The scores are in and two Loyola Marymount University alumni took home Olympic medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Reid Priddy ’00 helped the U.S. men’s volleyball team win to the gold medal in Sunday's final over Brazil and Jeff Stevens ’06 helped the U.S. baseball team to earn a bronze medal.
The U.S. men’s volleyball team finished the tournament undefeated at 8-0 en route to the gold medal. Brazil won the silver medal with a 6-2 record, while Russia defeated Italy, 25-22 25-19 25-23, to win bronze. Priddy scored 12 points on eight kills and four aces in the win over Brazil.
"To be honest, I just think again trying to stay in the moment helped us," Priddy said when asked what it took to win the gold medal. "Sure we felt fatigued. We know that we're good at every aspect. We just had to be determined. The first emotion is shock. We're just so proud to be a part of this team representing our country. It's just very special...this group just really wanted to be together."
The U.S. men's team overcame the tragic events of Aug. 9, when head coach Hugh McCutcheon's father-in-law, Todd Bachman, was killed and his wife Barbara was seriously injured by an assailant while site-seeing in Beijing. McCutcheon missed the team's first three matches, but returned on Aug. 16 when Barbara's health had improved enough that she returned to the United States.
Stevens helped guide the U.S. baseball team to a bronze medal in what could be the final time the sport is played in Olympic competition. A four-run fifth inning highlighted by Taylor Teagarden's two-run double and a two-run homer from Jason Donald helped lift the U.S. to an 8-4 win over Japan, clinching the bronze medal for Team USA. The U.S. finished the Olympic Games with a 6-3 record while Stevens posted a 9.00 ERA and a 1-2 record in four appearances for the team.