Feb. 27, 2008
Karch Kiraly, considered one of the greatest volleyball players in history, is one of 18 nominees for the USOC Hall of Fame, USA Volleyball announced this week.
Kiraly, 47, retired from professional volleyball last year as the most successful player in the history of the game -- indoor and outdoor. He is the only volleyball player ever to win three Olympic gold medals and his 148 open victories on the beach is the all-time leader. In 2001, he was voted the greatest men's volleyball player of the sport's first century.
Kiraly led the United States to its only volleyball gold medals in 1984 and 1988, and in 1996, he teamed with partner Kent Steffes to win the gold in beach volleyball at Atlanta.
At UCLA, he led the Bruins to three NCAA championships, including a pair of undefeated seasons. With him in the lineup from 1979-82, the Bruins compiled a record of 129-5.
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