The United States Men’s National Volleyball team qualified for the 2010 World Championships in Italy on August 15-17. They finished the qualification tournament at the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine campus in Irvine, CA 3-0 without even losing a set to Guatemala, Panama, or the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic only lost to the United States and will go on to another qualifying tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico later this month.
Having seen The Dominican Republic dominate in their matches against Guatemala and Panama, I was looking forward to a more interesting match with the United States. They did put up more of a fight than either of the other teams (the Dominican Republic was even ahead at the first technical timeout of the second set), but they were no match for the United States (who won the sets 25-16, 25-19, & 25-15).
Guatemala didn’t win a single set, though they made The Dominican Republic beat them 27-25 in their third set on Sunday and looked good at a couple points against Panama. Matches that are sweeps are definitely not as exciting as close matches, but the US team was definitely a lot better than the other teams in this qualifying tournament. I’m sure they’ll do well at the world championships, though clearly the other best teams in the world were not in Irvine with the US team.