Peru Wins U17 Girls Pan American Opener

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 27, 2024.- Peru won opening match of the first U17 Girls  Pan American Cup defeating Dominican Republic in straight sets (25-16, 26-24, 25-19) at the Multi-sports Dome in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Peru and Dominican Republic are in Group A of the event. On Tuesday, Peru will face Cuba and Dominican Republic will go up against Mexico.

The South American team started the first two sets behind, and in the second set, they prevented the Dominican Republic from tying the match by saving three set points (21-24).

Perú celebrates

Peru was more effective in attack points (31-29) and blocks (6-3), while the Dominicans topped in service points (10-7). Peru benefited from 32 Dominican errors compared to 17 from their own.

The top scorer of the match was Peru’s team captain, Ariana Vásquez, with 16 points on 12 attacks, one block, and three service points. Outside hitter Gianella Chanca contributed to the victory with 11 points on 8 attacks, one block, and two service points.

Dominican captain Estel Santos led her team with 14 points on 12 attacks and two service points. Opposite hitter Rayni Mondesi finished with 9 points on 5 attacks, one block, and three service points.

With great joy, Peru’s captain, Ariana Vásquez, expressed, “It was an effort by all the girls, we fought for every ball.” Regarding the win, she said, “It’s very good because it helps us mentally; I think we had confidence in what we know how to do on the court, but we have to focus on tomorrow’s match now.”

“It’s natural to make mistakes at this age, but today there were too many, especially in that second set that we couldn’t close,” said  Dominican Republic’s coach, Brazilian Marcelo Cezarano. “I understand that it’s the first game with me as coach, we changed the system of play a bit and it’s a learning process. It’s more complicated whenyou don’t play frequently. Tomorrow we’ll try to reduce the mistakes.”

Hanes Unstoppable in U.S. Men’s First Win of 2024 VNL

May 26, 2024.- The U.S. Men’s National Team’s first win of the tournament came against Türkiye 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-21) in the week one finale of Volleyball Nations League preliminary play on Sunday in Antalya, Türkiye.

“It feels great, we put in a lot of work,” outside hitter Ethan Champlin told Volleyball World. “One thing we always talk about in the locker room is that, this team, these fourteen guys are only going to play together once. It’s probably not going to happen ever again. So we’re just enjoying the moments together, playing hard, playing for one another. That’s what’s most important.”

The U.S. Men finish week one with a 1-3 record. Week two of VNL will begin June 4 in Ottawa, Canada.

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Opposite Jake Hanes could not be stopped, putting up an astounding 31 points on 29 kills and two aces.

Middle blocker Patrick Gasman had 13 points on nine kills, three blocks and one ace.

Outside hitter Jordan Ewert had seven points on six kills and one ace. Champlin added six points on four kills and two aces.

Aside from the massive stat line from Hanes, service pressure made the difference in the match with the U.S. scoring seven aces to Türkiye’s three. Türkiye did have the slight advantage on kills (51-50) and the teams were even on blocks (8-8). The U.S. scored on 32 opponent errors while committing 31.

After dropping the first set, the U.S. saw an energy shift when Hanes tied set two at 18-18 with an ace followed by a kill from the back row. Middle blocker Daniel Wetter made his VNL debut and contributed right away with a block to give the U.S. set point. Hanes took care of the rest once again from the back row to even the match 1-1.

The third set stayed close until the U.S. took the lead 15-14 after Champlin’s ace serve. A tough serve from Ewert led to a Türkiye attack error and gave the U.S. its first match lead (2-1) of the tournament.

Türkiye fought hard in the fourth set in front of their loud home crowd. However, the momentum was already well on the side of the U.S. Men and they didn’t give it back. Taking advantage of Türkiye’s errors and feeding the hot hand of Hanes, the U.S. Men secured its first VNL win.

Setter Quinn Isaacson added three points on two blocks and one ace.

Libero Kyle Dagostino was credited with nine digs and seven successful receptions. Libero Mason Briggs started the fourth set and was credited with four digs.

Opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez, outside hitter Brett Wildman and setter Josh Tuaniga all saw action as substitutes.

Girls U17 Pan American Cup A Great Preparation Towards the World Championship

Guatemala City, Guatemala, May 26, 2024 – Coaches from current U17 NORCECA champion  Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Peru agreed that the Girls U17 Pan American Cup is a great opportunity to prepare before they compete from August 17 to 24 in the FIVB  World Championship in Peru.

The day before the competition begins at the Multi-Sports Dome in Guatemala City, the eight coaches of the participating teams shared their initial impressions.

The Girls U17 Pan American Cup, to be held from May 27 to June 1, is part of the qualification system for the 2025 NORCECA Continental Championship and the 2026 FIVB World Championship.

Christian López, Head Coach of Costa Rica: “We believe we are in good shape; we have trained a lot. At this age, it is mostly a learning process. We come to try to do our best, have a very good tournament, but above all, gain experience. There are new faces on the team, 5 or 6 are from the team that competed last year in Honduras”. 

Costa Rica

Carina Menes Carrion, Head Coach of Cuba: “We come with good preparation. Last year, when we competed in the NORCECA U17, we didn’t win a medal and finished in sixth place. This year, we have prepared competitively; we are preparing this U17 team for the U19 tournament. We worked a lot on our reception, which was our weakness in the previous competition. We are here to fight for the championship”.

Cuba

Marcelo Cezarano, Head Coach of Dominican Republic: “We are training hard to improve. I am the new coach, and the players are adapting very well to the change. The main goal is our preparation for the World Championship. We will go into every match to win. We are looking for good results”.

Dominican Republic

Celeste Cifuentes, Head Coach of Guatemala: “My team is very motivated and strengthened. They are a group of girls who have worked since they were in mini-volleyball at the national level. For most of the team, as well as for me as a coach, it is a new experience competing internationally. We know it is a tough competition, facing strong teams in the area. We have worked on the psychological aspect of the game, and we will try to exploit our strengths”.

Guatemala

Ignacio Sánchez Palmeros, Head Coach of Mexico: “This tournament is a good scale to see where we stand before we compete in the World Championship. It allows us to test other athletes; we have two injured players, and we will have the opportunity to see others play, so we can arrive with the best team at the World Championship. Coming as NORCECA champions gives us the chance to play good volleyball because all the teams will play at one hundred percent against us, and that’s what we want for our development”.

Mexico

Antonio Rizola, Head Coach of Peru: “I love the Pan American Cup; it is a fundamental competition for all the teams in the Americas because we don’t play against each other much. Especially this Peruvian team, it will be our first time together, and I need to use it as a laboratory because from the team that qualified last year for the World Championship, I changed players’ positions and added five new players, everything is unknown. The team is anxious, it’s necessary to remember that they are all girls, and we will seek our own objectives as a team, our growth in every aspect of its performance”.

Peru

Juan Carlos Núñez, Head Coach of Puerto Rico: “We are preparing for the World Championship in August. After the NORCECA Championship in Honduras, we had a tryout for new players and nearly 300 girls participated, we selected 20 who trained for a month and a half to come here. Of the 12 players on the team, this championship will help me evaluate 8 girls who were not in Honduras. It is a good period to decide on the team we will take to Peru”.

Puerto Rico

William Ruiz, Head Coach of Venezuela: “First of all we want to thank NORCECA and its president Cristóbal Marte for the invitation, and our Federation for including us again in these events. We are starting a new cycle, with a new group of young girls in our country, aiming to reach the elite of South American and World volleyball”.

Venezuela

Cuba Triumphs Over Iran

May 5, 2024. – Cuba finished the first week of Volleyball Nations League with a 3-1 victory (25-20, 14-25, 25-21, 25-21) over Iran in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

At the conclusion of the first week of action, Cuba’s record stands at 3-1.

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The victory earned Cuba 4.4 points, for a total of 261.17 points, placing them in 9th place in the rankings, within the qualification zone for the Olympic Games.

Cuba outperformed Iran in attack points (53-21), block points (9-4), and had a slight edge in aces (7-6). However, Cuba conceded more points on errors (26-20).

Middle blocker Robertlandy Simón and outside hitter Marlon Yanta were Cuba’s top scorers with 14 points each. Simón scored on 8 kills, 3 blocks, and 3 aces, while Yant scored all on kills.

The top scorer of the match was Iran’s Meisam Salehi with 15 points.

Cuba will compete in week two of VNL in Ottawa, Canada.

United States fell to Bulgaria

May 25, 2024. – The U.S. Men’s National Team fell to Bulgaria 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21) in Volleyball Nations League preliminary play on Friday in Antalya, Türkiye.

The U.S. Men (0-3) will play the host country Türkiye (0-3) on Sunday at 7 a.m. PT.

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With the loss, the Americans gave up their second position in FIVB World Ranking to Italy and dropped to number three.

The squad showed improvement, taking one set from Bulgaria. Opposite Jake Hanes provided the spark that allowed the U.S. to get its first set win of the 2024 VNL. Hanes led all scorers with 24 points on 20 kills, three blocks and one ace.

The U.S. Men will look to build on that as they prepare for their final match of week one.

“We got to hold it down later in the sets,” setter Josh Tuaniga told Volleyball World. “Right now, we’re playing really well in the beginning and toward the end, that’s where we start to let go of some opportunities. So, I think that comes with experience and some chemistry. We’re a new group, we just started playing together not too long ago. Hopefully going into the next match, we can speed that process up and really handle those late points.”

Outside hitter Jordan Ewert scored 13 points on 11 kills and two blocks. Middle blocker Matthew Knigge added 11 points on eight kills and three aces.

Middle blocker Patrick Gasman had six points on five kills and one block. Outside hitter Ethan Champlin, who started the second set and on, also had six points on five kills and one ace.

Setter Quinn Isaacson started the third and fourth sets for Tuaniga and had two kills.

Libero Kyle Dagostino was credited with 12 digs and five successful receptions.

Opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez and outside hitter Brett Wildman saw action as substitutes.

Canada takes Slovenia to five sets

May 25, 2024.- Canada’s men’s team wrapped up the first week of Volleyball Nations League 2024 in Antalya, Türkiye, on Saturday with a five-set loss to Slovenia.

After the long battle, the score was Slovenia 3, Canada 2 (22-25, 25-18, 25-18, 21-25, 15-10).

Canada’s record is 2-2 after week one, and Slovenia is undefeated with one match to go in Antalya.

Though Slovenia led in most areas – attack (66-57), aces (11-3) and had fewer errors (22-27) – Canada was able to dominate in blocking (14-4) points.

Opposite Tonček Štern of Slovenia was the winning team top scorer with 23 points; while Stephen Maar of Canada topped the board with 27 points (which included three of Canada’s successful blocking points.)

Setter Luke Herr told VBTV: “It was really a battle out there, back and forth, and we didn’t come on top today. Any team we play in VNL is going to be a difficult game and we just come out every match and give it our all. It was a good match overall.”

Slovenia is ranked 7th in the World Rankings but is still in the hunt for an Olympic spot. Canada is ranked 12th and is already qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics after the team’s second-place performance in the Olympic Qualifier pool last year.

Guatemala’s Mult-Sports Dome is Ready for the Girls U17 Pan American Cup

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 25, 2024.- The Multi-Sports Dome in Guatemala City is ready for the inaugural edition of the Girls U17 Pan American Cup, which kicks off on Monday, May 27.

The control committee and the organizing committee of the event conducted inspections of all the facilities prepared for the competition, which runs from May 27 to June 1.

 control committee

The technical delegates supervised each work area under the guidance of Ariel Sainz, president of the control committee, who stated, “The Dome is a facility we are familiar with; it has hosted numerous international competitions, and everything is ready for the event to start”.

Carlos Enrique Santis, president of the National Federation of Guatemala and competition director, explained the details regarding transportation, food, and the activity schedule planned to ensure the event runs smoothly.

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Ariel Sainz explained that since this is an underage category, all technical delegates must guide the athletes as they are being introduced to international competitions.

It was confirmed that before the match between Guatemala and Venezuela, an opening ceremony will take place.

The event is part of the qualification system for the 2025 NORCECA Continental Championship and the 2026 FIVB World Championship in this category.

Japan beat Cuba in a five set thriller

May 24, 2024.- Japan and Cuba battled in one of the most exciting duels of the 2024 Volleyball Nations League so far on Friday, in Rio de Janeiro, and the Asians emerged on the winning side of it after more than two hours of action to remain undefeated.

Japan, who don’t have star outside hitters Yuki Ishikawa and Ran Takahashi available this week, started some other key against the Cubans, such as opposite Yuji Nishida, but showed resilience to top a red-hot Cuban team 3-2 (18-25, 25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 22-20).

It was a rollercoaster of a match, which saw the Caribbean start ahead and the Asians take the next two sets before a Cuban triumph in the fourth set forced a tie-breaker. Cuba built a 14-11 lead and got close to the win, but saw Japan come back to deny nine match points before Nishida put the last ball down to claim the victory.

Cuba were dominant at the net, outscoring Japan in kills (69 to 56) and blocks (20 to eight), but paid a steep price for their 39 errors. The Caribbean had the four players with the most points scored in the match in outside hitters Miguel Ángel López (25) and Marlon Yant (17) and middle blockers Robertlandy Simón and Javier Concepcion, with 14 each.

“Japan are one of the top teams in the World Rankings and we tried to bring our best,” Concepcion said. “They’re very disciplined and very technical and are a difficult opponent to anyone. We tried to stick to our game plan no matter what and we had our chances to win the match a few times, but unfortunately, we lost our focus and didn’t take them. We’re not sad about how we played, but certainly not happy either with the result.”

The defeat made the Cubans drop just 0.08 FIVB World Rankings points and kept them in ninth place, still inside the qualification zone for the Paris Olympics, with 256.77.

Cuba will complete their match schedules in the opening week of the VNL 2024 on Saturday, against Iran at 21:00 local time (00:00 GMT, Sunday).

U.S. Men Run into Olympic Champions at 2024 VNL

May 24, 2024.-  The U.S. Men’s National Team fell to France 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-21) in Volleyball Nations League preliminary play on Friday in Antalya, Türkiye.

The U.S. Men (0-2) will play Bulgaria (0-2) on Saturday at 10 a.m. PT.

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The U.S. Men have run into two tough opponents in Poland (reigning VNL champions) and France (reigning Olympic champions) in the opening week of VNL. While France did have some new faces on the court, they were still led by some familiar ones from the Tokyo Olympic Games roster. Outside hitter Yacine Louati was the top scorer for France with 13 points on 10 kills, two blocks and one ace. Outside hitter Kevin Tillie added eight points on seven kills and one block.

U.S. outside hitter Jordan Ewert put together another strong performance with 13 kills. He had 10 points on nine kills and one ace in his VNL debut against Poland.

“This is only our second match together,” Ewert told Volleyball World. “Our goal is obviously to win, but our main goal is to keep improving throughout the week and see what this team can do. It’s also tough with the first two matches being against Poland and France. I think we made some big improvements today as a team and also as individuals, so back to the drawing board and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

France took advantage of errors and led most of the opening set until Ewert ended a long rally with a point of the block which tied the set at 22-22. However, France immediately took back the lead and never looked back.

Despite cleaning up their errors and leading at times in the final two sets, the U.S. Men couldn’t hold off France to avoid the sweep.

Middle blocker Matthew Knigge also had another good outing with 10 points on eight kills and two aces.

Outside hitter Cody Kessel had eight points on seven kills and one block.

Opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez had seven points or six kills and one block.

Middle blocker Michael Marshman came off the bench and added four kills.

Libero Kyle Dagostino was credited with nine digs and two successful receptions.

Setter Quinn Isaacson, outside hitter Brett Wildman and opposite Jake Hanes saw action as substitutes.

Canada sweeps Bulgaria in VNL

May 24, 2024.- Canada’s men’s team managed to control a young Bulgarian squad today for another win at Volleyball Nations League 2024 in Antalya, Türkiye.

Bulgaria put on a challenge each set, but Canada won 3-0 (25-22, 30-28, 26-24)

Canada led in attacks (43-38), blocks (9-5), serves were even at five apiece, but Canada made slightly more errors 26-24. Eric Loeppky (14) and Stephen Maar (13) again led Canada’s scoring.

“It was a very tight game, and I’m proud of our team that in important moments we could close the sets in our favour”,  said head coach, Tuomas Sammelvuo “To win 3-0 means a lot in rankings and for many other reasons. Of course, there are things that we need to do better and improve – for example, we missed too many serves today. But it’s been three early matches in three days, and we are handling that well. And now we will recover and get all our strength for tomorrow’s match against Slovenia”.

Team Canada’s Fynn McCarthy, making his VNL debut this year, told VBTV: “It’s been amazing….  It wasn’t an easy match for us, they gave us some pushback, but we worked through some difficult moments, which was great for the team. . .. It’s great to get this win”.

Bulgaria is currently ranked 20th in the world. Canada is ranked 12th and is already qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics after the team’s second-place performance in the Olympic Qualifier pool last year.

Canada’s men’s team is now 2-1 in VNL, and its next match is against Slovenia (6th).

Cuba entered into the Olympic qualification zone

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, May 23, 2024.- Cuba entered the Volleyball Nations League 2024 intending to qualify for the Paris Olympics and, after just two matches in Rio de Janeiro, they’re already inside the qualification zone for the event. That was possible thanks to a combination of a Cuban victory over Germany and a Serbian setback against Japan, on Thursday.

Following up on a four-set victory over Brazil on Tuesday, the Caribbean had another strong performance at the Maracanãzinho stadium, topping Germany 3-1 (26-24, 25-20, 18-25, 25-23) in the first match of the day.

The result gave the Cubans 7.18 points in the FIVB World Rankings, elevating their total to 256.85. That alone wasn’t enough for them to pass the Serbians, but that happened when the Europeans fell to Japan 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-22) later, dropping 5.38 points to go down to 252.85.

Now, Cuba are the fourth-best national team not yet qualified for Paris to appear in the World Rankings, behind Italy, who are fourth with 347.58, Slovenia, who are sixth with 314.95, and Argentina, who are seventh with 308.29.

Star outside hitters Marlon Yant and Miguel Ángel López rose again for the Cubans, combining to produce 39 points against the Germans. Yant, who celebrated his 23rd birthday with a victory on the court, had a team-high 21 points, with 17 kills, three blocks and one ace, while the team captain added 18, with 17 kills and one block.

“We came into this match with a positive attitude because we knew this was going to be a critical match for us,” middle blocker Robertlandy Simón commented. “It was a great win today, but now it’s time for us to focus on the next one. I wished Yant a happy birthday this morning, but we’re not having a party for him because our goal here is to qualify for the Olympics. Japan are a very difficult matchup for us and we’ll need to be very focused.”

Cuba will face Japan at 14:00 local time (17:00 GMT) in Rio on Friday.

Canada falls to Poland at VNL

May 23, 2024.- Canada’s men’s team showed up with a strong start, but couldn’t hold off the world-ranked number-one team of Poland at Volleyball Nations League 2024 in Antalya, Türkiye, today.

The final score was Canada 1, Poland 3 (25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 21-25).

Poland led in attack points 58-54, blocks 5-4, and services aces 8-5. Canada earned more points from Poland’s errors 26-22.

“We came out guns blazing, and then we were playing a little too safe,” Team Canada’s Stephen Maar told VBTV in a post-match interview. “We have everything we need to win and compete in these games, and at the end of the day we must take the opportunities that we have. … This team was able to make huge steps as a team last year (in qualifying for the Olympics), so we have the ability to learn what it is to play and win against these great teams.”

Polish outside hitter Bartosz Bednorz was match top scorer with 19 points; Eric Loeppky was Canada’s top scorer today with 15 points.

Canada, ranked 12th, is already qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics after the team’s second-place performance in the Olympic Qualifier pool last year.

Canada is now 1-1, and its next match is against Bulgaria on Friday.

First Girls U17 Pan American Cup to be held in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, May 22, 2024.- The first Girls U17 Pan American Cup, to be held from May 27 to June 1, will take place in Guatemala City, Guatemala, at the Dome Sports Center.

The Girls U17 Pan American Cup is an event that is part of the qualification system for the NORCECA U17 Continental Championship in 2025 and the age-group FIVB World Championship in 2026.

The details of the competition were announced by the president of the National Volleyball Federation of Guatemala, Enrique Santis Rangel, during a press conference.

Lic. Enrique Santis

“It is a great opportunity and a challenge to organize this event, for which we have been preparing for a long time. We are fostering new talents and laying the foundations for those who will represent our country in future competitions,” said Santis Rangel.

The tournament will have eight national teams competing, divided into two groups.

Group A includes Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Peru, while Group B consists of Costa Rica, the host Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.

Mexico is the current NORCECA U17 champion, a title they won last November in an extraordinary comeback from two sets down, winning 3-2 (23-25, 23-25, 27-25, 25-21, 15-5) against Puerto Rico at the Jorge Galeano Gymnasium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The preliminary pool-play round begins on Monday, May 27, concluding on Wednesday, May 29, to determine the teams advancing directly to the semifinals. The second and third-place teams in each group will compete in the quarterfinals to determine the teams advancing to the medal rounds.

“Two years ago, the FIVB agreed to the creation of this category, so all the Confederations worldwide adopted this new competition system. This year, there is participation in the U17 World Championship. This event will serve for ranking purposes towards the 2025 NORCECA Continental Championship,” concluded Santis.

Schedule Preliminary Round

May 27

14:00    Peru vs. Dominican Republic

16:00    Mexico vs. Cuba

18:00    Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela

20:00    Guatemala vs. Costa Rica

May 28

14:00    Dominican Republic vs. Mexico

16:00    Peru vs. Cuba

18:00    Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico

20:00    Venezuela vs. Guatemala

May 29

14:00    Mexico vs. Peru

16:00    Dominican Republic vs. Cuba

18:00    Costa Rica vs. Venezuela

20:00    Guatemala vs. Puerto Rico

Tough Start for Young U.S. Squad Against Defending VNL Champs

May 22, 2024.- The U.S. Men’s National Team fell to Poland 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 26-24) in its first match of Volleyball Nations League preliminary play on Wednesday in Antalya, Türkiye.

The U.S. Men (0-1) will look to rebound against France (1-0) on Friday at 7 a.m. PT.

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Led by Aleksander Śliwka (13 points), the defending VNL champions showed their experience by not faltering, even when the U.S. Men jumped out to an early lead in the first set. Poland led the U.S. in kills (40-34), blocks (6-3) and aces (8-6). Poland scored on 22 U.S. errors and committed 18.

Opposite Gabi Garcia Fernandez made his competitive debut with the U.S. Men’s National Team and led U.S. scorers with 11 points on nine kills and two aces. Outside hitter Jordan Ewert made his VNL debut and followed with 10 points on nine kills and one ace.

The U.S. Men nearly forced a fourth set after Garcia Fernandez scored from the back row tying the set at 21-21. Shortly after, libero Kyle Dagostino made an incredible play, chasing a ball behind the serve line into a sliding kick save to return the ball over to Poland’s side. However, Poland won the point bringing them to match point. Despite tying it up at 24-24, Poland eventually took the set and match.

“I think we started a little bit slower than we anticipated,” Dagostino told Volleyball World. “All of us feel like we have more to show and more to prove this week.”

Dagostino was credited with four digs and four successful receptions.

Middle blocker Matthew Knigge made his VNL debut as a starter and had six points on four kills. Middle blocker Patrick Gasman added five points on two kills, one block and two aces.

Outside hitter Cody Kessel had five points on four kills and one block. Opposite Jake Hanes had three kills.

