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2012 Olympics Indoor Volleyball

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What in the world did Coach Alekno feed MUSERSKIY after Set 2? LOL! What a great comeback for Mikhaylov and Team RUSSIA! Therefore …


Gold Medal Match: Russia 3-2 Brazil (19-25, 20-25, 29-27, 25-22, 15-9)
Bronze Medal Match: Bulgaria 1-3 Italia (19-25, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25)

Best Players:

Best Scorer: Maxim Mikhaylov (RUS)
Best Spiker: Maxim Mikhaylov (RUS)
Best Blocker: Max Günthör (GER)
Best Server: Cristian Savani (ITA)
Best Setter: Georgi Bratoev (BUL)
Best Receiver: Krzysztof Ignaczak (POL)
Best Libero: Markus Steuerwald (GER)

Most Valuable Player: Murilo Endres (BRA)

FIVB Gold Medal Match Press Conference Quotes:

“It’s an ‘idiot’s dream coming true (referring to ‘Twelve Chairs’, a Russian novel). They say you can’t enter the same river for the second time. But we did try it and we won this time. And it was the right time to win.” -Coach Vladimir Alekno (RUS)

“Right now I’m just sorry because we were so close to victory, we were very close. We go home with the flavor in our mouths but I am also so proud of the team, we can just look to Rio 2016. I want to say thank you to London, because we have had a great experience here in London. I feel sorry and frustrated. I tried to change the positions but it didn’t work. We wanted so much to win, we were so close, but we didn’t manage it. The first three sets were good. We could have won the match but the fourth set went away. We didn’t manage to follow the rhythm it could have easily been different. We lacked tranquility, now we have to think about every one coming to our house in Rio 2016.” -Coach Bernardo Rezende (BRA)

“It’s hard for me to speak. Emotions are overwhelming me. It was a hard match. I think that those people that did not believe in us, they turned their back and went away after the second set, but those who trusted, they are the most valuable. I think we have shown our courageous character.” -Sergey Tetyukhin (RUS)

“It was very difficult for us during the first two sets, we just seemed lost on the court which is not like us. The first set was difficult psychologically – it wasn’t happening. We had to get ourselves together and sort it out. The main thing was confidence. From the first two sets, we were hanging our heads in shame. We didn’t lose our confidence and just got together, took a depth breath and to us it was the first set. Coach Alekno changed the game completely by moving Dmitriy Muserskiy to the hitter position and we just started to play better. Yes I got a lot of points in this tournament, but about winning the set and the match. The fact I scored lots of points is irrelevant. Lot of players can score, but not every team can win.”

On winning another gold medal for Russia

“This is a wonderful experience to finally, even though we have won so many medals in volleyball to have our first gold again since 1980 in Moscow. I wasn’t even born yet that’s how long ago it was. But for our family, including physios and everyone else, and for our country, this gold medal is for all of us to share and enjoy the moment. It’s been a very long time coming.” -Maxim Mikhaylov (RUS)

“Now we have to learn to live with these consequences. We had the chance but now we have to show up and take the chances. The match doesn’t have an explanation after winning the first two sets and losing the next three. With all the problems we’ve overcome, it’s okay to win a silver medal. We’re obviously angry and very disappointed, especially starting out so good and then losing it.” -Bruno Rezende (BRA)

“It’s unexplainable. We knew it was going to be difficult, we can’t believe it. Losing is part of it but the way we did is even harder to accept. We are going to have Olympic heroes in Rio (de Janeiro, Brazil).” -Sergio Santos (BRA)



The Brazilians were dancing in Beijing 4 years ago with GOLD and they’re doing it again in London with another OLYMPIC GOLD! Volleyball fans from all over the world…


Gold Medal Match: Brazil 3-1 USA (11-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-17
Bronze Medal Match: Japan 3-0 Korea (25-22, 26-24, 25-21)

Best Players:

Best Scorer: Kim Yeon-Koung (KOR)
Best Spiker: Destinee Hooker (USA)
Best Blocker: Fabiana Claudino (BRA)
Best Server: Sheilla Castro (BRA)
Best Digger: Brenda Castillo (DOM)
Best Setter: Yevgeniya Startseva (RUS)
Best Receiver: Fe Garay (BRA)
Best Libero: Brenda Castillo (DOM)

Most Valuable Player: Kim Yeon Koung (KOR)

FIVB Gold Medal Match Press Conference Quotes:

“This is a wonderful feeling, it’s amazing. Last year we lost every match against the USA. For me, the USA were the favorites before this match. We played well tactically. After the first set we played really wonderful. We were serving well. We didn’t make mistakes on reception. Soccer in Brazil is not a sport, it is a religion, so volleyball is the first sport in Brazil. I imagine the people in Brazil will be very sad about the soccer team losing to Mexico, but very happy about us beating the USA. It’s amazing, it is wonderful.” -Coach Guimaraes (BRA)

“Brazil started serving much more aggressively, in all honesty they were better than us. They were pressing us and we didn’t really respond as well as we should have done. I am very proud of Team USA. We didn’t get the result we wanted, it’s the way it goes. That’s life, Kudos to Brazil, but I’m still proud of my team. You can’t always get the gold, but you have to look at what you do to try and achieve it and we tried our best.”

