Ranking the 20 best women volleyball players in the world (2023)

Volleyball has yet to become one of the world's most well-known and respected sports. The women volleyball players' source of income is being impacted because they receive relatively lower pay and very few endorsement deals. The game of volleyball is simple to learn and play. So, who are the best female volleyball players in the world? Stick around to find out.

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Who are the best women volleyball players of all time?

This article has highlighted these players primarily based on their volleyball skill and the stats they have achieved in their careers.

20. Yelizaveta Tishchenko

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She made her debut for the Soviet national team in 1991 and was born on February 7, 1975, in Kyiv. She participated in three Olympic Games in a row (1996, 2000, and 2004) and twice took home a silver medal.

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From 1991 to 2004, she played more than 470 times for her nation, starting as a middle blocker for the national team and captaining the Sbornaya in 2003 and 2004. Liza earned multiple medals in World Championships and World Grand Champions Cups in addition to the European Championships (4 times), World Grand Prix (3 times), and various more titles.

19. Yelena Godina

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She was born in Sverdlovsk on September 17, 1977. She is a Russian player who was a part of the national team that won the silver medal at the Sydney Summer Olympics in 2000 and the gold medal at the 2006 Volleyball World Championship in Japan.

Yelena also participated in the Olympics in 1996 and 2008. In 2004, she took part in the FIVB World Grand Prix.

18. Milena Rašić

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She was born on October 25th, 1990, in Priština, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia. She was a former professional player for Serbia who represented her country on the women's national team. She also competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics and took home a silver medal in 2016 during the same tournaments. In addition, she took home a bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in 2020. She is 6.04 feet (1.93 m) tall.

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17. Natália Pereira

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She was born on April 4th, 1989, in Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil. The star is a Brazilian professional player that won the Olympic gold medal with the Brazil women's national volleyball team in 2012.

16. Gabriela Guimarães

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She was born on 19th May 1994, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The star is an outside spiker from Brazil who plays indoor volleyball. She participated in the Women's competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics and took home a silver medal. Gabriela is in the top 20 list of the best women's volleyball players in 2022. She is also one of the most famous women's volleyball players currently.

15. Fabiana Claudino

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She was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on January 24th, 1985. At the 2012 Olympics, she was also part of the Brazil team that won the gold medal.

Claudino was awarded the Best Spiker award at the 2006 World Grand Prix in Reggio Calabria, Italy, where Brazil won the gold medal for the sixth time. She also represented her home nation in Athens, Greece, for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

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14. Monica De Gennaro

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Gennaro was born on January 8th, 1987, in Piano di Sorrento, Italy. She represents the Italy women's national volleyball team and Prosecco Doc Imoco Volley as a professional player. In addition, she participated in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. She is 5.9 feet (1.74 meters) tall.

13. Eda Erdem Dündar

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She was born in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 22nd, 1987. She is the captain of the national team and Fenerbahçe SK, where she competes as a professional player.

Since 2008, Eda Erdem has worn jersey number 14 while competing for Fenerbahçe. She has four years of experience playing for Beşiktaş (2004–2008) before joining Fenerbahçe. She participated in over 300 games for Turkey's national team.

12. Irina Kirillova-Parkhomchuk

She was born in Tula, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, on May 15th, 1965. Irina won an Olympic gold medal for the Soviet Union while playing competitive volleyball and later represented Croatia. Kirilova represented Croatia on the women's national volleyball team in the 1990s.

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She served as the Russia women's national volleyball team's assistant coach at the 2006 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship. Kirilova took over as head coach of the Croatian national team in 2011. However, she left her post the following year.

Kirillova was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2017. She is married to Giovanni Caprara, an Italian volleyball coach.

11. Tijana Bošković

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She was born on March 8, 1997, in Trebinje, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She led the Serbian women's national volleyball team in scoring her first appearance at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship and the 2017 Women's European Volleyball Championship.

She has won two Serbian Super Cups (2013 and 2014) and the Serbian Championship title (2013-2014 season). Since the 2015–2016 season, Eczacıbaşı VitrA has been her current club.