Outside hitters Ethan Champlin and Brett Wildman, setter Quinn Isaacson and Middle blocker Michael Marshman also made their VNL debuts as substitutes.

Cuba silence the Maracanãzinho and upset Brazil

May 21, 2024.- Cuba took a major step towards the Paris Olympics with the victory in their VNL debut at a packed Maracanãzinho stadium for the return of legendary head coach ‘Bernardinho’ Rezende who didn’t intimidate Cuba as the Caribbean stunned Brazil in front of nearly 10,000 fans to start the Volleyball Nations League 2024 on the right foot.

Benefiting from an excellent collective performance, the Cubans secured a big 3-1 (25-23, 27-29, 25-21, 25-21) victory over the South Americans in Pool 2 and significantly improved their chances of qualifying for the Paris Olympics.

The first national team sitting below the cut-off line, Cuba earned 12.7 points in the Ranking with the victory, going up from 11th to tenth place and getting to 249.66 to now rank just 3.56 points behind Serbia, the last team inside the qualification zone – they can move above the cut-off line on Wednesday if the Serbians lose to Iran in Rio. Despite the upset, Brazil continues in fifth place.

FIVB World Rankings 

A well-diversified offense was one of the keys to the Cuban victory as five players reached double digits in scoring in the match – outside hitters Marlon Yant (18) and Miguel Ángel López (15), opposite Michael Sánchez (14) and middle blockers Javier Concepcion (13) and Robertlandy Simón (12).

“To win here at the Maracanãzinho, with this atmosphere, it’s crazy,” Simón commented. “We knew we needed good results this week to help us qualify for the Olympics and today was a good start. We need to keep taking it one step at a time. We’ll give everything to make it to Paris.”

Playing aggressively, the Cubans also outscored the Brazilians in blocks (ten to four) and aces (seven to four), paving the way for their victory.

Cuban-born Brazilian outside hitter Yoandy Leal led all scorers with 19 points (17 kills, two aces), with fellow outside hitter Ricardo Lucarelli adding another 11, with nine kills, one block and one ace.

Volleyball Nations League 2024: schedule and results

Cuba will be on the court again at the Maracanãzinho on Thursday, playing Germany at 14:00 local time (17:00 GMT).

Canada comes back for first Men VNL win of 2024

May 21, 2024.- After shaking off the nervous energy of the season opener, Canada’s men’s team earned its first win of Volleyball Nations League 2024 in Antalya, Türkiye, today.

The home team of Türkiye won the first set, but couldn’t hold back Canada, who ended up winning  3-1 (17-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21).


“We had a very nervous start of the game,” admitted head coach Tuomas Sammelvuo, “but we knew it might have been like this, so we broke the ice and from the second set on, we got back to the game. Step by step we got better and we were good in key moments in the last three sets. Now all the focus is on getting better and improving our game.”

Canada led in attack points 51-44, and services aces 12-5, but was out-blocked by its opponent 5-12. Canada also made more errors: 29-24.

“I think we had some jitters and they played well, and we could have played better in the first set. After that we got in our rhythm and the connections were much better, and we served better after the first set… What’s great about our group is that everyone helps each other,” captain Nick Hoag said in the post-match interview to VBTV. “We’re growing as a team, and playing better set after set.”

Veteran Stephen Maar led scoring with 24 points including five ace serves, followed by relative newcomer Fynn McCarthy with 14 points (including three blocks and three aces).

Canada, ranked 12th is already qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics after the team’s second-place performance in the Olympic Qualifier pool last year. Türkiye is ranked 14th in the world.

Canada next plays world number-one Poland on May 23.

Volleyball Nations League 2024: schedule and results

United States Sweep Dominican Republic to End VNL Week 1

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, May 19, 2024.- United States ended the first round of Volleyball Nations League preliminary play on a high note with a sweep (25-23, 25-20, 25-18) of the Dominican Republic on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.

United States dominated on the attack, leading the Dominican Republic in kills 51-35. The U.S. also led in aces 4-1. The Dominican led in blocks 11-6 and the teams tied in scoring errors 14-14.

Avery Skinner and Chiaka Ogbogu combined for 30 points, with the outside hitter producing 18 and the middle blocker adding another 12. Outside hitter Brayelin Martínez was the Dominican leading scorer with 11 points.

The 7.96 points earned with the sweep helped the United States gain a spot in the World Rankings, moving up to fourth place. The Dominicans remained in ninth place.

Volleyball Nations League 2024: schedule and results

The women will now have a week off in the VNL 2024 before returning to the court from May 28 to June 2. Brazil, the Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Thailand and hosts China will play in Macau while Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Korea, Poland, Serbia, Türkiye and hosts USA will compete in Arlington.

Next week, the men will start their campaigns with pools in Rio de Janeiro (Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan and Serbia) and Antalya (Bulgaria, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Türkiye and USA).

USA’S Aleksey Mikhailenko Boys U19 NORCECA MVP

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 19, 2024.- Outside hitter Aleksey Mikhailenko of United States was named the Most Valuable Player of the Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship that finished on Sunday at the Salvador Dijols Coliseum of Ponce, Puerto Rico.

MVP, and1st Best Spiker, Aleksey Mikhailenko, USA

Mikailenko was also recognized as the first best spiker of the event along with a list of U.S. players that copped the individual awards during the closing ceremony.

Grant Lamoureaux received the second best spiker award. The two best middle blockers were Roman Payne and Luc  Scerensen, Rafael Urbina the best setter, Bluth Lxton the best receiver and Thomas Demps the best server.

Dominicans Malik Britton received the award for best opposite and Yandy Rodriguez was named the best libero and best digger.

Stanley Grant from Costa Rica was the best scorer with a total of 173 points.

United States Undefeated NORCECA Boys U19 Champion

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 19, 2024. – United States was crowned undefeated champion of the Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship after defeating Cuba 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18) in the gold medal match on Sunday at the Salvador Dijols Coliseum in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

In addition to winning the U19 NORCECA title, United States secured their spot in the 2025 age-group FIVB World Championship.

USA finished undefeated with a 5-0 win-loss record, dropping only one set,  precisely in this match against Cuba.

Cuba had 4 wins and 2 losses, both against the United States.

The U.S. led in blocks 7-3 and in aces 7-4. Cuba had the advantage in attacks 51-49. United States gave away 23 points on unforced errors while Cuba gave away 32.

Aleksey Mikhailenko USA

Outside hitter Aleksey Mikhailenko with 16 points on 15 kills and one block was the U.S. Middle blocker Roman Payne also contributed to the victory with 12 points, 10 on kills and one ace. Team captain Gran Lamoureux added 10 points.

Middle blocker Luc Soerensen scored a match-high of 4 blocks, and outside hitter Thomas Demps, scored a match-high of 4 aces.

Yosdani Medina CUB

Cuban opposite player Yosdani Medina led all scorers with 21 points on 20 attacks and one ace. Outside hitter Andy Marrero had a tally of 12 points on 11 attacks and one ace.

After the United States won the first two sets, Cuba switched their setter, replacing Ronaldo Flaquet with Daniel Sainz, which led to Cuba reaching a four-point lead (15-11) that the United States could not overcome.

In the fourth set, Aleksey Mikhailenko took charge of United States’ offense scoring 4 consecutive points, along with Thomas Demps in serving, and the championship point was a kill point scored by middle  Roman Payne.

Roman Payne, middle blocker of United States: “We communicated really well, had a lot of energy, even on the bench. The court work was amazing, and it felt great scoring the last point. Cuba came out with more energy in the third set, and we were expecting to sweep them, we needed to fire up a little bit more and in the last set we came out stronger, with more attitude”.

Charles Sullivan, Head coach of United States: “Cuba made some adjustments in the third set, brought their other setter in and set a new offense, that was a great move by them, forcing us to make adjustments as well, making it a higher level of fight. The result is a communal effort from all the coaches, all the clinics and all the administration around the United States”.

Puerto Rico Wins Bronze in Five Thrilling Sets against Canada

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 19, 2024. – Puerto Rico won the bronze medal in five thrilling sets, 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 15-9), against Canada in the Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship at the Salvador Dijols Coliseum in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

The host, Puerto Rico, finished the championship with a 4-1 record, while Canada ended with a 2-4 record.

Puerto Rico dominated in blocks with a comfortable 14-8 margin; however, Canada outperformed in attacks 61-56 and service points 7-1. Puerto Rico benefited from 37 Canadian errors while committing 23.

Jean Paul Gonzalez PUR

Puerto Rico’s offensive attack was led by Jean Paul with 23 points from 22 attacks and one block, followed by outside hitter Gustavo Alvarez with 20 points from 17 attacks and 3 blocks. Adrian Carrillo also contributed to the victory with 10 points from 8 attacks, one block, and one ace. Middle blocker Fernando Castello scored a match-high of 6 points from blocks.

The top scorer of the match was Canadian Reuben Veith with 27 points from 25 attacks, one block, and one ace. Opposite Luke Wright finished with 16 points, and outside hitter Tyson Dezutter added 14 more points.

In the first set, Canada took an early 10-6 lead, but Puerto Rico managed to tie the score at points 21 to 23. Reuben Veith, with an attack point and a service ace, put Canada ahead.

With the support of their home crowd, Puerto Rico jumped to an early lead in both the second and third sets, with middle blocker Fernando Castello closing both sets with block points.

The lead shifted in the fourth and Canada managed to push the match to a tie-break scoring four consecutive points from Puerto Rico’s errors and attacks by Aiden Vandenheuvel and Luke Wright. Puerto Rico dominated the fifth set with the offense efforts of Adrian Carrillo and Gustavo Alvarez.

Carlos De Sevilla, Head coach of Puerto Rico: “I am very satisfied and happy. I give the credit for the medal to the boys who played under pressure in their homeland and performed as they did. In the fifth set, I told them at point 12 that they had worked hard for those last three points, and to fight for them. It is a spectacular bronze medal with a group that is two years below this category”.

Adrián Carrillo, Outside Hitter for Puerto Rico: “We worked hard and gave it our all on the court. We worked as a team, and I think that was the key to winning the bronze medal”.

Britton with a record of 42pts leads the Dominican Republic to fifth place

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 19, 2024. – Malik Britton scored a record 42 points, leading the Dominican Republic to fifth place in Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship after a five-set victory, 3-2 (23-25, 25-14, 27-25, 21-25, 15-8), over Costa Rica.

Both teams finished the tournament with a record of three wins and three losses. They also faced each other in the preliminary round, but Costa Rica won in four sets.

Malik Britton, who led the Dominican Republic’s scoring throughout the event, recorded 39 powerful kills, 2 blocks, and one service point. Captain Melvin De Jesús contributed 18 points on 13 kills and a match-high of 5 aces. Outside hitter Ramon De Jesús also scored in double digits with 13 points on 10 kills, one block, and two service points.

Malik Zahir Britton DOM

Stanley Grant, the top scorer for Costa Rica, finished the match with 37 points, including 35 attacks and one block. Opposite Ignacio Morales added 10 points on 9 attacks and one block.

Dominican Republic finished with advantages in every skill, attacks 66-52, blocks 9-6, and service points 9-1.

Francisco José Lerebours, Head coach of Dominican Republic: “We achieved our goal of finishing among the top five in the tournament. We will continue with the project, work on improving the fundamentals of the game.” Costa Rica is working very well, and they have a projection like ours. Both matches we played against them were closely contested. Today, the boys’ bravery motivated them to come from behind.

Robertocarlo Argüello, Head coach of  Costa Rica: “I think the boys got overconfident. The plan was to finish well, but we failed in some crucial receptions that cost us key points and prevented us from catching up; they have two players who control the jump serve very well (number 2 and number 3).”

Guatemala Defeats Suriname for Seventh Place

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 19, 2024. – Guatemala defeated Suriname 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-14) for seventh place in the Boys U19  NORCECA Continental Championship on the final day of the event in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Guatemala finished the tournament with a 1-4 win-loss record, while Suriname ended with a 0-5 record.

Guatemala dominated in attack points 43-28 and service points 9-3. Suriname led in blocks 8-4, allowing more points from errors 19-15.

Guatemala

Outside hitters Boris González and Luis Mendizábal led Guatemala with 17 and 16 points respectively. González scored on 16 attacks and one ace, while Mendizábal contributed with 12 attacks, 2 blocks, and 2 aces.

Opposite player Javier Nasibdar was Suriname’s top scorer with 12 points on 11 attacks and one block.

Luis Fernando Castañeda, Head coach of Guatemala: “It was a very tough competition for us. We had good matches and in others we struggled. We managed to get the victory today and we wish to continue working. This was a good experience for everyone, we learned a lot to do better in other competitions. Guatemala is very determined regardless of our opponent, and we have good performances in tournaments”.

Furjil Ong-A-Fat, Head coach of Suriname: “Our performance was bad. We failed in attack y receive, our service was too easy, and we made a lot of errors. We could have played much better; we had a bad match today”.

Canada Roster for Week 1 of Men’s VNL

May 19, 2024.- Canada’s men’s team head coach Tuomas Sammelvuo has released the names of the men’s roster for week 1 of Volleyball Nations League.

The men begin their 2024 VNL in Antalya, Türkiye, playing the host in their first contest on May 21.

Week two brings the men’s team back to Canada for the Ottawa leg of VNL, from June 4 to 9 at the Arena at TD Place; and the Canadian men will play friendlies with Italy at the Centre Sportif de Gatineau on May 31 and June 01.

VNL Week 1
Luke Herr – Winnipeg, MB
Brett Walsh – Calgary, AB
Ryley Barnes – Edmonton, AB
Nicholas Hoag – Sherbrooke, QC
Eric Loeppky – Steinbach, MB
Stephen Maar – Aurora, ON 
Pearson Eshenko – Banff, AB
Fynn McCarthy – Lake Country, BC
Danny Demyanenko – Toronto, ON
Lucas Van Berkel – Edmonton, AB
Xander Ketrzynski – Toronto, ON
Arthur Szwarc – Toronto, ON
Landon Currie – Coldstream, BC
Justin Lui – Pickering, ON
Reserve: Jordan Schnitzer – Surrey, BC
 
Staff:
Head coach: Tuomas Sammelvuo
Assistant coach: Joao Paolo Bravo
Assistant coach: Michael Hawkins
Strength and conditioning: Michael Cook
Performance analyst: Damian Musiak
Athletic therapist: Schad Richea
Chiropractor: Abe Avender
Team manager: Cassandra Nicol
Director, high performance: Julien Boucher 

Omaha Supernovas Capture Title

OMAHA, Nebraska, May 18, 2024. – No. 2 seed Omaha came out strong and never looked back, sweeping No. 4 seed Grand Rapids, 3-0 (25-13, 26-24, 25-22) to win the inaugural Pro Volleyball Federation Championship.

The match was played before 10,678 fans at the CHI Health Center and resulted in the team also earning the $1 million bonus that goes with capturing the league crown.

Supernovas setter Sydney Hilley was awarded Postseason Most Valuable Player honors and a $10,000 bonus. The Wisconsin graduate came off the bench to guide the Omaha offense to two victories. She recorded 40 assists and six digs in the three sets as the Supernovas hit .342 for their second highest hitting percentage of the season. That effort was after handing out 46 assists and adding nine digs in a reverse sweep over San Diego in the semifinals.

Saturday marked the third sweep in the month of May for the Supernovas. Omaha had three sweeps combined in the previous three months.

The Supernovas began the first set strong, jumping out to leads of 8-4 and 16-8 before winning 25-13. Brooke Nuneviller had six points in the set, leading the team to a .650 attack percentage. No individual had more than two points in that set for the Rise.

It was tighter in the second set, as Omaha edged Grand Rapids 26-24. The Rise’s Claire Chaussee led all players with six points in the set, while Bethania De La Cruz and Tori Dixon topped the Supernovas with five points apiece.

Omaha scored the first three points of the third set. Grand Rapids played catch up for most of the frame before a pair of Omaha attack errors allowed the Rise to finally draw even at 19-19. Emiliya Dimitrova, playing in her last match after 17 professional seasons, notched her final pro kill to level the score at 20-20 before Omaha pulled away and won the final set, 25-22.

Olympian Bethania de la Cruz paced the Omaha attackers with 13 kills on a .423 clip to go with eight digs and her league-leading 35th ace of the season. Stephanie Samedy matched her teammate with 13 kills on a .346 hitting percentage. Samedy finished the postseason with 43 total kills on a .391 clip in two matches with 13 digs, three blocks and two aces. Team captain Brooke Nuneviller was the third Supernovas player to reach double-digit kills with 12 along with 15 digs.

Grand Rapids was led by star attackers Claire Chaussee and Dimitrova. Chaussee totaled 12 kills and seven digs while Dimitrova added 12 kills and 11 digs.

The match marked only the second time the Rise were swept this season. The other 3-0 defeat came on April 28 at the Columbus Fury.

Canada overpowers Thailand for another VNL win

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, May 18, 2024.- Canada wrapped up the first week of Volleyball Nations League in style with a decisive win over Thailand in Rio, Brazil on Saturday.

Thailand had moments of energy but couldn’t hold back the powerful Canadians who took the match in four sets 3-1 (25-21, 25-13, 20-25, 25-17).

“There are no easy games in this tournament. Tonight, we knew we had to be patient in attack and clean on block. Thailand’s defense was outstanding and made it difficult to score, but our team shared the load tonight to get over the line,” said head coach Shannon Winzer. “We couldn’t ask for a better first round and we’ve laid a strong foundation from which we can keep pursuing our goal of qualifying for Paris.”

Top scorer was Kiera Van Ryk (22 points), who is leading VNL with 85 points so far.

Van Ryk told VBTV: “Obviously we would have liked to do it in three (sets), but Thailand came back and fought hard… it was up and down and it’s not the cleanest volleyball, but I’m proud of the way we came out and fought to the end and did the job that we needed to do. … everyone’s got their job and they are doing it well. It’s a team win.”

The teams were even in attack points 53-53, but Canada dominated in block points 13-1; serves 5-3, and Thailand made more crucial errors 24-19.

Canada wraps up the first leg of VNL with an impressive 3-1 record, and next competes in Arlington, Texas, later this month. 

Viewers guide:
-All matches are streamed on VBTV and CBC Sports and CBC Gem.
-VNL Web site: https://en.volleyballworld.com/volleyball/competitions/volleyball-nations-league/

The women’s team is still in contention to qualify for Paris 2024 via the World Rankings.

Cuba advances to NORCECA U19 Gold Medal match with thrilling Semifinal Win

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 18, 2024. – Cuba advanced to the gold medal match of the Boys U19 NORCECA U19 Continental Championship with a thrilling five-set victory 3-2 (25-14, 22-25, 25-16, 23-25, 15-8) over host Puerto Rico on Saturday night at Salvador Dijols Coliseum.

In the title match, Cuba will face United States again, whom they lost to in straight sets during the pool-play. The NORCECA Champion earns a berth to the 2025 FIVB World Championship.

Puerto Rico will face Canada for the tournament’s bronze medal.

There were many inconsistencies from both teams, where Cuba secured their spot in the final with a comfortable 15-8 tie-break win, outscoring Puerto Rico 10-4 in attack points in that set.

Although Puerto Rico controlled in the blocking category (11-9), Cuba’s significant advantage in attacks (67-49) made the difference. Cuba had a slight margin in serving (6-5). Cuba committed fewer unforced errors than Puerto Rico (23-28).

Cuban Andy Marrero blocks Gustavo Alvarez of Puerto Rico

Andy Marrero led Cuba’s offense with 26 points, 24 from attacks, one block, and one ace. Opposite Yosdani Medina totaled 21 points, 20 from attacks, and one ace. Outside hitter Alessandro González added 15 points and team captain, setter Ronaldo Flaquet contributed 10 more points.

Outside hitters Adrián Carrillo and Gustavo Alvarez each scored 12 points for Puerto Rico. Maximiliano Aponte contributed 11 points.

Ronaldo Flaquet, Captain of Cuba: “We have struggled a lot in every match, but the important thing is that we have come out ahead. We have fought every match to the end, just as we showed today. We wanted to secure a spot in the World Championship. We owe the victory to our determination, effort, and powerful attacks.”

Carlos De Sevilla, Head coach of Puerto Rico: “This group is under 17, we are two or one year younger than the opposing team. I am satisfied with the game; we came from behind and were able to close the second and fourth sets. I think the inexperience in the fifth set was evident. We battled until the end, gave a good show, and represented Puerto Rico with dignity.”

USA outlast Canada in NORCECA U19 Semifinals

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 18, 2024. – United States outlasted Canada 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 29-27) in a hard-fought semifinal match at the Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship on Saturday in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

The U.S. will face the winner between Puerto Rico and Cuba for NORCECA U19 gold and a berth to the 2025 FIVB World Championship.

United States was challenged by a scrappy Canadian team that lost three set points (24-23), battling  to force a  fourth set in a dramatic finish.

United States led in attack points (43-34) and in aces (5-3). Both teams were tied with 11 blocks each. United States gave away 26 points on errors, while Canada gave away a total of 21.

Outside hitter Aleksey Mikhailenko closed the first and second sets with a huge kill, while team captain Gran Lamoureux hit against the Canadian block to seal the match.

Mikhailenko led United States with 14 points (13 attacks, 3 blocks, 1 ace), followed by Lamoureux with 11 points, all on kills. Middle blocker Luc Soerensen contributed to the winning effort with 10 points (6 attacks, 3 blocks, 1 ace).

United States celebrates semifinal win

The top scorer of the match was Canadian team captain Reuben Veith with 17 points (13 attacks, 3 blocks, 1 ace). Outside hitter Tyson DeZutter and opposite Luke Wright added 12 and 10 points respectively.

Charles Sullivan, Head coach of United States: “It was a dramatic finish. Just one more rally, they were so close, and we weren’t at our best, but we kept trying. Everyone was there, but they are all learning. Overall, we are qualifying for worlds, and we will wear USA on our back representing a great community in our country, volleyball is strong, and we are passionate, great high school coaches and it’s all part of what happened here today”.

Dan Ota, Head coach of Canada: “We just lack composure in critical moments and late in each set. The guys were a little tight because they were thinking of the win instead of what we need to do at the moment. We did a good job executing our game plan. USA has an excellent team and we made it difficult for Lamoureux (#20) and Keane (#11) towards in performing their normal game. Unfortunately, we were so close and it’s mostly about mental decisions or miscommunication, it’s normal for a young team. I am proud of how they fought against a tough opponent. There’s still tomorrow’s match and if it gives a chance for worlds, we will be ready”.

Dominican Republic to Face Costa Rica for Fifth Place in NORCECA U-19

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 18, 2024. – The Dominican Republic will face Costa Rica for fifth place at the Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship after defeating Suriname 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-18).

The Dominican Republic and Costa Rica will meet for the second time in the tournament; in pool-play Costa Rica won 3-1. Suriname will face Guatemala for positions seven and eight.  

After a shaky start for the Dominican Republic, trailing by five points (6-11), they managed to recover with their attack, finishing with a significant advantage of 49-23.

The Dominicans also led in blocking 8-6, but Suriname was more effective in serving 4-3 and committed fewer errors 6-11.

The top scorer for Dominican Republic was their captain Melvin De Jesus with a match-high of 25 points on 18 attacks, a match-high of 5 blocks, and two aces. Opposite Malik Britton scored 16 points, all on kills, and outside hitter Ramón De Jesus added 12 points, also on kills.

