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MSU volleyball player not slowed by hearing loss

By Chris Solari

EAST LANSING – Ryian Hubbard dives across the Jenison Field House floor, flails at the ball and pops back up in position for the return volley.

From the back row, the Michigan State senior choreographs the rest of the Spartans' volleyball team around her. Communication is essential — knowing where the setter is and how and where to get the ball to the hitters, it's as much auditory as it is intuitive.

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Source: Lansing State Journal

USF volleyball player defies the odds

By Vinnie Portell

When Payton Brown was born in November 1995, the doctors feared she had meningitis. She received treatment for the deadly disease immediately, but was mistakenly given an overdose. The overdose left Brown deaf only 11 days after her birth.

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Source: The Oracle


By Steve Jones

During the last nine years, Lynn Ray Boren has built the Gallaudet women's volleyball team into an NCAA contender. The Bison have made six NCAA tournament appearances since Boren took the reins in 2005. In December, after the volleyballs are put away, he will reach the national stage by himself.

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Source: PressBox D.C.

Silence is golden for volleyballer after 3/11

By Masahito Ono

Namiko Yanagawa, who lost her hearing at age 1, led the women’s national volleyball team for the deaf and hard-of-hearing until last year, and is well-versed in the challenges the sport poses to those with hearing difficulties.

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Source: Japan Times

Hinsdale South and Harper College win co-ed volleyball championships

Hinsdale South High School won the high school level co-ed volleyball tournament hosted by Harper College Deaf Institute last Saturday, April 26th. Host school, Harper College captured the college level championship.


Champion: Hinsdale South-Black
2nd place: Hersey
3rd place: Lemont
4th place: Rich-A

Women's All-Stars: Brianna Butler, Rich-A; Monica Krumrie, Lemont; Jantha Laemmer, Hinsdale South-Gold; Stefania Sarkic, Hinsdale South-Black; Brianne Suchowski, Grayslake North

Women's MVP: Lauren Putz, Hinsdale South-Black

Men's All-Stars: Arbreham Belay, Whitney Young; Eddy Franco, Hersey; Etienne Goupil, Grayslake North; Marco Hernandez, Hinsdale South-Gold; Keshon Steele, Lemont

Men's MVP: Steven Putz, Hinsdale South-Black
Team Sportsmanship: Rich-B

Champion: Harper College
2nd place: University of Iowa
3rd place: St. Louis Community College-Black
4th: St. Louis Community College-Red

Women's All-Stars: Diana Angulo, Harper College; Kristi Burke, Harper College; Amy Hwang, University of Iowa; Bailey Koebrick, Univeristy of Iowa; Silvia Rodridguez, St. Louis Community College-Black

Women's MVP: Nannette Nefczyk, Harper College

Men's All-Stars: Dannery Alvarez, Harper College; Samuel Garcia, St. Louis Community College-Red; Oscar Gonzalez, St. Louis Community College-Black; Victor Valentin, University of Iowa; Roberto Zepeda, Harper College

Men's MVP: Lukasz Swietek, Harper College
Team Sportsmanship: St. Louis Community College-Black and Red

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