May 19 2007
HERMOSA BEACH, CA – MAY 19: Holly McPeak dives for a dig during the AVP Hermosa Beach Open match against Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh at the Hermosa Beach Pier on May 19, 2007 in Hermosa Beach, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Holly McPeak was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame today in Holyoke, Mass., the birthplace of volleyball.
Here are some of her accomplishments. Holly McPeak was a three-time beach volleyball Olympian for the United States and competed in the first three Olympic Games events for the discipline – 1996, 2000 and 2004. In 2004 she earned an Olympic bronze medal in 2004 with partner Elaine Youngs. She holds 72 career beach titles, including 19 FIVB titles, two FIVB Grand Slam events titles and 53 domestic titles. In 2002, McPeak became the first woman worldwide to surpass $1 million career earnings. She was named the MVP in three different USA leagues, along with being an eight-time Best Defensive Player of the Year in those three leagues.
Cuban players celebrate their 14th Norceca title and the ticket to Japan. Photo courtesy of FIVB
Cuba defeated the United States 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22 for the gold medal at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship. The win nets Cuba the last remaining ticket to the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup in Japan.
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Brazil’s Sheilla Castro (R) spikes the ball as US players Heather Bown (L) and Logan Tom (C) attempt to block during the women’s volleyball gold medal match in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 23, 2008. AFP PHOTO / MUSTAFA OZER (Photo credit should read MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)
The International Olympic Committee has decided to accept Volleyball and Beach Volleyball, under the authority and governance of the FIVB, as Olympic disciplines for another Olympic cycle. Volleyball and Beach Volleyball will be part of the 26 sports represented at the 2012 Games in London.
Brazil topped the 2009 World League podium for the 8th time. Photo courtesy of FIVB
In a 3-2 match (22-25, 25-23, 25-22, 23-25, 15-12) Brazil beat Serbia in the 2009 FIVB World League finals. Serbia won their fourth silver medal while Brazil wins its eighth World League title. Brazilian libero Sérgio Dutra Santos gets the MVP title of the finals along with the $30,000 USD prize.
The Russian block was constant headache for Team USA. Photo courtesy of FIVB
Team USA Mens Volleyball, the Defending champions, lost its second straight match in Pool E today. This loss puts USA out of the running for a medal in the 2009 FIVB World League and makes them the first victim of the Final Round in Belgrade. The Olympic champions were dominated by the Russians in straight sets. Russia will be in the semifinals.