Air Force wins bronze medal in sitting volleyball

By Ros Dumlao | May 03, 2012, 11:30 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Army handed the Marines its first team loss in the wheelchair basketball competition the 2012 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte on Thursday at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

After leading 21-12 at the half, the Army went on to take the 45-27 victory and secured a spot in the gold medal game tonight. It will play the winner of Game 7, which is between the Marines and Air Force.

“One thing about the Marines is that they come prepared,” Army Veteran Perry Price said. “It felt like the gold medal game, but we take it one game at a time. I know everyone is like, ‘Cool, yeah you won (on Thursday),’ but we know that the Marines are coming back. We’re just looking forward to whoever we’ll meet up in the finals, if it’s the Marines, Air Force, whoever.”

The bronze medal game will also take place on Friday between Navy/Coast Guard and SOCOM.

In sitting volleyball, the Navy/Coast Guard handed the Marines its first set loss, taking the first set 25-23. But the Marines took the next two sets to remain undefeated in sitting volleyball.

Marines will play Army, who defeated the Air Force, 25-23, 25-21, in the gold medal match on Friday night.

Air Force and SOCOM faced off for the bronze Thursday night.

After taking the first set 25-12, Air Force found itself behind throughout much of the second. Down 14-9, Air Force spiked a comeback and tied the match, 16-16, and earned its way to the podium with a 25-20 second set win.

“SOCOM is a really good team; they’re really good friends of us as well,” said Air Force Veteran and team captain Matt Sanders, who is making his third Warrior Games appearance. “I focus on something different every time I come (to Warrior Games.). First year was recovery. Second year was rehabilitation. This year is really about the team and bringing other people into recovery as well.”

Through May 3, the Marines have secured a steady lead in the Chairman’s Cup competition. The two-time defending champions have 32 points while the Army is second with 13. Air Force is third with three points and Navy/Coast Guard and SOCOM are tied with 2.86 points.