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All set for Final Six as Women's VNL pool play concludes
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 15, 2018 - Brazil, the Netherlands, Serbia and Turkey all claimed their tickets to the Final Six of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Week 5, the last of pool play, which concluded Thursday night. They join USA who had booked their berth in Week 4 and China who qualified directly as hosts of the finals, June 27 to July 1.
All four of the week's qualifiers advanced to the Final Six with at least one match to spare.
With pool play wrapped up, these are the two three-team pools in the first phase of the Final Six:
U.S. Women Close Out VNL Prelims this Week
The Americans have had plenty to smile about with a 10-match win streak heading into the final FIVB Volleyball Nations League preliminary week
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 10, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has won its last 10 FIVB Volleyball Nations League matches – nine in the 3-0 variety – to head into the final preliminary round week in Santa Fe, Argentina, already qualified for the Finals Round.
Men's VNL leaders avoid each other in tight race
|Poland captain and top scorer Michal Kubiak celebrates a point as the reigning world champions enter Week 3 at the top of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League table despite their shocking defeat to Germany at the close of Week 2.|
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 7, 2018 - The top three teams in the 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League table face opponents further down the standings as Week 3 of the competition opens on Friday in what continues to be a very close race in the search for the five available tickets to the finals in Lille next month.
Leaders go head-to-head as Women's VNL race heats up
|Two of the three table leaders go head-to-head this week in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.|
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 4, 2018 - Two of the three table leaders go head-to-head as the business end of pool play at the 2018 FIVB Women's VNL gets underway on Tuesday with penultimate Week 4, when USA and Brazil clash at Jiangmen alongside Russia and pool hosts China. Will this play into the hands of Serbia, the third team on a 5-1 record at the top of the standings, who travel to Rotterdam to face the Netherlands, Italy and the Dominican Republic?
Poland, France set pace in thrilling VNL start
|Polish fans packed the house at Katowice and Krakow to see their team get off to a great start in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League|
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 27, 2018 - Reigning world champions Poland and 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League gold medallists France are the only two teams on full points after the opening week of the inaugural 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League that brings together the top 16 countries of the world in an almost two-month volleyball extravanganza.
They both opened their campaigns at home with three wins in as many matches over the weekend collecting full points on each to lead the standings after Week 1.
USA are also undefeated, but the Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallists dropped a point in their gripping opener against Argentina in which they had to fight back from two sets down. Same goes for Italy, who dropped a point in their stunning win over Brazil.
Here's the highlights of Week 1:
Men's VNL under starter's orders
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 21, 2018 - The world's top sixteen teams are on the starting line ahead of the launch this coming weekend of the inagural 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League.
Rio 2016 Olympic champions Brazil are in Kraljevo, Serbia, for the opening weekend, where they also get to play Germany and Rio 2016 silver medallists Italy.
The Russian men’s volleyball Superliga giants Belogorie Belgorod appointed Serbian Slobodan Kovač as their new coach.
The Serbian expert Slobodan Kovač was appointed coach of Belogorie Belgorodafter spending the last season and a half at the helm of Halkbank, Turkey, with whom he won two championship titles. He clinched the first one after taking over the club in the mid-season when it was eighth-placed in the standings. Halkbankleadership pondered over renewing the deal with Kovač but, after conducting internal elections, they decided not to continue with him.
USA, Italy, Turkey, Poland open VNL in College Volleyball capital Lincoln
|USA in last training at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on the campus of University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska, ahead of the opening week of the Volleyball Nations League.|
Lincoln, USA, May 14, 2018 - Reigning world champions USA begin their quest for glory in the inauguaral FIVB Volleyball Nations League at home in Lincoln, Nebraska, where they host Poland, Italy and Turkey over the next three days on the opening week of the brand new competition.
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