Day Two all Wins for Team USA

On Thursday, July 20th, Team USA Tennis had the Women’s Singles, Men’s Volleyball played vs. Poland, Women’s Volleyball played vs. Ukraine, and Swimming hauled in the first  Gold medal for USA, landing USA a top spot in the medal rankings.

Tennis Team Leader Howard Gorrell reported for Tennis:

USA’s Amanda Wu and her opponent Mandarin-speaking Chinese Li Cha waited for the umpire’s flipping coin. Li won the toss and chose to stay on the court side. Her quick decision caused Amanda and the umpire confusion since the winners of the coin toss usually choose the serving position, but Li repeated her decision to be on the court receiving side.  This gave Amanda  an advantage. Amanda served and won the first game.  She continued to win games until Li broke Amanda’s serving at the 12th game. Ultimately, Amanda Wu won 6-0, 6-1.  Her match statistics can be found at
An American-born Taiwanese tennis instructor, Amanda played for the women’s tennis team in Carnegie Mellon University before transferring to St. John’s University of New York, where she helped clinch the first- ever indoor national college championships for the CMU’s women’s team in its’ national history.

The next match will be in the mixed double team with Christopher E. Daniels against the No. 4 seeded Indian team, Prithvi Sekhar and Shaik Jafreen,  on Court # 6 on Thursday, July 21 at 2:00 pm. 

Judy Nelson reported for Men’s Volleyball:

The US Men’s Deaf Volleyball Team faced Poland in a rousing match on Thursday, July 20th.   Poland dominated the first set with a strong defense, winning 25-11.  But the US men battled back in the second set to win 25-17.  The third and fourth sets were both neck to neck, with the score tied several times.  The US team pulled through for America, winning 26-24 and 25-23, defeating Poland for the match.  The men will meet Ukraine tomorrow, July 21, in their next match at 1:00 pm.

John Kessenich reported for Women’s Volleyball:

Today Team USA Women’s Volleyball beat Ukraine 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-20, 25-26) in their second pool play match of the 2017 Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey. This match was a rematch of the 2016 World Championship match, when the US won 3-0.

The first set started with the US pulling out to a big early lead with strong serving and superior attacking. Ukraine fought back but was unable to close the gap and the US took the first set 25-18.

Going into the second set, Ukraine had momentum and used very aggressive serving to put the US offense out of system. Both teams fought hard but Ukraine showed mental toughness at the end of the stretch, pulling ahead and taking the second set.

The third set started off with Ukraine taking a big lead, going ahead by as much as 8 at times. Down 14-20, the US team showed great composure and with Kali Frowick at the service line, went on an 11 point run to win the set 25-20. The run was highlighted by strong transition attacking by Abby Garrity and relentless team defense.

The fourth set was again back and forth until an 8 point serving run from Frowick, where the team showed strong blocking and defense, frustrating the Ukranian attackers. The US team won the fourth set 25-16. Team USA are now 2-0 in their pool and will square up against Brazil on Saturday at 12:30 for their final pool play match.