On his future:

“This is the end of the road for me in the international arena. It’s been a privilege, but it’s the end of a chapter. If they need me (for Rio 2016 Olympic Games), I’ll always be here. USA Volleyball is in my blood. If I can be a scout or help, I’ll do it.” -Coach McCutcheon (USA)

“I think that the power we had, the power we gave to each other gave us the deserved result. There are no words for this emotion. We love this, we live this both on and off the court. The critics that we had at the beginning were important for us to grow. Being second was never an option. We’re going to enjoy this a lot and so is Brazil.” -Fabi (BRA)

“It’s like we’d spoken about before, we had to trust in ourselves and our attack. We are two-time Olympic Games champions. Unbelievable, but we know it’s true.” -Jaqueline Carvalho (BRA)

“I’m happy with it. It’s not too shabby. When you play for your country, it’s not for money or fame, it’s for your family, your pride, your country. You don’t do it to receive stuff.” -Logan Tom (USA)

“Our matchup was the same as it always has been. I think they really woke up after the first set. They made it a lot more challenging to get back into the game and we didn’t respond very well. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you can’t take it for granted. Silver is very good, gold is just better.” -Megan Hodge (USA)


Women’s Semifinals

USA 3-0 Korea (25-20, 25-22, 25-22)
Brazil 3-0 Japan (25-18, 25-15, 25-18)

Men’s Semifinals

Brazil 3-0 Italia (25-21, 25-12 , 25-21)
Bulgaria 1-3 Russia (21-25, 15-25, 25-23, 23-25)

Women’s Quarterfinals

Japan 3-2 China (28-26, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 18-16)
Brazil 3-2 Russia (24-26, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22, 21-19)
USA 3-0 Dominican Republic (25-14, 25-21, 25-22)
Korea 3-1 Italy (18-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18)

Men’s Quarterfinals

Brazil 3-0 Argentina (25-19, 25-17, 25-20)
Italia 3-0 USA (28-26, 25-20, 25-20)
Russia 3-0 Poland (25-17, 25-23, 25-21)
Bulgaria 3-0 Germany (25-20, 25-16, 25-14)

Preliminary Round Results:

Women: July 28th

Algeria 0-3 Japan (25-15, 25-14, 25-7)
China 3-1 Serbia (16-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-12)
Russia 3-0 Great Britain (25-19, 25-10, 25-16)
Italy 3-1 Dominican Republic (25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15)
United States 3-1 South Korea (25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21)
Brazil 3-2 Turkey (25-18,23-25, 25-19, 25-27, 15-12)

Men: July 29th

Bulgaria 3-0 Great Britain (25-18, 25-20, 26-24)
Argentina Australia (25-21, 25-22, 25-20)
Russia 3-0 Germany (31-29, 25-18, 25-17 )
USA 3-0 Serbia (25-17, 25-22, 25-21)
Italy 1-3 Poland (25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 14-25)
Brazil 3-0 Tunisia (25-17, 25-21, 25-18)

Women: July 30th

China 3-1 Turkey (25-20, 25-20, 29-31, 25-22)
Serbia 1-3 South Korea (12-25, 16-25, 25-16, 21-25)
Dominican Republic 1-3 Russia (23-25, 15-25, 26-24, 22-25)
USA 3-1 Brazil (25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21)
Italia 3-1 Japan (25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22)

Men: July 31st

Serbia 3-1 Tunisia 25-15, 25-21, 20-25, 25-18
Bulgaria 3-1 Poland 25-22, 29-27, 13-25, 25-23
Italy 3-1 Argentina 25-17, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23
USA 3-0 Germany 25-23, 25-16, 25-20
Great Britain 0-3 Australia (15-25, 18-25, 20-25)
Brazil 3-0 Russia (25-21, 25-23, 25-21)

