U.S. Men's CISM Volleyball Team Falls to Bulgaria
By Spc. Robert Bray
Special to American Forces Press Service
ZAGREB, Croatia, Aug. 10, 1999 Despite its best efforts, the U.S. men's volleyball team fell to Bulgaria Aug. 9 in the opening round of action in the 2nd Military World Games here.
Bulgaria shot to an 8-1 lead in the first game and polished off the Americans, 25-11. Though the U.S. team fought back and led several times in the next two games, Bulgaria carded comfortable 25-16 and 25-18 margins to win the five- game match 3-0.
The Military World Games are sponsored by the 121-nation International Military Sports Council, or CISM. That acronym comes from the council's French name, "Counseil International du Sport Militaire." Scoring and rules differ in these matches -- among other features, games are played to 25 points rather than the usual 15 in the United States.
The U.S. team members practiced together for less than two weeks before heading to Zagreb, but players still felt satisfied with their performances.
"I thought we did pretty good for the competition that we had," said Army Sgt. Jason Janda, stationed in Giessen, Germany. "We knew they were pretty tough and experienced."
[Spc. Robert Bray is a member of the Army Reserve 358th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 96th Regional Support Command, Fort Douglas, Utah, assigned to cover the Military World Games.]