Russia Upsets USA to Win First Women’s Para-Volley Super 6

  0 Braden Keith | May 30th, 2017 | News, Sitting Volleyball

World Para-Volley Super 6

The first edition of the Para-Volley World Super 6 event for women, featuring $20,000 in prize money. The tournament pitted teams from China, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, and the defending Paralympic champions from the United States in an elite post-Olympic tournament saw the Russians pull off a major upset and take gold.

Participating teams:

  • USA (World #1)
  • China (World #2)
  • Ukraine (World #4)
  • Netherlands (World #5)
  • Russia (World #7)
  • Japan (not in the top 10)

Russia was the second-lowest ranked of the 6 teams participating in the elite invite-only tournament. None-the-less, they were able to beat the world’s historic superpower in sitting volleyball, China, 3-2 to open the tournament; and the defending Paralympic champions from the United States twice (3-0, 3-1) to close the tournament and take gold.

Final finish order:

China and the United States each had 2 players named to the tournament Dream Team, while Russia and the Netherlands had one each. For the Americans, that included MVP Heather Erickson, the American captain, who led all scorers in the gold medal match against Russia with 19 points.

All-Tournament team

  • MVP/Best Spiker – Heather Erickson, USA
  • Best Blocker – Irina Smirnova, Russia
  • Best Setter – Gong Bin, China
  • Best Defender – Wang Yanan, China
  • Best Receiver, Wilemina Ellen, Netherlands
  • Best Server, Monique Burkland, USA


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Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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