Hometown: Ardmore, Okla.
Birth Year: 1989
Residence: Ardmore, Okla.
School: University of Central Oklahoma
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 – Paralympic Games (Silver Medal)… Volleyball Masters (Gold Medal)... Shanghai Exhibition Tournament… Netherlands Exhibition Tournament. 2011 – Parapan American Zonal Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Gold Medal)... ECVD Continental Cup in Yevpatoria, Ukraine (Gold Medal)... Shanghai Exhibition Tournament. 2010 – WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver Medal).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Started all 17 sets of the London Paralympics. Finished with 31 points on 23 kills, six blocks and two aces. Best match was semifinals against Ukraine where she scored nine points on five kills and four blocks… Helped U.S. Women to a 4-0 record and gold medal at the Volleyball Masters in The Netherlands. 2011 – Helped the U.S. Women to a 7-0 record and a gold medal at the ECVD Continental Cup in Yevpatoria, Ukraine... Appeared in all four matches in the U.S. Women’s four exhibition victories over the Shanghai club team played in conjunction with the 2011 Colorado Crossroads on March 17-20 in Denver… Tallied 16 points on seven kills… she tied for third on the team with six aces. 2010 – Appeared in five sets for the U.S. women and tallied three kills, five "excellent" receptions and one stuff block.
PERSONAL: Born Monique Marie Burkland on Aug. 11, 1989, in Reno, Nev. … Grandfather’s name is Ray Bachmeier and grandmother is Bev Bachmeier… Has an older brother named Josh (born in 1987) and a younger brother named Cody (born in 2000)… Attended Plainview High School in Ardmore, Okla., from 2004-08 where she was an all-state softball player. She also participated in track and basketball… Lost her left leg below the knee in an accident with a forklift while working at a summer job after graduating from high school… After participating in an A2 sitting volleyball camp at the University of Central Oklahoma, Was added to the U.S. women’s roster for the 2010 Sitting Volleyball World Championships at the last minute after starter Lora Webster was not medically cleared to play... Her favorite professional teams are the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers... She enjoys hanging out with friends and family... She admires her grandparents the most because "they are strong and always there for me."
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