International Volleyball Hall of Fame - Holyoke, Massachusetts USA
Meet the Class of 2019
IVHF Induction Class of 2019
MIRKA FRANCIA (CUBA) – FEMALE INDOOR PLAYER
Helped Cuba to gold medals in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games
Assisted Cuba to gold medals in the 1994 and 1998 FIVB World Championship
Named Best Blocker of 1999 FIVB World Cup as Cuba won gold
In FIVB World Grand Prix, earned two gold medals (1993, 2000), three silvers (1994, 1996, 1997) and two bronzes (1995, 1998)
Played club volleyball in Italy since 1998-season and acquired Italian citizenship in 2004
BORIS GYUDEROV (BULGARIA) – MALE INDOOR PLAYER
Competed in inaugural 1964 Olympic Games for volleyball
Captain of Bulgarian Men’s National Team for 17 consecutive years and played professionally for 21 years
Helped Bulgaria win bronze at 1949 and 1952 FIVB World Championships
Selected to Best Six Players of 1952 World Championship and Best Spiker at 1956 World Championship
Played in five European Championships, including silver finish in 1952
ZE MARCO DE MELO (BRAZIL) – MALE BEACH PLAYER
Played in two Olympic Games, earning the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Games
Three-time FIVB Tour Champion in 1996, 1997 and 2000
Captured 26 titles on the FIVB Tour, all between 1995 and 2000
Medaled in 56 of 94 events on the FIVB Tour, including 54 of 80 from 1995 to 2000
Earned $850,000-plus in career winnings on FIVB Tour
VALENTINA OGIENKO (RUSSIA) – FEMALE INDOOR PLAYER
Middle blocker on Russia National Team from 1983 to 1998
Helped Soviet Union win the gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games and the silver medal for the Unified Team at the 1992 Olympic Games
Helped Russia capture three consecutive FIVB World Championship medals with the gold in 1990, followed by bronze medals in 1994 and 1998
VASIL SIMOV (BULGARIA) – COACH
Vasil Simov competed for the Bulgarian national team participating in two European and four FIVB World Championships.
Simov led the Bulgarian women’s national team to a bronze medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics along with a bronze medal at the European Championship in 1979 and a European Title in 1981 in Sofia.
Under his leadership, the Bulgarian men's national team won the bronze medal at the European Championship in Berlin in 1983.
Simov coached his CSKA Sofia club teams to four championship titles with the women's team and three with the men's.
JOSEF TESAR (CZECH REPUBLIC) – MALE INDOOR PLAYER
Led Czechoslovakia to gold in the 1956 FIVB World Championship in Paris after his team won back-to-back silver medals in the first two World Championships in 1949 and 1952.
Helped Czechoslovakia to three European Championships in 1948 (inaugural edition), 1955, 1958.
Earned European Championship silver medal in 1950
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