The Americans had twice finished second in the world championship and took silver in three Olympic Games. But it took 62 years -- the first world championship was in 1952 -- for them to finally win a gold medal.
Oct 13 1:18 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Jennifer Martin, a Los Angeles-based clinical psychologist, says exercise and nutrition get more attention than sleep, which is also a crucial part of healthy behavior.
Oct 9 12:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Daisha Simmons started her career at Rutgers, played two seasons at Alabama and now is enrolled as a graduate student at Seton Hall. Mechelle Voepel takes a look at the major events of Simmons' college career.
Oct 7 10:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Alabama announced Tuesday it will support a waiver to allow women's basketball player Daisha Simmons to compete this season at Seton Hall. The issue is now expected to return to the NCAA for review.
Oct 7 11:57 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Even after the Tide reversed its decision to let senior Daisha Simmons transfer to Seton Hall to be closer to her ill brother, it's hard not to wonder how the heck the whole mess happened.
Oct 7 8:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Elizabeth Campbell's 23 kills and 20 digs in a five-set upset over then-No. 8 Nebraska earned Ohio State's junior outside hitter our weekly honor.
Oct 8 1:33 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Kansas State, ranked for the first time since November 2012, faces its biggest challenge this weekend against No. 2 Texas. Mechelle Voepel details the Wildcats' recent run in this week's five things you need to know about volleyball.
Oct 14 12:24 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Maya Moore added more accolades to her stellar 2014 campaign Sunday, winning MVP honors as the U.S. women captured their second consecutive gold medal at the world championship.
Oct 5 8:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
As USA Basketball plays for its ninth gold medal at the world championship, the Americans might face their toughest competition yet.
Oct 4 8:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
No matter how the roster changes, Team USA still seems a step ahead of the rest of the world.
Oct 3 8:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
On a roster full of former WNBA MVPs, Tina Charles might be the most important player when Team USA takes on France, which beat the Americans in an exhibition less than two weeks ago, in Friday's world championship quarterfinals.
Oct 2 8:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
The reserves, including the youngest of them, came through when given the chance Tuesday as the U.S. women routed Angola to cap a perfect run through the preliminary round of the world championship.
Sep 30 8:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Dominique Gonzalez's 47 digs and flawless serve receiving in two tough road matches to start Big Ten play earned the Penn State defensive specialist our weekly honor.
Oct 1 2:37 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
While some things have gone as expected in the Pac-12 (see: Stanford and Washington being undefeated), the rise of the Arizona schools and USC's struggles are eye-openers.
Sep 30 1:04 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
A month ago, the best players on the best teams in the WNBA clashed in one of the top games of the playoffs. On Sunday, they joined forces, as players such as Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore stepped up to lead USA Basketball past Serbia.
Sep 28 8:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
It's not that the Americans won't face some challenges or can sleepwalk their way onto the medal stand, but this U.S. squad, which beat China 87-56 in the FIBA opener, is one that can control its fate.
Sep 26 | By Mechelle Voepel
With a squad that has a heavy UConn flavor and some new faces, Geno Auriemma and the U.S. women open the 2014 FIBA World Championship on Saturday.
Sep 26 | By Mechelle Voepel
In 2015, Sadena Parks will become just the fifth African-American to compete on the LPGA Tour. She plans to do more than play. She plans to win.
Sep 25 4:19 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
After leading No. 4 Washington to victories over Maryland and previously undefeated Wisconsin with a combined 29 kills and 22 digs, Huskies senior Krista Vansant nabbed our weekly honor.
Sep 24 4:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Texas' five-set win at Nebraska might be the type of thing that comes to mind when you think big-time volleyball, but don't forget about the Blackbirds of LIU Brooklyn.
Sep 23 1:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
From a professional women's tournament at Augusta to a formal outreach to the tour's LGBT fan base, there's a lot to dream about in women's golf.
Sep 18 5:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
After leading Texas A&M to back-to-back victories over then-No. 6 USC and No. 13 San Diego at the USC Classic last week, Texas A&M freshman setter Stephanie Aiple nabbed our weekly honor.
Sep 17 2:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
A word to the Wise: Beware of the SEC. Mechelle Voepel highlights big wins for Florida and Texas A&M over a Pac-12 powerhouse in this week's five things you need to know about volleyball.
Sep 17 12:32 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Here are our final 2014 WNBA power rankings as we evaluate the season and take a very quick look at what 2015 might entail.
Sep 16 | By Mechelle Voepel
Maya Moore wasn't able to win another WNBA title in 2014, but the Lynx forward's season was a huge success by any other measure. Now, Moore and her USA Basketball teammates must quickly prepare for the world championship.
Sep 15 | By Mechelle Voepel