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.
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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