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  1. Women's Volleyball CEV European League 2018

    Group Stage, LEG 2 out of 6 Day 1 out of 1 - 23 may 2018 - schedule all times are CEST GOLDEN LEAGUE GROUP A 18:00 Azerbeijan - Portugal 18:30 Bulgaria - Ukraine GROUP B 18:30 Hungary - Croatia 18:30 Finland - France GROUP C 16:00 Belarus - Slovakia 17:00 Czech Republic - Spain FREE STREAMING OF THE GOLDEN LEAGUE MATCHES IS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/channel/volleyball-cev-golden-european-league-women SILVER LEAGUE GROUP A 17:00 Estonia - Switzerland 20:00 Kosovo - Sweden GROUP B 19:00 Albania - Austria 19:00 Israel - Georgia FREE STREAMING OF THE SILVER LEAGUE MATCHES IS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/channel/volleyball-cev-silver-european-league-frauen
  2. Women's Volleyball CEV European League 2018 Various Cities - 19 May 2018 - 17 June 2018 Totallympics Results Thread
  3. Women's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Day 05 United States 3-0 Netherlands (25-19 / 25-21 / 25-23)
  4. Women's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018 Various Cities - 15 May 2018 - 1 July 2018 Totallympics Results Thread
  5. Women's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    I searched, but all I found is that SporTV broadcasts some of the games in Brazil I don't know about Uruguay but I think usually there have been broadcast of the games in Argentina and Peru too. If you are really interested and have Facebook, maybe you could try to contact your country's volleyball body or FIVB via messenger and ask them if there is any way you could watch the games.
  6. Hi! Welcome to Totallympics, hopefully you will enjoy it here
  7. Women's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    WOMEN'S Week 2, day 2 SCHEDULE (23 MAY 2018) all times are CEST 08:40 United States - Netherlands 09:00 Germany - Italy 11:30 Poland - Serbia 12:00 South Korea - Russia 12:10 Japan - Belgium 13:00 Argentina - Brazil 14:00 China - Thailand 16:00 Turkey - Dominican Republic
  8. Women's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    PRELIMINARY ROUND STANDINGS after 4 played matches System: 1. CHINA is automaticaly qualified as final 6 Host. 2. TOP 5 TEAMS after the preliminary round qualify for the final round. 3. If China is among the top 5 teams , THE 6-th RANKED TEAM also qualifies. 4. The 12 CORE TEAMS can not be relegated. 4. The WEAKEST PLACED CHALLENGER team may be relegated from the competition if they lose the relegation playoff against the FIVB Challenger Cup (to be played at a later date) winner. Tie-Break Criteria: 1.Matches Won/Lost Ratio (MW/ML) 2. Points Achieved (3 PTS = 3:0 or 3:1 win ; 2 PTS = 3:2 win ; 1PTS = 2:3 defeat ; 0PTS = 0:3 or 1:3 defeat) 3. Set Ratio. Nation MW ML PTS SET 1. 4 0 11 12:3 2. 3 1 10 11:4 3. 3 1 9 10:4 4. 3 1 9 9:5 5. 3 1 9 10:6 6. 3 1 8 10:5 7. 3 1 8 9:6 8. QUALIFIED 2 2 7 8:6 9. CHALLENGER 2 2 6 8:8 10. CHALLENGER 2 2 4 7:10 11. CHALLENGER 1 3 5 7:9 12. 1 3 3 5:9 13 1 3 3 5:10 14: 1 3 3 4:10 15 0 4 1 2:12 16: : CHALLENGER 0 4 0 2:12
  9. Women's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    DAY 04 SUMMARY RUSSIA 3-0 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. The straight sets scoreline belied the competitive and highly energetic affair but Voronkova stepped up at various stages when Russia was threatened by a plucky Italy, who are now in deep trouble without a win from four games. Voronkova finished with 14 points (11 spikes and 3 serves) and she was ably supported by middle blocker Irina Fetisova (12 points), Natalia Malykh (12 points) and captain Kseniia Parubets (11 points) in an even performance from the victors. Serena Ortolani (14 points) tried her hardest for a gallant Italy, who matched Russia's intensity for two of the sets. Russia's sole loss in the first phase was to in-form Netherlands and they have continued their strong form into the second week. It was sweet revenge for Russia who had lost to Italy in last year's World Grand Prix in a five-set heartbreak. Russia had long dominated the matchup over their European foes with 22 wins from 27 matches although, in a quirk, four of Italy's victories had been on Asian soil. Anchored near the bottom of the overall standings after a winless opening phase, Italy is now in major strife despite some encouraging signs but they will rue a poor second set. Most of the lively crowd at Suwon Indoor Gymnasium were eagerly anticipating watching their beloved home team later in the evening but the fans were treated to a high-octane affair. Ominously, it was a poor start for Italy with Anastasia Guerra serving into the net to start the game as the energetic and confident Russians took control early with a 4-1 lead before Italy found their groove due to some sensational defensive work from middle blocker Marina Lubian. An aggressive Italy aimed to dictate through power but that desire to dominate backfired through a series of errors to hand Russia the initiative. The early going was marked by terrific net work from both desperate teams during a tight first set as the scores were deadlocked on numerous occasions. With scores level at 24, opposite spiker Malykh produced a thunderous spike to give her team the lead and Russia closed out a gruelling first set in 29 minutes. Despite the heartbreak of losing the opening stanza, Italy came out with intent in the second set but were matched at every step by Russia, who were led by powerful serving from Voronkova. Following a familiar pattern, Russia appeared to be getting on top but the brave efforts of wing