After leaving Rio 5 years ago with Silver, it has been a long wait for Serbia’s captain and setter try and complete her medal collection by topping the podium at an Olympic Games. Here Maja joins our team and talks in detail about her love for Japan, why she skipped the VNL this year and various aspects of her life away from the court.
Ci asks those random, yet interesting, questions that never knew we wanted to know the answers to until they were asked, and Dave asks as many of the...
Beach Volleyball is again on the Tokyo 2020ne Olympic Games schedule and looking to top their Bronze from Rio are the Dutch World Champions of 2013 Alexander Brouwer & Robert Meeuwsen.
They join Lewie and Ci to discuss their memories of the 2016 Games, how it felt to qualify early for Tokyo 2020 and their expectations for a Games which is inevitably going to be different. As always Ci Digs in, while we also challenge the guys so some player vs player questions and get to know them far...
It was a big week for European Volleyball with 197 teams being confirmed in the six European Cup competitions for 2022 and all except the 4th Round of the Champions League onwards being drawn in one day at the Broadcast centre in Luxembourg.
Dan joins Dave and Ci to review the draw and look at some of the exciting match-ups that were confirmed - especially in the CEV Cup Men which looks like being a mini Champions League next season.
Dave also talks to one of the real gentlemen of...
Here Lewie and Matt talk to German Beach Volleyball star Karla Borger prior to the Tokyo 2020ne final qualification show down at the Continental Cup Final in The Hague. She looks back at the Silver Medal win at the 2013 World Champs, her Beach Volleyball journey to date and talked in detail about their current level and expectations for this Summers Olympics.
In Ci's absense, Matt has a go at digging in and as always we have some questions from fans in Ask Me Anything.
The summer of 2021 will thrill and excite fans all over the world, and it will come to an end with the European Championships, EuroVolley. Each host country has appointed two event ambassadors and here Dave catches up with two from Croatia and Romania to talk about what we can expect from the event, their respective host countries and their teams on court performances.
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As the focus shifts from the indoor season to the Summer Season, so starts another Ace Space series. Here Lewie and Ci return with the jump setting Swedes, Åhman & Hellvig, to reflect on them taking Gold at the U22s in Baden this past weekend.
In terms of Volleyball chat, the guys talk about stepping up this year and playing against some of their idols. They also go into detail on persisting with their unique attacking style and the fun they have had on the world tour already.
After her team, A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO, completed the dream by winning their first ever Champions League title, we thought it was the right time to re-release the Unscripted Dave had with Joanna Wolosz back in July 2020 - where they talk about life away from the court and her thoughts going into the 2021 season.
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...Part 2 of our recap celebratioon, as Dave, Ci and Dan look back at Super Finals Verona, and the men's final. Where the for the first time, in both their and Polish club history, Grupa Azoty KĘDZIERZYN KOŹLE (ZAKSA) triumphed with the CEV Champions League Volley title following a four-set victory over three-time winners TRENTINO Itas of Italy.
As well as talking through the event in general, listen out for the final point commentary, the on court flash interview with Aleksander Śliwka, as...
Dave, Ci and Dan take some time to look back at Super Finals Verona, and in particular the women's final which saw a thrilling tie-break win for A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO against VakifBank ISTANBUL to secure the first ever European title for the Italian side. Imoco came back from a set down twice during Saturday’s Super Final at the AGSM Forum and from a four-point deficit in the fifth set to triumph victorious.
As well as talking through the event in general, listen out for the final...
TRENTINO Itas take to the court for the CEV Champions League Volley 2021 final in Verona this week and a new face in their team this season is Ricardo Lucarelli SANTOS DE SOUZA who has starred for Brazil for nearly decade and has carried on that fine form with the Italian giants this season.
He talks with Dave and Ci chat about the season that has gone, looking at how he has settled in Italy, how Trentino are now fully focused on ending the season on a high, and his thoughts about a massive...
A. Carraro Imoco CONEGLIANO star outside hitter Kimberly Hill joins Dave and Ci to preview the upcoming Super Final in Verona where her side will take on VakifBank ISTANBUL aiming for her, but more importantly the Italian sides first Champions League Gold.
Kim talks openly and honestly about a career she never even dreamed of, why the Champions League is so special, her love for reading and why squirrels run the world.
As always there are questions from fans in "Ask me Anything" and she...
American setter Jordyn Poulter has big dreams, and she is doing everything right in order to reach them. In this episode of the Ace Space podcast, Dan and Ci quiz Jordyn on her love of chainsmokers, ambitions in the team USA volleyball gym, and some of the best things about living in Europe as an American pro.
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27 year old Wilfredo Leon is a volleyball prodigy, playing a leading role in the world championships at just 17 years old and dominating the world of club volleyball in the decade after with Zenit Kazan and Perugia. On this episode of the Ace Space podcast, "Leo" shares his thoughts on his season with Perugia, his upcoming summer with Poland and the Olympics, and reveals his max spike touch.
