Olympic Shorts: Courting Victory

Courting Victory

The U.S. men's volleyball team has only four returnees from its 1984 gold medal squad, but the Americans were still the favorites as they came roaring into the 1988 preliminary rounds. Playing at first with the poise and confidence of veterans, they easily knocked off Japan and subdued a strong Dutch team coached by Arie Selinger, who guided the U.S. women to a silver medal in 1984. Then the Americans dropped the first two games of their best- of-five match with Argentina. "We were overconfident," admits Marv Dunphy, the U.S. men's coach since 1985. "We were waiting for them to make...

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