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Thailand’s Fab Five: Spotlight on Onuma Sittirak

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 4, 2019 – 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.

Dominican Prisilla Rivera extends career

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, April 4, 2020 - Prisilla Rivera has changed her plans to retire from volleyball. The 35-year-old now aims to stay on for an additional year to help the Dominican Republic women's national team to success when they participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.

Zhu Ting’s story set to inspire future superstars

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 3, 2020 – China’s Zhu Ting is one of eight international sporting stars to feature in a book aimed at inspiring young children to follow their sporting dream.

Hill aiming for glorious end to international career

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 2, 2020 – USA outside hitter Kimberly Hill is having to extend her international career by a year to make the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games her national team farewell.

Herrera tops 2019-2020 Argentinean League stats

Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 1, 2020 – Opposite Jesus Herrera left his mark in just his second season playing in Argentina as the 24-year-old Cuban topped three statistical categories in the country’s national league as the 2019-2020 season came to an end early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Player of the Week: Yuji Nishida

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 30, 2020 - We are excited to announce that Yuji Nishida is the Player of the Week. Look out for great video on the FIVB's social media channels as we celebrate the first ever #FIVBPOTW.

Koroleva, Startseva sign with Russian champs for two more years

Kazan, Russia, March 30, 2020 – Two of Dinamo Kazan’s star players, Evgeniya Startseva and Irina Koroleva, have signed with the club for two more years. A few days earlier, Croatian international Samanta Fabris did too.

Brait: “De Gennaro is the best libero in the world”

São Paulo, Brazil, March 28, 2020 – Being recognized for your work is always great, but when the compliments come from a competitor it's even better. Italian Monica De Gennaro can be proud of accomplishing just that after Brazilian Camila Brait called her the best libero in the world.

Maja Aleksic - Tips on blocking

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 26, 2020 - Her country's most efficient blocker during the Preliminary Round of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League with an average of 0.89 per set, Serbia captain Maja Aleksic spoke to fivb.com about the art of blocking.

Nwakalor sisters sharing an ambition

Rome, Italy, March 26, 2020 – Linda and Sylvia Nwakalor are two sisters with the same dream, that of competing together for Italy at the very highest level.

Laurent Tillie - What makes a great team

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 18, 2020 - What makes a great team? We asked France's long-standing coach Laurent Tillie the question during last year's edition of the VNL.

Lindsey Berg putting her heart into spreading volleyball’s popularity

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 18, 2020 – Former USA captain Lindsey Berg has launched a new initiative to ensure that her country’s run of success will continue long after they have competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the FIVB Volleyball Nations League this summer.

FIVB announces changes to events calendar

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 13, 2020 – The FIVB is continuing to monitor the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) on an hour-by-hour basis, and with the guidance of national and global authorities has determined the following policies will be introduced with immediate effect, to protect the wellbeing of the volleyball family.

Uchikov leads UPCN into Argentinean League semifinals

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 13, 2020 - As VakifBank Istanbul sailed into the semifinals of the 2020 Women's European Champions League, it was a Serbian star who pulled the Turkish side through - Milena Rasic, who was named MVP of the game.

Rasic pulls VakifBank through to Champions League semis

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 13, 2020 - As VakifBank Istanbul sailed into the semifinals of the 2020 Women's European Champions League, it was a Serbian star who pulled the Turkish side through - Milena Rasic, who was named MVP of the game.

Russian stars Kobzar, Poletaev steer Kuzbass to unexpected turnaround in Champions League

Kedzierzyn-Kozle, Poland, March 12, 2020 – Igor Kobzar and Victor Poletaev took leading roles in Russian champions Kuzbass Kemerovo’s unexpected quarterfinal comeback on the way to the last four in the men’s CEV Champions League.

Loko Novosibirsk first-time regular season winners in Russia

Moscow, Russia, March 9, 2020 – For the first time in the history of the Russian men’s Superliga, the team of Lokomotiv Novosibirsk won the regular season. Coach Plamen Konstantinov’s squad advanced directly to the Final Six tournament and received the right to host it. Second-placed Zenit Kazan also qualified, while the remaining four participants will be determined in the playoff match-ups - Kuzbass Kemerovo v Dinamo-LO Leningrad Oblast, Dinamo Moscow v Gazprom-Ugra Surgut, Zenit Saint Petersburg v Belogorie Belgorod and Fakel Novy Urengoy v Yenisei Krasnoyarsk.

Parubets shines in Russian quarterfinals

Moscow, Russia, March 9, 2020 – Kseniia Parubets once again proved her worth by helping Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg push through to the semifinals of the women’s Superliga in Russia with fantastic performances over the two five-set quarterfinals against Sakhalin Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, as the last four in the race for the title emerged without major surprises.

Glenn Hoag confirmed to coach Canada men's team in 2020

Ottawa, Canada, March 9, 2020 - Volleyball Canada is pleased to announce its men’s programme coaching staff for the 2020 season.

