Monday, July 30, 2012

Former Husky Janine Sandell leads Britain to historic volleyball win

Janine Sandell, a member of the University of Washington's 2006 Final Four volleyball team, shone brightly in the London spotlight at the 2012 Olympics.

Former Washington Husky Janine Sandell (R) connects during Great Britain's 3-2 victory over Algeria
Sandell, born in London, had 13 kills--including several down the stretch--to lead host Great Britain to an historic 3-2 win against Algeria. It was the first-ever women's volleyball Olympic victory for Britain.

Sandell was effective in both the front and back row, serving several key tough serves, and connecting from left, right and back row. She added 2 blocks, 1 ace and 7 digs.

Britain entered the Olympics ranked 69th in the world. As the host nation, it was guaranteed one of twelve Olympic slots. Algeria was ranked 16th.

Set scores were 22-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 15-8.

Great Britain is now 1-1 in Pool A. The USA is 2-0 in Pool B.

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