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Sitting volleyball notebook: Growing crowd energizes U.S. as both teams advance

By Corbin Hosler, Staff Writer, chosler@opubco.com Modified: July 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm •  Published: July 14, 2010

Growing crowd energizes team

Supporters of the U.S. sitting volleyball teams have been showing up in increasing numbers this week. Tournament officials don't keep exact attendance numbers, but said there were between 500-600 people at Wednesday night's game between the U.S. and Netherlands, the highest-attended game of the women's tournament so far.

"If we make it to the finals we're going to have to pull out extra seats," said Ryan Wilson, who is helping to coordinate the event at UCO.

Women's coach Bill Hamiter said the crowd support was a factor in his team's win in straight sets.

"I always tell them we need to keep the intensity high, and the crowd was good for that," he said.

U.S. teams advance to bracket play

The women were qualified to advance out of pool play before Wednesday's games, but locked up a No. 1 seed with their win Wednesday. They finished pool play with a perfect 5-0 record. Their next match is at 1:30 p.m. Friday against either Russia or Slovenia. Eight teams advance to bracket play, with the top three qualifying for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

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