Women: August 1st

Japan 3-0 Dominican Republic (25-20, 25-19, 25-23)
Russia 3-0 Algeria (25-7, 25-14, 25-15)
Turkey 3-0 Serbia (25-20, 25-12, 25-21)
Italy 3-0 Great Britain (27-25, 25-12, 25-12)
USA 3-0 China (26-24, 25-16, 31-29)
Korea 3-0 Brazil (25-23, 25-21, 25-21)

Men: August 2nd

Germany 3-2 Serbia (22-25, 27-29, 25-18, 25-20, 20-18)
Bulgaria 3-0 Australia (25-23, 25-21, 25-22)
Russia 3-0 Tunisia (25-21, 25-15, 25-23)
Poland 3-0 Argentina (25-18, 25-20, 25-16)
USA 1-3 Brazil (23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-17)
Great Britain 0-3 Italy (19-25, 16-25, 20-25)

Women: August 3rd

Brazil 3-2 China (25-16, 20-25, 25-18, 28-30, 15-10)
Japan 1-3 Russia (25-27, 17-25, 25-20, 19-25)
Turkey 3-2 Korea (25-16, 21-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-12)
Great Britain 0-3 Dominican Republic (9-25, 18-25, 19-25)
USA 3-0 Serbia (25-17, 25-20, 25-16)
Algeria 0-3 Italy (11-25, 12-25, 17-25)

Men: August 4th

Germany 3-0 Tunisia (25-15, 25-16, 25-16)
Poland 3-0 Great Britain (25-16, 25-19, 25-18)
Italy 3-2 Australia (21-25, 18-25, 25-21, 25-14, 15-13)
Russia 3-2 USA (27-29, 19-25, 26-24, 25-16, 15-8)
Argentina 3-1 Bulgaria (25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20)
Brazil 3-2 Serbia (22-25,25-15, 20-25, 25-22, 15-9)

Women: August 5th

Dominican Republic 3-0 Algeria (25-15, 25-16, 25-13)
China 3-2 Korea (28-26, 22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-10)
Japan 3-0 Great Britain (25-19, 25-14, 25-12)
Russia 3-2 Italy (26-28, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 15-11)
USA 3-0 Turkey (27-25, 25-16, 25-19)
Brazil 3-0 Serbia (25-10, 25-22, 25-16)

Men: August 6th

Australia -1 Poland 25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22)
Russia def. Serbia 25-15, 25-20, 25-17)
Bulgaria def. Italy 32-30, 25-20, 25-19)
Argentina def. Great Britain C25-18, 25-18, 25-15)
USA def. Tunisia (25-15, 25-19, 25-19)
Brazil def. Germany (25-21, 25-22, 25-19)

Click HERE to WATCH REPLAYS of some Olympic matches!

The FIVB has finally released the POOL ASSIGNMENTS for the upcoming 2012 London Olympics.

Here you go…

Women Group A:

Great Britain (host & #69)

Japan (#3)

Italy (#4)

Russia (#7)

Dominican Republic (#9)

Algeria (#16)

Women Group B:

United States (#1)

Brazil (#2)

China (#5)

Serbia (#6)

Turkey (#11)

South Korea (#13)

Now, let’s look at the men’s tournament.

Men Group A:

Great Britain (host & #92)

Italy (#3)

Poland (#4)

Argentina (#8)

Bulgaria (#9)

Australia (#22)

Men Group B:

Brazil (#1)

Russia (#2)

United States (#6)

Serbia (#7)

Germany (#12)

Tunisia (#18)

Take note, only the Top 4 teams from every pool will advance to the Quarterfinal Round.

It’s going to be a very competitive tournament!

Who do YOU think will WIN THE GOLD?

Men’s GOLD?

Women’s GOLD?

Tell us! Tell us!

(source: FIVB)


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  1. The craziest group in history, Group B of the women’s tournament. I wouldn’t be surprised that top 4 all come from that group….

  2. It is not fair

    How come USA (1) and Brasil (2) at the same group.
    And Argelia(16) and Great Britian(69) at the same group.

    I think they made this to help Great Britian for sure.

    But anyways will be tough… Only Argelia and Great Britian has no changes… all the other teams has a chance for gold.

    At the men`s side… I think gold will be for sure Brasil or Russia, and Italy and Poland final 4… I don`t think any other teams has a chance…

  3. what’s happening FIVB? come on guys. Algeria and Great Britain in Group A and USA and Brazil in Group B? are you effin kidding us?! Really?! based on this groupings, we already knew who’ll be in top 4. nice one FIVB. Thank you for making the dumbest groupings ever.

    and Goodluck to Korea. Gotta double your work.

