COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 31, 2012) - The U.S. Paralympic Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team fell to the 2008 defending gold medalists, China in four sets, 22-25, 32-30, 25-23, 25-17 in its first match of the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
The Americans were led by Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) who charted 21 points off of 19 kills and two blocks. Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.) added 13 points for the U.S. off of 10 kills, two block and an ace.
"I think the team did well, we came out relaxed and confident and I think we played the game plan we needed to initially," Holloway said. "From there, it broke down a little bit."
U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team head coach Bill Hamiter started Brenda Maymon (Charlestown, Ind.), Holloway, Erickson, Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla.), Allie Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.), Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.) and libero Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.). U.S. captain Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.) started the fourth set for Maymon. Michelle Gerlosky (Lake Wales, Fla.) subbed in during the third and fourth sets and Lora Webster (Phoenix, Ariz.) clocked playing time in the fourth.
After one day of play Holloway is the second-highest scorer of the tournament, six points behind China’s Yu Hong Sheng.
Team USA out-blocked China 13-6, while China led 12-2 aces. The U.S. gave China 29 points on errors.
"We know it’s under our control," Holloway said. "If you look at the stats, it’s our errors that are hurting us the most. Honestly it comes down to service errors, to hitting errors, to just those little defensive errors…"
The U.S. will continue preliminary pool-play action on Saturday against Slovenia at 7 p.m. (11 a.m. PST).
2012 U.S. Women's Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team
Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.)
Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla./UCO Resident Athlete)
Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C./UCO Resident Athlete)
Michelle Gerlosky (Lake Wales, Fla./UCO Resident Athlete)
Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash./UCO Resident Athlete)
Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.)
Brenda Maymon-Jensen (Charlestown, Ind.)
Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.)
Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill./UCO Resident Athlete)
Lora Webster (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Bethany Zummo (Dublin, Calif./UCO Resident Athlete)
Angela DeHaan (Yuba City, Calif.)
Head Coach: Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.)
Assistant Coach: Cara Lang (Sartell, Minn.)
Statistician: Elliot Blake
Athletic Trainer: Brian Choate
Team Leader: Cecile Reynaud
2012 London Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Schedule
Times are in local time in London and in (Pacific Standard Time).
Friday, Aug. 31
Ukraine def. Great Britain 25-9, 25-20, 25-14
China def. USA 22-25, 32-30, 25-23, 25-17
Netherlands def. Japan 22-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-14
Saturday, Sept. 1
China def. Brazil 26-24, 25-15, 20-25, 25-16
Netherlands def. Great Britain 25-13, 25-12, 25-15
7:00p.m. (11 a.m. PST) Women's Preliminaries Pool B USA vs SVN
Sunday, Sept. 2
11:00 a.m. (3 a.m. PST) Women's Preliminaries Pool A NLD vs UKR
4:00p.m. (8 a.m. PST) Women's Preliminaries Pool B SVN vs BRA
7:00 p.m. (11 a.m. PST) Women's Preliminaries Pool A GBR vs JPN
Monday, Sept. 3
9:00 a.m. (1 a.m. PST) Women's Preliminaries Pool B CHN vs SVN
4:00 p.m. (8 a.m. PST) Women's Preliminaries Pool A UKR vs JPN
7:00 p.m. (11 a.m. PST) Women's Preliminaries Pool B USA vs BRA
Tuesday, Sept. 4
7:00 a.m. (11 p.m. PST, Sept. 3) Women's Semifinals 5-8 Classification 3B vs 4A
9:00 a.m. (1 a.m. PST) Women’s Semifinals 5-8 Classification 3A vs 4B
Wednesday, Sept. 5
4:00 p.m. (8 a.m. PST) Women's Semifinal 1A vs 2B
7:00 p.m. (11 a.m. PST) Women's Semifinals 2A vs 1B
Thursday, Sept. 6
9:00 a.m. (1 a.m. PST) Women's Final 7-8 Classification
11:00 a.m. (3 a.m. PST) Women's Final 5-6 Classification
Friday, Sept. 7
7:00 a.m. (11 p.m. PST, Sept 6)) Women's Final Bronze Medal Match
9:00 a.m. (1 a.m. PST) Women's Final Gold Medal Match
10:45 a.m. (2:45 a.m. PST) Women's Medal Ceremony