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Jul 31, 2012

Olympics-Volleyball-Bulgaria steal the show, U.S. win

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Favourites Brazil and holders
the United States won as expected on Tuesday but Bulgaria’s
Tsvetan Sokolov sent mini-shockwaves through the men’s Olympic
volleyball with a booming serve that floored fancied Poland 3-1.

At a rocking Earl’s Court Arena decked out with the flags of
the competing nations, the second round of six pool matches came
and went in a blur of blocks and spikes with only Sokolov’s
prodigious leap and Pete Sampras-like serve standing out.

Jul 31, 2012

Volleyball: Internal chaos makes us stronger, say Bulgaria

LONDON (Reuters) – It is difficult to find a nation with as much sporting turmoil as Bulgaria, where coaches and players are hired, fired or resign on a monthly basis and often at the most inopportune times.

In soccer, Levski Sofia had to deal with serious fan violence and a road blockade in the last year while the club also had to cope with three manager resignations with one quitting after nine days.

Jul 31, 2012

Olympics-Volleyball-Internal chaos makes us stronger, say Bulgaria

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – It is difficult to find a nation
with as much sporting turmoil as Bulgaria, where coaches and
players are hired, fired or resign on a monthly basis and often
at the most inopportune times.

In soccer, Levski Sofia had to deal with serious fan
violence and a road blockade in the last year while the club
also had to cope with three manager resignations with one
quitting after nine days.

Jul 31, 2012

Volleyball : Bulgaria serve up thrashing for fancied Poland

LONDON (Reuters) – Like tennis great Pete Sampras at his very best, Bulgarian volleyball player Tsvetan Sokolov has turned the serve into a viciously potent weapon which helped destroy Poland 3-1 in a shock pool defeat at the Olympics on Tuesday.

Poland’s build-up to the men’s competition in London had been almost perfect with victory in the World League earlier this month, cementing their place as gold medal hopefuls.

Jul 31, 2012

Olympics-Volleyball-Bulgaria serve up thrashing for fancied Poland

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Like tennis great Pete Sampras
at his very best, Bulgarian volleyball player Tsvetan Sokolov
has turned the serve into a viciously potent weapon which helped
destroy Poland 3-1 in a shock pool defeat at the Olympics on
Tuesday.

Poland’s build-up to the men’s competition in London had
been almost perfect with victory in the World League earlier
this month, cementing their place as gold medal hopefuls.

Jul 31, 2012

Volleyball: U.S. stun lethargic Brazil in final re-run

LONDON (Reuters) – An almost robotically focused United States women’s team proved revenge is a dish best served cold when they got their own back on 2008 champions Brazil with an emphatic Olympic volleyball pool victory on Monday.

The Americans lost out in the Beijing final to their yellow and blue clad foes but prevailed 3-1 in one of the ultimate grudge matches of these London Games to lay down a marker for later in the tournament when the pair could meet again.

Jul 30, 2012

Beach volleyball – U.S. stun lethargic Brazil in final re-run

LONDON (Reuters) – An almost robotically focused United States women’s team proved revenge is a dish best served cold when they got their own back on 2008 champions Brazil with an emphatic Olympic volleyball pool victory on Monday.

The Americans lost out in the Beijing final to their yellow and blue clad foes but prevailed 3-1 in one of the ultimate grudge matches of these London Games to lay down a marker for later in the tournament when the pair could meet again.

Jul 30, 2012

U.S. stun lethargic Brazil in final re-run

LONDON (Reuters) – An almost robotically focused United States women’s team proved revenge is a dish best served cold when they got their own back on 2008 champions Brazil with an emphatic Olympic volleyball pool victory on Monday.

The Americans lost out in the Beijing final to their yellow and blue clad foes but prevailed 3-1 in one of the ultimate grudge matches of these London Games to lay down a marker for later in the tournament when the pair could meet again.

Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-Volleyball-U.S. stun lethargic Brazil in final re-run

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – An almost robotically focused
United States women’s team proved revenge is a dish best served
cold when they got their own back on 2008 champions Brazil with
an emphatic Olympic volleyball pool victory on Monday.

The Americans lost out in the Beijing final to their yellow
and blue clad foes but prevailed 3-1 in one of the ultimate
grudge matches of these London Games to lay down a marker for
later in the tournament when the pair could meet again.

Jul 30, 2012

Volleyball: Short can be sweet in sport of giants

LONDON (Reuters) – The notion that all volleyball players need to tower over the net like beanpoles was put to rest at the Olympics on Monday when China’s little libero Zhang Xian stole the show.

Standing just 1.67 meters tall among a team of giants, Zhang resembled a mouse surrounded by long grass but her scurrying runs around the court made all the difference.