History of the U.S. men’s volleyball team at the Olympics

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The United States has plenty of history pursuing Olympic gold and finishing on the men’s volleyball medal podium.

Below is a brief history of each United States men’s volleyball team that competed in the Olympics. Volleyball became an Olympic sport in 1964 and since then the United States has earned an Olympic berth 12 times, including one for the upcoming 2021 Olympics. Continue reading “History of the U.S. men’s volleyball team at the Olympics”

Top 20 non-U.S. men’s volleyball players competing in 2021 Olympics

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Brandon Johnson | Senior Contributor

With the 2021 Tokyo Olympics quickly approaching, the United States behind the leadership of coach John Speraw and captain Taylor Sander are hoping to continue the nation’s strong volleyball tradition at the Olympic Games.

The road to the podium might be the toughest yet as plenty of teams have positioned themselves for a medal. Here’s a look at the top-20 non-American players set to participate in Tokyo. Continue reading “Top 20 non-U.S. men’s volleyball players competing in 2021 Olympics”

OTB launches Olympics men’s volleyball standings prediction challenge

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[Editor’s note: This deadline has now past to submit your predictions.]

The time has come to make your Olympic men’s volleyball tournament predictions for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Athlete Performance Solutions.

Off the Block announced Monday that individuals can now participate in the Off the Block/Athlete Performance Solutions Preliminary Round Standings Prediction Challenge. Continue reading “OTB launches Olympics men’s volleyball standings prediction challenge”

Puerto Rico loses to Mexico to claim silver medal at U23 Pan American Games qualifier

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The gold-medal run for Puerto Rico came up one match short.

Puerto Rico with a roster that featured five college men’s volleyball players lost to Mexico 25-27, 25-16, 26-24, 25-20 in the gold-medal match of the U23 Pan American Games qualification tournament on Friday in the Dominican Republic. Continue reading “Puerto Rico loses to Mexico to claim silver medal at U23 Pan American Games qualifier”

George Mason outside lifts Puerto Rico to semifinals comeback win at U23 Pan Am Games qualifier

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Puerto Rico will play for a gold medal thanks in part to a George Mason outside attacker.

Omar Hoyos finished 12 kills and added an ace as Puerto Rico rallied to beat the host nation Dominican Republic 20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20 in the semifinals of the U23 Pan American Games qualification tournament on Thursday. Continue reading “George Mason outside lifts Puerto Rico to semifinals comeback win at U23 Pan Am Games qualifier”

U23 Pan American Games qualification semifinals to follow today

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They have already helped their home nations secure berths to the U23 Pan American Junior Games and now several college men’s volleyball will try to lead their countries to a podium finish at the qualification tournament.

Check out the qualification tournament semifinal matches today and how to follow the matches live. Continue reading “U23 Pan American Games qualification semifinals to follow today”

Audio: Stahl discusses making U.S. roster, previews Olympic tournament

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There wasn’t any certainty at the start of the year that Mitch Stahl would make the U.S. roster, but the former UCLA All-American middle attacker is now about a week away from making his Olympic debut.

Off the Block interviewed Stahl about the roster selection process, his relationship with U.S. coach John Speraw and what he expects from the U.S. opponents in the preliminary round. Listen to the interview with Stahl using the audio player below. Continue reading “Audio: Stahl discusses making U.S. roster, previews Olympic tournament”