The U.S. women’s volleyball team, of which former Aggie player Stacy Sykora is a member, won its second straight five-set thriller (18-25, 25-21, 19-25,. 25-19, 15-13) on Sunday.
The Americans (4-1) fought off a gritty Polish team (1-4) that was fighting for its tournament life in each team’s final Pool A match. Sykora, who has played in every match so far, saw court time as a defensive specialist in the fourth set.
Following the final day of pool play, a draw was done for match-ups in the single-elimination tournament which will determine medal winners. The U.S., seeded second in Pool A, will face the second seed in pool B, Italy (4-1) on Tuesday at 10 p.m. Beijing time (9 a.m. CST). The winner of that match will face the winner between Pool A top seed Cuba (5-0) and Pool B No. 4 seed Serbia (2-3) in the semifinals.
MEN’S TRACK & FIELD – Francique Eliminated in 400 Meter Qualifying Rounds
Texas A&M volunteer assistant coach Alleyne Francique, running for Grenada, finished in sixth place in the fifth of seven qualifying heats in the men’s 400-meter dash on Monday morning.
Francique ran a time of 46.15, ranking him 35th among the 55-man field.
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD – Lee Places Fifth in 100 Meter Dash
Texas A&M volunteer assistant coach Muna Lee, running for the United States, earned a fifth-place finish in the final of the women’s 100 meter dash on Sunday evening.
Lee clocked a time of 11.07 finishing behind Jamaica’s medal-sweeping trio of Shelly Ann Fraser (10.78), Sherone Simpson (10.98), and Kerron Stewart (10.98) and fellow American Lauryn Williams (11.03).
Lee qualified for the final by placing second in the first of two semifinal heats in 11.06. Fraser won the heat in 11.00.