Twelve regular players and six alternates have been chosen to try out for the American Olympic volleyball team.
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TRANSCRIPT: COMMENTATOR: "Volleyball is as American as the Empire Sedate Building invented in the tradition of basketball by a New England YMCA. But for the U.S. team, who's members were selected over the weekend following the National Championships is Salt Lake City, the road to the Munich Olympics is indeed a rock one."
SEQ. 2: SAWARA: "We got a really tough job ahead of us. We have to go over to France in a 16-team tournament. And we have to finish first or second. In that tournament will be some teams that we've never beat on before, like Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia. It's going to be a really tough job."
COMMENTATOR: "Six members of the 1972 National Open Championship team, Charthouse, of San Diego, have been invited to compete in the Olympic qualifications round. Charthouse, the 1970 champ and last year's runner-up, walked through the four-day meet at the University of Utah unmolested. Charthouse stopped the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club 11-7, 13-8 for the Open title. Two members of the Santa Barbara team are also among the top 12 Olympians. Rudi Sawara, the Santa Barbara coach, was captain of the U.S. team which lost to the Cubans last year. Rudi says the problem is finances, an inability of American athletics to compete with the Europeans".
SAWARA: "When their players take time off from their jobs, they're subsidised by their governments and they don't lose pay. This has been a real serious problem for American volleyball teams. I'm hoping that sometime the olympic committee or the government will step in and start helping our volleyball teams out and give us a fairer chance of winning over there."
COMMENTATOR: "It would take some unprecedented wins in Paris before Uncle Sam is allowed to competain his own invention in Munich. This is Reeca Stein reporting from Salt Lake City, Utah."
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Background: Twelve regular players and six alternates have been chosen to try out for the American Olympic volleyball team. The choices were made recently while the National Volleyball Championships were under way at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. On Monday (8 May), some members of the team tried out as a reporter of the American National Broadcasting Company looked on.
Six of the Olympic hopefuls are members of the 1972 National Open champions, Charthouse, of San Diego. They were the 1970 champions and last year's runners-up. They weren't touched during the four-day meeting Utah, defeating the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club for the title.
But two members of the Santa Barbara team are also among the 12 picked men. Santa Barbara Coach Rudi Sawara spoke the NBC reporter Reece Stein about the challenges facing the Olympic players -- even before they can get close to the big day in Munich later this year.
Sawara says the men have a tough job ahead of them, and they've got to come first or second in a 16-team tournament in France. Competing against them are teams they've never defeated in the past -- such as Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia.
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