History of the US Women's Volleyball Team – A Strong Favorite to Win the Olympics 2012!

1955 In Mexico Metropolis, the US nationwide squad beats the Brazilian group Three-2 (15-7, 7-15, 13-15, 16-14 and 15-9) to win its first medal (silver ) within the Inaugural Ladies s Volleyball Event on the Second Pan American Video games (a efficiency it repeats in 1959 and 1963). This medal is the primary medal of any variety for the States in volleyball in a world championship.

1956 The US of America, birthplace of volleyball, participates for the primary time within the Ladies's World Championships at Paris, France, together with athletes from 16 different nations (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Israel, Germany, West Germany, Holland, Holland, Romania, and the host nation.

1959 The American group finishes second in girls's volleyball on the III Pan American Video games in Chicago, IL (will be the first girls's worldwide volleyball match on US soil), falling to Brazil within the finals Three-1 (15-7, 15 10, 9-15, 15-11).

1960 The nationwide squad contributors on the FIVB World Championships at Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), coming in sixth amongst 10 nations.

1962 America declines to compete within the World Championships within the Russian capital of Moscow in October.

1963 The IV Pan American Video games (which is hero each 4 years since 1951) are held in Brazil and function an Olympic qualifier for ladies's volleyball. On Brazilian soil, the US squad wins its third Pan American silver medal after shedding to Brazil (Three-1: 12-15, 15-12, 15-Four, 15-11) within the finals.

1964 Volleyball is admitted as an Olympian sport for the primary time within the 18th Olympiad in Japan and the US is without doubt one of the rivals, after Brazil introduced their choice to cancel its participation as winner of the Pan American Video games in 1963 (a pre-Olympic match for athletes from Latin America and North America).

1964 Twelve athletes are chosen for the primary US Olympic girls's volleyball squad. They’re: Linda Murphy, Jane Ward, Jean Gaertner, Lou Galloway, Verneda Thomas, Barbara Harweth, Patti Lucas-Shiny, Gail & R39; Rourke, Nancy Owen, Mary Jo Peppler, Mary Margaret Perry, and Sharon Peterson.

1964 The States change into the primary nation from the Americas (from Alaska to Argentina) to compete within the First Olympic Event, ending in fifth place, behind Japan, USSR, Poland, and Romania.

1967 After not aggressive in 1962, the US squad is runner-up to Japan within the fifth World Championships at Tokyo.

1967 The underdog United States volleyball group makes worldwide headlines after they win the worldwide match on the Winnipeg Pan American Video games (the nation's first Pan American gold medal in girls's volleyball and first main worldwide title) by defeating 5 opponents– Canada (Three-Zero: 15-6, 15-5, 15-2), Peru (Three-Zero: 15-12, 15-Eight, 15-6), Mexico (Three -Zero: 15-7.15-Four, 15-5), Cuba (Three-Zero: 15-Eight,15-Eight,15-10) and the defending champion Brazil (Three-Zero: 15-Eight,15-10, 15-12). The winner will get a berth in subsequent yr's Olympics within the metropolis of Mexico Metropolis.

1968 The Unites States ship gamers to the United Mexican States to compete within the Video games of the 19th Olympiad. The North American nation certified for the Olympiad within the Pan American Video games a yr earlier.

1969 The US volleyball group takes the bronze within the Inaugural Norceca (North and Central American and Caribbean regional volleyball championship) Event within the Mexican capital.

1970 Underneath the management of Mary Jo Peppler, the nationwide facet competes of their second consecutive FIVB World Championship within the Balkan republic of Bulgaria, inserting 11th. On Bulgarian soil, Miss Pepper – a member of the primary US Olympic girls's volleyball squad at 64 and 1967 Pan American Video games girls's volleyball gold medalist – makes historical past as she is taken into account as one of many high gamers on the planet (the primary American to take action).

