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Pride swells in Dubuque for native, Olympian Kayla Banwarth

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The U.S. Women's Volleyball team fought back from a 2 sets to 1 deficit to beat the Netherlands and improve to 2-0 in the 2016 Olympics, and many couldn't be prouder of Dubuque's own Kayla Banwarth.

"I don't know how you describe it, because it's a once in a lifetime deal for her, and I know it's a once in a lifetime deal for, I know all of my family and all of Tom's family. Yeah, we're really excited, we're having a lot of fun with it," said Tim Beitzel, Kayla's uncle.

He and a few other gathered at Courtside Bar and Grill Monday afternoon to watch the second game of the tournament for the U.S. women.

Beitzel was thrilled with Kayla's play in that game.

"She played lights out, she was passing the ball well. She was passing the ball well. I don't know why they would even serve to her, she's that good of a passer. But her defense is outstanding," he said.

And even though the crowd was pretty thin Monday (it was a work day, after all), there is a very big group in Dubuque who are loving every minute of this ride.

"It's great, because the more people around cheering for her, it makes you cheer louder. It's just a great experience. It's just so amazing to think that someone from Dubuque is playing in the Olympics, because I never thought it would happen. It's great," said Teresa Davis, a family friend.

The U.S. women take the court again Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. when they take on Serbia.

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