Opposite Clay Stanley (Honolulu, Hawai’i) played his best when it counted and was named the MVP of the Olympic men's volleyball tournament where the U.S. Men won a gold medal. Stanley was the top scorer of the tournament with 146 points on 116 kills, 15 blocks and 15 aces. He was also the leading server, averaging 0.45 aces per set. He was the leading scorer in seven out of eight of the United States' matches. Clay finished fifth among hitters with an efficiency percentage of 32.91.
Stanley helped the U.S. Men win their first World League title and was tied with teammate Reid Priddy for second in scoring in the final round. Clay finished with 63 points on 50 kills, eight blocks and five aces.
Stanley finished 2008 tied as the team’s scorer with Priddy. Both had 356 points, but Stanley had the best points per set average at 3.83. He led the team in aces with 36, averaging 0.39 per set.
Stanley played for the University of Hawai’i (1997-2000) before joining the U.S. Men’s Team in 2000. He was a member of the 2004 U.S. Men’s Team that finished fourth at the Olympic Games. He has played overseas in Greece and Russia.
Stanley was born in 1978 in Honolulu, Hawai'i. His parents are Jon Stanley and Sandra Haine. He has three brothers: Reese Haine, Wil Stanley and Jon Stanley, and two sisters Taeya Stanley and Natasha Haine. Stanley’s father played on 1968 Men's Olympic Volleyball Team and is a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame. His mother played in the IVA for the Denver Comets. Stanley's late step-grandfather, Tom Haine, was also on 1968 Men's Olympic Volleyball Team. His nickname is “Bird.”