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Olympics: Indoor Volleyball Playoffs

Photo: FIVB

Pool play has also concluded in London for the men's and women's indoor volleyball tournament. The top four teams from each pool move on to the quarter final level beginning tomorrow.

Live Streams

Live video streams can be found at the Kill on Two Olympic page.

Women's Quarter Finals

Brazil Brazil def. Russia Russia 3-2 (24-26, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 21-19)
Japan Japan def. China China 3-2 (28-26, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 18-16)
South Korea South Korea def. Italy Italy 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18)
USA USA def. Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-22)

Men's Quarter Finals

Bulgaria Bulgaria def. Germany Germany 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-14)
Russia Russia def. Poland Poland 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-21)
Brazil Brazil def. Argentina Argentina 3-0 (25-29, 25-17, 25-20)
Italy Italy def. USA USA 3-0 (28-26, 25-20, 25-20)

Semi final action and more after the jump.

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Olympics: Indoor Volleyball Pool Play

Olympics volleyball pool play

Indoor volleyball pool play action also began today at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  In indoor Olympic volleyball the pool play section of the tournament divides the competing countries into two pools.  Pool play for indoor runs form July 28th through August 6th.

Live Streams

Live video streams can be found at the Kill on Two Olympic page.

Women's Pool Play Results

Pool A

Japan Japan def. Algeria Algeria 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-7)

More Results after the jump.

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Canada’s Opponents Wrap Up Their National Leagues

Canadian players celebrate a point during the 2010 worlds (Photo: FIVB)

Team Canada is about to make their return to the FIVB World League after a five-year absence. The Canadians are in Pool B alongside Brazil, Poland, and Finland. This past weekend, both the Brazilian and Polish leagues have concluded, meaning our opponents will start their preparation for this year's World League Tournament. Brazil and Poland were the silver and bronze medallists (respectively) last year.

The Brazilian league (called Superliga) ended on Saturday. Brazil has been dominating indoor volleyball since 2001 remaining as number one on The FIVB World Rankings despite the Russian victory at 2011 World Cup, the latest major tournament. With the end of Superliga, coach Bernardo Rezende will call the players for World League and the Olympics (Brazil is the only country that hasn’t sent their roster to FIVB so far). In the final match, Cruzeiro won the title for the first time defeating Volei Futuro 3-1. Both teams are led by their setters. Cruzeiro’s is William Arjona, nicknamed “el mago” during the years he played in Argentina and chosen Superliga MVP. On Volei Futuro side, Ricardo Garcia, considered by many the best setter ever. Arjona won this time. You can check the match highlights. Some of these players may be seen on Rezende’s list.

The Polish league, called PlusLiga, is also over.

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FIVB: Rome World Championships (Live Video - Day 2)

The 2011 Beach Volleyball Swatch World Championships take place this week in Rome, Italy.  There are three Canadian teams in the tournament, two women's and one men's.  We have a total of six live streams going on from the tournament, so chances are if there is a match playing live, we've got it.  The three Canadian teams in the tournament are:

Canadian Teams

Canada Lessard-Martin
Canada Bansley-Maloney
Canada Redmann-Saxton

Full schedule and live streams after the jump.

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FIVB: Beijing Grand Slam Finals (Live Video)

Today the men's and women's finals take place in the FIVB Beijing Grand Slam. Photo: fivb.org

Today is the final day for the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Beijing Grand Slam event with both the men's and women's tournaments concluding today.  Action begins in a couple hours with an all American semi final on the women's side of the tournament.  Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor together in their first tournament back since May-Treanor's injury a few weeks ago.  For live stream links, brackets and semi final match ups, check out the link below.

Women's Semi Finals

USA Walsh-May-Treanor us. USA Ross-Kessy
Italy Menegatti-Cicolari vs. Germany Holtwick-Semmler

 

Men's Semi Finals

Germany Brink-Reckermann vs. Poland Prudel-Fijalek
Brazil Alison-Emanuel vs. Switzerland Bellaguarda-Heuscher

Brackets and Live Stream links after the jump

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