Statement from the U.S. Men's Volleyball Team

Aug. 10, 2008, 12:55 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

This is a statement released by the U.S. Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team prior to their match on Aug. 10 against Venezuela.

"As a team, there is nothing more important to us than supporting Mrs. Bachman in her struggle and supporting Hugh and Elisabeth in their grief. We are absolutely devastated by what has occurred, for their loss and for everything they are going through.

"Hugh has been in touch with the team throughout this tragedy and we're extremely proud of the strength he and Elisabeth are displaying. They know we're here for them in every way possible.

"We're banding together as a team to lift up the Bachmans and McCutcheons. We are a family, and we'll get through this together as a family."