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U.S. women's sitting volleyball defeats Brazil in semifinals at Paralympics

Emma Schieck of Statesville is representing Team USA.
Credit: AP
A woman walks near a sing of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, in Tokyo. The Tokyo Paralympics open on Aug. 24 in a ceremony at Tokyo's National Stadium. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

STATESVILLE, N.C. — Team USA's women's sitting volleyball team defeated Brazil in the Paralympic semifinals Friday morning. 

The U.S team won 3-0 over Brazil. China beat Canada 3-0 in the other semifinal Friday. The U.S. team will now play China for the gold at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday. 

Ahead of the semifinals, Team USA won in last Saturday's match against Rwanda, defeating them 75-31 with a total of three sets, then went on to beat the Russian Paralympic Committee in Pool B on Sept. 1  

One member of the team: Statesville's own Emma Schieck, made her Paralympic debut. 

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Complications with Schieck's birth caused nerve damage to her left shoulder and arm, causing a brachial plexus injury. She cannot fully straighten or rotate her left arm. Despite that, the South Iredell High School grad became a star standup volleyball player. In high school, Schieck was introduced to sitting volleyball. It was a tough version of the support to adjust to.

"It was not always easy but I definitely am really, really happy that I stuck with it," Schieck said in a previous interview with WCNC Charlotte's Nick Carboni. 

Now she's an established member of Team USA as an outside hitter, helping them win a world championship in 2019.

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