10. Fabiana Oliveira

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She was born in Rio de Janeiro on March 7, 1980. She is a former player who won the gold medal in the Summer Olympics in 2008 and 2012. Fabiana began playing volleyball at 13 and soon developed a preference for defense, eventually moving on to the libero position. Under the direction of coach Marco Aurélio Motta, De Oliveira received her initial call-up to the Brazil women's national volleyball team in 2002.

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9. Sheilla Castro

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She was born in Brazil's Belo Horizonte on July 1st, 1983. The star competed for her nation at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, and the Brazilian team won the gold medal on both occasions. She also participated in the Olympics in 2016, when Brazil finished in fifth place. She retired on April 9, 2022.

8. Thaisa Menezes

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She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 15, 1987. She won back-to-back gold medals at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012. This is frequently mentioned as one of the finest Brazilian volleyball players of all time and has won multiple Best Spiker and Best Blocker Awards.

7. Yevgeniya Artamonova-Estes

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She was born on July 17th, 1975, in Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. Along with Sergey Tetyukhin, she was one of only two volleyball players who competed in six straight Olympic Games while representing their country. She won silver medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

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She also earned the Japanese Monthly Volleyball Magazine's Most Beautiful Women Volleyball Player Award, which was presented during the 1993 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. She took home the first runner-up prize in the "Miss V-League" while a TOYOBO member.

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6. Lioubov Sokolova

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She was born in Moscow, Russia, on December 4th, 1977. The now-retired player was a part of the national squad that took home silver at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, bronze at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and gold medals in the 2006 and 2010 World Championships in Japan.

5. Brenda Castillo

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Brenda was born on June 5, 1992, in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic. She was selected as the competition's Best Libero while playing for the Dominican Republic national team, which finished fifth in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

She competed in the 2014 World Championship, finishing fifth and placing 17th overall. She also competed in the 2010 World Championship, the 2011 FIVB World Cup, where her country finished eighth, and the 2015 FIVB World Cup, where she finished seventh overall and won the Best Libero Individual Award.

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4. Hélia Souza

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She was born in São Paulo on March 10, 1970. The retired Brazilian player was known by the nickname Fofão. Beginning in 1992, she represented her nation's national team in five straight Summer Olympics. Fofão earned a bronze medal in 1996 and again in 2000 and a gold medal in 2008.

Also, in 1999, Souza won the gold medal at the Pan American Games. She was given the moniker "Fofão" because her huge cheeks reminded people of the well-known Brazilian figure "Fofão" from a children's TV show from the 1980s.

3. Ting Zhu

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She was born in Dancheng, Zhoukou, Henan, China, on November 29, 1994. She is an outside hitter on the Chinese women's national team. From 2016 until 2019, she played for Istanbul. Currently, she represents the Italian team Savino del Bene Scandicci.

Several gold medals have been earned by Zhu and the Chinese national team in international competitions, including the 2016 Olympic Games and the 2019 World Cup. She has won 14 MVP honors across all levels of competition since her 2011 debut, including the 2016 Olympic Games MVP.

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Ting Zhu is regarded as one of the greatest and most decorated indoor volleyball players in history. During the 2018–19 season, she was also the highest-paid professional volleyball player in the world.

2. Yekaterina Gamova

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She was born on October 17, 1980, in Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. Gamova, a retired player, was a part of the national squad that won silver at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and Sydney in 2000, as well as gold in the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championships in 2006 and 2010.

Yekaterina Gamova has been referred to as the "Queen of Volleyball" due to her size and power at the net. She is one of the tallest female athletes in the world at 2.05 m (6 ft. 9 in) with an EU feet size of 49. She served as the opposite or outside hitter.

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1. Yeon-Koung Kim

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She was born in Ansan, South Korea, on February 26, 1988. She was the previous South Korean national team captain and an outside hitter. In August 2021, she announced that she was leaving the national team.

