Twelve regular players and six alternates have been chosen to try out for the American Olympic volleyball team.
Twelve regular players and six alternates have been chosen to try out for the American Olympic volleyball team. The choices were made recently while the National Volleyball Championships were under way at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. On Monday (8 May), some members of the team tried out as a reporter of the American National Broadcasting Company looked on.
Six of the Olympic hopefuls are members of the 1972 National Open champions, Charthouse, of San Diego. They were the 1970 champions and last year's runners-up. They weren't touched during the four-day meeting Utah, defeating the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club for the title.
But two members of the Santa Barbara team are also among the 12 picked men. Santa Barbara Coach Rudi Sawara spoke the NBC reporter Reece Stein about the challenges facing the Olympic players -- even before they can get close to the big day in Munich later this year.
Sawara says the men have a tough job ahead of them, and they've got to come first or second in a 16-team tournament in France. Competing against them are teams they've never defeated in the past -- such as Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia.
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