Army completes sweep of Armed Forces Volleyball
By Mr. Tim Hipp
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Teams from across the Services line up for the opening ceremony of the 2013 Armed Forces Indoor Volleyball Championship at Hill AFB, UT. Army men and women took home team titles in the 2013 competition, just one week after taking both beach volleyball golds.
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Army and the Navy/Marine Corps combined womens teams finish with the Army winning three sets to one: 19-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-20
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LCpl Seanoa Fuifatu (USMC #11 Camp LeJeune, NC) totally focused in the team's huddle against the Air Force on day one.
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Army Reserve Sgt. Joe Rossetter (No. 4) of Columbus, Ohio, and Sgt. Aren Mann (No. 7) of Fort Gordon, Ga., block shot by HM3 Oleg Bannikov of Camp Pendelton, Calif., while Spc. William Narvaez Morales of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., braces for action in the 2013 Armed Forces Volleyball Championships at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. All-Army men and women won the gold medals.
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First Lt. Kristina Stewart of Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., spikes a shot through the defense of Army National Guard Spc. Ettie Punimata of Tacoma, Wash., and Capt. Erin Leavitt of Fort Bragg, N.C., during the 2013 Armed Forces Volleyball Championships at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. All-Army (6-0) won the women's gold medal and All-Air Force (3-3) took the silver.
May 21, 2013 —
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (May 15, 2013) -- All-Army teams completed a clean sweep of 2013 Armed Forces Volleyball by winning the men's and women's indoor championships May 8-12, at the Warrior Fitness Center.
One week earlier, the All-Army men and women won the 2013 Armed Forces Beach Volleyball Championships.
Fresh off his victory in the sand, All-Army outside hitter Army Reserve Sgt. Joe Rossetter of Columbus, Ohio, was the only Soldier named to the men's indoor All-Tournament Team. He led All-Army to a 5-1 record indoors, including a decisive 25-19, 25-21, 25-14 victory over All-Air Force on the final day of play.
Rossetter was joined on the All-Armed Forces Team by teammates Spc. Derrick Clark of Fort Riley, Kan., Spc. William Narveaz Morales of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and Pfc. Taia Tunu of Fort Hood, Texas, along with 2012 Army Coach of the Year Sgt. Angel Rivera of Yongsan, South Korea.
All-Navy (4-2) took the men's silver medal, followed by All-Air Force (3-3) and All-Marine Corps (0-6).
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Aaron Maosi of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., Marine Corps Sgt. Clay Cooley of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Navy Operations Specialist 2nd Class Solomon Pulu of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Seaman Noel Garcia of Islamorada, Fla., and Airman 1st Class Michael Sofely of Beale Air Force Base, Calif., completed the men's All-Tournament Team.
On the women's side, Army National Guard Spc. Ettie Punimata, a setter from Tacoma, Wash., and outside hitter Spc. Latoya Marshall of Fort Sill, Okla., led All-Army (6-0) to the gold medal. They were joined on the All-Tournament Team by middle blockers Capt. Jamie Pecha of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and Spc. Jessica Glover of Silver Spring, Md.
Those four All-Army players were joined on the All-Armed Forces Team by teammates Capt. Danielle Cork of Fort Campbell, Ky., and Capt. Erin Leavitt of Fort Bragg, N.C., along with head coach Army Reserve Sgt. Sarah Lusk.
All-Air Force (3-3) took the women's silver medal, followed by a Navy-Marine Corps (0-6) combined team.
Marine Corps Capt. Michelle Augustine of Camp Pendleton, Calif., and 2nd Lt. Carolina Kurtz of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, rounded out the women's All-Tournament Team.
Both All-Armed Forces Teams are scheduled to compete May 24-29 at the 2013 USA Volleyball National Championships in Louisville, Ky.
For all scores and complete listings of the All-Armed Forces Teams, please visit http://armedforcessports.defense.gov/.