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Mens Update: Christenson Stays Busy...more

Mens Update: Collegiate Corner...more

U.S. Men to Host Brazil for USAV Cup...more

Mens Update: Five Questions for Michael Brinkley...more

Mens Update: Five Questions for Kris Johnson...more

Mens Update: Five Questions for Jeff Jendryk...more

Mens Update: Five Questions for Ben Patch...more

Mens Update: Five Questions for Dan McDonnell...more

Mens Update: Opposite Position Attracts...more

Mens Update: Holmes Finds New Volleyball Home...more

Mens Update: Helping out a Friend of Volleyball...more

Mens Update: Christenson Comes out on Top...more

Mens Update: Touzinsky Retires...more

Mens Update: In Brazil, Bernardinho Resigns...more

Mens Update: Jaeschke's Back in Poland...more

Jamie Davis Hired as USAVs Next CEO...more

Mens Update: Anderson, Kazan Win Russian Cup...more

Mens Update: Champions Cup on Schedule...more

Mens Update: David Lee in Turkey...more

Mens Update: Shoji Brothers Adapting to Russia...more

Mens Update: Sander in China...more

2008 Olympic MVP Clay Stanley Retires...more

Rio Olympics Coverage...more

World League Coverage...more

Mens Olympic Games Pools Confirmed...more 

U.S. Men Finish Pan Am Cup with Win...more

U.S. Men Fall to Canada at Pan Am Cup...more

U.S. Overcomes Illness and Dominican Republic...more

U.S. Mens Pan Am Cup Team Opens with Win...more

Mens Pan Am Cup Team Headed to Mexico...more

U.S. Men Return to Form to Beat Japan...more

Mens Update: USAV Cup Part II...more

Young U.S. Mens Squad Falls to Japan...more

Mens Update: Five Things About Dustin Watten...more

Mens Update: Five Things About Aaron Russell...more

Mens Update: Five Things About Reid Priddy...more 

Dallas to Host 2016 U.S. World League Stop...more 

Mens Update: Five Things About Erik Shoji...more

Mens Update: Five Things About Thomas Jaeschke...more

Rio 2016 Volleyball Tickets Still In High Demand In Brazil...more

U.S. Mens Update: At the Head of the Pac...more

Mens Update: 5 Things About David Lee...more

U.S. Men to Play Japan in USAV Cup...more

Mens Update: 5 Things About Taylor Sander...more

U.S. Mens Update: Winter Break...more

Mens Update: Five Things About Paul Lotman...more

Mens Update: Five Things About Micah Christenson...more

Mens Update: Five Things About Russell Holmes...more

U.S. Mens Update: Five Things about Kawika Shoji...more

Mens Update: Five Top Travel Accessories...more

USA end 30 years of hurt with World Cup triumph...more

U.S. Hopes Alive after Win over Russia...more

U.S. Men Fall to Poland at World Cup...more

US Men Battle Back to Beat Iran..more

U.S. Men Vanquish Venezuela...more

U.S. Men Reach 5-0 at World Cup...more

U.S. Men Sweep Italy to Stay Undefeated...more

U.S. Men Avenge May Loss to Canada...more

U.S. Men Take Control against Japan...more

US Men Start World Cup with Win...more

U.S. Men Can't Stop Canada Comeback...more

US Men Defeat Mexico at Pan Am Games...more

USA Completes Sweep with 3-1 Win over Poland to a Sold Out Crowd

Team USA generates a commanding lead in Group 1 Pool B of the 2015 FIVB World League competition by defeating Poland for the second night in a row to a sold out crowd (10,000) at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL. Aaron Russell led Team USA with 20 points on 19 kills and 1 block.Rookie national team player Russell's hitting percentage was .826 against a tough Polish team. Poland was once again led by Bartosz Kurek with 12 kills and 1 service ace...more

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Challenging Night!

