Saturday and Sunday was when the competition really started to get going. We had a HUGE match Saturday evening against Russia, who we believed to be our biggest opponents in pool play. It was an evening game and it was nice to see many other USA teams out supporting us! It was such a great atmosphere and the gym was packed, standing room only. Both Russian and USA fans were excited and spirited and ready to see a great match… and a good one it was!
We started off somewhat slow in our match. We let Russia get a lead in set 1 but rallied point for point the entire way and ended up winning the first set. The second set, Russia rallied back and stole the second set from USA. We were able to make some adjustments and, with the support of the crowd and fans, we won sets 3 and 4 and took down Russia. Here’s a recap from that exciting match:
We had a short recovery period between our matches on Saturday and Sunday, but thankfully our schedule was set up to our advantage. Our game on Sunday was a bit easier as we took on Uzbekistan, who was new to the Olympics this year. It was great to see them put together a squad; however, we defeated them soundly with a score of 3 sets to 0. Here’s a recap from this match: http://www.usdeafsports.org/volleyball/news/2013/jul/28/us-volleyball-takes-breather-defeats-uzbekistan-st/
It’s been a busy two days for the women’s volleyball team, but no rest yet! We are officially 3-0 in pool play and have two more matches, vs. Poland and vs. Italy. Our goal is to take down both of those teams and earn a number one seed going into the quarterfinal match-ups and bracket play.
Thanks for checking in!! GO USA!!!
Kelly Kyle #10