Kim is the first volleyball player in Asian history to win the CEV Women's Champions League MVP title. She is also the only volleyball player with four entries on the list of volleyball players who scored 30 points or more in a single Olympic Games match. Kim also appears to be the most remarkable women's volleyball player.

A few additional well-known women volleyball players didn't make our top 20 list. Our rankings are determined by the finishes of players' teams in competitions and their honors, besides individual performance.

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FAQs

Who is the no 1 women volleyball player in the world? ›

1. Yeon-Koung Kim. She was born in Ansan, South Korea, on February 26, 1988. She was the previous South Korean national team captain and an outside hitter.

What are the rankings for women's volleyball? ›

Women's Volleyball
RANKSCHOOLRECORD
RANKSCHOOLRECORD
1Texas (57)21-1
2San Diego (2)26-1
3Wisconsin (3)23-3
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Who is the best female volleyball player 2022? ›

Here are 21 of the top players returning for the 2022 DI women's volleyball season
  • Logan Eggleston — Texas. This list is not in any particular order. ...
  • Kayla Caffey — Texas. ...
  • Julia Bergmann — Georgia Tech. ...
  • Anna DeBeer — Louisville. ...
  • Kaitlyn Hord — Nebraska. ...
  • Madi Kubik — Nebraska. ...
  • Rylee Rader — Ohio State. ...
  • Mac Podraza — Ohio State.
25 Aug 2022

Who is the current best women volleyball player? ›

  • Paola Egonu Opposite from Italy. ...
  • Zehra Güneş Middle-blocker from Turkey. ...
  • Tijana Bošković Opposite from Serbia. ...
  • Michelle Bartsch-Hackley Outside Hitter from USA. ...
  • Gabriela Guimarães Outside Hitter from Brazil. ...
  • Isabelle Haak Opposite from Sweden. ...
  • Monica De Gennaro Libero from Italy. ...
  • Arina Fedorovtseva Outside Hitter from Russia.

Who is the volleyball God? ›

The towering 6'2” spiker from Kerala, often dubbed the God of Indian volleyball, never quite found the fame or recognition Tendulkar or even his sister-in-law Anju Bobby George, one of India's track and field greats, got in India. But Jimmy George's contribution towards Indian sports is just as legendary.

Who has won the most gold medals in women's volleyball? ›

The Soviets won twelve medals in the indoor competition, and Brazilian teams have won thirteen medals in beach competition; respectively the most in each discipline. The Brazilian teams, however, with ten indoor medals lead all nations with a total of twenty medals in volleyball events at the Olympics.

Which is the No 1 volleyball team? ›

FIVB Senior World Ranking - Men
RankNational TeamWR Score
1Poland389
2Italy369
3France368
4Brazil361
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8 Nov 2022

What does best of 5 mean in volleyball? ›

Matches are played best of five sets. The first four sets are played to 25 points, with the final set being played to 15 points. A team must win a set by two points. There is no ceiling, so a set continues until one of the teams gains a two-point advantage.

Who won in volleyball Olympics 2022? ›

Serbia clinched a second straight title at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship by overcoming a plucky Brazilian side 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-17) in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, on Saturday (15 October).

Who won 2022 volleyball Nationals? ›

2022 NCAA Men's National Collegiate Volleyball Tournament
DatesMay 1–7
ChampionsHawai'i (2nd title)
Runners-upLong Beach State
Matches played6
Attendance12,566 (2,094 per match)
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Who is the best volleyball player in history? ›

1. Karch Kiraly. With an impressive record of three Olympic gold medals, 148 beach volleyball titles, and prize earnings of over $3 million, it's easy to see why Karch Kiraly tops our list. Kiraly is the only volleyball player to ever win at every level as an athlete and as a coach.

Who is the best women's volleyball coach? ›

Coaches
RankNameTeams
1*Larry BockJuniata (1977–2010), Navy (2011–2017)
2Russ RosePenn State (1979–2021)
3*Peggy MartinCentral Missouri (1975–2008), Spring Hill (2009–present)
4Dave ShojiHawaii (1975–2017)
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Which country has the best female volleyball team? ›

The old version of the ranking system was finally used on 31 January 2020. As of 23 November 2022, the highest ranked team in the men's category is Poland, while in the women's category is the Serbia.