Tonight's USA vs. Poland FIVB World League match at the Sear's Centre in Hoffman Estates was a challenge for both teams. Team USA outlasted Team Poland 3-2 to take the first match of the weekend series. It is also a challenging night for Middle Hitter since I left my 10 pages of match notes on my clipboard in the press conference area and am sitting home writing this story. I will have to use my memory... more

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Mens Update: Late to Practice...more

Mens Update: Blogging from Berlin...more 

Squads announced as World League approaches...more

Newcomers, Vets Combine on World League Roster...more

Mens Update: Health Issue Forces Retirement...more

Men's Update: Heavy Medals...more

World League to help preparations for Rio Games ...more

Rio de Janeiro to host 2015 World League Finals...more

Mens Update: Repair, Recover, Rehab and Return...more

Mens Update: More Tweets from the Road...more

Ngo Joins Mens Team Staff...more

Tickets on Sale for U.S. World League Sites...more

USAV 2015 World League Page...more

U.S. Men's Update: Mr. Smith in France...more

FIVB Technical Posters (Multimedia)...more

U.S. Men's Roundup: Five Questions with Erik Shoji...more

U.S. Men's Update: Return to Russia...more

U.S. Men's Update: Parks and Recreation...more

U.S. Men's Update: Future Days...more

U.S. Men's Update: China Challenge...more

U.S. Men's Update: Even More Shoji...more

U.S. Men's Update: Priddy's Comeback...more 

2014 World League Intercontinental Round Calendar released...more

FIVB Volleyball Mens World Championship Poland 2014 Round One calendar confirmed...more

Anderson Earns Athlete of Year Honor...more 

U.S. Men Begin Quest for World Championship...more

Familiar Names on World League Roster...more

U.S. Men to Host Iran in August...more

Chicago Area to Host Four FIVB World League Matches...more

Timings and venues confirmed for 2014 World League Intercontinental Round ...more

Cameroon secures ticket to Men's World Championship...more

U.S. Men Lose to Russia in Finale...more

U.S. Falls to Iran in Five...more

U.S. Men Fight for Win over Italy...more

U.S. Men Lose Battle to Brazil...more

U.S. Men Hold off Japan in GCC Win...more

U.S. Men to Keep 14 on GCC Roster...more

U.S. Men Have Medals on Their Minds...more

Roster of 14 Revealed for Men's GCC...more

U.S. Men's Update: Go Above the Net...more

U.S. Men's Update: Lawson Gets in the Act...more

U.S. Men's Update: Setters' Battle...more

Long List Revealed for Men's GCC...more 

U.S. Men's Update: Grand Champions Cup...more

U.S. Men Win 2013 NORCECA Championship...more

U.S. Men Reach NORCECA Final...more

U.S. Men Surge Past Dominican Republic...more

U.S. Men Sack St. Lucia at NORCECA...more

U.S. Men Look Forward to NORCECA...more 

MJNT Falls in Rematch With Serbia...more

MJNT Rallies to Top Egypt...more

MJNT Comes Up Short Against Brazil...more

U.S. Men's Update: Scrimmage 1 and Pan Am Cup...more

MJNT Falls to Tunisia at Worlds...more

MJNT Drops Hard-Fought Battle with Serbia...more

U.S. Men Finish Fifth at Pan Am Cup...more

U.S. Men Fall in 5 at Pan American Cup...more

US Men Fall to Mexico at Pan Am Cup...more

Men's Jr. National Team World Championship Preview...more

U.S. Men Serve Up Win at Pan Am Cup...more

U.S. Men Open Pan Am Cup with Win...more 

Men's Jr. National Team World Championship Preview...more

U.S. Men Serve Up Win at Pan Am Cup...more

U.S. Men Open Pan Am Cup with Win...more 

MJNT Drops Hard-Fought Battle with Serbia...more

U.S. Men Finish Fifth at Pan Am Cup...more

U.S. Men Fall in 5 at Pan American Cup...more

US Men Fall to Mexico at Pan Am Cup...more

USAV Reveals Men's Pan Am Cup Roster...more

Men's Pan Am Cup Long List Revealed...more 

Mike Wall Named U.S. Men's Assistant Coach...more

Final 12 Roster Announced for U.S. Boys' Youth National Team...more

U.S. Men�s National Volleyball Team Flaunts its Youth...more

USAV Announces Boys' Youth Training Team...more

U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Update: Complete...more

USA Volleyball Announces 2013 FIVB World League Roster...more

U.S. Men's Update: Titles in Germany, France...more

U.S. Men's Junior National Volleyball Training Team Announced...more 

World League Coming to Three U.S. Cities...more

U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Update: Title in Turkey...more 

