Volleyball Rising In Popularity in England

88 teams have applied to join the London Volleyball League this season, a 15% increase from last year’s field. 43 women’s teams and 45 men’s teams, totaling 1300+ players, will be divided across as many as 6 divisions. The league, which now boasts performance levels close to the English National League, will help draw additional …

Canada, Dominican Republic Post Pan Am Cup Sweeps, Sit 2-0 Atop Pool A

NORCECA Women’s Pan American Cup July 8-14, 2018 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Schedule/Results Pool A: Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Peru Canada pummeled Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic moved past Peru in a sweep to set up the Group A championship match between the teams on Wednesday. Canada def. Costa Rica 3-0 (25-10, 25-10, …

Russian Opposite Pavel Kruglov Injured in Friendly, Out for Worlds

Veteran 32-year old Russian opposite Pavel Kruglov will probably miss the World Championships after suffering an injury, Russian state-run media RIA Novosti reported this week. Details about the nature of the injury were not released. The 32-year old Kruglov, who has played with Dinamo Mossow for most of his career in different stints, was one of …

The Awesome Tokyo 2020 Mascots Have Been Named

We already met the magical mascots of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo back in February of this year, when the final pair determined by voting of Japanese elementary school students was revealed to the public. The feisty mascots, which have a Power Ranger-anime-mash-up type vibe, have been well-received around Japan and beyond. As a final …

France Aiming to Boost Olympic Beach Hopes with Project Paris

The French Volleyball Federation has launched an ambitious push to earn the country’s first Olympic medal in beach volleyball at either the 2020 Games in Tokyo or the 2024 Games in Paris. Olympic Project Paris 2024 is seeking to convert the best athletes from other sports into beach volleyball players, targeting basketball players, divers and …

Japan’s Ishii/Murakami to Face China’s Wang/Xia for Asian Beach Gold

It will be China vs. Japan for the women’s gold medal on Monday, while Indonesia and Qatar will face off on the men’s top stage on Tuesday. Representing Japan in the women’s final is Miki Ishii and Megumi Murakami, who finished fifth at the 2014 Asian Games and third at the 2016 Asian Championships. Across …

Slöetjes And Dijkema Headline Dutch Diamond-Studded VNL Final 6 Roster

With a 12-3 record in the prelims, good enough for 4th place, the Dutch women proved once and for all that they are a volleyball powerhouse to be reckoned with. Coach Jamie Morrison decided to keep things conservative, and the team’s Final 6 roster will only have one modification from its previous compositions: middle blocker …

Olympian, Simone Parodi, Signs with Latina in Italy

Top Volley Latina was looking to replace an outside hitter when Gabrielle Maruotti and Yuki Ishikawa left the club for newly-promoted Emma Villas Siena. They found a reinforcement in Simone Parodi from Wixo LPR Piacenza. With Piacenza not being able to financially sustain themselves in the Italian SuperLega next season, their players are being forced to find new locations for 2018-2019. …

Guatemala, Chile, USA Win in Pan Am Cup Classification Matches

2018 Pan Am Cup August 28th to September 2nd Veracruz, Mexico (Arena Cordoba) Tournament Page Tournament Preview Day 1 Recap Day 2 Recap Day 3 Recap In the seventh to 10th place classification matches, Chile and the United States won to set up Saturday’s contests, while Guatemala nailed down the 11th place position in the …

USA and Russia to Participate with Poland at Wagner Memorial 2019

The Hubert Jerzy Wagner Memorial 2019 is a four-team round-robin men’s volleyball tournament played along a three-day stretch. It’s one of the most highly thought of friendly competitions that has been played in Poland dating back to 2013 in honor of legendary Polish coach Hubert Jerzy Wagner. Although the full trio of teams have yet …