WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States of America (USA) Deaf women’s volleyball team won the 2011 Friendship Games on Saturday, August 6, with a 3-0 win over Ukraine in the final match at the Field House on the campus of Gallaudet University. The victory by Team USA avenges a loss to Ukraine in the 2009 Deaflympics gold medal match.
Team USA finished the Friendship Games with a perfect 5-0 record and only dropped three sets the entire week. USA defeated Ukraine 3-1 in round robin play earlier in the week. Japan took third-place with a 3-1 win over Canada.
“It was our team goal to win this event. My hat is off to this team, no question,” said USA Deaf women’s volleyball head coach Lynn Ray Boren. “It is not easy to beat Ukraine once, let alone twice in one week. I give credit to the players for being well prepared and playing as a team.”
On the men’s side, Russian Federation handed Ukraine its first loss of the Friendship Games in the finals with a 3-1 setback. The USA men’s team, winless in round robin play, upset Venezuela 3-0 in the third-place match.
The 2011 Volleyball Friendship Games were hosted by USA Deaf Volleyball, a committee under USA Deaf Sports Federation, and played at the Field House.
For more information about the 2011 Friendship Games please visit its official website here: www.usadeafsports.org/volleyball/2011-friendship-games.