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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD LEAGUE
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
In 2012, the US team had its best season of the last
four years, winning the NORCECA Olympic Qualification
Tournament, finishing second at the FIVBWorld League
and fifth at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Under
Alan Knipe, the United States advanced to the 2011
World League Finals, where the team placed seventh.
It finished second at the NORCECA Continental
Championship and third at the London Invitational,
ending the quadrennial with a record of 81-35.
In 2008 the US won the FIVB World League title and
the Olympic gold medal. The US team had been looking
to return to the greatness it experienced in the 1980s
and 1990s when it won two Olympic gold medals
(1984
and 1988) and a bronze (1992) as well as the
FIVB World Cup (1985) and World Championship
(1986).
A third-place finish at the 2007 World League
and fourth-place at the 2007 World Cup led the team
to believe it was on the verge of greatness. The side
opened its 2008 campaign by winning the NORCECA
Men’s Continental Olympic Qualifier. The US Men won
the tournament with a 5-0 record without dropping a
set. At the 2008 World League, the United States beat
Serbia to pick up gold. They then followed this up with
a gold medal win over Brazil at the Beijing Olympics.
COACH
John Speraw joined the US men’s
national team staff in 2007,
travelling with them to the 2008
Olympic Games in Beijing where
the team won a gold medal. After
2008,
he worked intermittently
with the national team until 2012 when he returned
as assistant coach for the FIVB World League. Filling
in for coach Alan Knipe for four overseas pool play
matches, John Speraw helped the US team to a silver
medal finish in the 2012 FIVB World League Final
Round. Speraw also assisted Knipe at the 2012 Olympic
Games in London where the US placed fifth. In addition
to coaching the US men’s national team, Speraw also
leads the men’s volleyball team at UCLA.
USA
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
5
LAST RESULT
2
nd
2012
BEST RESULT
2008
1 1
4
1
st
2
POOL
A