spiker Lucia Bosetti, who produced an astonishing block to deny a powerful attempt from Ekaterina Efimova, kept Italy in the game before the floodgates opened. Malykh and Voronkova produced a series of thunderous spikes with Russia winning 10 of 11 points to take firm control of the match with one of Voronkova's high-powered spikes powering at 100 kmph. Fetisova was also proving impregnable and a booming net kill gave Russia the lead and, soon enough, a two-set advantage. With their backs against the wall, Italy battled bravely in the third set with Miryam Fatime Sylla dominating on serve to give her team a handy 7-3 lead before Russia fought back. Much like the first set, the scores see-sawed and there were several fantastic long rallies but Russia's defence held firm marked by winning a pulsating 28-second exchange with the scores locked at 9 apiece. Aiming to avoid a fourth straight loss, Italy blunted Russia's power with dogged defence at the net as they edged ahead 18-15. In a vital moment in the set, with the fans on their edge of the seats, Russia won a long rally as they cunningly manoeuvred from defence to attack punctuated by a thunderous spike from Voronkova to get Russia within one point. Shortly later, a brilliant block by Fetisova to deny Rossella Olivotto evened the scores and Russia could sense victory was imminent. Despite some jitters, including a service error from youngster Anna Kotikova, Russia fittingly closed it out winning another long rally. The teams will be back in action on Wednesday when Italy takes on Germany, while Russia play hosts Korea. NETHERLANDS 3-2 BELGIUM 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. Sloetjes finished with 26 points, including 21 spikes from 49 attempts, as well as three vital blocks as the Dutch survived a match point to stretch their unbeaten run in the competition to four matches after winning each of their three games in Russia last week. Outside hitter Anne Buijs also had a superb match, finishing with 20 points after The Netherlands saved a match point in the fourth set to beat their European neighbours in a classic match that lasted 2 hours 17 minutes. Kaja Grobelna scored a game-high 28 points for Belgium while Britt Herbots racked up 22 points in another impressive performance from the teenage wing spiker but their combined tally of 50 points was not enough to get the Yellow Tigers over the line. Ranked five places ahead of Belgium on the world rankings and in great form after finishing 3-0 in Week 1, The Netherlands went into the match as slight favourites but had to produce their absolute best to overcome the Yellow Tigers. With middle blocker Marlies Janssens (7 blocks) providing stiff resistance at the net and Grobelna, Herbots and Celine Van Gestel (13 points) starring in attack, Belgium looked all set for victory after carving out a hard-earned 2-1 lead. After trailling for most of the fourth set, the Yellow Tigers drew level and had a match point at 29-28 but with the athletic Buijs taking control, the Dutch survived and reeled off three points in a row to force a deciding fifth set. The crowd at Sky Hall were treated to an nailbiting encounter as the teams went for broke in the fifth set, diving all over the court as every point was hotly contested, with many decided by thrilling rallies and monster blocks as the tension escalated. Dutch wing spiker Maret Balkestein-Grothues was heavily involved and finished with 14 points as the Netherlands finally got in front for the first time before pulling clear late in the fifth set while Yvon Belien and Celeste Plak, who was substituted after the third set, each scoring 10 in an all-round team effort. Belgium's next match is against the Pool 5 hosts Japan on Wednesday while The Netherlands face the USA. SERBIA 3-1 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. The reach and range of the 21-year-old Boskovic (30 points) eventually proved insurmountable at the net and her efforts, combined with and hot-and-cold effort from wing spiker Brankica Mihajlovic (12 points) saw the 2016 Rio Olympic silver medalists improve their VNL record to 3-1, as the Thais fell to 1-3. While Boskovic was sometimes guilty of wild serves - most notably to hand the Thai's the third set - she seemed to rally her teammates to the cause the longer the match went on, challenging calls and urging them on. She was rested in the fourth set by coach Zoran Terzic and reacted with a look that could have frozen ice. Thai coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul's game plan was to go deep, and dodge the Serb's two most imposing players, and it worked best in that second and third sets when the likes of Thai top-scorer Onuma Sittirak (15 points) gave as good as she got against her team's more fancied opponents. But the Serbs proved just why they are one of the strongest teams in the women's game come the fourth stanza. Captain Milena Rasic (13 points) was particularly strong when the pressure was on and will be looking to build on Tuesday's success when the Serbs next turn out, against Poland on Wednesday. The Macao crowd had warmed to the Thais and their underdog status, after the two-time Asian champions had lost to the Netherlands (3-0) and Russia (3-1) in the VNL's first round. Inventive attacks had their opponents double-guessing in the middle two sets. But a yellow card for dissent in the fourth set for Terzic seemed to rally the Europeans, and experienced heads prevailed for the Serbs, particularly Bozkovic who by that stage had made her presence felt across the court. SOUTH KOREA 3-1 GERMANY 