Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
Birth Year: 1986
Position: Middle Hitter/Setter
Residence: Point Lookout, N.Y.
College: University of Central Oklahoma
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 – Paralympic Games (Silver Medal)… Volleyball Masters (Gold Medal). 2010 – Parapan American Championship (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 (Silver Medal)... World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) Intercontinental Cup (Bronze Medal). 2007 – Sitting Volleyball Invitational in Shanghai China (Silver Medal). 2006 – Sitting Volleyball World Championship in Netherlands. 2004 – Paralympic Games in Athens (Bronze Medal). 2003 – Parapan American Games (Gold Medal).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Returned to the U.S. team in 2012 after taking 2011 off for the birth of her daughter in January… Played in six sets and started one at the Paralympic Games in London as the U.S. Women won the silver medal. Scored a total of 10 points on five kills, three blocks and two aces. Scored a tourney-high five points against Slovenia… Helped U.S. Women to a 4-0 record and gold medal at the Volleyball Masters in The Netherlands. 2009 – Awarded with team as Paralympians of the Year for 2008. 2008 – Helped lead the U.S. to a silver medal finish at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. Finished the tournament with 29 points (15 kills, 13 blocks and one ace), tied for fourth best on the team... Started all five matches while playing in 16 of the 17 sets in Beijing... Had five kills and five blocks in a five-set semifinal win over Netherlands. 2007 – Named USA Volleyball Sitting Player of the Year. 2004 – Was the team's leading scorer at the Paralympic Games in Athens (bronze medal). 2003 – Named MVP and Best Spiker at the Parapan American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina as the team won the gold medal... Played in several exhibition matches, both international and domestic, with the U.S. team.
PERSONAL: Born Lora Jessica Webster in 1986, in Phoenix, Ariz. ... Parents are Dale and Sandy Webster... Has a sister named Lisa... Married Paul Bargellini in September 2010… They have a daughter, Madelyn, born in January 2011… Lora was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in her left tibia at age 11 and later underwent a procedure known as rotationplasty to remove the cancerous bone, which included the knee. As part of the procedure, her lower leg was rotated 180 degrees and connected to the remnants of the femur. This gave her full range of movement, allowing her to play sports. In 1998, she was fitted with prosthesis... Graduated from Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, Ariz., in 2004... In high school, she competed in volleyball for four years, track for one year and diving for one year at Lincoln East High School in Lincoln, Neb. ... Won the spirit award for varsity volleyball and her 2004 Cactus Shadows team won the state title... In 2004, honored at the 11th Annual Gene Autry Courage Awards in Tempe, Ariz. She was also named USA Volleyball's sitting player of the year that year... In the February 2006 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, she was named Cosmo's first Fun Fearless Female Reader, an honor that came with a $10,000 cash prize... Studying broadcasting at the University of Central Oklahoma... Her favorite food is Italian... Her favorite singer is Adele...Her favorite movies are The Notebook, Bad Boys 2, Garden State and Miracle... Favorite professional team is the Indianapolis Colts...Her favorite athlete is Peyton Manning...Her favorite TV shows are Criminal Minds and Grey's Anatomy among others... Most admired person is her mom because "she is the strongest person she knows and hopes she can be half as great of a mom as she is one day."
Updated December 2012