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


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


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 ...