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RIO DE JANEIRO -- One day over lunch in Serbia three years ago, Kim Hill began yodeling. Cheap Adidas Wholesale China .She is quick to downplay her talents for a practice rooted in the Alps. She insists its just a song she learned growing up that happens to include yodeling.Regardless, her teammates and coaches absolutely love when she does it, even if yodeling is not on the Olympic program.I dont know how to actually yodel, definitely never took lessons, Hill said. Growing up, my family went to this German restaurant every year and theres a song they sing there that has some yodeling in it.However the story goes, theres one thing most everybody agrees on: That first yodel marked the moment Hill fit right in with U.S. womens volleyball team and a group drawn to the spontaneous.A song. A dance. An improvised cheer.The way U.S. assistant coach Tom Black remembers it, the players were talking over their meal and Hill mentioned yodeling. Of course, they begged her to demonstrate.And it caught on real fast, Black said. There was a lot of yodeling going on by the group and it was tradition for about a year and a half. I was laughing and also really happy for Kim. She was the new kid on the block, and the way she handled it -- self-effacing, having fun but willing to laugh at herself -- and the genuine enthusiasm the veterans showed about it helped them coalesce into a tighter group. I was more encouraged for that aspect of it. There was never a problem before, but I think that was the moment Kim was officially in.So, hows that saying go? For this group, the team that yodels together wins together.That remains to be seen for the unbeaten and top-ranked U.S. squad, which is chasing its first Olympic gold medal and topped rival China in four sets Sunday night. The Americans won 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-19.Coach Karch Kiraly knows he has an immensely talented, family-first roster. The most decorated player of his generation and only person with gold in beach and indoor volleyball has embraced the quirky moments along the way. Whatever it takes to build a unit that will stick together in pursuit of the top prize in Rio.Its different than coaching a mens team. Sometimes the womens team will just be at lunch and break out in song, Kiraly said. And Im OK with that, I think its awesome. Theyll just break out and start dancing, like well be warming up in the warmup gym and theyll start dancing a little bit. We love to play our music, they love to dance, they love to sing. And I love that they are in an atmosphere where they feel they can be themselves and do that and break into a dance if they feel like it. So, Kim, they all have the freedom and the trust and the safety to do that.After that first yodeling show came Kiralys 53rd birthday four months later on Nov. 3 during a tournament in Japan. Of course, Kiraly requested a celebratory yodel from Hill for the occasion.We love throwing twists on the traditional `Happy Birthday song, so yodeling was what Kim threw into the mix, captain Christa Dietzen said. Each of our younger teammates all had to find their role or place on the team. It takes a while, but the culture weve created allows people to be all of themselves.The soft-spoken outside hitter from Portland, Oregon, has been a regular Olympic starter so far. Dont let her demeanor fool you.She has got the most amazing spirit about her. Nothing fazes her, Kiraly said. I dont know anybody in this world who could find a bad word to say about her. Shes just a sweetheart. And I think that fools some people. I think that sweet exterior makes people think that she might not be very competitive, but shes extremely competitive in her sweet way.Assistant coach Jamie Morrison is sure the 6-foot-4 Hill should take the yodeling lead.I have attempted to join in but my yodeling skills are not up to par with Kim, he said, noting he first heard the yodel in 2014 at Montreaux, Switzerland. I was left wondering if Kim was actually from the Swiss Alps. Adidas Shoes From China Wholesale . The All-Pro lineman got the leg bent under him while trying to make a tackle during the first half of a 22-20 overtime loss at Miami on Thursday night. The medical staff initially thought hed torn the ligament, and the test a day later in Cincinnati confirmed it. Cheap Adidas Shoes Free Shipping . Thats not a comment on the suspension that banished the Portland Winterhawks general manager and coach from his Western Hockey League teams bench for most of the 2012-13 season. http://www.cheapadidas.us/ . Terms of the deal were not immediately available. The 26-year-old finished last season with Clevelands Triple-A affiliate in Columbus after signing with the Indians in August. SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Herb Sendek walks across Santa Claras campus from his Leavey Center office to the iconic Mission church and stops for a moment at his favorite landmark. Its a special spot for a brief respite from the fundamentals-focused basketball preparation with his Broncos.While Sendek is busy rebuilding mens basketball at Santa Clara, Damon