Author: BJ Evans

Photo Credit: FIVB

Lloy Ball

The first U.S. Men’s National Team player to compete in four Olympic Games

Photo Credit: FIVB

Photo Credit: FIVB

During his first three Olympic Games, Lloy, who was considered a volleyball phenom, served as team captain and was under pressure to win a medal.

He retired from Team USA after finishing fourth at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. In 2007, U.S. Men’s Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon approached him about returning to the team.

“Hugh brought me back for a fourth time and let me just set and play,” Lloy said. “I didn’t have to be the captain or a vocal leader. (Beijing) was actually a very relaxed two weeks for me as a player.”

Lloy started seven out of eight of the Olympic matches.

“Even though we were up and down, we never felt like we weren’t going to win those matches, which wasn’t the case in previous Olympics,” he said. “At least not for me.”

Lloy helped the U.S. Men win gold at the 2008 FIVB World League — where he was named MVP and Best Setter— the 2007 America’s Cup and the 2007 NORCECA Championship.

He also earned the bronze medal at the 1994 FIVB World Championship in Greece in his first season, claimed the Best Setter award at the 1999 FIVB World Cup and was named Best Server at the 1995 World Cup.

Lloy also had a stellar professional career in Japan, Italy, Greece and Russia spanning 15 seasons with league titles in three of the four countries. He’s a member of the International Volleyball Hall of Fame and has been named USAV’s All-Time Great Player.

Photo Credit: FIVB

Lloy Ball with former FIVB President Jizhong Wei.

Lloy lives in Angola, Ind., with wife Sarah, son Dyer and daughter Mya.

He coaches his daughter’s volleyball team and also coaches volleyball at the local high school.

He has built and runs the Ball Sports Academy in Angola, which houses the Team Pineapple Volleyball Club.

Team Pineapple Club

He plays for Team Pineapple, an adult semi-pro team that competes at the USAV Open National Championships.

Most recently, Lloy led a U.S. team at the CEV Snow Volleyball Tour stop in Moscow. The team, which tied for ninth place, was the first U.S. men's team to compete on the CEV tour.

Photo Credit: CEV

“I always watch the Olympics and cheer for our boys and girls because I know how hard it is. Every year on Aug. 24, I sit in the basement … and watch the video of us winning in Beijing.”


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