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Navy Women Breeze to Volleyball Title; Playoff Needed for Men's Crown

By Mike Elter
National Guard Bureau

MILLINGTON, Tenn., Sept. 25, 2002 – The Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force squared off against each other in the 2002 Armed Forces Men's and Women's Volleyball Championship at Naval Support Activity Mid-South here Sept. 9-14.

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No matter how high the Air Force women (right) jumped, the Navy women seemed to jump higher. No matter how well Air Force placed a serve or spike, the Navy dug deep and held. The Navy women's volleyball team went undefeated to win gold at the 2002 Armed Forces Men's and Women's Volleyball Championships at Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Millington, Tenn., Sept. 9-14, 2002. Photo by Wayne Smith.
  

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Coming into the double round-robin tournament, the athletes had three goals in mind: to win the tournament, to be named to the all-armed forces team and to have fun. They were battling the odds with the first two, as only two teams could win first place and only 24 would be named to the all-service team. But everyone was able to have fun.

The Navy women took the court for the first game of the tournament, beat Air Force and never looked back in posting a perfect match-play record.

The men's contest wasn't as easy and went down to a tie-breaking best-two-of-three match between the Army and Air Force. Both came to the final game with one loss -- at the hands of one another. Having just battled Navy an hour before, the Army fell in two games to the Air Force.

At the closing ceremony, after the Navy women and Air Force men received their gold medals, and the Army men and women their silvers, it was time to announce the tournament all-star team and the all-armed forces team.

The Navy women again rose to the top, placing their head coach, Lt. Katie Good, and five players on the 12-person all-armed forces team.

The women on the armed forces team will be: Navy, Lt. Marsha Heineman, Seaman Faye Solis, Lt. j.g. Katie Sheldon, Petty Officer 3rd class Edna McCollum and Lt. j.g. Beth Salness; Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Charissa Howard; Army, 1st Lt. Cassandra Clemons, 1st Lt. Jennifer Cave and 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Andreichuk; and Air Force, 1st Lt. Summer Deaton, Capt. Billeye Juarez and Senior Airman Heather Liskey.

The men's all-armed forces team will be: Navy, Ensign Jeffrey Mund, Petty Officer 3rd class Randall Mindar and Lt. Brian Rosemark; Army, Sgt. Jason Janda, Sgt. Juan Monge-Velazquez, Capt. Leif Fautanu and Staff Sgt. Tausala Faamausili; and Air Force, Staff Sgt. Robert Caldwell, Staff Sgt. Brian Quinn and Airman First Class Ashley Spurlin. The Marines will be represented on court by Navy hospital corpsmen Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Taylor and Seaman Russel Simmons. The men's team will be led by Marine Corps team coach Petty Officer 1st class Kahili Schucht.

Heineman, Solis, Sheldon, Clemons, Deaton, Juarez and Marine Corps Capt. Susan Bird composed the tournament all-star women's squad. On the men's all stars were Mindar, Simmons, Spurlin, Quinn, Faamausili, Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Duenasnunez and Air Force Master Sgt. Kliengsak Nipchaimanathan.

The tournament displayed teamwork at its best. The skill levels of the players being similar, the difference between who won or lost came down to who came ready to win.

Navy women's coach Good knows the answer: The Navy women.

"The attitude of this team is the best I have ever worked with, but they are also the most talented," Good said. "They came in on Day 1 with one goal of winning the gold. They came to play volleyball and clicked right away. If there were any little personality problems, they dealt with them and didn't bring them to the gym."

She also attributes the team's success to leadership, but she doesn't take credit for it.

"Each one of them is her own individual leader. They were all able to take control of anything that happened out there, and the others instinctively supported them," Good added.

"We just wanted to be the best. Winning the gold is a bonus," said Petty Officer 2nd class Kilohana Akim, based in Hawaii at the Pacific Area Armory Detachment.

"They have become a family," said Rob Hansgen, deputy secretariat of the Armed Forces Sports Council. "First, when they were formed as a team, and now all the services here have become a family. That's part of the goal of the program for all of the sports."

