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May 18 Women's Sitting Team Tops Russia Twice

May 18, 2013, 2:48 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 18, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team won its first two exhibition matches against Russia on May 17 at the Wellness Center at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

  U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Head Coach Bill Hamiter talks things
  over with the team during the 2012 Paralympic Games.

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team won the morning match, 28-26, 25-18, 24-26, 25-20, and took the afternoon match, 25-14, 12-25, 17-25, 26-24, 15-7.

"These are the first matches that we have had most of our veterans back and you could tell they were a little rusty,” U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.) said. “It was good to get everyone some playing time against a very good Russian team, which I suspect will be one of the top two teams in the European Zone this year.”

In the first match, Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.) led all scorers with 19 points on a match-high 14 kills, a match-high four blocks and one ace. Nicole Nieves (Kissimmee, Fla.) added 11 points on seven attacks, two blocks and two aces. Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla.) scored eight points on three attacks, three blocks and two aces.

Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and Angela DeHaan (Yuba City, Calif.) scored seven points each. Holloway scored on four kills, two blocks and one ace. DeHaan, who started three sets, added four attacks and three aces. Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.) started two sets and scored four points on one attack and three aces.

Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.) started two sets and scored two points on one attack and one ace. Abby Mueller (Houston, Texas) started one set and scored two points on one kill and one ace. Alexis Shifflet (Waseca, Minn.) started two sets and scored one point on one ace.

Libero Bethany Zummo (Dublin, Calif.) started three sets and was credited with 24 receptions, 46 percent positive. Libero Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.) started two sets and was credited with 21 receptions, 51 percent excellent.

Hamiter started Kanahele at setter, Holloway and team captain Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.) at outside, Burkland and Nieves at middle and Erickson at opposite in the first match.

“The team showed their competitive spirit today, which really helped when play was a little out of rhythm,” Hamiter said. “It was nice to see some of our newer players perform as well as they did.”

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team led Russia in attacks, 35-32. It led in blocks, 12-11 and it led in aces 15-13.

Erickson again led all scorers in the second match with 16 points on a match-high 13 kills and a match-high three blocks. Nieves added 10 points on seven kills, two blocks and one ace. Millage started three sets and scored 10 points on seven attacks, one block and two aces. Burkland totaled eight points on two attacks, one block and a match-high five aces.

Holloway scored seven points on six kills and one block. Kanahele started four sets and scored five points on one kill and four aces. DeHaan started one set and scored one point on a kill. Shifflet started one set and scored one points with an ace.

Zummo started four sets at libero and was credited with 21 receptions, 43 percent positive. Miller started one set and was credited with 10 receptions, 60 percent positive.

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team will play Russia two more times on Saturday, May 19 (10 a.m. and 5 p.m.) and once on Sunday (9 a.m.). All will be played at the UCO Wellness Center and are free and open to the public.

The matches will be live streamed at ustream.tv/channel/u-s-sitting-volleyball.

In August, the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team will visit the Russian team in Moscow.

U.S. Women's Sitting Team

2 Bethany Zummo (Dublin, Calif.)
3 Alexis Shifflet (Waseca, Minn.)
4 Abby Mueller (Houston, Texas)
5 Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
6 Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.)
7 Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla.)
8 Angela DeHaan (Yuba City, Calif.)
10 Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.)
13 Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.)
14 Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
15 C Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.)
16 Nicole Nieves (Kissimmee, Fla.)

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