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Volleyball, Women

Date21 – 29 July 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationUniversalny sportivny zal Druzhba, Moskva / Malaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V. I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants88 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

There were eight teams separated into two groups of four, followed by a medal round. The qualifying was as follows: defending Olympic Champion (Japan), 1978 World Champion (Cuba), host nation (Soviet Union), 1979 European Champion (GDR, replacing the Soviets), Asian Champion (China), North American Champion (United States), South American Champion (Peru), and Romania qualified via a special tournament held in Bulgaria. China, Japan and the United States joined the American-led boycott, and were replaced by Brazil, Bulgaria, and Hungary. The United States would have been a medal contender. The absent nations of China, Japan, Korea, and the United States comprised four of the top six places at the 1978 World Championships.

Cuba had won the World Championships in 1978, while the Soviet Union had won the last seven European Championships. Group A was a difficult one, with the Soviet Union and Cuba joined by East Germany, which had been runners-up at the last two Europeans. Cuba was the odd team out, with the USSR and GDR advancing to the semis, joined by Bulgaria and Hungary from Group B. But the USSR and GDR advanced to the final, where the favored Soviets won in four sets. They were coached by Nikolay Karpol, who later coached Russia, and was a national coach for about 20 years, and was quite famous for his thunderous motivational exhortations during breaks.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1Soviet UnionURS501015–3254–172Gold
2East GermanyGDR32811–11277–271Silver
3BulgariaBUL32812–9257–215Bronze
4HungaryHUN23710–12234–279
5CubaCUB32810–7219–166
6PeruPER1467–12189–257
7BrazilBRA1467–12200–248
8RomaniaROU2377–13221–243

Preliminary Round (21 – 25 July 1980)

Group A (21 – 25 July 1980)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1URS3069–2153–99
2GDR2157–6166–160
3CUB1244–6117–117
4PER0333–9108–168

Match #121 Jul 19:30GDR 3 – 1CUB
Match #221 Jul 19:30URS 3 – 1PER
Match #323 Jul 19:30CUB 3 – 0PER
Match #423 Jul 19:30URS 3 – 1GDR
Match #525 Jul 19:30GDR 3 – 2PER
Match #625 Jul 19:30URS 3 – 0CUB

Group B (21 – 25 July 1980)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1BUL2157–4138–104
2HUN2158–6161–170
3ROU2157–7157–153
4BRA0334–9142–171

Match #121 Jul 17:30BUL 3 – 1ROU
Match #221 Jul 17:30HUN 3 – 2BRA
Match #323 Jul 17:30ROU 3 – 2HUN
Match #423 Jul 17:30BUL 3 – 0BRA
Match #525 Jul 17:30ROU 3 – 2BRA
Match #625 Jul 17:30HUN 3 – 1BUL

Classification Round 5-8 (27 July 1980)

Classification matches.

Match #127 Jul 17:30PER 3 – 0ROU
Match #227 Jul 19:30CUB 3 – 0BRA

Semi-Finals (27 July 1980)

Single-elimination.

Match #127 Jul 17:30GDR 3 – 2BUL
Match #227 Jul 19:30URS 3 – 0HUN

Final Round (29 July 1980)

Medal round.

Match 1/229 Jul 19:30URS 3 – 1GDR
Match 3/429 Jul 17:30BUL 3 – 2HUN
Match 5/629 Jul 18:00CUB 3 – 1PER
Match 7/829 Jul 16:00BRA 3 – 0ROU

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