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Volleyball was conceived as a less strenuous alternative to basketball. The sport became popular very quickly and made its Olympic debut in 1964.

A shared history

Basketball and volleyball were both invented at Springfield College in Massachusetts within a few years of one another. In 1895, William G. Morgan, after watching basketball develop, decided to invent a less strenuous sport for older people. He called this game "Mintonette". However, a local professor noted the ball being volleyed over the net, and the sport was almost immediately renamed.

Growth and development

The sport quickly became popular across the world. Japan was playing the game by 1896, followed closely by other Asian countries and the sport developed rapidly over the next 20 years. A specially designed ball came into play; six-a-side play became standard and the rules mandating three hits were instituted.

Olympic history

 No country has been truly dominant in volleyball, although the Soviet Union has won the most medals. The Japanese and the Soviet Union women’s teams dominated from 1964-1984 but since then the balance of power has shifted to Cuba, then to China and now to Brazil. The United States men’s teams were prominent in the 1980s, Italy in the 1990s and Brazil in the 2000s.

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Women's Beach Volleyball - Highlights | Day 2

Highlights from Day 2's Women's Beach Volleyball at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.Seeking a place in the Semi-Final Turkey having won their first Pool C came up against an Uruguayan pair seeking their first win. In Pool B favourites for a medal Brazil continued to show their dominance in the event by confidently beating their opponents from the Czech Republic.
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Men's Beach Volleyball Germany vs Brazil - Highlights | Day 2

Highlights from Day 2's Men's Beach Volleyball event involving Germany against Brazil. The Pool B resulted in a 2 sets to 1 victory for Germany.
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Men's Beach Volleyball Poland vs Austria - Highlights | Day 2

Highlights from Day 2's Men's Beach Volleyball event involving Poland against Austria. The Pool F resulted in a 2 sets to 0 victory for Austria.
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France vs Guatemala - Women's Beach Volleyball - Highlights | Day 1

Highlights from Day 1's Beach Women's Volleyball action at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. 

A fierce France duo won comfortably in straight sets against Guatemala in their opening Pool D match.
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Volleyball review in pictures - Russia and Brazil star

London 2012 - Russia produced an incredible comeback to overturn a two-set deficit and prevent Brazil leaving London with a Volleyball gold medal double. In the women's competition the Rio 2016 Host Nation swept aside all rivals and went on to beat the United States in the final.
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Volleyball review - Russia and Brazil stars of the court

London 2012 - Russia produced an incredible comeback to overturn a two-set deficit and prevent Brazil leaving London with a Volleyball gold medal double. In the women's competition the Rio 2016 Host Nation swept aside all rivals and went on to beat the United States in the final.
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