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.
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.
From exhilarating wins by Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie to a fairytale finish by Mo Martin to gut-wrenching misses for Brittany Lincicome and Karrie Webb, this year's LPGA's majors had a little bit of everything.