Rick Martin's reports for FIVB (International Volleyball)

While my primary field is technology, I always keep a close eye on the latest sports news. I sometimes cover International Volleyball here in Japan, writing match and press conference reports or sending live updates to Twitter via the FIVB official account. You can subscribe to my reports using RSS.


  • Cuba's Leon and Hernandez trump Japan and their ace Fukuzawa

    Submitted by Rick Martin on Sat, 05/19/2012 - 02:17

    Hamamatsu, Japan, May 18, 2012 - Cuba sent out a message to Pool A rivals Serbia and Russia on Friday as they saw off hosts Japan in straight-sets (25-22, 28-26, 25-20) to seal their first win of the 2012 FIVB World League. Japan had never beaten Cuba in World League play before, losing all eight of their contests going into this match. To the disappointment of the home crowd, Cuba made it nine straight victories, despite Japan giving them a rough ride at times, especially through star player Tatsuya Fukuzawa.

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  • China can't solve Conte, Argentina win in three sets

    Submitted by Rick Martin on Sun, 12/04/2011 - 02:29

    Tokyo, Japan, December 4, 2011 - Argentina went into the final day of the 2011 FIVB World Cup looking to end on a high note against China at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Sunday. They would solidify a seventh-place finish in the tournament with a win over China 3-0 (25-23, 31-29, 25-18). The win didn’t come easy, but Argentina was led with a brilliant scoring exhibition by Facundo Conte with 24 points, and right behind him was Federico Pereyra with 22. For China the leading scorer was Yuan Zhi with 14 points.

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  • Captain Miljkovic sails Serbia home with win over USA

    Submitted by Rick Martin on Sun, 12/04/2011 - 02:26

    Tokyo, Japan, December 4, 2011 - The USA, having taken a tough five set win against the explosive Cuban squad on Saturday night, took on European Champion Serbia in their final 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup match on Sunday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Indeed Serbia played like champions in this one, taking the match 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-19) as the USA rested some players.

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  • Italy cruises past Turkey to take fifth in World Championships | FIVB

    Submitted by rickmartin on Sun, 11/14/2010 - 18:15

    Tokyo, Japan, November 14, 2010 – Italy beat a spirited Turkey side in straight sets (25-23, 25-20, 25-21) at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Sunday to secure fifth place at the FIVB Women's World Championship.

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  • Dutch sign off with victory over Cuba | FIVB

    Submitted by rickmartin on Sun, 11/14/2010 - 16:00

    Tokyo, Japan, November 14, 2010 – The Netherlands prevailed against Cuba in the fight for 11th spot at the 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship. In a hard-fought match at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, it was the Dutch who emerged victorious in straight-sets (32-30, 25-23, 25-17).

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  • Germany claim seventh with Serbia comeback win | FIVB

    Submitted by rickmartin on Sun, 11/14/2010 - 15:58

    Tokyo, Japan, November 14, 2010 - Germany edged Serbia in a tight four-set contest (20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23) to win the battle for seventh spot at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Sunday.

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  • Turkey take out Germany in five-set thriller | FIVB

    Submitted by rickmartin on Sat, 11/13/2010 - 16:07

    Tokyo, Japan, November 13, 2010 - Turkey delighted their fans who turned up at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Saturday by winning a very hard-fought 5-8 semifinal in five sets (25-23, 25-18, 14-25, 20-25, 15-11) against a tough German team who almost pulled off a stunning comeback.

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  • Italy see off Serbia in straight sets | FIVB

    Submitted by rickmartin on Sat, 11/13/2010 - 16:02

    Tokyo, Japan, November 13, 2010 - Italy came away with a 3-0 victory (25-20, 25-15, 25-22) against Serbia in their semifinal match for the 5-8 positions at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Saturday evening. The Italians prevailed over a tough Serbian team who just couldn’t seem to find their rhythm.

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  • China put Cuba away in four | FIVB

    Submitted by rickmartin on Sat, 11/13/2010 - 16:05

    Tokyo, Japan, November 13, 2010 - China recovered from losing the first set and defeated Cuba 3-1 (16-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22) in the semifinal round for places 9-12 in the 2010 FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship in Tokyo on Saturday.

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  • Peru sends Costa Rica home after a hard-fought battle | FIVB

    Submitted by rickmartin on Wed, 11/03/2010 - 23:10

    Tokyo, Japan, November 3, 2010 - Peru booked the fourth and final second round spot in Pool A after a well-worked 3-1 (25-18, 25-18, 32-34, 25-19) win over Costa Rica in Tokyo on Wednesday. With both sides boasting 1:3 win:loss records going into the match, the winner was guaranteed survival in the FIVB Women's World Championship Japan 2010 while the loser would go home. Peru's win sees them advance along with Serbia, Poland, and hosts Japan. Costa Rica, with their fourth loss, joins Algeria as an eliminated side.

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