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  1. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    PRELIMINARY ROUND STANDINGS after 4 played matches System: 1. FRANCE is automaticaly qualified as final 6 Host. 2. TOP 5 TEAMS after the preliminary round qualify for the final round. 3. If France 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 12 12:1 2. 4 0 10 12:5 3. 3 1 10 11:3 4. 3 1 9 9:4 5. QUALIFIED 3 1 9 9:5 6. 3 1 8 10:6 7. 2 2 7 9:8 8. CHALLENGER 2 2 6 9:9 9. CHALLENGER 2 2 6 7:7 10. 2 2 5 8:8 11. 2 2 5 6:9 12 1 3 4 6:9 13 1 3 3 5:10 14 0 4 2 5:12 15 CHALLENGER 0 4 0 2:12 16 CHALLENGER 0 4 0 0:12
  2. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    DAY 04 SUMMARY Poland 3-0 France odz, Poland, June 1, 2018 – Poland kept their perfect record into the fourth leg of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. At a sold-out Atlas Arena in Lodz, the home side delivered an impressive 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-22) shutout of the other team on full nine points after the first week, France, and substitute Dawid Konarski had something to do with it. He came in to replace star starter Bartosz Kurek when Poland were stumbling halfway through the second set and with a few fantastic performances at the net became instrumental to a spectacular turnaround that put the team back on track towards the straight-set victory. Playing their big part in this key moment of the match were also young middle blocker Jakub Kochanowski, as well as Mateusz Bieniek from the serving line. 20-year-old Kochanowski became the leading scorer for Poland’s victory with 11 points, followed by captain Michal Kubiak with 10. France’s Stephen Boyer was the top scorer of the match with 13 points. His teammate Kevin Tillie also went into the double digits with 11. It was a great overall team effort on Poland’s side to reach their fourth consecutive three-point win, masterminded by the clever moves of coach Vital Heynen and inspired by the unabated support from the stands. Poland were trying to recover from a six-point deficit in the second set. After 13-17 Konarski attacked successfully twice to set his squad off on an amazing nine-point rally, which changed the course of the set and the match. Bienek went next with a 108.3 km/h ace. Konarski again, this time with a kill block, added another point to the series. Bienek did one even better, scoring from the serving line with a speed of 112.6 km/h. It was Konarski’s turn again – a spike off the opponents’ block pulled Poland further away. Kochanowski joined in on the fun, winning a joust and mastering a stuff block to register the next two points. Finally Konarski again shaped up the incredible comeback with a kill block for 22-17 Poland’s way... Other than that, the host team were in control pretty much throughout the other two sets, with experienced Kubiak and Kurek setting the example and leading the way to this so important Polish victory. Russia 3-1 Australia Sofia, Bulgaria, June 1, 2018 - Egor Kliuka inspired Russia to their 3rd FIVB men's Nations League victory in 4 games as they saw off Australia in 4 sets (25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 25-22) in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Kliuka is a maverick talent for Russia, capable of producing shots akin to French stalwart Earvin Ngapeth, and he was sumptuous in Sofia with 17 points, including 14 spikes from 26 attempts, as Russia stumbled to victory in this opening Pool 5 clash against a determined Australia outfit. Mark Lebedew's Australian underdogs gave it their all throughout the contest, and had the game's top scorer Lincoln Williams (23 points) and Jordan Richards (13 points) as their sharp shooters, but they didn't quite have the artistry or the power to force a deciding set against the Russians, who were a long way from their best. Russia, who began week 2 just inside the top 6, looked in cruise control when they took the opening 2 sets, but they dropped off in the 3rd set to allow the Volleyroos back into the match, before recovering their poise to win the 4th. Russia win but fail to impress This Pool 5 contest, with Australia 12 places below Russia at 16th in the world rankings, wasn't expected to pose an obstacle for the European champions, but it was much tougher than anticipated. Russia, who were beaten 3-0 by another title contender Poland last week which was sandwiched between 3-0 victories against Canada and South Korea, cruised through the opening 2 sets - thanks in part to a 6-point burst after being level at 12-12 in the opener - but it wasn't plain sailing after that. Sergey Shlyapnikov's men, who were without 8 key players, went to sleep in the 3rd set and paid the price. Leading 8-7 at the first technical timeout, Russia then lost control of the match with Richards and Williams beginning to boss things from spike range, and the exemplary duo eventually grabbed the set to halve the deficit for Australia. Russia also trailed 8-2 at the first technical timeout in the 4th with a decider suddenly looking probable, but the likes of Kliuka, Muserskiy, Konstantin Bakun and Anton Karpukhov - who produced a magnificent block to drag Russia back to within a point at 11-10 - inspired them to a brilliant comeback as they won in 4 sets to breathe a huge sigh of relief. Shlyapnikov's men also face Serbia and Bulgaria in Pool 5 and will be expected to record a clean sweep in Sofia, but they'll have to improve on this performance. Kliuka stars as Russian blockers dominate Russia have a formidable-looking team, with Kliuka providing the stardust from out wide, while Dmitriy Muserskiy - who had the highest block average per set and the best spike success rate in the Nations League prior to this match - has considerable aura in the middle of the court. Kliuka was electric. A wonderful block from the spike specialist to put Russia 12-8 in front in the 2nd set reminded everyone of his defensive qualities, he then pounced late on to make it 23-19 before another Kliuka block sealed the set. But it was an outrageous left-handed spike to put his side 3-2 in front in the 3rd set that got pulses racing - a trick few players can pull off. The Russian blockers - with Muserskiy contributing - also dominated. Ilia Vlasov (4 from 9 attempts) and Igor Philippov (3 from 6 attempts) made up the giant Russian wall that will surely keep more teams at bay in this Nations League. Australian revival falls short The Volleyroos had a dreadful record against Russia in men's world-level volleyball meetings heading into this match having lost all 10 of their encounters, but they will be buoyed by their 3rd set dominance. Williams' serves were unreturnable in the 3rd and Richards was landing spikes from all angles, but it was the introduction of Arshdeep Dosanjh by Australia coach Lebedew that changed the course of dominance at the net. Dosanjh disrupted Russia's blockers and grabbed 2 blocks from 2 attempts to steer Australia to the set. But despite a fantastic effort, Australia