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2008 New Zealand Men’s Team Announced

Posted by Rapids Volleyball on Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Media Release: Volleyball New Zealand

Volleyball New Zealand announces the following New Zealand Men’s team ( 23.6.08 ) to play a four match series against the Australian Institute of Sport Development Squad in Canberra from 14-19 August 2008.

NZ MEN’S TEAM:

Name

Age

Position

Club, Location

Russell Gordon

18

Setter

Tauranga, Whakatane

Sam Tui’vai

19

Passer Hitter

Sparta, Auckland

Jason Seaward

20

Passer Hitter

Shirley, Christchurch

Garth Taylor

20

Libero

Eagles, Wellington

Matt Quinn

20

Setter

Eagles, Palmerston North

Ben Glue

21

Opposite

Shirley, Christchurch

Simon Petersen

21

Middle

Eagles, Wellington

Kirill Morekhodov

23

Middle

North Harbour, Auckland

Benetti Schwalger (C)

29

Passer Hitter

South Auckland, Auckland

Soane Vaipulu

30

Opposite

Eagles, Palmerston North

Gavin Kelsall

34

Middle

South Auckland, Auckland

 

Non Travelling Reserves

Matthew Nicholls

17

Passer Hitter

Tauranga, Tauranga

Ethan Barrowclough

18

Libero

Waitakere, Auckland

Elliot Gilchrist

21

Middle

Scorpions, Dunedin

John Fowler

21

Passer Hitter

Scorpions, Dunedin

Nathan Hylkema

24

Opposite

Tasman, Nelson

 

Management

Tony Barnett

Coach

Napier

Nico Ngwun

Assistant Coach

South Auckland

   
Coach Tony Barnett is delighted with the turn out of over 120 athletes throughout the country participating in trials over the last 2 months and has picked a team with a good mix of talented younger players and experienced older players.

 

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Countries Are Set For Olympic Glory

Posted by Rapids Volleyball on Sunday, June 8, 2008

Japanese Kota Yamamura attacks over Argentinian Santiago Orduna. Photo courtesy of FIVB.All countries are now locked-in, women’s and now men are all ready for medals honors at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing.
Japan’s men, took on a topsy-turvey Argentinean team to a 5 setter thriller. That match was their 2nd-to-last of seven matches played in the World Olympic Qualifier which also doubled as the Asian Olympic Qualifier. With that victory over Argentina, they secrured their spot in Beijing. 

Japan, ended the tournament with 6 wins and a loss to 10th in the world Italy, who are punching way above their 10th placed ranking. Italy also booked themselves with the best seats in the house by winning the the whole tournament without defeat, only Argentina & Japan managed to push them to a 5 set match.
Japan have made strong in-roads with their brand of volleyball, playing much more powerful & taller opponents, but are managing to seal the business deal in the end where is matters with great defence.

To read more about Japan’s historic return to Olympic Volleyball click here.

To see all the teams qualified for the 2008 Olympic’s click here.

Also story of Italy winning a place at the 2008 Olympics, click here.

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Poland Cancels Portuguese Olympic Dream

Posted by Rapids Volleyball on Sunday, June 1, 2008

Poland players celebrate the Olympic ticket in front of a big crowdPolands Men’s Volleyball team clinches victory and a place in the 2008 Olympics. Portugal proving a tough opponent and very nearly had Olympic status, but the third set didn’t swing their way. Portugal take 2nd place at the tournament with Poland winning the match in straight sets 3-0 and the Olympic ticket ( 25-21, 25-19, 26-24 ). The 4-team round robin tournament, for the 2008 Men’s World Qualification tournament held at Nave Municipal de Espinho hall in Portugal also produced a win to Puerto Rico, over winless Indonesia 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22).

Portugal Head Coach Jorge Schmidt said the defeat was because of a lack of concentration in reception and expressed his sadness to lose at home.

“It is very difficult for me to be here defeated. I want to congratulate Poland for their qualification to the Olympic Games and I wish them good luck. In this match Poland was superior to Portugal although in the third set things were even and we were near to winning the set that might have started a comeback,” said Schmidt.

Read more with the FIVB. *Photo courtesy of the FIVB.

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Puzzle Completed For Women’s Volleyball Olympics

Posted by Rapids Volleyball on Monday, May 26, 2008

Natalya Zhukova (KAZ) spikes for victory and Olympic qualification. Photo Courtesy of FIVB.Kazakhstan have taken the final spot for being the 2nd best Asian team in the last Qualifying Tournament in Tokyo, Japan. After the Japanese women’s team qualified for the olympics within the same tournament, by getting into the top three. The race was on between Korea, Thailand and Kazakhstan to become the best Asian Qualifier.
With the last day of play, both Korea and Thailand needed a win to advance themselves. If Korea had won which they didn’t, they lost to Dominican Republic 3-1. Korea could have cleared both Thailand and Kazakhstan. With Korea losing, Thailand faced Kazakhstan and Thailand could elevate themselves into the Olympics with a win. But it was Kazakhstan who nudged both Korea and Thailand out of the way by defeating Thailand 3-1.

Read more with the FIVB.

Women’s Teams Qualified For 2008 Beijing Olympics
  Qualified Country Tournament ZONE / Host Country
1 China Olympics China (Automatic Entry)
2 Italy 1st World Cup Japan
3 Brazil 2nd World Cup Japan
4 USA 3rd World Cup Japan
5 Algeria COQT AFRICA / Algeria
6 Kazakhstan COQT ASIA*
7 Russia COQT EUROPE / Germany
8 Cuba COQT NORCECA
9 Venezuela South America CSV / Peru
10 Japan WOQT Japan*
11 Serbia WOQT Japan*
12 Poland WOQT Japan*

   
* The Asian Continental Qualification Tournaments are played combined with the World Olympic Qualification Tournaments in Japan
COQT = Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament

WOQT = World Olympic Qualification Tournament

More info on Women’s Qualified teams with FIVB.

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Egypt Wins Place in Beijing Olympics

Posted by Rapids Volleyball on Monday, February 11, 2008

Egyptian cap. Hamdy El Safi receiving the trophy from CAVB President Dr. Amr ElwaniAs predicted the 2007 African Champs have earned themselves a place in the 2008 Beijing Olympics by defeating Algeria in the Finals 3-2 (26-24, 25-20, 25-27, 22-25, 15-9). Algeria was almost washed out of the finals but made a great comeback to take the 3rd & the 4th set to force the tiebreak. But eventual winners showed their experience in the end in front of a very excited crowd in Durban, South Africa.

Durban, South Africa February 9, 2008 – After a very exciting final, Egypt secured the African ticket to 2008 Beijing Olympic games following their victory over Algeria in a thriller five set match lasting for two hours of skillful Volleyball action that made the spectators very excited her at Tongaat hall in Durban, South Africa on Saturday.

Read more with the FIVB on all the African Men’s Results of their Volleyball Olympic Qualifier.

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Men’s African Olympic Qualifications

Posted by Rapids Volleyball on Sunday, February 3, 2008

Egypt’s Captain Hamdy AwadParticipating teams for the sole Olympic spot for the African Men’s Volleyball Qualifier are; South Africa, Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Mozambique, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda & Tunisia.

These 10 teams will be split into two groups of 5 and will play in Tongart Hall in Durban, South Africa 3-9 February 2008. Favourites are current African Champs Egypt followed by Tunisia & Cameroon.

Read more with the FIVB.

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