For the fourth time, the Team USA women’s beach Olympic team will be anchored by Kerri Walsh Jennings. This fantastic volleyball player has won three Olympic Gold medals (2004, 2008, & 2012) in beach volleyball with Misty May-Treanor and wants to add at least one more Gold to her resume. Any medal will make her […]
Beach volleyball is its own venue at the Olympics, with a completely separate and totally different qualifying process than the indoor game. The beach game first appeared in the Olympics in 1996 (a mere 20 years ago), and this edition of Olympic beach volleyball will mark the sixth awarding of Olympic medals in the sport. […]
Team USA women’s volleyball has built some significant momentum as we head into the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Let’s take a look at the last four years for Team USA and how they have performed in the world’s five major volleyball events heading into the Rio Olympics.
Team USA men’s volleyball had an early exit from the recent World League competition and did not advance to the Final Four bracket. While this early exit was certainly not a good thing for Team USA, we must remember that it is not the end of the volleyball world. Team USA will regroup and undoubtedly […]
Serbia captured the 2016 World League with a spectacular performance in the gold medal match resulting in a 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, & 25-21) victory over top-ranked Brazil. In the bronze medal match, France topped Italy, also 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, & 25-20). Let’s review the Final Round of the World League and how we arrived at these two medal […]
On the second day of Finals Round pool play, Italy topped the USA 3-1 (25-22, 27-25, 26-28, & 25-21) while Serbia defeated host Poland, also by a score of 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 18-25, & 25-18). These victories ensure that Brazil and Serbia will advance to the World League semifinals and tomorrow’s matches will determine which […]
In the first day of Finals Round pool play, Brazil breezed by Italy 3-0 while host nation Poland eked out a 3-2 victory over France in Krakow, Poland today.
For the Group 1 final round, the host team plus the top five ranked teams after the preliminary rounds qualify for the five day round-robin final round. Therefore, based on the FIVB World League ranking criteria, Brazil, the USA, Serbia, France, Italy, and host Poland will participate in the final round in Krakow, Poland. The […]
In a match of peaks and valleys, Brazil outlasted the USA 3-2 (18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 22-25, & 15-9) to win the 2016 edition of the FIVB Grand Prix. After the match, USA coach Karch Kiraly stated: “Congratulations to Brazil. They played a very nice match. We learned very valuable lessons from this match. It’s good […]
This 2016 edition of the FIVB World Grand Prix has come down to the one, last, final match – the championship match – tomorrow (Sunday, July 10th) in Bangkok, Thailand. Let’s review this final week at the Grand Prix in Bangkok, Thailand, and how we got where we are now.
So, based upon the final Intercontinental Round rankings below, we had the four teams of Canada, Turkey, Netherlands, and Portugal (the host nation) all vying for the World League Group 2 title and the chance to move into Group 1 next year. So, let’s see where Group 2 is headed in tomorrow’s (Sunday July 10th) […]
FIVB Volleyball’s 24th edition of the World Grand Prix has come down to the semifinal match tomorrow and the championship match on Sunday. Let’s review this final week at the Grand Prix in Bangkok, Thailand, and how we got where we are today.
As we continue to follow the exciting and fascinating volleyball of the World League and the twelve teams in Group 1 (the top ranked teams in the world), it is important to remember that there are 24 other teams participating in this event. Some of these teams have been in Group 1 before and they […]
Phase 3 of the Intercontinental Round of World League has ended and Team USA now moves on to Krakow, Poland, for the finals of this 27th World League story. Team USA finished with a 3-0 record in Phase 3 (8-1 overall) while continuing to experiment with the lineup at Opposite and Outside Hitter as they […]
It’s the 4th of July here in the USA and time for hot dogs, bratwurst, fireworks, picnics, and hopefully volleyball, too! Let’s make this holiday a safe one! Happy 4th to all the Net Set readers and everyone else, too!