By Kennington Lloyd Smith III
RIO DE JANEIRO -- While the U.S. women’s sitting volleyball team swept their series against Iran 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-9), the fans stole the show. The near packed and largely pro-Iranian crowd in Riocentro Pavilion 6 roared with every point by Iran. They stomped with enough force to shake the arena and were chanting “volley-ball” in Portuguese as music played during timeouts. This created a playing environment not normally seen by the players and coaches on either side.
“I feel like the crowd was energized no matter what,” said U.S. outside hitter Katie Holloway. “It was just exciting to have that much energy for anything sitting volleyball so that made me happy.”