Name: Lloy Ball
Sport: Volleyball
Discipline(s): Volleyball
Position: Setter
Height: 6-8 (203cm)
Weight: 210 lbs (95kg)
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
High School: Woodlan High School (Indiana)
College: IPFW
Olympic Experience
  • 2008 (Gold medal)
  • 2004 (4th)
  • 2000 (11th)
  • 1996 (9th)
World Championship Experience
  • 2002 (9th)
  • 1998 (9th)
  • 1994 (Bronze)
Other Career Highlights
  • MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 2008 –: Olympic Games (Gold Medal)
  • MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 2008 –: FIVB World League (Gold Medal)
  • MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 2008 –: NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualifying Championship (Gold Medal).
  • 2008: Lloy finished the 2008 season with an average of 0.32 kills per set (81 sets played) and .17 aces per set. He also had .23 blocks per set and 1.21 digs per set. He averaged .73 points per set
  • 2008: Lloy finished the 2008 Olympic Games with a gold medal and 24 points on 11 kills, 11 blocks and two aces. He started seven out of eight Olympic matches at setter and was credited with 208 running sets and one fault for an average of 6.3 running sets per set
  • 2008: Lloy was named Most Valuable Player and Best Setter at the 2008 World League final round in Rio de Janeiro. He was credited with 142 running sets, 182 still sets and five faults on 329 attempts in the final round for an average of 9.47 running sets per set. A running set is defined as a set from a player that puts their hitter against one blocker or none. Still sets happen when a player sets an attacker and there are two blockers or more. He also scored five points on four kills and one ace
  • 2008: Lloy was the starting setter for the U.S. Men at the NORCECA Olympic Qualifier as Team USA won and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games. Lloy started every match as the U.S. Men finished with a kill percentage of 60 and a hitting percentage of 53.
  • 2007: FIVB World Cup
  • 2007: NORCECA Continental Championship (Gold Medal)
  • 2007: America’s Cup (Gold Medal).
  • 2007: Lloy played with the U.S. Men for the first time since the 2004 Olympic Games in 2007. He finished the season having played 29 sets for the U.S. Men and was credited with 38 points
  • 2007: Lloy was the starting setter for the U.S. Men at the 2007 FIVB World Cup, where Team USA placed fourth. Ball ranked fifth among all setters and was credited with 328 assists and four faults in 722 attempts. He was also credited with scoring 27 points on eight kills, 12 blocks and seven aces
  • 2007: In just his second tournament after he had returned to the U.S. Men’s Team, Lloy was named the Most Valuable Player of the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship and the Best Setter. Lloy was credited with 116 running sets, 196 still sets and six faults on 317 total attempts for an average of 6.76 sets per set. The U.S. Men won the tournament and qualified for the 2007 FIVB World Cup
  • 2007: Lloy first returned to the team for the Americas' Cup on Aug. 14-19 in Manaus, Brazil. The U.S. Men defended their tournament title, defeating Brazil in the final
  • 2007: Lloy was on the U.S. 18-man roster for World League, but did not play because his Russian club team was in the finals of the Superleague.
  • 2004: NORCECA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Gold Medal)
  • 2004: Houston Series
  • 2004: USA Global Challenge
  • 2004: Serbia and Montenegro Tour
  • 2004: – Lloy made his third-straight Olympic appearance in Athens, Greece, where Team USA finished fourth
  • 2004: Team USA qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, by winning the NORCECA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico on Jan. 10
  • 2004: The men posted a perfect record of 6-0 en route to the gold medal, which included a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Cuba in the championship match.
  • 2003: NORCECA Zone Championships (Gold Medal)
  • 2003: World Cup ( Fourth Place).
  • 2003: – Named Best Setter of the NORCECA Zone Championships in September after leading Team USA to the gold medal and a berth in the 2003 World Cup, the first Olympic qualifier
  • 2003: Guided the USA Men to a fourth-place finish at the World Cup with an 8-3 record.
  • 2002: Bulgaria Tour
  • 2002: Greece Tour
  • 2002: Florida Tour
  • 2002: World Championships.
  • 2002: – Captained Team USA to a ninth-place finish at the 24-team World Championships as the team finished with a record of 4-2 and handed eventual world champion Brazil its only loss of the tournament.
  • 2001: Did not play with the National Team.
  • 2001: – Did not play with the National Team. Played professionally for Casa Modena Salumi in Italy and led the team to the 2001-2002 Italian Domestic League championship
  • 2001: Also earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Italian Domestic League All-Star match.
  • 2000: Australia Tour
  • 2000: Continental Cup
  • 2000: Korea Tour
  • 2000: World League.
  • 2000: – Has been the team’s starting setter since his arrival in 1994
  • 2000: Finished the year first on the team in aces (44), second in digs (220) and fourth in blocks (63)
  • 2000: Set every match of the Continental Cup in leading the team to the title and a berth in the 2000 Sydney Olympics
  • 2000: Posted seven digs, four kills and four aces
  • 2000: Led the team to a 4-1 record on the Korea Tour with 17 digs, 12 kills, 11 aces and nine blocks
  • 2000: Led the team to a 4-0 record against Olympic host Australia
  • 2000: Named best setter at the 2000 World League and Americas' Cup
  • 2000: Played professionally for Daytona Volley in Italy.
Personal: Full name is Lloy James Ball... Parents are Arnie and Sandy Ball. Arnie coaches men's volleyball at IPFW for many years.... Lloy's wife's name is Sarah, and they are the parents of a son, Dyer (2001) and a daughter, Mya (2006)... Recruited to play basketball at the University of Indiana for Coach Bobby Knight... Played volleyball for his father at IPFW where he also got a communications degree... Began playing volleyball before the age of five: "I remember dad setting up pillows along the floor in the family room. Then, he and I would play one-on-one volleyball with a balloon. Slowly, I progressed to a heavier ball and more organized games."... Since there was no high school volleyball in Indiana, only played in the summer and made his first breakthrough at age 15 by getting an automatic position on the 1987 Olympic Festival. Ball was the youngest player ever to compete in the competition... In 1988, Ball had his first national team experience when Scott Fortune went down with a bad ankle sprain and U.S. Head Coach Bill Neville asked Ball to go with the team to Japan. Ball became the youngest player ever to compete with the national team... Following the 2004 Olympics in Athens, he stopped playing with the U.S. Men, but played two winter seasons with the Iraklis volleyball club in Greece and the 2006-11 winter seasons with Zenit Kazan in Russia... Rejoined the U.S. Men's Team in 2007 after U.S. Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon traveled to Russia to meet with him. He told his wife he wanted his son to remember him playing in the Olympic Games. Dyer was in Beijing to see Lloy win the gold medal... Following the 2008 Olympic Games, Lloy was the subject of a book entitled "The Biggest Mistake I Never Made."... Retired from the U.S. Men's Team for a second time following the 2008 Olympic Games.