World Military Games Shorts II
By Spc. Gary E. Peterson
National Guard Bureau
ZAGREB, Croatia, Aug. 12, 1999 Team U.S.A. has a successful new set of aces competing in the 2nd Military World Games' naval pentathlon here. Navy Lt. Julie Ann House and Ensigns Bridget E. Stamp and Lynn R. Rodrea began the competition Aug. 10 by claiming the best obstacle course time.
"I got a clean run and the best time," Stamp said.
"Women have only been competing in the pentathlon for the past three years. The three of us here are all first timers," Stamp said. U.S. women in previous meets won second place twice; the rookie trio are hoping to bring home the women's first gold.
Naval pentathletes vie in five unusual land and water events testing endurance and skill.
U.S. Volleyball Team Loses to Host Croatia
By Spc. Robert Bray
ZAGREB, Croatia -- The U.S. men fell 3-0 to a taller, more seasoned Croatian squad in the second round of volleyball at the 2nd Military World Games here.
Croatia stole the first game 25-15, but the second brought much more excitement in the best-of-five competition.
Croatia scored a couple of quick points to open an early lead, but they didn't go unanswered as the Americans fought back to tie the score 5-5 and then kept up the pressure. The best Croatia could do was build to 19-14.
U.S. then scored three straight points behind blocked spikes by Army Cpl. Richard Hudson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Army Staff Sgt. Carrins Beattie of Okinawa, Japan, and Air Force Capt. Ryan Turner of Los Angeles. A well-earned point off a hard spike by Turner narrowed the gap to 21-20, the most serious threat the U.S. men posed in the match. But Croatia doused the fire with a 4-1 run to end the game at 25-21.
The third game saw many side-outs, which count for points under the rally point scoring system.
For almost every point U.S. scored, Croatia answered back with two. Despite strong U.S. blocking, Croatia's score rapidly rose with spike after vicious spike. When the dust cleared, Croatia took the third and final game 25-11.
Though suffering back-to back-losses, the first to Bulgaria, the U.S. team's morale is still high.
"We don't have anything to be ashamed of. We played incredible," said Turner. "We played one of the best countries in the world, and we played them pretty tough."
The U.S. team moves into the consolation bracket. The next opponent is yet to be determined.
[These reports were compiled by members of the Army Reserve 358th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 96th Regional Support Command, Fort Douglas, Utah, assigned to cover the Military World Games.]