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. Kim dominated in all areas to ensure the hosts recovered from a slow start to overcome a gritty Germany in a 3-1 (23-25, 26-24, 25-16, 25-16) win to start the second phase of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in style. With a game-high 29 points, Kim was the standout but she was well supported by Jeongah Park (13 points) and Jaeyeong Lee (12 points). Dynamic duo Louisa Lippmann and Maren Fromm combined for 33 points to lead Germany. The result continued Korea's dominance over Germany stretching four games during the last six years. In front of a loud and capacity crowd at the Suwon Indoor Gymnasium, the Pool 6 encounter followed a familiar trend between the teams with Korea now having beaten Germany four straight times despite losing the first set on each occasion. Fresh off their major upset of China to cap off the first phase, Korea has won three straight while Germany has slumped to three consecutive losses after shocking Brazil to memorably open the VNL. Unbeaten at world level in Suwon and fuelled by a boisterous crowd, Korea came out strong with explosive attack but the gritty Germans repelled the constant waves with dogged defence to quiet the energetic fans. Middle blocker Marie Scholzel was terrific in the early going as Germany stormed out to a 16-11 lead punctuated by several imposing kills by Lippmann. Perhaps starting too energised amid the cauldron, a rash Korea endured numerous errors but eventually rediscovered their noted high-octane game with Kim inspiring a fightback. However, Germany kept their noses in front and despite some hiccups, including when Scholzel faltered on serve with the visitors ahead 22-18, they wrapped up a 31-minute first set to stun the crowd. Middle blocker Lisa Grunding emphatically denied a spike attempt to showcase her renowned blocking ability as Germany made the ideal start to the second set and soon led 6-2 as the ardent local fans started to get nervous. The feisty German defence blunted Korea but Kim gamely rallied a comeback, which seemed to inspire her team and spark the crowd. But Germany kept responding with Scholzel providing a highlight reel with an imperious spike to give her team a 14-9 advantage as the visitors continued to defy their fancied opponents. Attempting to avoid a major hole, Korea once again rallied through Kim, who served calmly and was seemingly everywhere, and a spectacular spike from wing spiker Lee brought the fans to their feet and trimmed the margin to two points. It was bedlam shortly after when a high-flying Kim produced her 10th spike to give Korea the lead and momentum. However, Germany would not be overawed as Fromm produced a spectacular spike to even the scores at 21 as the pulsating second set reached a crescendo with the teams trading points. Germany demonstrated composure to save two set points but Lippmann missed a spike and, quite fittingly, Kim closed out the 39-minute second set with a brilliant backcourt spike to level the contest. Korea's momentum continued in the third set with Hyo Jin Yang producing several kill blocks to stifle Germany, who appeared to be buckling under the tidal wave before clutch serving from Scholzel reduced the margin to just five points. Soon enough, the 2014 Asian Games champions reground and wrapped up the stanza to take firm control of the contest. There was no respite from Kim who continued to dazzle with spikes and blocks to deflate Germany in the fourth set. Germany kept fighting but they were continually halted by Kim and Lee, who was dazzling the fans with her aerial prowess. The crowd erupted in euphoria when Korea eventually wrapped up victory to continue their long held dominance at home. Both teams will be back in action on Wednesday with Korea playing a confident Russia, while Germany take on winless Italy. UNITED STATES 3-0 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. Utilising their height advantage at the net, the two American heavy hitters dominated in attack, with Bartsch-Hackley scoring 21 points and Hill finishing with 17 as Team USA chalked up an 11th consecutive win over Japan, dating back to 2011. The Americans, ranked No.2 in the world, were even more dominant in defence, outscoring Japan 12-2 in blocking, led by Lauren Gibbemeyer, who was an almost impenetrable presence at the net, collecting a game-high seven blocks. While the sixth-ranked Japan could not match the USA in defence, they did marginally outpoint them in spikes, with 10 players registering at least one kill. Yuki Ishii led the way for Japan with 13 spikes from 28 swings while Mami Uchiseto and the left-handed Mari Horikawa had six each. With the win, the USA improved to 3-1 in the tournament after hosting Pool 3 last week while Japan dropped to 1-3 with the loss after an entertaining match for the crowd at Sky Hall Toyota. The USA took control of the match right from the outset with Bartsch-Hackley and Hill leading the attack and Gibbemeyer frustrating the Japanese hitters with her extended reach. Kelly Murphy (7 points) and Rachael Adams (4 points) were also prominent before the Japanese started to find some inroads in the third set with captain Nana Iwasaka (4 points) and Risa Shinnabe (4 points) spotting some holes in the American defence. Japan led by three points late in the set but the visitors kept chipping away and inched past right at the end to win in straight sets. Japan's next match is against Belgium on Wednesday while the USA faces the Netherlands, the only unbeaten team in the competition. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 3-0 ARGENTINA 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 Nations League after a tense three-set victory 3-0 (26-24, 26-24, 25-19) over Argentina. This Pool 8 clash was expected to be a tight battle between two sides who were still searching for their first win of the Nations League, and both teams looked far from assured in an error-strewn but engrossing battle in the Turkish capital, Ankara, with Martinez' and Pena Isabel's points haul enough to see off a ragged Argentine side, who are now rooted to the bottom of the Nations League with 4 defeats from 4 matches. Dominican Republic, who had won the previous 3 meetings with Argentina and 5 of the last 7, had too much power with Martinez a constant thorn in the Argentina side with her power at the net, and she was aided by the likes of Annerys Valdez, while skipper Marte Frita marshalled her team-mates defensively. Anahi Tosi was the game's joint-top scorer with 15 points for Argentina and was always a threat at the net, while Elina Rodriguez and Antonela Fortuna also chipped in with 11 and 9 points respectively. The first set was incredibly close with neither side able to break clear, but it was the Queens of the Caribbean who led 8-7 and then 16-15 at the first two technical time outs. Marcos Kwiek's girls managed to stretch their lead to 20-17 to seemingly give themselves some breathing space, but his opposite number Guillermo Orduna called an Argentine time out and it appeared to do the trick with his side claiming 6 of the next 7 points to move into a 23-21 lead. But the South Americans pressed the self-destruct button and crucial block points from Martinez and Marte put the Caribbean side on the brink of the set, only for Argentina to level at 24-24 after a successful challenge. But two timely Martinez spikes handed Dominican Republic the set (26-24). Into set two and Argentina, who haven't beaten Dominican Republic since 2011, responded from the blow of losing the opener with a more controlled display, helped by the excellent defensive work of libero, Tatiana Rizzo. The set will be remembered for a wonderful 47-second rally which Dominican Republic eventually won through Lisvel Eve's powerful spike. Anahi Tosi was looking increasingly dangerous from spike range as Argentina kept their noses in front at both technical time outs. But it all went horribly wrong for Orduna's side who threw away a 24-21 lead as the Caribbean side won 5 straight points to steal the second set and move into a two-set lead (26-24). Argentina, who are ranked 11th in the world, 2 places below their opponents, looked shell-shocked after surrendering that second set and it was the Caribbean side who started the third set in brighter fashion. They led 8-7 at the first technical time out and surged into a 14-10 advantage with Argentina missing a hatful of chances - most notably Rodriguez who put a straightforward spike long with the scores at 12-10. Dominican Republic, who suffered agonising 5-set losses to South Korea and Belgium in their last 2 matches, weren't to be denied this time. They closed out the set relatively comfortably against the forlorn South Americans, who remain without a point in the women's Nations League. The Caribbeans' greater power at the net - Kwiek's girls amassed 5 points from blocks to Argentina's 1 - proved decisive as they closed out a 26-24 26-24 25-19 victory to lift them up to 10th in the Nations League table. POLAND 3-2 CHINA Macao, China, May 22, 2018 - Malwina Smarzek added a further 35 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. The 21-year-old opposite spiker has now amassed 100 for the tournament and the Chinese had no answer for her power as Polish coach Jacek Nawrocki made some clever rotations, set around the superb all-round court coverage of libero Agata Witkowska. For China it was teenaged star Li Yingying who gave fans a look at the future.The 18-year-old Li has the whole volleyball world watching and duly delivered with 19 points in China's losing effort. But not much else went the way of the 2016 Rio gold medalists with Poland rising to the big occasion in front of China's vocal home fans. As hosts, China are assured of a place in the VNL finals and coach Lang Ping has taken the opportunity to give court time to her younger players. It has had mixed results - as a first-round upset loss to South Korea (3-0) was matched by the Polish on Tuesday night. Poland were quick to pounce on a number of crucial mistakes in the middle sets - Smarzek in particular - as coach Lang mixed and matched her line-up. A record of 2-2 doesn't fully reflect Poland's form, given they took a set off world champions the USA in the first-round before losing 3-1 and ground out a gutsy 3-2 win over Italy. But coach Jacek Nawrocki and his charges didnlt seem to care too much as they celebrated their upset. The big question now is just how quickly China can come up with a line-up that's settled enough to tackle the form teams of the VNL. BRAZIL 3-1 TURKEY ANKARA, TURKEY, MAY 22, 2018 - Tandara Caixeta hit 25 points to inspire Brazil to a 3rd win from 4 games in the women's FIVB Nations League with a gritty 4-set victory (25-17, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21) over hosts Turkey in front of a raucous Ankara crowd. The Brazilians - 2017 World Grand Prix winners - are big hitters on the women's volleyball circuit, and it showed in this Pool 8 clash against an energetic Turkey side who had won their opening 3 Nations League matches. The Turks' good recent form belies their lowly world ranking of 12th, but they'd won just 1 of their last 9 world-level