Two new FIVB World Tour champions were crowned Sunday at the Singapore Two Star. Japan’s Chiyo Suzuki/Reika Murakami and China’s Peng Gao/Yang Li won their first titles.
For the first time in 2018, there is a new AVP men’s champion as Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb bested Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena for the Seattle gold. On the women’s side, No. 2 Emily Day/Betsi Flint came out on top, rallying past No. 3 Caitlin Ledoux/April Ross in tiebreak.
Bartosz Kurek is returning to Poland after spending last season in Turkey with Ziraat Bankasi. Kurek will be suiting up for KPS Stocznia Szczecin in 2018-2019.
After 120 matches, the stage is set for the inaugural men’s Volleyball Nations League Final Six.
It was far from a clean game, but the United States got three points with a sweep of Italy in its VNL finale to claim third place in the standings through the preliminary round.
Colombia will battle Bulgaria for gold at the 2018 FIVB Women’s Challenger Cup and a 2019 VNL bid. You can watch all the action live.
Portugal claimed first-place over Czech Republic and a berth in the 2019 Volleyball Nations League by winning the 2018 Challenger Cup.
Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about, claiming the Ostrava Four Star title in the Czech Republic. Spain’s Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira earned gold with a tiebreak win over Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak.
France edged past an error-riddled Russian side for a sweep and the top spot on the VNL standings register heading into the Final Six.
Rozalin Penchev and Valentin Bratoev turned in 21 points apiece to lead the way for Bulgaria in a final five-set victory. Thirty-one errors were too much for Germany to overcome against host Iran, which ended its three-match homestand with a five-set win.