  4. FIVB is known for its ridiculous decisions. Remember the 2010 Men’s World Championships in Italy?

    As for the Olympic pools: You don’t put put #1 and #2 seed in the same pool, simple as that!

  5. Seed #1 & #2 in one pool = They won’t meet in QF.
    The formula is good, but the problem is that Turkey & Korea, whose rankings are lower than Dominican Rep., seem more aggressive. So Pool B is filled with strong teams while Pool A has 3 weaker ones.

  6. Rusia y Turquía a la final, Ekaterina Gamova es la mejor jugadora del mundo así que ella se encargará de llevar a Rusia al triunfo.
    La repartición de grupos fue un sorteo por lo que si la suerte no le sonríe a algunas escuadras la culpa no es de FIVB

  7. ohhh what´s going on at the FIVB?
    There are really weird constructions … but anyway …
    Good luck to Germany and Serbia!

  8. #1 POLAND!
    #2 Russia, I think.
    #3 I have no idea. Maybe Italy or USA with big luck.
    I think Brasil won’t handle the pressure, like it happened on the WL. Poland is the best team in the world now, you can’t say that they’re not. Russia will be unbeaten until the final match. And like I said before, Italy and USA may fight about 3rd place…

    • I definitely agree with you Poland is the best, Brasil… it isn’t that “big Brasil” several years ago..

  9. Those who predicted the outcome of the final rankings of the OG. Please no need to watch the OG, ok? You already foresee it right? You know everything LOL!! As for me I will watch every minute of it and root for my favorite team!

  10. 1.USA
    6. korea
    10.gran bretaña
    11 argelia
    12 Dominicana
    creo q esa seras las pocisiones, USA no tendra problemas para campeonar. go USA

  11. The live streams or videos of previous games dont work, kindly share or advise accordingly. am happy to watch the video of brazil Vs USA

  12. MIKHAYLOV should have been the MVP not MURILO since he ranked higher in almost all of the skills than murilo.. i like murilo but i think mikhaylov deserve the mvp title more than murillo because of this stat rank #1 in best scorers with 148 score(124attacks,11blocks,13serve)
    he is also ranked #1 in best spikers with 43.06% efficiency rate, ranked # 21 in blocking, ranked # in serve, ranked #6 in digs, ranked #26 in setting. the only skill that murilo beat him was in recieve but other than that mikhaylov ranks higher than murilo in almost all of the skills

  13. big ups to Mikhaylov you have made it happen and Murilo..congrats dude thats a super magnificent performance

  14. Brazil took the gold medal again… Sheilla is the best … Gamova, Sokolova and the other russian girls went home in QF … Brazil payback Athens04, WC 06/10
    Chupaaaaaaaa Gamova Sheilla acabou com vcs !! 6 match points

  15. it’s just so amusing to see how everyone’s predictions had turned out all wrong. Poland wins one title and they are absolutely the best team in the entire world, and Russia and Brazil don’t do well in one competition and they have no chances at all in finishing in the top 3.
    yeah, right.

  16. I think USA could have won the Gold Medal if they let Jordan Larson to play. She struggles against the big blocks of the Brazilians. All eyes to her, because she was the one who did the damage in the preliminary round against the Brazilians. If Coach Hugh let her play, she would have probably redeemed herself and gotten the right technique to avoid the blocks of the Brazilians, especially #1 Fabiana. USA could have won the Gold Medal if they didn’t rely so much to Logan Tom. We have to admit that Logan Tom wasn’t in her prime anymore yet she was the top scorer tied with Destinee Hooker during the Gold Medal Match.

    USA didn’t notice that Brazil served them really hard, there were lots of shake passes in the USA’s court because of heavy serves from Brazil.

    USA wasn’t able to control Jacqueline Carvalho, in their first match they were able to control her limiting her only with 2 points. But Jaque learned from it. She made an adjustment against the towering blocks of USA and she did. So USA could have done a counter adjustment as well which they did not do.

    Floor defense of Brazil was superb meanwhile USA’s floor defense was struggling against the powerful hits from the Brazilians.

    Lindsey Berg didn’t have so much options. She kept on going to Destinee Hooker, she didn’t have that much variations when it comes to her sets, that’s why Hooker was always dug up by the Brazilian defenders. She could have gone to their middle Foluke Akinradewo and Christa Harmotto.

    USA didn’t take advantage the absence of Thaisa’s points providing only 6 points.

    All I can say was the match was between Logan Tom vs Brazil just like what happened in Beijing 4 years ago.

    I hope to see Logan Tom in Rio, she might get her first Gold there, but don’t underestimate the Brazilians, which will have a big home advantage.

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