10:53 am | August 29, 2004 | In the clash with the Russian team, the Americans had numerous chances in the first two sets but lost all the critical points.
11:14 am | August 28, 2004 | The U.S. men's volleyball team still has a goal to achieve as it plays Russia on Sunday - a medal, something that has eluded them since the 1992 Olympics, when it came away with a bronze.
5:45 pm | August 27, 2004 | The U.S. men's volleyball team knew going in against Brazil it had to play near flawlessly to win - instead, as Clay Stanley put it, Team USA came up with its ``B'' game in getting swept 25-16, 25-17, 25-23 Friday by No. 1 ranked Brazil.
11:43 am | August 26, 2004 | Three-time Olympian Lloy Ball has never been in this situation before with his United States men's volleyball team - on the threshold of a possible medal.
5:18 pm | August 25, 2004 | Team USA survived a match-for-the-ages, beating host Greece, 25-20, 22-25, 25-27, 25-23, 17-15 in front of 9,300 screaming fans to advance to the men's volleyball semifinals.
10:13 pm | August 24, 2004 | As in Atlanta and Sydney, beach volleyball finally became the place to be at the Olympics on Tuesday night, with a packed house, celebrities and a party atmosphere, Misty May and Kerri Walsh put an exclamation point on their total domination of the sport.
7:14 pm | August 24, 2004 | The U.S. women’s volleyball team fought to the bitter end, but couldn’t pull off a victory against Brazil Tuesday night.
11:27 am | August 24, 2004 | Clay Stanley isn't worried about any home court advantage when the U.S. men's volleyball team faces Greece on Wednesday at Peace and Friendship Stadium.
10:33 pm | August 22, 2004 | Well, the third time was the charm, as three-time beach volleyball Olympian Holly McPeak finally got out of the quarterfinals -- and now, she'll find out if the 14th time is the charm.
12:32 pm | August 22, 2004 | Stein Metzger and Dax Holdren, the last American men left in beach volleyball, lost in the quarterfinals Sunday ending a run of gold medals in the event for the U.S.
3:56 pm | August 20, 2004 | Even though Stein Metzger struggled with the sun, lack of energy and his own play, his teammate's effort was good enough Friday to advance them to the quarterfinals in men's beach volleyball.
12:03 am | August 20, 2004 | The Americans have suffered some setbacks but are still in the medal hunt.
8:33 pm | August 17, 2004 | On a typical weekend AVP pro beach volleyball tournament, Kerri Walsh and Misty May would finish their second match about four hours into the first day; here at the Olympics, they won their second match on the fourth “day” of the leisurely competition.
3:49 pm | August 17, 2004 | History repeated itself for Stein Metzger and Dax Holdren Tuesday, as Norway's Iver Horrem and Bjorn Maaseide came back from a one-set deficit Tuesday to beat the USA's duo, 14-21, 21-16, 16-14, at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre.
7:04 pm | August 16, 2004 | Phil Eatherton, the tallest player ever to play college volleyball at Ball State, laughs at his quirky past, which includes being a contestant on The Price is Right, a massive McDonald’s Happy Meal toy collection and a family television that never moved from one channel.
7:39 pm | August 15, 2004 | Despite having lost to Italy on Sunday, Clay Stanley says the match proved that he and his U.S. men's volleyball teammates "can play with any team."
7:21 pm | August 15, 2004 | Stein Metzger had several reasons to draw what he termed "extreme satisfaction" from his Olympic beach volleyball debut, not all having to do with victory: In a match that was as close and competitive as possible, Metzger and part-ner Dax Holdren slipped past Australia's Andrew Schacht and Joshua Slack 22-24, 24-22 and 15-13.
6:54 pm | August 14, 2004 | The Chinese stamped themselves as strong gold-medal contenders Saturday by beating the top-ranked Team USA women's volleyball team in four games: 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18.
10:27 pm | August 12, 2004 | Beach vollyeball teammates Kerri Walsh and Misty May should provide some of the more exciting action during the Athens Olympics.
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COMMENTARY AND PERSPECTIVE
CHRISTINE BRENNAN | USA TODAY
BOB KRAVITZ | The Indianapolis Star
DAN BICKLEY | The Arizona Republic
IAN O'CONNOR | The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News
MIKE LOPRESTI | Gannett News Service
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