Toniutti guides Zaksa to victory in Poland’s PlusLiga

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 9, 2020 - France's star setter Benjamin Toniutti masterminded a significant win as ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle downed Indykpol AZS Olsztyn 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 25-27, 25-17) on the road, to leapfrog Verva Warsaw Orlen Paliwa for first place in the standings of Poland's PlusLiga over the weekend.

Dominican Republic prepare Olympics with high hopes

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, March 6, 2020 – The Dominican Republic women’s national team is set to make its return to the Olympics this summer in Tokyo and the Caribbeans already have a plan for the event so that they return home with their best-ever finish.

Lima gives Gigantes a head start in Argentinean playoffs

San Juan, Argentina, March 6, 2020 – Star opposite Bruno Lima pushed Gigantes del Sur to a positive start in the playoffs of the Argentinean Volleyball League as the team secured a 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 28-26) away victory over Obras de San Juan at the Aldo Cantoni stadium on Thursday.

Ognjenovic powers VakifBank against former teammates

Moscow, Russia, March 6, 2020 - Serbia setter Maja Ognjenovic powered VakifBank Istanbul to a phenomenal win over Dinamo Moscow in the Russian capital, that has the Turkish side with one foot in the semifinals of the European Champions League - but her MVP performance in the Russian capital had a bit of a twist.

Thailand’s Fab Five: Creating a legacy

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 4, 2020 – Wilavan Apinyapong, Pleumjit Thinkaow, Nootsara Tomkom, Onuma Sittirak and Malika Kanthong are Thailand's Fab Five. Synergy, intuition and creativity define their style of play, which makes them incredibly exciting to watch.

Good Net Project and VNL take home top awards as FIVB continues winning streak in 2020

Paris, France, March 4, 2020 – The FIVB was once again celebrated for its innovative and creative projects in two very different fields, as the Good Net project and Volleyball Nations League (VNL) picked up a total of four awards at the 22nd edition of the TOP/COM Grand Prix Corporate Business 2020 Awards, including the Prix Spécial for Good Net’s impact on the environment.

Egonu sounds warning to rivals

Rome, Italy, March 3, 2020 – Italian superstar Paola Egonu has sent an ominous warning to her rivals for the year ahead by claiming that a visit to Nigeria over the New Year has left her refreshed and ready to challenge for honours over the coming months.

Nowakowski on fire, keeps Warsaw on target in Poland's PlusLiga

Warsaw, Poland, March 2, 2020 - Piotr Nowakowski has been picking up award after award in Poland's PlusLiga, as his most recent performances have helped keep VERVA Warsaw ORLEN Paliwa at the top of the table, one point ahead of ZAKSA Kedzierzyn-Kozle, as the competition comes within three rounds of the end of the Regular Season.

Giovanni Caprara and Dutch Volleyball Federation part ways

Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 2, 2020 - Giovanni Caprara will not return to the Netherlands this spring as the head coach of the national women’s team.

Maciej Muzaj’s top five scoring performances in Russia

Surgut, Russia, March 1, 2020 – The opposite of the Polish national team, Maciej Muzaj, is playing his first club season abroad and what a season it has been so far! As a member of Gazprom-Ugra Surgut, the 25-year-old athlete has been by far the best scorer of the Russian Superliga, with one leg to go through the end of the regular season.

Saeid Marouf's magic touch

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 29, 2020 – Saeid Marouf led Iran to its first appearance in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League Finals in 2019 with his brilliant playmaking skills that leave fans marvelling and wanting for more.

Birthday girl Kim on her way back

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 26, 2020 – She's undoubtedly one of the greatest volleyball players in the world, and although Korea's Kim Yeon-koung will sadly not be celebrating her birthday on the courts today, it seems she's on her way back.

Araki to lead Japan 2020 women’s national team roster

Tokyo, Japan, February 25, 2020 - Celebrating 150 days to go in the countdown to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, we examine the players who have been called up to feature in hosts Japan's women's volleyball team this year.

Yanagida captains Japanese men’s national team in Olympic year

Tokyo, Japan, February 25, 2020 - With just 150 days to go until the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 we look at hosts Japan's men's volleyball team for the year ahead.

Yasemin Guveli fires up Eczacibasi

Istanbul, Turkey, February 21, 2020 - Yasemin Guveli has been pivotal in this year's aspirations of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, massively helping the Turkish side in advancing to the quarterfinals of the European Champions League, as well as in leading the race in the Turkish League.

FIVB Partners with WSC Sports to Enrich Video Experience for Volleyball Fans

Tel Aviv, Israel and Lausanne, Switzerland, February 20, 2020 - WSC Sports, the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven sports video technology, has announced an ongoing partnership with the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) to create and distribute AI-powered video content from the FIVB's major men's and women’s events, after a successful launch that included the Volleyball Nations League and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification events.

American stars in early preparation for international season

Anaheim, California, February 19, 2020 – The USA women’s national team wants to waste no time heading into the 2020 international volleyball season as head coach Karch Kiraly is already working with six players at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, California.