fixtures at home - and the world's 4th-ranked side Brazil added to that unwanted home record. Tandara top-scored with 16 in Brazil's defeat to Germany in their opening fixture and hit a game-high 25 in the victory over Japan, and she matched that tally (25) against Turkey who struggled to defend her ferocious power from the net. Drussyla Costa was also a menace from close range and amassed 16 points while Amanda Francisco added 11 points to her mix of potent serving. Turkey, who fought back superbly to take a tense 3rd set, had their moments with top-scorer and skipper Erdem Dundar influential, she weighed in with 14 points while there were tenacious performances from the likes of Gamze Alikaya, Zehra Gunes (9 points), Meliha Ismailoglu and Hande Balogin (10 points). The South American champions began in blistering fashion and had captain Roberta and the outstanding libero Suelen Pinto to thank for providing the defensive solidity as they manouevred their big spike hitters into the perfect positions. And one of those big hitters Tandara provided signs of what was to come with a powerful spike to put Brazil 6-3 ahead. Turkey roused themselves to level at 6-6 but the visitors turned on the style to score 6 straight points. That gap was out to 7 by the second technical time out, and Tandara added further powerful spikes as the Brazilians wrapped up the opening set with ease (25-17). Brazil had won on their 2 previous visits to Turkey, including last year's 3-2 victory in Ankara on their way to World Grand Prix honours, and they continued to move through the gears in the second set. The hosts were well in the set at 4-4 but Jose Roberto Guimaraes' girls went on a blistering burst of 6 unanswered points to move 10-4 clear. But Turkey, who beat Italy, USA and Poland in their opening 3 matches, fought back superbly in front of 2,500 expectant fans, with Erdem's serving causing the South Americans all sorts of problems as they drew level at 17-17. But Brazil wrestled back control and, thanks to a couple of huge Drussyla spikes, Guimaraes's side closed out the set (25-19) to silence the Ankara crowd. Turkey needed a miracle turnaround and they threw caution to the wind in the 3rd set with Erdem's huge block providing them with a 5-2 lead, which soon became 6-2 with coach Guimaraes calling a Brazilian timeout to try and calm some nerves. And his tactical talk did the trick with Brazil turning the set on its head in dramatic circumstances with Macris Carneiro's instinctive point hauling them level at 10-10, before the South Americans took a 13-11 lead after a wonderful block by Adenizia da Silva. But Turkey - with Italian coach Giovanni Guidetti roaring on from the sidelines - fought back again and took an 18-17 lead after Gunes' tremendous block. Brazil uncharacteristically began to make errors and Tandara's missed spike handed Turkey the set (25-23) and a way back into the match. The momentum was with the home side, but Brazil are masters at handling pressure situations and they did so again. Despite heading into the first technical time out 8-7 behind, Brazil responded with Drussyla finding her range as they scored 7 of the next 9 points to take control. Guimaraes' side established a 16-11 lead at the second technical time out, and despite another Turkish comeback - they scored 3 straight points to move to within 2 of the visitors under the serving of Ismailoglu - Brazil dug deep to get over the line and seal a tense 4-set victory in 2 hours and 15 minutes. Turkey showed enough to suggest they'll be a serious threat in this competition, but they were ultimately outclassed as they suffered an 8th defeat in 9 matches against Brazil. The visitors were good value for their win and make it 3 straight Nations League victories since their opening defeat to Germany.
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    day 04 Brazil 3-1 Turkey (25-17 / 25-19 / 23-25 / 25-21)
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    Day 04 Poland 3-2 China (18-25 / 25-17 / 25-18 / 22-25 / 15-12) one of the best matches for our girls in many years
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    amazing performance by our girls so far
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    Day 04 Dominican Republic 3-0 Argentina (26-24 / 26-24 / 19-25)
  14. Women's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Day 04 United States 3-0 Japan (25-20 / 25-16 / 25-23)
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    Day 04 South Korea 3-1 Germany (23-25 / 26-24 / 25-16 / 25-16)
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    day 04 Serbia 3-1 Thailand (25-18 / 25-23 / 19-25 / 25-19)
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    Day 04 Netherlands 3-2 Belgium (21-25 / 25-19 / 23-25 / 31-29 / 15-10)
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    Day 04 Russia 3-0 Italy (26-24 / 25-12 / 25-23)
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    Puerto Rico has won the Norceca Continental qualification and Kazakhastan won the Asian qualification towards the FIVB Challenger Cup - a competition that will decide who will play as a Challenger in the next year's Nations League after a home-and-away play-off game against this years' worst Challenger Team
  20. Women's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    WOMEN'S Week 2, day 1 SCHEDULE (22 MAY 2018) all times are CEST 08:00 Italy - Russia 08:40 Belgium - Netherlands 10:30 Thailand - Serbia 11:00 South Korea - Germany 12:10 Japan - United States 13:00 Argentina - Dominican Republic 14:00 China - Poland 16:00 Turkey - Brazil
