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Mikhaylov will be making his second Olympic appearance after helping Russia claim a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008. The opposite hitter emerged as one of the world’s elite in 2011, winning MVP and Best Blocker awards for champion Russia in World League play and was also named MVP of the World Cup after leading Russia to a gold medal that secured a trip to London. Mikhaylov finished third in scoring at the World Cup with 185 points, including 150 by spike with a success rate of 52.08 percent _ also good for third. A well-rounded player, Mikhaylov placed in the top 20 in blocking (13th) and digging (18th) at the World Cup while registering 15 aces in 11 matches. At the club level, Mikhaylov helped Zenit Kazan to the 2012 CEV Champions League title after finishing runner-up in 2011.
Kiraly named US volleyball coach
Karch Kiraly, one of the most decorated volleyball players of all time, has been chosen as head coach of the U.S. women's national volleyball team in preparation for the 2016 Rio Games.
Reports: Russia's coach dead at 43
The head coach of Russia's national women's volleyball team was found dead in a hotel room in Croatia on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
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