U.S. Women Sweep Netherlands in ExhibitionB.J. Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 20, 2008) - The U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team defeated Netherlands 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-21) on Wednesday at Christian Heritage Academy in Northfield, Ill. The match was played in the practice gym of the Adversity Volleyball Club, which also provided support.
Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) scored 15 points for the United States on 11 kills, two aces and two blocks. Lora Webster (Cave Creek, Ariz.) added nine points on four kills and five blocks. Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.) contributed seven points on three kills, two aces and two blocks.
The lead changed many times in each set, but Team USA put together strings of points to finish each set. U.S. Head Coach Mike Hulett (Des Plaines, Ill.) said he tried playing a setter out of the back row for the first time in 2008 after using it at the Shanghai Invitational in July 2007. Team USA and Netherlands are in the Chicago area to prepare for the Paralympic Games on Sept. 6-17 in Beijing. The U.S. Women are the defending Paralympic bronze medalists from 2004, when the Netherlands won silver. Both teams will also be playing at the first World Organization Volleyball for the Disabled (WOVD) Intercontinental Cup on April 22-30 in Cairo, Egypt. The teams are also playing in the Chicago area to raise awareness of sitting volleyball and the 22 other Paralympic sports. The two teams will play their final exhibition match at 7 p.m. today (March 20) at the Sky High Athletic Center in Crystal Lake, Ill.
CBS2 in Chicago ran a story about the U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team, view it at http://cbs2chicago.com/video/'cid=29 (it is dated March 18).
Download a U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball photo roster at http://www.usavolleyball.org/media/images/2008/WSit08_Autocard.pdf.
Download a guide to disabled volleyball at http://www.usavolleyball.org/media/disabled/06_disabled_guide.pdf.
The USA Volleyball sitting volleyball web site is at www.usavolleyball.org/Disabled/sitting.asp.
The U.S. Paralympic web site is at 126.96.36.199/paralympics/.
The U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, which is qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, will be in the Chicago area later this summer for the 2008 World League. The U.S. Men will play Bulgaria at 7 p.m. on June 20-21 in Hoffman Estates, Ill. For more information, go to www.usavolleyball.org/national/08WL.asp.
U.S. Women's Sitting Team Tour Schedule
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Sky High Athletic Center
220 Exchange Drive, Suite F
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Training Team Roster Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.)
Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Alex Gouldie (St. Paul, Neb.)
Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
SuGui Kriss (Ravena, N.Y.)
Kendra Lancaster (Sheridan, Ind.)
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)
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.)