[VOLLEYBALL: MEN TEAM USA]
Clay Stanley and Kevin Hansen led the way against Venezuela tonight.
Clay Stanley wasn't always destined for the U.S. Olympic volleyball team.
Despite being blessed with physical gifts and volleyball genes, the 6-foot-9 Stanley preferred other sports growing up. Stanley was born into a family of Hall of Famers. His father, Jon, was a 1968 Olympian and was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame. His mother, Sandra Haine, is in the Canadian Hall of Fame and played professionally in the IVA for the Denver Comets. Stanley and his father are the first father and son to play Olympic volleyball for the U.S. He played basketball, occupied the goal in water polo and skateboarded. Stanley was around volleyball because his Hall of Fame parents, Jon Stanley and Sandra Haine, played, but it wasn't his sport.
Terrific job by setter, Kevin Hansen. Kevin and Clay gave their best when their best was required. A tough day for the team USA over the last 24 hours. But they beat Venezuela. The team had to walk the distance to win tonight. Moving on, the team will play Italy next.
Hunky Kevin Hansen, above, a setter #14 to watch.