Montreux Masters a prelude to the VNL

 

Italy's Paola Egonu attacks past the Russian block in the final of the 2018 Montreux Volley Masters.

Lausanne, Switzerland, February 20, 2019 - The 2019 Montreux Volley Masters, entering its 34th year as a pre-season preview to every FIVB season is once more on the forefront, leading up to the 2019 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League: five of this year's eight Montreux Masters entrants will utilise this competition as a buildup to the VNL.

Defending champions Italy will try to replicate their 2018 winning performance, alongside Germany, Japan, Poland, Thailand and Turkey in this year's edition which runs from May 13 to 18, 2019. They will be complemented by a China Under-23 team and the home side of Switzerland.



The final of this year's Montreux Masters will be just a few days before the start of the first week of the VNL, which is set for May 21-23.

• Related links: Montreux Volley Masters official website / Match schedule

Side events at the 2019 Montreux Masters include the 30th edition of a mini-volleyball tournament on the outdoor courts next to the Pierrier Sports Hall, on the shores of Lake Leman.


Brazil's Gabi Guimaraes tries to tip the ball over the block of Turkey's Eda Erdem and Cansu Ozbay in last year's Montreux Masters bronze medal match.

Last year at the Montreux Masters Italy shut out Russia 3-0 in the final for their first gold medal in 14 years. Turkey edged Brazil 3-2 for bronze. Cuba remain the all-time record title-holders with nine gold medals in 33 editions of the historic tournament.

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