For all practical purposes, the women volleyballers had all but reduced their male counterparts to forgotten men, a fact not lost on the men. "I don't think it's necessary to practice eight hours a day," said Powers. "We practice three. The women are more technically oriented. We play more on emotion, and emotion will win for you."
Missing from these Games, of course, were the teams from the Soviet bloc countries. Those who missed them most may have been the players themselves, and not merely because of diluted competition, for volleyball, like many sports, constitutes an international community unto itself. "I honestly wish they were here," said Powers of the boycotters, "if for no other reason than that they are our friends. We've stayed out late with them, had good times with them all. They would've added to the whole experience. I miss them."