Suriname blocks Dominican Britton Sosa

Middle blocker Jahmit Jambo was the top scorer for Suriname with 9 points.

Melvin De Jesus, captain of the Dominican Republic: “We entered with too much confidence, and that complicated the first set for us. We started to develop our game to improve, and things turned out well. Our defense and strong blocking were what helped us win. Tomorrow, we face Costa Rica again, and we are going for revenge; we will fight hard. We need our blocking to work.”

Jahmit Jambo, top scorer of Suriname: “In the first set we had the motivation to play, but in the other sets we lacked energy. We tried to pull through and keep the players hype, but it didn’t work for us. Tomorrow, we need a fighting spirit to win, and also, we need the pass and block to be better”.

Costa Rica beat Guatemala in straight sets Victory Over Guatemala, will play for Fifth Place

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 18, 2024. – Costa Rica defeated Guatemala in straight sets 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-5) and will play for fifth place of the Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship at the Salvador Dijols Coliseum in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

On Sunday, Costa Rica will face the winner between Suriname and the Dominican Republic for fifth place in the event; Guatemala will face the loser for seventh place.

In pool-play, Costa Rica also defeated Guatemala but in four sets.

Stanley Grant spikes against Guatemala

Costa Rica dominated their Central American rival without difficulty, with advantages in kills 43-21, in blocks 8-3 and 5-1 in aces. Costa Rica benefited from 63 errors by Guatemala compared to their 34.

Three Costa Rican players scored double digits, led by captain Eytan Vargas with 18 points, outside hitter Stanley Grant with 15 points, and opposite Ignacio Morales with 13 points.

Robertocarlo Argüello, Coach of Costa Rica: “We wanted to finish the match quickly because tomorrow is an important day. In the previous match, we made some changes that cost us a set against Guatemala. Yesterday, we couldn’t win against Canada, and it was very exhausting, so we are aiming for fifth place tomorrow.”

Cuba to face Puerto Rico in Semifinals after Victory over Dominican Republic

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 17, 2024. – Cuba triumphed in quarterfinals against the Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-15, 20-25, 28-26, 25-14) and will face Puerto Rico in the semifinals of the Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Cuba will face host Puerto Rico in the semifinals, while United States and Canada will compete in the other semifinal. Dominican Republic will play in the classification matches for positions 5 to 8, starting with Suriname.

Cuba overcame a determined Dominican team that managed to extend the match by repeatedly tying the scores in the second and third sets.

Cuba defeated Dominican Republic with an advantage in attack points 59 to 48, a blocking difference of 10 to 6, and service points 9 to 2. The Dominicans capitalized on 24 points from Cuban errors and conceded 20 from their own errors.

Alessandro Gonzalez Fuentes of Cuba attacks

Cuba’s offense was led by outside hitter Andy Marrero with 24 points on18 attacks, 2 blocks, and a match-high of 4 service points. Outside hitter Alessandro González added 18 points on  14 attacks, 2 blocks, and 2 aces. Opposite Yosdani Medina also contributed to the victory with 17 points on 14 attacks and 3 blocks.

Dominican opposite Malik Britton was the top scorer of the match with 29 points (26 attacks, 2 blocks, and one service point). The other Dominican player with double digits was captain Melvin De Jesús with 14 points.

Lian Sem Estrada, Coach of Cuba: “I congratulate the Dominican Republic for their total commitment and spectacular defensive work. We were able to press with our attack, and the Dominican libero performed admirably. At times, we fell into their game, but little by little we regained our playing system. Our attack managed to score in key points, the players wanted the win, and both teams knew how to fight”.

Crowd Cheers Brazil to Win over U.S. Women

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado,  May 17, 2024. – The U.S. Women’s National Team had its comeback come up short on Friday as it fell to Brazil 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 18-25, 25-19) in at Volleyball Nations League (VNL) preliminary match in Rio de Janeiro.

The U.S. Women (1-2) will finish their first round of VNL preliminary matches on at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday against the Dominican Republic (1-2).

VNL Web site: https://en.volleyballworld.com/volleyball/competitions/volleyball-nations-league/

 A crowd of more than 9,000 filled the Maracanazinho to watch the rematch of the Tokyo 2020 gold medal match.

 Outside hitter Jordan Larson led the U.S. scoring with 17 points on 15 kills, one block and one ace. But no other U.S. player scored in double figures.

 “Playing Brazil in Brazil; it’s an honor to play in a country that loves volleyball this much,” said U.S. setter Jordyn Poulter, who scored four points. “We’re still trying to figure things out. We use VNL a lot differently than other countries do. We’re trying to be good in two months, not necessarily put it all together right now.”

 The U.S. Women led Brazil in blocks (14-11) and aces (5-4). Brazil led in kills (54-50) and scored 24 points on U.S. errors while committing just 13.

 The U.S. could not slow down Brazil’s outside hitter Gabi Guimaraes, who finished with 24 points.

 Outside hitter Ali Frantti started the first two sets and scored nine points, including eight kills. Avery Skinner took over for Frantti and also scored nine points, including eight kills.

 Middle blocker Brionne Butler scored eight points, including a match-high five blocks. Middle Chiaka Ogbogu also had eight points, including two blocks.

 Opposite Danielle Cuttino started the first two sets and scored six points, including two blocks. Madi Skinner started the final two sets at opposite and also scored six points.

 Outside hitter Sarah Wilhite Parsons played as a substitute and scored one point. Middle Anna Stevenson Hall started the third set and scored one point but had to leave after being hit in the head by an attack.

Canada keeps up momentum with massive VNL Win

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, May 17, 2024.- Canada’s women’s team was able to beat higher-ranked China today in Rio, Brazil. This comes on the heels of a win over Dominican Republic last night, bringing the team to a 2-1 record so far in Volleyball Nations League.

Though China (now ranked 7th) beat perennial favourite USA (ranked 3rd) in its matchup yesterday, today they came up short against 11th ranked Canada 1-3 (22-25, 25-20, 23-25, 22-25). Both teams are still aiming to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. 

“Being able to back up last night’s performance (over Dominican Republic) with another big showing against another top team is huge,” said Canada’s head coach Shannon Winzer. “We are showing up with fierce determination and it’s fun to be a part of that. Tonight, our serving was ruthless, and key to disrupt China’s offense. Our middles did a great job of slowing down their attack and our hitters remained aggressive in key moments. I also cannot credit our subs enough for the jobs they did tonight, making an impact each time!”

China led in attack points 61-58, but Canada edged them out in blocking (8-6) and had an impressive service point record (13-6) but made more errors 19-16.



Canadian outside hitter Kiera Van Ryk has an impressive match-high 27 points, while teammate Alexa Gray contributed 21 points.

China’s Y.Y. Li scored 24 points, including 3 aces, for the losing side.

More match stats: https://bit.ly/3V6a1P9

Viewers guide:
-Next match is versus Thailand on Saturday. 
-All matches are streamed on VBTV and CBC Sports and CBC Gem.
-VNL Web site: https://en.volleyballworld.com/volleyball/competitions/volleyball-nations-league/

The women’s team is still in contention to qualify for Paris 2024 via the World Rankings.

Seven women’s teams are already qualified for the Games. The remaining five places are filled by selecting the top five not yet qualified teams in the FIVB World Ranking as of the end of the preliminary phase of Volleyball Nations League.

Canada Reaches Semifinals with Five-Set Victory against Costa Rica

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 17, 2024. – Canada advanced to the Boys U19 NORCECA U19 Continental Championship semifinals after a five-set victory 3-2 (25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-13) on Friday at the Salvador Dijols Coliseum in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

It was a match of highs and lows, with extraordinary performances by both teams. Costa Rica led in all sets except the first. Canada recovered from a three-point deficit (10-13), just two points away from Costa Rica sealing the win in the fifth set.

Canada’s significant 14 to 4 advantage in block points and 69 to 58 in attack points was crucial in pushing the team to the semifinals, despite conceding 42 error points compared to Costa Rica’s 20. Canada also had a 4-2 advantage in service points.

Canada’s top scorer was team captain, Reuben Veith, with 30 points (29 attacks, 1 block). He was joined by opposite Luke Wright with 24 points (20 attacks, 3 blocks, 1 service) and middle Grayson McDonald with 10 points (7 attacks, 3 blocks). Middle Simon Tate scored the highest with 5 blocking points.

Luke Wright of Canada atacks against Stanley Grant Brown of Costa Rica

Stanley Grant once again led Costa Rica’s scoring, finishing with 30 points, all from attacks. Opposite Ignacio Morales added 15 points (12 attacks, 2 blocks, 1 service), and outside hitter Jean Paul Vargas contributed 11 points.

Dan Ota, Head Coach of Canada: “I don’t think that was the way we planned the game to go. This is a young team that is learning to play together. I am proud of how they played when it got difficult. Sometimes we aren’t playing well, but the boys are starting to discover this ability to come back, fighting and if they keep fighting, they’re never out of the game. I hope this match will continue to encourage them because that’s the Canadian style. Today people who got to watch the game enjoyed good volleyball. I like to give credit to Costa Rica, they are an excellent team, they have some excellent players who pushed us to our absolute limit”.

Eytan Vargas, Captain of Costa Rica: “We had a lot of adrenaline, we lost our focus a bit, there was excitement in leading the entire match, it’s part of learning and part of the game. We are a very young group. I believe there were points that shouldn’t have been called. We accept the loss, we must keep working, correct the mistakes, hold our heads high, and make Costa Rica proud”.

United States Fall to China 3-1 at 2024 VNL

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 16, 2024.– The U.S. Women’s National Team fell to China 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-19) on Thursday at the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) at the Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro.

The U.S. Women (1-1) will look to bounce back against host Brazil (2-0) on Friday at 5 p.m. PT.

Volleyball Nations League 2024: schedule and results

While the U.S. Women have already qualified for the Olympic Games, China (2-0) has not and is looking to qualify via its world ranking at the end of VNL.

Led by outside hitter Li Yinying (20 kills) and setter Wang Yuanyuan (eight blocks), China was strong at the net, leading the U.S. in kills (60-58) and blocks (12-6). The U.S. Women led in aces (5-4). The U.S. scored on 22 Chinese errors and committed 20.

Opposite Danielle Cuttino led the U.S. scoring with 19 points on 16 kills, two blocks and one ace. Outside hitter Jordan Larson added 18 points on 16 kills (.411 hitting efficiency), one block and one ace.

“We had moments where we were grooving,” Larson told Volleyball World. “We know what we need to do to get better. I am proud of us for sticking through it.”

Outside hitter Avery Skinner scored 14 points on 12 kills, one block and one ace. She was also credited with 14 digs and 11 successful receptions.

Middle blocker Anna Stevenson Hall added nine points on seven kills, one block and one ace.

Middle Chiaka Ogbogu totaled five points on four kills and one ace. Middle Brionne Butler, who subbed for Ogbogu in the third set and finished the match, scored three points on three kills.

Setter Lauren Carlini scored one point with a kill. Libero Justine Wong-Orantes was credited with 11 digs and seven successful receptions.

Outside hitters Ali Frantti and Sarah Wilhite Parsons also played as substitutes.

Canada earns first win at 2024 VNL

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, May 16, 2024.- Canada’s women’s team earned its first win at the 2024 edition of Volleyball Nations League against a familiar tough opponent, Dominican Republic. But the Dominican team couldn’t hold back a determined Canada, ending in a 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-22) sweep in Rio, Brazil.

“It was a good solid game for us,” said head coach Shannon Winzer. “We felt in control the first two sets, playing aggressive but calm volleyball. Winning in three was really important because we wanted to maximize the world ranking points, so when we fell behind in the third with a shaky start it was great to see the players battle with a sense of urgency to come back and take the third set.”

Canada led in attack points 43-37, blocks 7-6 and ace serves 4-1. Dominican Republic also made more errors than Canada 21-19. Alexa Gray led Canada in scoring with 19 points and Kiera Van Ryk had 18.

Winzer commented: “Our service pressure was much better tonight (than against Brazil yesterday), as was our block/defense. China is next and they are a very tough team to beat in system, we will need to bring our best serving game tomorrow!”

Dominican Republic is qualified for Paris 2024, while Canada is battling for each set and match to qualify via ranking points.

Early in the tournament, Canada is 1-1.

Viewers guide:
-Next match is versus China on May 17.
-All matches are streamed on VBTV and CBC Sports and CBC Gem.
-VNL Web site: https://en.volleyballworld.com/volleyball/competitions/volleyball-nations-league/

The women’s team is still in contention to qualify for Paris 2024 via the World Rankings.

Seven women’s teams are already qualified for the Games. The remaining five places are filled by selecting the top five not yet qualified teams in the FIVB World Ranking as of the end of the preliminary phase of Volleyball Nations League.

Puerto Rico Earn a Direct Ticket to Semifinals at NORCECA U19

PONCE, Puerto Rico, MY 16, 2024.- Puerto Rico earned a direct ticket to the Boys U19 NORCECA semifinals after defeating Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-13) on Thursday at Salvador Coliseum in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico advanced to Saturday’s semifinal as undefeated (3-0) winner of pool B. Dominican Republic finished third with a 2-1 record and will face Cuba, runner-up in pool A, in Friday’s quarterfinals.

Costa Rica, second in pool B, will play quarterfinals against Canada, third in pool A.

Puerto Rico came from behind in the first set (7-10), managing to pull ahead up to point 12 after six consecutive Dominican errors. In the following two sets, the home team had no difficulties securing the victory in straight sets.

Kelvin Miguel Mercedes Zorrilla DOM y Adrian Alejandro Carrillo PUR

Puerto Rico held a 40 to 33 advantage in attack points, 5 to 4 in block points, and three to one in aces. Puerto Rico scored 27 points from Dominican errors and gave away 12.

Puerto Rico’s captain, Jean Paul González, led all scorers with 19 points on 18 attacks and one block.

Opposite hitter Malik Britton led Dominican Republic with 14 points on 13 attacks and one block.

Ignacio Cruz, libero of Puerto Rico: “In the first set we made quite a few errors, but thanks to our concentration we were able to pull through and win the match. We adjusted our blocking because they have tall players, like Malik Britton, and that allowed us to defend well. We are taking it step by step because our goal is to reach the final match”.

Malik Britton, top scorer of Dominican Republic: “We started with good energy, but we couldn’t maintain it in the last two sets. In the next round, we will fight with a positive attitude”.

Stanley fires 32 points to carry Costa Rica into next round at NORCECA U19

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 16, 2024. – Stanley Grant capitalized on 32 points in Costa Rica’s 3-1 victory (25-19, 25-14, 22-25, 25-19) over Guatemala to advance to the next round of the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Outside hitter Stanley Grant scored 32 points on 31 attacks and one direct service point, leading Costa Rica to the next round with a record of 2 wins and one loss, awaiting to know their final position in Group B.

Guatemala will compete in classification matches for positions 5 to 8.

In the third set, Guatemala took advantage of Costa Rica’s errors (7-4) to tie the score up to point 22, forcing a fourth set with a 2-0 advantage in blocking and 3-2 in service.

Stanley Grant CRC

Alongside Stanley, the other Costa Rican player with double digits, was opposite hitter Ignacio Sánchez who contributed 11 points.

Outside hitters Boris González and Juan Carlos Menéndez led Guatemala with 16 points each. González scored all points from kills and Menéndez with 14 kills and 2 service points.

Costa Rica held the advantage in attack (62-45) and blocking (8-5). Guatemala prevailed in service (7-5) and committed fewer unforced errors (16-19).

Stanley Grant, Costa Rica’s top scorer: “It’s an honor to represent Costa Rica and contribute to advancing to the next round. I feel that today we could have done better, maybe it could have been a 3-0 victory, but we were overconfident because we’ve been doing things so well, still, we achieved the goal. I am very satisfied, and we will give a good battle if we continue to follow the coach’s instructions”.

Juan Carlos Menéndez, outside hitter of Guatemala: “It has been a high-level tournament. Our performance could have been better, we need to have better communication”.

United States with Dominant Blocking over Cuba Advances to Semis in NORCECA U19

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 16, 2024. – United States defeated Cuba 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-18) with dominant blocking (16-4) to advance directly to the semifinals of the Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

United States won pool A undefeated (3-0) and advanced directly to Saturday’s semifinals. Cuba with a 2-1 record will compete in Friday’s quarterfinals against third place from pool B.

Despite Cuba scoring three consecutive points to recover in the first set (19-23), their efforts were not enough.

Aleksey Mikahailenko

The dominant blocking (16-4) of the United States stopped Cuba, which equaled 32 attacking points with the Americans. United States had a slim margin in direct service points 7-6. Both teams conceded 12 points on unforced errors.

The top scorers for the U.S. were outside hitter Aleksey Mikahailenko and middle blocker Roman Payne with 14 points each. Mikahailenko scored on 10 attacks, 3 blocks, and one ace , while Payne with 4 attacks, a match-high of 9 blocks, and three aces. Grant Lamoureux added 11 points (7 attacks, one block, 3 aces).

Alessandro González led Cuba with 11 points on 8 attacks, 2 blocks, and one direct service point.

Grant Lamoureux, Captain of United States: “We played very well tonight. A lot of energy, a lot of teamwork, we played really well. We controlled most of the pace, we just had the energy on our side. We’re looking forward to playing the semifinals who ever team we face”.

Alessandro González, Cuba’s top scorer: “We had many flaws. Now we must move forward since the tournament has several phases. We need to improve in every skill, along with having more competitiveness and reducing unforced errors”.

Canada Advances to Quarterfinals with Victory over Suriname

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 16, 2024. – Canada advanced to quarterfinals after a 3-1 victory (25-13, 22-25, 25-7, 28-26) over Suriname at the Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Canada secured third place in pool B with a 1-2 win-loss record and will compete for a spot in the semifinals on Saturday against the team finishing second in pool A. Suriname concludes the pool-play with 0-3 record and will play classification matches for positions 5 to 8.

After a strong first set victory for Canada, Suriname surprised the northern team evening the scores with solid blocking and offensive attacks at the net. Canada returned mentally and physically stronger to win the third set by a huge margin (25-7). Canada survived a dramatic fourth set after Suriname overcame a seven-point deficit (16-23) and then lost a set point.

Reuben Veith CAN

Canada led in kills 58-25, in blocks with a slim 8-7 margin, and had a comfortable 9-5 advantage in service points. Canada gave away 34 points on errors against 24 from Suriname.

Canadian team captain Reuben Veith led all scorers with 15 points on 13 kills, one block, and one ace. Opposite hitter Luke Wright added 14 points on 9 kills, 2 blocks, and a match-high of  3 ace points. Outside hitter Kai Miles contributed 10 points.

Suriname’s top scorer was Gianni Ritfeld with 11 points.

Luke Wright, outside hitter of Canada: “Our energy was shifting a lot during the match and in the third set it kind of locked in and did our best. Now in the next our talking, defense-service and blocking-defense need to improve mostly”.  

Roberto Benschop, libero of Suriname: “We had ups and downs. I told my team that if Canada went on a service run, we were going to lose because it was going to be very hard to comeback from 4 or 5 points. We played point for point in the second and fourth set, receive-pass-attack. We were pretty close in the fourth set because of our fighting spirt; we did a very good job against a highly competitive team like Canada”.

Dominican Republic defeats Serbia 3-1 in VNL debut

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, May 15, 2024.- The Dominican Republic Women’s Volleyball Team, known as “Las Reinas del Caribe,” got off to a good start in their Volleyball Nations League debut by defeating the reigning world champion Serbia 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 21-25, 25-20) in a Pool 2 clash.

On Thursday, the Dominican team will face Canada in their second VNL match at eight in the evening (Dominican time).

Volleyball Nations League 2024: schedule and results

This is the second consecutive victory for Las Reinas del Caribe against Serbia, as they also defeated them last September in the Pre-Olympic Tournament held in China, where the Caribbean team secured their fourth ticket to the Paris Olympic Games. Serbia’s main player, Tijana Boskovic, did not play.

The victory over a higher-ranked opponent earned the Dominicans 9.86 points in the FIVB World Rankings and made them regain eighth place from Japan. Serbia dropped the same amount of points, but remained in fourth place.

Dominican Republic scored 56 attacks, while Serbia managed 38. Serbia led in blocks 14-12 and in serves 4-3.

Dominican Yonkaira Peña topped all scorers with 18 points (16 kills, one block, one ace), one more than fellow outside hitter Brayelin Martínez and opposite Gaila Gonzalez.

Opposite Ana Bjelica led Serbia’s offense with 15 points (12 kills, two blocks, one ace).

U.S. Women Beat Thailand to Open 2024 VNL

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 16, 2024. – The U.S. Women’s National Team opened the 2024 Volleyball Nations League with a 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-12, 25-18) on Wednesday at the Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro.

The U.S. Women (1-0) will face China (1-0) in their second Preliminary Round match at 1:30 p.m. PT on Thursday.

Three-time NCAA champion Madi Skinner made her debut with the U.S. Women, playing opposite instead of her usual outside hitter. She led all scorers with 19 points on 12 kills, four blocks and a match-high three aces.

Volleyball Nations League 2024: schedule and results

“My teammates supported me through and through,” Skinner told Volleyball World. “They gave me a lot of confidence as we were training throughout the last week.”

Overall, the U.S. Women led Thailand in kills (53-49), blocks (12-1) and aces (8-4). Nevertheless, Thailand used tough passing and digging, and took advantage of nine U.S. errors, to win the second set.

“Thailand is a great team and can be very dangerous at any time,” U.S. Head Coach Karch Kiraly told Volleyball World. “We were a little too error prone in that second game and we (needed) to get back to our steadiness.”

The U.S. Women also had setter Jordyn Poulter back in the lineup after a yearlong absence while she rehabbed from a knee injury she suffered while playing for her Italian club team. She and backup setter Lauren Carlini, who subbed in the second set, combined to help the team to a .364 hitting efficiency.

Behind Madi Skinner, outside hitter Ali Frantti scored 14 points on 13 kills and one ace. Madi Skinner’s sister Avery Skinner scored 11 points on nine kills, one block and one ace at outside hitter.

Middle blocker Anna Stevenson Hall totaled 12 points on nine kills, one block and two aces. Middle Brionne Butler totaled 10 points on six kills and four blocks. Poulter added two points on a kill and block.

Libero Zoe Fleck made her senior team debut and was credited with 12 digs and six successful receptions.

Backup outside hitter Sarah Wilhite Parsons scored two points on a kill and ace. Substitute opposite Danielle Cuttino scored two points on a kill and block.

Puerto Rico struggles to defeat Guatemala

PONCE, Puerto Rico, 15 de mayo de 2024.- Puerto Rico struggled to defeat Guatemala 3-1 (25-13, 26-24, 24-26, 25-21) and secure their second victory.

Puerto Rico leads group B with 2-0 record and will end pool-play against Dominican Republic (1-1). Guatemala, with 0-2, will face Costa Rica (1-1).

The host team had no trouble winning the first set, but in the following sets, they followed Guatemala’s system of play and struggled to close the match.

Thanks to a significant advantage in blocking (15-5) and effective kills (54-38), Puerto Rico overpowered Guatemala. Puerto Rico also had the advantage in serving (9-6) but committed more unforced errors (35-22).

Jean Paul Gonzalez PUR

Three players from Puerto Rico registered double digits, outside hitters Jean Paul González (18pts) and Gustavo Alvarez (16pts), followed by middle blocker Jorge Suárez (13pts).

Brothers Boris and Jorge González, both outside hitters, scored 12 and 11 points respectively for Guatemala. Opposite hitter Luis Mendizabal contributed 10 points.

