The U.S. men's volleyball team advanced to the gold medal game with a hard-fought 25-22, 25-21, 25-27, 15-13 victory over Russia Friday afternoon at the Capital Gymnasium. With the win, the Americans secure their first men's volleyball medal since the bronze won at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. The gold medal game appearance is the first for the U.S. since the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, when they won the second of their two consecutive gold medals. They will play at noon on Sunday, August 24, against the winner of the Italy-Brazil match to be played later Friday afternoon.
The U.S. women's volleyball team turned the tables on Cuba, scoring a 25-20, 25-16, 26-17 victory in the semifinal round at the Capital Gymnasium Thursday afternoon. The win avenged a 3-0 loss to the Cubans in the second game of preliminary play on August 11.
The Americans now will wait to see who they will face in the gold medal game, which will be played August 23 at 8 p.m. They will meet the winner of the second semifinal match between China and Brazil, which will be played a 8 p.m. Thursday evening.
Good morning from Beijing. I am attending my first ever beach volleyball tournament. Right now the atmosphere is very festive despite the heavy downpour.
The officials are entertaining the crowd with dancing routines from the ladies in swimwear, to a volleyball serving contest and a volleyball match between the Chinese and the rest of the world.
To commemorate the heavy rain fall the DJ started to play "It's Raining Men."
It is time to get ready for the gold medal match between the Chinese team of Jia Tian and Jie Wang and the U.S. team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.
Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser will play for the gold medal in men's beach volleyball after posting a 21-11, 21-13 win over Jorge Terceiro and Renato Gomes of Georgia Wednesday morning at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground.
They will face the winner of the other semifinal, an all-Brazil matchup between Ricardo Santo and Emanuel Rego and Fabio Magalhaes and Marcio Araujo. The gold medal match will be played at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 22.
The U.S. women's volleyball team scored a hard-won 3-2 victory over Poland to complete play in Pool A with a 4-1 record. The scores of the match were 18-25, 25-12, 19-25, 25-19, 15-13. The Americans placed second in Pool A behind Cuba (5-0) and now advance to the quarterfinals, which begin Tuesday, August 19 at 10 a.m.
BEIJING -- Twelve hours after the opening ceremony, Todd Bachman, 62, whose son-in-law is the coach of the US men's indoor volleyball team, was stabbed in an imperial tower just north of the Forbidden City. Bachman died from his wounds, while his wife, Barbara was also stabbed and left in serious condition.
The USOC today released a statment updating the status of Barbara Bachman:
"With her recovery progressing, Mrs. Barbara Bachman has departed Beijing via air ambulance and been transferred to a hospital in the United States. All three of her daughters, including Elisabeth McCutcheon, have also returned to the United States. Son-in-law Hugh McCutcheon, head coach of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Men's Volleyball Team, will remain in Beijing and return to his coaching duties beginning today.
'We are indebted to the physicians and caregivers at Peking Union Medical College Hospital who have done such a wonderful job providing Barbara with the medical care she needed,' Hugh McCutcheon said. 'We are also extremely appreciative of the support we have received from people here in Beijing, the United States, New Zealand and around the world. The prayers and support have been a source of strength for our family during this difficult time.'"
Misty May-Treanor (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.) defeated Nila Haakedal and Ingrid Toerlen of Norway 21-12, 21-15. The duo finished pool play undefeated (3-0) and now advance as the second seed to round of 16 play which begins on Friday.
BEIJING -- The U.S. men's volleyball team moved its record to 2-0 in Pool A play by defeating Italy 3-1 (24-26, 25-22, 25-15, 25-21) Tuesday afternoon at Beijing's Capital Gymnasium. Next up for the Americans is Bulgaria, which takes a 1-0 record into its match against Japan at 10 a.m.
BEIJING -- Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.) and Misty May-Treanor (Costa Mesa, Calif.) improved their 2008 Olympic Games record to 2-0 with a 21-15, 21-16 win over the Cuban duo of Tamara Larrea and Dalixia Fernandez Grasset in beach volleyball action Tuesday morning at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Grounds.
Walsh and May-Treanor, the reigning Olympic gold medalists, will return to Pool B play on Thursday when they take on Nila Haakedal and Ingrid Toerlen of Norway.
BEIJING -- Cuba defeated the USA 3-0 in women's volleyball Monday afternoon at the Capital Gymnasium in Beijing. Scores of the games were 25-15, 26-24, 25-17.
The U.S. women have a 1-1 record in Pool A play and will face Venezuela at noon on Wednesday, August 13, at the Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium. Venezuela takes an 0-1 record into its match this afternoon with Japan after falling to China 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-18) in its opening game.
Just 24 hours after the tragic violent crime against their head coach’s family, the United States men’s volleyball took to the court with heavy hearts.
Before today’s opening match against Venezuela, the U.S. team delayed the start of the game to honor the memory of father-in-law of coach Hugh McCutcheon, who was stabbed to death on Saturday, allegedly by a Chinese man.
Following the brief tribute to Todd Bachman and his wife, Barbara, who remains in critical condition following the attack, the U.S. men quickly jumped out to a two set lead. However, they lost the next two games, before closing out a 25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 21-25, 15-10 victory at the Capital Indoor Stadium.
“It’s been tough the last 24 hours,” said middle blocker and team captain Thomas Hoff following the team’s opening round match. “It is hard to continue on. (We) came out in the fifth set with a lot of pressure and execution on the floor is very important to us players.”
Rob Browning, team leader of the men's volleyball squad, said in separate comments that the team had done well to get themselves in a position to play.
"We made a point of making sure things were as normal as possible,” Browning said. “After Hugh spoke to the team last night, the boys were ready to get their rest and get ready for their match today."
The U.S. Olympic Committee said in a statement that New Zealand-born McCutcheon had handed his head coach duties to his assistant for Sunday's game.
“Ron (Larsen) (assistant) and his staff did a great job of filling that hole,” Hoff said Ron’s staff did the best job they could. We really felt the loss as if it was one of our own. That’s why it hurt so much.”
USA men's indoor volleyball team leader Rob Browning spoke prior to Sunday's match against Venezuela about the death of Todd Bachman, the father-in-law of USA head coach Hugh McCutcheon, at Capital Gymnasium. McCutcheon did not appear at the match that is still in progress. USA didn't wear black bands or any other material to show tribute to Bachman.
Here are Browning's quotes.
On the incident:
"The boys have done a good job in dealing with it. It's on the forefront of their minds but they are ready to play."
On the reaction from the women's team:
"The women's team's team certainly had to deal with it in a much more immediate way, right before their match (Saturday). But they knew the Bachman family personally quite well."
On the head coach:
"Hugh is attending to Wizz (Elizabeth Bachman McCutcheon) and Mrs. Bachman right now. He does not know when or if he will be able to return to the team. The team has rallied behind him to support whatever decision he decides to make."
On preparing for Venezuela:
"We made a point of making sure things were as normal as possible. After Hugh spoke to the team last night, the boys were ready to get their rest and get ready for their match today."
Look for contributions from the following Globe Staffers in Beijing:
- John Powers
- Shira Springer
- Bob Ryan
- Marc J. Spears
- Gregory Lee
- Scott LaPierre
- Patricia Wen