Current Residence: Ravena, N.Y.
PERSONAL: SuGui Yang Kriss was born on July 6, 1987 in Kunming, Yunnan, China... At age 8, SuGui was adopted from China by her parents, Charles and Marilyn Kriss... SuGui has two brothers, Jacob and Ravi Kriss, and three sisters, Rachel, Bethany and Shanthi Kriss... SuGui is missing some of her fingers and toes, as well as part of her right foot, due to a condition called amniotic band syndrome. She wears a brace down the length of her right calf extending into her shoe with a partial foot prosthesis attached. The shoe has a lift built into it, since her right leg is over an inch shorter than her left... SuGui graduated from Loudonville Christian School in 2008... She played varsity volleyball at Loudonville for four years and served as assistant coach of the varsity team... In 2007, SuGui returned to China to spend seven weeks at her orphanage in Kunming. She stayed in a nearby apartment and walked to the orphanage each day to feed and care for the children... SuGui enjoys cooking, photography and reading... She listens to contemporary Christian music... Her favorite movie is Ratatouille... Her favorite TV show is House... SuGui says of herself, "I thought varsity volleyball was going to be pretty hard on me, but somehow I did not want to give up. To quit was not going to be one of the choices."
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2008 - Paralympic Games in Beijing (silver medal)... World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) Intercontinental Cup in Ismailia, Egypt (bronze medal)... 2007 - Sitting Volleyball Invitational in Shanghai China (silver medal). 2006 - Sitting Volleyball World Championship in Netherlands (fifth place). SuGui has also played in several exhibition matches, both international and domestic, with the U.S. team.
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 - Was a member of the U.S. team at the 2008 Paralympic Games, capturing a silver medal in Beijing... Saw action in a preliminary round win over Latvia... Appeared in all three sets in the win over Latvia, totaling two aces.