Karakurt takes VakifBank to new heights in Turkish League

Istanbul, Turkey, February 17, 2020 - Turkey's 20-year-old sensation Ebrar Karakurt got the opportunity to shine over the weekend, as she helped her club of VakifBank Istanbul to widen the gap separating them from crosstown archrivals Eczacibasi VitrA in the Turkish League.

Russian national team opposites engage in scoring race

Moscow, Russia, February 15, 2020 – Two opposites of the Russian national team engaged in a fierce scoring race as they came face to face in an all-Dinamo clash in the Russian Superliga on Friday, each reaching at least the 30-point mark in a roller-coaster five-set battle.

Dominican Republic star Martínez keeps Praia Clube at the top of the Brazilian Superliga

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 15, 2020 – Dentil Praia Clube entered the road match against SESC RJ on Friday at risk of losing the top spot of the Brazilian Superliga, but Dominican star Brayelin Martínez came up big and delivered the team a come-from-behind 3-1 (31-33, 25-17, 25-19, 31-29) victory in Rio de Janeiro.

Rising Fornal strikes in Champions League

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 14, 2020 - Poland's new rising star, 22-year-old Tomasz Fornal, had his day this week as he led his club Jastrzebskji Wegiel to a monumental win over once mighty Zenit Kazan in the European Champions League and secured his side's advance to the quarterfinals of the competition.

The rise and rise of Annie Drews

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 14, 2020 – What a 2019/2020 season it has been for United States player Annie Drews, as she continues to reach new heights for her national and club teams.

Poletaev back in action after injury

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 10, 2020 – Russian men’s national team points machine Victor Poletaev is back in action after suffering an injury over two months ago.

Canadian UCLA star Daenan Gyimah is also hip-hop artist Kofi

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 10, 2020 - Daenan Gyimah plays NCAA college volleyball in the United States for the UCLA Bruins, under the watchful eye of coach John Speraw. His skills have seen him feature for Canada in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, but he is also the rising hip-hop artist Kofi.

Louisa Lippmann returns to German roots

Schwerin, Germany, February 7, 2020 – German club SSC Palmberg Schwerin earned a 3-1 (25-15, 25-15, 16-25, 25-12) win on their homecourt against Finland side Hameenlinna at Palmberg Arena on Thursday, bolstering their CEV Volleyball Cup 2020 campaign as they made their way to the quarterfinal round to face Belgium's Asterix Avo Beveren.

Boskovic dazzles in Champions League

Istanbul, Turkey, February 7, 2020 - Serbia superstar Tijana Boskovic produced a breathtaking performance Thursday night in the European Champions League with her Turkish team of Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul, raising expectations for when she rejoins her country's national team ahead of this year's FIVB Volleyball Nations League and Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Volleyball Nations League Finals: World class volleyball in Turin again

Turin, Italy, January 22, 2020 – After hosting the 2015 Men’s European Volleyball Championship Final and the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Finals, PalaAlpitour is ready to stage more world class volleyball: coach Blengini’s “Azzurri” await their five challengers for the 2020 VNL. Tickets will be available from February.

Turin confirmed to host the 2020 men's VNL Finals

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 20, 2019 – The FIVB has announced that Turin was selected as host city of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) men's finals, to be held from 1 to 5 July 2020.

2019 Review: Russia triumph in Chicago for VNL 2 from 2

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 17, 2019 - Just as they had done a year earlier in the inaugural edition against France in Lille, Russia again denied the hosts in the final of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League - this time outplaying USA in Chicago in four sets for back-to-back gold in July.

2019 Review: Down to the wire in thrilling VNL pool play

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 16, 2019 - USA wrapped up the second edition of the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League in early July with their second gold in as many attempts with an astounding comeback win over Brazil in the final - a thrilling finale to an amazing season that had begun almost a month and a half earlier.

2019 Review: USA amaze with incredible VNL gold

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 15, 2019 - USA wrapped up the second edition of the women's FIVB Volleyball Nations League in early July with their second gold in as many attempts with an astounding comeback win over Brazil in the final - a thrilling finale to an amazing season that had begun almost a month and a half earlier.

2019 Review: Exhilarating Women's VNL pools set off FIVB season

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 14, 2019 - One hundred and twenty matches, 443 sets, 19,486 rallies for a net total of 204 hours and 27 minutes of play marked the build up to the 2019 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League Finals, which set off the FIVB volleyball season this year, starting in late May.

1.5 billion global audience tune in to watch 2019 VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 22, 2019 - The 2019 Volleyball Nations League (VNL) attracted a cumulative global audience of more than 1.5 billion, according to the official Nielson Report, it was announced earlier today.

FIVB opens bidding process for 2020 VNL Men’s Finals

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 14, 2019 - The FIVB is welcoming bid cities to apply for hosting the 2020 FIVB Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Men’s Finals.

FIVB announces host countries for 2020 VNL

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 13, 2019 - The FIVB has today released the host country allocation schedule for the 2020 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.

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