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Kim Yeon Koung: The one and only

One of the hardest working players, her successes long heralded by all

Erika Araki: A woman of many hats

Japan's Erika Araki always gives her best in whatever role she is given

Nootsara pushing her skills to the limit

Nootsara Tomkom shares why she is not the typical setter

Ding Xia - Ready to help China to more glory

The four years between 2015 and 2019 illustrate the importance of Ding Xia for China

Boskovic - born to play volleyball

The young Serbian star’s journey to the top of the world

Brenda Castillo: showing the value of defence

The libero takes the Dominican Republic into the volleyball elite

Lippmann, Kampa receive Germany awards

Named 'Players of the Year' for 2020

Monica De Gennaro inspires victory from defeat

An unsatisfactory result at the Rio Olympics serves as the driving force

De La Cruz set to join new American league

The veteran Dominican outside hitter will be one of the faces of the recently-created tournament

Player of the week: Jordan Larson

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 28, 2020 - Jordan Larson joined the United States national team in 2009 after completing her communications studies at the University of Nebraska. Her strong leadership skills have been key to USA’s run in the last decade.

Dominican Republic showcased in YouTube replays

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 25 - The Dominican Republic's return to the elite of the competition features in this weekend's Volleyball World YouTube full match replays, with some of their deciding games in Group 2 of the 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix.

Dominicans resume training ahead of next year’s Olympics

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, September 23, 2020 – The Dominican Republic women’s team, one of the 12 squads qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, have resumed training at the Volleyball Pavilion of the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Park following a strict protocol to protect the health of the athletes and coaches.

Spotlight on Turkey in Volleyball World YouTube replays

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 18, 2020 - Turkey's top matches in the 2016 and 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix feature this weekend in the Volleyball World YouTube replays, highlighting the country's top players against some of the best of the rest of the world.

Player of the Week: Malwina Smarzek

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 14, 2020 - Although she made her debut with Poland's national team in 2014, at the tender age of 18, Malwina Smarzek's first big bang was surely at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League and the 2019 edition that followed, when she took the world by storm with her incredible high-scoring performances.

Brazil coaches look ahead to 2021 VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 8, 2020 – The recent announcement of the schedule for the 2021 edition of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League provided a sense of clarity for Brazil national team head coaches Renan Dal Zotto and Jose Roberto Guimaraes.

2021 schedule builds anticipation for VNL return

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 31, 2020 - From Canada's Calgary in the north and west to Japan's Kyoto in the east and Argentina's San Juan in the south, cities across the globe are getting ready to host the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League as the competition returns to inspire volleyball fans the world over.

Player of the Week: Paola Egonu

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 31, 2020 - She's one of the youngest volleyball superstars in the world, but at 21 Paola Egonu already has a cabinet overflowing with medals and trophies and is the most formidable player on the Italian national team and for her club, as of last year, of Imoco Volley Conegliano.

Martinez sisters together at Praia Clube

Uberlandia, Brazil, August 26, 2020 – Cornerstones of the Dominican Republic’s national team, the Martinez sisters Brayelin and Jineiry will extend their partnership to the club level during the 2020-2021 season by playing for Brazil’s Dentil Praia Clube.

Jaqueline stays with Osasco for another season

Osasco, Brazil, August 21, 2020 – Osasco Volei will count on the experience and the talent of veteran Jaqueline Carvalho for at least another year as the 36-year-old outside hitter has signed a new contract with the club and will be part of its roster during the 2020-2021 Brazilian club season.

Mazzanti set to hit the road

Rome, Italy, August 19, 2020 – Italy women’s coach Davide Mazzanti will be on the road in September as he travels around the country to meet Italy’s volleyball community.

Brazil coach Ze Roberto provides insights on key players for Tokyo Olympics

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 19, 2020 – Brazil’s head coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes still has ten months to decide which 12 players will represent the country at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, but it seems he has already identified some of the athletes who will make the trip to the Japanese capital in 2021.

Player of the Week: Kim Yeon Koung

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 17, 2020 - Kim Yeon Koung has been an integral part of the Korean national team for a good decade and a half, helping keep the side present in all major international competitions and even bringing back to her home country the coveted trophy of MVP from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Britt Herbots: "Super-good to be back in Italy"

Lausanne, July 29, 2020 - Belgium's rising star Britt Herbots opened her heart to all her fans last week, when she featured in a live Facebook session, part of the FIVB Player of the Week series, as she returned to Italy in preparation for the new season.

Player of the Week: Britt Herbots

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 20, 2020 - Despite her young age, Belgium's Britt Herbots has been in the spotlight for a number of years now at home and in Europe - but she's now destined and ready for grander things in the seasons to come.

Tandara returns home for fourth stint with Osasco

Osasco, Brazil, July 9, 2020 – Tandara Caixeta has played in 11 different clubs during her career, but there’s just one place she learned to call home during that time. And the 31-year-old opposite will be back with the club during the 2020-2021 season after returning to Osasco for a fourth stint with the team.