are now winless in 4 VNL matches and without a single point. Star man Egor Kliuka may have been outscored by a commendable performance from Australia's Lincoln Williams, but he played the big points when his country needed him most. 17 points, including 14 spikes and 2 blocks, from one of the most talented players in the men's game. United States 3-2 Japan Goiania, Brazil, June 1 - Benjamin Patch produced a powerhouse performance as the United States pulled off another escape act to eventually see off Japan in a five set thriller 3-2 (23-25 13-25 25-18 25-20 15-10). The Americans found themselves two sets down in their opening match against Argentina last week and after an astonishing opening to this encounter, Japan were in a similar position and smelling a first win over the side ranked no2 in the world since 1993. But thanks to the power of opposite spiker Patch - 14 spikes, one block - and Thomas Jaeschke - seven spikes - that record remains intact as does their unbeaten start in the VNL. You couldn’t help but feel for the Japanese who slumped to their second defeat of the tournament but none will be more heartbreaking than this. It was a wonderful start by Japan who stormed ahead thanks to a mix of errors from their opponents and brilliance from skipper Masahiro Yanagida and the excellent Tatsuya Fukuzawa who both ended up with 14 points. “It takes a team effort to win a game, “ said Patch. “ This was a big moment for us.” The United States endured a long journey from China to South America for this latest round of VNL matches aiming to extend a 25 year hold over Japan and keep their unbeaten start to the tournament alive. Three wins from three have put the US in a great position and skipper David Smith was looking to lead his country to four triumphs on the spin at a world level tournament for the first time since 2015. Japan, with two wins and a defeat, arrived from their first week matches in France knowing with Brazil also on the horizon tomorrow, things aren’t going to get any easier yet with their own captain fantastic Yanagida scoring 31 points last week - Yuji Nishida was the top marksman with an impressive 51 including 45 spikes - they have enough in their locker to trouble any team. And certainly in the early exchanges, the Americans were left in no doubt this was to be a testing afternoon, - a rally at 2-2 was spellbinding stuff - though a lot of their problems were of their own doing. Midway through the first with Japan leading 13-10, 10 of their points had come by the way of USA errors. Nevertheless, it was a lively, energetic contest enjoyed by the Brazilian fans who were making their way into the arena ahead of the hosts’ clash with Korea. Japan were looking dangerous and when their first set point arrived, Nishida rose brilliantly to hammer down a spike. There were 14 USA errors in all - a tally which was simply far too high and double what their opponents racked up - while it was the opposite spiker who was top scorer with just four points! The Americans needed to improve. But with Japan riding the crest of a wave, they were 11-4 up and coasting. Wing spiker Fukuzawa was making his mark and taking advantage of a creaking US defense. The no 12 team in the world were on fire. The errors from the second best on the planet, however, were continuing to appear. US coach John Speraw called a time out with the score at 20-9 and discussed with his coaching team the changes needed to kickstart his side into gear. Something drastic was required because the Japanese onslaught showed no signs of slowing. Their rearguard was as impressive as their attacking intent - and that came to the fore on set point in the second when Fukuzawa ’s showed brilliant tenacity to keep the ball alive before Yanagida helped seal the deal. Japan needed to keep their intensity alive if one of the greatest ever wins was to be completed yet as the third set began to take shape, it was clear that the US had finally awoken. Speraw’s side were nowhere near their best but had managed to creep 16-13 ahead thanks to some excellent work at the net from Taylor Averill while Patch’s fearsome power was beginning to make inroads into the Asian’s lead. Two set points went begging but Aaron Russell pounced to put the US on the scoreboard and begin to send doubts thundering through Japanese ranks. Could Yuichi Nakagaichi’s men hold firm? At 9-9 in the fourth, the answer was very much in the balance. The American errors were creeping back in but Patch was keeping them afloat along with some brilliant work at the net which helped the US establish a two point lead and force a deciding set. Suddenly the momentum was with the US who were able to stay strong and win another thrilling five set match and leave their opponents, who will at least gain confidence from this as they build towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but saw their charge here fell apart after ending up with 39 errors compared to 29, utterly crestfallen. Germany 3-1 China Lodz, Poland, June 1, 2018 – With a continuously improving performance by Christian Fromm, Germany beat China 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-21) in Lodz on Friday to register their first victory in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Fromm delivered as many as 19 points to top the charts for Germany. Simon Hirsch kept him good company on the scoreboard with 13 points, including four stuff blocks, one ace and the successful hit that ended it all in the fourth set. Two more German players went into the double digits. Marcus Boehme and Tobias Krick finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively. China’s Chuan Jiang was the best scorer of the match. He added 24 points to his tally, but his efforts alone were not enough for winning more than one set. With many Polish fans enjoying themselves on the stands at the Atlas Arena, China came from behind to win the first set, but Germany reacted by winning the next three and the match, putting both teams at a 1-3 win-loss record in the bottom half of the current VNL standings. Hammering the ball at 120 km/h, Jiang got a four-point Chinese run underway in the first set. Libin Liu chipped in with a couple of aces, sandwitching in between another Jiang hit that squeezed the ball between the block and the net, to give China a 12-10 lead and never look back through the end of the set. But Fromm had just warmed up with a couple of points in this first set and was ready to explode in the next three. He started the second set with a fantastic back row hit to give Germany the early lead and finished the set with a brilliant cross-court spike to level the match. Hammering one point after another, Fromm really took the leading role on the squad from the third set on. At 9-9 in the fourth, he scored from the serving line to reverse a short-lived Chinese lead, and followed soon after with a 101.7 km/h pipe shot. Moments later, he showed his gentle side, elegantly tipping the ball over the block for the next German break