DENVER, Colo. (March 9, 2013) – Frightful weather in Denver did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team, which won two more exhibition matches on Saturday over Canada at the Colorado Convention Center in conjunction with the Colorado Crossroads Junior Nationals Qualifier.
|Kari Miller receives the ball as Heather Erickson watches.
As snow began to fall outside, the morning match saw the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team defeat Canada, 25-7, 25-3, 25-9. The U.S. Team led Canada in attacks, 26-4, in blocks, 8-0 and in aces, 15-1.
Things got interesting in the second match as Canada was down a player and several U.S. athletes got a chance to play for the other side. The United States win the match 25-7, 25-16, 25-16. The U.S. led in attacks, 22-8 and in aces, 19-4. The teams tied in blocks, 1-1.
U.S. Women’s Sitting Team Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.) has been using the matches to give his young athletes more match experience and to practice new strategies, including a 5-1 offense.
In the first match, Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.) led the scoring with nine points on three kills, two blocks and four aces.
Five U.S. players scored seven points each in the match. Cali Overcast (Colorado Springs, Colo.) scored on six attacks and one block. Angela DeHaan (Yuba City, Calif.) added five kills, one block and one ace. Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.) had three kills, three blocks and one ace. Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.) scored on four kills and three aces. Nicole Nieves (Kissimmee, Fla.) totaled three attacks and four aces.
Alexis Shifflett (Waseca, Minn.) scored four points on one kill, one block and two aces. Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.) scored one point on a kill.
Erickson also led the scoring in the second match with 14 points on seven kills and seven aces. Kanahele added seven points on three kills, one block and three aces. Shifflet scored five points on three attacks and two aces.
Four other players each scored four points: Overcast had four on two kills and two aces, as did DeHaan. Lancaster added four points on one attack and three aces and Nieves totaled four points on four kills.
Overcast, DeHaan and Lancaster all played with Canada in the second match.
The U.S. and Canada will play close out the series with a match at 9 a.m. on Sunday.