"We're dealing with some of the best athletes in the nation," Hansgen said "This program is on the same level as (NCAA) Division 1. Some of these players are even Olympic caliber."

In addition to volleyball the Department of Defense sponsors sports programs in golf, basketball, wrestling, bowling, track and field, racquetball, tennis, softball, boxing and soccer.

Service members interested in representing their branch of service should contact their athletics or recreation department for more details and schedules, or log on to the DoD sports Web site at dod.mil/armedforcessports.

"The combat sports -- wrestling and boxing -- are the most popular," Hansgen said, "but all of the programs are highly competitive."

The all-armed forces team, also known as "Team U.S.A.," will now represent the United States in the Conseil International du Sports Militaire, known as CISM, championship being held now through Oct. 2 in Constanta, Romania. CISM has 122 member nations.

The host, Capt. Wanda L. Riddle, commander of the support activity, could often be seen cheering on the teams when her schedule allowed. She favored the Navy teams, of course, but she voiced pride in all the teams.

"Sports endeavors such as this tournament play a vital role in our military," Riddle said. "They provide higher morale and alert minds. Each of the participants here has exhibited dedication, hard work and a willingness to make the sacrifices necessary to be champions.

"It's great you can all come here and do something different and still represent the U.S. military. I am very proud of all of you and I am glad you are all on the same military team," she said closing the tournament.

Daily Scores:

Sept. 10
USN Women vs. USAF Women USA Women vs. USMC Women
Game 1 USN 25, USAF 18 Game 1 USA 25, USMC 20
Game 2 USN 26, USAF 24 Game 2 USA 23, USMC 25
Game 3 USN 25, USAF 18 Game 3 USA 25, USMC 22
  Game 4 USA 25, USMC 23
 
USN Men vs. USAF Men USA Men vs. USMC Men
Game 1 USN 24, USAF 26 Game 1 USA 25, USMC 23
Game 2 USN 25, USAF 19 Game 2 USA 25, USMC 18
Game 3 USN 25, USAF 20 Game 3 USA 25, USMC 28
Game 4 USN 19, USAF 25 Game 4 USA 25, USMC 14
Game 5 USN 13, USAF 15
 
USA Women vs. USAF Women USA Men vs. USAF Men
Game 1 USA 21, USAF 25 Game 1 USA 19, USAF 25
Game 2 USA 25, USAF 21 Game 2 USA 20, USAF 25
Game 3 USA 25, USAF 15 Game 3 USA 22, USAF 25
Game 4 USA 22, USAF 25
Game 5 USA 15, USAF 13
 
Wednesday, 11 Sept.
USMC Women vs. USN Women USMC Men vs. USN Men
Game 1 USMC 25, USN 21 Game 1 USMC 14, USN 25
Game 2 USMC 17, USN 25 Game 2 USMC 25, USN 20
Game 3 USMC 13, USN 25 Game 3 USMC 13, USN 25
Game 4 USMC 26, USN 28 Game 4 USMC 25, USN 20
  Game 5 USMC 6, USN 15
 
USMC Women vs. USAF Women USMC Men vs. USAF Men
Game 1 USMC 19, USAF 25 Game 1 USMC 15, USAF 25
Game 2 USMC 20, USAF 25 Game 2 USMC 20, USAF 25
Game 3 USMC 17, USAF 25 Game 3 USMC 18, USAF 25
 
USN Women vs. USA Women USN Men vs. USA Men
Game 1 USN 25, USA 21 Game 1 USN 22, USA 25
Game 2 USN 25, USA 16 Game 2 USN 25, USA 18
Game 3 USN 23, USA 25 Game 3 USN 23, USA 25
Game 4 USN 25, USA 22 Game 4 USN 22, USA 25
 
Thursday, 12 Sept.
USN Women vs. USAF Women USN Men vs. USAF Men
Game 1 USN 25, USAF 18 Game 1 USN 16, USAF 25
Game 2 USN 21, USAF 25 Game 2 USN 21, USAF 25
Game 3 USN 25, USAF 27 Game 3 USN 22, USAF 25
Game 4 USN 25, USAF 23
Game 5 USN 15, USAF 10
 