Carlos De Sevilla, Head Coach of Puerto Rico: “When the opponent’s game rhythm changes, the team must adapt, and we didn’t know how to do it. It was a game of many errors, especially forced errors. We need to improve against teams that don’t apply service pressure, that play a slow game; we couldn’t adapt. I’m not satisfied. We need to practice hard”.

Luis Fernando Castañeda, Head Coach of Guatemala: “It was an interesting game. Yesterday we could have won, and today the boys came with greater desire. We tried to do our best despite missing players who couldn’t be here due to visa problems; it has been complex. Tomorrow is a match that we have to prepare well for against Costa Rica”.

Costa Rica scores first victory defeating Dominican Republic

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 15, 2024. – Costa Rica notched its first victory in the Boys U19  NORCECA Championship after defeating Dominican Republic 3-1 (25-22, 29-27, 22-25, 25-19) at the Salvador Dijols Coliseum in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Costa Rica improved its record to 1-1 in group B, Dominican Republic has the same record. On the last day of the preliminary round, Costa Rica will face Guatemala and the Dominican Republic will play against Puerto Rico.

The second and third placed teams will play in the quarterfinal round and the group winner moves into semifinals.

Costa Rica took an early lead in every set. In the second set, Dominican Republic recovered from a five-point deficit (7-12) for a dramatic 29-27 finish for the Central Americans. The Dominicans extended the match to a fourth set, but Costa Rica gained more confidence to secure the victory.

The match was a battle between the top scorers so far in the tournament, Britton and Stanley from the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica respectively.

Malik Britton DOM

Malik Britton scored an impressive 41 points, a record in this category, with 39 attacks and two blocks; while Stanley Grant capitalized on 30 points from 26 attacks, one block, and three service points.

Middle blocker Josué Bolaños and opposite hitter Ignacio Sánchez also contributed to Costa Rica’s victory with 11 and 10 points respectively. Meanwhile, outside hitter Melvin De Jesús contributed 13 points for the Dominican Republic.

Costa Rica performed better in service points, leading 6-4, and committed fewer errors, 18-28. The Dominican Republic led in attacks, 61-55, and in blocks, 8-7.

Roberto Carlo Argüello, Head Coach of Costa Rica: “Dominican Republic has a very good opposite hitter, and they are a strong team. The plan was to put pressure on the serve so that the ball would be separated from the net, so it would be uncomfortable for them to attack over it; the boys followed the plan. We struggled in the third set due to anxiety, but we managed to control it in the fourth to lead by a difference of 3 or 4 points”.

Francisco Lerebours, Head Coach of the Dominican Republic: “My team is young and therefore inconsistent in attacking, which complicates our games. We are learning to score consecutive points and to be able to pull away on the scoreboard. Our reception failed us”.

Cuba Five-Set Comeback Win over Canada

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 15, 2024. – Cuba staged a comeback from a two-set deficit in a 3-2 victory (19-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-13) over Canada on the second day of action at the Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship being held in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Cuba, with a 2-0 record, will compete for the top spot in pool A against the United States (2-0) on Thursday. Canada (0-2) will face Suriname (0-2) for a spot in the quarterfinals.

After winning the third set, Cuba came from behind in the fourth (16-20) to force a fifth set, which remained close until point 11 when Cuba’s attack sealed the victory.

Andy Lazaro CUB

Cuba finished with a 54-45 advantage in points from kills, while Canada led in blocks 17-11 and service points 7-5. Cuba committed more errors than Canada (39-37).

Opposite hitter Yosdani Medina of Cuba scored a match-high of 28 points (27 attacks, one service), and was the only player from the Cuban squad with double digits.

On Canada’s side, team captain Reuben Veith scored 21 points (12 attacks, 6 blocks, 3 services). Opposite hitter Luke Wright contributed with 12 points.

Lian Sem Estrada, Head coach Cuba: “The game got complicated at the beginning because it was the first time they faced a team of higher level. The players knew how to follow the instructions of all the coaches and went out to fight for the game. What we did better than Canada was the fighting spirit and determination”.

Dan Ota, Head coach Canada: “I think it was a much better performance than yesterday. I am very proud of this team for only their second match together to push Cuba, who is a very strong volleyball country,  who showed their quality in the second half of the match and were difficult to stop. This is a young group, and we are only going to get better as the tournament develops. We want to play more exciting games like this one”.

United States dominates Suriname with Serves

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 15, 2024. – The United States dominated Suriname with a commanding 14-2 advantage in serves, securing their second consecutive victory in the NORCECA Men’s U19 Championship with a 3-0 scoreline (25-13, 25-11, 25-16).

The United States now holds a record of two wins and no losses in pool A, while Suriname stands at 0-2. The Americans conclude the pool-play against Cuba. Pool winners advancing directly to the semifinals.

Luc Soerensen y Thomas Demps USA block

In the first set, the United States quickly jumped to a 15-6 lead, maintaining control until the end. In the second set, Keane Cooper scored four consecutive aces for a 20-10 lead, while Thomas Demps joined the offensive in serving during the third.

In addition to outscoring Suriname in serves, the United States held a 27-10 advantage in attacks and an 8-2 lead in blocks. Both teams gave away 26 points on unforced errors.

The leading scorer was opposite hitter Thomas Demps of the United States with 14 points, the only player in double digits in the match. Keane Cooper contributed 9 points, 4 of which were aces.

Thomas Demps USA

Thomas Demps, top scorer of United States: “It feels great to have a second win here. Today I had good shots selection, Malak always gave me great sets and put me in position to score. I’ve been working on the serves a long time, so I am really happy it’s paying off here. This is my first international tournament and it’s really fun”.

Charles Sullivan, head coach of United States: “We just stay positive with errors, because we know we are learning a lot of new stuff, we’re improving every part of our game. Tomorrow is a big match against Cuba, they have a great program, and they have a great culture, so we are really excited”.

Gianni Ritfeld, top scorer of Suriname: “Everything is about experience, the U.S. players play a lot more than we do, what we can learn from them is about “timing” (when to hit and when to tip). This is a learning process for all the team, we could have taken our time and played better. The second set was much better, I’m pleased about that”.

Puerto Rico defeats Costa Rica 3-2 in NORCECA U19

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 14, 2024 – Puerto Rico defeated Costa Rica 3-2 (25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 18-25 y 15-7) in the Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship that began at the Salvador Dijols Coliseum in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

The hosts were surprised by the tenacity and defense of the Central American team, whose powerful attack forced an exciting tie-break. In the fourth set, Costa Rica gained a wide eight-point lead (13-5), which later extended to twelve points (19-7), leaving Puerto Rico with no options.

The home team came out determined in the fifth set, quickly advancing to a six-point lead (10-4) to secure the victory.

Puerto Rico outperformed Costa Rica 65 to 61 in attacks, in addition to a slim difference in blocks (13-12) and a 7 to 2 in service points. Costa Rica committed fewer errors than Puerto Rico (18-21).

Gustavo Alvarez PUR

Puerto Rico was led by outside hitter Gustavo Álvarez with 26 points, 22 from attacks, 3 blocks, and one ace. Team captain Jean Paul González added 15 points, middle blocker Jorge Suarez scored 14 points, and outside hitter Adrián Carrillo contributed 13 points.

Outside hitter Stanley Grant finished with a match-high of 32 points, on 31 attacks and one ace. Opposite Ignacio Sánchez recorded 15 points from 12 attacks and three blocks. Middle blocker Josué Bolaños contributed 10 points, 6 on attacks, and a maximum of 4 blocks.

Jean Paul González, captain of Puerto Rico: “We fought hard throughout the match. I think we got a bit overconfident, and Costa Rica played very well, reading our plays. We put all our energy into closing out the fifth set decisively”.

Eytan Vargas, captain of Costa Rica: “I feel like we did things right; however, we let the match slip away by making more mistakes than they did (Puerto Rico). Ultimately, the one who makes fewer mistakes is the one who wins. The best part of the match was the motivation; we enjoyed the game the whole time and disrupted them. The tournament is just beginning; we’ll do better”.

Canada Women kicks off VNL with a loss to Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil May 14, 2024.- Canada’s women’s team opened its Volleyball Nations League 2024 campaign in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Tuesday evening.

It was a hard-fought 3-1 (26-24, 23-25, 26-24, 25-12) win for the world-ranked number three Brazil home team, with Canada still fighting for an Olympic spot, and is at 11th spot in rankings (as of May 15). 

“Playing Brazil in Brazil is tough. I thought we battled hard the first three sets. For a first game it was a solid performance. We need to clean up our serving and our block/defense, but I think we set a high standard for the competition in the first game and it’s a solid start from which to build,” said Canada’s head coach Shannon Winzer.

Though Canada led in attack points (55-53), Brazil dominated in blocking (15-5) and Brazil earned more points from errors (27-20); the teams were equal in service points (5-5).

Alexa Gray led Canada’s scoring with 23 points (23 kills, one block, on ace). Kiera Van Ryk contributed with 18 points, two on aces.

Photo FIVB Jazmine White CAN


“The road to qualification is going to be long,” admits Winzer. “We have another 11 games to play in VNL. We will keep focusing on one point at a time, never getting too far ahead of ourselves.”

Canada goes back in action on Thursday May 16 against the Dominican Republic.

VNL Web site: https://en.volleyballworld.com/volleyball/competitions/volleyball-nations-league/

The women’s team is still in contention to qualify for Paris 2024 via the World Rankings.

Seven women’s teams are already qualified for the Games. The remaining five places are filled by selecting the top five not yet qualified teams in the FIVB World Ranking as of the end of the preliminary phase of Volleyball Nations League.

Dominican Republic Starts NORCECA U19 with Victory over Guatemala

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 14, 2024. – The Dominican Republic began the NORCECA Boys’ U19 Continental Championship with a 3-1 victory (24-26, 26-24, 25-13, 25-19) over Guatemala at the Salvador Dijols Coliseum in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Dominican Republic recovered from losing a close first set to secure the victory over Guatemala with an advantage of 47 points to 40 in attacks, 10 blocking points to 4, and 9 direct service points to 4, but committing 19 points to 15 in errors.

Starting from the third set, Guatemala’s unforced errors in reception gave the Dominicans the necessary advantage to claim their first victory in Group B.

DOM Celebrate

Three Dominicans scored double digits, led by opposite Malik Britton with 19 points (16 kills, 2 blocks, one ace), outside hitter and captain Melvin De Jesús with 16 points (12 kills, a maximum of 6 aces), and outside hitter Ramón De Jesús with 10 points (7 kills, 3 aces).

The top scorer of the match was Guatemala’s opposite  Luis Mendizábal with 20 points from 18 attacks, one block, and one direct service point. Outside hitters Boris González and Omar Mendoza contributed 8 points each.

On the second day of competition, the Dominican Republic will face Costa Rica and Guatemala will play against Puerto Rico.

Melvin De Jesús, captain of the Dominican Republic: “We were hesitant because it was the first match of the tournament. Matches with Guatemala are always close. We were overconfident at the start of the match. Our serve was crucial for the victory, but we need to improve in blocking”.

Omar Mendoza, captain of Guatemala: “Honestly, I don’t know what happened, we will analyze with the team and the coaches, and then correct the mistakes we made today. We participated very well, but we lacked courage. It was a good match”.

USA defeats Canada in first challenge at NORCECA U19

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 14, 2024 – United States defeated Canada 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-23) in their first challenge at the NORCECA U19 Continental Championship, which began this Tuesday in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

United States and Canada looked very similar in the first and third sets; it was the second set that made a significant difference, where the United States jumped to a comfortable five-point lead (10-5) and then unsettled Canada with their serving, scoring 6 direct service points.

United States held advantages in all aspects of the game, leading 33-22 in attacks, 6-3 in blocks, and 12-4 in service points. United States conceded 26 points due to errors and scored 30 points from Canadian errors.

Grant Lamoureux

USA’s outside hitter and team captain, Grant Lamoureux, scored 15 points as the top scorer of the match, including the most aces (5). His teammates, opposite Cooper Keane and outside hitter Aleksey Mikhailenko, contributed 10 points each.

For Canada, their captain Reuben Veith and opposite Luke Wright each scored 8 points as their top scorers.

On Wednesday in pool A, the United States (1-0) will face Suriname (0-1), and Canada (0-1) will face Cuba (1-0).

Grant Lamoureux, captain of United States: “The second set was our strongest, we had a little more energy from the first play compared to the first set, we were much better. I think we had a little less error than Canada, they gave away a lot of points and we kept the pressure on them the whole time. I’m looking forward to each one of our matches. In terms of improving, we need better passing and communication all around”.

Reuben Veith, captain of Canada:  “The beginning of the match and the ending were a lot closer. In the second set we were off in serve-receive, we didn’t serve well either. We got back in the third set and in general it went well. We haven’t had much training together so I am happy with the result, we played and battled well; the only thing left is to improve with every performance”

Cuba defeats Suriname in Boys’ U19 NORCECA Opening Match

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 14, 2024. – Cuba defeated Suriname 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 29-27) in the opening match of the Boys’ U19 NORCECA Continental Championship at the Salvador Dijols Coliseum in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Despite Cuba starting with confidence and power, Suriname did not let themselves be intimidated, pressing with their blocking, and serving, reaching set point (24-21) in the third set, trying to force the match to extend.

Andy Lazarro Marrero CUB

Cuba led in kills 44 to 19, while Suriname outperformed in blocking 7-4. Both teams scored five service points. Cuba made fewer errors than Suriname (24-28).

Cuba’s outside hitter Andy Lázarro Marrero was the top scorer of the match with 13 points (12 attacks, one block). Cuba’s opposite player Yosdani Medina and Suriname’s outside hitter  Gianni Ritfeld scored 11 points each.

On the second day of the preliminary round, Cuba will face Canada and Suriname will face the United States in pool A.

Ronaldo Flaquet, captain of Cuba: “The final minutes were very exciting; we complicated things for ourselves because we got too confident after winning the first two sets. The important thing is that we were able to solve it and get a positive result. We started with confidence in ourselves, but overconfidence made it difficult for us to close”.

Jayden Koendjbiharie, captain of Suriname: “We gave it our all; we definitely fought with more power in the last set and almost won it. For the next match, we will come out with the same energy and fight better. Today, we should have put in more effort”.

Volleyball Canada’s 2024 Women’s Next Gen Squad

May 14, 2024.- Volleyball Canada has announced the Women’s Next Gen program athletes, who will be based in Richmond, BC, at the National Training Centre until mid-August.
 
Under the direction of Next Gen lead coach Matt Krueger and head coach Carolyn O’Dwyer, athletes will have access to coaching staff and an integrated support team to guide their development and growth as high-performance athletes. Competition opportunities include the 2024 Pan Am Final Six in the Dominican Republic June 24-30, and the 2024 Pan Am Cup in Mexico in August. 
 
More on the Next Gen program here:
https://volleyball.ca/en/national-teams/indoor-women-next-gen
 
SETTERS: 
Averie Allard, Winnipeg, MB
Bella Noble, Chester, NS
 
LIBEROS: 
Julia Arnold, Winnipeg, MB
Delaney Watson, St. Jacobs, ON
 
OUTSIDES/OPPOSITES:
Jasmine Rivest, Montreal, QC
Gabrielle Attieh. Surrey, BC
Abby Guezen, Sherwood Park, AB
Thana Fayad, Victoria, BC
Mady Saris, Burlington, ON
Emoni Bush, Campbell River, BC
Raya Surinx, Winnipeg, MB
Lucy Borowski, Vancouver, BC
 
MIDDLES: 
Kaylee Plouffe, Sherwood Park, AB
Nyadholi Thokbuom, Calgary, AB
Avery Heppell, Langley, BC
Emma Boyd, Whitehorse, YT
Jess Andrews, Guelph, ON
Grace Calnan, Dartmouth, NS
 
Training player: Lauren Attieh, Surrey, BC

Coaches affirm their teams are enthusiastic for the Boys’ U19 NORCECA  Title

PONCE, Puerto Rico, 13 de mayo de 2024.- Head coaches of the eight participating teams in the Boys’ U19 NORCECA Continental Championship, indicated that their teams are enthusiastic to compete for the NORCECA title.

The NORCECA Continental event, to be contested at Salvador Dijols Coliseum, is part of the qualifying process to the 2025 Boys U19 FIVB World Championship.

The U19 NORCECA Champion will qualify to worlds and the FIVB will confirm the number of slots available for our Confederation later on.

Livestream of the event is available on demand at www.r1live.com

Dan Ota, Head Coach of Canada: “We have not had any preparation time with this team because the athletes are all playing with their clubs currently, it’s near the end of the club season, so we had not had the opportunity to train as a team. It’ll be exciting to see them together for the first time today in practice, so we don’t know what to expect and I am looking forward to this opportunity to introduce these young athletes to international volleyball”.

Canada

Robertocarlo Argüello Quesada, Head Coach of Costa Rica: “It’s been a six-month training process to put together the team. The group has a clear job they must do on the court, they are eager and enthusiastic to compete. The team is doing well, with talented boys and the physical attributes to play a NORCECA event, we will be able to put up a fight against all our opponents”.

Costa Rica

Lian Sem Estrada,  Head Coach of Cuba: “We are seeking to keep Cuba’s supremacy in our zone and qualify for the World Championship. We have no intention to put pressure on the team, but we will battle for the slots available for NORCECA for worlds. This team is the base of the U17 team that competed in Mexico last year, it’s a young team, with great energy and anxious to do things well”.

Cuba

Francisco José Lerebours, Head Coach of Dominican Republic: “For me, this is a new challenge, it’s the first time I am head coach, and I am ready to assume the role. The team has a lot of time preparing itself, some of the players have experience at the U17 NORCECA and the whole team has the capacity, projection, and vision to do things well. This is a process of young players developing, but as a team we set some goals, looking for a good performance and finish in a good position”.

Dominican Republic

Luis Fernando Castañeda, Head Coach of Guatemala: “We have prepared strongly for this tournament for a couple of months when it was confirmed our participation. We are waiting for some athletes to come depending on their American visa. Six athletes in the team are U17 and we are looking for a good performance”.

Guatemala

Carlos De Sevilla Ríos, Head Coach of Puerto Rico: “Being in our homeland adds a bit more pressure, but the group is the one that won the NORCECA U17 championship in Mexico, with the addition of one U19 player and two U17 players who did not travel to Mexico, so that event helped the team to withstand a lot of pressure. Participating in this championship with the U17 team that will compete in June in Mexico and in the FIVB World Championship in Bulgaria in August is a strategic decision to compete and prepare for those tournaments. I am happy that the boys are working on a 23-week program in preparation for a world event, which motivates us. I am very proud of the team and the expectation is to finish among the top three positions, despite facing teams with older players, but we are very competitive”.

Puerto Rico

Furjil Ong-A-Fat, Head Coach of Suriname: “The team is well prepared, we started to practice at the end of January, so I think the guys are ready to show on the court what we’ve been doing since then up to now. Five players are coming from the under-17 team that competed in Mexico and will bring some experience. We are excited to give everything on the court”.

Suriname

Charles Sullivan, Head Coach of United States: “It’s a great group of guys that prepared very well, they worked really hard. As usual at these kinds of competitions, for a group that comes for the first time, it’s a little bit different from what we play in the United States, so It’s going to be a large learning curve to go through, so I hope we will push  them through fast and they catch on quick and do a good job here”.

USA

Volleyball Canada has announced its U17 men’s team

May 13, 2024.- Volleyball Canada Men’s Program announced their U17 Men’s Team and staff, looking ahead of international competitions.

The purpose of this new U17 program is to offer this group of selected athletes the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2024 U17 Pan Am Cup in Colima, Mexico from June 15 to 23: https://bit.ly/3yhdL7l

2024 U17 TEAM 
Seth Brunoro – Aldergrove, ON 
Cruz Chittick – Mayerthorpe, AB 
William Clarmo – Milton, ON 
Damien Court – Prince Albert, SK 
Tyson DeZutter – Red Deer, AB 
Kaysen Flaman – Calgary, AB 
Kade Funk – Grand Prairie, AB 
Mathieu Gilbert – St-Georges, QC 
Brayden Long – Calgary, AB 
Danilo Skipina – Maple Ridge, BC 
Cooper Spehr – Mississauga, ON 
Liam Ulrich – Edmonton, AB 
 
U17 Staff
Head Coach: Dan Ota
Assistant Coach: Dan Lewis
Assistant Coach & Team Manager: Jordan Taylor
Athletic Therapist: Ashley Hiscock
Statistician: Lionel Bonnaure

Salvador Dijols Coliseum Set to Host the Boys U19 NORCECA Championship

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 12, 2024.- The Salvador Dijols Coliseum in Ponce, Puerto Rico, is set to host the 2024 U19 Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship, welcoming eight national teams that start the qualifying process to the 2025 Boys U19 FIVB World Championship.

Members of the NORCECA control committee carried out inspections at the Salvador Dijols Coliseum to ensure the facilities for an intense competition scheduled to commence on May 14 and culminate on May 19.

Teams are divided into two pools, as follow:

Pool A: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Puerto Rico

Pool B: Canada, Cuba, Suriname, United States

The top ranked teams resulting from each pool after the conclusion of the preliminary round will advance directly into the semifinals. 

Livestream is available on demand at www.r1live.com

Preliminary Round Schedule

May 14

14:00    Cuba vs Suriname

16:00    United States vs Canada

18:00    Guatemala vs Dominican Republic

20:00    Costa Rica vs Puerto Rico

May 15

14:00    Suriname vs United States

16:00    Canada vs Cuba

18:00    Dominican Republic vs Costa Rica

20:00    Puerto Rico vs Guatemala

May 16

14:00    Canada vs Suriname

16:00    United States vs Cuba

18:00    Guatemala vs Costa Rica

20:00    Dominican Republic vs Puerto Rico

Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship arrives in Ponce, Puerto Rico

PONCE, Puerto Rico, May 11, 2024.- Eight national teams will be competing at the Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship in Ponce, Puerto Rico from May 14-19.

The NORCECA Continental event, to be contested at Salvador Dijols Coliseum, is part of the qualifying process to the 2025 Boys U19 FIVB World Championship.

Cuba is the current champion, with a historic record of five titles since the tournament’s inception back in 1998.

The Caribbean country has reached five consecutive title matches, losing once to the United States in 2024 while seeking a hat-trick, and has clashed against the Americans in the last three editions of the event (2014, 2015, 2018).

United States and Puerto Rico have two titles each.

The preliminary pool-play round has two pools consisting of pool A with Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and host team Puerto Rico; while Canada, Cuba, Suriname  and the United States are in pool B.

The top ranked teams resulting from each pool after the conclusion of the preliminary round will advance directly into the semifinals. 

Year by Year Podiums

YEARGOLDSILVERBRONZE
1998DOMMEXPUR
2000MEXPURCAN
2002PURUSAMEX
2004CUBCANMEX
2006PURUSACUB
2008USAPURMEX
2010CUBUSAPUR
2012CUBMEXUSA
2014USACUBMEX
2016CUBUSAMEX
2018CUBUSAPUR

Composite Medal Table

COUNTRYGOLDSILVERBRONZETOTAL
CUB5117
USA2518
PUR2237
MEX1258
DOM1001
CAN0112

USA Volleyball Announces Men’s Team for Paris 2024

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, May 10, 2024. – USA Volleyball is proud to announce the athletes and staff who will comprise the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

The athlete roster includes nine players with Olympic experience and three newcomers who will compete at the Paris Games, which run July 26-August 11.

