Women's Sitting Team Drops First Two Matches in Moscow

By Darci Miller | Aug. 16, 2013, 6:43 p.m. (ET)

Darci Miller, USA Volleyball Communications Intern, Phone: 719-228-6800, Email: darci.miller@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 16, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team began play in the Moscow Open Cup on Friday, dropping its first two matches to China and Russia.

In the first of two back-to-back matches, the U.S., ranked No. 2 in the world, fell to Russia 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-6). Again, Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.) led the American players in scoring with 23 points on a match-high 38 attacks in addition to 15 receptions.

Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) added 14 points to the effort on 29 attacks, along with 20 receptions. Nicky Nieves (Kissimmee, Fla.) contributed 10 points on 15 attacks with three receptions. Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla.) scored seven points on nine attacks with 15 receptions. Michelle Shiffler (Lake Wales, Fla.) chipped in three points on six attacks along with two receptions, and Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.) scored a point on nine attacks and added 10 receptions.

In its second match the U.S. fell to China, the top-ranked team in the world, 3-1 (25-20, 25-19, 30-28, 25-17). Erickson was again the top scorer for the U.S. with 20 points on a match-high 41 attacks, along with 22 receptions.

Burkland added 11 points on 14 attacks with 10 receptions. Millage and Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.) each contributed eight points; Millage on 21 attacks with 21 receptions, Kanahele on eight attacks in addition to three receptions. Holloway chipped in six points on nine attacks with seven receptions. Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.) and Nieves each contributed three points, Lancaster on four attacks and Nieves on 10 attacks with two receptions. Schiffler scored one point on one attack.

The U.S. will play Finland on Saturday morning, Aug. 17, for its last match of pool play. The finish will determine who the U.S. plays in the crossover bracket on Saturday afternoon. The quarterfinals and semifinals will also be played on Aug. 17, followed by matches for finals placements, including bronze an gold, on Aug. 18.

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U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team
Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla.)
Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.)
Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.)
Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.)
Abby Mueller (Houston, Texas)
Nicky Nieves (Kissimmee, Fla.)
Michelle Schiffler (Lake Wales, Fla.)
Lexi Shifflett (Waseca, Minn.)
Bethany Zummo (Dublin, Calif.)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.)
Assistant Coach: Cara Lang (Sartell, Minn.)
Assistant Coach: Jeffery Hicks (Charlotte, N.C.)
Physiotherapist: Kazuma Akehi (Japan)

Match Schedule (All times CT)
Aug. 16
2:30 a.m.: Moscow def. United States, 3-2
2:30 a.m.: Slovenia def. Japan, 3-0
5 a.m.: China def. United States, 3-1
5 a.m.: Netherlands def. CSP Izmailovo, 3-1
6:30 a.m.: Moscow def. Finland, 3-0
6:30 a.m.: CSP Izmailovo def. Japan, 3-0
8 a.m.: China def. Finland, 3-0
8 a.m.: Slovenia def. Netherlands, 3-2
9:30 a.m.: Moscow def. China, 3-2
9:30 a.m.: Netherlands def. Japan, 3-0

Aug. 17
1 a.m.: United States vs. Finland
1 a.m.: Slovenia vs. CSP Izmailovo
2:30 a.m.: Quarterfinal (A1 vs. B4)
2:30 a.m.: Quarterfinal (B1 vs. A4)
4 a.m.: Quarterfinal (A2 vs. B3)
4 a.m.: Quarterfinal (A3 vs. B4)
6:30 a.m.: Semifinal
6:30 a.m.: Classification 5-8
8 a.m.: Semifinal
8 a.m.: Classification 5-8

Aug. 18
1 a.m.: Seventh place
1 a.m.: Fifth place
2:30 a.m.: Third place
2:30 a.m.: First place