Italy, Brazil spikers make final

Aug 20, 2016

Italy, Brazil spikers make final

Max Holt did a little bit of everything. At the net, digging balls from just off the floor, finishing points with big, leaping swings. He and David Lee stuffed the Italians with stellar blocking. Setter Micah Christenson contributed his own blocks and even a ...

Iranian fan allowed to hold sign at volleyball venue

Aug 16, 2016

Iranian fan allowed to hold sign at volleyball venue

Iranian sports fan and activist Darya Safai returned to the Olympic volleyball venue Monday repeating her message and hoping the whole world hears: “Let Iranian Women Enter Their Stadiums.” After discussions with about a half-dozen venue officials leading up to the Iran men’s team’s ...

U.S. spikers rout Mexico to make quarters

Aug 16, 2016

U.S. spikers rout Mexico to make quarters

Taylor Sander leaped high for timely blocks. He went low for a save at floor level to keep a winning point going. Then, he squatted way down to send another tough ball back over the net. At last, the U.S. men’s volleyball team is ...

Aug 16, 2016

Japan spikers advance to quarters with victory

Japan defeated Argentina 3-0 in its fifth and final game of the preliminary round Sunday to secure a place in the quarterfinals of the women’s volleyball tournament at the Rio Olympics. Japan, the London Olympic bronze medal winner, came from behind to win the ...

Japan spikers lose again

Aug 13, 2016

Japan spikers lose again

The Japan women’s volleyball team suffered a third defeat in four matches at the Rio Olympics on Friday, this time losing 3-0 to Russia and putting its bid for a place in the quarterfinals in jeopardy. Russia plowed through its opponent, dominating the first ...

Russia takes top spot after victory over U.S.

Sep 4, 2015

Russia takes top spot after victory over U.S.

Russia moved into first place at the FIVB Women’s World Cup by beating the United States 25-17, 31-29, 25-23 Friday. Tatiana Kosheleva had a team-high 16 points while Yana Shcherban contributed 14 as Russia improved to 8-1. The United States dropped to 7-2. China ...

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

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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 ...