Navy dominates day one of Armed Forces Women's Volleyball Championship

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Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Angelina Pulu of North Island and Coast Guard Seaman Mary Lavery of Philadelphia lead Navy with 12 kills each to top Air Force in the opening match of the 2017 Armed Forces Women’s Volleyball Championship at Naval Station Mayport, Florida fitness center on May 18th. 

In the best of five sets, Navy took Air Force to the final set winning 15-13 winning three sets to two (25-22, 16-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-13).  Air Force 2nd lt. Taylor Parker of Malmstrom AFB, Mont. also registered 12 kills as Air Force held strong.

In match-two, Air Force rebounded to halt Army with dominate play by Air Force 2nd lt. Felicia Clement of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash, winning three sets to one. Army’s Sgt. Latoya Marshall of Wilmington, N.C. tallied 15 kills, but Army struggled to finish the sets.  Final scores: 25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 25-14.

In the final match of the day, Navy’s Lavery let loose and registered a tournament high 19 kills defeating Army three sets to one to finish round one of the tournament 2-0.  Army opened up the first set with a 27-25 win, but Navy bounced back in three-straight sets for the win (25-17, 25-20, 25-16).

Action returns on 19 May in this triple round robin championship.  Top players will earn a spot on the U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Volleyball team that will compete at the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) World Military Women’s Volleyball Championship also at Mayport from 2-11 June. Teams from Canada, China, Germany and Netherlands will join the U.S. in this prestigious event.  

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