1971 The USA group refuses to take part within the Second Norcea Championship on Cuba.

1971 Surprisingly, the USA squad fails to qualify for the 1972 Munich Summer season Olympics by ending sixth within the Pan American Video games at Cali (a metropolis in southwest Colombia, South America), after their victory over Haiti Three- Zero (15-7, 15-1, 15.7).

1973 Within the regional championship within the Mexican border metropolis of Tijuana, the US beats hosts (defending champion) Three-2 (15-10, Three-15, 2-15, 16-14, 15-11 ) to win the bronze medal, clinching America's first look within the World Cup.

1973 Younger-up-and-coming participant Flora "Flo" Jean Hyman makes her main debut on the World College Video games in the us / Soviet Union. No doubt, she would be the most well-known feminine participant in US volleyball historical past.

1973 The US is considered one of 12 nations to compete within the Inaugural World Cup competitors within the South American republic of Uruguay, one of the prestigious girls's volleyball tournaments alongside the FIVB World Championship, the Grand Prix, and the Summer season Video games.

1973 South Korean-born Park Moo, who later was coach of the 1976 Canadian Olympic facet, works with a brand new US group.

1974 The American group -made up of six notable athletes: Paula Ditner, Leslie Knudsen, Debra Landreta, Susan Woodstra, Roxane Elías & Debbie Inexperienced– finishes 12th on the FIVB World Championship at Guadalajara (Mexico).

1974-1975 15-year-old Debbie Inexperienced turns into the youngest participant in US historical past.

1975 Los Angeles (CA) hosts the IV Norceca Event. After defeating Mexico (Three-2) and Canada (Three-Zero), the host nation finishes second within the regional championship, successful the correct to compete on the 1976 Pre-Olympic Event in Heidelberg, West Germany.

1975 The US girls's volleyball group fails to qualify for the medal spherical within the Seventh Pan American Video games, regardless of defeating Mexico (the host nation) Three.2 (6-15, 7-15, 15- 12, 16-14, 11) within the first spherical.

1975-1984 Arie Selinger is known as Head of the USA Ladies's Squad. Mr. Selinger has been praised by sportswriters and consultants for his work with big gamers, turning into a world pioneer in sports activities or volleyball.

1976 After two tough video games in opposition to Bulgaria and East Germany and three victories about Switzerland, Poland, and the host Germans, the American squad, underneath Selinger as a head coach, fails to qualify for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Video games by ending in fourth place within the Pre-Olympic Event at Heidelberg (Federal Republic of Germany).

1976 The Peruvian facet, led by its most important athlete Mercedes "Meche" Gonzalez (who later performed within the state of Arizona), makes a visit to US to play pleasant video games in opposition to the American group or Arie Selinger.

1977 Within the V Norceca World Cup Qualifying in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), the US facet – spearheaded by the top-class volleyball participant Flo Hyman – taking the silver medal after shedding to arch-rival Cuba Three- 1 (15-2, 15-13, Eight-15, 15-13).

Identify The US is invited to take part within the Second World Cup in Japan.

Identify on the FIVB Volleyball World Cup in Japan's capital metropolis of Tokyo, America defeats Soviet Union Three-1 for the primary time in US volleyball historical past. A yr in the past, the us picked up a silver medal on the 1976 Montreal Sumer Video games.

1978 Earlier than grabbing place within the Ladies's World Championships on Soviet soil, America beats China Three-Zero (15-13, 15-11, 15-10).

1978 Selinger's group shocks the world with a convincing victory over Peru Three-Zero within the World Championships at Moscow, USSR. Flora Hyman turns into one of many world's high feminine gamers (alongside Yuri Yokohama from Japan and Cuba's Mercedes Perez). The final American feminine to win this honor was Mary Jo Peppler within the early 1970s. Miss Hyman has performed greater than 300 girls's volleyball matches since her official debut in 1973.

