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Lube, Trentino go for historic all-Italian Club Worlds title
|Yoandy Leal of Cucine Lube Civitanova and Kawika Shoji of Asseco Resovia Rzeszow lock hands on the net in thrilling semifinals action at the 2018 FIVB Men's Club World Championship in Czestochowa.|
Czestochowa, Poland, December 1, 2018 - Italy is assured an FIVB Men's Club World Championship a gold medal for the first time in six years, after Cucine Lube Civitanova and Diatecx Trentino beat their opponents in Saturday's semifinals of this year's edition and set up a 'domestic' clash for gold.
But the big question is: Will Trentino, the most decorated club in the history of the competition, manage a fifth world title, or will Lube claim their first ever, after failing in last year's final?
Sunday's medals matches Match Centres in Czestochowa:
• Bronze - 17:30 local time (16:30 GMT): Asseco Resovia Rzeszow (POL) v Fakel Novy Urengoy (RUS)
• Final - 20:30 local time (19:30 GMT): Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA) v Diatecx Trentino (ITA)
Russia selected as host for 2022 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship
|FIVB President Ary Graça (right) with Russian Volleyball Federation President Stanislav Shevchenko (centre) and President of the National Federation of Italy Pietro Bruno Cattaneo|
Serbia, Italy set up first ever all-European World Championship final
|Paola Egonu attacks against China in Yokohama for one of her all-time high 45 points that helped Italy make the final of the 2018 FIVB World Championship.|
Lausanne, Switzerland, October 19, 2018 - Serbia outshone the Netherlands and Italy stunned China after phenomenal fourth and fifth sets in Friday's semifinals to set up a historic all-European final at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship in Yokohama, as Paola Egonu smashes the all-time scoring record in the competition.
2018 FIVB Women's World Championship medals matches:
• Bronze medal: Netherlands v China
• Final: Serbia v Italy
This is Serbia's first ever World Championship final (after missing out in 2006 when they had to settle for bronze).
|NLausanne, Switzerland, October 15, 2018 - The Netherlands, China, Italy and Serbia have booked all four berths in the semifinals of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship after Monday play in Round 3 of the competition at Nagoya, as the defending champions USA and hosts Japan both crashed out of the medals round. It took two five-set thrillers and a couple of tournament-high scoring performances to seal the deals.|
The Dutch started it all off in Nagoya as Lonneke Sloetjes scored a tournament-high 38 points for an incredible comeback from two sets down to beat USA in five, qualify for the semifinals and send the defending champions crashing out of the tournament - sweet revenge for the Netherlands for their defeat to the Americans in the bronze medal match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The result also sees reigning Olympic champions China make it through to the semifinals without even having to play again.
It is the first time since 2006 that USA are out of contention for a medal at a World Championship, after finishing fourth in 2010 and striking gold in 2014.
All you need to know ahead of Women’s World Championship first whistle
|Japanese fans cheer their favourites on during a 2018 VNL match in Toyota|
No Substitute for Hard Work
Originally published in the spring 2015 issue of Volleyball USA
It was great fun for me to watch Shawn Olmstead and his underdog Brigham Young team churn its way through the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship tournament in December 2014 and face Penn State in the ﬁnals. It reminded me of all the hard work that I put in as a teenager when I played for Shawn’s father, Rick, on the volleyball team at Santa Barbara High School.
Tokyo 2020 unveil Olympic mascots
|Miraitowa (left) and Someity will become familiar faces before and during Tokyo 2020|
Dmitri Volkov lead his team to victory!
His personal achievements include winning the bronze medal at the 2015 European Games in Baku and the first ever#VNL championship, incredible right? What an impressive career and he's only 23! His club is Fakel Novy Urengoy back in Russia. He originates from Samarski reg and loves music! When he's not playing Volleyball, he enjoys a good book, amongst his favourite is War and Peace from Russian author Leo Tolstoy, great Choice Dmitri! Big up for Russia!
To smo mi v 2014/15 " ŽOK Braslovče"