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Women’s World Cup Preview

FIVB’s World Cup Championship is a quadrennial event for both men and women and is always held the year before the summer Olympics in the four year summer Olympics cycle.  Although the FIVB World Cup complements the FIVB World League/Gran Prix and the FIVB World Championship, these three championships are separate and distinct events. Team […]

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World Gran Prix Wrap-UP

As all Volleyball fans know by now, Team USA won the 2015 edition of the FIVB World Gran Prix championships with a spectacular performance at the finals in Omaha, Nebraska and becoming the first team ever to win the Gran Prix in their home country. Team USA was an impressive 5 – 0 in the […]

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Sarah Lusk Still Serves at USMA

This article is the third post of nine in the “Volleyball and Veterans” series. Every weekend we will feature a Veteran who has a significant connection to Volleyball.  Let’s talk about Sarah Lusk, a Veteran who is still serving the US Army as an assistant Volleyball coach at the US Military Academy (USMA).

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Team USA clinched the 2015 World Gran Prix title with a 3 -0 (25-16, 25-22, & 25-21) victory over Team Brazil in front of 7,800 partisan fans in the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Team USA 4-0 record is insurmountable with just one match remaining for all teams.

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  With a 3-1 victory over Russia, Team USA moved into 1st place of the Group 1 Gran Prix finals. Here’s the current ranking of teams at end of play on Friday, 7/24/2015. USA takes on Brazil today at 6:10 PM ET. To watch this match live, use the “Watch Live” tab at

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World Gran Prix competition for Group 1 has moved into the final phase at Omaha, Nebraska, of the USA.  Six teams remain in play for the finals: Brazil, China, Italy, Japan, Russia, and USA.  Here’s the current ranking of the Group 1 teams at the end of play on Wednesday, July 23, 2015.

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Homecoming for Shawn Olmstead

Homecomings are a special time here in the United States.  Everybody loves them.  In high school we elect a homecoming king and queen to celebrate homecoming week.  We celebrated LeBron James’ homecoming when he announced that he was returning to his home area of Cleveland (actually Akron) to play for the Cavaliers.  This theme is […]


France continued their spectacular World League run and defeated Serbia in the World League Gold medal match 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, & 25-23).  This victory gives France their first FIVB World League title ever after winning the Group 2 finals to earn a berth in the Group 1 finals.

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World League Finalists Set

Team USA’s quest for a second straight championship in World league competition ended abruptly Saturday with a disappointing loss to Serbia. Serbia’s 3–2 victory (25-23, 25-21, 25-27, 20-25, & 15-12) eliminated Team USA from Gold medal contention. In the second semifinal match, Team France continued their stellar World league run with a 3-2 (25-23, 25-23, […]


Vets & Volleyball – Henry Valiente Did His Duty

This article is the second post of nine in the “Volleyball and Veterans” series of the Net Set. We will feature a Veteran who has a significant connection to Volleyball every Saturday.  So, let’s move on right now and talk about Henry Valiente, a Veteran who answered the Call of Duty.

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USA Advances to Semifinals in World League

In an impressive display of Volleyball, Team USA defeated Team France 3 – 1 (25-21, 25-22, 24-26, and 25-20) to leapfrog from 3rd place to 1st place in Pool I, based on point ratios. This win keeps the USA hopes of repeating as the World League champion in 2015 alive. The USA versus Serbia semifinal […]

USA in Must Win Scenario in World League

Brazil defeated Team USA today in a 3 – 1 (28-26, 22-25, 25-22, & 27-25) match which places USA squarely on the brink of elimination.  Team USA must defeat France tomorrow at 1:05 Eastern Time or they are finished in 2015 World League. The match between USA and France is being streamed live via YouTube […]

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World League Finals this Weekend in Rio

We have reached the peak and crescendo of the FIVB World League World League competition with the Group 1 finals which will occur this weekend in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The teams have been determined, the pools are set, the schedule is locked in stone, and the only thing left to chance are the […]

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BYU Women’s VB Program in Good Hands with Heather Olmstead

BYU had a magical season last year.  It reached an incredible level when they met Penn State in the NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Championship.  Despite the fact that BYU fell to the Nittany Lions, it does not put a damper on the fantastic season that the Lady Cougars ended up having.  During the tournament, a […]