The olympics concluded almost 4 months ago but since no Volleyball coverage was made by any Philippine broadcaster, (though Solar covered some..only a handful) most pinoy enthusiasts found it hard to follow with what is happening in the volleyball scene Internationally.
We have new Olympic champions for both the men and women.
The women from Brazil took home its first ever gold medal defeating the women from the US in 4 sets. The Brazilians, world ranked #1, were on an unbeaten run (no set/game loss) before facing the Americans in the finals. Although the Brazilians eventually defeated the Americans in 4 sets, the latter were successful on putting a blemish at the Brazilian's impressive record in Beijing.
The Chinese Women, 2004 Gold medallists, made sure it will please the home crowd as they have taken the Bronze defeating powerhouse Cuba.
The USA Men's Team made a revenge for the women's loss defeating Defending champions Brazil in 4 sets. Clayton Stanley(#13), playing at the opposite, was awarded as the games' MVP. It was an amazing run made by the US men who were not considered as contenders at the beginning.
The giants from Russia took home the Bronze after defeating 2004 Athens' games Silver medallists Italy in 4 sets.
The pair of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh(USA) made history when they took their 2nd consecutive gold medal in the beach. They defeated a pair from China.
The US made history again when the pair of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser(USA) defeated a Brazilian pair in the Men's finals and completed a US sweep in beach.
FIVB World Grand Prix (Women)
FIVB World League (Men)
Qualification matches for 2010 World Championships