| Event type

Volleyball, Women

Date30 July – 7 August 1984
LocationSports Arena, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Long Beach, California
Participants90 from 8 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

In most years, the Eastern European boycott would have decimated the women’s volleyball tournament. But the best two teams in the world in 1984 were China and the United States. The four top teams from the 1982 World Championships – China, Peru, United States, and Japan – were all present in Los Angeles. China had won the 1982 World Championships, with the United States third. The qualifying selection was as follows: host nation (United States), defending Olympic Champion (USSR), 1982 World Champion (China), European Champion (GDR [East Germany]), South American Champion (Brazil), Asian Champion (Japan), and North American Champion (Cuba). An African team was invited but there was no interest. The USSR, East Germany and Cuba boycotted the 1984 Olympics, and were replaced by the FRG (West Germany), Korea (South), and Canada. Peru was allotted a spot in the tournament when no African team elected to compete.

The leading four teams made it to the semi-finals. In pool play, the US had defeated China in four sets. Both teams won their semis in straight sets, over Peru and Japan respectively, and met again in the final. China got revenge on the earlier match, winning quite easily in three sets, 16-14, 15-3, 15-9. The US was led by Flo Hyman, the very tall (1.95 [6-5]) front spiker. Only 17 months after the Los Angeles Olympics, Hyman died while playing professional volleyball in Japan, the victim of a dissecting aortic aneurysm. Hyman had Marfan’s Syndrome (as did Abraham Lincoln), which manifests itself in very tall, thin individuals, but also can make them prone to weakness of the walls of the major arteries.

1People's Republic of ChinaCHN41913–3235–148Gold
2United StatesUSA41912–6239–218Silver
5Republic of KoreaKOR32812–7240–194
6West GermanyFRG2376–9160–184

Preliminary Round (30 July – 3 August 1984)

Group A (30 July – 3 August 1984)

Round-robin pools.


Match #130 Jul 10:00CHN 3 – 0BRA
Match #230 Jul 18:30USA 3 – 0FRG
Match #301 Aug 10:00CHN 3 – 0FRG
Match #401 Aug 18:30USA 3 – 2BRA
Match #503 Aug 10:00FRG 3 – 0BRA
Match #603 Aug 18:30USA 3 – 1CHN

Group B (30 July – 3 August 1984)

Round-robin pools.


Match #130 Jul 10:00PER 3 – 0CAN
Match #230 Jul 18:30JPN 3 – 1KOR
Match #301 Aug 10:00KOR 3 – 0CAN
Match #401 Aug 18:30JPN 3 – 0PER
Match #503 Aug 10:00PER 3 – 2KOR
Match #603 Aug 18:30JPN 3 – 0CAN

Classification Round 5-8 (5 August 1984)

Classification matches.

Match #105 Aug 10:00FRG 3 – 0CAN
Match #205 Aug 10:00KOR 3 – 1BRA

Semi-Finals (5 August 1984)


Match #105 Aug 16:30USA 3 – 0PER
Match #205 Aug 18:30CHN 3 – 0JPN

Final Round (7 August 1984)

Medal round.

Match 1/207 Aug 20:00CHN 3 – 0USA
Match 3/407 Aug 16:00JPN 3 – 1PER
Match 5/607 Aug 12:00KOR 3 – 0FRG
Match 7/807 Aug 10:00BRA 3 – 0CAN