Men’s Volleyball

The professional volleyball league franchise Chennai Spartans reached the quarterfinals of the Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship after defeating the Al-Rayyan Club of Qatar in their last match in Group C of the 2019 Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship in the University of Taipei (Tianmu), the gym.

The victory was orchestrated by Jerome Vineeth and Ashwal Rai, who scored 19 and 15 points respectively. The victory would not have been enough for the Chennai team, which also needed the result of the match between the Kazk of TNK Kazchrome of Kazakhstan and EST Cola to go ahead. A victory for the Thai club secured the place of India in the next round.

It was Spartans’ second win at the trot. With two victories in three matches, he finished second in Group C. Al-Rayyan, who had the services of the Luxembourgers Kamil Rychlicki and Youssef Oughlaf, proved too hot to handle from the start, as he won the first set 25- 22 The second set was dominated by the Indian-Latvian duo of Jerome Vineeth and Ruslans Sorokins, who counted on the support of Mohan Ukkrapandian in the service and the stage. The result was a resounding 25-20 victory in the second set.

With Jerome coming into his own, the Spartans did not look back after that and looked even more ruthless in their 25-19 demolition of the Qatar-based club in the third round. The Brazilian Marcus Costa and Youssef took full advantage of the lapse in the Chennai rally in the fourth set to achieve a strong recovery with a 25-14 victory and took the match to the final set.

“The tough fight 25-20 25-16 22-25 20-25 16-14 not only gave Varamin a sweet revenge for his 2-3 loss to the Japanese team in the playoff game between the top 8 the week Last, it also extended to holders of titles on Iran’s dominance in the top-notch competition to 14 in total, including four times in a row, “reads a report by the Asian Volleyball Confederation.

The 2019 Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship was held from April 18 to 26 in Taipei, Chinese Taipei.

Varamin’s victory on Friday also shattered the Panthers’ dreams of making history by awarding Japan the Asian Men’s Club title for the first time. Since Japan’s debut in 1999, Japan’s teams have not yet won a title in this championship.

Previously, Rayyan of Qatar picked up bronze in the 2019 Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship after a 3-0 demolition (25-23 25-19 25-16) of Chennai Spartans of India in the third-place playoff.

Volleyball history

Like all sports, the exact origins of sport are identified in the period in which they are best documented, however it is known that our most archaic ancestors also practiced similar exercises. In this way different hypotheses are considered in relation to which century was the first in which volleyball was practiced. It is believed that in about 200 BC in Rome a sport with characteristics similar to those of today’s volleyball was practiced.

Also the so-called German Faustball, played in the Middle Ages, is similar to the current volleyball.

Contrasting origins

However, it was an American, William G. Morgan, who was awarded the creation of volleyball. Morgan worked at the YMCA (Association of Catholic Youth) located in Holihoke, Massachusetts, as director of Physical Education. The New Yorker held his position with great success from the beginning. At a certain moment, seeing the influx of students who appreciated his classes, he thought it appropriate to practice a different game than basketball or hard sports aimed at people with greater resistance. In this way, he fixed on several existing sports to create, in 1895 what he called “Mintonetti”. He made a ball lighter than basketball, although based on this. He was also inspired by tennis, specifically in the network used, to create the 1.92 meter high net that characterizes the sport.

He also commissioned the design of the first rules and structure of the sport.

Evolution and development

The name of the sport invented by Morgan was changed to “Volleyball”, probably more appropriate, thanks to the idea of ​​also Professor Alfred T. Halstead, who was accepted by its original creator.

At that time the regulation did not specify a number of specific players, but it was unlimited. During the following years to its definitive creation, including regulation and structure, the sport was promoted especially by the different YMCA. The objective would be achieved with greater success than anticipated at the beginning of the 20th century. The game of volleyball became a fashion game in the United States. But the game passed borders and even seas to be practiced in Canada, Japan, the Philippines, India, China and Burma at the beginning of the last century. Obviously, the game was also quickly established in a large number of Spanish-speaking countries such as Mexico and Cuba in 1906, Puerto Rico in 1909 or Uruguay in 1912. In many cases it was the military who made public the practice of sport in the different countries they visited. . The first stage of expansion of the practice of volleyball was developed during the first two decades of the twentieth century, being in Asia and the United States where the sport of the flying ball was most developed.