Who is the queen of volleyball? ›

Kim Yeon-koung
Born26 February 1988 Ansan, South Korea
Height1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Spike330 cm (130 in)
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Who is volleyball king? ›

Ivan Zaytsev

What is volleyball real name? ›

Originally known as “mintonette,” volleyball was the brainchild of American William G. Morgan, who came up with the idea for the new sport in 1895. As a student at the Springfield College in Massachusets, he had befriended James Naismith who, in 1891, had himself invented basketball.

Which country is most successful in volleyball? ›

Winners. Brazil has been the most successful team with the men's team winning five and the women's team two titles.

Which country won the most volleyball? ›

Soviet Union

Who is the best volleyball champion? ›

The current champions are Brazil's Sada Cruzeiro, who defeated Italian club Lube Civitanova 3–0 in the final of the 2021, to win their fourth title in the competition. Italian teams have been the most successful, with ten titles.

Who is the best setter? ›

1. Rezende Bruno Mossa. If you ask any volleyball player who the greatest setter of all time is, they'll almost always say Bruno. He is an experienced player who was born on July 2, 1986, and has led his national team of Brazil to 9 gold medals in major championships, including the 2016 Olympic Games.

Which country is known for volleyball? ›

Obviously, Brazil remains the number one volleyball country in the world.

What does S mean in volleyball? ›

S: Setter L: Libero (sometimes coaches use a triangle for their position on a scouting paper or during practice on a whiteboard) DS: Defensive specialist. Compared to international volleyball, America has more substitutions and you can sub a player more than once.

What is a 51 in volleyball? ›

The 51 set is a first tempo set meant to beat the blockers by speed and to create openings for the outside hitters by getting the middle blocker of the other team to commit block on the middle attacker. This set is highly dependable on the hitter, which makes it more challenging. Pre-‐Contact.

What does OH mean in volleyball? ›

Outside Hitter (aka OH, outside, pin, left side)

An outside hitter hits and blocks from the left side of the court. Normally, they also carry the responsibilities of passing and playing defense when they get to the back row.

What is a 33 in volleyball? ›

3: A 3 (also referred to as a 32 or 33) is a shoot set between the outside and middle hitters. Much like a combination of a 1 and a shoot. 1: A 1 (also referred to as a quick) is a low set that is set about 1' above the tape of the net for the middle attacker.

Can there be 2 setters in volleyball? ›

The 4-2 formation is often used if the team does not have strong hitter and is common at a lower level of play. In this formation, there are four hitters and two setters. In order to always have a setter in either row, setters will position themselves opposite each other in the rotation.

What's a 6'2 in volleyball? ›

There are a few different rotational systems a volleyball team can run; one is the 6-2. The first number, six, represents the number of hitters on the court and the second number, two, stands for the number of setters. Usually, there will be three front-row hitters and a back-row setter.

Is volleyball a hard sport? ›

Volleyball is a hard sport. In volleyball, you have to learn to think quickly. You have to be able to figure out what to do in literally a second or so. You have to be able to think, run, and perform quite perfectly within a few seconds.

Can a player touch the net in volleyball? ›

10. No player may reach over or touch the net, or step over the center line (A players foot may land on the center line provided it is not entirely over the line. Also, while playing the ball in his/her court, a player is allowed to reach under the net, but must not touch the floor over the center line.

Who invented volleyball? ›

The Greater Holyoke YMCA's physical director, William Morgan, invented volleyball in 1895, in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The Greater Holyoke YMCA continues to run adult volleyball leagues. The game was unveiled at a physical director's conference at the International YMCA Training School (now Springfield College) in 1896.

What does AAU mean in volleyball? ›

Amateur Athletic Union
AbbreviationAAU
HeadquartersLake Buena Vista, Florida, US
Membership700,000 athletes and coaches nationwide
President/CEOJ.B. Mirza
Websiteaausports.org
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Where are the 2022 USA Volleyball Nationals? ›

USA Volleyball Open National Championship Returns to Orlando in 2022.

