Okbet.com answers the important questions about women’s volleyball before the World Championship on Friday (23 September) in the Netherlands.
If you want to be taken seriously in Indoor Volleyball, you need a nickname that fits your way of playing. But before we get to that, some of the greatest players in women’s basketball history have earned the nicknames “Iron Hammer” and “Caribbean Girls.”
In anticipation of the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship, which will be held in the dual host countries of the Netherlands and Poland beginning on Friday, September 23, Okbet.com has compiled a list of the top female players in the sport, breaking them divided up into categories such as most popular, fastest spike, and, of course, the GOAT.
Let’s begin with a figure who is widely considered to be the best of all time.
Who do you think is the best female volleyball player of all time?
It is common practice to refer to Regla Torres of Cuba as the all-time great of women’s volleyball. Torres won three gold medals at the Olympic Games (1992, 1996, and 2000) and two world championships (1994 and 1998) during her career.
In 2001, when Torres was only 26 years old, the world governing body for volleyball, the FIVB, recognized her as the best female player of the 20th century.
Torres, who was only 17 years old when she won her first Olympic title in Barcelona in 1992, was a crucial member of the Cuban women’s team of the 1990s, which was known as The Caribbean Girls because of their unbeatable performance. After that, gold medals were won in consecutive competitions in Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). The years 1994 and 1998 both saw people win world titles.
According to Torres, who was interviewed by Olympics.com, “Our motivation for winning was our country.” “Sports are very important to the Cuban people, and their happiness was strongly linked to our team’s success.”
Fastest spike in volleyball for women?
The women’s world record for spike speed is currently held by Paola Egonu, who has achieved a speed of 112.7 kilometers per hour. In the first set of the final of the Volleyball Nations League, which took place in July 2022 against Brazil, the Italian player reached the speedy mark.
Top 5 fastest spikes in women’s volleyball
- Paola Egonu of Italy achieved a speed of 112.7 km/h in 2022 when competing against vs Brazil
- Tijana Bošković of Serbia achieved a speed of 110.3 km/h in 2021 when competing against Turkey
- Kiera Van Ryk of Canada achieved a speed of 108.1 km/h in 2021 when competing against USA
- Tijana Bošković of Serbia achieved a speed of 107.5 km/h in 2021 when competing against vs Russia
- Tandara Caixeta of Brazil achieved a speed of 106.9 kilometers per hour in 2018 when competing against People’s Republic of China.
Who has the highest vertical jump?
Egonu’s spike reach was 344 centimeters, which is the highest point in the air that an athlete can reach after a running vertical jump, making it possible for him to claim the title of having the highest vertical jump ever achieved.
Because of this, the 339-centimeter mark that was set by the now-retired Mireya Luis is even more impressive considering that the Cuban only reaches a maximum height of 5 feet 9 inches (175 centimeters), whereas the Italian is 6 feet 4 inches tall (1.93m).
Luis won a number of “best scorer,” “best spiker,” and “best player” awards at world championships, Olympic competitions, and continental competitions. Among these honors are best spiker of the 1994 World Championship and most valuable player at two World Cups (1989 and 1995) in addition to her three Olympic gold medals.
The most famous female volleyball player of all time
Kim Yeon-Koung of the Republic of Korea is most likely the female volleyball player in the world who is best known to the general public. Her YouTube channel has more than one million subscribers.
As of September 2022, Kim has more than 1.3 million subscribers to her YouTube channel, where she frequently posts videos in which she takes fans along on her day-to-day activities after she officially retired in August 2021.
The 34-year-old player, who stands at 6 feet 4 inches (192 centimeters), was the first player in the sport of volleyball to reach the milestone, which she has since replicated on Instagram.
Kim was so impressive in her first Olympic competition at London 2012 that she was voted Most Valuable Player despite the fact that her team finished in fourth place overall. Kim has never won a medal at a world championship or an Olympic competition.
Women’s volleyball player with the most awards for Most Valuable Player
The only player to win Most Valuable Player honors at both the 1994 and 1998 World Championships, Regla Torres of Cuba holds this distinction. Both tournaments took place in 1994 and 1998. Tijana Bokovi was the most valuable player at the most recent competition, which took place in 2018.
Lyudmilla Buldakova, who competed for the Soviet Union and won four medals at the World Championships, including three golds and one silver, is the most successful female player of all time. Mireya Luis of Cuba and Matsumura Katsumi of Japan are the only two athletes from countries other than the Soviet Union to make it onto the list of the top ten. Both of these athletes have won two gold medals and one silver medal.
In addition, the Soviet Union dominated the women’s Olympic competition, winning all four gold medals available. The People’s Republic of China and Cuba are the only countries to have ever won the Olympic title a total of three times. Japan and Brazil are the only other countries to have ever won twice. The United States of America currently hold one title, which they won for the very first time during the summer of 2019 at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Jordan Larson of the United States of America won the Most Valuable Player award at the Summer Games in Tokyo 2020. Zhu Ting of China won the award at Rio 2016, and Kim Yeon-koung of the Republic of Korea won the award at London 2012.
There has never been a player who has won Olympic Most Valuable Player honors twice.
The serve with the fastest speed at the Olympic Games
Paola Egonu of Italy currently holds the record for the fastest serve ever recorded at an Olympic competition, having achieved a speed of 101 kilometers per hour while competing against the United States of America in Rio in 2016.
It is not true that Egonu was the first player in Olympic history to surpass the 100 km/h mark. A rocket traveling at a speed of 100 kilometers per hour was fired at the People’s Republic of China earlier that day by Bokovi of Serbia.
The 23-year-old player will be one of the bearers of the Olympic Flag at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, and she will be hoping that her team can maintain the form that earned them the Volleyball Nations League title for the very first time in July.
Icon that lasts throughout time
Lang Ping, also known as “The Iron Hammer,” is the first and only woman to win an Olympic gold medal in both the playing and coaching categories.
The nickname is an indication of how powerful her playing style is, and it was thanks to Lang’s leadership abilities that her country won its first ever Olympic gold at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where she was also voted Most Valuable Player and won the nickname.
Lang led the Chinese national team to a silver medal at both the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 1998 World Championship in Japan while he was the head coach of the Chinese national team. Both of these achievements were repeated.
In 2005, she was appointed as the head coach of the United States National Team, and in 2008, she led the team in competition against China in Beijing. Hu Jintao, President of China, and George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, were both in attendance at the match and saw the United States come out on top, 3-2.
The United States ultimately finished in second place, winning the silver medal after suffering a 3–1 loss to Brazil in the finals.
After taking over as head coach of the Chinese women’s national volleyball team for the second time in 2013, Lang led her team to a gold medal performance at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Top-ranked women’s volleyball teams in 2022 according to the FIVB World Rankings as of September 21st, 2022
- The United States
- The Government of the People’s Republic of China