Army Women three-peat and Air Force Men un-seat Army for Armed Forces Gold

By Armed Forces Sports | Armed Forces Sports | June 18, 2015

May 27, 2015 -- (Detroit, Mich.) With a slim roster of eight players, Army Women captured their third consecutive Armed Forces title defeating Navy 2-0 and Air Force 2-1. In men’s action, Air Force returned to the top of the podium after beating Navy 2-0 and stopping Army’s four-year championship run, winning 2-1 at the COBO Center in Detroit, Mich. from May 22-24.

The U.S. Armed Forces Volleyball Championship, held in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Open Nationals, featured men and women teams from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard competing in the A-Division. Joining the Service teams in pool play were the Canadian Armed Forces men and women volleyball teams. 

Army Women, led by head coach Staff Sgt. Sherri Lagasse-Randall of Fort Steward, Ga., swept the Service teams within the first round of pool play to take Armed Forces gold.  Army advanced in the A-Division of the USA Volleyball Open and finished 13th overall with a record of 3-3. 

Air Force women took silver in Armed Forces action and advanced further in round two of the A-Division than any other Service, finishing 10th overall with a record of 5-3.  Navy women finished 19th overall in the A-Division and the Canadian Armed Forces finished 11th.

On the men’s side, Air Force captured their first Armed Forces Gold since 2010 ending Army’s impressive run.  Air Force swept the Service teams in the first round of pool play and finished 11th with a 5-3 record.

In his last competition, Senior Chief Petty Officer John Goings of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., anchored Navy to their third consecutive Armed Forces silver, finishing 29th overall in the A-Division.

Goings has competed in 15 Armed Forces Championships and has been a member of four U.S. Armed Forces Volleyball and Beach Volleyball teams throughout his military career. 

Army finished 27th overall in the A-Division. Canada placed 13th overall with a final record of 4-4.

After the A-Division concluded, USA Volleyball hosted the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) Bi-Lateral Competition between USA and Canada. The top players from the U.S. the Army, Navy and Air Force were selected to represent the U.S. Armed Forces against our northern neighbors. 

In close action, the U.S. Women’s Armed Forces team defeated the Canadians 2-1 (25-22, 20-25, 15-10). In men’s action, Canada defeated the U.S. Men 2-0 (25-16, 25-20) to close out the CISM competition.

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