Born: January 26, 1934 in Orsha, Belarus
Category: Male Indoor Player
Georgy Mondzolevskiy was a member of the powerful USSR volleyball squads that dominated men’s international volleyball in the 1950s and 1960s. Mondzolevskiy participated in the Central Army Sports Club (CSKA), the Soviet army team. He played volleyball from 1951 to 1968 on the CSKA team and concurrently on the USSR National Men's Team.
He contributed to the Soviet Union’s titles at the 1960 and 1962 FIVB Volleyball World Championships after finishing with the bronze medal at the first FIVB World Championship in 1956 in Paris. Mondzolveskiy and the USSR were two-time bronze medalists of the European Championships in 1958 and 1963 before finally winning the Championship in 1967. Mondzolevskiy helped his CSKA Moskva club team to two European Champions League titles in 1960 and 1962. During his career, Mondzolevskiy won eight USSR championships (1956, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966) with two different clubs, as well as a bronze medal in 1955.
As its setter, Mondzolevskiy paced the Soviet Union to the first two titles in Olympic Games volleyball history at the 1964 Tokyo Games and the 1968 Mexico City Games.
Not just an outstanding setter, Mondzolevskiy was also an exceptional all-around player. He received the USSR Honorable Master of Sport award in 1960, was included in the list of the strongest players of the USSR 1959-1969, and was awarded two Orders of Honor.
Mondzolevskiy retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Soviet military and authored the book “Generosity of the Player” in 1984. After graduating from the Odessa Pedagogical Institute in 1956, he returned to academia as an assistant professor of the Military Engineering Academy and a senior lecturer at the Moscow Mining Institute.
And so, we honor Georgy Mondzolevskiy as a 2012 Inductee to the Volleyball Hall of Fame for his career and the joy of competition he brought to the international sport of volleyball.