1979 The Peruvian group travels to the US to play some matches.

1979 Since being one of many favorites on the Pan American Video games within the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the States are usually not in a position to win a medal after shedding to Brazil Three.2 (15-Eight, 7-15, 15- 11.7-15 and 15-11) within the bronze-medal match.

1979 On the VI Norceca Cup on the island of Cuba, the USA sq. locations second, successful the correct to symbolize Norceca within the 22nd Olympiad (a feat it repeats in 1987). An American group has not participated within the Olympian occasion since 1964.

1980 For the primary time since 1967, the US defeats Cuba Three-Zero.

1980 Because of the American Boycott of the Summer season Video games in the us (a protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan), the US girls's Olympic group, made up of the most effective American athletes accessible, launched an opportunity to change into an Olympic champion at Moscow (the capital of Soviet Russia), after spectacular victories about Cuba (world champion and winner of the Pan American Video games in 1979) and the Folks's Republic of China over the last 10 months .

1981 In a historic volleyball match, the nationwide group wins the regional championship title over the world s primary squad, Cuba, Three-1 at Mexico Metropolis (that they had spent practically 12 years shedding within the Norceca tournaments), a feat it repeats in 1983.

1981: The US girls's World Cup group makes extra historical past: For the primary time in American volleyball historical past, the nation defeats Japan (host-code) Three-2 (15-10, 11- 15, 15-13, 12-15, 15-9) on the FIVB World Cup. This could have been extraordinarily laborious to think about within the 1960s and 1970s. On October 11, 1964 America misplaced, Three-Zero (15-1, 15-5, 15-2) to Japan on the Summer season Olympics.

1981 The ladies's volleyball squad of Peru makes a go to to Colorado Springs (USA's most important Olympic heart) and to different cities to play necessary matches in opposition to the American squad of Mr. Selinger.

1981 Through the III World Cup on Japanese soil, the US nationwide group beats South Koreans at Three-Zero 15-Eight, 15-12, 15-6; its first-ever win over South Korea.

1981 In Japan, the star of the US girls's volleyball group is the African-American Flo Hyman, one of the charismatic gamers within the historical past of sport. A 9-year member of the US girls's nationwide group starting 1973, she paves the best way for future champions in the US of America.

1982 The US beats China by Three-1 within the first spherical earlier than falling Three-Zero to Peru within the semi-finals of the World Championship within the Peruvian capital of Lima. Nonetheless, Selinger's group continues to make volleyball historical past as the primary North American squad to seize a world medal (bronze), following a win over Japan, who dominated girls's volleyball for a decade.

1982 First time in US volleyball historical past, Miss Rita Crockett and her fellow American Flo Hyman are named to the All-Event Workforce in Peru, beating out group Debbie Inexperienced, Mercedes "Mamita" Perez of Cuba and the Peruvian-born Raquel "Chunga" Chumpitaz for the award.

1983 Big Rose Mary Magers (who stands 1,90m tall) makes her first look on the US nationwide group.

1983 South Korean-born American participant Debbie Inexperienced (1.63m) is changed by the less-experienced Carolyn Becker (1.84m-number) as an official setter. By the mid-1970s, Miss Inexperienced was the primary Asian-American participant to make the US volleyball senior nationwide group. Regardless of her brief stature, she was one of many high setters in American volleyball historical past.

1983 The Captain Flo Hyman and her fellow Individuals are on a tour of Cuba to play seven matches (six wins and one losses), turning into one of many first American newbie groups to go to Castro's island because the late 1950s. Seventy years in the past, the US had launched the sport of volleyball to the island of Cuba.

1983 Soviet-trained Cuban athletes, led by their world-class gamers Mireya Luis Hernandez and Josefina Capote, make a journey to the US to play eight matches (USA received all matches).

1983 The VIII Norceca Championship is a hero in Indianapolis (IN) with the house nation beating Cuba Three-Zero (15-Four, 15-9, 15-13) within the finals. They, with their new younger star Rose Magers, turned the primary US group to win back-to-back Norceca titles.

