5th World Deaf Volleyball Championships

5th World Deaf Volleyball Championships

June 19 – 30, 2024 in Tomigusuku City, Okinawa, Japan 

We will be posting a daily recap of our daily activities along with some photos below, enjoy!

Day 2 (6/21): First Match Men's vs Turkiye

The Men’s team battled out a great match against the defending gold medalists, Turkiye. Despite a great showing of our pin hitters, we fell 1-3 (15-25, 34-32, 15-25, 23-25). In the first set, the men’s team was not able to get in an offensive rhythm and the experienced Turkiye team was able to capitalize on that. However, the greatest thing about our team is that despite the first set loss, we kept fighting. Our stubborn youngsters persevered and our offense started to click along with many great defensive stops. The entire set was a back and forth affair and went beyond 25 points until we won 34-32! Turkiye was able to recollect themselves and take back control with a comfortable 3rd set win. However, it was a different story in the 4th set when we surged ahead for a strong lead at 20-13 but we were not able to hold onto the set and Turkiye was able to squeak out a win in the set 25-23 and take the match. Head Coach John Macko provided some comments afterwards the game. Check out all of the actions and Coach Macko’s interview on Instagram.

 

The Men’s team will have a day off tomorrow and will have a training session to prepare for their next match on 6/23 against Italy at 11:00 am JST.

 

The Women’s team came out and gave all of their support for the Men’s match. It was awesome to see how much both teams have grown close since tryouts in July 2023. The women had a training session today and will have another one tomorrow as well. The women’s competition kicks off tomorrow and since we are off on the first day, we definitely will be scouting our opponents!

Day 1 (6/20): Open Ceremony!

After a long travel day, we were greeted by a beautiful but humid day! Some of us strolled around the hotel and the beach nearby to stretch out our legs and absorb  the sights of the pretty island! 

The Men’s team had their first official training session in the late morning. They are preparing for their first official match against Turkey tomorrow (6/21) at 11:00 AM JST. Click here for the live stream link.

Then we all had lunch before departing for the Opening Ceremony. There was a total of seven countries present despite Iran backing out two days earlier. We watched numerous drum and Japanese Kata performances. Everyone was ready to get this World Championships started!

The Women’s team had an evening training session and they will continue to train until their first official match on Sunday, June 23!

Also, since Iran backed out, the men’s teams’ pooling was impacted which consequently impacted our schedule. While we are still hashing out the tweaks, please keep an eye out on our socials for the latest schedule changes!