point. China never recovered from this blow, while Germany celebrated victorious. Brazil 3-0 South Korea Goiania, Brazil, June 1 - Eder Carbonera helped lead the way for Brazil as Korea were crushed in straight sets (25-21 25-19 25-19) to keep their VNL charge firmly on track. It was a wonderful homecoming for the Brazilians who delighted an energetic, packed Goiania Arena crowd with a devastating display which saw a superbly encouraging all round performance from Renan Dal Zoto’s side who take on Japan tomorrow aiming for more of the same. Top scorer Wallace wasn’t even needed so it was left for the excellent Carbonera who ended with 12 points (eight spikes, two blocks and two aces) and Evandro notched 10 points to cap a super show which will need to be replicated when the box office match-up with the USA rolls around on Sunday. Isac Santos (12 points) displayed his immense power as he spiked with unstoppable force while libero Murilo Endres kept things ticking over nicely. Korea, as always , battled hard and produced some quality- Jae-Duck Seo (seven points) and Kwang-In Jeon (seven points) were the standout performers yet matching Brazil’s power, panache and athleticism was a bridge too far. Minsu Jeong also produced some fearless defensive play but it wasn’t enough. It was always going to be a massive ask for Korea side who arrived in South America off the back of three defeats at the start of this VNL tournament so a meeting with the highest ranked team on the planet was never going to be easy. You have to go all the way back to 1992 to find the last Korean win over Brazil and after a blistering display from the hosts in the first two sets, the wait was going to ensue. There were stellar performances from a number of men in yellow - as they closed in on the second set Evandro and Luis Felipe had 15 points between them as the Asian side were simply blown away. The power of their attacking play in the second - 16 spikes compared to 12 - showed the difference between the teams. The serving quality of Carbonera, eanwhile, helped fire the home side forward with four aces. Korea, ranked 21 in the world, were refusing to wilt in the third and were hanging in with Kim producing some great blocks to bring his side into an 9-8 lead. Tha, however, was quickly eradicated and although the Koreans continued to have their moments, the tide was always with Brazil who sealed the win when Leonardo blocked superbly to leave their opponents rock bottom in the VNL and with the USA up tomorrow, it’s not getting any easier. Serbia 3-2 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria, June 1, 2018 - Drazen Luburic's superb display helped Serbia come from match-point down to snatch a stunning 5-set victory (25-17, 23-25, 23-25, 25-21, 16-14) over hosts Bulgaria in a thrilling FIVB men's Nations League match at the Arena Armeec. Luburic was absolutely vital to his side's cause as a poacher as he finished with 19 points, including a fierce spike to give Serbia match point, while Srecko Lisinac (14 points) was also instrumental as the visitors came from 2 sets to 1 behind to win a sensational match as they just about evaded the clutches of Bulgaria to record their 2nd victory in 4 VNL games. Bulgaria played their part in an unforgettable, high quality contest and looked increasingly stronger as the match wore on as they deservedly took a 2-sets-to-1 lead, with Todor Skrimov the game's top-scorer on 21 points and Nikolay Uchikov weighing in with 18. But, leading 10-5 in the 5th set, they crumbled when the going got tough as Serbia stepped up to win the match thanks to Petar Krsmanovic's ace. This was a thoroughly entertaining encounter with Serbia settling down early on to quieten a vociferous home crowd with some sensational volleyball as they cantered to the opening set. But Bulgaria came out firing with setter Georgi Seganov pulling the strings, while Skrimov and Uchikov acted as the attacking weaponry to haul Plamen Konstantinov's men in front. But Serbia forced a decider and then saved 2 match points in the 5th before taking victory in 2 hours and 37 minutes. Sizzling Serbia march on Serbia played with real verve and tempo with Luburic and Marko Ivovic providing the spikes, while Lisinac - who won 5 points from blocks - was a constant menace at the net. Krsmanovic served beautifully and setter Uros Kovacevic also had a fine game for a Serbian side that looked exquisite when at their free-flowing best. And after falling 2 sets to 1 behind, Nikola Grbic's men showed togetherness and defensive resilience to somehow snatch an unlikely victory and 2 precious points when it looked like they'd have to settle for 1 when trailing by 5 points in the 5th set. Bullish Bulgarians fight back Bulgaria went into this match in form having beaten China and Argentina in Week 1, but they looked overawed as the host nation early on as they were completely outplayed by a fluid and powerful Serbian side. But to their credit, Konstantinov's men, led by the excellent setter Seganov and flanked by the highly dangerous Skrimov and Uchikov, grabbed the game by the scruff of the net. The exceptional blocking duo of Svetoslav Gotsev (5 blocks from 22 attempts) and Viktor Yosifov (3 blocks from 9) were suddenly stopping Serbia at source and they took sets 2 and 3 (both 25-23) to take charge of the match. Bulgaria - with Uchikov and the captain Yosifov outstanding in the 5th set - looked like taking victory, but Valentin Bratoev had a meltdown by missing crucial spikes with the hosts on match point as Serbia came back to spoil the party. Star man Drazen Luburic was far from flawless and looked off at times defensively, but his 19 points - including a crucial spike to bring up match point - and incredible power proved the difference. Canada 3-1 Italy San Juan, Argentina, June 1, 2018 - Graham Vigrass produced a rock-solid performance as Canada brought Italy’s winning start in the Volleyball Nations League to a crashing halt with a 3-1 victory (22-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-16) on Friday.Vigrass led the way with power and precision and racked up 14 attacking points as the Canadians bounced back from losing the opening set to blunt their opponent’s fierce attacking options and clinch their second win of the tournament.Stephen Maar joined Vigrass and offered a two-way threat, smashing down 11 winners while also chiming in with four crucial blocks. Maar was involved in what ultimately proved to be the turning point of the match, the final rally of the second set, that ended when captain Tyler Sanders tipped the ball downwards for a winner and leveled things at 1-1.Osmany Juantorena struggled with an elbow injury throughout but fought hard for the Italians, who struggled for the kind of consistency that had seen it defeat Germany, Brazil and Serbia in the opening week of matches. Juantorena collected 14 total points, with Ivan Zaytsev blasting 15 in attack, but it simply wasn’t enough.While the crowd in San Juan was mainly in attendance to see the host