June 19, 1986 |
Draft day came to the Forum again Wednesday, but this time without the analysis and speculation that had prevailed the day before for the NBA. It was for Team Cup Volleyball, the Forum-based, four-team league, and even those in the know couldn't say for sure which team had come away with the best talent. "It's all so foreign to us," said Karch Kiraly, the former UCLA and 1984 Olympic star who will serve as player-coach for one of the squads.
September 11, 1994 |
The U.S. men's volleyball team got a much-needed confidence boost Saturday, defeating the Polish national team, 15-7, 9-15, 15-6, 15-6, at Pepperdine. The victory completed a four-match sweep of Poland this week, but more important, it gave the United States momentum heading into the World Championships later this month. The match also gave local volleyball fans a rare chance to see the U.S. national team, many members of which formerly played at local universities.
August 23, 1991
The NORCECA Zone Championships begin Sunday in Regina, Canada, for the San Diego-based U.S. men's and women's volleyball teams, but aside from a starting day, the championships mean something different for each team. For the women, it is one of the few remaining opportunities to qualify for the 1992 Summer Olympics--there are five berths left. If the U.S. women don't win this seven-team championship, their last chance to qualify would be the World Cup in Japan in November.
July 29, 1988 |
Even with his U.S. men's volleyball team trailing, 14-11, in the fourth game, Coach Marv Dunphy was happy. It was right where he likes to be. The United States held off three game points and pulled out a tough 9-15, 15-11, 15-8, 16-14 victory over Sweden at packed San Pasqual High School gym Thursday night. "The team loves it, and I love it," Dunphy said. "That's the time you test your personnel and your tactics. I wouldn't want it any other way." Dunphy and the U.S.
June 26, 1988 |
A match broke out at the Stubbies USA Cup Saturday night, which was nice for a change. Nothing wrong with routs, but they can get stale after a while. This time, the U.S. national men's volleyball team, which swept its first two outings of the four-team round-robin tournament after needing only three games to win 10 of its previous 13 matches, worked overtime, at least by recent standards. The outcome, however, was no different as the Americans, rated No.
June 29, 1992
Despite the offensive effort of Bryan Ivie and Bob Samuelson, the U.S. men's volleyball team dropped its second match in a row to Holland in the World League playoffs in Rotterdam. The Dutch defeated the Americans, 15-10, 15-17, 5-12, 17-15 Sunday. Middle blockers Ivie (25 kills, four blocks) and Samuelson (17 kills and a team-high five blocks) paced the United States, who was playing without two-time Olympian Steve Timmons. Carlos Briceno, filling in for Timmons, recorded 21 kills.
May 18, 1992 |
Steve Timmons, owner of a Vista-based beachwear company, noticed the uniform change that the Japanese national volleyball team made for their second World League match. Instead of the green, black and white uniforms they wore in San Diego, the Japanese went back to their traditional red and black on Sunday. But again it was the United States that was dressed to kill.
July 26, 1996
Going into last weekend's 7-on-7 passing tournament at South Torrance High, Village Christian football Coach Mike Plaisance talked about the Crusaders' chances against their scheduled opponents. The story of David and Goliath quickly came to mind. He dubbed his team the underdog against the likes of Hart, South Torrance and Roosevelt and then made sure his team was aware of the biblical story. "We passed out the slingshots and stones and it almost worked," Plaisance cracked.
July 24, 1996
The U.S. men's Olympic volleyball team showed Argentina what it can do when it has the cheering, flag-waving crowd on its side. Even when Argentina made a run in the third set, closing a seven-point lead to one, Team USA refused to let the momentum change. It held on to sweep Argentina, 15-7, 15-8, 15-11, on Tuesday at Athens, Ga., to improve to 2-0 in Pool A. "If we can get out of here in three, we'll take it," captain Bob Ctvrtlik said. "It is a game of emotion.