USA Women vs. USMC Women USA Men vs. USMC Men
Game 1 USA 25, USMC 19 Game 1 USA 25, USMC 22
Game 2 USA 17, USMC 25 Game 2 USA 23, USMC 25
Game 3 USA 29, USMC 27 Game 3 USA 26, USMC 24
Game 4 USA 20, USMC 25 Game 4 USA 25, USMC 17
Game 5 USA 15, USMC 10
 
Friday, 13 Sept.
USAF Women vs. USA Women USAF Men vs. USA Men
Game 1 USAF 20, USA 25 Game 1 USAF 25, USA 22
Game 2 USAF 16, USA 25 Game 2 USAF 22, USA 25
Game 3 USAF 24, USA 26 Game 3 USAF 22, USA 25
  Game 4 USAF 26, USA 28
 
USMC Women vs. USN Women USMC Men vs. USN Men
Game 1 USMC 20, USN 25 Game 1 USMC 12, USN 25
Game 2 USMC 8, USN 25 Game 2 USMC 19, USN 25
Game 3 USMC 14, USN 25 Game 3 USMC 24, USN 26
 
Saturday, 14 September
USAF Women vs. USMC Women USAF Men vs. USMC Men
Game 1 USAF 25, USMC 18 Game 1 USAF 25, USMC 15
Game 2 USAF 25, USMC 21 Game 2 USAF 25, USMC 11
Game 3 USAF 29, USMC 27 Game 3 USAF 26, USMC 24
 
USN Women vs. USA Women USN Men vs. USA Men
Game 1 USN 25, USA 19 Game 1 USN 27, USA 29
Game 2 USN 25, USA 21 Game 2 USN 22, USA 25
Game 3 USN 25, USA 21 Game 3 USN 25, USA 21
  Game 4 USN 17, USA 25
 
Tie Breaker Between USAF Men and USA Men
Game 1 USAF 25, USA 20
Game 2 USAF 25, USA 15

(Mike Elter is a public affairs specialist at the Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Millington, Tenn.)

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageThe Army team (forecourt) reached deep to find ways to outdig, outspike and outserve the Marines, and despite some close games, came out on top in their matches, 3-1, 3-1. The action was at the 2002 Armed Forces Men's and Women's Volleyball Championship at Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Millington, Tenn. Sept. 9-14, 2002. Photo by Wayne Smith.   
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageSecond-place finisher Army (forecourt) had its hands full with scrappy Marines, but found the key to victory in their two faceoffs, 3-1, 3-1. The action was at the 2002 Armed Forces Men's and Women's Volleyball Championship at Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Millington, Tenn. Sept. 9-14, 2002. Photo by Wayne Smith.   
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageThe Air Force team (right) was the one to beat in the men's tournament, and as hard as the Navy players tried, they fell shy, 3-2, 3-0. The action was at the 2002 Armed Forces Men's and Women's Volleyball Championship at Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Millington, Tenn. Sept. 9-14, 2002. Photo by Wayne Smith.   
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageThe Marine Corps women (forecourt) didn't fare any better against the Army than their male counterparts. Both teams dug in deep, but the soldiers found the pinpoint accuracy they needed for confirmed kills. The Marines' men's and women's squads went winless, both carding 0-6. The action was at the 2002 Armed Forces Men's and Women's Volleyball Championships at Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Millington, Tenn., Sept. 9-14, 2002. Photo by Wayne Smith.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageThe Marine Corps women (forecourt) try to set up a spike against Army (the ball's blur above the crossed anchors on the back wall). The Marines went winless, 0-6, in the 2002 Armed Forces Women's Volleyball Championships at Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Millington, Tenn., Sept. 9-14, 2002. Photo by Wayne Smith.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageNavy (forecourt) and Air Force women battle for point and possession at the net. In the end, Navy dug deep and held. The Navy women finished 6-0 in match play to capture first place at the 2002 Armed Forces Men's and Women's Volleyball Championships at Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Millington, Tenn., Sept. 9-14, 2002. Photo by Wayne Smith.  
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