Opposite Matt Anderson and middle blocker David Smith will compete in their fourth Olympic Games. Each athlete made his Olympic debut at London 2012 and earned a bronze medal at Rio 2016.

Setter Micah Christenson, middle blocker Max Holt, outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke and libero Erik Shoji have each made a third Olympic roster. Each also has a bronze medal from Rio 2016.

Outside hitters T.J. DeFalco, Aaron Russell and Garrett Muagututia will each compete in a second Olympics. Russell won a bronze medal in Rio but did not compete at Tokyo 2020. DeFalco and Muagututia made their Olympic debuts in Tokyo.

Middle blockers Taylor Averill and Jeff Jendryk, and setter Micah Ma’a will make their Olympic debuts in Paris.

Opposite Kyle Ensing, a 2020 Olympian, will be the team’s official alternate athlete, a new position for 2024. The official alternate is a non-competing athlete who may serve as a last-minute replacement if a player is unable to compete due to injury or illness. In that event, the replaced athlete would not be allowed to compete for the remainder of the competition.

“One of the hardest parts about coaching this team is naming the final 12 athletes who will play at the Olympics,” U.S. Men’s Head Coach John Speraw said. “We travel 14 players to every single tournament during a quad. To narrow it down to 12 is always such a challenge.

“It’s such a tough decision because we have so many talented, hard-working, high-character athletes who have been great teammates and represented the United States very well. Ultimately, we decided that this was the best 12 to go compete for us in Paris.

 “Choosing the team now allows us to manage a veteran team and the grind of Volleyball Nations League (VNL) travel to ensure we have a good balance between training, recovery and competition to prepare ourselves for the Games.

“It’s an incredible honor to coach these men. I’ve known all of them for a long time. I have such a high degree of trust in their ability to play the game and respect for how they compete and represent the United States. I know how special this experience is and I’m grateful to these 12 men and to all the athletes who have given their best toward this Olympic effort.”

Speraw will serve as head coach of his third Olympic team after leading the U.S. Men in Rio, where they took the bronze medal, and Tokyo. He served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s Team that won gold at the Beijing 2008 Games, and for the London 2012 team.

Speraw is also the head coach of the UCLA men’s volleyball team and won his second straight NCAA championship on May 5.

Speraw’s assistant coaches are Matt Fuerbringer, Javier Weber and Michael Wall.

The U.S.  Men are ranked No. 2 in the world. The team has competed in 12 Olympic Games, including the last 10, and has won three Olympic gold medals (1984, 1988 and 2008) and two bronze medals (1992 and 2016).

The men’s Olympic competition schedule and pools will be revealed at the conclusion of the 2024 Volleyball Nations League Final Round, which ends on June 30. The U.S. Men will begin play in the Volleyball Nations League on May 22.

Indoor volleyball at the 2024 Olympic Games will take place at South Paris Arena 1.

U.S. Men’s Roster for the Olympic Games Paris 2024

No. Player (Position, Height, Hometown, College, USAV Region)

1 Matt Anderson (Opp, 6-10, West Seneca, N.Y., Penn State, Western Empire)

2 Aaron Russell (OH, 6-9, Ellicott City, Md., Penn State, Chesapeake)

4 Jeff Jendryk (MB, 6-10, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola Univ. Chicago, Great Lakes)

8 T.J. DeFalco (OH, 6-5, Huntington Beach, Calif., Long Beach State Univ., Southern California)

11 Micah Christenson (S, 6-5, Honolulu, Hawaii, Univ. of Southern California, Aloha)

12 Max Holt (MB, 6-10, Cincinnati, Ohio, Penn State, Ohio Valley)

14 Micah Ma’a (S, 6-3, Kaneohe, Hawaii, UCLA, Aloha)

17 Thomas Jaeschke (OH, 6-6, Wheaton, Ill., Loyola Univ. Chicago, Great Lakes)

18 Garrett Muagututia (OH, 6-5, Oceanside, Calif., UCLA, Southern California)

19 Taylor Averill (MB, 6-7, San Jose, Calif., Univ. of Hawaii, Northern California)

20 David Smith (MB, 6-7, Saugus, Calif., Univ. of California Irvine, Southern California)

22 Erik Shoji (L, 6-0, Honolulu, Hawaii, Stanford Univ., Aloha)

Official Alternate: 5 Kyle Ensing (Opp, 6-7, Valencia, Calif., Long Beach State Univ.,

Head Coach: John Speraw Southern California)

Assistant Coaches: Matt Fuerbringer, Javier Weber and Mike Wall

Athletic Trainer: Aaron Brock

Performance Analyst and Technical Coordinator: Nate Ngo

Team Leader: Erik Sullivan

Mental Performance Coaches: Andrea Becker and Peter Naschak

Technical Coordinator: David Dantes

Team Doctor: Lori Boyajian-O’Neill

International Course for Level 1 Coaches opens in Santo Domingo

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 8, 2024.- With the participation of 45 coaches from Honduras, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic, the NORCECA/FIVB Regional Development Center opened the International Course for Level 1 Coaches.

The opening ceremony was chaired by Mr. Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz, FIVB  Executive Vice President and President of the NORCECA Confederation, accompanied by Professor Nelson José Ramírez, Director of the Center, Mr. Bernardo Mesa, Technical Director of Centro Caribe Sports, and FIVB instructors Rubén Sainz from Cuba and Alexander Gutiérrez from Venezuela.

Professor Ramírez welcomed all participants and highlighted the work carried out by the Development Center during the current year, including the organization of two Continental courses for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball referees in Puerto Rico, as well as the International Course for Level 1 Coaches in Cuba.

Mr. Marte emphasized that NORCECA has implemented a specific development plan for training in all aspects of Volleyball, as it is now doing with the opening of this course.

He also recognized and congratulated the Regional Center in the Dominican Republic for the excellent work it has carried out since its foundation, being recognized as the best Development Center in the world.

The course takes place at the Volleyball Pavilion facilities in the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center and concludes next Saturday, May 11.

Supernovas’ Valentin-Anderson Selected for Weekly Honors

May 7, 2024.- For the fourth time this season, an Omaha Supernovas player has earned weekly accolades from the league. On the heels of two straight victories, setter Natalia Valentin-Anderson has been chosen the Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week presented by Franklin Sports. The four weekly honors for Omaha this season have been captured by four different players on the roster.

The setter was inserted into the lineup and helped the Supernovas lock up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Pro Volleyball Federation Championship. Making her first start since April 13, she dished out 55 assists to go along with 17 digs, two aces, one block and one kill in a four-set victory over Columbus.

The native of Caguas, Puerto Rico then led Omaha to a sweep of Vegas on Monday, finishing with 31 assists, 15 digs and one kill. The veteran also excelled on the defensive end, making a diving save off the side court before running to the other side to produce a block touch and then make an incredible diving save to keep the point alive. For her efforts, she was featured in the No. 2 spot of the daily Top 10 plays on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

The Pro Volleyball Federation Championship will take place next week at the CHI Health Center in Omaha.

2024 Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week Presented By Franklin Sports

Date                             Player                                                                                                                 

May 7                          Natalia Valentín-Anderson, Omaha Supernovas, S

April 30                       Willow Johnson, San Diego, OPP

April 23                       Marlie Monserez, Atlanta Vibe, S

April 16                        Nootsara Tomkom, San Diego Mojo, S

April 9                          Bethania De La Cruz, Omaha Supernovas, OH

April 2                          Sydney Hilley, Omaha Supernovas, S

March 26                    Asjia O’Neal, Columbus Fury, MB

March 19                     Alisha Glass Childress, Vegas Thrill, S

March 12                     Brooke Nuneviller, Omaha Supernovas, OH

March 5                       Anna Lazareva, Atlanta Vibe, OPP

February 27                Reagan Cooper, Columbus Fury, OH

February 20               Emiliya Dimitrova, Grand Rapids Rise, OPP

February 13                Adora Anae, Orlando Valkyries, OH

February 6                  Leah Edmond, Atlanta Vibe, OH

January 30                 Alli Linnehan, Atlanta Vibe, OH       

For more information visit  ProVolleyball.com      

Grand Rapids earns Postseason Berth

May 7, 2024.- The Grand Rapids Rise are postseason bound. With a guaranteed spot in the Pro Volleyball Federation playoffs awaiting the winner Sunday afternoon inside Van Andel Arena, the Rise overcame the San Diego Mojo for the first time this season.

Grand Rapids (11-12) prevented San Diego (10-11) from completing a four-match season series sweep with a 3-0 home victory by set scores of 25-23, 25-18, 25-16.

The Rise became the third team to clinch a postseason berth with the win, leaving the Mojo, Columbus Fury (8-13), and Vegas Thrill (8-14) to fight for the final spot with a week left in the regular season.

Less than 24 hours after Grand Rapids lost to the Mojo, the rematch on Sunday was a complete turnaround for the Rise. Grand Rapids hit .296 – its second-best attack percentage this year, with a season-low 11 attack errors.

Rise Match Notes

For the first time this season, the Rise didn’t give up an ace to their opponent.

Grand Rapids earned its third sweep this season, tied for second-most in the League with Omaha. Atlanta finished its regular season already with 10 sweeps in 24 matches.

After playing 13 out of their 14 players on Saturday, the Rise didn’t make any substitutions on Sunday. All seven players who started ended up playing the whole match. It’s the first time the Rise rotation went untouched during a match this season.

For more information visit  ProVolleyball.com 

Omaha Supernovas clinch Championship Spot

May 7, 2024.- The Omaha Supernovas have officially secured a spot in the inaugural Pro Volleyball Federation Championship. With the Columbus Fury losing to the Atlanta Vibe last week, Omaha is guaranteed to finish inside the top four in the league standings.

The landmark championship is scheduled to take place on May 15 and May 18 at the home of the Supernovas, the CHI Health Center in Omaha.  

The Supernovas become the second of four teams set to battle it out for the Pro Volleyball Federation crown. The Atlanta Vibe was the first team to clinch on April 15. Omaha has been one of the top teams in the league over the entire season, as it sits in second place behind Atlanta with a record of 13-7 with four matches left in the regular season. The Supernovas have regularly been in the top two, not dropping below second in the standings since the first few weeks of the year.

The Supernovas are also in position to lock in the No. 2 seed for the championship. Omaha needs to win two more matches or have the San Diego Mojo (9-10) reach 12 losses to secure the spot.

The top four teams in the league standings will advance to the championship in Omaha. The semifinals are to take place on May 15 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. CT. No. 1 seed Atlanta will play the No. 4 seed at 6 p.m., with the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds competing in the 8:30 p.m. slot.

The two winning teams from the semifinals will advance to the championship on Saturday, May 18 with first serve set for 3:30 p.m. CT. CBS Sports Network will televise each match.  

For more information visit  ProVolleyball.com 

Canada’s Women’s Roster Announced for Week 1 of Volleyball Nations League

May 06, 2024.- Canada’s head coach Shannon Winzer has released the roster for the opening week of Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2024, which begins for the women in Brazil on May 14.

“This year’s VNL has the additional importance of achieving our goal of qualifying for Paris 2024,” said Winzer.  “Earning a spot in the Olympic tournament requires the time, effort and commitment of more than just the 14 athletes selected to this roster, it’s the effort of the athletes and staff of the program as a whole.”

Additional senior athletes will remain training in Richmond, BC, and the Next Gen team is scheduled to be announced this week.

In this year’s VNL, the women hit the ground running in Rio de Janeiro on May 14 against host Brazil, to be followed by matches against strong teams including Dominican Republic, China and Thailand.

The women’s team is still in contention to qualify for Paris 2024 via the World Rankings.

Seven women’s teams are already qualified for the Games. The remaining five places are filled by selecting the top five not yet qualified teams in the FIVB World Ranking as of the end of the preliminary phase of Volleyball Nations League.

VNL Web site: https://en.volleyballworld.com/volleyball/competitions/volleyball-nations-league/
 
VNL Roster Week 1
Brie O’Reilly – Langley, BC
Courtney Baker – Bridgewater, NS
Emily Maglio – Coquitlam, BC
Jazmine White – Oshawa, ON
Alicia Ogoms – Winnipeg, MB
Layne Van Buskirk – Windsor, ON
Alexa Gray (C) – Calgary, AB
Hilary Howe – Calgary, AB
Andrea Mitrovic – Mississauga, ON
Vicky Savard – Jonquière, QC
Kiera Van Ryk – Surrey, BC
Shainah Joseph – Ottawa, ON
Julia Murmann – Toronto, ON
Kacey Jost – St. Albert, AB
 
Staff:
Head coach : Shannon Winzer
Vincenzo Mallia – Asst. coach
Matt Krueger – Asst. coach
Kevin Valcke – Physiotherapist
Gabriele Tortorici – Statistician
Rob Hooper – IST lead
Hilary Mallinger – Physiotherapist
Roger Friesen – Mental performance coach
Julien Boucher – High performance director
Jennah Paron – Team coordinator

Queens of the Caribbean Head to Brazil for Training Base in Preparation for VNL

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 6.- The two-time Pan American and NORCECA champions, the Dominican Republic Women’s Volleyball Team (The Queens of the Caribbean), qualified for the Paris Olympics for the fourth time, departed this weekend for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they will hold a training base in preparation for the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) starting on May 14th.

Head coach, Marcos Kwiet, stated that these days of training leading up to the Nations League will be crucial for the matches ahead.

“Brayelin Martínez, Gaila González, Jineirys Martinez, Alondra Tapia, Eve Mejía, Yonkaira Peña, Vielka Peralta, Florangel, among others, who were reinforcing in different professional leagues, have already joined the practices. They are all in good health conditions, and that is key,” Marcos said.

He mentioned that star players Brenda Castillo and Bethania de la Cruz, who are still reinforcing in Italy and the United States, are yet to join.

The Dominican Republic will debut on May 14th against Serbia in the start of the 2024 Nations League, in the first week of the competition from May 14th to 19th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

The Queens of the Caribbean defeated Serbia the last time they clashed in the Pre-Olympic Tournament last year in September in China.

On May 16th, the Dominicans will face Canada. May 17th will be a rest day, and they will return on the 18th when they play against Korea.

The Dominican Republic will compete in the second week in Macau from May 28th to June 2nd, and then head to Hong Kong for the final leg from June 11th to June 16th.

San Diego’s Johnson Earns Weekly Accolades

May 2, 2024.- For the second time in three weeks, the surging San Diego Mojo have had a player earn weekly honors from the League. After helping her squad to two wins in three matches, Willow Johnson has been tabbed the Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week presented by Franklin Sports.

The Mojo have won six of nine matches overall during the month of April.

The opposite hitter averaged 20 points and 17.7 kills in three outings. On Tuesday, she made her home debut, leading San Diego to a five-set victory over Omaha with 14 kills, 15 digs, three blocks and an ace. A native of Paradise Valley, Ariz., she recorded another double-double versus Vegas, scoring on 22-of-61 swings (.361) to go along with 13 digs. Johnson finished the week with match highs of 20 points and 17 kills in a win against Orlando.

2024 Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week Presented By Franklin Sports

Date                             Player                                                                                                                 

April 30                       Willow Johnson, San Diego, OPP

April 23                       Marlie Monserez, Atlanta Vibe, S

April 16                        Nootsara Tomkom, San Diego Mojo, S

April 9                          Bethania De La Cruz, Omaha Supernovas, OH

April 2                          Sydney Hilley, Omaha Supernovas, S

March 26                    Asjia O’Neal, Columbus Fury, MB

March 19                     Alisha Glass Childress, Vegas Thrill, S

March 12                     Brooke Nuneviller, Omaha Supernovas, OH

March 5                       Anna Lazareva, Atlanta Vibe, OPP

February 27                Reagan Cooper, Columbus Fury, OH

February 20               Emiliya Dimitrova, Grand Rapids Rise, OPP

February 13                Adora Anae, Orlando Valkyries, OH

February 6                  Leah Edmond, Atlanta Vibe, OH

January 30                 Alli Linnehan, Atlanta Vibe, OH        For more information visit  ProVolleyball.com

Pools for the Inaugural Girls’ U17 World Championship

May 1, 2024.- The pools for the inaugural edition of the FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U17 World Championship are now formed as the drawing of lots for the event was completed on Wednesday.

The 16 national teams from five continents were allocated into four pools and are now aware of their opponents in the first round of the tournament, which will be held in Lima, Peru, from August 17-24.

Hosts Peru will be in Pool A, where they will face continental rivals Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Canada. Pool B will feature Türkiye, Thailand, China and Ecuador.

Pool C has teams from four different continents in Italy, Argentina, Egypt and Mexico. Japan leads Pool D, where it will be faced with Croatia, Puerto Rico and the Chinese Taipei.

The first edition of the Girls’ U17 World Championship, which starting in 2024 will be held every two years, will have 56 matches during the seven days of competition.

Teams will face their pool opponents in the first three days in order to determine their positions ahead of the start of the playoffs. All 16 national teams will advance to the Round of 16, with the winners progressing for the quarterfinals and the losers battling in the playoffs to determine positions from 9th-16th.

Duels Set For The First-Ever Boys’ U17 World Championship

May 1, 2024.- Exciting duels are set to take place in the first days of the FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U17 World Championship as the drawing of lots for the event was completed on Wednesday, determining the composition of the pools.

The inaugural edition of the biennial event will be hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria, from August 24-31, and the 16 participating national teams were split into four pools in the first round of the tournament.

Allocated in Pool A, hosts Bulgaria will face Mexico, the Chinese Taipei and Spain. Entirely formed by teams from Africa and Asia, Pool B will have Iran, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

Italy start the event as the top team in Pool C, where they will face Argentina, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Pool D is led by Belgium, also featuring Brazil, Chile and Uzbekistan.

Pool play will open the first edition of the Boys’ U17 World Championship with teams facing their opponents in a single round-robin format. All 16 participating national teams will advance to the Round of 16.

The winners of the first match of the elimination rounds will move forward to the quarterfinals, while the losers will play in the playoffs to determine final positions from 9th to 16th.

JaVA Appoints Roy Taylor as Technical Director

KINGSTON, Jamaica, April 30, 2024.- The Jamaican Volleyball Association (JaVA) is excited to announce the appointed of Roy Taylor as its Technical Director, confident that his leadership will propel the Association to new heights in the ever-evolving landscape of volleyball.

Roy Taylor is a Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Justice of the Peace, and a FIVB Level 3 Coach. He was the former Head Coach of Kingston Technical High School, Lakers Volleyball Club, MOSA Volleyball Club, Mico College (now Mico University College), University of the West Indies, former volleyball lecturer at the GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sports and has worked with several senior and junior national programs from as far back as 1988.

 JaVA President, Jacqueline Cowan explained that the role of Technical Director is not new to Taylor,  “he held the position during the administration of former President Warrenton Dixon and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Association’s Primary School’s Competition”.

 In his role, Taylor will be responsible for leading technical projects, driving innovation, and ensuring the alignment of technical strategies with the overall volleyball development initiatives at all levels.

 “With a proven track record of success in volleyball, Taylor is well positioned to guide our national programs toward continued excellence and growth”, stated Audley Weir, JaVA General Secretary.

Simon and Lopez lead Cuba’s Roster for 2024 Volleyball Nations League

HAVANA, Cuba, April 28, 2024 – Star players Robertlandy Simón and the no less distinguished captain Miguel Ángel López lead Cuba’s roster for the 2024 Volleyball Nations League (VNL), which preliminary round from May 21 to June 23 will close the Olympic qualification through  the FIVB world ranking.

Alongside the towering middle blocker are also middle blockers Javier Concepción, José Israel Massó, Roamy Alonso, and Alexis Wilson, as well as other outside hitters Marlon Yant, Osniel Mergarejo, Julio César Cárdenas, Bryan Camino, and Yusniel González.

Christian Thondike, Lyván Taboada, Adrián Goide, and Julio Alberto Gómez, are announced as setters, while Yonder García and Alain Gorguet are both liberos.

As opposites, Jesús Herrera, Miguel David Gutiérrez, Alejandro Miguel González, Michael Sánchez, José Miguel Gutiérrez, José Carlos Romero, and Carlos Charles, although the first three in this important position will not be available from the first week, according to their head coach Jesús Cruz and his assistants Mario Izquierdo and Manuel de Jesús Espinosa.

Cruz explained that “left-handed Herrera, the team’s starter for several years, requested to recover from a knee injury that has been bothering him, so he won’t be available for the first two weeks, and Alejandro Miguel recently underwent minimally invasive knee surgery, which will require several weeks of recovery, and we may not be able to count on him in the League”.

Regarding Miguel David Gutiérrez’s case, the head coach and the team doctor, Lenin Hernández, intervened, referring to his satisfactory recovery, but they won’t be able to count on him in the first week. However, they will assess his condition over time, and if by the second week he can train fully and join the games.

“However, as we have always said, the most important thing is the players’ health, and then we will try to have alternatives”, Cruz commented during a press conference, chaired by Ariel Saínz, INDER vice president and president of the Cuban volleyball federation.

Cruz, a former player and since last year the head coach of the stellar team, qualifies this start as somewhat adverse, but the inclusion of Michael Sánchez, “El Ruso”, gives him “some relief”.

“He is an experienced player, but he comes fully committed to fight with the team, and that is very positive, and we also have outside hitters who can assume that position at a given moment”, he pointed out.

“The Volleyball Nations League is an extremely difficult tournament for the Cuban team because our only possibility of qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games will be through the ranking, so we must accumulate the most points in this league” he commented.

By May 6, the majority of the players should be training at the National Volleyball School, as some have not finished playing their respective leagues outside the island. Only two or three from the main squad would be missing by that date, although by the time they depart for Argentina, the team should have accumulated training sessions with all those who will participate in the two preparation matches in that country on May 17 and 18. They will then move to the neighboring South American giant for the start of the competition, where they will face Brazil, Germany, Japan, and Iran, in that order.

Saínz referred to all conditions being in place for this preliminary encounter with Argentina’s  national team and adjustments being made with the organizers to gain access to the television signal for live broadcasting in coordination with Cuban television.

The official also pointed out that after participating in the three preliminary phases of the League, if the goals and objectives are met and they advance to the final, there is a possible participation route planned at a base in Europe to attend that final round, scheduled in Poland.

Completing this team are team doctor Hernández, physiotherapist Eladio Vives, and national commissioner Jorge Sosa, who will serve as the head of the delegation. 

Ten Olympians Highlight U.S. Men’s 2024 VNL Roster

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, April 26. – Ten Olympians highlight the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 30-athlete roster for the 2024 Volleyball Nations League (VNL).

Volleyball Nations League is the world’s premier annual international indoor volleyball tournament. The top 16 teams in the world play four matches a week for three weeks of preliminary competition. The top eight teams at the end of the preliminaries will go to the Final Round on June 27-30 in Łódź, Poland.

Coaches will select 14 athletes from the long-list roster to compete at the United States’ VNL stops in Antalya, Türkiye (May 22-26), Ottawa, Canada (June 4-8) and Manila, Philippines (June 19-23).

The 10 Olympians on the roster are: opposites Matt Anderson and Kyle Ensing, setter Micah Christenson, libero Erik Shoji, outside hitters T.J. DeFalco, Thomas Jaeschke, Garrett Muagututia and Aaron Russell and middle blockers Max Holt and David Smith.

