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News | May 20, 2017

Air Force takes day two, jumps to first place

By Armed Forces Sports Armed Forces Sports

Air Force goes undefeated in round-two and took control of first place handing Navy a crucial loss in match six of the 2017 Armed Forces Women’s Volleyball Championship at Naval Station Mayport, Florida fitness center on May 19th. 

In match-four, Army opened up with two straight set wins with solid play by Sgt. Latoya Marshall of Wilmington, N.C.  Despite Marshall’s 24 kills and 17 digs, Air Force fought back winning the next three sets.  Air Force 2nd lt. Felicia Clement of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. led the team with 15 kills.  Final scores: USAF 3 – Army 2 (18-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-11). 

In match-five, Army rebounded to hand Navy their first loss with three players registering double-digit kills.  Final scores: Army 3 – Navy 1 (26-24, 25-18, 22, 15, 25-21).

In the final match of the day, Air Force opened up with two straight set wins.  Navy jumped out ready to take the match to the distance, poised to win with a 24-11 lead. With Air Force 1st Lt. Maiya Perich of JB Pearl Harbor, Hawaii serving, Air Force registered 14-straight points to sweep the match 3-0 and take the lead for first place.  

Action returns on 20 May in this triple round robin championship. Air Force leads with a record of 3-1 followed by Navy at 2-2 and Army trailing 1-3.  

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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