  21. Women's Volleyball CEV European League 2018

    GROUP STANDINGS after leg 1 out of 6 (next leg: 23 may.) Tie-Break Criteria: 1.Matches Won/Lost Ratio (MW/ML) 2. Points Achieved (3 PTS = 3:0 or 3:1 win ; 2 PTS = 3:2 win ; 1PTS = 2:3 defeat ; 0PTS = 0:3 or 1:3 defeat) 3. Set Ratio. GOLDEN LEAGUE System 1. is automatically pre-qualified to FINAL 4 as host 2. WINNERS of each group qualify to final four 3. If is amongst the Group Winners the best 2nd-ranked team qualifies 4. The WINNER AND RUNNER UP OF FINAL 4 qualifies to the FIVB Challenger Cup 5. The WEAKEST TEAM OVERALL will be relegated GROUP A Nation PTS MW ML Sets 1 3 1 0 3:0 2. 3 1 0 3:1 3. 0 0 1 1:3 4. 0 0 1 0:3 GROUP B Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1. 3 1 0 3:0 2. 3 1 0 3:0 3. 0 0 1 0:3 4. 0 0 1 0:3 GROUP C Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1. 3 1 0 3:0 2. 2 1 0 3:2 3. 1 0 1 2:3 4. 0 0 0 0:3 SILVER LEAGUE System 1. is automatically pre-qualified to Final 4 as host 2. The GROUP WINNERS qualify to Final 4. 3. The BEST 2-ND PLACED TEAM also qualifies. 4. The FINAL 4 WINNER will qualify to the 2019 GOLDEN LEAGUE. GROUP A Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1 3 1 0 3:0 2. 3 1 0 3:0 3. 0 0 1 0:3 4. 0 0 1 0:3 GROUP B Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1. 3 1 0 3:0 2. 3 1 0 3:1 3. 0 0 0 1:3 4. 0 0 0 0:3
  22. Women's Volleyball CEV European League 2018

    LEG 1 SUMMARY - SILVER LEAGUE Luxembourg, May 19, 2018. The CEV Volleyball Silver European League started on Saturday with just one match in each pool. Austria dominated the majority of their match against Israel in Pool A, while Sweden needed three sets to defeat Switzerland at home in Örkelljunga. Pool A Sweden vs. Switzerland 3-0 (25-13, 26-24, 25-17) 18-year-old superstar Isabelle Haak of Sweden finished as the top scorer of the game with 23 points. This was the Swedish women's second victory in the European League. The first one came last year against Spain. Laura Kuenzler of Switzerland scored 16 points for the visitors and was named as the team's MVP of the day after the game. The young and talented Swedish side shone strong in their first CEV Volleyball Silver European League match of the year as they downed the visitors Switzerland 3-0 on home soil in Örkelljunga. The victory showed the progression of the Swedish team, who was thrashed not once but twice when they clashed with the same opponents a little less than a year ago. Anna Haak, player of Sweden: “We had a really good connection and fought as a team. It felt like we all used our strengths and got them together in a good way. It was really fun to play and I think that showed out there today. We got energy out of everyone and we fed off each other.” Laura Kuenzler, player of Switzerland: ”It was a difficult match for us. We have a really young team and had only a few days of practice together coming in to this game. It was for sure not our best game, but not the worst either. We have to keep practising to get better." Pool B Austria vs. Israel 3-1 (25-21, 25-12, 20-25, 25-15) On Saturday Austria's women national team started their campaign in the 2018 CEV Volleyball Silver European League at Sportpark Klagenfurt with an important win. The hosts claimed a 3-1 (25-21, 25-12, 20-25, 25-15) victory against Israel. While spending 102 minutes on court, the team coached by Svetlana Ilic controlled the game impressively in the first two sets and second half of the last set, thus securing their first win. Srna Markovic and Monika Chrtianska were the most prolific players for Austria's side with 19 and 18 points. Marmen Vitalia finished the match with 16 points for Israel, while Polina Malik scored 14 points. Srna Markovic, top scorer of Austria: "We were the better team, although we dropped our level in the third set. Nevertheless we showed a good performance." Sophie Wallner, libero of Austria: "We knew that if we stayed focused, we would have a chance to win. Apart from set three we showed a solid performance. Israel showed a good defence." Giuseppe Cuccarini, coach of Israel: "My players started very nervously in the first and the second set. Slowly they started to bounce back, but we made a lot of individual mistakes. We probably expected something more today, but I think it was a good experience for my players." Rebecca Kopilovitch, player of Israel: "A lot of our girls were really nervous. But this match was a good experience for us. Today it is what it is, we are going to learn and do it better next time." Georgia vs. Albania 0-3 (16-25, 18-25, 22-25) • Albania and Georgia were facing each other for the first time. • 19 serves for Albanian Opposite Hitter Erblira Bici across the three sets and 26 points in total. • Ann Kalandadze, one of Georgia's star players made a successful return from an ankle injury. • Prior to the match there was the final game of the National championship of Georgia (for girls born in 2004 and 2005) and all participating teams from regions of Georgia stayed on to cheer on the National Team. Quotes: Ann Kalandadze, Outside Spiker for Georgia: “It was a little bit difficult for us to concentrate and show our real game today. We had many injuries in the team and rehabilitation took really a long time and that was one of the reasons we weren’t playing together as a team today. But I hope we will do better in our next matches.” Altin Martiri, Coach for Albania: “I am very excited and happy with this game and it is a good start for us. We’re looking forward to the next games and we hope to finish them as we did it today.” Pool A Kosovo vs. Estonia • More to follow...