Besides those 10, others on the roster with previous VNL experience include opposites Jake Hanes and Kyle Russell, setters Micah Ma’a and Josh Tuaniga, liberos Mason Briggs and Kyle Dagostino, outside hitters Jacob Pasteur and Cody Kessel, and middle blockers Taylor Averill, Patrick Gasman and Jeff Jendryk.

Players who have not made a VNL travel roster are opposite Gabi Garcia, setters Quinn Isaacson and Nicholas Slight, outside hitters Ethan Champlin, Jordan Ewert and Brett Wildman, and middle blockers Matthew Knigge, Michael Marshman and Daniel Wetters.

The U.S. Men’s head coach is John Speraw, who was named head coach in 2013 and helped the team to the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Speraw’s top assistants are former indoor and beach player Matt Fuerbringer, who has coached college and club teams, and Javier Weber, a three-time Olympian for Argentina who also coached the national team and continues to coach for professional club teams. Andy Read, who has coached numerous junior and senior teams for USA Volleyball, will also help with the team.

The U.S. Men are ranked No. 2 in the world and have won the silver medal at the last two VNLs (in 2022 and ’23). They are qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Olympic hopefuls to bring star-studded rosters to VNL 2024

April 24, 2024.- Still looking for a spot at the Paris Olympics, national teams like Italy, Argentina, Slovenia and Cuba will have their main stars available.

With five spots at the Paris Olympics still up for grabs and several men’s national teams lining up for them, the Volleyball Nations League 2024 will be the battleground where the last tickets to the French capital will be awarded.

Teams vying for the coveted Olympic spots will bring their best players to the battle as the rosters of the 16 national teams set to appear in the sixth edition of the tournament were announced (subject to eligibility check to be conducted by the FIVB).

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The result of the matches of the VNL Preliminary Round, which will be played from May 21 to June 23 for the men, will all be reflected in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Rankings and the five best-ranked teams (including one from Africa to guarantee the principle of universality) still not qualified for Paris 2024 at the end of the opening round of the event will earn spots at the Games.

**VNL 2024: Men’s Rosters**

From NORCECA, Cuba, involved in the battle for an Olympic spot, will bring the offensive power of Marlon Yant, Robertlandy Simon and Jesus Herrera.

Already qualified for Paris 2024, last year’s VNL silver medalists USA with setter Micah Christenson and middle blocker David Smith, while Canada will also bring their best men to the court.

The opening week of the VNL 2024 for the men will be from May 21-26, with eight teams playing Antalya, Türkiye, and another eight competing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The VNL 2024 Finals will be held in Łódź, Poland, from June 27-30, less than a month before the start of the Olympics.

Volleyball Canada Announces Additional Men’s Program Athletes

April 24, 2024.- Volleyball Canada is pleased to announce the Next Gen and age-group athletes that will be part of the men’s national team program for the 2024 season.
 
The following athletes will be part of the teams that will participate in various NORCECA (Continental) Championships and Pan Am tournaments.
 
The Next Gen team will be featured on home soil, at the NORCECA Final 6, which will take place at the Centre Slush Puppie in Gatineau, Quebec in August (ticket info coming soon). 
 
These teams are in addition to the senior team, which was announced earlier.

2024 NEXTGEN TEAM 
Christopher Byam – Bow Island, AB 
Jordan Canham – Avonmore, ON 
Maxwell Elgert – Edmonton, AB 
Jesse Elser – Calgary, AB 
Mason Greves – Calgary, AB 
Daenan Gyimah – Scarborough, ON 
Isaac Heslinga – Orangeville, ON 
Zachary Hollands – Victoriaville, QC 
Matthew Neaves – Calgary, QC 
Darian Picklyk – Winnipeg, MB 
Skyler Varga – Muenster, SK 
James Vincett – Calgary, AB 
 
2024 U21 TEAM and U23 ATHLETES
Kai Boyko – Winnipeg, MB 
Trent Cherewaty – Mansfield, ON 
Piers de Greeff – Victoria, BC 
Kale Fisher – Edmonton, AB 
Quintin Greenidge – Hamilton, ON 
Daniil Hershtynovich – Thornhill, ON 
Grant Hill – Calgary, AB 
Cody Hudson – Calgary, AB 
Ryan John – Calgary, AB 
Jared Kuiken – London, ON 
Zakari Morneau – Québec, QC 
Brady Paterson – Baden, ON 
Ashton South – Airdrie, AB 
Owen Weekes – Winnipeg, MB 
Reeve Gingera – Calgary, AB (U23)
Maxime Gratton – Ottawa, ON (U23)
Dylan Martens – Winnipeg, MB (U23)
Cory Schoenherr – Waterloo, ON (U23)
 
2024 U19 TEAM 
Tyson Cassone – Stratford, ON 
Tyson DeZutter – Red Deer, AB 
Grayson McDonald – Edmonton, AB 
Kai Miles – Edmonton, AB 
Dennis Moschopoulos – Burnaby, BC 
Isaac Navarro – Surrey, BC 
Pavlo Ostapchuk – Kiev, Ukraine 
Simon Tate – Ladner, BC 
Aiden Vandenheuvel – Puslinch, ON 
Rueben Veith – Prince Albert, SK 
Benjamin Weiss – Sherwood Park, AB 
Luke Wright – Edmonton, AB 

Thirty U.S. Women Selected for VNL Long-List Roster

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, April 24, 2024.– Thirty athletes, including nine Olympic gold medalists, are on the U.S. Women’s National Team long-list roster for the Volleyball Nations League (VNL).

Volleyball Nations League is the world’s premier annual international indoor volleyball tournament. The top 16 teams in the world play four matches a week for three weeks of preliminary competition. The top eight teams at the end of the preliminaries will go to the Final Round.

Coaches will select 14 athletes from the long list to compete at the United States’ VNL stops in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (May 15-19), Arlington, Texas (May 28-June 2) and Fukuoka, Japan (June 11-16). The VNL Final Round is scheduled for June 20-23 in Bangkok, Thailand.

U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly has said that he will use the early VNL matches to help choose the players for his 2024 Paris Olympic Games roster. That team will have 12 players plus an alternate who will travel to Paris.

Nine players on the roster return from the team that won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: setters Micha Hancock and Jordyn Poulter, libero Justine Wong-Orantes, outside hitters Jordan Larson and Kelsey (Robinson) Cook, middle blockers Chiaka Ogbogu and Haleigh Washington, and opposites Annie Drews and Jordan Thompson.

Besides those nine, players on the roster who have competed in previous VNLs include setters Lauren Carlini, Ashley Evans and Jenna Gray, liberos Morgan Hentz and Kendall White, outside hitters Ali Frantti, Khalia Lanier, Kathryn Plummer, Avery Skinner and Sarah Wilhite Parsons, middles Brionne Butler, Anna Hall, Asjia O’Neal and Dana Rettke and opposite Danielle Cuttino.

Those who have not played in prior VNL matches are libero Zoe Fleck, outside hitter Madisen Skinner, opposites Kendall Kipp and Taylor Mims and middles Kayla Haneline and Serena Gray.

Head Coach Karch Kiraly is a three-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist as a player who took over as head coach in 2013.

Kiraly’s first assistant is Tama Miyashiro, who won a silver medal as a libero with the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. The second assistants will be Marv Dunphy, Alfee Reft and Erin Virtue.

The U.S. Women are the reigning Olympic champions and ranked No. 2 in the world. They have won the VNL three times (2018, ’19, ’21) since its inception in 2018. In 2023, they finished fourth overall.

Atlanta Vibe Clinches No. 1 Seed at Championship

April 24, 2024.- The Atlanta Vibe have officially claimed the No. 1 overall seed in the Pro Volleyball Federation Championship, slated for May 15-18. The 2024 regular season champions have two remaining home matches before they head off to the neutral-site postseason event. 

Standing at 17-5 record and on top of the league standings, the Vibe have won eight of their last nine matches.

The league’s first championship will be held in the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The two semifinals matches will be on Wednesday, May 15 and the title match on Saturday, May 18. All matches will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.

Tickets for the neutral-site championship matches are officially on sale to the public and available here

The Vibe head into the 2024 Pro Volleyball Federation Championship looking to bring home Atlanta’s fifth pro sports championship trophy. Winning the event in 2024 would make the Vibe Atlanta’s first team to accomplish the feat in their first year, and only the fourth fully professional team to bring a trophy to the city of Atlanta (Atlanta Braves, 1995, 2001; Atlanta United, 2018; Georgia Swam, 2017).

JDF and UWI retain JaVA Men’s and Women’s Club League titles

SPANISH TOWN, Jamaica, April 24, 2024.- The Jamaica Defence Force and UWI Volleyball are champions of the the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA) Club League. The league culminated at the GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sports over the past weekend.

In the Women’s final, Master’s Volleyball Club were no match for the defending champion as UWI Volleyball Club won in straight sets 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-20).

The team was led by team captain and national representative Erica Harris.

In the Men’s final, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) defeated MOSA Volleyball Club in straight sets 3-0 (25-10, 25-21, 25-22).

JDF was led by 2023 RJR Sportsman of the year for Volleyball and team captain, Captain Ryck Webb.

GC Foster College (Women) and UWI A (Men) placed third after straight sets victories over MOSA Volleyball Club and UWI B respectively in the 3rd place playoffs.

Atlanta’s Monserez Selected for Weekly Award

April 23, 2024.- After helping her team become the first squad in the league to clinch a postseason spot, Atlanta setter Marlie Monserez is the Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week presented by Franklin Sports.

Marlie Monserez is the fourth different Vibe player to be tabbed for weekly recognition this season and it marks the third time in the past four weeks a league setter has been chosen for the accolade.

Monserez averaged 11.6 assists and 4.3 digs during a 2-1 week for Atlanta. The native of Windermere, Fla. began with a 44-assist, 20-dig performance in a victory over Grand Rapids. She then notched 40 assists and 18 digs in a loss to Columbus before posting 55 assists and 13 digs in a win at Orlando.

She has posted double-figure assists and digs in four consecutive matches and 13 times overall this season. For the week, she connected on a .357 hitting percentage.

Pro Volleyball Federation action continues on Tuesday, April 23 when the Omaha Supernovas travel to face the San Diego Mojo.

2024 Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week Presented By Franklin Sports
 

DatePlayer 
April 23Marlie Monserez, Atlanta Vibe, S
April 16Nootsara Tomkom, San Diego Mojo, S             
April 9Bethania De La Cruz, Omaha Supernovas, OH
April 2Sydney Hilley, Omaha Supernovas, S
March 26Asjia O’Neal, Columbus Fury, MB
March 19Alisha Glass Childress, Vegas Thrill, S
March 12Brooke Nuneviller, Omaha Supernovas, OH
March 5Anna Lazareva, Atlanta Vibe, OPP
February 27Reagan Cooper, Columbus Fury, OH
February 20Emiliya Dimitrova, Grand Rapids Rise, OPP
February 13Adora Anae, Orlando Valkyries, OH
February 6Leah Edmond, Atlanta Vibe, OH
January 30Alli Linnehan, Atlanta Vibe, OH  

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Cangrejeras Conquer their First National Title in Puerto Rico

MANATÍ, Puerto Rico, April 23, 2024 – The Cangrejeras de Santurce franchise, which debuted last year in the Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF) of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation (FPV), conquered their first national title over the Manatí Ateniense.

Last year, the Cangrejeras had to settle for the second place against the Corozal Pinkin, but they returned this season with a team full of local and international talent with the mission of winning the title, sweeping the final series in four games (4-0).

The Cangrejeras de Santurce join the Chicas of San Juan as the two teams from the capital city to win a Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF) championship. The Chicas did it in the 1992 season.

Santurce concluded the final series on Monday night after a 3-0 (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17)  victory, at the Juan Aubín Cruz Abreu Coliseum in Manatí.

American reinforcement McKenzie Adams was the top scorer for Cangrejeras with 18 points, 13 in attacks, three in blocks, two direct services, 17 defenses, and seven passes; Turkish player Yeliz Basa with 17 points, 15 in attacks, two in blocks, and eight defenses; Czech player Helena Havelkova with 15 points, 12 in attacks, three in blocks, 12 defenses, and 22 passes; Puerto Rican Neira Ortiz contributed eight points, five in attacks, three in blocks, and an ace; and naturalized Venezuelan Shirley Florián with eight points, all in attacks.

Cangrejeras’ setter Carli Lloyd made 27 assists, 15 defenses, and five points, two in attacks, two in blocks, and an ace.

Cangrejeras’ libero and captain Debora Seilhammer was chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the 2024 final series. Seilhammer made 35 defenses and 11 passes in the last match of the final series.

For Manatí, Zoe Weatherington scored 18 points, 15 in attacks, two in blocks, an ace, and 15 defenses; Karla Santos achieved 17 points, all in attacks, 18 defenses, and 22 passes; María Schlegel with 12 points, 11 in attacks, a block, 20 defenses, and 13 passes; and Claudia Dillon with 10 points, five in attacks, three in blocks, and two direct serves.

FINAL SERIES:

Sunday, April 14           Manatí (1-3) Santurce

Wednesday, April 17     Santurce (3-2) Manatí

Saturday, April 20         Manatí (0-3) Santurce

Monday, April 22           Santurce (3-1) Manatí

Santurce is one win away from its first LVSF championship

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 21, 2024.- The runners-up Cangrejeras de Santurce (3-0) won the third game of the 2024 Women’s Volleyball Superior League (LVSF) final series against the Atenienses de Manatí (0-3), standing one win away from capturing the first national title for this franchise.

Santurce dominated the match 25-16, 25-22, and 25-21, at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in Hato Rey on Saturday night.

With the third set tied at 21-21, Andrea Rangel attacked for the point and Santurce’s lead, 22-21. Czech player Helena Havelkova smashed through the Atenienses’ block to put the score at 23-21. A shot from Karla Santos fell outside, giving Cangrejeras the match point at 24-21. And Havelkova secured point 25 and the victory for the capital’s team.

For Santurce, Havelkova was the top scorer with 20 points, including 17 attacks, two blocks, one ace, 13 digs, and 16 passes; McKenzie Adams contributed 11 points, with 10 attacks, one block, nine digs, and 15 passes; Neira Ortiz with nine points, three attacks, and six blocks; and Andrea Rangel with eight points, seven attacks, one block, and seven digs. Setter Carli Lloyd made 27 assists in three sets, 12 digs, and four points, all on attacks. Libero and captain of Santurce, Deborah Seilhammer, made 26 digs and seven passes.

For Manatí, Zoe Weatherington scored 14 points, including 13 attacks, one block, and 13 digs; Karla Santos with eight points, seven attacks, one block, 13 digs, and 19 passes; and Spanish player María Schlegel with eight points, six attacks, one block, one ace, 12 digs, and 12 passes.

The final series will continue on Monday, April 22 at 8:30 p.m. with the fourth game at the Coliseo Juan Aubín Cruz Abreu.

Before Saturday’s match started, there was a minute of silence for the eternal rest of the scorer director of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation (FPV), Diana Santiago-Sotomayor, who passed away suddenly this week.

On the other hand, at the end of the match, the final whistle was blown by the main referee Arnaldo Piñero, who officiated his last game after four decades on the local and international volleyball courts. “Grndpa”, affectionately known by all, was congratulated by his colleagues, players, coaches, and other volleyball personalities present at the Clemente.

The final series is broadcasted by WIPR Canal 6, https://wipr.pr/envivo/ and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wiprtv.

FINAL SERIES SCHEDULE:

Sunday, April 14        Manatí (1-3) Santurce 

Wednesday, April 17   Santurce (3-2) Manatí 

Saturday, April 20      Manatí (0-3) Santurce 

Monday, April 22       8:30 p.m. Santurce at Manatí 

Wednesday, April 24   8:30 p.m. Manatí at Santurce (If Necessary) 

Friday, April 26          8:30 p.m. Santurce at Manatí (If Necessary) 

Sunday, April 28        7:00 p.m. Manatí at Santurce (If Necessary) (neutral court)

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Women VNL 2024 Rosters Are Released

April 18, 2024.- The last international tournament before the start of the Paris Olympics, the Volleyball Nations League 2024 will feature the biggest stars of the sport as the rosters for the 16 women’s national teams that will compete in the tournament were revealed.

Set to take the volleyball elite to the highly anticipated Finals in Bangkok, Thailand, from June 20-23, the VNL will visit five different countries during the Preliminary Phase, which will be played from May 14-June 16.

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The VNL 2024 will play a major role in determining the last five national teams qualified for the Paris Games as the results of the Preliminary Phase matches will be reflected in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Rankings, which will assign the last five Olympic spots.

**VNL 2024: Women’s rosters**

Focusing on NORCECA, Canada is still looking to qualify for Paris 2024, will be featuring outside hitter Alexa Gray and opposite Kiera Van Ryk.

Most of the teams already guaranteed in Paris will go at full force in the VNL 2024 too, with the Dominican Republic listing Brayelin Martínez and the USA presenting Jordan Larson.

The VNL 2024 will have its first week of action from May 14-19, with eight of the 16 teams playing in Antalya, Türkiye, and the other half competing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dramatic five set victory for Cangrejeras against Atenienses

MANATÍ, Puerto Rico, April 18, 2024.- A block by Shirley Florián against Jonnalys Matos ended a dramatic fifth set, in which the runner-up Cangrejeras de Santurce claimed victory and took a (2-0) lead in the 2024 Women’s Volleyball Superior League (LVSF) final series against the Atenienses de Manatí.

Santurce secured the win 25-21, 23-25, 23-25, 25-23, and 16-14, at the Coliseo Juan Aubín Cruz Abreu in Manatí.

The Cangrejeras team was trailing in the fourth set, 16-10, at the second technical timeout for Manatí. The home team threatened to take the victory by extending their lead to 22-20, but errors became their own enemy, giving the Cangrejeras a break, who seized every opportunity to dominate, 25-23, and force a fifth set.

In the fifth set, Manatí led 8-7 at the side switch. Santurce quickly turned the score, leading 9-8, and the Atenienses called a timeout. Upon returning, they scored four consecutive points to pull ahead, 12-10; and later, 14-11.

Then came the spectacular comeback. A block by  middle blocker Neira Ortiz against Zoe Weatherington of Cangrejeras initiated Santurce’s five-point run, three of which were on errors with shots going out of bounds. And Florián sealed the deal with a block on Matos, to close 16-14, and secure a 2-0 series lead.

For Santurce, McKenzie Adams scored 17 points, 16 in attacks, one block, 15 digs, and 24 passes; Andrea Rangel contributed 16 points, 14 in attacks, two blocks, and 14 digs; Helena Havelkova with 15 points, 12 in attacks, three blocks, six digs, and 15 passes; setter Carli Lloyd with 10 points, six in attacks, four blocks, 16 digs, and 29 assists; and Neira Ortiz with eight points, five in attacks, and three blocks.

For Manatí, Zoe Weatherington was the top scorer of the match with 28 points, 25 in attacks, three blocks, and 16 digs; Karla Santos with 16 points, 15 in attacks, one block, 12 digs, and 20 passes; María Schlegel with 15 points, 14 in attacks, one block, 19 digs, and 12 passes. Claudia Dillon and Jonnalys Matos with six points each.

The final series will continue this Saturday, April 20, at 8:30 p.m. at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in Hato Rey.

The final series is entirely broadcast by WIPR Canal 6, https://wipr.pr/envivo/, and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wiprtv.

SCHEDULE FINAL SERIES:
 

Sunday, April 14 Manatí            (1-3) Santurce

Wednesday, April 17                 Santurce (3-2) Manatí

Saturday, April 20 8:30pm        Manatí at Santurce

Monday, April 22 8:30pm          Santurce at Manatí

Wednesday, April 24 8:30pm     Manatí at Santurce

Friday, April 26 8:30pm Santurce at Manatí (If Necessary)

Sunday, April 28 7:00pm           Manatí at Santurce (If Necessary) (neutral venue)

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San Diego’s Tomkom Garners Weekly League Honors

April 17, 2024.- San Diego setter Nootsara Tomkom led the Mojo to two wins last week and as a result has been named the Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week presented by Franklin Sports.

It marks the first time in this inaugural campaign that a San Diego player has received the accolade and third time in the past five weeks a league setter has captured the honor.

The native of Ratchaburi, Thailand finished the week with 122 assists over three matches, including a franchise-record 49 on two occasions (vs. Columbus, vs. Orlando). She averaged 9.4 assists across 13 sets.

Tomkom delivered a solid defensive performance as well with 29 digs versus the Valkyries, 18 against the Fury and six in the match with league-leading Atlanta. Her 613 assists overall rank third in Pro Volleyball Federation, while her 10.9 assist average leads the league. She also boasts 188 digs during the 2024 campaign.

2024 Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week Presented By Franklin Sports

DatePlayer                                                                                           
April 16Nootsara Tomkom, San Dieto Mojo, S              
April 9Bethania De La Cruz, Omaha Supernovas, OH
April 2Sydney Hilley, Omaha Supernovas, S
March 26Asjia O’Neal, Columbus Fury, MB
March 19Alisha Glass Childress, Vegas Thrill, S
March 12Brooke Nuneviller, Omaha Supernovas, OH
March 5Anna Lazareva, Atlanta Vibe, OPP
February 27Reagan Cooper, Columbus Fury, OH
February 20Emiliya Dimitrova, Grand Rapids Rise, OPP
February 13Adora Anae, Orlando Valkyries, OH
February 6Leah Edmond, Atlanta Vibe, OH
January 30Alli Linnehan, Atlanta Vibe, OH  

For more information visit  ProVolleyball.com 

Atlanta Vibe clinches postseason berth

April 16, 2024.- The Atlanta Vibe, the city’s newest professional sports team, are the first team in the inaugural season of the Pro Volleyball Federation to clinch a spot in the league’s postseason championship.

Sitting on top of the league standings with a 15-4 record, the Vibe have won their last six matches and 11 of their last 12 overall.

The league’s first championship will be held in the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The two semifinal matches on Wednesday, May 15 and title match on Saturday, May 18 will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.

Tickets for the neutral-site championship matches are officially on sale to the public and available here.

The Vibe head into the 2024 Pro Volleyball Federation Championship looking to bring home Atlanta’s fifth pro sports championship trophy. A win in the event would make the Vibe the first team from the City of Atlanta to accomplish the feat in their first year of play, and only the fourth fully professional team to bring a trophy to Atlanta (Atlanta Braves, World Series, 1995, 2021; Atlanta United, MLS Cup, 2018; Georgia Swarm, National Lacrosse League Championship, 2017).  

For more information visit  ProVolleyball.com 

Santurce dominated the first match of the LVSF Final Series

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 14, 2024.- The runner-up Cangrejeras de Santurce (1-0) started the 2024 Final Series of the Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF) with a four-set victory over the Atenienses de Manatí (0-1).

Santurce prevailed 24-26, 26-24, 25-26, and 25-25 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan.

The capital team managed to make the necessary adjustments to stop their opponents, who started Sunday’s match dominating the first set. Manatí returned to the second set with the same intention. The Atenienses managed to keep the score close every time Santurce threatened to pull away. Reinforcement Zoe Weatherington took charge of the Atenienses’ offense to bring the team point by point until achieving a tie at 20-20, 22-22, 23-23, and 24-24. Setter Carli Lloyd took the visitors’ breath away with one of her masterful plays at the net (25-24); and Neira Ortiz blocked Karla Santos to close the second set (26-24).

From then on, the game was completely different, and the Cangrejeras won the match in four sets.

