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2017 International Volleyball Hall of Fame Induction

10/6/2017
International Volleyball Hall of Fame
HOLYOKE, Mass. (July 28, 2017) – The International Volleyball Hall of Fame announced today the names of five volleyball legends who will be inducted as the Class of 2017 into its hallowed halls on November 18 in Holyoke, Massachusetts USA, the sport’s birthplace.

The 32nd induction class consists of male beach player Jose Loiola of Brazil, male indoor volleyball player Ronald Zwerver of the Netherlands, female indoor volleyball player Irina Kirillova Parkhomchuk of Russia, coach Anders Kristiansson of Sweden, and leader Jizhong Wei of China. Kristiansson is the first person from Sweden to be inducted.

“The 2017 Volleyball Hall of Fame class represents five remarkable individuals who were among volleyball’s elite over a long period of time on the international stage,” said Doug Beal, co-chair of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame selection committee. “This induction class represents and upholds the highest qualities of the game through its athletes, coaches, and leaders and what the future generations of greats can look upon as true icons of the sport.”

The induction class is elected by a vote of past International Volleyball Hall of Fame inductees. All told, 135 individuals representing 23 different countries will have been inducted into the International Volleyball Hall of Fame after this year’s enshrinement ceremony.

“The class of 2017 honors a diverse group of international volleyball legends that include both indoor and beach disciplines, a coach, and a leader,” said George Mulry, executive director of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame. “These remarkable individuals have brought distinction to the sport over a number of years and we are humbled to honor them here in the birthplace of volleyball.”

“This 2017 class of inductees to the International Volleyball Hall of Fame has a perfect balance between indoor and beach, a remarkable coach, and longtime leader of FIVB,” said Al Monaco, co-chair of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame selection committee. “All have had lengthy careers with great successes, and each put a special and personal stamp on our sport. A very deserving class in every way.”

The International Volleyball Hall of Fame induction festivities, presented by Spalding, include a Mayor’s reception on Friday, Nov. 17, at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, followed by the Ring and Plaque Ceremony inside the International Volleyball Hall of Fame from 11a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 18, with the formal Enshrinement Dinner and Ceremony taking place the evening of Nov. 18 following the Mizuno Meet & Greet at 5 p.m. ET.

The International Volleyball Hall of Fame, incorporated in 1978, continues to create a diversely representative institution with inductees of both genders and disciplines – indoor volleyball and beach volleyball – coming from a wide range of countries. For additional information on attending the 2017 International Volleyball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, contact the Volleyball Hall of Fame at info@volleyhall.org or click here for the Induction Celebration calendar.
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