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USA Deaf Women's Volleyball wins gold at 2019 Pan American Regional Qualification in Brazil

Team USA women's deaf volleyball group photo holding up a USA flag.

BRASILIA, Brazil - USA Deaf Women's Volleyball rolled through the 2019 Pan American Deaf Volleyball Regional Qualification from Nov. 26-30 here in Brasilia, Brazil. Team USA won every set (15) and match (five) en route to the gold medal.

The Gallaudet University women's volleyball program was well represented at the 2019 Pan American Deaf Volleyball Regional Qualification. GU coach Lynn Ray Boren led the way as the head coach along with assistants Danielle Morris and CJ Upchurch. Junior Karita Lewis (Frederick, Md.) was the only current Bison on the squad along with former Bison standouts Ann Behm, Kali Frowick, Giuletta Maucere and Sarah Tubert.

"I am glad that we decided to send a group of young players to the PanAm Games to give them some international exposure and experience before we head off to the World Deaf Volleyball Championships this coming summer in Italy," said Boren. "As expected, we went unbeaten in both sets and matches with players' rich volleyball profiles and fitness competition."
Team USA went up against teams from Canada, Mexico and the hosts Brazil. Team USA won pool play with three wins and then defeated Canada in the semifinals and defeated Brazil in the championship match, 25-15, 25-19, 25-15. Team USA has now qualified for the 2021 Deaflympics, at a site to be determined. 

"I am thankful for the opportunity to play with U.S. Deaf Women's Volleyball at the PanAm games," said Lewis. "It was a great experience playing against teams from different countries and learning international signs. I am looking forward to the World Deaf Volleyball Championships in Italy."

Team USA will next be in action at the World Deaf Volleyball Championships in July 2020 in Italy. 

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