Gallaudet, RIT players capture deaf volleyball medal
Six current members of Gallaudet’s women’s volleyball team and a student-athlete from Rochester Institute of Technology are members of the United States team that claimed the bronze medal this month at the first-ever World Deaf Volleyball Championships.
The team, led by Gallaudet head coach Lynn Ray Boren and also including six former Bison players, battled back from an opening loss to Japan in the competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina, then beat Argentina in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual gold medalist Ukraine in semifinal competition.
The team then beat Russia to claim the bronze medal.
Team members were selected last summer by the USA Deaf Sports Federation’s volleyball committee following tryouts in Austin, Texas.
Current Gallaudet players playing on the team include Ludmila Mounty-Weinstock, who ranked among the tourney’s four best blockers and also was the USA squad’s best server and No. 2 scorer; and 2007 first-team all-Capital Athletic Conference selection Shana Lehmann.
Other current student-athletes who traveled to Argentina are Christine Rowinski of Rochester Institute of Technology and Gallaudet’s Justine Jeter, Amanda Krieger, Micaela Paulone and Katelyn Reese.
Former Gallaudet player Valerie Trofimenkoff was the tournament’s top scorer. Other former Bison players on the roster were Krystle Berrigan (who with Mounty-Weinstock was a second-team all-conference honoree last fall), Kristina Burke, Tamijo Foronda, Pia Marie Paulone and Charity Sanders.
The team will next represent the United States in September 2009 at the Summer Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan.
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