Volleyball Trivia

Trivia #6 - Duggins signals her boyfriend by pinching her ear during player introductions before each match.

Duggins signals her boyfriend by pinching her ear during player introductions before each match

Trivia #7 - Sun Yue blows her fringe before serving the ball.

Sun Yue serving

Trivia #8 - Inna Ryskal of the Soviet Union is the first woman to receive four Olympic medals for volleyball: silvers in 1964 and 1976, golds in 1968 and 1972. Ana Fernandez is the second woman to receive four Olympic medals for volleyball: golds in 1992, 1996 and 2000, bronze in 2004.

Inna Ryskal's team, the Soviet Union during the  1968 Olympics

Trivia #9 - Volleyball's most fertile ground was found in the Philippines, where Elwood S. Brown of the YMCA introduced it into the Public School System in 1910. By 1914, there were more than 5,000 courts in public schools, playgrounds and private clubs in the Philippines, and it was here that the "Filipino Bomb" or first version of the modern spike was unleashed. Other innovations were adopted. After one team set the ball back and forth among themselves 52 times before hitting it over the net, the local rules committee observing the game demanded the first three-hit rule. It seems that a pressing dinner engagement of one of the attendant officials was only one motivation - a stronger one was that of the opposing team which threatened to walk off the court and go home. The rule was quickly adopted througout the Orient.

Spike - "Filipino Bomb"

Trivia #10 - Former Hawai'i star and three-time All-American Lily Kahumoku was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest middle name with 204 letters that form 51 words in six sentences. Her middle name, Kapi‘olani malamalama ‘o Hawai‘i nei. Ku‘uipo ‘o keali‘i inulama ‘o Kapa‘akea, he makua ‘o Kawika. Kealoha pumehana ‘o Kaila a Momi a Konia. Lapa uila nui malamalama ‘o kou la hanau. ‘O ‘oe u‘ilani ku‘u lei, ku‘u milimili e. Aloha no ko makou ia ka pua Lilia ke kuini lapa uila, means "The heavenly rainbow that shines over Hawai‘i, who is the sweetheart of the chief who drinks the rum of Kapa‘akea, the father of David Kalakaua. A warm love of her mother, Gayle, her grandmother, Pearl, and her grandmother, Connie. The great lightning bolt struck on your birthday. You are a heavenly beauty, my necklace that I like to hold and caress. We all love the lily flower, the queen of the lightning bolt."

"Queen of the lightning bolt"

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