Team Florida Wave Captures Mens Open Division Title

By Bill Kauffman | May 28, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 28, 2013) – Team Florida Wave captured the Men’s Open Division of the USA Volleyball Open National Championships on Tuesday, but needed to bounce back from its first loss of the tournament with a Golden Set win over Team Pineapple.

Team Pineapple, which ended up in the title match through the loser’s bracket, ended Team Florida Wave’s seven-match win streak in the tournament with a 26-24, 15-25, 25-27, 27-25, 15-11 victory to force the Golden Set. Team Florida recovered from the setback with a 25-22 victory.

In the opening set, Team Florida Wave wiped out a 24-21 deficit with three straight points. However, Team Pineapple responded with back-to-back points for a 26-24 victory. Team Florida Wave answered quickly with a 20-10 start to the second set and evened the match with a 25-15 victory. Team Florida Wave grabbed a 2-1 lead in the match with a back-and-forth 27-25 victory. In the fourth set, Team Pineapple overcame a 22-18 deficit and saved three match points en route to a 27-25 set victory. In the fifth set, Team Pineapple surged to an 11-8 lead and finished with a 15-11 win leading to the Golden Set.

Team Florida Wave used a 6-1 run to take a 7-4 lead in the Golden Set. After Team Pineapple reached to within two at 14-12, Team Florida Wave maintained the advantage to a 25-22 victory and the title.