02. 04. 2020

VINTAGE VOLLEYBALL: Pioneer of back-row hitting, Steve Timmons

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Volleyball didn’t have many players who changed the way it’s played over time. American Steve Timmons was definitely one of them.


We decided to remind you to one of the greatest male volleyball players ever, Steve Timmons. Now a 61-year-old, Timmons has truly changed the way this sport is played. In today’s volleyball, a back-row hitting is something that’s regularly done on a professional level and you can see it quite often during the games. Well, that’s not how it was back in the 1980s.

Timmons was one of the pioneers of this attacking weapon. He was doing it amazingly and, more importantly, from the position of the middle blocker. He led the U.S. National Team, along with Karch Kiraly, Patrick Powers, Douglas “Dusty” Dvorak, etc. to the first Olympic gold medal ever, and medal in general, in the history of the country’s volleyball - in the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Timmons was named MVP of the tournament. He was also involved in the repetition of this success, four years later in Seoul. There, Timmons was awarded Best Blocker, while he received the award for the Male Volleyball Player of the Year in his home country.


In between, he and those guys we mentioned above won the 1985 FIVB World Cup and 1986 FIVB World Championship! On a club level, Timmons, along with Kiraly, took the Italian Championship and FIVB Club World Championship, both in 1991, with Il Messagero of Ravenna (current name Consar Ravenna). Due to his numerous successes, he was inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame, in 1998.

After retiring from professional volleyball, Timmons was a co-founder and later a president of sports clothing company Redsand. He sold it in 2003 and returned to volleyball, coaching Wave Volleyball Club (some sort of volleyball academy) based in Del Mar, California since 2013. In February this year, he was added to the coaching staff of San Diego State women’s volleyball team, the Aztecs, who are competing in the NCAA Division I.



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FIVB releases new men’s and women’s world rankings

VNL must be an event that helps new players gain experience so that they can later join their country's first team. Serbia has always participated with its 2nd or 3rd team. The big tournaments are the Olympics Games, the World Championships and the continental championships. No one remembers who won the vnl. Ask a player to answer please. All for money fivb!!! Reply

FIVB releases new men’s and women’s world rankings

Serbian women had poor results in 2019 vnl (5W-10L) which has cost them to drop the 6th place.

Turkish women had 11W-4L in 2019 vnl. And beat China in final round though later lost to them in semifinal, it's still plus for them because you win more points defeating an opponent above you but lose less points when you are defeated.


FIVB releases new men’s and women’s world rankings

This is more laughable :) In 2017 turkey was the 12th country in old ranking list
behind the 11th argentina.Then the turks played eurovolley 2017 semifinal (took
bronze) and then vnl 2018 final, vnl 2019 semifinal, eurovolley 2019 final and won
the 2020 european olympic qualification tournament. After all of these,they were
still the 12th team behind the 11th argentina.:D:D:D

Of course the new rankings are more realistic and fairer,I think,but plz note they are not to tell which NT is stronger but to reflect potentials of countries by taking all their performances in a time span into account.

Well,serbia,world and european champ,but has no vnl / world cup medal so far,
why,if they are so mighty? Ok , we all know/guess why, but the ranking system don't pay attention why and it shouldn't for a healty evaluation of serbia's potential.

I also accept serbia's ideal line-up is presently the strongest NT,but this issue is something different. Reply