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All-Marine Warrior Games Sitting Volleyball Team

In sitting volleyball, every participant is equal, regardless of injury. Those with lower extremity amputations and injuries are just as capable of dealing a deadly spike, making a block or scoring an ace over the lowered 1.15-meter high net and smaller proportioned court. All participants also must scoot across the court on their butts, with no use of their legs. Even with these limitations, it’s amazing how easily these Marines maneuver around the court as they show relentless determination to come out on top in this year’s 2012 Warrior Games.

The competing teams are Army, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, Special Operations and Marine Corps. Each team has a maximum of 12 players and will play four matches before the bronze and gold medal competitions. Teams will play to 25 points and the best out of three games. The third game will only be to 15 points. All five teams will fight to be named the gold medal champions.

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Chief Warrant Officer 3 Shawn Dunn strikes the ball during volleyball practice for the 2012 Warrior Games at Colorado Springs, Colo., April 23. Dunn, native of Carlsbad, Calif., is participating in sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and swimming. Dunn also attended last year's games. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel)

Marine veteran Cpl. Travis Greene, native of Boise, Idaho, takes a break to laugh with teammates during sitting volleyball practice for the 2012 Warrior Games at Colorado Springs, Colo., April 23, 2012. Green lost both of his legs in a secondary improvised explosive device blast in Dec. 2005. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chelsea Flowers)

Wounded Marines practice seated volleyball during practice for the 2012 Warrior Games at Colorado Springs, Colo., April 24. The Warrior Games is a competition between wounded warriors from all military branches and includes swimming, track and field, cycling, shooting, archery, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball. The 2012 Warrior Games will run from May 1-5. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Aaron Hostutler)

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