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.
The reason for the disparity is that those countries were involved in recent wars, which could lead to more injuries, said B.J. Evans, media relations manager for USA volleyball.
Men face must-win match, women in strong position
The U.S. men's sitting volleyball team faces a must-win match against Libya at 6 tonight if it hopes to advance out of pool play.
Monday's loss to Bosnia, one of the favorites to win the title, dropped the team to 0-2 in the tournament, including a loss to China on Sunday. The Americans must defeat Libya tonight and Canada on Wednesday to make it to elimination play. The top three teams out of the five-team pool will advance.
The women are nearly a lock to advance after defeating Japan in straight sets Monday to move to 2-0. The ext match for the U.S. is 11 a.m. today against Lithuania.