U.S. Sitting Teams to Play Canada this Weekend

May 27, 2009, 6:39 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 27, 2009) – The U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sitting Volleyball Teams will be in Montreal this week to take on their Canadian counterparts at the Parapan American Zonal Championship.

The matches will be played May 28-30 at the McGill University Athletic Complex in Montreal.

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team was the silver medalist at the 2008 Paralympic Games. In March, the U.S. team played three exhibition matches against Canada at the Colorado Crossroads Tournament and swept all three matches. Canada did not have a women’s sitting team until 2008.

The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team also played its Canadian counterpart at Colorado Crossroads and won all three matches while dropping just one set. The two teams also played three friendly matches in Canada in 2008 with the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team winning all three.

The U.S. Men won the silver medal at the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but did not qualify for the Paralympics. The Canadian Men took the bronze.

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team has a new player in Michelle Gerlosky, a 6-foot outside hitter who graduated from the University of Georgia in August of 2008.

Gerlosky, who was born missing her right hand and part of her forearm, will begin working toward a Masters degree in biology at the University of Central Oklahoma in the fall of 2009 and will become a resident athlete for the Women’s Sitting Team.

The U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sitting Teams are based at Central Oklahoma and Bill Hamiter is serving as the head coach for both teams.

Parapan American Zonal Championship

Schedule (All times EDT)

May 28: U.S. Women vs. Canada, 3 p.m.
U.S. Men vs. Canada, 6 p.m.

May 29: U.S. Men vs. Canada, 3 p.m.
U.S. Women vs. Canada, 6 p.m.

May 30: U.S. Women vs. Canada, 9 a.m.
U.S. Men vs. Canada, 11:30 a.m.
U.S. Women vs. Canada, 3 p.m.
U.S. Men vs. Canada, 6 p.m.

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.)