Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.
Birth Year: 1993
Residence: Edmond, Okla.
School: University of Central Oklahoma
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 – Paralympic Games (Silver Medal)… Volleyball Masters (Gold Medal). 2011 – Parapan American Zonal Championships (Gold Medal)...ECVD Continental Cup (Gold Medal). 2010 – WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver Medal)... Parapan American Championship in Colorado (Gold Medal)… World Organization for Volleyball Disabled (WOVD) World Cup (Gold Medal). 2009 – Parapan American Zonal Championship (Gold Medal)… Eurocup (Gold Medal). 2008 – Paralympic Games in Beijing (Silver Medal)... World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) Intercontinental Cup (Bronze Medal). 2007 – Sitting Volleyball Invitational (Silver Medal).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Started all 17 sets of the London Paralympics. Finished with 62 points on 44 kills, seven blocks and 11 aces. Led the U.S. in scoring in the semifinals against Ukraine with 15 points on 11 kills, two blocks and two aces… Helped the U.S. Women earn 4-0 record and a gold medal at the Volleyball Masters in The Netherlands. 2011 – Named best server at the 2011 Parapan American Zonal Championships when the team won gold...Helped the U.S. Women to a 7-0 record and a gold medal at the ECVD Continental Cup in Yevpatoria, Ukraine. 2010 – Helped the U.S. Women’s team defeat the Shanghai club team in four exhibition matches played in conjunction with the 2011 Colorado Crossroads on March 17-20 in Denver… Ranked second on the team in points with 42 on 29 kills and five aces… Led the team with eight blocks... Played in 24 sets over the course of the Sitting Volleyball World Championships where she tallied 37 "excellent" receptions, 1.04 per set, which was good enough to place her third amongst her team. She also was second in total kills with 39, 1.63 per set, and added 10 stuff blocks, 0.42 per set. Her 33 digs, 1.13 per set, placed her fourth among the U.S. Women. 2009 – U.S. Women's Sitting Team awarded as Paralympians of the Year for 2008. 2008 – The youngest player on the U.S. team, Heather finished the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing with a silver medal... She was second on the team in scoring, finishing with 43 points in the tournament... Was second on the team in kills with 24 while leading the squad in aces with 11. Also added eight blocks... Started all five matches and played in all 17 sets for the U.S... Finished with double-digit points in three of the team's matches in Beijing.
PERSONAL: Born Heather Nicole Erickson in 1993, in Eureka, Calif. ... Parents are Kevin and Brenda Erickson... Has a brother named Kyle and a sister named Stephanie... Was born with a condition that prevented a bone in her lower right leg from developing fully. After 18 failed surgeries, she and her family opted to have her right foot amputated just above the ankle in 2002. A month later, when the swelling from her final surgery had subsided, Heather received her first prosthetic leg... Attended Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville and graduated in 2011... Likes to listen to Maroon 5, Blake Shelton and He is We... Her favorite movies are Game Plan, Gridiron Gang and August Rush.... Her favorite TV shows are House and WWE Raw... She enjoys reading NIcholas Sparks books... In her free time, likes coaching, reading, playing volleyball, watching movies, and playing video games... Role model is her sister Stephanie, "she helps me with everything, including volleyball skills and life issues." ... Heather says about herself, "I pretty much live and breathe volleyball. I am always playing or thinking about volleyball."
Updated December 2012