U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Weekly Update: Polish Champions...more

U.S. Men's Volleyball Update: Polish Finals Down to 1 Match...more

U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Update: Success in Germany...more

Fuerbringer Named U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Assistant...more

U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Update: Challenge Cup Champions...more

USA Volleyball Names John Speraw as U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Head Coach...more

U.S. Men's Update: Champions League Bronze...more

U.S. Men's Update: Advancing in Argentina...more

FIVB World League unveils host city calendar...more

FIVB World League Pool Schedules (USA is in Pool A)...more

U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Update: Priddy's Cup Runneth Over...more

U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Update: Winning in France...more 

U.S. Men's Update: CEV Cups Continue...more

U.S. Men's Update: Poland Finishes Regular Season...more

FIVB Discusses 2016 Olympic Qualification...more

2013 FIVB World League to Include More Teams...more

U.S. Men's Update: On the Attack in Russia...more

U.S. Men's Update: Turkish Delight...more

U.S. Men's Update: CEV Cups Heating Up...more

U.S. Men's Update: Patak Playing in France...more

U.S. Men's Update: Shojis Meet Again...more

U.S. Men's Update: Suxho Wins in Argentina...more

U.S. Men's Update: Lotman Lauded in Poland...more

U.S. Men's Update: French Victories...more

USAV Honors Matt Anderson and Donald Suxho...more 

U.S. Men's Update: Priddy Leads in Turkey...more

U.S. Men's Update: Shoji Showdown in Germany...more

U.S. Men's National Team Update: Lee to Play in Russia...more 

U.S. Men's Update: Showdown in Puerto Rico...more 

U.S. Men's Update: Focus on Europe...more

U.S. Men's Updates: Holt Heats Up in Italy...more

U.S. Men's Update: Holmes is MVP in Poland...more 

U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Update for Oct. 9...more 

U.S. Men's Update: FIVB Club World Championship...more 

U.S. Men's Junior National Volleyball Team Claims NORCECA Gold...more

U.S. Men's Junior National Team Sweeps Puerto Rico To Reach NORCECA Championship Match...more

U.S. Men's Junior National Team Downs St. Vincent 3-0 at NORCECA...more

Petty Leads U.S. Men's Junior National Volleyball Team to First NORCECA Win...more

U.S. Men's Junior National Volleyball Team Features Newbie and Veteran...more

U.S. Men's National Team Bringing Home Pan Am Cup Gold...more

U.S. Boys' Youth National Volleyball Team Gearing Up for NORCECA...more

USAV Announces 2012 Boys' Select A2 Program...more

USAV Announces U.S. Boys' Select Continental Team...more

Olympic Games Volleyball Pool Schedules Announced...more

USA Volleyball Announces Boys' Youth A2 Roster...more

Olympic Men's Volleyball Field Determined...more

Six U.S. Men's Volleyball Players in Japan for Scrimmages...more

U.S. Men Right Back on Court for FIVB World League...more

U.S. Men's Volleyball Junior National Training Team Announced...more

U.S. Men Book Ticket to London 2012...more

 

U.S. Men to Play for Olympic Berth...more

U.S. Men to Play Cuba in Semifinals...more

Home is Where the Heart is...more

NCAA Connects Players from Different Countries...more

U.S. Men Sweep Mexico, Win Pool...more

Riley Rebuilds for Third Olympic Dream...more

U.S. Men Top Trinidad & Tobago...more

U.S. Men to Begin Road to Olympic Qualification...more

Players Offer Great Show at Scrimmage...more

U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Beats Argentina Again...more

USAV to Host NORCECA Men's U21 Championship...more

U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Tops Argentina...more

U.S. Men's Indoor Update: Orange Coast Honors Knipe...more

U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Update: Anaheim Heats Up...more

