Summer 2015 - Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 8:00 am MST

posted Feb 10, 2017, 6:22 AM by Ashley Lee
Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 8:00 am MST

Russia Men win gold, Ukraine silver, Argentina Bronze and Chinese Taipei - 4th.

An interesting match with scores very close in the first two sets. Russia is huge at the net but Ukraine played smart and well to make it very close in the first two sets. They rallied and won the 3rd but couldn’t match the power of the Russian attack and block in the 4th set. It was almost that they ran into a wall. 

Politics reared it ugly head in the 3rd set when one of the Russians said something under the net. Players got together in a scrum right under the referee’s stand and almost came to more than just verbal blows. But Choi, Korean referee, did a good job to talk them down. In the end he had the captains shake hands in front of the crowd and that almost got the 2800 up in the stands to cheer wildly. The Ukrainians and Russians are at war on their Eastern border so this was nice to see that both finals were played and players handled themselves with pride and respect.

There is a Typhoon sneaking by the Korean coast and heading to North Korea and then on to Japan but lots of flooding down south from us. Lots of rain and wind here but. Tomorrow morning we are off by bus to the train station and then on to Seoul Incheon Airport and home. 

The funny thing about travelling is that this trip home is one where you can live the same day twice - well almost. If you see me in the gym sometime then you can ask me why?

Bye from the 2015 Gwangju Fisu Games here in Korea. Next one in 2017 is in Chinese Taipei. Men were 4th here and I would expect them to finish higher at home, women will be tough too.

Aspire Volleyball ‘ON THE ROAD’


Referee Sub Committee Jury Member Peter Koncnik (Slovenia), Technical Sub-Comm Members: Lorne (Canada), Ghaffar Derakhshandeh (Iran)

Reserve Referee from Chinese Taipei, Second Referee Malcolm Mousseau (Canada) and First Referee Choi (Korea)