Setter Niverka Marte believes in communication

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 9, 2020 – Good communication is one of the most indispensable tools for a setter to be successful in the game of volleyball, and Dominican Republic star Niverka Marte has taken that fact very seriously ... literally.

Player of the Week: Ding Xia

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 6, 2020 - Ding Xia has been setting up China for triumphs for over half a decade, helping her team's top scorers bring the points and keeping opponents guessing where the next attack is coming from.

Player of the Week: Louisa Lippmann

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 22, 2020 - Louisa Lippmann, Germany's reigning Player of the Year, is the country's biggest asset and regular 'scoring machine' as she continues to make defenders and blockers of her opponents struggle to keep her in check during a thrilling international career.

Bulgarian Lionesses start preparations for summer 2021

Plovdiv, Bulgaria, June 18, 2020 – Twenty-one of the 24 players on this summer’s Bulgarian women's national team roster are already in training for next year’s competitions.

Player of the Week: Sarina Koga

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 15, 2020 - In a country famous for exceptional and often spectacular defending, Sarina Koga stands out as one of the leading attackers of Japan's national team and of her club of NEC Red Rockets. Wherever she plays, she creates havoc in opponents' defences and just keeps on bringing in the points.

Thailand’s Fab Five: Spotlight on Nootsara Tomkom

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 13, 2020 – The Fab Five have inspired a lasting revolution in Thailand bringing volleyball culture to the forefront of their country’s consciousness and raising their profile further on the world stage with their distinctive style and game.

‘I’m back’: Kim confirms return to Korean League

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 11, 2020 – “I’m back,” Korean volleyball superstar Kim Yeon-Koung announced at a press conference on Wednesday to confirm she will rejoin her former club Heungkuk Life Pink Spiders in the Korean League as she continues to pursue her ultimate dream of winning an Olympic medal.

Canadian rising star Van Ryk eager for improvement

Ottawa, Canada, June 9, 2020 – New experiences are an important element in the development process of any professional athlete and Canadian opposite Kiera Van Ryk is trying to make the most of the opportunities she has had and will continue to have in the early years of her young career.

World champs Serbia stoked to be in training again

Belgrade, Serbia, June 5, 2020 – After a long break imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the reigning world and European champions are back in training. The national federation of Serbia has called up 40 players to give them a chance to get together, work on fitness and prepare for the next club season.

Player of the week: Eda Erdem

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 1, 2020 - Turkey's formidable middle blocker Eda Erdem has been leading her country's national team and her club of Fenerbahce Istanbul for a decade now, playing a critical role in both teams' international and domestic successes.

Thailand’s Fab Five: Spotlight on Malika Kanthong

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 30, 2020 – The Fab Five have inspired a lasting revolution in Thailand bringing the volleyball culture to the forefront of their country’s consciousness and raising their profile further on the world stage with their distinctive style and game.

The Iron Hammer - A documentary on Lang Ping’s success story

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 29, 2020 – Look out for The Iron Hammer, a documentary about Lang Ping’s amazing success story in volleyball.

Live with Lauren Carlini: Watch all five sessions

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 27, 2020 – United States setter Lauren Carlini gave us the lowdown on different aspects of volleyball and answered questions from fans in five Facebook Live sessions in April and May.

Kim's personal take on Haikyu!!

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 21, 2020 - Korea superstar Kim Yeon Koung has taken to YouTube again to present her own personal take on an animated clip of the highly popular Haikyu!!, as she explores the actions featured and explains how things would work in real-life volleyball.

Player of the Week: Onuma Sittirak

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 18, 2020 - Onuma Sittirak has been leading Thailand's national team for a full decade now, establishing herself as a necessary member of the squad and thrilling fans whenever she takes to the courts.

Sloetjes takes break, aims to come back stronger than ever

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 16, 2020 – Two-time club world champion Lonneke Sloetjes has decided to take a break from playing volleyball. The Dutch opposite made the announcement on her Instagram account.

Live with Lauren - Professional volleyball

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 15, 2020 – United States setter Lauren Carlini joined us on Facebook Live to discuss professional volleyball and answer your questions. Watch the video and don't miss a surprise visit by Michelle Bartsch-Hackley.

Gabi: "My big dream is an Olympic medal"

Lausanne, May 12, 2020 - "My big dream is an Olympic medal and every day when I practice I think about this," said Brazil international Gabi Guimaraes in a Facebook Live session on Monday. Last week she had been named 'Player of the Week' and featured across the FIVB's website and social media channels.

Dani Lins targets Brazil national team return

Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 11, 2020 – Dani Lins wasn’t a part of Brazil’s national team roster during the 2019 international season, but the setter is working her way back into it. A London 2012 Olympic champion, the 35-year-old veteran feels ready to help the team again after a year away.

Lauren Carlini on Team USA and the high performance pipeline

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 8, 2020 – United States setter Lauren Carlini hosted a Facebook Live session on Friday about Team USA and the high performance pipeline. Watch the video.

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