1983 On the Varna Cup in Bulgaria (one of the notable worldwide occasions on Earth), America – the world's high ranked squad locations first, following wins over the Folks Republic of China (Three-Zero) and the Soviet Union Three-Zero), respectively.

1983 In essentially the most superb worldwide match in volleyball historical past, Cuba beats the US Three-2 (17-15, 15-7, 11-15, 9-15, 15-10) for the IX Pan American Video games had been medal within the Venezuelan capital of Caracas; the nation's first Pan American common in 16 years. Flo Hyman is overshadowed by the 16-year-old Cuban volleyball prodigy Mireya Luis Hernandez (who stands 1.76m tall, however with a bounce of three.39 meters over the online), a key-player through the match. Days in the past, the US had defeated Cuba Three-1 (16-14, 16-14, 11-15, 16-14) within the first spherical; it was the primary defeat for a Cuban girls's volleyball squad within the Pan American Video games since 1971. The North American nation additionally received 5 different squads: Canada (Three-Zero), Venezuela (Three-Zero), Brazil (Three-1), Argentina (Three-Zero), and Peru (Three-Zero).

1983 Regardless of being defeated by Cuba on the IX Pan American Video games in August, the USA group turns into the highest ranked volleyball group on the earth and large favourite to win the gold medal on the 1984 Summer season Video games.

1984 The US squad is making ready for the 1984 Los Angeles Video games! The group embarks on a worldwide tour to play a number of worldwide games– Far East, Jap Europe, and South America.

1984 As a bunch nation, the North American group competes within the 1984 Los Angeles Summer season Video games.

1984 Arie Selinger leads the US girls's squad to a silver medal on the 1984 LA Summer season Olympics. The Los Angeles Video games represented the fruits of Selinger's 10-year mission to remake the American facet (first girls's volleyball squad in US historical past to win an Olympian medal). In California, the US is the one nation to have its squads (women and men) advance to the finals.

1984-born athlete Flo Hyman and 9 groups, amongst them Debbie Inexperienced, Rita Crockett, and Susan Woodstra, retire from worldwide competitors upon successful the silver on the Los Angeles Video games. Miss Hyman was essentially the most excellent feminine participant in US volleyball historical past. In her excellent profession, she was nicknamed "The Black Giraffe" for her quantity (1,96m / 6 ft 5 in) at a time when there have been no nice gamers on the earth of volleyball. In these years, Hyman and her fellow Individuals received a bronze within the world match by defeating long-time champion Japan in a historic volleyball match. Beforehand, that they had earned a spot within the 1980 Moscow Olympics. By 1981, the nationwide group was undefeated in 5 video games on the Tokyo World Cup, beating Japan Three-2 for the primary time. Within the laughter half of the 1980s and 1990s, Hyman was an inspirational to many world-class gamers corresponding to Rose Magers, Gabriela "Gaby" Perez del Photo voltaic Cuculiza of Peru and Cuba's Olympic champions Regla Torres and Magaly Carvajal.

1985 With virtually completely completely different roster, the US finishes final within the South Korea Cup (an unofficial championship) in Seoul, after shedding its three video games (Japan, Canada, and the Republic of Korea).

1985 The nationwide group wins the Taurus Cup at Hungary, and a world occasion with 5 groups (America, Japan, Italy, France, and the host Hungarians).

1985 The States, underneath a brand new nationwide coach, fails to qualify for the 1985 World Cup (in Far East) for the primary time by ending second within the Continental match at Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic).

1985 The worldwide star Rose Magers, who received her nation's first Olympian girls's volleyball medal at LA in 1984, now a spot on the World All-Star Workforce (alongside Ute Oldenburg of East Germany, Cecilia Tait of Peru, Japan's Kumi Nakada, Heloisa Roese from Brazil, and different high gamers from the Soviet Union, Cuba, Italy and Asia), making her the primary American feminine to earn that honor.