U.S. Men's Indoor Team Adds Scrimmage to Schedule...more

U.S. Men's Indoor Update: Color Summer Red, White and Blue...more

U.S. Men's Indoor Team to Host Argentina...more

U.S. Men's Update: Priddy, Kazan Victorious...more

U.S. Men's Update: The Home Stretch...more

2011 U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team Yearbook...more

All-Tourney Passes on Sale for Olympic Qualifier...more

USA Volleyball to Host NORCECA Men's Olympic Qualifier...more

USAV Hosts FIVB World Congress Site Visit...more

U.S. Men's Sitting Team Finishes Eighth at Intercontinental Cup...more

Men's Sitting Team Edged by Germany and Iran...more

Men's Sitting Team Faces Must-Win for London Dream...more

Men's Sitting Team Falls to Egypt, Still in London Race...more

U.S. Men's Sitting Team Falls to Croatia...more

Men's Sitting Team Defeats Kazakhstan for Guaranteed Playoff Spot...more

Men's Sitting Team Needs Win for London...more

Men's Sitting Team Downs Iraq at ICC...more

1988 U.S. Men's Team Gets Hall of Fame Nomination...more

Code Lets Fans Watch World League for Less...more

U.S. Men's Update: CEV Cups Heating Up...more

Dallas to Host U.S. World League Weekend...more

U.S. Men's Update: Ball Returns to Kazan...more

U.S. Men's Update: Holmes Named MVP in Poland...more

U.S. Men's Update: Chris Jackson to Join University of San Diego Staff...more

FIVB Releases 2012 World League Pools and Schedule...more

World League 2012 pools and format finalized...more

Stanley Honored as USAV Indoor Male Athlete of the Year...more

U.S. Men's Update: Holt's Upset in Italy...more

U.S. Men's Update: Movin' Right Along...more

U.S. Men Drop Final World Cup Match to Serbia...more

U.S. Men Battle to Beat Cuba in Five Sets...more

U.S. Men Top Argentina in Five Sets...more

U.S. Men Finish 3rd Round with Sweep of Japan...more

Poland Pushes Past U.S. Men at World Cup...more

Stanley, U.S. Men Shut Down Iran at World Cup...more

U.S. Men Suffer Tough Loss to Italy...more

U.S. Men Get Their Groove Back with Sweep of Egypt...more

U.S. Men Can't Stop Russia at World Cup...more

Brazil Hands U.S. Men First World Cup Loss...more

Healthy Priddy back in form in short time for USA...more

U.S. Men Open 2011 World Cup with Sweep of China...more

U.S. Men's Team Ready for World Cup Challenge...more


Got the Second Match Figured Out

Team USA defeated Team Poland three sets to one tonight in their second match of the two match home country World League series.  The scores were 25-21, 15-25, 25-18 and 25-22. Matt Anderson stepped up and led Team USA with a 20 point performance made up of 16 kills, 1 ace and 3 blocks...Read More

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Surprised and Not Surprised

As expected, it seemed that 4,000 of the 4,700 spectators at tonight�s first World League match in the US were for Team Polska. The volleyball savvy and proud Polish fans brought the wonderful experience of attending a European volleyball match right to the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL. The cheers, the songs, the whistles......Read More


U.S. Boys� Youth Team Finishes 10th at World Championship...more

Intensive until the last point...more

P3 Stats (Detail)...more

P2 Stats (Summary)...more

FIVB Photos...more

U.S. Boys' Team Polishes Off Poland...more


Excellent fighting spirit...more


P3 Stats (Detail)...more


P2 Stats (Summary)...more


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Brazil Beats U.S. Boys' Youth Team at Worlds...more

Three balls made the difference...more


P3 Stats (Detail)...more


P2 Stats (Summary)...more


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U.S. Boys' Youth Team Sweeps Egypt at Worlds...more

Easy task for the U.S. team...more

P3 Stats (Detail)...more

P2 Stats (Summary)...more

FIVB Photos...more

U.S. Boys' Youth Team Overcomes Algeria...more

Good start for the U.S. team in Pool H...more

P3 Stats (Detail)...more

P2 Stats (Summary)...more

FIVB Photos...more

U.S. Boys� Youth National Team Jumps on Japan...more

U.S. boys celebrate their second victory...more

P3 Stats (Detail)...more

P2 Stats (Summary)...more

FIVB Photos...more

Dan Friend's Journal...more

Day 6 in Italy: Moving Day...more

U.S. Boys� Youth National Team Stumbles Against Serbia...more

Serbia is celebrating the second victory in Pool B...more

P3 Stats (Detail)...more

P2 Stats (Summary)...more

FIVB Photos...more

U.S. Boys� Youth National Team Upsets Iran at Worlds...more
 

U.S. boys defeat the defending champions...more

P3 Stats (Detail)...more

P2 Stats (Summary)...more

FIVB Photos...more

U.S. Boys Ready for Tough Competition at Worlds...more

Looking for a sportive duel between Iran and USA Team...more

 