  23. Women's Volleyball CEV European League 2018

    LEG 1 SUMMARY - GOLDEN LEAGUE Luxembourg, May 19, 2018. Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Azerbaijan and Czech Republic started their journey in the CEV Volleyball Golden European League with victories over Slovakia, Portugal, Finland, Ukraine and Spain respectively. Belarus and Slovakia were the first teams to serve their fans a five-setter, while Bulgaria and Croatia claimed straight-set victories on home courts. Azerbaijan were fortunate to experience the biggest crowd of supporters among the winners today, as they defeated Ukraine in four sets, but not without facing a challenge from their opponent. The support of the local fans was not enough for Spain, who faced a loss against Czech Republic in three sets. Pool A Bulgaria vs. Portugal 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-19) Bulgaria started their campaign in the first-ever edition of the Volleyball Golden European League with a comfortable 3-0 win against Portugal. The hosts controlled the game from the very first point and claimed their first victory in Pool A in just over an hour. Gergana Dimitrova finished as top scorer for the winners with 14 points. The captain of the team Hristina Ruseva added 12 points to the Bulgarian count. For Portugal Maria Maio contributed 7 points. The match in Hristo Botev hall was the official debut for the new head coach of the Bulgarian team Ivan Petkov. In the minutes before the first whistle Lora Kitipova and Silvana Chausheva, who celebrated their birthday today, were surprised with a beautiful bunch of flowers from the rest of the team. Ivan Petkov, coach of Bulgaria: “It’s normal to be satisfied after a 3-0 victory. I’m satisfied and happy with the way we played. The ideas which we try to involve in our game I think we showed them today. I expect a difficult match against Ukraine next week. They are a good team and it will be tough for sure, so we must prepare really, really well.” Hristina Ruseva, captain of Bulgaria: “I’m really satisfied and really proud because this year we have a lot of young players. All of the girls did a great job today! We were concentrated from the first point and achieved our goal – to defeat Portugal in straight sets.” Manuel Almeida, coach of Portugal: “It was a very tough match for us. I’m not satisfied with our performance in the opening set. It was a moment of adaptation for our girls and we didn’t show our abilities and power. After this setback, we started to play a little bit better in the next two sets. I’m pleased with our performance in these two parts. I think Bulgaria are the favourite in this Pool but now we have another difficult match against a strong opponent – Azerbaijan. I expect a tough match and hope my team will play better than today.” Azerbaijan vs. Ukraine 3-1 (16-25, 25-19, 25-23, 28-26) Azerbaijan did not find their optimal game in the first set. The visitors showed high speed and strong reception. Anna Stepaniuk and Anastasiia Kraiduba played very effectively in attack. As a result, Ukraine won the first set 25-16. In the second set, the home team celebrated a fan-inspired takeover. Katerina Zhidkova and Yelyzaveta Samadova used their chances in attack. The reception was more solid and Azerbaijan won the set 25-19. The third set started with a Ukrainian 4-0 lead, but Azerbaijan scored seven points in a row. The visitors made some mistakes in reception and Azerbaijan took the set 25-23. In the fourth set, Ukraine changed their game and showed massive blocking and good performance in attack. Azerbaijan’s coach Faig Garayev gave a chance to Krystsina Yagubova and Marharyta Azizova and Azerbaijan won the set 28-26 and the match 3-1. Ukraine’s Anastasiia Kraiduba was the game’s best scorer with 26 points. Faig Garayev, coach of Azerbaijan: “I congratulate my team! The game against Ukraine was a big challenge. After the training camp in Slovenia, we played our first official game of the season. The girls showed the will to win and pleased the home fans. Now we will start preparing for the next match.” Yelyzaveta Samadova, player of Azerbaijan: “Great emotions! A very difficult game and an excellent win! The fourth set was very close. We lost seven points, but returned to the game. I know we will play better in the next matches. We want to win our pool.” Gariy Yegiazarov, coach of Ukraine: “My team started the game very well, but finally the girls did not have faith in themselves. We hope to show good results in our next games.” Anna Stepaniuk, player of Ukraine: “We lost the first game, but everything is just starting now. We played well in some moments, but Azerbaijan were better. We hope to take our revenge at home.” Pool B Croatia vs. Finland 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-19) After a tough start, Croatia took the lead and won the first set 25-21. The crucial moment of the match happened in the second set. It was a very dynamic set and in the conclusive moments Croatia turned a 21-23 deficit into a 26-24 win to double their lead. In the third set, Finland could not find the strength to come back, which made it easier for Croatia to win in straight sets and tally their first three points after 25-19. Samanta Fabris scored 21 times for Croatia to top the charts of the match. Samanta Fabris, player of Croatia: “For us it was very important to win the first game, especially in front of our fans. The first set wasn't good for us as we had problems in defence, but later it got better and we showed what we can do.” Tapio Kangasniemi, coach of Finland: “We were quite good in some moments of the game, but there's a lots of things we have to fix. The first set was good, but Croatia were better and deserved to win.” Pool