U.S. Women Move on to Quarterfinals in Egypt

April 28, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April, 27, 2008) - The U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team finished second in its four-team group over the weekend at the World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) Intercontinental Cup in Ismailia, Egypt. On Monday it will play Russia in the quarterfinals.

After beating Lithuania (25-13, 25-16, 25-19) on Friday, the U.S. Sitting Women defeated Iran 3-1 (23-25, 25-11, 25-17, 25-14) on Saturday. But on Sunday, injuries caught up with the team and it fell to Slovenia 0-3 (19-25, 21-25, 21-25). The United States, Latvia and Slovenia all finished 2-1 in Group B. However, the tie-breakers resulted in Slovenia being first, the U.S. Sitting Women second and Lithuania third. The United States will face Russia (third place in Group A) in the quarterfinals on Monday. The winner will play in the semifinals against the winner of the quarterfinal match between Netherlands (the winner of Group A) and Iran. Slovenia defeated Latvia (25-14, 25-13, 25-12) in one quarterfinal match on Sunday while Ukraine beat Lithuania (25-22, 25-22, 25-14) in the other.

The U.S. Women's Sitting Team was dealing with injuries to two starters going into Saturday's match against Iran. Kari Miller (Edmond, Okla.) had a leg injury and team captain Lora Webster (Cave Creek, Ariz.) had injured her shoulder. In the next-to-last point of the Iran match, veterans Brenda Maymon (Sellersberg, Ind.) and Gina McWilliams (The Colony, Texas) collided head-on and McWilliams had to be taken out of the match. Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) led Team USA against Iran with 18 points on a team-high 14 kills, two aces and two blocks. Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.) added 13 points on nine kills, a team-high three aces and one block. Maymon and Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.) each scored nine points and Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.) added eight, including a team-high four blocks.

The event web site is http://www.volleyball08.com/.

USA Volleyball's sitting volleyball web site is www.usavolleyball.org/Disabled/sitting.asp.

U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team
Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.)
Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Alex Gouldie (St. Paul, Neb.)
Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
SuGui Kriss (Ravena, N.Y.)
Hope Lewellen (Palos Park, Ill.)
Brenda Maymon (Sellersberg, Ind.)
Gina McWilliams (The Colony, Texas)
Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.)
Kari Miller (Washington D.C.)
Tatiana Rivera Torres (Bayamon, Puerto Rico)
Team Captain Lora Webster (Cave Creek, Ariz.)

Head Coach: Mike Hulett (Des Plaines, Ill.)
Assistant Coach: Denise Van De Walle (Bowling Green, Ohio)
Assistant Coach: Cara Bartolic (Sartell, Minn.)
Head of Delegation: Laura Ryan
Athletic Trainer: Adam R. Perreault 

WOVD Intercontinental Cup
Women's Pool-Play Standings
Group A
Netherlands 4-0
Ukraine 3-1
Russia 2-2
Latvia 1-3
Egypt 0-4

Group B
Slovenia 2-1
USA 2-1
Lithuania 2-1
Iran 0-3

WOVD Intercontinental Cup Women's Results and Schedule
Friday, April 25
Group A
Netherlands def. Latvia, 25-21, 25-16, 25-18
Ukraine def. Egypt, 25-14, 25-6, 25-8
Russia def. Latvia, 25-15, 25-15, 25-14

Group B
USA def. Lithuania, 25-13, 25-16, 25-19
Slovenia def. Iran, 25-21, 25-9, 25-18

Saturday, April 26
Group A
Ukraine def. Russia, 25-13, 25-17, 25-19
Netherlands def. Egypt, 25-14, 25-12, 25-11
Netherlands def. Ukraine, 25-18, 25-15, 25-19
Latvia def. Egypt, 25-10, 25-20, 25-16
Netherlands def. Russia, 25-8, 25-23, 25-21
Ukraine def. Latvia, 25-18, 25-16, 22-25, 25-10

Group B
USA def. Iran, 23-25, 25-11, 25-17, 25-14
Lithuania def. Slovenia, 20-25, 25-15, 28-26, 25-22

Sunday, April 27
Group A
Russia def. Egypt, 25-10, 25-11, 25-11

Group B
Slovenia def. USA, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21
Lithuania def. Iran, 21-25, 25-16, 29-27, 25-23

Ukraine def. Lithuania, 25-22, 25-22, 25-14

Slovenia def. Latvia, 25-14, 25-13, 25-12

Monday, April 28
Women's Quarterfinal:
USA vs. Russia
Women's Quarterfinal:
Netherlands vs. Iran Women's

Ukraine vs. Slovenia
Women's Semifinal:
USA/RUS winner vs. NED/IRN winner
Women's Playoff 5-8
Women's Playoff 5-8
Women's Playoff 7-8
Women's Playoff 5-6

Tuesday, April 29
Women's Bronze-Medal Match
Women's Gold-Medal Match