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Mar 07 U.S. Women Claim Bronze Medal at Intercontinental Cup

April 29, 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 29, 2008) - The U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team defeated Ukraine on Tuesday to win the bronze medal at the World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) Intercontinental Cup in Ismailia, Egypt. The U.S. Women swept Ukraine, 25-18, 25-15, 25-14, and finished the tournament with a 4-2 record. Netherlands defeated Slovenia in the gold-medal match, 25-16, 28-26, 25-20.

Netherlands did not lose a set in the tournament and finished 7-0. All four of the teams in the medal matches have qualified for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing along with China, Lithuania, Japan and Latvia. The U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team is ranked third in the world and qualified for Beijing by virtue of its fifth-place finish at the 2006 Sitting Volleyball World Championship and because the Afro Arab zone did not have a champion to send. The U.S. Sitting Women won the bronze medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.

The U.S. Sitting Women's Team, which is based at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, will play next at the U.S. Adult Open Volleyball Championships on May 23-31. The team will leave for Beijing on Aug. 31 and the Paralympics will take place Sept. 6-17. 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

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

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

Monday, April 28
Quarterfinal:
USA def. Russia, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20
Quarterfinal:
Netherlands def. Iran, 25-14, 25-18, 27-25
Semifinal:
Slovenia def. Ukraine, 25-21, 18-25, 25-23, 25-20
Semifinal:
Netherlands def. USA, 26-24, 25-15, 28-16

Playoff 5-8:
Lithuania def. Latvia, 25-22, 25-15
Playoff 5-8:
Russia def. Iran, 25-23, 25-21
Playoff 7-8:
Latvia def. Iran, 22-25, 25-19, 25-10, 20-25, 15-9
Playoff 5-6:
Lithuania def. Russia, 25-15, 25-21, 25-19

Tuesday, April 29
Bronze-Medal Match:
USA def. Ukraine, 25-18, 25-15, 25-14 
Gold-Medal Match:
Netherlands def. Slovenia, 25-16, 28-26, 25-20

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