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Reigning Champs Assumption Top USA Today Super 25 Preseason Rankings

Assumption High School was crowned as USA Today Super 25 Champion back in December, so it is no surprise that the Rockets from Louisville, Kentucky, are No. 1 in the preseason rankings to kick off the 2018 season.

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Lowe Leads USA Women in Five-Set Rally Against Brazil

The U.S. Women’s National Team is 3-for-3 against Brazil this week, following up wins on Sunday and Tuesday with a five-set rally on Thursday.

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Inside Training Camp with Colorado’s Alexa Smith

Colorado senior outside hitter Alexa Smith shares about the team’s preseason camp at the Olympic Training Center, family dinners and thoughts on her last season.


Two Polish Sides, 1 German, 1 Norwegian on to Semis of Men’s #WTFinals

The final four is set for the men’s FIVB World Tour Finals after pool play concluded and two quarterfinal matches were contested on Friday. Two teams from Poland, one from Germany and one from Norway will vie for podium positions.

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Bansley/Wilkerson Lead, Parity Abounds in Women’s #WTFinals Pool Play

With just four matches left in women’s pool play action, there is still a lot to be decided. Only one team has separated itself thus far with Canada’s Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson guaranteed at least a spot in the quarterfinals at 3-1.

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Hermannova/Slukova Survive Two Tiebreakers on #WTFinals Day 2

Three women’s teams are 2-0 in FIVB World Tour Finals pool play after Day 2: Czech duo Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova, Brazilians Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa and Canadians Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson.

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Veterans Smedins/Samoilovs, Herrera/Gavira Out of #WTFinals Race

Germans Julius Thole/Clemens Wickler and Norway’s Anders Mol/Christian Sorum are 3-0, while fifth seeded Latvians Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins and sixth-seeded Spaniards Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira were mathematically eliminated from the race for the FIVB World Tour Finals title on Thursday.

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10 Questions with Latvian Beach Star Aleksandrs Samoilovs

Latvian Aleksandrs Samoilovs shares about his partner, all things volleyball, how his family play a role in his game and how it has changed since he started in 2003 in our first 10 Questions feature.

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Inside Training Camp with Missouri State’s Emily Butters

Missouri State senior libero Emily Butters, a 2017 VolleyMob All-American and the reigning Missouri Valley Conference Libero of the Year, talks stepping up, two-a-days and high expectations.

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Poland’s Men’s National Team Climbs Mount Rysy for World Cup Training

Training for major tournaments often means hours in the gym doing drills and working on connections, but for Polish men’s national team head coach Vital Heynen, it also meant climbing the country’s highest peak, Mount Rysy.

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