Professionalization

The sport already enjoyed great worldwide popularity in 1920. It had crossed the world and had been captivating every lover of sport of all kinds of nationalities.

However, he needed to go one step further. The celebration of official competitions that gave a boost to the sport, but also the creation of a federation or body that controlled it and was in charge of directing its correct evolution. In 1922 took place the first American national championship, held in Brooklyn and saw the participation of 27 teams of the YMCA from 11 different states. Already in 1928 the first championship that admitted to any team was organized, it was the US Open.

And it was in the 40s when the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) was founded. This happened concretely in April of 1947, when fourteen Federations of different countries were united in a congress in Paris, official seat since then, to agree a definitive union under the name of FIVB.

From then on, the evolution of volleyball or volleyball was meteoric. They were organized both a European Championship, created in 1948, and a World Volleyball Championship, created in 1949. The regulation improved considerably in the first fifty years of the sport’s existence, and the regulation agreed by the FIVB was accepted by all countries in order to use it as a basis for the dispute of the volleyball matches in its territory.

During these first fifty years, different sports derived from Volleyball emerged, such as Sitting Volleyball, Sizball, Minivoley or Volleyplaya. The Asian Volleyball Confederation was also created in 1954. During this decade, the sport was introduced in the Pan American Games as well as its variant for the disabled was integrated into the Paralympics program. It is also worth mentioning the birth of Ecuavóley in the middle of the 20th century.

In 1964 the sport was played for the first time in the Olympic Games held that year in Tokyo. In 1965 the Volleyball World Cup was created. In 1967 the practice of volleyball in Africa was developed, creating the Championship of the African Continent

Women’s volleyball championship

The Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship is a sports competition for national women’s volleyball teams, which is currently held every two years and is organized by the Asian Volleyball Confederation. China has been Asian champion 13 times, while Japan has been 3 times.

Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship Under-18

The Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship U-18 is a women’s volleyball tournament. It is organized by the Asian Volleyball Confederation and the host country, and is aimed at national teams that integrate players with a maximum of 18 years of age.

China’s Tianjin Bohai Bank beat Kazakhstan’s Altay VC in three sets at home to maintain their unbeaten run in Group A of the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championships this year on Tuesday. The Chinese team’s victory by 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 placed them well on the road for a group finish.

Previously, in the first set, the visitors were 3 points, thanks to an increase of Kristina Anikonova.

However, the local team returned to the frame with a block of Li Yingying.

The outside setter continued the fine form while his side finally went to the front before winning the set, 25-21 through Chen Boya.

In the second, a peak by Dinara Oryntayeva made it a one-point frame. But the home team jumped to a 15-12 lead after plays by Cui Haixuan and Chen once again.

Silvija Popovic then fired while Tianjin seemed to go up two before Tatyan Fendrikova came out of bounds. Subsequently, in the established points, Han Yuan went higher to make the contest 2-0 with a victory of 25-18.

In the third, the Cui block went beyond the white line to make the set square to 22-22.

But the rough Chinese team claimed the next point after a blow from Li and that was followed by a leap from Liu Xiaonan to give them the match point. Finally, a 25-22 victory and a 3-0 victory in general was sealed when Atlanta’s Fendrikova could only find the net

The Iranian women’s volleyball team canceled their plans to participate in the Asian Cup tournaments due to financial problems.

Only six volleyball teams participated in the Women’s Super League in the Iranian year 1397 (March 21, 2018 – March 21, 2019), and the Steel Mill team won the championship. But since the team did not have financial support to participate in the Asian Cup, she had to cancel her plan to participate in the Asian women’s volleyball tournaments.

