, and a European gold medallist at U19 level, Anna Kotikova has joined the senior Russian women's team at for this year's inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Brazil seek full points from opening VNL pool

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 9, 2018 - When the inaugural women's Volleyball Nations League opens next week, Brazil will be hosting Germany, Japan and Serbia in Barueri, in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, in a bid to start the season with a perfect record, ahead of a gruelling five weeks of pool play before the Finals in China at the end of next month.

Davide Mazzanti: "We must not be in a hurry"

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 8, 2018 - Italy lost to Japan 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-19) in Busto Arsizio in the first of two friendly matches ahead of the inaugural women's Volleyball Nations League which begins next week to mark the start of a thrilling FIVB season.

Enthusiasm soars as Thailand enter final stretch in preparation for VNL

Bangkok, Thailand, May 1, 2018 - Coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul is confident that Thailand's strength-power training in their final preparation for the inaugural Volleyball Nations League has ultimately put the Thai women's squad on the right track.

416 stars light up the Women's VNL galaxy

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 25, 2018 - All 16 teams in the inaugural women's 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League have registered their players ahead of the brand new competition that kick-starts this year's exciting volleyball season.

Brazil in VNL starting blocks

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 26, 2018 - Brazil coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes underlined the importance of a strong start in this year's inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League when he confirmed the names of eight more players joining his squad for 2018 on Tuesday.

USA field mix of experience and youth for VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 25, 2018 - With under a month to go, USA released their wide roster of 26 players for the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League, setting up a team that combines years of experience on the world's courts with a youthful players that will hopefully bring a renewed vitality to the side.

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 to confirm upward trend

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 20, 2018 - Introducing the top teams in the current world rankings, the third installment in this series takes a look at the team ranked number three in women's volleyball - 2017 European champions Serbia.

USA aiming high ahead of world title defence

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 19, 2018 - Introducing the top teams in the current world rankings, the second installment in this series takes a look at the team ranked number two in women's volleyball - 2014 world champions the United States.

China riding wave of success

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 18, 2018 - Introducing the top teams in the current world rankings, the first installment in this series takes a look at the team ranked number 1 in women's volleyball - Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games gold medallists China.

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.

Italy announce women’s national team roster

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 4, 2018 – Coach Davide Mazzanti has selected 28 players who will represent Italy in competitions this year, including the FIVB Volleyball Nations League and the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship.

Nakada brings determination to Japan

Tokyo, Japan, April 3, 2018 – When the Japan Volleyball Association announced their women’s national team squad in March, it was more notable for those players not on the list. Only seven players from the 2016 Rio Olympics squad remain.

Turkey reveal women’s squad for upcoming season

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 28, 2018 – Preparing for the women’s national team season, Turkey announced a 29-strong squad which will train under head coach Giovanni Guidetti to participate in a number of competitions in the months ahead.

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.

Louisa Lippmann looks ahead for Germany

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 27, 2018 - “Point-scoring machine” Louisa Lippmann is one of the leaders of the German women’s team.

Argentinian women called up for 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 27, 2018 - Two groups of players have been called up to play for Argentina's women's national team in 2018. They will start training on April 17 at the CeNARD facilities outside Buenos Aires under coach Guillermo Orduna.

Centoni backs Italy to overcome Bosetti injury

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 20, 2018 – Former Italy international Nadia Centoni has backed Italy to overcome Caterina Bosetti’s injury and challenge for the medals at the Japan 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship later this year.

Team spirit key for China's Zhu Ting

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 9, 2018 - Zhu Ting guided China to success at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup in 2015. A year later, she helped her country to gold at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Kiraly sees potential and is inspired by USA Tryout

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 6, 2018 - As USA's women embark this year on the defence of their FIVB Volleyball World Championship title and their appearance in the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League, the National Team Tryout set the wheels in motion for what promises to be another great season.

Paola Egonu powers ahead for Italy

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 6, 2018 - Paola Egonu first made her mark on the international stage as a 17-year-old at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Despite only making her senior international debut in the same year, she was Italy's outstanding hitter at the event.

It will be a great experience - Natalia

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 1, 2018 - An Olympic gold medallist in 2012 and a six-time FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix winner, Natalia Pereira has gold at this year's FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship in Japan high on her list of priorities after winning bronze in 2014 and silver in 2010. In an exclusive interview with the FIVB, she talks about the season ahead, including the new FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

Boskovic: “I hope the best is yet to come”

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 27, 2018 - Tijana Boskovic won silver with Serbia at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and gold with her club Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul at the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship later in the same year. In 2017, the phenomenal opposite went on to claim glory at the European Championship, where she was also voted the tournament's MVP.

Sheilla enjoys sabbatical, return remains uncertain

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 26, 2018 - Although she has not officially called time on her remarkable career, Sheilla Castro is currently taking a self-imposed sabbatical.

Nanjing announced as FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League Finals host

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 21, 2018 – The Chinese city of Nanjing has been selected as host for the first ever FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League Finals. From June 27 - July 1, all eyes will be on the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre as six top teams bid to become the inaugural Volleyball Nations League champion.

We will have to fight as a team and improve every day - Larson

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 21, 2018 - A world champion in 2014, Jordan Larson has led the United States to numerous victories internationally and is keen to take that success into the inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in 2018.

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.

China Rio 2016 captain Hui bids farewell to active duty

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 5, 2018 - After overcoming huge personal obstacles to lead China to triumph at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Hui Ruoqi is finally calling it quits, retiring from active duty according to reports in the Chinese media.

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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