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Volleyball, Women

Date19 – 30 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationLe Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec / Centre Paul-Sauvé, Montréal, Québec
Participants96 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

The tournament consisted of eight teams separated into two pools of four, followed by elimination matches. The qualifying was as follows: defending champion (USSR), 1974 World Champion (Japan), host nation (Canada), Asian Games Champion ships (Korea, replacing Japan), European Championship (Hungary, replacing the USSR), North American Champion (Cuba), South American Champion (Peru), and the GDR (East Germany) qualified at a special tournament in Heidelberg, Germany.

Once again the favorites were the Soviet Union and Japan. Japan had won the World Championships in 1974 and the Soviet Union had won the last five European Championships. In the end, Japan absolutely dominated the tournament. They defeated the Soviets in the final, crushing them in straight sets, 15-7, 15-8, 15-2. Japan played five matches and never lost a set, the only time this has happened in Olympic volleyball, and only one team (Korea) even reached double figures in any set (15-13 in the first set in the semi-finals). Nine of the Japanese players represented the Hitachi team, as did their coach, Shigeo Yamada. For the fourth straight Olympics, the gold and silver medals were won by Japan and the Soviet Union, who had now both won two gold and two silver medals. For the Soviets, Inna Ryskal had played on all four medal-winning teams. Through the first 40 years of Olympic volleyball, she is the only player to have won four medals.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1JapanJPN501015–0225–84Gold
2Soviet UnionURS41912–7248–211Silver
3Republic of KoreaKOR32810–11260–259Bronze
4HungaryHUN2377–11192–234
5CubaCUB32812–9267–250
6East GermanyGDR1468–14237–286
7PeruPER2379–12239–250
8CanadaCAN0556–15198–292

Preliminary Round (19 – 24 July 1976)

Group A (19 – 23 July 1976)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1JPN3069–0135–43
2HUN2156–5120–132
3PER1244–8124–154
4CAN0333–9113–163

Match #119 Jul 15:30JPN 3 – 0HUN
Match #219 Jul 19:30PER 3 – 2CAN
Match #321 Jul 15:30JPN 3 – 0PER
Match #421 Jul 19:30HUN 3 – 1CAN
Match #523 Jul 15:30HUN 3 – 1PER
Match #623 Jul 19:30JPN 3 – 0CAN

Group B (20 – 24 July 1976)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1URS3069–4186–137
2KOR2157–7179–171
3CUB1246–7150–168
4GDR0335–9144–183

Match #120 Jul 15:30URS 3 – 1KOR
Match #220 Jul 19:30CUB 3 – 1GDR
Match #322 Jul 15:30URS 3 – 1CUB
Match #422 Jul 19:30KOR 3 – 2GDR
Match #524 Jul 15:30KOR 3 – 2CUB
Match #624 Jul 19:30URS 3 – 2GDR

Classification Round 5-8 (26 July 1976)

Classification matches.

Match #126 Jul 13:00CUB 3 – 2CAN
Match #226 Jul 15:00GDR 3 – 2PER

Semi-Finals (26 – 29 July 1976)

Single-elimination.

Match #129 Jul 13:00URS 3 – 0HUN
Match #229 Jul 15:00JPN 3 – 0KOR

Final Round (27 – 30 July 1976)

Medal round.

Match 1/230 Jul 15:00JPN 3 – 0URS
Match 3/430 Jul 13:00KOR 3 – 1HUN
Match 5/627 Jul 14:00CUB 3 – 0GDR
Match 7/827 Jul 12:00PER 3 – 1CAN

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