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David Smith named USAV Indoor Male Player of the Year

USA VolleyballDavid Smith has been named the USA Volleyball Indoor Male Player of the Year following a year that put him in a successful position on the court in the middle blocker position.

In the past, Smith was in the shadows of players like Ryan Miller, David Lee, Russell Holmes and Max Holt in the middle. With a number of the players off the roster and Holt opting out of the 2017 World League, it set Smith up for a successful spot in the middle for Team USA throughout the summer. This brought a different mental aspect for Smith, as he is normally a player that came off the bench for the Americans, having to adjust to being a main contributor on the court.

Read more: https://volleymob.com/david-smith-named-usav-indoor-male-player-year/

Source: Volley Mob

Italy’s Deaf team named Gazzetta’s Paralympic Team of the Year

By Carly DeMarque

Italy FlagThe annual Gazzetta Sports Awards has announced the Italian women’s deaf volleyball team as the Paralympic Athlete of the Year. The Gazzetta Sports Award are an annual award that celebrates the accomplishments of Italian’s in sport.

The team finished at the Deaflympics with the silver medal, losing to Japan in the finals. The Italians lost in straight sets 3-0, (25-15, 25-14, 25-17). They were not expected to go into the finals but defied the odds to go beyond their limits to take the silver medal.

Read more: https://volleymob.com/italys-deaf-team-named-gazzettas-paralympic-team-year/

Source: Volley Mob

Traveling To Turkey For Volleyball

By Mike Thomas

USADVKirkwood High's Ethan Bell was a key player on the U.S. Men's Deaf Volleyball Team.

While most students were enjoying their summer break, Kirkwood High School senior Ethan Bell spent his summer playing for the U.S. Men's Deaf Volleyball Team.

After training in California, Bell left with the U.S. team for Samsun, Turkey, where the 2017 Deaflympics were held July 18-30.

Read more: http://www.websterkirkwoodtimes.com/Articles-Features-c-2017-12-14-202684.114137-sub-Traveling-To-Turkey-For-Volleyball.html

Source: Webster-Kirkwood Times

Ghana Deaf Volleyball Association to collaborate with Italian Federation

Ghana Deaf Volleyball AssociationAs part of many initiatives to promote deaf sports in upcoming years, Ghana Deaf Volleyball Association, (GDVA) is embarking a volleyball project with 2017 Summer Deaflympics women volleyball silver medalists, Italy.

Read more: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/SportsArchive/Ghana-Deaf-Volleyball-Association-to-collaborate-with-Italian-Federation-585361

Source: GhanaWeb

Baranek: Shepard's Bryan Leyden gearing up for Deaflympics challenge

By Tony Baranek

USADVShepard senior Bryan Leyden has been facing challenges since the day he was born with moderate-to-severe hearing loss.

It hasn't stopped him from making friends. Playing music. Excelling in volleyball.

The challenge that awaits Leyden this summer will be his biggest.

The Crestwood native has been selected as a member of the U.S. men's volleyball team that will be competing in the 2017 Summer Deaflympics. The games take place from July 18-30 in Samsun, Turkey.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/sports/ct-sta-tony-baranek-column-st-0505-20170504-story.html

Source: The Chicago Tribune

Sign language tutor invited to play volleyball at Deaflympics

By Anna Leigh Ogle

USADVCity College’s very own American Sign Language tutor Hugo Martinez was selected for the USA Men’s Deaf Volleyball team for the 2017 Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey.
The Channels conducted an interview with Martinez and an American Sign Language translator.

“When I got the initial invite to try out, it was just a moment of a lifetime,” Martinez said. “I’ve always wanted to go to the Deaf Olympics since I was a kid and finally I get to go.”

Read more: http://www.thechannels.org/features/2017/04/28/sign-language-tutor-invited-to-play-volleyball-at-deaflympics/

Source: The Channels

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