nation Argentina in later action against Iran, it appreciated a tense and entertaining affair that was decided by Canada’s resiliency.Canada had looked determined from the start despite a 2-15 historical record against Italy and settled quickly in the first set. However, Italy came back into it thanks to Oleg Antonov, who swung things around with a dipping ace and a run of forceful serves. Juantorena secured the set with a block on the final point and Italy looked to be on its way.Yet it was during the second that Italy began to wobble. Juantorena was visibly nursing his elbow and Zaytsev, who crushed 69 points in the opening three matches, was misfiring too often, both on serve and attack.Indeed, the entire Italian service game was off kilter, with five straight faults late in the set. Italy kept responding with sideouts before its luck was extinguished as Sanders got the magical touch to take the set by the narrowest of margins.With the match evenly poised, Canada seemed to want it more and was chasing down everything. Sanders cut his hand sprinting into the boards, necessitating a slight delay while his cut was treated, but it merely served to fire up his team further.Canada maintained their slight advantage, Juantorena kept things tight with some heavy serving, but the last rally summed up the confusion in the Italian camp. After libero Massimo Colaci came up with a desperate dig from a Jason Derocco spike, no one responded in time and the ball was allowed to drift into the net.The fourth set was one-way traffic, with Canada jumping out strongly and never looking back. Zaytsev rammed home another handful of winners but by now Italy was going for broke and committing far too many errors.Canada cruised to the victory that has injected life into their VNL campaign after mixed results in the opening round.The Italians will try to regroup when they take on Iran during day two of action in San Juan while Canada will take on the hosts Argentina. Canada now has six points from its four matches in the inaugural VNL, with Italy remaining on eight. Iran 3-2 Argentina San Juan, Argentina, June 1, 2018 - Milad Ebadipour’s stunning attacking display helped Iran secure a nail-biting 3-2 victory (21-25, 25-22, 25-22, 24-26, 15-9) over Argentina in the Volleyball Nations League on Friday.Ebadipour was the focus of his team’s offense and his consistent power proved crucial as host Argentina put up a stirring fight but were unable to capitalize on home court advantage and narrowly failed to grab their first VNL win.The combination of Ebadipour (16 attacking points) and Amir Ghafour, who collected 10 winners, was critical as Iran piled on the pressure in the decisive fifth set to show nerves of steel once more. Head coach Igor Kolakovic’s team have now won their last six five-setters and were grateful for this, their second triumph of the tournament.Argentina’s firepower came from the skillful strikes of Facundo Conte, who was instrumental in putting his side off to a strong start, then later spearheading a spirited fightback to pull things level. Ultimately, however, the home squad was left to rue a high error count that saw them rack up 40 mistakes over the course of the contest.When the San Juan crowd shared their team’s disappointment at the eventual outcome, they were quick to pay tribute to Argentina’s effort, showering the players with a rousing standing ovation at the end of the game.If not for a few key moments, things might have turned out differently. Argentina came out full of positive intent and rode the fine play of Cristian Poglajen to a first set victory, in which Poglajen got on the board five times before Agustin Loser clinched the frame with an imposing block on set point. Iran had no intention of going away quietly and with Kolakevic demanding improvement, tightened up their game in impressive fashion. An inspired run of serving from Ebadipour was key in both opening up a late advantage and quieting the crowd, giving the visitors a lead they would not surrender. Supported ably by the persistent efforts of Mojtaba Mirzajanpour and Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi, Ebadipour continued his streak of form in the third. After Italy started strongly and moved ahead through Conte and Bruno Lima’s attacking prowess, Iran chipped away at the deficit and saved their best play for the end. Two huge spikes from Ghafour secured set point, and Ebadipour blow to win the set was even more emphatic. Argentina was not finished yet, and when Iran captain Saeid Marouf became frustrated as a couple of disputed decisions went the other way, the hosts opened up a five-point gap. Iran ground away and eventually came close to finishing the clash in four sets, before Sebastian Sole and Martin Ramos held firm when it mattered. But Iran are the masters of five-set play and show exactly why in the decider. With relentless consistency and flawless sideouts, Iran got to the change of ends at 8-6 and never looked back from there. Appropriately, Ebadipour and Ghafour were the biggest contributors once more, before Farhad Salafzoon made the most of an Argentina error to seal the win. Argentina’s schedule does not get any easier with in-form Canada next up, while Iran faces Italy on Saturday.
  3. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Day 04 Iran 3-2 Argentina (25-21 / 22-25 / 22-25 / 26-24 / 15-9)
  4. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Day 04 Canada 3-1 Italy (22-25 / 27-25 / 25-23 / 25-17)
  5. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Wow,
  6. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Well, both Japan and Argentina nearly did, so I don't see why not
  7. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Day 04 Brazil 3-0 South Korea (25-21 / 25-19 / 25-19)
  8. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Day 04 Serbia 3-2 Bulgaria (25-17 / 23-25 / 23-25/ 25-21 / 16-14)
  9. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Germany 3-1 China (23-25 / 18-25 / 22-25 / 21-25)
  10. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Day 04 United States 3-2 Japan (23-25 / 13-25 / 25-18 / 25-20 / 15-10)
  11. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Day 04 Russia 3-1 Australia (25-18 /25-19 / 18-25 / 25-22)
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  13. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Day 04 Poland 3-0 France (25-19 / 25-20 / 25-22)
  14. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    First set against France for Poland 25-19 after a great display
  15. Women's Volleyball CEV European League 2018

    GROUP STANDINGS after leg 4 out of 6 (next leg: 2-3 June.) 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 9 3 1 10:5 2. 9 3 1 10:6 3. 6 2 2 8:7 4. 0 0 4 2:12 GROUP B Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1. 9 3 1 10:4 2. 9 3 1 9:5 3. 6 2 2 8:6 4. 0 0 4 1:12 GROUP C Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1. 12 4 0 12:1 2. 7 3 1 10:7 3. 4 1 3 5:10 4. 1 0 4 3:12 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 9 3 1 11:5 2. 8 3 1 11:7 3. 7 2 2 8:6 4. 0 0 4 0:12 GROUP B Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1. 12 4 0 12:2 2. 9 3 1 9:4 3. 3 1 3 5:10 4. 0 0 3 2:12