McKenzie Adams was the top scorer for Cangrejeras with 22 points, 20 in attacks, two blocks, 12 digs, and four passes; Helena Havelkova contributed 16 points, 13 in attacks, two blocks, one ace, 16 digs, and eight passes; Neira Ortiz with 11 points, six in attacks, and five in blocks; Carli Lloyd and Yeliz Bassa with eight points each.

For Manatí, Zoe Weatherington with 23 points, 21 in attacks, one block, one ace, and 11 digs; Karla Santos with 14 points, all in attacks, 11 digs, and 19 passes; and María Priscilla Schlegel with 11 points, 10 in attacks, one block, seven digs, and 10 passes.

The final series will continue this Wednesday, April 17, at 8:30 p.m. at the Juan Aubín Cruz Abreu Coliseum in Manatí.

The final series will be entirely broadcasted by WIPR Channel 6, https://wipr.pr/envivo/ and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wiprtv . 

FINAL SERIES SCHEDULE:

Sunday, April 14           Manatí (1-3) Santurce

Wednesday, April 17     8:30 p.m. Santurce at Manatí

Saturday, April 20         8:30 p.m. Manatí at Santurce

Monday, April 22           8:30 p.m. Santurce at Manatí

Wednesday, April 24     8:30 p.m. Manatí at Santurce (If Necessary)

Friday, April 26             8:30 p.m. Santurce at Manatí (If Necessary)

Sunday, April 28           7:00 p.m. Manatí at Santurce (If Necessary) (neutral court)

For more information, visit Fedpurvoli.com

2024 Canada Senior Men’s Indoor Team

April 12, 2024.- Volleyball Canada has announced the 18 athletes on the senior men’s squad for 2024.
 
Rosters for specific tournaments, including Volleyball Nations League (VNL) and Paris 2024, will be released before those events get underway.
 
Under the guidance of head coach Tuomas Sammelvuo, the senior men will kick off Volleyball Nations League on May 21 and will play matches in Antalya (Türkiye), Ottawa, and Manila (the Philippines).
 
The senior team is qualified for the highly anticipated Paris 2024 Olympics (roster TBA), which run between July 27 to August 11, 2024. Team Canada earned the berth at last year’s Olympic Qualification Tournament (OQT) in China.
 
Next Gen and age-group athletes will be announced soon.
 
2024 SENIOR TEAM 
Ryley Barnes – Edmonton, AB 
Samuel Cooper – Hamilton, ON 
Landon Currie – Coldstream, BC 
Danny Demyanenko – Toronto, ON 
Pearson Eshenko – Banff, AB 
Luke Herr – Winnipeg, MB 
Nicholas Hoag – Sherbrooke, QC 
Brodie Hofer – Langley, BC 
Jackson Howe – Calgary, AB 
Xander Ketrzynski – Toronto, ON 
Eric Loeppky – Steinbach, MB 
Justin Lui – Pickering, ON 
Stephen Maar – Aurora, ON 
Fynn McCarthy – Lake Country, BC 
Jordan Schnitzer – Surrey, BC 
Arthur Szwarc – Toronto, ON 
Lucas Van Berkel – Edmonton, AB 
Brett Walsh – Calgary, AB 

Staff list can be found here

Manatí eliminated the champions and advanced to the LVSF grand final series

COROZAL, Puerto Rico, April 12, 2024 – The Atenienses de Manatí (4-1) became finalists of the Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF) for the first time, after eliminating the two-time champions Pinkin de Corozal (1-4), in the fifth game of the semifinal B series.

Manatí will play their first final under the management of Dr. Luis Santini, against the Cangrejeras de Santurce.

The Atenienses secured the desired spot by defeating the Pinkin in three sets, 25-16, 25-23, and 25-17, at the Carmen Zoraida Figueroa court in Corozal.

The champions pushed all night to try to take the lead in the sets, but they were unsuccessful. The Atenienses simply established their game from the initial whistle and managed to stop the Pinkin’s streaks to not turn around the result.

Zoe Weatherington, María Priscilla Schlegel, and Karla Santos, who were the only players in double digits, took charge of the Atenienses’ offense.

Weatherington was the best with 19 points, 15 in attacks, one block, three direct services, and 16 defenses; Schlegel with 17 points, 14 in attacks, three blocks, 10 defenses, and seven passes; and Santos with 13 points, 12 in attacks, one ace, 12 defenses, and six passes.

For Corozal, reinforcement Payton Caffrey was the only player in double digits, scoring 10 points, eight in attacks, one block, and one ace. Paola Santiago, who debuted in the Pinkin uniform, was the second highest scorer with five points, all in attacks. Santiago was the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the last season with the champions.

Semifinal B / Manatí (4-1)

Wednesday, April 3    Manatí (2-3) Corozal

Saturday, April 6        Corozal (1-3) Manatí

Sunday, April 7           Manatí (3-1) Corozal

Tuesday, April 9         Corozal (2-3) Manatí

Thursday, April 11     Manatí (3-0) Corozal

The schedule for the 2024 final series between Manatí and Santurce is as follows:

Sunday, April 14, 6:15 p.m.              Manatí in Santurce

Wednesday, April 17, 8:00 p.m.       Santurce in Manatí

Saturday, April 20, 8:15 p.m.           Manatí in Santurce

Monday, April 22, 8:00 p.m.             Santurce in Manatí

Wednesday, April 24, 8:15 p.m.       Manatí in Santurce (if necessary)

Friday, April 26, 8:15 p.m.               Santurce in Manatí (if necessary)

Sunday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.              Manatí in Santurce (if necessary) (Neutral court)

FIVB appoints Instructors for Coaches Courses

SANTO DOMINGO, April 11, 2024. – The International Volleyball Federation has appointed the instructors who will conduct the Level 1 and Level 3 Coaches Courses that will be taking place soon at the NORCECA/FIVB Regional Development Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The Director of the Regional Center, Prof. Nelson José Ramírez, announced that Rubén Sainz from Cuba will be the FIVB instructor for the International Level 1 Coaches Course, which will take place from May 7 to 11.

Sainz is a volleyball veteran who has coached national teams in several countries, and for the past 10 years, he has been called upon by the FIVB to assume the role of instructor due to his extensive experience and ability to transfer his knowledge to young coaches from developing countries.

He also indicated that for the International Level 3 Coaches Course to be held from June 22 to 30, FIVB has appointed well-known FIVB instructors Luis Fernando Muchaga Torres from Spain and  Antonio Rizola Neto from Brazil.

Luis Fernando Muchaga is a veteran Physical Education Professor with a Master’s degree in Sports Management and Administration, he also is a veteran coach who won the Bronze Medal at the Seoul Olympic Games; in addition, he has coached professional teams in the European League and currently, besides being an instructor, he is the Technical Director of the Royal Spanish Volleyball Federation.

Instructor Antonio Rizola is a veteran coach who has coached several national teams of Brazil, he won the gold medal with the women’s team at the 2012 London Olympics, and with the men’s team, he won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He has also coached several national teams in different countries, the last national team he coached was Colombia women, winning a Pan American medal and qualified for two World Championships, and he was recently announced as the coach of the women’s team of Peru.

Professor Ramírez said he was very pleased to have these great world-class instructors who will pass on  their knowledge in these important coaches’ courses, with the support of the FIVB and the NORCECA Confederation, which will bring together around 110 coaches from America and Europe.

De La Cruz Tabbed For Weekly League Honors

April 10, 2024.- Supernovas outside hitter Bethania de la Cruz has her best week of the season – breaking multiple franchise records to earn Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week presented by Franklin Sports. It is the second consecutive week an Omaha player has been recognized.

A native of the Dominican Republic, she totaled a franchise-record 26 kills on a 4.18 clip with 13 digs and three blocks versus the San Diego Mojo on April 2. She also had her 24th ace of the season in the match, while her kill total accounted for 50 percent of the Supernovas kills on the night.

De la Cruz followed up that performance by tying her own team mark with 26 kills against Columbus on April 4. She noticed a franchise-record .585 hitting percentage on 41 swings with only two errors. She also notched 14 digs, which equaled her season best.

Overall, de la Cruz recorded 52 kills on a .490 hitting percentage with 27 digs, three blocks and one ace, resulting in 7.4 kills and 3.9 digs per set.

Pro Volleyball Federation action continues on Wednesday, April 10 when the Atlanta Vibe travels to San Diego to take on the Mojo.

2024 Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week Presented By Franklin Sports

DatePlayer                                                                                              
April 9Bethania De La Cruz, Omaha Supernovas, OH
April 2Sydney Hilley, Omaha Supernovas, S
March 26Asjia O’Neal, Columbus Fury, MB
March 19Alisha Glass Childress, Vegas Thrill, S
March 12Brooke Nuneviller, Omaha Supernovas, OH
March 5Anna Lazareva, Atlanta Vibe, OPP
February 27Reagan Cooper, Columbus Fury, OH
February 20Emiliya Dimitrova, Grand Rapids Rise, OPP
February 13Adora Anae, Orlando Valkyries, OH
February 6Leah Edmond, Atlanta Vibe, OH
January 30Alli Linnehan, Atlanta Vibe, OH  

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Cangrejeras return to the final series, while Atenienses are one victory away from advancing

Puerto Rico, April 10, 2024. – The Santurce Cangrejeras (4-0) completed an undefeated run in the semifinal series A of the Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF), while the Atenienses are one victory away from securing the coveted spot.

This past weekend, Cangrejeras defeated Juncos Valencianas (0-4) in three sets to advance to the 2024 grand final.

For the second consecutive year, Santurce will compete in the championship series after securing a crucial victory of 25-20, 25-22, and 25-18 at the Rafael G. Amalbert Coliseum in Juncos.

In 2022, Cangrejeras, in their first year under this franchise name, lost the final to the two-time champions Pinkin of Corozal. Now, they will await the winner of semifinal B between Pinkin and the Atenienses of Manatí.

The capital team was led by McKenzie Adams, the top scorer of the match with 17 points, including 16 in attacks, a block, eight digs, and 11 passes. Andrea Rangel contributed 15 points, Helena Havelkova scored nine points, and Neira Ortiz added eight points. Olympic setter Carli Lloyd provided 23 assists, 10 digs, four points, three in attacks, and a block.

For Juncos, who didn’t have a player in double digits, Sh’Diamond Holly scored nine points, eight in attacks, and a block; Kara McGhee and Elissa Alcántara each contributed seven points.

The Atenienses of Manatí (3-1) are one victory away from reaching the desired spot in the grand final of the Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF), defeating the two-time champions Pinkin of Corozal (1-3) in five thrilling sets.

Manatí secured the fourth game of the semifinal B with a 22-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-23, and 15-12 victory at the Juan Aubín Cruz Abreu Coliseum, home of the Atenienses.

The Manatí team needs one more victory to become finalists and face the Santurce Cangrejeras for the championship of the 2024 LVSF tournament. In fact, the members of the capital team, along with their coach Jamille Torres, attended the match between  Pinkin and the Atenienses.

Karla Santos, captain of Manatí, was the top scorer for Atenienses with 23 points, followed by María Priscilla Schlegel with 18 points, Zoe Weatherington with 17 points, and Claudia Dillon with 12 points. Setter Nicole Drewnick provided 24 assists, 18 passes, and five points, three in attacks, and two in blocks. Libero Yaleimid Correa finished the night with 16 digs and 16 passes.

For Corozal, Daly Santana scored 18 points, all in attacks, Yanlis Feliz contributed 17 points, Payton Caffrey scored 17 points, and Génesis Castillo added 11 points. The new reinforcement for the Pinkin, setter Gabby Blossom, provided 33 assists, 12 digs, and an ace.

Manatí recorded nine blocks for points compared to Corozal’s 14. In digs, both teams reached 100; Corozal with exactly 100 and Manatí with 113; and in passes, the Pinkin had 64 passes compared to 55 for the Atenienses.

The semifinal B between the Pinkin and the Atenienses will continue on Thursday, April 11, with the fourth game of the series at 8:00 p.m. at the Carmen Zoraida Figueroa Court in Corozal.

Semifinal A

Saturday, March 30    Juncos (0-3) Santurce

Monday, April 1          Santurce (3-0)Juncos

Wednesday, April 3    Juncos (1-3) Santurce

Friday, April 5             Santurce (3-0) Juncos

Semifinal B

Wednesday, April 3    8:15 p.m.   Manatí (2-3) Corozal

Saturday, April 6        8:15 p.m.   Corozal (1-3) Manatí

Sunday, April 7          7:00 p.m.   Manatí (3-1) Corozal 

Tuesday, April 9         8:15 p.m.   Corozal (2-3) Manatí

Thursday, April 11      8:15 p.m.   Manatí en Corozal

Friday, April 12           8:15 p.m.   Corozal en Manatí (DSN)

Sunday, April 14         7:00 p.m.   Manatí en Corozal (DSN)

Volleyball Canada 2024 men’s program staff

APRIL 9, 2024.- Volleyball Canada has confirmed its men’s program staff for the upcoming season, which includes senior staff for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

“I am thrilled to announce the staff for our men’s senior team, as well as NextGen and age-group squads,” said Julien Boucher, High Performance Director (Indoor). “It promises to be an exciting season for all our teams. The coaches will provide excellent leadership and we have assembled a high-quality staff to support our athletes throughout the international season.”

The senior team will kick off the season at the upcoming Volleyball Nations League, while the development teams will represent Canada at NORCECA events throughout the summer.

Senior Men’s Team- VNL & Paris 2024
Head coach: Tuomas Sammelvuo
Assistant coach: Joao Paolo Bravo
Assistant coach: Michael Hawkins
Strength and conditioning: Michael Cook
Medical coordinator: Melissa Healy
Performance analyst: Damian Musiak
Athletic therapist: Schad Richea
Chiropractor: Abe Avender
Mental performance coach: Jelle Koijman
Dietician: Erik Sesbreno
Team manager: Cassandra Nicol

NextGen Team – NORCECA Pan Am Cup and Final 6
Head coach: Glenn Hoag
Assistant coach: Chris Voth
Assistant coaches: John Barrett / Shayne White
Strength and conditioning coach: Louis-Jean Tremblay
IST lead: Michael Cook
Medical coordinator and athletic therapist: Melissa Healy
Performance analysts: Lionel Bonnaure / Christophe Elek
Mental performance coach: Jelle Koijman
Dietician: Erik Sesbreno
Program coordinator: Cassandra Nicol
Team Manager: Matheus Braz

U21/U23 Men – U21 NORCECA Championship
Head coach: Daniel Lewis
Assistant coach: Ghazi Guidara
Assistant coach: Josh Gaudet
Strength and conditioning coach: Louis-Jean Tremblay
IST lead: Michael Cook
Medical coordinator: Melissa Healy
Performance analyst: Lionel Bonnaure
Sport physiotherapist: Meredith Waisman
Mental performance coach: Brendan Dinsdale
Dietician: Erik Sesbreno
Team manager: Matheus Braz

U19 Men – U19 NORCECA Championship
Head coach: Dan Ota
Assistant coach: Bryan Duquette
Assistant coach: Phil Dixon
IST lead: Michael Cook
Medical coordinator: Melissa Healy
Performance analyst: Lionel Bonnaure
Athletic therapist: Ashley Hiscock
Mental performance coach: Brendan Dinsdale
Dietician: Erik Sesbreno
Program coordinator: Cassandra Nicol
Team manager: Phil Dixon

U17 Men – U17 NORCECA Pan Am Cup
Head coach: TBD
Assistant coach: Daniel Lewis
Assistant coach: TBD
IST lead: Michael Cook
Medical coordinator: Melissa Healy
Performance analyst: Lionel Bonnaure
Athletic therapist: Ashley Hiscock
Mental performance coach: Brendan Dinsdale
Dietician: Erik Sesbreno
Program coordinator: Cassandra Nicol
Team manager: TBD

2,203 young girls want to “Become a Queen”

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 7, 2024 – The National Women’s Volleyball Team Project, by the Dominican Volleyball Federation, welcomed a record number of 2,203 girls and young women at the Volleyball Pavilion, who came from the 31 provinces of the country accompanied by their parents with the desire to become “A Queen of the Caribbean” in the not-so-distant future.

Immediately, Mr. Cristóbal Marte Hoffiz, president of the Project, and Milagros Cabral, general director, announced they will grant 500 scholarships that will significantly impact an equal number of families.

Video Become a Queen

“This is something incredible, we are happy with the support of the Dominican people, that’s why we will hand out 500 scholarships, those from the provinces only need to have family in Santo Domingo to host them, then we will pay for their school, school supplies, uniforms, transportation, allowances, shoes, backpacks,” Marte and Cabral rejoiced. “Studies and sports go side by side,” they added.

They thanked sponsors such as Malta Morena, GBC pharmacies, Gatorade, and the Economic Cafeterias, who made their important contributions to make this third edition of “I want to be a Queen” a reality.

They pointed out that, with this human resource, they aim to obtain talents for the upcoming Olympic cycles, which will continue to strengthen the generational relay that women’s volleyball has always showcased for decades.

They explained that Espaillat province (Moca) sent the highest number of young girls to the Olympic Center, something that filled them with emotion and satisfaction.

From the early hours of Saturday, the Volleyball Pavilion became a “human anthill” with the arrival of girls and young women from Santo Domingo and many provinces of the country, who came full of hopes and dreams of seeing their Caribbean Queen dreams come true.

The coaching staff of the national teams, as well as several players from the Queens of the Caribbean, began working in segmented form with all the young women, identifying ages, sizes, and athletic abilities.

“Now with that database, we will make a preselection of those athletes to call them for training and to monitor the others,” said Milagros Cabral, who couldn’t hide her satisfaction and joy at seeing the volleyball pavilion filled with girls seeking to make their dreams come true.

At the event, the president of the Dominican Olympic Committee, Garibaldi Bautista, congratulated the National Team project for reaching its third “I want to be a Queen” call and urged them not to give up, as this will help keep volleyball in the national and international spotlight.

Girls and young women returned to their homes in the afternoon after the activity.

Staff Announced for Volleyball Canada’s Women’s National Pathways Programs

April 5, 2024.- Volleyball Canada has announced staff for several national age-group women’s programs. Team Canada women’s pathway programs are critical to the ongoing development and identification of athletes throughout the system.

2024 U21 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship
U21 National Team (Born in 2005 or later)
Competition Dates: June 23-July 1 in Toronto, Ontario
Training Dates: June 10-22 in Kitchener, Ontario

Head Coach: Olivier Faucher, QC
Assistant Coach: Chad Grimm, BC
Assistant Coach & Team Lead: Sandra Lamb, AB

2024 U19 NORCECA Girls’ Continental Championship
U19 National Team (Born in 2007 or later)
Competition Dates: July 12-20, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Training Dates: July 7-11 in Toronto, Ontario (York University)
Selection is open until April 9

Head Coach: Gina Schmidt, BC
Assistant Coach: Christine Biggs, AB
Assistant Coach & Team Lead: Chris Wandler, AB

2024 U17 Girls’ FIVB World Championships
U17 National Team (Born in 2008 or later)
Competition Dates: August 17-24 in Peru
U17 Worlds selection is open until April 12

Head Coach: Ryan Hofer, BC
Assistant Coach: Sammy Fraser, AB
Assistant Coach & Team Lead: Sandra Lamb, AB

2024 Canada Cup
Team Canada Red & White (Born in 2008 or later)
Competition Dates: July 23-28 in Tsuut’ina Nation, AB
Training Dates: July 12-22 in Olds, Alberta
Canada Cup selection is open until April 12 

Head Coach: Ryan Hofer, BC
Lead Assistant Coach: Sammy Fraser, AB
Assistant Coach: Matthew Schnarr, ON
Assistant Coach: Andre Gendron, QC
Assistant Coach: Hayden Nichol, ON
Assistant Coach: Chantelle LaMotte, AB

Twenty Selected for Boys U19 USA National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, April 4, 2024.- USA Volleyball is announcing the 20 players on the 2024 U.S. Boys U19 National Team.

The team will train May 3-11 in Anaheim, California. During that time, 12 athletes out of the 20 will be selected to represent the United States at the 2024 Boys U19 NORCECA Continental Championship on May 12-20 in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

The U.S. Boys U19 Team has won the last two Pan American Cup tournaments in 2022 and ’23. The 2023 Boys U19 Team finished fourth at the World Championship, its best finish ever.

Charlie Sullivan, men’s head coach at Springfield College, will serve as the U19 head coach with assistance from Pat Shawaryn of Penn State and Chris Seiffert of Concordia Irvine.

“Having the opportunity to represent the United States is the ultimate honor for players and coaches,” Sullivan said. “I am excited to be a part of this new group of young men who are beginning their journey in the USA Volleyball pipeline.”

2024 Boys U19 National Team
Name (Pos., Ht, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
Layton Bluth (L, 5-8, Gilbert, Ariz., Casteel HS, Arizona)
Titus Brown (OH, 6-4, Groton, Conn., Robert E. Fitch HS, New England)
Dante Cayaban (MB, 6-6, St. Cloud, Fla., St. Cloud HS, Florida)
Thomas Demps IV (OH, 6-4, Raleigh, N.C., Broughton HS, Carolina)
Joel Eanes (Opp, 6-9, Virginia Beach, Va., Floyd E. Kellam HS, Old Dominion)
Blake Fahlbusch (OH, 6-8, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Loyola HS of Los Angeles, Southern California)
Matt Fisher (S, 6-6, Camarillo, Calif., Adolfo Camarillo HS, Southern California)
Myles Jordan (OH, 6-5, Houston, Texas, Ridge Point HS, Lonestar)
Cooper Keane (Opp, 6-6, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Mira Costa HS, Southern California)
Grant Lamoureux (OH, 6-10, Clemmons, N.C., West Forsyth HS, Carolina)
Isaiah McCoy (MB, 6-7, Lantana, Fla., The Kings Academy, Florida)
Noah Meabon (OH/Opp, 6-4, Fairport, N.Y., Fairport, Western Empire)
Leon Meng (L, 5-8, Los Altos, Calif., Homestead HS, Northern California)
Aleksey Mikhailenko (OH, 6-7, Mequon, Wis., Homestead HS, Badger)
Lincoln Myers (MB, 6-9, Madison, Wis., Vel Phillips Memorial HS, Badger)
Roman Payne (MB, 6-10, Carlsbad, Calif., Carlsbad HS, Southern California)
Thomas Phung (L, 5-10, Dallas, Texas, North Garland HS, Southern)
Luc Soerensen (MB, 6-8, Meadville, Pa., Meadville Area Senior HS, Southern)
Malakai Tuakoi (S, 6-3, Los Angeles, Calif., Da Vinci HS, Southern California)
Rafa Urbina (S, 6-6, Broomfield, Colo., Legacy HS, Rocky Mountain)

Head Coach: Charlie Sullivan (Springfield College)
Assistant Coach: Pat Shawaryn (Penn State)
Assistant Coach: Chris Seiffert (Concordia Irvine)
Performance Analyst: Evan Metzger (Springfield College)
Team Doctor: Dr. Chris Cornell (Coduhi Clinic)
Team Lead: Sean Byron (Marist College)

Dramatic victory for current champions Pinkin in the start of Semifinal B against Atenienses

COROZAL, Puerto Rico, April 4, 2024.- A direct serve from Seliann Concepción in the fifth set gave the victory to the two-time champions Pinkin of Corozal (1-0) in the first game of the Semifinal B series of the Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF) against Atenienses of Manatí (0-1).

The victory was the best gift for the loyal fans of Pinkin who, for the first time in the 2024 tournament, saw their team play at the Carmen Zoraida Figueroa court in Corozal.

