The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China with a 3-0 victory over Puerto Rico at the 2008 NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualification.
The U.S. Men won the tournament with a 5-0 record and without dropping a set. Puerto Rico finished second with a 4-2 record. Cuba defeated Canada to finish third.
“I feel relieved and excited,” McCutcheon said. “The team rose to the occasion and we executed in all the aspects of the game. So many guys performed at their highest level and with a lot of energy.”
"We put tremendous pressure on the Puerto Rican team,” said U.S. team captain Tom Hoff. “Our staff did a great job and we did all they wanted. Our team got better and better with the tournament and we reserved our best for the last match.”
“They played too well, we got overmatched since early in the match. We were left without solutions and the size of the team they used today somewhat surprised us,” said Puerto Rico Head Coach Carlos Cardona.
The U.S. Men are the fifth team to qualify for the Olympics. The others are China as the host country, Venezuela, which won the South American zone qualifier, and Brazil, Bulgaria and Russia, which all qualified at the 2007 World Cup. Puerto Rico and Cuba, as the second and third-place NORCECA finishers, will have the opportunity to compete at one last Olympic qualifier.
from USA Volleyball