Women's beach volleyball was very good to the United States at the 2012 London Olympics. The all-American gold-medal match between Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh and April Ross/Jennifer Kessy was everything USA Volleyball could have wanted, but in other areas there was disappointment.
The men's indoor volleyball team couldn't defend its gold medal, losing to Italy in the quarterfinals. The reigning men's beach team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser also fell victim to Italy in an upset in the first elimination round. The other beach team, Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, had the top ranking on the FIVB tour heading into the Olympics but also failed to medal.
Then there was the U.S. women's team, looking to win its first gold medal after a 7-0 start in London pitted them against Brazil in the final. The Americans dominated the first set 25-11 but lost the next three, going home with the silver.
Rio 2016 is a long time from now, but there are many things that will need to be addressed as the United States tries to reload. Brazil is rabid about volleyball and will be looking to go 4-for-4 in the events on home soil.
Here are five pressing needs for USA Volleyball in the meantime.