1986 The US squad qualifies for his or her sixth straight FIVB World Championship (not World Cup) within the Socialist Republic of Czechoslovakia, inserting 10th.

1986 Japanese-based participant Flo Hyman, who was one of many US girls & # 39; s high gamers between 1973 and 1984, passes away in Tokyo. After the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, she turned one of many first American gamers to play outdoors the US and one of many first to signal an expert volleyball contract in Far East at a time when many gamers couldn’t compete as professionals within the Olympics .

1986 The US Olympic Committee despatched volleyball gamers to the First Goodwill Video games on Russian soil.

1987-2004 The Flo Hyman Memorial Award, named after the previous Olympian participant, is given yearly by the Ladies & # 39; s Sports activities Basis to the sportswoman who at her instance has completed a lot to stimulate Olympic beliefs and ladies & S curiosity in sports activities. Among the many winners are Martina Navratilova (tennis), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (observe & discipline), Nancy Lopez (golf), Lynette Woodard (basketball), Evelyn Ashford (athletics), Chris Evert (tennis), and Mary Lou Retton (gymnastics ).

1987 Since lacking key gamers, the nationwide group earns a Pan American bronze medal on residence soil, behind Cuba and Peru and nicely forward of Brazil (silver on the South American Cup) and Canada.

1987 Within the 10th regional championship on Cuba's capital, the North American nation is runner-up, clinching America's fourth look within the Summer season Olympics.

1989 On the Norceca World Cup qualifying on Puerto Rico, the US girls's nationwide volleyball group locations third, shedding a semi-final match to Canada.

1989 The primary US Underneath-17 group competes internationally within the FIVB Ladies & # 39; Youth Volleyball World Championship within the southern Brazilian metropolis of Curitiba.

1990 The underdog United States volleyball squad wins the bronze medal on the FIVB Ladies's World Championships within the Folks's Republic of China -the squad's finest World Event displaying because the early 1980s – a victory over the favourite, Cuba (led by its East German-trained coach Antonio Perdomo). It is without doubt one of the most extraordinary ends in the historical past of the World Championship.

1991 On the 12th Norceca Championship, the USA group locations second, after shedding to Cuba.

1991 Sportswoman Caren Marie Alexius Kemner leads the US girls's World Cup group to a fourth place end within the Japan World Event by defeating Peru Three.2, studying and berth within the 1992 Summer season Video games within the Spaniard metropolis or Barcelona.

1992 Caren Kemner turns into one of many world's high feminine gamers on the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Video games, serving to the US volleyball group win a bronze medal (the nation's first Olympian common in eight years ) by beating Brazil Three-Zero (15-Eight, 15-6, 15-13).

1994: The North American gamers make a journey to Sao Paulo (Brazil) to compete within the World Championship.

1995 100 years after being invented by WG Morgan in Holyoke (MA), volleyball is the second largest participation sport on US soil.

1995 America turns into one of many two finest squads within the Western Hemisphere upon successful the silver medal on the Pan American Video games in Mar del Plata (Argentina).

1995 The US, led by its worldwide star Tara Cross-Battle, defeats Brazil Three-2 (15-9, 15-10, Four-15, 5-15, 15-12) to seize the Third Volleyball World Grand Prix. This group turns into the primary feminine group in US historical past to win a serious worldwide championship. It’s known as the most important upset ever in volleyball worldwide.

1996 The Olympic Volleyball Event returns to the US (Atlanta, GA) after a 12-year absence.

1999 Within the regional championship, America's group locations second, qualifying for the 2000 Sydney Summer season Olympics.

2000 Hawaii-born participant Robyn Mokihana Ah Mow leads the US squad to a fourth place within the Video games of the 27th Olympiad in Sydney (New South Wales, Australia), after ending seventh on the 1996 Atlanta Summer season Olympic Video games.

