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.