DAILY SUMMARY OF TEAM USA IN DEAFLYMPICS 2013 (DAY 5)

US Men’s Handball:
After a stinging loss to Germany, The U.S. Team Handball squad next game would be against Croatia, the defending gold medalist in 2009. The game against Croatia had a strong start, but faltered with just way too many penalties. Team USA lost to Croatia, 44-24. The U.S. plays Hungary at 11:30 a.m. (4:30 ET) Tuesday in its final match of pool play.

US Men’s Wrestling:
Competing in the 66kg weight class, Andrew Patterson, competed against Bulgaria’s Plamen Donchev. Patterson, a rookie, only started training for Greco-Roman wresting just five months ago, lost 7-0. However, according to his coach, Thad Ferguson, said that his stronger suit is freestyle wrestling, which, will give Patterson a better chance of winning. Patterson wrestles again at 2 p.m. (7 a.m. ET) Thursday in the freestyle wrestling competition at CSKA Stadium.

Beach Volleyball:
Men: After a loss from the previous day, #1 Michael Bruning and Eric Vincent, defeated Uzbekistan’s Valeriy Litvinko and Evgeniy Semikin in two sets, 21-9, 21-8.

#2 Dmitri Nikiforov and Steven Menegus played against Poland’s Jacek Kalinowski and Artur Langos. However, due to “…hit too many balls out, or into the net“. Nikiforov and Menegus lost to Poland in straight sets, though, 19-21, 18-21.

Women: The women didn’t do as well as the men having loss to the experienced Russian pair of Yuliya Stukan and Natalia Ivanova. The Russians used skilled ball-handling to take down the Americans in the first set, 21-10.

#2 Charity Sanders and Nancy Moore defeated Gliece Nascimento and Vanessa Vidal of Brazil, 21-10, 21-13.

On Tuesday, Nikiforov and Menegus face Brazil at 9 a.m. (2 a.m. ET), and Sanders and Moore play Russia – a formidable pair that took fourth at the world beach volleyball championships last year, according to Kovacs – at 7 p.m. (noon ET).

US Women Bowling: 

Team USA for Women Bowling struggled with modest scores for their team. The first team, Cheyenne Bryant (979) and Jennifer Kutcka (1031), bowled a total of 2010 points, while teammates Sharon Rutherford (936) and Jerilyn Keller (977) totaled 1913 pin falls.

The men return to play Tuesday in team play, beginning at 9 a.m. (2 a.m. ET) at the Mega Xtreme Bowling Center in Sofia.

 

US Cycling: 
Men: US Cycling has already won two bronze medals, however, today’s event was short of expectations. John Klish suffered a setback when his bicycle chain unhinged. He came in fourth with a time of 55.56.76. 

Quoted by US Deaf Sports: “I thought I did really good today, especially with the broken chain situation that I had,” Klish said. “Once I got that fixed up, I knew I had time to make up. So I pushed myself as hard as I could until I crossed the finish line.”

Teammate and coach Paul Wood – who has 10 medals to his name – finished 40th out of 42 with an unofficial time of 1:13:32.56 in one of his least favorite events.

Women: On the women’s side, in the 30km individual time trials, Americans Raymonda Yeh and Lindsay Lorenz bolted out of the starting gate in the sixth and 10th positions, respectively.

Lorenz finished eighth of 10 riders with an unofficial time of 54:42.96 seconds while Raymonda Yeh was unable to complete the race (unknown) .

The cyclists return to the road Wednesday when they tackle the road race just outside the city limits. In the road race, the women will have to pedal 50km, while the men will have to complete 100km.

Women’s Volleyball:
Outside hitter Kelly Kyle unleashed 14 kills to lead the United States to a 3-0 victory against Poland on Monday at Arena Armeec Sofia.

With the win in straight sets, 25-18, 25-10, 25-11, the USA improved to 4-0 in pool play and clinched a berth in the medal round.

The United States faces Italy, its final pool opponent, at 3 p.m. (8 a.m.) Tuesday at Arena Armeec Sofia.

 

US Women Basketball: 

US Woman Basketball burns Belarus 109-35 at Universiada Sports Hall!

According to US Deaf Sports: Forward/center Easter Faafiti, who sat out Sunday’s game against China, came off the bench and had a game-high 25 points and 15 rebounds while dominating in the paint. 

Hayes picked up her third double-double in four games with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Alexa Justus was able to carry over the momentum from her breakout against China by scoring 14 points to go with four rebounds. 

Six U.S. players finished with double-digit points.

U.S. has two days off to rest and re-evaluate their offense and defense before it returns to competition in the medal round, playing the fourth-place team in Pool B at 5 p.m. Thursday.  


Taekwondo
Roman “Rusty” Nawrocki complete four years ago as the first US Taekwondo athlete.Building his experience, he tried his best to win, however, this time around, Nawrocki again lost his first fight, 12-4, to Osman Gecit of Turkey.

According to US Deaf Sports: “Even if I lost, I still feel good because I learned something from this match, just like I do with any other match,” Nawrocki said. 

Nawrocki felt his offense was on par with Gecit, but his defense was weak, and that cost him the match. 

Santarose said that being teammates with Nawrocki in Taekwondo definitely built a bond between the two athletes. 

“Rusty has been an amazing teammate,” Santarose said.

Note: As of end of this post US Medal Tally is now at:  1 Gold, 1 Silver, and 3 Bronze. 

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