Social Media Review: World League returns with anticipation, excitement


Lausanne, Switzerland, June 5, 2017 - The FIVB World League started off its 2017 season with a florish this weekend, with nine locations around the globe hosting the 36 teams participating this year.

All eyes are on the defending champions, Serbia, and they were very happy to be on the bus to Novi Sad, where they would be hosting this weekend!

Argentina made the long flight to Kazan, Russia to start their campaign, but they were ready to get started!

It was a long bus ride for Estonia from Tallinn to Bijelo Polje, Montenegro, but they didn't mind one bit!

In Barcelona, Spain was preparing to host the FIVB World League in the arena where some of the volleyball at the 1992 Summer Olympics was played.

Mexico traveled to Barcelona for the weekend, and Jose Martinez took time out to relax before the matches began.

Back in Novi Sad, a familiar face was seen, as Stephane Antiga was ready to coach his first World League matches for Canada.

Austria is making their first-ever appearance in the World League this year, and Alex Berger was ready to get started!

The first match of the weekend was in Group 2 in Seoul, Korea between Finland and Slovenia. It was also the first match of 2017 streamed on FIVB YouTube, where all World League matches will be shown!

In Pesaro, Italy thrilled the home fans with a convincing win over Iran to start their World League run.

It was also a big home win for Russia, defeating Argentina in Kazan. The players thanked the fans for coming out afterward.

The Netherlands started their Group 2 schedule right, knocking off Egypt in Ankara, Turkey.

Serbia? They started out right, defeating the USA. After that, they spent time with their fans in Novi Sad.

Australia started with a nice win over Portugal in Poprad, Slovakia, and Paul Carroll was very happy with the W.

Speaking of Slovakia, they started off well by getting a win over Japan.

Germany celebrated their return to the World League by winning in 4 sets over Kazakhstan in Frankfurt.

Montenegro also started off the World Legaue right at home, as they defeated Tunisia in the last match Friday.

The big story on Saturday was Belgium's stunning sweep of Serbia in Novi Sad. The Red Dragons' Sam Deroo was very happy with how things turned out.

Meanwhile, all eyes in Kazan was on Russia, as they got ready to play France.

But Team Yavbou came out on top, with Julien Lyneel very happy with the effort.

Poland defeated Brazil on Friday night, then on Saturday knocked off Italy! Big result for the 2014 world champions.

Turkey got their second win in two nights, sending the crowd in Ankara home happy.

Canada got their second straight win in Novi Sad, defeating archrivals USA in five grueling sets.

Also with the 2nd win of the weekend was Spain, thrilling the Barcelona fans with the win over Qatar.

Portugal got in the win column on Saturday, getting the victory over Japan.

Argentina got a big comeback on Saturday night to beat Bulgaria in 5 sets. Comeback...Bulgaria...we're foreshadowing a bit here....

Sunday arrived in Seoul, and Slovenia finished off a perfect weekend with their third win. Their Instagram was to the point.

Back in Pesaro, Brazil finished the weekend with an exciting 4-set win over Italy.

But the hosts got the point in what may have been the rally of the weekend.

France ended the weekend as the only Group 1 team to go 3-0 for the weekend, and Jenia Grebennikov was happy with how the weekend went.

Spain also finished the weekend unbeaten, completing a big weekend in Barcelona.

Not only was the World League going on, but in Europe, qualifying for the 2018 FIVB Women's World Championships was underway. Volleyball, volleyball, everywhere!

Another home team to go 3-0 this weekend was Slovakia, and they celebrated after Sunday's win.

Germany finished their first World League weekend in nearly two years with a win over Venezuela to finish 3-0 in Frankfurt.

The defending champs got back on track Sunday, as Serbia defeated Canada in 4 sets.

And Bulgaria...down 0-2 to Russia, then a massive fight back to defeat the hosts 3-2 and complete the comeback of the weekend!

We finish with Estonia, as they gave Montenegro their first loss of the weekend while getting their second win. The bus ride back to Tallinn will be a good one!

Week 2, in nine more cities, starts on Friday! The ride is just getting started!


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