Earvin Ngapeth (center), the MVP of last year’s World League, will lead France into a home edition of the new FIVB Volleyball Nation’s League tournament.
UCLA becomes the second school to win NCAA titles in men’s indoor, women’s indoor, and beach volleyball.
Hoover, Ala., standout Paige Shaw signed with Julie Darty’s Mississippi State Bulldogs and will be an outside hitter for the 2018 season.
They won the title as HPK Hämeenlinna, but have now created their own entity separate from the town’s hockey club as Hämeenlinna Volleyball Club.
Japan has taken only a single set from France in the last decade. Above: French coach Laurent Tillie.
Germans Anna Behlen/Sarah Schneider made quite a splash in their FIVB World Tour debut, taking home the gold medal at the two-star Anchor International Beach Volleyball Carnival after a rallying for a three-set win in the championship match on Sunday.
History was made on the men’s side of the Huntington Beach Four-Star as seventh-seeded Dutch duo Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands became the first European team in nearly 22 years to claim an FIVB event title on American soil. The last was Norway’s Jan Kvalhelm/Bjorn Masseide at the 196 U.S. Open in Hermosa Beach, California.
BYU assistant Luka Slabe will take a post with the U.S. Women’s National Team.
UCLA coach John Speraw shared his disappointment in the loss, but also a send of pride and firm belief in his team throughout the match. “Obviously, Long Beach State is a very good volleyball team and I’ve said that a bunch of times here. They’re a deserved champion. I really thought we had a shot to beat them today, even before I stepped on the court and when we were down in the first set, I believed, but it wasn’t meant to be.”
Junior outside hitter Kyle Ensing, LBSU’s top hitter on the night, put the win in perspective. “Looking back on our last two years, losing in the semifinals, that’s always in the back of our minds and going into the match we always had that in the back of our mind. We really pushed ourselves a lot this match and we came out on top and it means the world.”