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U.S. Men�s Junior Team Finishes Eighth at Worlds...more


P3 Stats (Detail)...more


P2 Stats (Summary)...more


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Russia Blocks USA in Three...more


P3 Stats (Detail)...more


P2 Stats (Summary)...more


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Iran Defeats Men's Junior Team...more

Iran Holds Off USA in Five Set Marathon...more

P3 Stats (Detail)...more

P2 Stats (Summary)...more

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Cuba Defeats Men's Junior Team...more

Cuba Skims USA in Tight Three-Set Match...more

P3 Stats (Detail)...more

P2 Stats (Summary)...more

FIVB Photos...more

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Brazil Handles USA in Four...more

P3 Stats (Detail)...more

P2 Stats (Summary)...more

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Men's Junior Team Falls to India; Finishes 2nd in Pool...more


India Makes History with Win Over USA...more

P3 Stats (Detail)...more

P2 Stats (Summary)...more

FIVB Photos...more
 

 

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U.S. Men's Junior Team Tops Tunisia...more

P3 Stats (Detail)...more

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FIVB Photos...more


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Men's Junior Team Beats Belarus...more

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That�s The Stanley I Remember
Team USA defeated Team Italy in their second home matchup Saturday night 3-1 on the back of a vintage Clay Stanley performance. Stanley did not start the first two sets of the match but subbed in as a serving specialist. He replaced Evan Patak in the third and fourth sets and lead Team USA to victory with 4 aces and 6 kills. In addition, Stanley�s overpowering serves generated at least a half dozen additional points on Italian overpasses and out-of system plays reminding the crowd of 4,183 of his 2008 Olympic MVP performance...Read Full Article

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Veteran Setter Makes A Difference

Team Italy defeated Team USA 3-1 in World League Men�s international volleyball tonight at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois in front a crowd of 4,310 fans. After a great first set, Team USA struggled to get their offense to side out consistently and watched helplessly as Italy strung together 2 and 3 point runs in critical points in the next three sets. Although the team hitting percentages were close (.495 US versus .538 ITA) Team USA was out blocked 12 to 9...Read Full Article

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USA vs. Italy: Lot�s of New!

The Italian Men�s Volleyball National team will be returning to the Chicago area to play the USA Men�s National Volleyball team in the sixth round of the 2009 World League.  The first match of this 2 match home series will be held tonight at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL. Team USA defeated Italy in both second round matches (3-1, 3-1) held in Italy in June... (read full article)

 

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Men's Olympic Exhibition Match

May 27th at the Bren Center (UCI), Irvine, CA

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U.S. Men Hold Off Argentina in Battle at the Bren...more
 

Tickets on Sale for U.S. Men's Olympic Exhibition in Irvine, Calif...more

U.S. Men to Host Argentina in Irvine for Olympic Exhibition Match...more

USA Volleyball Signs Agreement with Albertsons...more

Argentina 2007 World Cup Roster (FIVB)...more


Current FIVB World Rankings...more

USAV Argentina Exhibition Web Page...more

2008 NORCECA Men�s Continental Olympic Qualification Championship

U.S. Men are Beijing Bound after Beating Puerto Rico...more

 

U.S. Men One Win Away from Trip to Beijing...more

U.S. Men's Update: U.S. to Face Cuba in Semifinal of NORCECA Qualifier...more

U.S. Men Sweep Puerto Rico to Win Pool at Olympic Qualifier...more

MediaSports to stream NORCECA�s Men�s Volleyball Olympic Qualifying Tournament...more

U.S. Men Beat Barbados at NORCECA Olympic Qualifier...more

U.S. Men Sweep Dominican Republic at NORCECA Qualifier...more
Update on U.S. Men at NORCECA Olympic Qualifier...more

U.S. Men Pursue Olympic Qualification in Puerto Rico...more

USA is slightly the favourite in NORCECA Men�s Olympic Qualifier...more

U.S. Men to Have Sunny Christmas in Southern California...more

Tournament Competition Regulations (PDF)...more

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