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V-League stars hit beach for special exhibition

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The V-League players got out of the gym and hit the sand this past weekend. The Japan Volleyball Association and Japan Volleyball League Organization hosted a four-on-four men’s beach volleyball event called the V-League Summer Festival featuring players from Japan’s top circuit in Tokyo on Saturday and Sunday. It was ...

Nov 24, 2014

Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber killed 45 people at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting. Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, said at least ...

Aug 23, 2014

Volleyball trophies stolen in Brazil

The trophies for the men’s and women’s volleyball world championships have been stolen in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian officials said Friday. The Brazilian volleyball confederation said the two trophies were stolen after being used in a promotional event on Copacabana Beach where they were ...

Silence is golden for volleyballer after 3/11

May 29, 2014

Silence is golden for volleyballer after 3/11

by Masahito Ono

Namiko Yanagawa, who lost her hearing at age 1, led the women’s national volleyball team for the deaf and hard-of-hearing until last year, and is well-versed in the challenges the sport poses to those with hearing difficulties. “Since players are not capable of talking ...

Aug 28, 2013

Japan cruises past Italy in World Grand Prix finals opener

Japan defeated Italy in straight sets on Wednesday in their opening match at the World Grand Prix finals. Japan, which won the bronze medal last summer at the London Olympics, beat Italy 25-18, 25-19, 25-22 at Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center with Yukiko Ebata top-scoring ...

Canada aims for spot in World League Finals

Jul 5, 2013

Canada aims for spot in World League Finals

by Jack Gallagher

Canada coach Glenn Hoag expressed optimism on Friday about his team’s chances to qualify for the World League Finals ahead of this weekend’s Group C matches against Japan. “We’re still in the race for first place,” he noted. “But our fate is not in ...

Jul 4, 2013

Iran volleyball streak flusters censors

Iran’s triumphant volleyball run has created a dilemma for its state broadcaster, which is struggling to tailor its coverage of matches — attended by scantily dressed women — to the moral guidelines of the Islamic republic. Competing for the first time in the FIVB ...

Feb 19, 2013

Japan men's volleyball team appoints American coach Sato

The Japan Volleyball Association said Monday that American Gary Sato has been appointed head coach of the men’s national team as successor to Tatsuya Ueta. The 58-year-old Sato, a former assistant coach for the U.S. men’s team, will be the first foreign coach to ...