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Rustys at 2013 USA Open National Championships

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One of CEVA's most successful and historic clubs traveled to the USA Open Nations Championships in Louisville this year. Rustys' team Captain Tom Swanson shares their story.

Rustys in Louisville 2013
Much Gold, with a Touch of Bronze

It was a very successful Nationals this year for Rustys. The 76+ team won the gold, dominating this "oldest" division by not losing a set. The 73+ team also won the gold, being only slightly less dominating, losing a total of 2 sets and no matches. In fact, four players on Rustys actually won every match they played over the 6 days.

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Rustys 65 at 2012 Open Championships

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Rustys 65s finished 9th overall at the Open Championship in Salt Lake City. They were eliminated by Brazil, but overall they left the tournament feeling good about about their performance. Tom Swanson gives us his recap.

Rustys, seeded 3rd, started out the tournament defeating Grog (25-22, 20-25, 15-7). At the time we didn't know the magnitude of that win. Grog, seeded 7th, went on to win our pool and finish second in the tournament. We finished that day losing to Papakoa (25-18, 25-14).
Day two can be described as "close but no cigar". We easily beat Spike Force (25-20, 25-11) before losing to 2nd seeded Brazil (26-24, 25-22). Just a couple of points more and we would have been second in our pool (with an automatic seed into the Gold Division). As it was, we finished in a tie with Brazil for 3rd, but got the 4th seeding spot due to our loss to them. To show how close our pool was, the number 7th and 6th seeds overall were now the top two seeds our of our pool.

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Rustys at 2011 Open Championships

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An undermanned Rustys team competed exceptionally well in the volleyball National Championships held in Dallas, Texas. The core group of the Rustys squad including Tom Swanson, Gary Pfingsten, Surg Sanghera, Squier Smith and Dennis Horn were joined by John Spitzer and Garry Morris. Those seven faced teams with 13 or 14 players every match. That manpower difference
ultimately made a significant difference in the final outcome. Rustys was seeded 5th in the nine-team tournament. On the first day of pool play the results were.
Rustys beat Dinosaurs two straight 25- 10 and 25 – 18. Rustys lost to Legends in 3 games 25 – 8, 21 – 25 and 12 – 25. The first game was the only game Legends lost in the entire tournament.On the second day of pool play the results were: Rustys beat SEC two straight 25 – 20 and 25 –20. Rustys lost to Brazil two straight 24 – 26 and 14 – 25.
In the double elimination tournament play the results were: Rustys beat Boomers two straight 25
– 21 and 25 – 20. Rustys lost to Brazil two straight 23 – 25 and 13 – 25. Rustys beat SEC two
straight 25 – 18 and 25 – 12. On the Championship day the results were: Rustys beat Boomers in three games 28 – 30, 25 – 19 and 15 – 6. Rustys lost to Brazil two straight 14 – 25 and 15 – 25. Rustys earned the Bronze metal for their third place finish. Equally important, Gary Pfingsten was named to the All Tournament Team becoming an All American. He has earned that honor multiple times. Rustys represented the Columbia Empire exceptionally well and are proud of their continued high level of success in volleyball national competitions.
Submitted by Squire Smith

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