2001 America defeats China to change into the winner of the Volleyball World Grand Prix performed in Macau, forming Portuguese dependency in Far East.

2001 The US girls win again the championship Cuba Three-1 within the first place match.

2002 US participant Tayyiba Haneef-Park (6ft 7 in) is without doubt one of the most excellent athletes within the FIVB Ladies's World Championships on German soil, serving to the US squad win a silver medal.

2003 The North American nation captures the Norcega Event for the second time in a row, beating Three-Zero Cuba within the remaining and repeating its feat from 1981,1983, and 2001.

2003 Chinese language-born Lang "Jenny" Ping, a member of the gold-medal successful Olympic volleyball group in 1984, turns into the primary feminine in US soccer historical past to be named head of the ladies's nationwide group.

2003 The Pan American Cup in Saltillo (Mexico) was received by the American facet of Toshi Yoshida, who debuted as an assistant coach of the nationwide squad within the early 1980s.

2003 The American girls are the shock squad of the World Grand Prix, successful the third place (behind the Folks's Republic of China and Russia).

2004 The US squad qualifies for the Summer season Video games for the seventh govt time.

2004 For the second consecutive time, the US wins the bronze medal on the Volleyball World Grand Prix.

2007 On the Norceca Championship at Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada), the North American nation is available in second behind Cuba's group (first).

2008 Lang Ping (one of many high feminine gamers within the laughter half of the 20th century) leads the 2008 United States Olympic group, composed in nice a part of professionals, to a second place end within the Beijing Summer season Video games (the very best Olympic end) after shedding to rival Brazil Three-1 within the gold medal match. Within the Folks's Republic of China, the States and Brazil are the one nations to have each groups (girls & males) advance to the finals.

2009 Hugh McCutcheon is known as head coach of the US girls's nationwide group (WNT), changing Lang Ping. By 2008, he coached the US nationwide however's group to Olympic gold medal at Beijing.

2009 McCutcheon's group completed fourth within the VIII Pan American Event performed in Miami, FL.

2010 On the First Younger Summer season Video games at Singapore Metropolis, the US Underneath-20 Nationwide Workforce locations second behind Belgium (gold) and forward of Peru (bronze).

2010 The US group, led by its top-class participant Folke Akinradewo (who performs in Japan's skilled league) beats Brazil Three-2 (25-22, 19-25, 28-30 , 25-17, 13-15) to win its third World Grand Prix.

2011 Underneath the management of Nancy Metcalf, who performs professionally within the type of Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan, the nationwide group wins the Norcega Championship in Caguas (Puerto Rico) with victories over the Dominican Republic (Three-Zero), Cuba (Three-Zero), Mexico (Three-Zero), Canada (Three-Zero), and the island nation of Trinidad Tobago (Three-Zero).

2011 United States U-20 squad celebrates their bronze medal within the Junior World Championships in Lima (Peru).

2011 New Zealand-born Hugh McCutcheon leads the US girls's World Cup group (made up of 11 skilled gamers) to a second place end within the FIVB Tokyo World Cup, gaining a berth within the 2012 Summer season Video games in the UK.

2011 The Unites States Olympic Committee despatched an unofficial feminine squad to the Pan American Video games at Guadalajara (Mexico), successful a bronze medal.

2011 The nationwide group, led by its Italian-based participant Destinee Hooker, efficiently defends its World Grand Prix title, turning into the primary North American squad to win back-to-back championships and capturing the eye of many consultants and sportswriters across the globe. They, alternatively, have change into the fourth American group to take residence a world title.

2012 The American girls's volleyball squad is without doubt one of the favorites to seize the gold medal within the 2012 Summer season Video games within the British Isles, upon their worldwide wins between 2010 and 2012. They’re skilled athletes overseas , particularly within the oil-rich nation of Azerbaijan.

Supply by Alejandro Guevara Onofre

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