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Thinking about Hugh McCutcheon's USA women's volleyball team evokes memories of my first-ever piece I wrote for Bleacher Report. On August 21, 2008, I published an article talking about Cuba's women's volleyball team eating humble pie at the expense of the states during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Today, I sing the praises of the United States women once again. This time, it's the whole wide world eating humble pie at the expense of McCutcheon's ladies. On Sunday, August 29 at the Beilun Gymnasium in Ningbo, China, the USA swept Japan 26-24, 25-20, 25-23 to win the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix, women's volleyball's most prestigious tournament.

The victory ends a nine-year drought for the States, who last won the World Grand Prix in 1995 and 2001.

But it wasn't an easy road for the USA to make it this far. It began in the Baja, California, town of Tijuana, Mexico, where the IX Women's Volleyball Panamerican Cup took place.

The action started on June 18, when the USA took on Peru. It was a sweep: 27-25, 25-22, 25-17. And this was the beginning of a series of sweeps fo...

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