Stoudamire and Terry Porter have brought some serious NBA pedigree to coaching in the mid-major West Coast Conference trying to get their programs on track. Add to the list of new faces first-year San Francisco coach Kyle Smith, fresh off an impressive six-year run at Columbia.The league, still largely unheralded despite its decades-long run of postseason success, is suddenly boasting some high-profile coaching names to go along with the old staples of No. 14 Gonzagas Mark Few and Randy Bennett at 17th-ranked Saint Marys, which might have one of its best teams yet after a 29-win season . The Zags and Gaels shared the WCC regular-season crown last season and are picked by the coaches to go 1-2.I have a very healthy respect for the West Coast Conference and I really believe its on the verge of exploding, said Sendek, back on the bench following a year away after his dismissal at Arizona State . Clearly you have the top tier that has been dominant for the last many years but you also sense a renewed commitment from the other schools to be even more competitive. Its a terrific basketball league.In Portland, Porter sometimes points to examples of NBA players emerging from the WCC to make big impacts at the next level.Smith, who went 101-82 at Columbia with a Collegeinsider.com Tournament title and 25-10 record last season, is hardly new to the WCC yet now takes on a storied program determined to be a regular contender again. A former top assistant under Bennett at Saint Marys who also worked at San Diego, he has connections to several programs and most of the other coaches.I coached in the league for 17 years and Ive always thought its really the one league I know, so I think its a great time, Smith said. Over the last five years youve had three programs that have emerged and theyve been good, theyve kind of gotten to the top, and it looks like some other programs are really trying to regain some of their past glory and make it interesting. I think they will, and I think it will be healthy for the league with these new coaches. Its a big investment trying to make the league better.Porter rarely speaks of his own playing experiences while chuckling and noting, theyre so young and wont remember him anyway. Rick Adelman has stopped by Pilots practice to provide another set of eyes on things, and Porter speaks to his former coach with the Spurs, Gregg Popovich, on occasion for any tips on startting something new and building a system -- and family atmosphere. Cheap Adidas Shoes Wholesale. Its personal core values and me being on championship-caliber teams sharing what do we hold true and what helped us be successful, Porter said.Smiths ties to Bennett are just a start in the close-knit conference.Porters son, Franklin, played for Bennett in the suburban East Bay hills of Moraga.Bennett is thrilled to see the WCC generate more attention with all the change.I knew Terry because of Franklin. Hes just a class act, Bennett said. Ive known Damon Stoudamire since he was about 15 and always considered him a really good guy, and a guy thats a friend. Ive known Herb and have a lot of respect for him as a coach. Weve gotten to know each other because hes been out West. Obviously Kyle, I have a long history with and a really good friend.All four of them I know, its pretty cool that way ... good, talented people. Its going to help the league. The leagues going to get stronger.Sendeks own coaching tree is strong: He has watched 12 of his former assistants or other staff members become Division I head coaches. He has found a good fit.I do feel refreshed, he said.All of the new coaches are realizing challenges with starting fresh.Porter accepted the job right before his players took finals, then they went their separate ways for the summer. So he has spent much of the preseason finding a groove.Being around them and talking about some of our team identities and trying to build some of those things, it was something weve had to get into a little bit later, he said. The guys have really embraced it.New Golden State Warriors top assistant Mike Brown played at San Diego for Bennett and also knows Smith, Few, Porter and Stoudamire. Browns allegiances will stay in Southern California with the Toreros and coach Lamont Smith, an ex-USD player and another former Saint Marys assistant.Brown is eager to watch Bennett -- who has been turning up at Golden State practices this fall -- face off with good friend-turned rival Kyle Smith.This is a big-time conference, Brown said. This conference is not an easy conference. It will be interesting to see how both those guys do. Im sure theyll do great. Im glad Im so close to be able to pop in and catch a game. Its going to be a fun year for the West Coast Conference.The WCC sent three of its then-eight teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 for the first time then again in 2012 once BYU joined the 10-team league.The coaching and the turnover this year has changed dramatically but you still have the two major staples in Mark and Randy, Porter said. Its going to be fun to see the conference get after it. ' ' ' 

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