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US Women’s Soccer:
US Women’s Soccer demonstrated a relentless defense that also included some impressive passing and ball control. The Japanese players struggled throughout the entire game, but did not have any luck scoring against the relentless American defense. Jules Nelson scored three goals. U.S. plays Great Britain in the semifinals at 9:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. ET) Thursday at Pitch No. 2 in Pravets. Russia plays Poland in the other semifinal match.

US Women’s Volleyball:
The US Women’s Volleyball Team is in the playoffs of the 2013 Sofia Deaflympics after winning against the Italians. Nevertheless, the team struggled in the beginning as the team co-captain is quoted as saying, “The first and third sets were full of mental errors, co-captain Katelyn Reese said, and the team needs to adjust quickly. She listed serving, passing, misplaying, and miscommunication as some of the team’s issues in the match.”

With a 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-18) win against Italy on Tuesday, the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals, which begin Wednesday afternoon at Arena Armeec Sofia. The quarterfinals begin Wednesday. The U.S., first in Pool B, play Mexico, the fourth seed in Pool A, at 7:00 p.m. in Sofia (noon ET) at Arena Armeec Sofia. The schedule of other quarterfinal matches and the live stream schedule were not yet available at press time. However, Internet connection permitting, the match will be live tweeted by @USA_DeafVB.

Beach Volleyball:
US Men won their match, No. 2 pair Dmitri Nikiforov and Steven Menegus played Uzbekistan’s Valeriy Litvinko and Evgeniy Semikin, the Americans won in straight sets, 21-8, 21-9.

The US Women weren’t so lucky American Nancy Moore and Charity Sanders loss to No. 1 Russia pair, Ekaterina Kireeva and Elizaveta Alexeeva. Russians defeated Sanders and Moore in two sets, 21-14, 21-8.

US Men’s Wrestling:
Ariann Martinez lost to Gabit Yeszhanov of Kazakhstan with 32 seconds left in the first round, 11-3. According to his coach, “His match was very close and he made several good offensive moves,” wrestling head coach Thad Ferguson said. “His one error was based on his moves while he was on the mat, but he did impressively for a first-timer [in Greco-Roman wrestling].”

US Men’s Bowling: 

Johnny McLean scored the highest of the four American bowlers, with 2249 total pin falls, which put him in 26th place. McLean sits 64 points behind leader An Seongjo of Korea. Robert Ellison bowled the second-best U.S. score and placed 27th, with a total of 2246 points.

US Women’s Tennis: 

Laura Chapman and Emily Hangstefer celebrate after defeating Beatriz and Raquel Villamandos-Lorenzo of Spain in women’s doubles quarterfinal play Tuesday.

According to US Deaf Sports: Going into their quarterfinal match against Beatriz and Raquel Villamandos-Lorenzo of Spain on Tuesday, U.S. women’s tennis duo Emily Hangstefer and Laura Chapman were determined to make up for a tough outing in singles. 

For Hangstefer, it was a little shot at redemption for her loss to Beatriz Villamandos-Lorenzo in a battle that lasted more than three hours Monday.
“I had a little agenda on my plate after the loss in singles,” Hangstefer said. “So I really wanted to make sure that I was on the winning side this time around.” 

Chapman was just as motivated, on behalf of her doubles partner. 

The Americans started off firing on all cylinders, winning the first set by a comfortable margin of 6-1. 

The second set mirrored the first as Chapman and Hangstefer dominated, 6-2, to seal the straight-set victory.

US Men’s Basketball:
The match was very close and tense against Russia, however, with the help of point guard, Luke Adams and Layton Seeber’s late hand that caught on fire, the Americans won their match 93-64.

According to US Deaf Sports: Layton Seeber’s right hand blew open a very close and tense match between the U.S. and Russia men’s basketball teams, with the Americans escaping, 93-64, Tuesday at Universiad Sports Hall.

Seeber had a performance to remember in the fourth quarter, hitting five consecutive three-pointers to push the Americans on a 25-0 run that advanced them to the quarterfinals as the top seed in their pool.

The U.S. won the game largely due to defense, bench depth and speed.

US Men’s Handball:

After two heavy losses, both teams, USA and Hungary were gonna be hungry for a win. USA got their first win against Hungary. U.S. held off Hungary, 27-23.

According to US Deaf News: Veteran goaltender Ty Kovacs, playing in his last Deaflympics, said he was proud of his teammates for earning their first taste of victory on the international stage. 

“The game got a little close in the end and we made some defensive lapses,” Kovacs said. “But we told each other to ‘let the game come to us’ and make smart plays instead of rushing things. 

“In the end, we came out with a huge stepping-stone for the young players. They got more experience, playing time and most importantly of all, a huge win.”

U.S. Team Handball wraps up Deaflympics play with a fifth-place match against Russia at 9:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m.) Saturday at the National Sport Academy.

US Track:
Delvin Furlough, the defending Deaflympic and world champion in the 400m, is on track to repeat after qualifying for Wednesday’s finals with a time of 49.14 seconds.

Josh Hembrough – whose forte has been the 110m hurdles, with a gold medal and deaf world record in that event – qualified to advance in the 100m sprint with a time of 11.12 seconds.

Distance runner Diana Dick progressed through the 10,000m but, with two laps left to go, crumpled into a heap next to the track.

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