C Slovakia vs. Belarus 2-3 (24-26, 25-18, 24-26, 25-21, 8-15) This was the fifteenth time Slovakia and Belarus faced each other. Of the previous 14 matches Slovakia won 10, while Belarus emerged victorious on four occasions. The last time Slovakia and Belarus locked horns was during the 2016 European League, playing in Albania and Poland. Slovakia won on both occasions. Marco Fenoglio made his debut on Slovakia’s bench as team coach. Karin Sunderlikova was the best scorer in the match, with 22 points for Slovakia. Anzhelika Barysevich impressed the crowd with six blocks, becoming the best scorer for Belarus with 19 points overall. Marco Fenoglio, coach of Slovakia: “I am disappointed, because I think we could have won this match. We made some mistakes in the fifth set and they played better than we did. Despite the loss, I am satisfied with the attitude, my team fought and this is a good omen for the future.” Karin Šunderlíková, opposite of Slovakia: “It is a pity that we lost such close first and third sets. We started slowly, but we found our rhythm and we came back to the match. I think that we can win on Wednesday in Minsk, because we can play at the same level as Belarus.” Piotr Khilko, head coach of Belarus: “This was a very tough match. Our setter is playing for the first time with the national team, while Slovakia was playing very well and had great support from the fans, so as I said, it was a very difficult match with a happy end for us. Before the fifth set I told my girls to forget everything and just focus on each move, each rally.” Tatsiana Markevich, captain of Belarus: “We had an exhausting journey to Slovakia, as we did not sleep much, but I am happy that we finally won. With our young setter we need to work more to find the right chemistry on the court.” Spain vs. Czech Republic 0-3 (23-25, 21-25, 12-25) Spain controlled the first set but they couldn't capitalise. The Czech rallied and reacted, reducing the gap before finally winning the first set. 150 young players were in attendance for “Evento Pequevoley”, a side activity to promote Volleyball for the youngest fans. Czech blocking was key, paving their way to victory in the second set. Spain’s performance decreased dramatically, resulting in a weak third set. The Czech Republic kept solid and remained a strong team. Andrea Kossanyiova was the top scorer of the match with 15 points. Katerina Holaskova from the bench made five blocks. Marie Toufarova, player of Czech Republic: “The first match of the Golden European League, it was not an easy game. We are a very young team, we were a little bit nervous in the beginning of the match. As the score got closer, we were aggressive and confident. The rest of the match we were focused on our goal.” Hungary vs. France 3-0 (25-16, 26-19, 25-20) • First competitive volleyball match at the new sports hall of the National University of Public Service in Budapest • Last time these teams met the score was 3-2 for Hungary (semi-final of the 2017 World Grand Prix, Group 3) – that was Hungary’s last win and France’s last match • Renata Sandor (outside-spiker, Allianz MTV Stuttgart) returned to the Hungarian national team after the 2015 European Championship • Previous meetings between Hungary and France: 52 matches, 27 Hungarian wins, 25 French wins • The captain and setter of the Hungarian team got injured during the warm up, so Zsuzsanna Tálas had to leave the court. • Despite this injury the team started strong and won the first two sets pretty easily • France played a good game in the middle of the third set but the team in green won the big points and with them the game. • Best player of the game was Greta Szakmary (Hungary), while the top scorer was Reka Szedmak (14 points). Quotes: “It is a great feeling to start the competition with a convincing win with this young team. We felt each other during the game and we hope that we can show our skills at our next match against the unbeaten Croatia and also at the Final Four." Greta SZAKMARY, player of team HUNGARY “It was hard to play against Hungary in front of this great crowd. We could win the second set but we are not very sad about the lost because we know that we are a young team and we have to progress step by step.” Andre FELIX, Coach of team FRANCE María Segura, player of Spain: “I think we really played two very good sets. We had too many mistakes on the serve. Our level went down.”
  24. Men's Volleyball CEV European League 2018

    GROUP STANDINGS after leg 1 out of 6 (next leg: 23 may.) Tie-Break Criteria: 1.Matches Won/Lost Ratio (MW/ML) 2. Points Achieved (3 PTS = 3:0 or 3:1 win ; 2 PTS = 3:2 win ; 1PTS = 2:3 defeat ; 0PTS = 0:3 or 1:3 defeat) 3. Set Ratio. GOLDEN LEAGUE System 1. is automatically pre-qualified to FINAL 4 as host 2. WINNERS of each group qualify to final four 3. If is amongst the Group Winners the best 2nd-ranked team qualifies 4. The WINNER AND RUNNER UP OF FINAL 4 qualifies to the FIVB Challenger Cup 5. The WEAKEST TEAM OVERALL will be relegated GROUP A Nation PTS MW ML Sets 1 3 1 0 3:1 2. 3 1 0 3:1 3. 0 0 1 1:3 4. 0 0 1 1:3 GROUP B Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1. 3 1 0 3:0 2. 3 1 0 3:1 3. 0 0 1 1:3 4. 0 0 1 0:3 GROUP C Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1. 3 1 0 3:0 2. 3 1 0 3:1 3. 0 0 1 1:3 4. 0 0 0 0:3 SILVER LEAGUE System 1. is automatically pre-qualified to Final 4 as host 2. The GROUP WINNERS qualify to Final 4. 3. The BEST 2-ND PLACED TEAM also qualifies. 4. The FINAL 4 WINNER will qualify to the 2019 GOLDEN LEAGUE. GROUP A Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1. 3 1 0 3:1 2. 3 1 0 3:1 3. 0 0 1 1:3 4. 0 0 1 1:3 GROUP B Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1. 3 1 0 3:0 2. 3 1 0 3:0 3. 3 0 0 0:3 4. 3 0 0 0:3