  16. Women's Volleyball CEV European League 2018

    Leg 4 Results: GROUP A Azerbaijan 3-1 Bulgaria (25-20 / 23-25 / 25-21 / 25-21) GROUP A Ukraine 3-1 Portugal (25-19 / 21-25 / 25-20 / 25-22) GROUP B Finland 3-1 Croatia (25-18 / 24-26 / 25-15 / 25-19 GROUP B France 0-3 Hungary (23-25 / 18-25 /19-25) GROUP C Slovakia 1-3 Czech Republic (25-16 / 16-25 / 23-25 / 18-25) GROUP C Spain 2-3 Belarus (23-25 / 25-21 / 22-25 / 25-19 / 9-15) GROUP A Sweden 2-3 Estonia (25-20 /18-25 / 25-21 / 25-27 / 5-15) GROUP A Kosovo 0-3 Switzerland (18-25 / 20-25 / 15-25) GROUP B Albania 3-1 Israel (25-23 / 25-19 / 27-29 / 25-16) GROUP B Austria 3-1 Georgia (25-21 / 25-16 / 25-27 / 25-16)
  17. Men's Volleyball CEV European League 2018

    GROUP STANDINGS after leg 4 out of 6 (next leg: 2-3 june.) 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 12 4 0 12:3 2. 8 3 1 10:6 3. 4 1 3 6:10 4. 0 0 4 3:12 GROUP B Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1. 11 4 0 12:2 2. 7 2 2 10:9 3. 6 2 2 8:8 4. 0 0 4 1:12 GROUP C Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1. 9 3 1 11:6 2. 7 3 1 9:8 3. 4 1 3 7:9 4. 4 1 3 6:10 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. 12 4 0 12:1 2. 9 3 1 10:5 3. 3 1 3 5:10 4. 0 0 4 1:12 GROUP B Nation PTS MW ML SETS 1. 12 4 0 12:1 2. 9 3 1 10:3 3. 3 1 3 3:10 4. 0 0 4 1:12
  18. Men's Volleyball CEV European League 2018

    Leg 4 results GROUP A Slovakia 0-3 Belgium ( 23-25 / 18-25 / 17-25) GROUP A Sweden 0-3 Estonia (20-25 / 17-25 / 17-25) GROUP B Turkey 3-0 Slovenia ( 25-22 / 25-15 / 25-19) GROUP B Ukraine 2-3 Netherlands (25-22 / 17-25 / 20-25 / 25-23 / 10-15) GROUP C Czech Republic 2-3 Portugal (25-19 / 25-19 / 27-29 / 21-25 / 13-15) GROUP C Finland 3-2 Spain (25-23 / 22-25 / 25-20 / 21-25 / 15-11) GROUP A Kosovo 0-3 Latvia (21-25 / 9-25 / 20-25) GROUP A Austria 3-1 Macedonia (25-20 / 23-25 / 26-24 / 25-20) GROUP B Hungary 0-3 Croatia (17-25 / 19-25 /18-25) GROUP B Albania 0-3 Belarus (17-25 / 22-25 / 14-25)
  19. Men's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    MEN'S Week 2, day 1 SCHEDULE (1 JUNE 2018) all times are CEST 16:00 Australia - Russia 16:00 Poland - France 17:15 Japan - United States 19:00 Bulgaria - Serbia 19:00 China - Germany 20:05 Brazil - South Korea 23:10 Canada - Italy 02:10 Argentina - Iran
  20. Women's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    PRELIMINARY ROUND STANDINGS after 9 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. 8 1 25 26:4 2. 8 1 24 25:8 3. 8 1 23 25:8 4. 7 2 20 22:9 5. 6 3 19 23:12 6. 6 3 17 18:15 7. QUALIFIED 5 4 16 19:13 8. 4 5 14 16:16 9. 4 5 11 13:18 10. 4 5 11 13:18 11. CHALLENGER 3 6 8 13:22 12. 3 6 8 12:22 13 CHALLENGER 2 7 8 12:21 14: 2 7 6 11:23 15 CHALLENGER 2 7 6 9:23 16: : CHALLENGER 0 9 0 2:27
  21. Women's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    DAY 09 SUMMARY GERMANY 3-1 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 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. Lippmann followed up her 22-point haul against Thailand in Wednesday's five-set thriller with a game-high 29 points against the Dominican Republic as Germany made it back-to-back wins in Pool 11 after losing their previous six matches in the tournament. Lippmann's latest big tally included 25 spikes from just 39 attempts, lifting her overall points total for the competition to 177, second only to Poland's Malwina Smarzek. With Lippmann so controlling at the net, none of the other German players reached double figures although Jennifer Geerties and Lena Stigrot each finished with nine and the captain Maren Fromm got seven. Brayelin Martinez once again led the way for the Dominican Republic. Fourth in the overall best scorers' list heading into the match, she collected 15 kills and a block to add another 16 points to her total. The powerful serving Yonkaira Pena racked up eight points, as did Jineiry Martinez as the 'Queens of the Caribbean' dropped to 2-7 in the inaugural VNL. Germany, who improved to 3-6, overturned a five-point deficit to win the first set. The Dominican Republic dominated the early exchanges but the Europeans drew level at 20-20 then took the lead with a pin-point ace from Lippmann that landed in the corner of the back court. Germany got to set point when Martinez was ruled to have touched the net after a winning block then they clinched the opener when Pena was unable to return a blistering serve from Marie Scholzel. Germany dominated the second set from the outset, penetrating the Dominican Republic defence to open up a big lead that they never relinquished, sealing the set when Lippmann and Lisa Grunding combined for a double block. The Dominican Republic rebounded strongly to win the third set, twice opening up six-point leads, before Martinez followed up a neat dink with an unreturnable spike to force a fourth set after one of Pena's serve was clocked at over 100 kilometres per hour. But the fourth set was all one-way traffic for Germany, who wrapped up the win on a thunderous spike from Geerties. The Dominican Republic travels to the Netherlands next week to join the Dutch, Serbia and Italy in Pool 13 while Germany moves to Bydgoszcz to play Pool 16 hosts Poland as well as Argentina and Belgium. JAPAN 3-0 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. Kurogo drove home a team-leading nine spikes for a Japanese team who never really looked under too much pressure as they took their run at the Hong Kong Coliseum this week to 2-1. She was withdrawn from action after two sets as Japan look to the next round and to their hopes of qualifying for the finals of the inaugural VNL. The 19-year-old had similarly been a force to be reckoned with the night before in a loss to the world number one Chinese with a team-leading 17 points - all from spikes - and the Hong Kong crowd have quickly taken Kurogo to heart due to her exploits this week. On Thursday night they were also pretty impressed with the performance of Shinnabe, too, as the 28-year-old veteran powered Japan on their way to the win. The bright spark for Argentina has been the form of wing spiker Anahi Tosi, whose team-leading eight points on Thursday night took her total in the 2018 VNL so far to 88 points. The South Americans continue to play with spirit and enthusiasm despite a wretched run that has so far kept them as the only team in the VNL to have not yet won a match - and they've not won a set since their 3-1 loss to the Netherlands on May 16. The Japanese had battled admirably on opening night in Hong Kong in overcoming Italy 3-2 but then found Olympic and world champions China too hot to handle in a 3-0 loss on Wednesday. The positives coach Kumi Nakada can take from the third round include Kurogo's stellar form and their swarming style of volleyball as the world number six ranked team look to play their way into VNL finals contention. Two wins out of three matches in Hong Kong is a solid return for the Japanese, considering the only loss came at the hands of tournament favourites China. Next up for them as the inaugural VNL moves into its fourth round will be a trip to Nakhon Ratchasrima to face hosts Thailand along with Turkey and South Korea. The South Americans meanwhile now have four days to regroup under the guidance of coach Guillermo Orduna before the fourth round in Bydgoszcz pits them against Belgium, Germany and hosts Poland from June 5. 