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Sitting volleyball notebook for Tuesday, July 13

Volunteers power week-long event; men face must-win, women in strong position
BY CORBIN HOSLER Modified: July 13, 2010 at 12:02 am •  Published: July 12, 2010

Volunteers power week-long event

More than 1,000 volunteers will participate in the eight-day event. Volunteers are responsible for tasks such as scorekeeping, sweeping floors, taking tickets, and welcoming guests, said event coordinator Leigha Joiner.

"The response has been great, from local businesses, UCO and the community," she said. "UCO's campus has come out in full force.

Gina Richardson of Edmond is volunteering along with her 14-year-old daughter, who plays club volleyball.

"I think its great for her to see athletes with a disability still competing," Richardson said.

Selecting athletes all about the numbers

Not all countries are on equal footing when it comes to selecting members of their sitting volleyball squads. Some countries have an advantage simply because there are more disabled athletes to choose from, said Netherlands coach Jan van de Wijngaard.

"In Holland, we have only a few hundred athletes to choose from, where is countries such as (sitting volleyball powers) Iran or Bosnia, they have thousands," he said.

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