TOKYO (AP) - A women’s volleyball team from Hitachi beat Daiei 19
Undated (AP) _ TOKYO (AP) - A women’s volleyball team from Hitachi beat Daiei 19-17, 15-8, 15-8 Saturday in a Japan League match held in honor of American volleyball star Flo Hyman, who died of cardiac failure in Japan last January.
Hyman, of Los Angeles, was a veteran of the U.S. women’s national volleyball team and a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. team at the 1984 Olympics. She collapsed and died while playing for Daiei, a large supermarket chain, in a match against Hitachi in Matsue, western Japan, on Jan. 24. She was 31.
About 5,000 spectators offered a silent prayer while the national anthem of the United States was played at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium where a large-sized photograph of Hyman and a big banner reading ″Thanks Flo Hyman, we will never forget you,″ were displayed.
Rita Crockeet of Los Angeles, a member of Daiei, said, ″We still can’t believe you passed away. You were our elder sister as well as our mother.″
Crockeet scored three spike points in the game, dubbed the ″Flo Hyman Memorial Match.″
Manager Kazunori Yoneda of Daiei told reporters, ″Hyman was the mainstay of our team. She was a woman who liked to pass on her experience to young players rather than play in matches.″
Meanwhile, the Japan Volleyball Association said it will donate at least $10,000 to the Flo Hyman Foundation which was established recently by the U.S. Volleyball Association to help prevent the recurrence of deaths of volleyball players and to promote volleyball in the United States.
Hitachi was the Japan League champion in 1985 while Daiei was the runner- up.