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. With USA's leading pointscorer Michelle Bartsch-Hackley sitting out the match, Larson took up the role of the main attacking weapon, finishing with a game-high 15 points, comprising nine spikes from 18 attempts, as well as two blocks and four service winners. Outside hitter Kimberly Hill was also in great form, particularly in the first two sets, racking up 13 kills as the reigning world champions posted their seventh consecutive straight-sets win to consolidate their lead at the top of the competition standings. Outgunned at the start, Thailand improved as the match wore on, pushing the Americans in the second set and leading midway through their third before running out of steam, just 24 hours after they were involved in a marathon five-set defeat to Germany. None of the Thai players managed to reach double figures although Onuma Sittirak led the way with eight after skipping the first set as the home crowd created a carnival atmosphere inside the stadium as they cheered every point and desperate save from the host-nation's team. Wilavan Apinyapong and Ajcharaporn Kongyot, finished with seven points each, while Larson took her series total to 90 points and was well supported by her team mates as four American players reached double figures. Hill, who has 89 points in total, clinched the first and second sets with powerful spikes that proved too much for the Thai defence. Andrea Drews finished with 12 points while Lauren Gibbemeyer got 10 and Foluke Akinradewores, the most-capped player on the American roster, chipped in with eight. With the win, the US improved to 8-1 in the competition. Ranked number two in the world, they head to Jiangmen next week to join China, Brazil and Russia in Pool 14. Thailand, who dropped to 2-7 after a third straight loss in Bangkok, switch to Nakhon Ratchasima next week to host Japan, South Korea and Turkey in Pool 15. Italy 3-1 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. The 19-year-old opposite spiker just kept coming up big for the Italians, with 12 spikes from 29 attempts, and she continued to enjoy every single moment of it with wild cries as every point was made. Egonu's partnership with wing spiker Miryam Sylla - responsible for 11 points of her own - was just too much for China and the scenes of celebration afterwards showed just how much toppling the world number one side meant to the seventh-ranked Italy.A series of huge rallies throughout the match had electrified fans inside the Hong Kong Coliseum, as had every single move China's captain Zhu Ting made. The 23-year-old wing spiker is treated liked a rock star in these parts and was again the leading force for her team, with a team leading points, despite spending time on the sidelines. Opposite spiker Yang Fangxu also made her presence felt with seven points. But the night belonged to Italy, who leave Hong Kong now with a record of 4-5 after three rounds of the VNL - and with a whole lot of hope.The form book had revealed some promising signs for the Italians coming in to the match. In last year's FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix they'd had two wins over China on their own march to second place behind Brazil. They also held a 9-8 all-time lead when it came to matches played on Chinese soil. Make that a round 10. Italy coach Davide Mazzanti certainly looked like he knew that form as he patrolled the side of the court urging his charges on. It worked a treat early with Egonu and Sylla racing into double figures. For her part, China coach Lang Ping has not been afraid of calling on the services of the younger members of her squad so far in the tournament, safe in the knowledge that as hosts her team have already qualified for the finals. So it was again on Thursday with 18-year-old opposite spiker Li Yingying substituted in right when the tension was palpable in the first set. The teenager acquitted herself admirably, with three big spikes, before making way for more experienced heads but her star will no doubt continue to rise. China look now to rebound as they travel north to Jiangmen for round four from June 5 against Brazil, USA and Russia. Italy will meanwhile head to Rotterdam and face Serbia, the Dominican Republic and hosts the Netherlands. POLAND 3-0 SOUTH KOREA Apeldoorn, Netherlands, May 31, 2018 - Malwina Smarzek was the key figure again for Poland as they thrashed South Korea in straight sets (25-11, 25-15, 25-16) for their first victory in 5 matches in the FIVB women's Nations League. The Poles knew they had to win to avoid matching their unwanted run of 5 straight world-level defeats from the 2014 World Grand Prix, and another defeat never looked likely as they came tearing out of the blocks to produce a classy performance that they had been threatening for a while. In a surprisingly one-sided contest, they simply had too much power with their defence solid throughout against a woeful South Korea side who looked disinterested and off the pace. Poland may have started the day 14th in the Nations League table, but they performed valiantly in straight-sets defeats to the Netherlands and Brazil this week - notching at least 20 points in every set - and things finally clicked as they recorded just their 3rd win in 9 in the tournament to move up to 11th. Malwina Smarzek began the day as the competition's top scorer with 192 and she once again led the scoring charts in Apeldoorn with 19. Agnieszka Kakolewska chipped in with 13 and was a potent blocker throughout, while Marlena Plesnierowicz - who won 4 points on serve - and Natalia Medrzyk (8 points) also had strong games. South Korea were utterly outclassed against the host nation, Netherlands, on Wednesday, and they weren't at the races for the second day running as they produced arguably their worst performance of the campaign to slump to a 4th straight defeat. In a game of few bright spots for the Asian team, Jaeyeong Lee top scored with 11 points, while Jeongah Park (10) also reached double figures. But South Korea are now 4 &5 after a dreadful week in Apeldoorn. The Poles were realistically out of Final Round contention prior to this match, but they came firing out of the traps with some powerful play. Kakolewska's prowess at the net put the Poles 5-2 in front. Jacek Nawrocki's girls had never won in the Netherlands before in 5 attempts but they were beginning to sense that this would be their day. A Smarzek ace made it 13-7 and the Koreans managed to reduce the gap to 5 when Jaeyeong