In an interview with state news agency IRNA, Matin Zebardast, deputy head of the Women’s Volleyball Federation, said the cancellation by the women’s volleyball team was due to financial problems. She said: “We are going to have a difficult time.” The lack of sponsors and clubs to finance the teams reduced their numbers in the Super League.With this cancellation and the Iranian volleyball players who do not participate in international competitions, it would be difficult to conceive that this sport has any Iranian champion in the Asian Cup or the Olympic Games. ” (State news agency IRNA: April 14, 2019)

In another report, a female football coach also spoke about the faltering situation of women’s soccer teams in Iran.

Maryam Irandoost, the head coach of the Malavan football team of Bandar Anzali, said: “The country’s economic situation and its consequent financial problems are the reason why this team has lost four players.” After eight months of practice throughout the day and having a contract, the players have not received a dime. This was a psychological pressure for them. “Six other players do not participate in the drills because they do not have the money to pay for their trip.”

Irandoost revealed that although clubs allow themselves to sponsor teams, they do not do so because state television does not broadcast women’s competitions. Irandoost added: “The officials tried to have a program in the media to revive the women’s teams. They were supposed to give 600 million hands of support to the team, however, when we asked 100 million employees to pay 30% of the players’ contracts, they continued to promise and postpone payment of the August 23 money. 2018., until March 20, 2019, saying they will pay for it at such and such a date … Currently, the sponsors do not support the women’s teams because their matches are not broadcast by the media … For a club that spends 7 billion dollars a year, it is completely possible to undertake a budget of 600 million men for women. “ (ISNA news agency, April 17, 2019)

Results of the Asian Championship of Women’s Volleyball Clubs

TIANJIN, April 27 (Xinhua) – The following are the results of the 2019 Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship to be held here today:

Pool A

Bohai Bank Tianjin, China, bt International Volleyball Club of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-13)

Altay VC, Kazakhstan, bt TPE, Chinese Taipei, 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-20)

B Group

Hisamitsu Seiyaku Springs, Japan, Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club, Sri Lanka, 3-0 (25-10, 25-7, 25-7)

 Club, RPD of Korea, bt Supreme Chonburi, Thailand, 3-2 (26-24, 25-18, 22-25, 21-25, 12-15)

VTV Binh Dien Long An, Vietnam, bt Binagar, Turkmenistan, 3-0 (25-10, 25-11, 25-14). Final product

History of Volleyball

Volleyball is a game which is played worldwide with about 800 million players and 46 millions of them are from the USA only. The number of players in the world shows how much the players like to play this game. Howsoever, you will be amazed to know about the history of volleyball as its story is quite interesting.

So, it starts from a renowned personality named William G. Morgan, who was a graduate from the Springfield college of YMCA, invented this game 1895. He made volleyball a game to be a combination of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball.  This game is invented after four years of the invention of basketball. The initial name given by Mr. Morgan to volleyball was ‘mintonette’ and later it was changed to volleyball.

The first volleyball match was played by making the use of tennis net which was  6 feet  6 inch high. At that time the game was played with no such rules as now. In 1900, the first ball, especially for volleyball, was designed. It was in 1915, in a match which was held in Phillippines that the style of setting and spiking was first demonstrated. 

United States Asian Volleyball Association

Howsoever, the game was played for many years like this and then it becomes quite clear that this game had a need for a genuine committee to handle its rules and regulation. Thus, in 1928, Unites States Volleyball Associations were found (USVBA) which is doing its work from that till now. The motif was to represent the sport nationally and internationally and to organize an annual championship match.

Fédération Internationale de Volleyball

The first volleyball World Championships were held in Prague, Czechoslovakia which was organized by Fédération Internationale de Volleyball popularly abbreviated as FIVB. It was founded in 1947 which governs all types of volleyball. Ten nations participated in this championship match and the Soviet Union won the title by winning the six-round Robin in the finals and without even losing a single match. 

Earlier the game was of 21 points but now it has changed to 15 points. In 1930, the two-man beach game was played for the first time. Moreover, in 1964, volleyball was played in the Olympic game which was held in Tokyo. 

