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Volleyball, Women

Date20 July – 3 August 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationThe Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants134 from 12 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advanced teams to classification matches.

For the first time, the women’s tournament consisted of 12 teams, separated into two pools of six, followed by medal elimination matches. The teams were selected as follows: host nation (United States), World Cup (Cuba, Brazil, China), Continental Qualifiers (Korea, Canada, Germany, Peru), and qualifying tournaments (Russia, Japan, Netherlands, Ukraine)

Cuba was easily the best team in the world. They had won the 1992 Olympic gold medal and the 1994 World Championships, and every other tournament they entered in the interim. But they were fortunate to get out of group play, losing two matches, and finishing only third in Group B behind Brazil and Russia. In the quarter-finals they were drawn against their arch-rival, the United States, and crushed them – 1, 10, and 12. The semi-finals saw Cuba play Brazil, who had defeated them very easily in straight sets in their group. This match was much closer, going five sets, with Cuba winning 15-12 in the fifth. In the final, Cuba faced China, World Champions in 1982 and 1986. China’s female volleyball fortunes had fallen off considerably since then, but they had replaced their coach with former star player Lang Ping. This seemed to be the boost they needed and they reached the final undefeated. China won the first set of the final, 16-14, but Cuba came back to win the next three sets and the gold medal. The medal ceremony was tainted by booing and whistling from the American crowd when Cuba was awarded their gold medals.

PosNrTeamNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1CubaCUB621419–9362–292Gold
2People's Republic of ChinaCHN711522–7408–310Silver
3BrazilBRA711523–6404–267Bronze
4Russian FederationRUS531318–11382–296
5NetherlandsNED531317–12364–326
6Republic of KoreaKOR351113–15341–340
7United StatesUSA531316–12344–331
8GermanyGER261010–18295–355
=9JapanJPN1463–12158–199
=9CanadaCAN1463–14156–239
=11UkraineUKR0550–1589–225
=11PeruPER0552–15129–252

Preliminary Round (20 – 28 July 1996)

Group A (20 – 28 July 1996)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1CHN501015–3256–181
2USA41913–5241–198
3NED32810–7211–179
4KOR23710–9249–222
5JPN1463–12158–199
6UKR0550–1589–225

Match #120 Jul 10:00CHN 3 – 0NED
Match #220 Jul 18:30KOR 3 – 0JPN
Match #320 Jul 19:30USA 3 – 0UKR
Match #422 Jul 10:00CHN 3 – 2KOR
Match #522 Jul 13:25JPN 3 – 0UKR
Match #622 Jul 19:30USA 3 – 1NED
Match #724 Jul 10:00NED 3 – 0JPN
Match #824 Jul 19:30CHN 3 – 1USA
Match #924 Jul 22:00KOR 3 – 0UKR
Match #1026 Jul 12:30NED 3 – 1KOR
Match #1126 Jul 16:00CHN 3 – 0UKR
Match #1226 Jul 19:30USA 3 – 0JPN
Match #1328 Jul 10:00CHN 3 – 0JPN
Match #1428 Jul 13:00USA 3 – 1KOR
Match #1528 Jul 15:30NED 3 – 0UKR

Group B (20 – 28 July 1996)

Round-robin pools.

PosNOCWLPtsSetsPoints
1BRA501015–1238–121
2RUS41912–4217–140
3CUB32810–6196–156
4GER2377–9163–191
5CAN1463–14156–239
6PER0552–15129–252

Match #120 Jul 12:30RUS 3 – 0GER
Match #220 Jul 16:00CUB 3 – 0CAN
Match #320 Jul 22:00BRA 3 – 0PER
Match #422 Jul 16:00RUS 3 – 0CAN
Match #522 Jul 18:30GER 3 – 0PER
Match #622 Jul 22:05BRA 3 – 0CUB
Match #724 Jul 12:30GER 3 – 0CAN
Match #824 Jul 16:00BRA 3 – 0RUS
Match #924 Jul 18:30CUB 3 – 0PER
Match #1026 Jul 10:00RUS 3 – 0PER
Match #1126 Jul 18:30CUB 3 – 0GER
Match #1226 Jul 22:00BRA 3 – 0CAN
Match #1328 Jul 12:30BRA 3 – 1GER
Match #1428 Jul 19:30RUS 3 – 1CUB
Match #1528 Jul 22:00CAN 3 – 2PER

Quarter-Finals (30 July 1996)

Single-elimination.

Match #130 Jul 12:00CHN 3 – 0GER
Match #230 Jul 14:30RUS 3 – 1NED
Match #330 Jul 19:30CUB 3 – 0USA
Match #430 Jul 22:00BRA 3 – 0KOR

Classification Round 5-8 (31 July 1996)

Classification matches.

Match #131 Jul 8:00NED 3 – 2GER
Match #231 Jul 10:55KOR 3 – 0USA

Semi-Finals (31 July – 1 August 1996)

Single-elimination.

Match #101 Aug 19:30CHN 13 – 1RUS
Match #201 Aug 22:00CUB 3 – 2BRA

Final Round (1 – 3 August 1996)

Medal round.

Match 1/203 Aug 14:35CUB 3 – 1CHN
Match 3/403 Aug 12:00BRA 3 – 2RUS
Match 5/601 Aug 16:25NED 3 – 0KOR
Match 7/801 Aug 14:00USA 3 – 1GER

Rankings

Points
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