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.