Photo Gallery: U.S. Women's Sitting Team vs Canada 3-8-13
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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DENVER, Colo. (March 8, 2013) - The U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team won two exhibition matches against Canada on Friday at the Colorado Convention Center. The matches were played in conjunction with the Colorado Crossroads Junior National Qualifier.
The United States dominated the first match, 25-10, 25-3, 25-7. The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team served tough, leading in aces, 22-0. The U.S. team also led in attacks, 17-7, and in blocks 6-1.
The U.S. Sitting Team won the second match 25-9, 25-9, 25-6. The United States led in aces 20-2, in kills 22-9 and in blocks, 5-2.
“The biggest thing was to increase exposure for the team and for the sport,” Hamiter said. “We’re also trying to look and some of our weaknesses and some of our strengths and trying to enhance that. We’ve tweaked some of our systems. We think they are going to work well, but you never know until you get into competitive situations.”
In the first match, Nicky Nieves (Kissimmee, Fla.) was the high scorer for the U.S. team with 11 points on five kills, one block and five aces. Angela DeHaan (Yuba City, Calif.) added eight points on three kills and five aces. Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.) totaled seven points on two attacks, a match-high three blocks and two aces.
Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.) totaled six points on two kills, one block and three aces. Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.) scored six points on two attacks, one block and three aces.
Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.) scored five points on two attacks, one block and two aces. Alexis Shifflett (Waseca, Minn.) added two points on one kill and one ace.
In the second match, Kanahele was the high scorer with 11 points on five kills, three blocks and three aces. Overcast added eight points on a match-high seven aces and one kill. Erickson totaled seven points on five kills, one block and one ace.
Shifflett scored six points on three kills and three aces. Miller totaled six points on four kills and two aces. Lancaster added five points on two kills, one block and two aces. Nieves scored four points on two kills, one block and one ace.
Although the scores may not have reflected a competitive match, U.S. Women’s Sitting Team Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.) said the matches were important for his team.
The U.S. and Canada will play two more exhibition matches on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and will close out the series with a match at 9 a.m. on Sunday.