Women Open with Win at Sitting Worlds

June 15, 2014, 4:24 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 15, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team opened the World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball Championships with a convincing 25-11, 25-11, 25-10 victory over Great Britain Sunday morning in Elbag, Poland.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team lost its opening pool match to No. 6 Egypt, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16.

Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) paced Team USA with 17 points with six kills on 12 attacks and seven aces on 19 serves. Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.) added nine points with five aces and four kills. Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla.) chipped in nine points with three kills, four aces and two aces.

Abby Mueller (Houston, Texas) and Kaloe Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.) each collected six points in the victory, while Michelle Schiffler (Lake Wales, Fla.) and Nicky Nieves (Kissimmee, Fla.) each charted four points. Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.) tallied two points and Lexi Shifflett (Waseca, Minn.) rounded out the scoring a single point.

Team USA, ranked third in the world, converted 42 percent of its attacks and totaled 24 aces in the match with just two service errors. The Americans managed an 11-5 block advantage.

Team USA continues Pool A against host and No. 18 Poland on Monday. Team USA’s preliminary round also includes Finland on June 17, Slovenia on June 18 and Russia on June 19. The top two teams from both pools advance to the semifinal round on June 20, while the remaining teams compete in the classification round. The tournament concludes on June 21 with all final classification matches.

On the men’s side, Roderick Green (West Monroe, La.) paced the Americans with four kills, four blocks and two aces for 10 points in the loss. J. Dee Marinko (Norman, Okla.) added eight kills an ace for nine points for the U.S., while Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo.) followed with six kills and a block for seven points. Edgar LaForest (San Juan, Puerto Rico) collected three kills and two blocks for five points.

Eric Duda (For Lauderdale, Fla.) chalked up four points as a reserve in the third set only, while James Stuck (New Kensington, Pa.) and Ben Aman (Edmond, Okla.) recorded three points each. Travis Ricks (San Diego, Calif.) rounded out the scoring with two points as a reserve.

After falling behind 8-3 at the first technical timeout of the opening set, the U.S. Men rallied to within two at 16-14 before losing 25-21. The Americans built an early 8-4 lead in the second set, but Egypt scored 12 of the next 16 points en route to winning 25-20. Egypt gradually built up its third-set advantage for a 25-16 victory.

Team USA out-blocked Egypt 8-2 and had three fewer hitting errors (16-13), but seven American service errors helped to derail momentum. Further, the U.S. positive excellent reception was 39 percent to Egypt’s 55 percent, which led to a 43-32 margin in kills.

The U.S. Men continue Pool B on Monday against Iraq on Monday before concluding group play on Tuesday against No. 1 Iran. Quarterfinal play-in matches and 13-16 classification matches are scheduled for June 18, followed by the quarterfinal round and classification matches on June 19, semifinals and classification matches on June 20 and final classification matches on June 21.

For additional information on the World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball World Championships including available live video streams, visit www.paravolley.pl.

U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team
2 – Bethany Zummo (Dublin, Calif.)
3 – Lexi Shifflett (Waseca, Minn.)
4 – Michelle Schiffler (Lake Wales, Fla.)
5 – Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
6 – Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.)
7 – Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla.)
9 – Abby Mueller (Houston, Texas)
13 – Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.)
14 – Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
16 – Nicole Nieves (Kissimmee, Fla.)
Head Coach: Bill Hamiter
Assistant Coaches: Cara Lang, Jeffery Hicks
Therapist: Patrick Lawrence
Team Manager: Laura Finch

U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team
1 – Travis Ricks (San Diego, Calif.)
2 – Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo.)
3 – Sam Surowiec (Everett, Wash.)
4 – Benjamin Aman (Edmond, Okla.)
5 – Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
6 – Jese Shag (Sheridan, Ill.)
8 – James Stuck (New Kensington, Pa.)
9 – Hugo Storer (Greensboro, N.C.)
10 – Edgar Laforest (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
11 – Roderick Green (West Monroe, La.)
13 – Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss.)
18 – J. Dee Marinko (Norman, Okla.)
Head Coach: Quinton Kraeer
Assistant Coaches: Greg Walker, Joseph Skinner
Therapist: Katherine King
Team Manager: Dixie Collins

U.S. Women’s World Championship Schedule for Pool A (times local)
June 15: United States def. Great Britain 25-11, 25-11, 25-10
June 16: United States vs. Poland, 9:15 a.m., Court 2
June 17: United States vs. Finland, 9:30 a.m., Court 3
June 18: United States vs. Slovenia, 9:15 a.m., Court 2
June 19: United States vs. Russia, 1:30 p.m., Court 3
June 20: Semifinals and Classification Rounds
June 21: Final Classification Matches

U.S. Men’s World Championship Schedule for Pool B (times local)
June 15: Egypt def. United States 25-21, 25-20, 25-16
June 16: United States vs. Iraq, 3:30 p.m., Court 3
June 17: United States vs. Iran, 3 p.m., Court 1
June 18: Quarterfinal Play-in and 13-16 Classification matches
June 19: Quarterfinals and 9-16 Classification matches
June 20: Semifinals and 5-16 Classification matches
June 21: Final Classification matches