The champions, who qualified directly to the semifinals by finishing second in the standings, played the entire regular series on the José “Pepín” Cestero court in Bayamón, due to improvements in Corozal.

Pinkin, who had their “new” reinforcement Payton Caffrey, secured the important victory with 25-21, 15-25, 25-23, 17-25, and 16-14.

Caffrey was Pinkin’s reinforcement in the 2022 championship. The American player was the leading scorer in that year’s regular series, and the Most Valuable Player of the season. Additionally, she was a key piece in Corozal’s crown conquest against the Criollas de Caguas.

In the fifth set, Corozal and Manatí were neck to neck until the scoreboard tied at 10-10. Emma Clothier executed a successful spike and Payton Caffrey made an ace to take the lead, 12-10. Immediately, Ramón Lawrence, Manatí’s coach, called a timeout.

Corozal pulled ahead again, 14-12, but Karla Santos tied it up with two attacks. A block put Corozal ahead, 15-14, and then, Freddy Vázquez, Pinkin’s coach, brought in Seliann Concepción to serve. An ace was the final blow for the home team’s victory (16-14).

Caffrey shined in her debut with Corozal scoring 19 points, 16 in attacks, one block, two direct serves, 10 digs, and six passes; Emma Clothier contributed with 15 points, 12 in attacks, two blocks, and one ace; Isabella Bergmark with 15 points, 13 in attacks, and two blocks; and Yanliz Feliz with 14 points, 10 in attacks, two blocks, two direct serves, 12 digs, and six passes. Julianna Askew made 34 assists, eight digs, two passes, and one block point.

For Manatí, Zoe Weatherington scored 24 points, 20 in attacks, three blocks, one ace, and 11 digs; Karla Santos with 22 points, 21 in attacks, one block, 21 digs, and 19 passes; María Schleger with 19 points, 17 in attacks, two direct serves, 14 digs, and 21 passes; and Claudia Dillon with eight points.

The Semifinal B series will continue this Saturday, April 6, at 8:15 p.m. at the Juan Aubín Cruz Abreu Coliseum in Manatí.

Wednesday, April 3rd    8:15 p.m. Manatí (2-3) Corozal

Saturday, April 6th       8:15 p.m. Corozal in Manatí

Sunday, April 7th          7:00 p.m. Manatí in Corozal (Carmen Zoirada Figueroa Court)

Tuesday, April 9th         8:15 p.m. Corozal in Manatí

Thursday, April 11th     8:15 p.m. Manatí in Corozal (DSN)

Friday, April 12th          8:15 p.m. Corozal in Manatí (DSN)

Sunday, April 14th        7:00 p.m. Manatí in Corozal (DSN)

(*DSN – if necessary)

Cangrejeras One step away, from Semifinal A

Cangrejeras de Santurce (3-0) are one victory away from achieving the desired pass to the grand final of the Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF), by defeating the Valencianas de Juncos (0-3) in four sets in the third Semifinal A game.

The sets of the victory for Santurce ended 25-23, 25-15, 22-25, and 25-23, at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in Hato Rey.

Santurce, who lost its first set of the series, had four players in double digits.

Turkish player Yeliz Basa was the top scorer for the Cangrejeras with 17 points, 15 in attacks, and two direct serves; Neira Ortiz contributed 13 points, eight in attacks, and five in blocks; Andrea Rangel with 11 points, 10 in attacks, one block, 17 digs, and eight passes; the Czech player Helena Havelkova with 11 points, all in attacks, 12 digs, and 14 passes; and Shirley Florián with nine points, eight in attacks, and one ace. The American setter Carli Lloyd made 15 assists, 20 digs, and seven points, four in attacks, and three blocks.

Reinforcement McKenzie Adams did not play for Santurce.

For Juncos, reinforcement Kara McGhee had a great night with 25 points, 23 in attacks, and two in blocks; Elissa Alcántara helped with 12 points, seven in attacks, four in blocks, and one ace; Keishlyann Sánchez with 10 points, nine in attacks, one block, 18 digs, and 17 passes; Amethyst with eight points; and Sh’Diamond Holly with seven points.

Semifinal A will continue this Friday, April 5th with the fourth game at 8:15 p.m. at the Rafael G. Amalbert Coliseum in Juncos.

Saturday, March 30      Juncos (0-3) Santurce

Monday, April 1 Santurce (3-0) Juncos

Wednesday, April 3       Juncos (1-3) Santurce

Friday, April 5th            8:15 p.m. Santurce in Juncos

Sunday, April                7th 8:15 p.m. Juncos in Santurce (DSN)

Tuesday, April 9th          8:15 p.m. Santurce in Juncos (DSN)

Thursday, April 11th     8:15 p.m. Juncos in Santurce (DSN)     

Seminar: “Mental Performance” for the Dominican Female Age-Group Teams 

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, April 3, 2024. – A seminar on “Mental Performance” was held for the Dominican Female Age-Group National teams at the FIVB/NORCECA Regional Development Center led by Dr. Jovanny Montero, PhD, National Volleyball Mental Coach. 

The seminar was focused on working on various strategies for Team Building and Conflict Management to strengthen the bond between the players and improve communication within the team. 

The athletes had the opportunity to attend psycho-sport discussions that provide the necessary tools for conflict resolution in the sports context, highlighting the importance of effective communication and teamwork, so that they can identify, understand, and resolve conflicts constructively. 

In addition, practical activities were carried out, including a group dynamic where the players shared their strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations were provided for their improvement. This allows for strengthening group cohesion, facilitating more open and effective communication among team members. 

The players showed greater commitment to teamwork and a greater willingness to address conflicts, which contributes to the team’s ability to face the challenges of the game, as well as the team’s success in future competitions, creating more confidence, collaboration, and a better performance.

The Cangrejeras swept Valencianas again

JUNCOS, Puerto Rico, April 2, 2024.-  Santurce Cangrejeras (2-0) swept Juncos Valencianas (0-2) once again in the second game of the A semifinal of the Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF).

Santurce achieved the victory 25-16, 25-17, and 25-23, at the Rafael G. Amalbert Coliseum in Juncos.

The capital team has won six consecutive sets in the series and tonight left Juncos’ offense without players in double digits again.

Andrea Rangel and McKenzie Adams scored 12 points each; Neira Ortiz and Helena Havelkova contributed 11 points each. Shirley Florián added eight points. Turkish player Yeliz Baza did not play today. Setter Carli Lloyd made 18 assists, 10 digs, and five points, two of them in blocks. Libero Deborah Seilhammer made 26 digs and eight passes.

For Juncos, Keishlyann Sánchez and Sh’Diamond Holly scored eight points each; and seven points from Kara McGhee. Setter Belle Morgan made 14 assists, 12 digs, and one point. Libero Madison Cruzado made 11 digs and 17 passes.

Semifinal A will continue on Wednesday, April 3 at 8:15 p.m. at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in Hato Rey.

Semifinal A

Saturday, March 30      Juncos (0-3) Santurce

Monday, April 1            Santurce (3-0) Juncos

Wednesday, April 3       8:15 p.m. Juncos at Santurce

Friday, April 5               8:15 p.m. Santurce at Juncos

Sunday, April 7             8:15 p.m. Juncos at Santurce (DSN)

Tuesday, April 9           8:15 p.m. Santurce at Juncos (DSN)

Thursday, April 11        8:15 p.m. Juncos at Santurce (DSN)

(*DSN – If necessary)

Semifinal B begins Wednesday in Corozal

The Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation announced that the schedule for the B semifinal series will begin this Wednesday, April 3.

Atenienses will visit the two-time champions Pinkin at the Carmen Zoraida Figueroa court in Corozal, home of the monarchs. The champion played the regular season at the José “Pepín” Cestero court in Bayamón, due to the remodeling work being done in Corozal.

Wednesday, April 3       8:15 p.m. Manatí at Corozal (Carmen Zoirada Figueroa Court)

Saturday, April 6           8:15 p.m. Corozal at Manatí

Sunday, April 7              7:00 p.m. Manatí at Corozal (Carmen Zoirada Figueroa Court)

Tuesday, April 9            8:15 p.m. Corozal at Manatí

Thursday, April 11         8:15 p.m. Manatí at Corozal (DSN)

Friday, April 12             8:15 p.m. Corozal at Manatí (DSN)

Sunday, April 14           7:00 p.m. Manatí at Corozal (DSN)

(*DSN – If necessary)

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Sydney Hilley Earns Weekly League Honors

April 2, 2024.- After leading her team to two victories last week, Sydney Hilley of the Omaha Supernovas is the Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week presented by Franklin Sports. She is the second Omaha player in the past four weeks to garner weekly recognition.

Hilley averaged 12.2 assists across seven sets, including a franchise-record 51 assists in a win over the Grand Rapids Rise. She followed that effort with a 35-assist performance in a three-set sweep against the Vegas Thrill.

The Brooklyn Park, Minn.-native also turned in a strong defensive performance, recording 15 digs versus the Rise before adding 11 more digs in the match with the Thrill. The stats equate to a 3.7 digs per set mark in the two outings. Hilley’s setter dump attack has become a timely maneuver as she tallied five kills on seven attacks against Grand Rapids while chipping in another kill versus Vegas.

Pro Volleyball Federation action continues on Tuesday, April 2 when Omaha travels to San Diego to take on the Mojo.

2024 Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week Presented By Franklin Sports

DatePlayer  
April 2Sydney Hilley, Omaha Supernovas, S
March 26Asjia O’Neal, Columbus Fury, MB
March 19Alisha Glass Childress, Vegas Thrill, S
March 12Brooke Nuneviller, Omaha Supernovas, OH
March 5Anna Lazareva, Atlanta Vibe, OPP
February 27Reagan Cooper, Columbus Fury, OH
February 20Emiliya Dimitrova, Grand Rapids Rise, OPP
February 13Adora Anae, Orlando Valkyries, OH
February 6Leah Edmond, Atlanta Vibe, OH
January 30Alli Linnehan, Atlanta Vibe, OH     

Santurce takes first game of Semifinal A in three sets against Juncos

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 31, 2024. – The leverages were felt on Saturday night at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in Hato Rey, in front of a large crowd that gathered for the first game of the Semifinal A Series of the Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF).

Santurce Cangrejeras needed 90 minutes to defeat Juncos Valencianas in three sets.

The capital team secured their first victory with 25-16, 25-16, and 25-18.

Turkish player Yeliz Baza was the top scorer for Cangrejeras with 18 points, 15 in attacks, two in blocks, one ace, and eight digs; American reinforcement Mckenzie Adams contributed 11 points, 10 in attacks, one block, 10 digs, and nine passes; Czech player Helena Havelkova helped with 10 points, eight in attacks, two blocks, seven digs, and 11 passes; and Puerto Rican Neira Ortiz with nine points, seven in attacks, and two blocks. American setter Carli Lloyd made 14 assists, 10 digs, and four points, two of them in direct serves.

For Juncos, which did not have players in double digits, Amethyst Harper was the best offensive player with nine points, all in attacks, and 11 passes; Kara McGhee with seven points, six in attacks, and one ace; Elissa Alcántara with five points.

The Semifinal A series between Santurce Cangrejeras and the Juncos Valencianas will continue on Monday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. at the Rafael G. Amalbert Coliseum in Juncos.

Semifinal A

Saturday, March 30       Juncos (0-3) Santurce

Monday, April 1            8:15 p.m.   Santurce at Juncos

Wednesday, April 3       8:15 p.m.   Juncos at Santurce

Friday, April 5               8:15 p.m.   Santurce at Juncos

Sunday, April 7             8:15 p.m.   Juncos at Santurce (DSN)

Tuesday, April 9            8:15 p.m.   Santurce at Juncos (DSN)

Thursday, April 11         8:15 p.m.   Juncos at Santurce (DSN)    

(*DSN – If necessary)

 On another note, the quarterfinal series A between Manatí Athenians (2-1) and Changas (1-2) will continue on Sunday, March 31at 7:00 p.m. with the fourth game at the Gelito Ortega court in Naranjito.

Manatí will seek to conclude the series to advance to the semifinals against the two-time champions Pinkin from Corozal; however, Naranjito will defend their territory with the mission of tying this battle to force a fifth and decisive game.

Series A

Sunday, March 24          Naranjito (1-3) Manatí

Tuesday, March 26        Manatí (3-1) Naranjito

Thursday, March 28      Naranjito (3-1) Manatí

Sunday, March 31         7:00 p.m.   Manatí at Naranjito

Monday, April 1            8:00 p.m.   Naranjito at Manatí (DSN)

(*DSN – If necessary)

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Juan Carlos Núñez appointed Head Coach of Puerto Rico Women’s National Team

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 28, 2024 – The Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation announced the appointment of Juan Carlos Núñez, who returns for the third time as the head coach of the Senior Women’s National Team.

Núñez will be back in the position he held until 2016, after leading Puerto Rico to its first Olympic qualification in women’s indoor volleyball, securing a spot in the Rio Olympics.

Núñez, who has been the most successful coach in the women’s National League, will assume the role of head coach of the national team for the third time (2005-2008 / 2015-16).

It was informed that the Senior Women’s National Team has scheduled the NORCECA Final Four (June 5-10) in Puerto Rico this summer, followed by the NORCECA Final Six (June 21-30) in the Dominican Republic; the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Challenge Cup in July, and the Women’s Pan American Cup (August 21-31) in Mexico.

Núñez replaces Fernando Morales, who was announced last week as the head coach of the South Korean National Team.

“I’m a bit surprised because after the 2016 Olympics, I wasn’t involved in anything related to the National Program. I was away until last year when they called me to coach the women’s Under-17 team, which was the project I wanted to get involved in, and we managed to qualify for the World Championship in this age-group last year in Honduras, which will be held this year from August 17 to 24 in Lima, Peru” said Núñez.

“Since there is no conflict between the tournaments of the women’s Under-17 national team and the Senior team, this opportunity arose, and I am grateful to the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation”,  said Núñez, who will lead both teams. “I have always said that there are two difficult positions, with a lot of pressure, criticism, and controversy, which are: being the head coach of the National Basketball Team and the Senior Women’s National Volleyball Team. And I accept this with great seriousness and responsibility as I am accustomed to” he emphasized.

Núñez’s coaching staff includes José Mieles as his assistant; Sheila Alicea (statistics); Félix Gordillo (physiotherapist), and Roberto Rivera (fitness coach).

“Now comes the process of meetings to schedule and set start dates to work towards the upcoming tournaments like the Final Four, which will be held in Puerto Rico in June”,  Núñez concluded.

USA Volleyball Announces Schedules, Coaches for ’24 Female Age-Group Teams

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, March 28, 2024.- USA Volleyball has announced the coaches and support staff for 2024 U.S. girls and women’s age-group national teams.

Each NORCECA competition listed below will serve as a qualifier for the 2025 FIVB World Championship in that respective age group. Additionally, USA Volleyball’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) has confirmed training blocks and coaching staffs for each continental championship and the Collegiate National Team program.

The Women’s Collegiate National Team will train in Anaheim, California, alongside members of the U.S. Women’s National Team as they prepare for the Paris Olympic Games.

2024 U21 NORCECA Women’s Continental Championship

Team: Women’s U21 National Team (Born in 2005 or younger)

Competition Dates: June 23-July 1 in Toronto, Canada

Training Dates: June 14-22 in Anaheim, California

Head Coach: Heather Olmstead, BYU

Assistant Coach: Alex Dunphy, Stanford

Assistant Coach: Jaylen Reyes, Nebraska

Performance Analyst: Virginia Pham, USC

Athletic Trainer: Rachel Menze, CSUN

Team Leader: Courtney Smith

2024 U19 NORCECA Girls Continental Championship

Team: Girls U19 National Team (Born in 2007 or younger)

Competition Dates: July 12-20 in Honduras

Training Dates for 20 athletes: June 8-13 in Anaheim, California

Training Dates for 12 athletes selected for competition: July 8-11 in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Head Coach: Jamie Morrison, Texas A&M

Assistant Coach: Michelle Chatman, LOVB

Assistant Coach: Keegan Cook, Minnesota

Performance Analyst: Margaret Eppright, LOVB

Athletic Trainer: Cherryl Bueno

Team Leader: Kyle Thompson, Maryland

Women’s Collegiate National Team

Training Dates: June 30-July 6 in Anaheim, California

Head Coach: Chris McGown, Gold Medal Squared

Assistant Coach: Suzie Fritz, LOVB

Assistant Coach: Danielle Scott, LOVB

Assistant Coach: TBD

Performance Analyst: Michael Bouril, Purdue

Athletic Trainer: Cherryl Bueno
Team Leader: Alex Purvey

The mission of the National Team Development Program (NTDP) is to identify, recruit and accelerate the development of high-potential junior volleyball players for the ultimate purpose of strengthening our national team programs to achieve sustained competitive excellence.

O’Neal Garners Latest Weekly Accolades

March 27, 2024.-The Southlake, Texas-native led her team to a 1-1 week, highlighted by a victory over league-leading Atlanta, which stopped the Vibe’s five-match winning streak. She had 34 points for the week, finishing with 4.25 per set.

The Southlake, Texas-native led her team to a 1-1 week, highlighted by a victory over league-leading Atlanta, which stopped the Vibe’s five-match winning streak. She had 34 points for the week, finishing with 4.25 per set.

Returning from an injury in the match against Grand Rapids, O’Neal put down 13 kills, the second-most on her team. She followed with 17 kills versus Atlanta, recording an efficient .556 attack percentage. She also notched two aces during her play last week.

2024 Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week Presented by Franklin Sports

Date                             Player                                                                                                                 

March 26                    Asjia O’Neal, Columbus Fury, MB

March 19                    Alisha Glass Childress, Vegas Thrill, S

March 12                    Brooke Nuneviller, Omaha Supernovas, OH

March 5                       Anna Lazareva, Atlanta Vibe, OPP

February 27               Reagan Cooper, Columbus Fury, OH

February 20               Emiliya Dimitrova, Grand Rapids Rise, OPP

February 13               Adora Anae, Orlando Valkyries, OH

February 6                  Leah Edmond, Atlanta Vibe, OH

January 30                  Alli Linnehan, Atlanta Vibe, OH   

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Juncos swept the series against Caguas and advanced to the LVSF semifinals

JUNCOS, Puerto Rico, March 25, 2024 – Valencianas de Juncos (3-0) qualified for the semifinal series of the Women’s Volleyball Superior League of Puerto Rico (LVSF) by defeating Criollas de Caguas (0-3) in the third game of the quarterfinals of the 2024 tournament.

The victory came in four sets 25-27, 25-19, 25-22, and 29-27, for Valencianas, at the Rafaek G. Amalbert Coliseum in Juncos.

Juncos secured their ticket to the semifinal undefeated, 3-0 sweeping the series against Caguas; and will now face the leaders of the regular series, Cangrejeras de Santurce. The A semifinal will begin on Saturday, March 30, at 8:15 p.m. at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in Hato Rey.

Valencianas made 11 direct services against Caguas, seven of them from Keishlyann Sánchez who had a streak of three consecutively in the second set. In addition, Juncos achieved 14 points in blocks, two of them in the fourth set to tie the scoreboard (27-27), and take the lead, 28-27. Point 29, the winning point for Juncos, came from a kill error by  Criollas’ reinforcement, Nia Parker-Robinson.

Amethyst Harper and Kara McGhee contributed 17 points each in Valencianas’ victory. Harper scored 15 in attacks, one block, one ace, 14 digs, and 14 passes; McGhee made 11 in attacks, five in blocks, and one ace; Sánchez helped with 13 points, four in attacks, two blocks, seven direct services, 13 digs, and eight passes; Elissa Alcántara ended the night with 12 points, 10 in attacks, one block, one ace, and 13 digs; and Sh’ Diamond Holly with 11 points, seven in attacks, and four in blocks.

For Caguas, the top scorer was Haley Bush with 20 points, 16 in attacks, three blocks, one ace, four digs, and 10 passes; Nia Parker-Robinson made 14 points, 12 in attacks, one block, one ace, and 14 digs; Janice Leao with 13 points, seven in attacks, and six in blocks; Breanna Edwards with 11 points, all in attacks, 11 digs, and 10 passes; and Diana Reyes with 10 points, all in attacks.

Series A: Atenienses claim the first one

Atenienses de Manatí (1-0) dominated in four sets against the Changas de Naranjito (0-1) in the first match of the Series A of the quarterfinals of the LVSF.

The sets of the victory for Atenienses ended 25-22, 26-24, 23-25, and 25-19, at the Juan Aubín Cruz Abreu Coliseum in Manatí.

The American reinforcements Zoe Weatherington and Taylor Borup achieved 21 points each for Manatí. Weatherington scored 19 points in attacks, two in blocks, and 17 digs; Borup with 14 points in attacks, six in blocks, one ace, 14 digs, and 26 passes; captain Karla Santos returned to the game today with 15 points, 14 in attacks, one ace, 15 digs, and six passes; and Claudio Dillon with eight points.

For Naranjito, Génesis Collazo was the top scorer with 21 points, 20 in attacks, one ace, and 17 digs; Kayla Lund scored 19 points, all in attacks, 18 digs, and nine passes; Adanna Rollins with 13 points, 10 in attacks, three in blocks, 17 digs, and 22 passes; and Kianna Schmitt with 11 points, nine in attacks, and two in blocks.

The Series A continues on Tuesday, March 26, starting at 8:15 p.m. when the Atenienses visit the Changas at 8:15 p.m. at the Gelito Ortega court in Naranjito.

The quarterfinal series are a maximum of five games (5-3).

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Two-time champions Pinkin de Corozal reach Semifinals

BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico, March 20, 2024 – The national champions Pinkin de Corozal (14-10) narrowly defeated  Valencianas de Juncos (11-13) on the final day of the 2024 regular season of the Women’s Superior Volleyball League (LVSF), securing the second position and a direct ticket to the semifinals.

Corozal won 25-18, 25-20, and 25-13, at the José “Pepín” Cestero court in Bayamón.

The champions earned the three points they needed to reach 39 points and bring their record to 14-10, just like Atenienses, but Corozal won the series 3-1 against Manatí and secured the second spot and the last vacancy in the semifinals alongside the leaders Cangrejeras de Santurce (19-5).

Corozal did not have the reinforcement of Emma Clothier, who was on the bench but did not play.

Dominican reinforcement Yanlis Feliz was the top scorer for the champions with 22 points, 19 in attacks, two in blocks, one ace, 10 digs, and 12 passes; Daly Santana contributed with 13 points, all in attacks, seven digs, and eight passes; Isabella Bergmark with seven points, four in attacks, and three blocks; and Génesis Castillo and Adriana Rodríguez with six points each.

No players for Juncos scored double digits. Elissa Alcántara and Sh’ Diamond Holly each scored eight points.

The Pinkin return to Corozal

In a communication sent to the team representatives, the tournament director of the LVSF, José “Picky” Servera, announced that the representative of the champions, Lillibeth Rojas, “informed us that her team will return to play their matches in Corozal regardless of tonight’s result”.

Pinkin played the entire 2024 regular season at the Pepín Cestero court in Bayamón due to renovations being carried out at the Carmen Zoraida Figueroa court in Corozal.

Quarterfinals begin Thursday in Juncos

Valencianas de Juncos will host the Criollas de Caguas this Thursday, March 21, starting at 8:00 p.m. at the Rafael G. Amalbert Coliseum for the start of the quarterfinal Series B of the LVSF.

The quarterfinal series will be played up to a maximum of five games (5-3).

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