|
| Event type

Volleyball, Men

Date17 September – 2 October 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationJam-sil Che-yuk-gwan, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul / Che-yuk-gwan, Han-yang Dae-hak-gyo, Seoul / Saemaul Sports Hall, Seoul
Participants143 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

The teams qualified as follows: defending Olympic Champion (United States), World Cup Champion (USSR, replacing the United States), 1986 World Champion (Bulgaria, replacing the United States and Soviet Union), host nation (Korea), Africa Champion (Tunisia), Asia Champion (Japan), North America Champion (Cuba), European Champion (France, replacing the Soviet Union and Bulgaria), South America Champion (Brazil). Three qualifying tournaments were held, in Brazil (Argentina), Netherlands (Netherlands) and Italy (Sweden). Italy was added when Cuba boycotted the Games.

By 1988, the United States was the dominant team in the world, coached by Marv Dunphy. They had won the 1984 Olympics, the 1986 World Championships, and the 1987 Pan-American Games. They were led by Karch Kiraly, considered the best volleyball player in the world, and Steve Timmons, a 1.95 [6-5] spiker/blocker. Unlike 1984, they would be challenged by the Soviet Union, which had won the last nine European Championships. Before the Olympics they had played nine matches in World Cup play, with the US winning seven. In pool play, the US came thru undefeated while the Soviets lost the tough Brazilians in five sets. The US had been in trouble against Argentina in the pool, trailing by two sets, when Jeff Stork took control in the third set, smashing 11 points to win the set, and the US then went on to win in five sets. The US had to play Brazil in the semis, but crushed them in three sets, 15-3, 15-5, 15-11, proving their superiority. In the final, the US played the USSR, and the Soviets won the first set, 15-13. But after that the US pulled away and won in four sets. The USA was the first team to win back-to-back Olympic volleyball gold medals since the Soviet Union had won the first two gold medals in 1964-68. Argentina won the bronze medal, upsetting Brazil in five sets, and a 3 hour, 10 minute marathon match.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1United StatesUSA701421–4366–211Gold
2Soviet UnionURS521218–7332–282Silver
3ArgentinaARG431114–12315–317Bronze
4BrazilBRA431116–13374–342
5NetherlandsNED521216–9314–272
6BulgariaBUL341010–12259–270
7SwedenSWE341014–16350–388
8FranceFRA341012–13312–300
9ItalyITA431113–13318–290
10JapanJPN25910–17305–346
11Republic of KoreaKOR25910–17306–355
12TunisiaTUN0770–21137–315

Preliminary Round (17 – 26 September 1988)

Group A (17 – 26 September 1988)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1URS41914–4248–190
2BRA41914–7296–225
3SWE2379–11220–262
4BUL2377–9190–194
5ITA2377–11203–222
6KOR1465–14200–264

Match #117 Sep 18:45SWE 3 – 2KOR
Match #217 SepBRA 3 – 0ITA
Match #317 SepURS 3 – 0BUL
Match #419 Sep 12:00URS 3 – 0SWE
Match #519 Sep 16:30BUL 3 – 0ITA
Match #619 Sep 18:30KOR 3 – 2BRA
Match #722 Sep 12:00BRA 3 – 1BUL
Match #822 Sep 14:30ITA 3 – 2SWE
Match #922 Sep 16:30URS 3 – 0KOR
Match #1024 Sep 16:30BRA 3 – 1SWE
Match #1124 Sep 18:30BUL 3 – 0KOR
Match #1224 Sep 20:30URS 3 – 1ITA
Match #1326 Sep 9:45ITA 3 – 0KOR
Match #1426 Sep 18:30BRA 3 – 2URS
Match #1526 Sep 20:30SWE 3 – 0BUL

Group B (17 – 26 September 1988)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1USA501015–3263–155
2ARG32811–7209–211
3FRA32810–7222–190
4NED32810–7202–183
5JPN1465–12182–215
6TUN0550–15101–225

Match #117 Sep 16:30NED 3 – 1FRA
Match #217 SepUSA 3 – 0JPN
Match #317 SepARG 3 – 0TUN
Match #419 Sep 9:45USA 3 – 1NED
Match #519 Sep 14:30FRA 3 – 0TUN
Match #619 Sep 20:30ARG 3 – 1JPN
Match #722 Sep 9:45USA 3 – 2ARG
Match #822 Sep 18:30FRA 3 – 1JPN
Match #922 Sep 20:30NED 3 – 0TUN
Match #1024 Sep 9:45USA 3 – 0FRA
Match #1124 Sep 12:00JPN 3 – 0TUN
Match #1224 Sep 14:30ARG 3 – 0NED
Match #1326 Sep 12:00FRA 3 – 0ARG
Match #1426 Sep 14:30USA 3 – 0TUN
Match #1526 Sep 16:30NED 3 – 0JPN

Classification Round 9-12 (28 September 1988)

Classification matches.

Match #128 Sep 12:00ITA 3 – 0TUN
Match #228 Sep 18:00JPN 3 – 2KOR

Classification Round 5-8 (28 September 1988)

Classification matches.

Match #128 Sep 9:45BUL 3 – 0FRA
Match #228 Sep 20:30NED 3 – 2SWE

Semi-Finals (28 – 30 September 1988)

Single-elimination.

Match #130 Sep 9:45USA 3 – 0BRA
Match #230 Sep 20:30URS 3 – 0ARG

Final Round (30 September – 2 October 1988)

Medal round.

Match 1/202 Oct 12:00USA 3 – 1URS
Match 3/402 Oct 9:45ARG 3 – 2BRA
Match 5/601 Oct 12:00NED 3 – 0BUL
Match 7/801 Oct 9:45SWE 3 – 2FRA
Match 9/1030 Sep 18:00ITA 3 – 2JPN
Match 11/1230 Sep 12:00KOR 3 – 0TUN

Rankings

Points
Side Outs