U.S. Women's Sitting Team Sweeps Brazil to End Pool Play

By Becky Murdy | Sept. 03, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 3, 2012) - The U.S. Paralympics Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team swept Brazil 25-13, 25-20 25-19 on Monday evening in front of a packed crowd at the ExCel London in its last preliminary match at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Advancing to a 2-1 record, the U.S. will prepare for its semifinal match against Ukraine (3-0) on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. London time (8 a.m. PST). The match will be live streamed at paralympics.org. The U.S. is ranked second in the world and Ukraine is ranked third. 

U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team head coach Bill Hamiter started the first and second sets with Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.), Brenda Maymon (Charlestown, Ind.), Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.), Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla.), Aldrich, Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.) and libero Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.). Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.) subbed in the second set and started for Maymon in the third set. Michelle Gerlosky (Lake Wales, Fla.) subbed in the second and third sets.

“I was really pleased with how we played tonight,” Hamiter said. “We were focused and got the job done. We out hit, out served, out attacked and out passed Brazil and I am very pleased with that. We now will look forward to our semifinals match.”

Holloway continued to lead the Americans with points, posting 15 off of 13 kills and two blocks. Erickson contributed 11 kills for 11 points while Burkland tallied seven points off of six kills and a service ace. Aldrich connected on two kills, two service aces and a block for five points. Gerlosky served a team-high three aces and a kill for four points and Millage posted two kills, a block and an ace. Mayon rounded out the American scorers with three points off of two kills and a block.

Miller posted an 80 percent positive reception rating, 40 percent excellent.

The U.S. held a 7-3 ace and 37-19 kill advantage over Brazil. Brazil out-blocked Team USA 6-5.

2012 U.S. Women's Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team
#- Name (Hometown/UCO Resident Athlete)
1 - Lora Webster (Phoenix, Ariz.)
3 - Brenda Maymon-Jensen (Charlestown, Ind.)
4 - Michelle Gerlosky (Lake Wales, Fla./UCO Resident Athlete)
5 - Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash./UCO Resident Athlete)
6 - Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C./UCO Resident Athlete)
7 - Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla./UCO Resident Athlete)
10 - Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.)
11 - Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.)
13 - Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill./UCO Resident Athlete)
14 - Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
15 - Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.)

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
USA def. Slovenia 25-8, 25-15, 25-8

Sunday, Sept. 2
Ukraine def. Netherlands 26-24, 15-25, 25-11, 25-19
Brazil def. Slovenia 25-17, 30-28, 19-25, 21-25, 15-7
Japan def. Great Britain 25-11, 25-21, 25-14

Monday, Sept. 3
China def. Slovenia 25-12, 25-15. 25-16
Ukraine def. Japan 25-20, 25-9, 25-16
USA def. Brazil 25-13, 25-20, 25-19

Tuesday, Sept. 4
Brazil vs. Great Britain, 7 a.m. (11 p.m. PST on Sept. 3), Women's Classification 5-8
Japan vs. Slovenia, 9 a.m. (1 a.m. PST), Women's Classification 5-8

Wednesday, Sept. 5
Ukraine vs. USA, 4 p.m. (8 a.m. PST), Women's Semifinals
Netherlands vs. China, 7 p.m. (11 a.m. PST), Women's Semifinals

Thursday, Sept. 6
Women's Final 7-8 Classification, 9 a.m. (1 a.m. PST)
Women's Final 5-6 Classification, 11 a.m. (3 a.m. PST)

Friday, Sept. 7
Women's Final Bronze Medal Match, 7 a.m. (11 a.m. PST)
Women's Final Gold Medal Match, 9 p.m. (1 p.m. PST)
Women's Medal Ceremony, 10:45 p.m. (2:45 p.m. PST)