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Team USA set for Athens

Updated: August 4, 2004, 7:20 PM ET
By Sherry Skalko | ESPN.com

The injury-riddled U.S. men's indoor volleyball team traveled half a world away to Sydney in September 2000 only to finish in 11th place with a 0-5 record. It was the worst showing ever by a U.S. team in an Olympics.

Immediately after their final match with Italy, the questions began. Who would return to play in Athens? Who would be welcomed back? Would the U.S. ever win another Olympic medal?

But there wasn't any question about Lloy Ball, the team's captain and starting setter since ...

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