Women's Sitting Team Looking for Success at Eurocup
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 10, 2009) - The U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team hopes to gain several things from the 2009 Women's Eurocup, including international experience, practice with implementing new systems, and most importantly, a medal.
The tournament, which will be held in Roermond, Netherlands, runs from July 11-17 and features seven countries: United States, Finland, Latvia, Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, and Germany. The United States is in Pool B with Finland and Slovenia.
According to U.S. Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.), the opportunity to play internationally is extremely valuable for both scouting and competition purposes.
"To be able to play some high level international matches will be good for us," Hamiter said. "We don't see (international teams) a whole lot. Some of the top teams like Slovenia and the Netherlands will be at the world championships next year and they were at the Paralympics. It gives us a chance to scout them as well as play them, so we can try to prepare information on them as we go into the world championships."
The United States is riding a wave of momentum, coming off of a 4-0 sweep of Canada earlier this year, and a successful training camp where the team continued to develop new systems that Hamiter implemented when he began working with the women's sitting team in June.
"Our play in Canada was very good," Hamiter said. "It was good for us to build some confidence and get comfortable with some of the new systems we're implementing. So, I think we feel very good going into the Netherlands."
"We all played really well together in Canada," said Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.), a member of the 2008 Paralympic team that won a silver medal in Beijing. "We are playing well and working into our new systems really quickly."
Hamiter also stressed the importance of team chemistry.
"The team is at a place where there is a lot of confidence within themselves, and the coaching staff," he said. "The team dynamic is probably just as important as anything. So, that's something we've really been building on and trying to push."
The U.S. Women's Sitting Team opens pool play on July 12 against Finland. It takes on Slovenia on July 13, faces Finland again on July 14, and meets Slovenia on July 15.
U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team
1. Lora Webster (Cave Creek, Ariz.)
2. Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.)
3. Brenda Maymon (Sellersburg, Ind.)
4. Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
5. Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.)
6. SuGui Kriss (Ravena, N.Y.)
7. Hope Lewellen (Palos Park, Ill.)
8. Gina McWilliams (The Colony, Texas)
9. Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.)
10. Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.)
11. Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.)
12. Alex Gouldie (St. Paul, Neb.)
Head Coach: Bill Hamiter
Team Manager: Mark Herrin
Assistant Coach: Cara Barolic
Therapist/Trainer: Brian Choate
International Referee: Tim Harlow