Women's Sitting Team to Play in Denver

March 06, 2013, 7:02 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 6, 2013) – Four Paralympic silver medalists will be among the players competing for the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball team on March 8-10 at the Colorado Crossroads Junior National Qualifier at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team will play five exhibition matches against Canada over three days. In between matches, players will be available to sign autographs.

Kaleo Kanahele sets during the 2010 Sitting Volleyball World Championships
Kaleo Kanahele sets the ball for the U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball
Team as it plays Canada at the 2010 Sitting Volleyball
World Championships.

“We have played at Crossroads several times over the past few years and it has always been a really good experience for the players,” said Bill Hamiter, high performance director of the U.S. sitting volleyball program and head coach of the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team.

“It is great to bring sitting volleyball to people who might have never seen it, or at least have never seen it played live.”

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team won the silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Players from that team scheduled to appear in Denver are Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.), Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.), Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.) and Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

Other U.S. players who will be competing in Denver are Nicole Nieves (Kissimmee, Fla.), Alexis Shifflet (Waseca, Minn.), Cali Overcast (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Bethany Zummo (Dublin, Calif.) and Angela DeHaan (Yuba City, Calif.). Zummo and DeHaan were alternates to the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team.

The teams will play two matches on both Friday and Saturday, at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days. They will play their final match on Sunday at 9 a.m.

A one-day spectator pass for the Colorado Crossroads Junior National Qualifier is $10. A pass for two or more days is $20. For more information about the tournament, visit coloradocrossroads.org.

Friday, March 8:
10 a.m. Match 1
Autograph following match
2-3 p.m. Kari Miller, Cali Overstreet and Bethany Zummo at USA Volleyball booth
3-4 p.m. Nicole Nieves, Bethany Zummo and Angela DeHaan at USA Volleyball booth
5 p.m. Match 2
Autograph following match

Saturday, March 9:
10 a.m. Match 3
Autograph following match
2-3 p.m. Kaleo Kanahele and Heather Erickson at USA Volleyball booth
3-4 p.m. Kendra Lancaster and Alexis Shifflet at USA Volleyball booth
5 p.m. Match 4
Autographs following match

Sunday, March 10:
9 a.m. Match 5