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Three U.S. Sitting Team Members Named ‘Best’

Sept. 13, 2011, 7:01 p.m. (ET)

Becky Murdy
Assistant, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: becky.murdy@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 13, 2011) - The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team traveled back to the United States from the ECVD Continental Cup with more than just gold medals. Three players earned four individual all-tournament awards for their unmatchable performances in Yevatoriya, Ukraine.

Team Captain Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash./UCO Resident Athlete), Michelle Gerlosky (Lake Wales, Fla.) and Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.) earned individual awards after their performances led the United States to a perfect 7-0 record in the tournament.

Holloway was named tournament Most Valuable Player and best spiker after charting a tournament-high 100 kills and totaling 123 points for her team. Holloway connected on 22 attacks and three blocks in the first match against Ukraine on Sept. 5 for a personal-tournament high of 25 points.

Gerlosky was named best server with a tournament total of 22 service aces. Gerlosky delivered a personal-tournament high of six aces in the U.S. sweep over Great Britain on Sept. 8.

Kari Miller was named best libero with 163 receptions, good for a seven-game average of 57 percent.

U.S. Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla) brought seven athletes to Ukraine to compete, the smallest roster in the tournament. Teams were also allowed two able-bodied and two minimally-disabled players on the court at any time; however the U.S. team did not include any able-bodied or minimally-disabled players.

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team had previously qualified for the 2012 London Paralympic Games and continues to use international tournaments for its preparation.

The next stop for the U.S. Women’s Sitting team will be the 2011 Para Panamerican Championship from Sept. 28- Oct. 2 in Brazil.

ECVD Continental Cup
Sept. 5-11 in Yevpatoriya and Crimea, Ukraine

U.S. Women’s Sitting Team Roster for Ukraine
No. Name (Hometown)
3 Brenda Maymon (Sellersburg, Ind.)
4 Michelle Gerlosky (Lake Wales, Fla.)
5 Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash./UCO Resident Athlete)
6 Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C./UCO Resident Athlete)
7 Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla./UCO Resident Athlete)
10 Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.)
13 Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill./UCO Resident Athlete)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.)
Assistant Coach: Cara Lang (Sartell, Minn.)
Athletic Trainer: Kazuma Akehi (Japan)