VolleyMob’s Most-Read Articles of 2017

  0 Braden Keith | January 01st, 2018 | College - Beach, College - Men's Indoor, College - Women's Indoor, International Volleyball, News, Pro Indoor

2017 was a year of transition for volleyball globally. In a post-Olympic year, there are always changes, and that showed true in 2017, as national teams dealt with large-scale absences from their rosters. The flip-side, however, is that it allowed new stars to emerge. American Ben Patch got his first big crack at a major senior international competition, and while he’s still got some development to go, he might not have gotten that chance with a full American squad.

Similar emergence showed through on the women’s bracket too, where Italy’s Paola Egonu began her journey as the world’s next female superstar at just 19 years old.

FIVB killed off one of the most popular competitions in the world, the FIVB World Grand Prix (women) and FIVB World League (men), and replaced them with a smaller, more focused, and more predictable competition – the FIVB Nations League.

The NCAA men’s season brought about a familiar storyline – Ohio State beat BYU in the national championship game for the 2nd-straight year. The women’s season was less predictable – many of the country’s superpowers had big turnover. Yet, it was one of the country’s historic superpowers, Nebraska, that came through for their 2nd title in 2 years. It was a different-looking Nebraska team, that started 2 walk-ons in the national title game, with a rock in the middle at setter: Kelly Hunter, the VolleyMob National Player of the Year.

Below, read the 50 most popular VolleyMob articles of 2017. Here’s to another exciting, unpredictable, high-flying year in 2018.


1 USA Volleyball Announces 2018 National Championship Sites
2 Grand Canyon Beach Volleyball Coach Joseph Rohr Passes Away
3 WATCH LIVE: Serbia Vs. Germany, European Championships Semifinal
4 Texas Signs #1, #2, and #6 Recruits in Class of 2017 (VIDEO)
5 Stanford Women’s Volleyball Team Was Taller Than Both Super Bowl Teams
6 2017 World Grand Champions Cup – Women’s Power Rankings
7 WATCH LIVE: China vs. Japan in FIVB World Grand Prix Top-6 Showdown
8 WATCH LIVE: USA Volleyball Cup, USA Vs. Brazil, Live Stream
9 All-American Paige Tapp Signs to Play Professionally in Puerto Rico
10 Field for Final 6 of 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix is Set
11 Former UGA Volleyball Star Maria Taylor Joins ESPN’s College GameDay
12 Team USA Eliminated from 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix
13 WATCH LIVE: USA/Iran Square Off For 2nd World Grand Champions Cup Win
14 Brazilian Star Thaisa Daher Suffers Gruesome Ankle Injury in Champions League
15 High Expectations Guide Husker Alum Dani Busboom Kelly at Louisville
16 Inside Training Camp with Minnesota’s Samantha Seliger-Swenson
17 NVA To Kick Off Season With NVA Las Vegas Showcase
18 No Zaytsev, Biraelli, Juantorena for Italy at 2017 World League
19 Semi-Finals Are Set at the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix
20 14 Types Of Volleyball Players
21 Japanese Coaches Misuse Of Defensive Drill Seen As Abuse
22 Canadian Volleyballer Records Second-Highest Spike Height in History
23 Inside Training Camp with Stanford’s Kathryn Plummer
24 2017 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Prediction Contest
25 WATCH LIVE: USA Volleyball Cup Day 2, USA Vs Brazil Live Stream
26 Men’s Grand Champions Cup Power Rankings
27 ESPN Upping Its Game for NCAA Volleyball Coverage
28 American Super-Pair Kerri Walsh-Jennings and April Ross Call it Quits
29 WATCH: Florida State Coaches Read Athletes’ Tweets
30 Thai Star Nootsara Tomkom to Replace Carli Lloyd at Fenerbahce
31 2017 NCAA Tournament Selection Show – Live Recap
32 EuroVolley’s Team And Player Statistics Show New Trends In Volleyball
33 2017 USA Volleyball Cup – Women’s Preview
34 Wisconsin Backup Setter Jordan Robbins Retires From Volleyball
35 UCLA’s Daenan Gyimah Proves Hard To Beat On The Volleyball Court
36 LIVE NOW: Netherlands Start ’17 World Grand Prix vs Dominican Republic
37 Tennessee Tech Volleyball & Engineering Innovate New Blocking Machine
38 WATCH LIVE: Legendary Russia Versus Upstart Germany For European Glory
39 Dallas To Host USA Volleyball Girls’ 18s Junior National Championships
40 Third Time is the Charm for Kennedy Bryan as she transfers to Evreux
41 Houston Area Club Volleyball Coach Arrested in Sex Trafficking Sting
42 Where to Watch World Beach Volleyball Championships on TV (USA)
43 Former Arizona State Coach Stevie Mussie Hired by Drive Nation
44 All-Pac-12 Performer Torrey Van Winden Transfers from UCLA to Cal Poly
45 New 2017-2020 Official Rules Book Now Available
46 The Ultimate NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Twitter Rankings
47 National Champ to Head Coach: A Q&A with Buffalo’s Blair Brown Lipsitz
48 Ben Patch “Making Strides” in Return from Groin Injury
49 Why Minnesota Can Win the National Title in 2017
50 American National Volleyball Association Professional League Announced

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About Braden Keith

Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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