September 11, 2012 |
Karch Kiraly , one of the most decorated volleyball players of all time, has been chosen as head coach of the U.S. women's national volleyball team in preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Kiraly, the only athlete to win Olympic gold medals in both indoor and beach volleyball, takes over for Hugh McCutcheon , who led the women's team to a silver-medal finish at the London Olympics. McCutcheon, who also coached the men's national team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, has taken over as head women's coach at Minnesota.
August 9, 2012 |
LONDON - Someone cut Destinee Hooker from a volleyball team once. She was 13 years old. Now Hooker is 24 and the brightest new star on the U.S. women's Olympic volleyball team that has advanced to the gold-medal match. Yet Hooker still cried Thursday when she remembered the moment when someone told her she wasn't good enough to play. "I told my dad I quit that day," Hooker said. "I told him, 'I don't want to do this anymore.' But I remember I got embraced, I got a big hug from my dad. He said that if we had another tryout the next day, I should just give it my all. " PHOTOS: 2012 London Olympics | Day 13 The U.S. beat South Korea, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22, on Thursday at Earls Court in the semifinals and will play defending Olympic gold medalist Brazil on Saturday for the championship in a rematch of the 2008 Beijing final.
August 8, 2012 |
— The U.S. stunned the men's volleyball world in the 2008 Olympics, streaking to its first gold medal in 20 years. The only surprise this time was how quickly the U.S. was ousted. Italy ended the U.S. Olympic run in the quarterfinals, 28-26, 25-20, 25-20, in a too-bad-to-be-true match Wednesday at Earls Court. It was strange, accurate and a total reversal of what happened in Beijing, when Clay Stanley's kill sent the U.S. into a celebratory frenzy. Four years later, the U.S. earned the top seeding after preliminary play but somehow never won a set after that.
August 7, 2012
Join us for a live chat at 8 a.m. PDT on Tuesday with Times sports editor Mike James in Los Angeles, along with Deputy sports editor and Olympic coordinator John Cherwa and sportswriters Lisa Dillman and Bill Plaschke in London. After 10 days of events, some interesting things have happened. Today, Gabby Douglas returns to the gymastics competition, the women's basketball team plays Canada in the quarterfinals and both U.S. women's beach volleyball teams play in the semifinals, with a chance to make it an all American final.
August 2, 2012 |
LONDON — The ball, thrown by Brazilian setter Sergio Santos, sailed high and long, finally settling softly into the crowd of jubilant fans sitting in his country's colors and flags near the team's bench. Brazil had merely won the first set Thursday night at Earls Court. And the U.S. men's volleyball team took note — sort of. PHOTOS: London Olympics — Day 6 "We let them do what they do, and we do what we do," setter Donald Suxho said. Added Reid Priddy: "I love playing Brazil.
July 30, 2012 |
— Americans continued to advance on the second day of competition in beach volleyball. Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser had an easy time with Kentaro Asahi and Katsuhiro Shiratori of Japan, 21-15, 21-16. Rogers and Dalhausser will next play Adrian Gavira Collado and Pablo Herrera Allepuz of Spain on Tuesday. April Ross and Jennifer Kessy also had it easy with a win over Argentina's Ana Gallay and Maria Virginia Zonta, 21-11, 21-18. Their next opponents are Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer of the Netherlands, also Tuesday.