Lee's inch-perfect spike landed inside the court. But that was to be South Korea's penultimate point of the set as the Poles strode clear with their menacing power proving too much. Poland eventually cruised to the set 25-11 with South Korea coach Cha Hae-won looking forlorn on the sidelines. The Koreans, who trail the head-to-head record 10-6 but had beaten Poland twice in 3 attempts at the 2017 World Grand Prix, were all over the place in this contest. Plesnierowicz's ace started proceedings for the Europeans in the 2nd set and they led 8-3 at the first technical timeout with Smarzek and Kakolewska too hot to handle. South Korea were making life far too easy for a side as tall and threatening as Poland and the giant figure of Zuzanna Efemienko had a simple tap in to make it 14-8. Errors continued to creep in among the Koreans with a basic lack of communication handing the Poles point after point, and they eventually took the set with ease to move 2 clear after only 50 minutes. South Korea needed a big response and they started to play with a little more freedom in the 3rd set. Eunjin Park made it 2-0 but back-to-back wayward spikes brought Poland level at 5-5. Jeongah Park made sure that the Koreans took a 2-point lead into the first technical timeout, but from then on it was all downhill for the Asian side. The Poles - with Plesnierowicz serving magnificently and Smarzek continuing to bury spikes - scored 12 of the next 13 points as South Korean heads wilted. Emilia Mucha's well-placed spike brought the Poles into the 20s after a challenge and Kakolewska's delicate touch brought up match point. Despite having 4 of them saved, Poland weren't to be denied with Efemienko thundering down a spike to seal the set 25-16 and a very impressive victory. It's on to home comforts now for the Poles who entertain Argentina, Germany and Belgium in Bydgoszcz in week 4. RUSSIA 3-1 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. Voronkova set the pace for the most part of the match in Kraljevo, contributing a great 23 points, including four stuff blocks and two aces, to Russia’s tally. 202-cm-tall Daria Malygina and middle blocker Angelina Lazarenko also had their solid contribution of 16 and 13 points, respectively. Belgium put on a great effort and even put an end to their straight-set losing streak with Britt Herbots and Kaja Grobelna leading the way with 14 points each. Russia stayed in control through the most part of the game, but a seven-point series in the third set gave the Belgians the courage to persevere for the set win. The victory was sixth for Russia since the start of the competition, while Belgium’s losing streak was extended to six games in a row. A high-level all-round Russian team effort in the first set was highlighted by Angelina Lazarenko and Daria Malygina, delivering a couple of aces and three spike points each. The main reason Belgium did not fall far behind were the Russian mistakes, which produced more than half of the opponents’ 21 points in the set. Hititng a 105.5 km/h pipe shot and finishing a 32.5-second mega rally with a kill block early in the second set got Irina Voronkova really fired up for the rest of the set and leading her team in overpowering Belgium. However, Britt Herbots and Kaja Grobelna were also on fire in offence on the other side of the net, keeping Belgium close behind. Their team’s efforts were crowned by a great hit through the middle, followed by a stuff block, for two consecutive points from Marlies Janssens, which tied the score at 15-15. Voronkova aced for 17-15 and finished another long spectacular rally with a back-row hit for 21-16 to spin Russia into another momentum that led to a 25-20 win. Voronkova continued to fuel that momentum into the third set, as Russia gained a speedy 5-1 advantage. However, the Belgians had no intention of giving up just yet. They went on a seven-point run with Nathalie Lemmens on serving duty and broke away with a 12-7 lead. Voronkova exploded again with a smashing five spiking points in a row to level it at 13-13, but even this did not break Belgium. The young squad of coach Gert Vande Broek stepped up their attacking efforts with Celine Van Gestel leading the way. Substitute Laure Flament put two balls on the floor to bring her team to a triple set point. Finally, Grobelna fired from the back row to close the set at 25-23. At 13-11 Belgium’s way in the fourth set, Russia woke up for a nine-point run, highlighted by three consecutive precision-placed aces by Ekaterina Lyubushkina. This was a blow the Belgians could never recover from. Great kill block by setter Tatiana Romanova ended the match at 25-18, fixing the Russian win. Next week, Russia will travel to Jiangmen to measure up against giants Brazil, USA and hosts China, while the Belgian team will be in the company of Argentina, Germany and the home squad of Poland in Bydgoszcz. BRAZIL 3-1 NETHERLANDS 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. Tandara's class and power shone through once again as she contributed 31 points to take her tally in Apeldoorn to 85 in 3 matches, but it was the South Americans' fabled defence - with Adenizia da Silva the chief tormentor with 3 block points alongside Tandara - that won them the game against tough opposition. The Netherlands certainly played their part in a match of high quality - the 3rd set a particular highlight - but despite their spike threats Lonneke Sloetjes and Anne Buijs contributing 19 points apiece, the Dutch attack was held at bay frequently in the face of alert Brazilian defence. The hosts were edged out in 2 tight opening sets but hit peak form in the 3rd to give themselves a lifeline. The visitors though did an extraordinary job to stem the Dutch tide as they won the big points in the big moments to win the crucial 4th set and wrap up victory. Brazil win battle of the titans With both sides coming into this one on the back of 7 wins from 8 games in the Nations League, this was a titanic clash between 2 of the best sides in women's volleyball. Brazil's 8th straight win may not mean much in the grand scheme of things with both sides on course for the Final Round, but there's no doubt this will be a psychological blow for the Dutch as Brazil served notice of their heavyweight credentials with a brilliant victory inside the hostile Omnisport Apeldoorn. Brazil, winners of 4 of the previous 5 World Grand Prix's, are wise old campaigners with the side having won major competitions on a regular basis, and it was their extra knowhow and ability to play under pressure that got them over the line in this match. In sets 1 and 2, Brazil were 5 and 3 points behind respectively, yet played with cohesion and quality to turn both sets around in their favour when many teams would've folded. As for the Netherlands and their coach Jamie Morrison, this result is far from a calamity with the hosts still firmly entrenched in the top 6, but this is the 2nd time they've failed to pick up a point in a Nations League match against 2 of the best sides - USA and Brazil. Brazilian defence shines bright Jose Roberto Guimaraes' women are capable of playing an all-court game with Tandara and Amanda Francisco (10 points) extremely potent spike specialists, but it's Brazil's outstanding defence that provides the bedrock and allows these superb talents to prosper. Suelen Pinto is arguably the best libero in the Nations League and her incredible reflexes were on show again here - her superhuman pick-up on match point dropped over the Dutch net to seal the victory for Brazil. Captain Roberta Ratzke also falls into the underrated category. The setter was at her premium best - as a server and in open court - as she provided the perfect length and height to her sets with the likes of Tandara and Amanda often finishing off Roberta's fine approach work. The Brazilians are also the best blocking nation in the competition - Ana Beatriz and Adenizia are ranked 1st and 4th respectively in terms of average blocks per set - and their tenacity at the net was too much in Apeldoorn as they frustrated the hosts' sizzling attack. Dutch hoodoo v Brazil goes on The Netherlands have now won only once against Brazil - at the 2007 World Grand Prix - in 24 meetings, but they remain a threat against any side with Sloetjes, Buijs and Maret Balkestein (11 points) all producing strong individual performances. Star of the show Adenizia's excellence as a blocker yielded 3 points in a personal haul of 9, but Tandara's 31-point haul, featuring 26 spikes from 49 attempts and 3 block points, was the difference between 2 evenly-balanced teams. Without Tandara, Brazil may have been on the losing side. SERBIA 3-2 TURKEY 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. The young Serbian star Boskovic outscored her Turkish counterpart to become the game’s top pointmaker with 26, including four stuff blocks and the hammer that ended the match in the tie-breaker. Outside hitter Brankica Mihajlovic and middle blocker and captain Milena Rasic added their high-level performances, as well as 16 points each as a valuable contribution to the Serbian victory. Meryem Boz scored 20 times for Turkey, while middle blockers Eda Erdem Dundar and Zehra Gunes also went deep into the double digits with 15 and 14 points, respectively. With the whole-hearted support of the fans in Kraljevo, Serbia won the first set, but allowed a Turkish takeover in the next two. As the big drama unfolded, the Serbs tied it in the fourth to prompt a decider. The tie-breaker was a mini rollercoaster in itself, with the home side eventually emerging on top with their eighth victory in hand. With Boz on fire, Turkey managed to break away with a three-point lead twice in the first half of the fifth set and twice did the host team manage to draw level. A 103.1 km/h power shot by Boskovic was the momentum changer, after which she took destiny in her own hands. With a monster block she gave Serbia a 12-10 lead, and then hammered two of the remaining three points to celebrate victorious with a 15-12 win. But Tijana Boskovic’s performance was quite memorable throughout the match. Her 100.9 km/h blasting serve to give Serbia a three-point lead in the first set was one of the highlights early in the match. She was a big part of that seven-point run, which flipped the advantage in the second set to a 20-18 Serbian lead, before the incredible five in a row, with which Turkey sprinted to a 25-22 finish to regain the momentum. A monster of a single block by Boskovic put the stop to a six-point Turkish run, which gave the home team a late scare in the fourth set, and it was Boskovic again, whose power shot off the block brought Serbia to a quadruple set point – 24-20. On the other side of the net, Meryam Boz did her best to be a good match for Boskovic and delivered in key moments of the match to keep Turkey in contention. Her successful spike set Turkey off on a four-point series, the first of two big comebacks for the team in the second set, in which she also chipped in with an ace. Another ace of hers gave Turkey a three-point lead early into the third set. A superb pipe shot by Boz for 20-15 was the start of a five-point run, which made the team unreachable at the end of the set. In set 4, she hammered an ace and another back-row hit for two consecutive Turkish points, trying to keep the team alive in the set. Boz’s attacks were instrumental in Turkey’s strong start of the tie-breaker, as she scored four of her team’s first seven points on the way to an 8-5 lead. It was not to be. Even in an epic hard-fought match like this one there is only one winner, and the victory was destined for Boskovic and her teammates, who went into a well-deserved celebration with “Srbija! Srbija!” echoing from the stands... Turkey’s next trip is to meet up with three Asian sides – Japan, Korea and hosts Thailand – from June 5 through 7 in Nakhon Ratchasrima. Serbia will stay in Europe, but will move to Rotterdam, where the Netherlands will also host the Dominican Republic and Italy.
  22. Women's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Day 09 Germany 3-1 Dominican Republic (25-22 / 25-15 / 21-25 / 25-12) Japan 3-0 Argentina (25-16 / 25-21 / 25-21) United States 3-0 Thailand (25-10 / 25-22 / 25-16) Italy 3-1 China (25-18 / 25-14 / 16-25/ 25-18) Poland 3-0 South Korea (25-11 / 25-15 / 25-16) Russia 3-1 Belgium (25-20 / 25-21 / 23-25 / 25-18) Brazil 3-1 Netherlands (25-23 / 26-24 / 13-25 / 25-22) Serbia 3-2 Turkey (25-20 / 22-25 / 18-25 / 25-23 / 15-12)
  23. Women's Volleyball FIVB Nations League 2018

    Day 08 Italy 3-0 Argentina (25-15 / 25-16 / 25-18)
  24. Women's Volleyball CEV European League 2018

    Group Stage, LEG 4 out of 6 Day 1 out of 1 - 30 may 2018 - schedule all times are CEST GOLDEN LEAGUE GROUP A 17:00 Ukraine - Portugal 18:00 Azerbeijan - Bulgaria GROUP B 18:30 Finland - Croatia 20:00 France - Norway GROUP C 17:00 Slovakia - Czech Republic 20:00 Spain - Belarus 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 Sweden - Estonia 19:30 Kosovo - Switzerland GROUP B 17:00 Albania - Israel 17:45 Austria - Georgia FREE STREAMING OF THE SILVER LEAGUE MATCHES IS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/channel/volleyball-cev-silver-european-league-frauen
  25. Men's Volleyball CEV European League 2018

    Group Stage, LEG 4 out of 6 Day 1 out of 1 - 30 may 2018 - schedule all times are CEST GOLDEN LEAGUE GROUP A 20:00 Estonia - Sweden 20:00 Slovakia - Belgium GROUP B 15:30 urkey - Slovenia 20:00 Ukraine - Netherlands GROUP C 18:00 Czech Republic - Portugal 19:30 Finland - Spain FREE STREAMING OF THE GOLDEN LEAGUE MATCHES IS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/channel/volleyball-cev-golden-european-league-men SILVER LEAGUE GROUP A 17:00 Kosovo - Latvia 20:15 Austria - Macedonia GROUP B 18:30 Croatia - Hungary 20:00- Albania - Belarus FREE STREAMING OF THE SILVER LEAGUE MATCHES IS AVAILABLE AT: http://www.laola1.tv/en-int/channel/volleyball-cev-silver-european-league-maenner
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