This week's "pass the pod" team is Vakifbank Istanbul, where Isabelle Haak & Gabriela Guimarães...
Having coached at VakifBank ISTANBUL since 2008, Giovanni Guidetti has built the foundations for all of their recent successes and 2021 is looking like another promising year for the team who play in yellow. The outspoken Italian joins Dave and Ci for this episode as they look back at the first matches in the Quarter-Finals, as well as chatting about Ci’s adventures so far in Dallas as part of the Athletes Unlimited league.
They also talk about his love for the band U2, how this is one of...
Poland’s towering middle blocker, and captain, Agnieszka Kakolewska joins Dave and Dan for this episode as they look back on the Quarter-Finals drawing of lots and Grupa Azoty Chemik POLICE’s path to a potential Super Final.
Aga also shares her views on the differences of playing and living in Poland vs Italy, and how Joanna Wołosz is the best setter she has ever played with or against.
As always, fans also get their chance to ask our co-host anything and this time it is SSC Palmberg...
The lady with the giant leap, Krystal Rivers, joins the podcast on the eve of departing for Kaliningrad for her sides second tournament in the Champions League where there is a spot in the quarter-finals on the line for Allianz MTV STUTTGART. We talk with her about their season so far as well as how she ended up moving from Tennis to Volleyball. Krystal also talks through dealing with her birth defects, fighting cancer as a teenager and the glitch on her phone that resulted in it randomly...
Maveric and powerhouse outside hitter Salvador Hidalgo is a man of the world, having been born in Russia, brought up in Cuba and with a career on the court in leagues such as Poland, Germany, China, Lebanon and now Turkey.Dave and Ci find out more prior to his current club Fenerbahçe HDI ISTANBUL taking to the court at the end of the month for the 2nd tournament in Champions League's Pool A.For those looking for the Pass the Pod with Modena, this will feature in our next episode due out in a...
Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA and Belgian star Britt Herbots joins Dave and Ci for the last episode of 2020 to chat about her year, after which (by pure coincidence… honest) it is her club that features on Pass the Pod.Matt then joins the chat as they look back over 2020 and discuss highlights, lowlights, best match, surprise player, best new thing in our lives, amongst other things.Follow & subscribe to The Ace Space for podcasts with volleyball's biggest stars, while reviews are always...
Argentinian superstar setter De Cecco has been playing in Europe for well over a decade and is now orchestrating things for Cucine Lube CIVITANOVA.Dave and Ci find out more about the man behind the hands, fresh from his teams best performance of the season against Luciano’s old side Perugia in Pool B of the Champions League – they also discover that he uses a Michel Bublé classic as part of his match preparation…?!As always, fans get their chance to ask our co-host anything and this time it...
Dutch "queen" Robin de Kruijf joins Dave and Ci in the first of our 2021 Champions League Volley focused episodes.They chat through her season so far where of Imoco Volley Conegliano sit top of the table 12-0, while also talk about how they are preparing for their Champions League season to start. Ci then digs into Robin the person away from the court, as well as fans getting their chance to ask her anything!Pass the Pod also kicks off with a VB Nantes feature, while podcast listener Øystein...
Dave, Ci and Dan run through all the latest around the men's Champions League, including a look at who has emerged out of the 2nd Round and what to look out for in the 4th Round. We also catch up with Mystery Man, who as the clues gradually revealed is Maxim Mikhailov of Zenit KAZAN. Enjoy the full extended interview on YouTube which covers more on the #Tokyo2020ne Olympics and last season not going to plan.Remember to get in touch if you are up for "Fan vs Dan"! The all important e-mail...
Dave, Ci and Matt share their plans for the podcast for the Champions League season, as well as catch up with Brazilian star Gabi to discuss life at VakifBank, life away from the court and how she has the best fans.Listen up for details on our new Champions League features "Pass the Pod" and "Fan vs Dan"!Follow & subscribe to The Ace Space for podcasts with volleyball's biggest stars.
Our final Unscripted episode features Slovenian Middle Blocker Jan Kozamernik, who talks us through serving up blocks and home cooked dishes, whilst keeping an eagle eye on the financial sector and plotting to be the best that he can be.Additional commentary from Matt, Dave, and Ciara just for the podcast! Follow & subscribe to The Ace Space for podcasts with volleyball's biggest stars. We'll be taking a week off next week, before returning with two Podcasts a month covering the best and...
Belgiums numer 17 looks back at his career so far with the National Team, talking about that run to the semi-finals in 2017 as well as playing at home in 2019. He also talks about future dreams with Paris 2024 very much on the horizon. Oh, and "Mystery Man" is finally confirmed!Follow & subscribe to The Ace Space for podcasts with volleyball's biggest stars every Monday & Friday.
Mexican superstar Sammy Bricio talks us tthrough her memorable college years at University of Southern California, moving to Europe and her next adventure in Russia.Additional commentary from Matt, Dave, and Ciara just for the podcast! Follow & subscribe to The Ace Space for podcasts with volleyball's biggest stars every Monday & Friday.