Association of Volleyball Professionals

In 1983, the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) was formed. Currently, the AVP is the longest running volleyball tour in the US. It has its headquarters in Newport Beach, California. And just three years an Association of Volleyball Professionals after the foundation of AVP the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association (WPVA) was formed. From that till now, a number of championships were held and some of the new rules were introduced in the game.

Currently, the team with the most number of titles of FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Champion is Russia, winning the world championship six times. Currently, the world champion is Poland which has won the title three times.

Famous Player of the Past

The most famous volleyball player of the past is the American player Karch Kiraly. He has 148 victories in his professional career of the beach volleyball tournament. In 1984 and 1988 he played the major role in the team which led the USA to win the gold medal in the Olympic Games

Another great player of volleyball is Logan Tom, her impressive style of playing was greatly loved by the people. Logan Tom was given the title of the National Player of the Year for two times by the NCAA. Also in 2001, she was the most valuable player of the NCAA Final Four. At the age of nineteen, she was selected for the American Olympic Volleyball team and she became the youngest women to have this achievement. 

Moreover, you’ll be amazed to know about Wilfredo Leon. He is a professional Cuban volleyball player having citizenship of Poland. His financial gain is USD 1.4 million, that is, the highest of all the volleyball players and one of the highest paid sports star in the world. It was because of his leadership that the Cuban team won a silver medal at the World Championship 2010. He is only of 23 but he has won every single title at the professional level. 

A tough match for the ages: Asian Men’s Club Volleyball C’ship 2019.

It was a defining moment on the Men’s Volleyball championship, the teams were high on spirits and ready to give the best from themselves, they showed how they scored previous matches to be here, at the defining moment where they could be facing each other, representing their country and playing amongst the very best from each team.

Chennai Spartans one of the best teams out there cruised to quarterfinals without a whim of bother, this united team has been excelling where others team’s are lacking securing titles after titles, staying together as a team and working along the way to win as many matches as they can, this time at the very end the team were not able to succeed as with previous matches.

EXCITEMENT AMONG ASIAN VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

Excitement all around was transpiring on the semi final match, people and families alike were rooting for their beloved team, this match being between the Chennai Spartans and iranians Shahrdari Varamin who fought until the very end to win this ferocious match, the match ended 4-1, the Shahrdari Varamin were ferocious on this match, they won this time but Chennai Spartans were not one to get their mood low with this defeat, being one of the most beloved teams out there.

Everyone was high on spirits at the match, held on Taipei the testosterone was high and the anticipation to take the big trophy were higher among the team and their supporters, the tie between the two teams was ferocious, at the start seemed like the winning team was Chennai Spartans, yet the end of the match was a rotound tie between the two teams: 23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-27.

Of course both teams gave the very best from themselves, the coach from Shahrdari Varamin was interviewed about the match stating that: “For instance, in the second set when we were leading 9-5, we let them secure four points and draw level 9-9 because of reception errors,” M.H. Kumara said.

FIRST INDIAN TEAM TO GET INTO SEMI-FINALS

No doubt both teams were up for the match with no other thing in their minds but to win, there was even tones about unfair referee, “They referred for antenna touch. And from the video replays it was clear that the ball hadn’t touched the antenna. But the point was given to them.” there was doubt amongst the losing side about the opponent’s win, but they made sure to note and realize what their strengths were, and think about fixing them.

The team is hard working and must not let themselves be put down for this, they can learn from their weakness and where to put the hard work next time, “Reception, setting and bocking are to be improved”. The team can not be any more stoked about their performance being the very first Indian team that’s ever played on the semi-finals.

After defeating the vietnamese team Ho Chi Min City, the team went straight away to the semi final, both teams had their best player facing each other, Spartans had Naveen Raja Jacob as their strongest player, while the losing team shone with theirs, Nguyen Van Hanh. It seems like this was not enough to get the win, but the team is happy with their results and eager to learn how to improve and be better for the next match.

Still this is a big win for the team, they just made history with their strength and tenacious virtue, they will historically hold the award of being the first Indian team to get into the semi-finals.