U.S. Sitting Teams Go Undefeated Against Canada

June 02, 2009, 12:28 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone:  719-228-6800 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 1, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sitting Teams both concluded the Parapan American Zonal Championships on Saturday at the McGill University Athletic Complex in Montreal with 4-0 records against the teams from Canada.

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team opened play in the morning with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-12) victory over Canada.

U.S. Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.) started opposites Lora Webster (Cave Creek, Ariz.) and Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.), outside hitters Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.), setter/outside hitters Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.) and Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.), and libero Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.).

Holloway scored nine points and completed 67 percent of her kill attempts. Aldrich scored nine points on three kills, two blocks and four aces. Erickson and Millage each added seven points.

Serving provided numerous point opportunities against the Canadians. Erickson scored four aces on 22 service attempts.

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team played a second match against Canada in the afternoon and swept their northern neighbors for the fourth time in three days, 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-8).

Hamiter started setters Aldrich and SuGui Kriss (Ravena, N.Y.), outside hitters Lancaster and Gina McWilliams (The Colony, Texas), opposites Michelle Gerlosky (Griffin, Ga.) and Hope Lewellen (Palos Park, Ill.) and Miller at libero.

Gerlosky scored nine points on three kills and six aces, and Millage added nine points on five kills, three aces and one block. Aldrich scored eight points on two kills, two blocks and four aces.

Hamiter varied his lineups so he could evaluate all the players.

"For the final match, it was nice to see some role players execute at a high level and to see one of our newest members (Gerlosky) to be the match point leader,” Hamiter said. “This gives us the potential for longevity in the program, and a cornerstone for striving to make the team stronger working toward the goal of winning gold at the world championships in 2010."

The Men’s Sitting Team also played two matches against Canada on Saturday and swept both for a 12-0 set record.

In the morning match, Hamiter started setters/outside hitters Brent Rasmussen (Omaha, Neb.) and James Stuck (New Kensington, Pa.), middle blockers Roderick Green (West Monroe, La.) and Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo.), opposites Eric Duda (Gainesville, Fla.) and Edgar Laforest (Puerto Rico) and libero Matt Johnson (Omaha, Neb.).

Duda led the team with 12 points on seven kills with no errors on 13 attempts, two blocks and three aces. Stuck scored eight points on two kills, three blocks and three aces. Rasmussen added seven points on five kills, one block and one ace.

“This was by far our most consistent match of the series,” Hamiter said. “The team was able to make an adjustment by minimizing our attack errors while hitting at a high level. (Matt) Johnson passed 100 percent positive receptions with 60 percent being perfect passes.”

The U.S. Men won the afternoon match, 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-22)

Hamiter started setters/outside hitters Rasmussen and Laforest, middle blockers Brad Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and Regan, Duda at opposite, outside hitter Hugo Storer and Matt Johnson at libero.

Duda led the scoring with 14 points on 12 kills and two blocks. His hitting percentage for the match was 0.476. Stuck added seven points, Regan had six and Storer scored five.

Parapan American Zonal Championship


May 28: U.S. Women def. Canada, 3-0 (25-5, 25-8, 25-14)
U.S. Men vs. Canada, 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-17)
May 29: U.S. Men def. Canada, 3-0 (28-26, 25-15, 25-23)
U.S. Women def. Canada, 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-12)

May 30: U.S. Women def. Canada, 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-12)
U.S. Men def. Canada, 3-0 (25-9, 25-20, 25-9)
U.S. Women def. Canada, 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-12)
U.S. Men def. Canada, 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-22)

U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team

Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.)
Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Michelle Gerlosky (Griffin, Ga.)
Alex Gouldie (St. Paul, Neb.)
Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
SuGui Kriss (Ravena, N.Y.)
Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.)
Hope Lewellen (Palos Park, Ill.)
Gina McWilliams (The Colony, Texas)
Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.)
Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.)
Lora Webster (Cave Creek, Ariz.)

U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team

Eric Duda (Gainesville, Fla.)
Josh Franklin (Houston, Texas)
Roderick Green (West Monroe, La.)
Brad Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.)
Matt Johnson (Omaha, Neb.)
Edgar Laforest (Puerto Rico)
Brent Rasmussen (Omaha, Neb.)
Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo.)
Hugo Storer (Houston, Texas)
James Stuck (New Kensington, Pa.)


Head Coach: Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.)
Assistant Coach: Edgar Miraku (Elbasan, Albania)
Assistant Coach: Cara Bartolic (Sartell, Minn.)
Team Leader: Dixie Collins (Marshall, Va.)