Who are the top 10 best volleyball players? ›

  • Maxim Mikhaylov Opposite from Russia. ...
  • Sergio Dutra Santos Libero from Brazil. ...
  • Wilfredo Leon Outside Hitter from Poland. ...
  • Osmany Juantorena Outside Hitter from Italy. ...
  • Sergey Tetyukhin Outside Hitter from Russia. ...
  • Ivan Miljković Opposite from Serbia. ...
  • Wallace de Souza Opposite from Brazil. ...
  • Bruno Rezende Setter from Brazil.

Who is the fastest volleyball player? ›

Jenia Grebennikov
Weight85 kg (187 lb)
Spike345 cm (136 in)
Block300 cm (118 in)
Volleyball information
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Who is the goat in volleyball? ›

Kerri Walsh Jennings

The pair of Jennings and May-Treanor broke records throughout their career. However, their winning streak of 112 consecutive matches which won them 19 consecutive tournament titles is unmatched. They also won the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in 2003,2005 and 2007.

Who is the best women's volleyball libero? ›

TOP 5 MOST Amazing Volleyball Libero on VNL 2021
  • Brenda Castillo. Birthdate: 1992-06-05. Position: Libero. ...
  • Camila Brait. Birthdate: 1988-10-20. Position: Libero. ...
  • Justine Wong-Orantes. Birthdate: 1995-10-06. Position: Libero. ...
  • Mako Kobata. Birthdate: 1992-08-15. Position: Libero. ...
  • Simge Şebnem Aköz. Birthdate: 1991-04-23.

Which coach has the best win rate? ›

Phil Jackson has the best winning percentage by a coach, winning 70.4 percent of the time.
COACHGPPTS
Phil Jackson1640169,073
Billy Cunningham65072,272
Larry Bird21420,913
Steve Kerr62971,095
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Who is the third best country in volleyball? ›

3. China. China earns its place on this list solely from the strength of its women, as the Chinese men have yet to collect a medal at a major international competition. The Chinese women owns two beach volleyball Olympic medals, four beach worlds medals, six Olympic indoor medals, and five worlds indoor medals.

Which country is world number 1 in volleyball? ›

FIVB Senior World Ranking - Men
RankNational TeamWR Score
1Poland389
2Italy369
3France368
4Brazil361
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8 Nov 2022

Who is the number 1 setter in the world? ›

1. Guedpard Pornpun. She was born on May 5, 1993, and is a member of Thailand's women's national team. She is currently a setter for PEA Sisaket (Thailand).

What country is the #1 ranked volleyball in the world? ›

As of 23 November 2022, the highest ranked team in the men's category is Poland, while in the women's category is the Serbia.

What country is volleyball famous? ›

The sport is now popular in Brazil, in Europe (where especially Italy, the Netherlands, and countries from Eastern Europe have been major forces since the late 1980s), in Russia, and in other countries including China and the rest of Asia, as well as in the United States.

What's the hardest position in volleyball? ›

Setting might look like a piece of cake, but it is the hardest position in volleyball for many reasons. One reason is that as a setter, it is their job to get the second ball up to one of their hitters, even if the first pass was not any good.

Who is the king of setter in volleyball? ›

The son and of the legendary Brazilian coach Bernardo Rezende, he is one of the most accomplished setters and volleyball players in the world.
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Bruno Rezende.
YearsTeams
2018–2020Cucine Lube Civitanova
2020–2021Funvic Taubaté
2021-Azimut Modena
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Who is the best setter 2022? ›

Thai volleyball player Pornpun Guedpard is the "best setter" at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women's Nations League, according to statistics posted on a website.

Where is women's volleyball most popular? ›

Obviously, Brazil remains the number one volleyball country in the world.

What does 2 fingers up mean in volleyball game? ›

A two-fingers signal means the angle defense where the player in front dives forward into the angle, and if they miss the ball, their partner will cover the backcourt for them.

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