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U.S. Women's Sitting Team Takes Silver at the Paralympic Games

By Becky Murdy | Sept. 07, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 7, 2012) - The U.S. Paralympic Women's Sitting Volleyball Team won the silver medal at the Paralympic Games after being edged by China, 22-25, 25-15, 32-30, 25-15 in the 2012 London gold medal match on Friday evening in the ExCeL London. 

The U.S. (3-2) takes home the Paralympic silver medal, its second in consecutive Games. This was China's (5-0) third consecutive gold medal at the Paralympic Games. 

“The team is certainly disappointed in the loss, but we know we played as hard as we could,” U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team Head Coach Bill Hamiter said. “We left everything we had out on that court. We pushed China to play their very best and they had to go out and win it. We can live with these results and now we will look to the future to someday get a gold medal on the women’s indoor side.” 

The match between Team USA and China was a rematch of the 2008 Beijing Games where China also took the gold medal. 

Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.) brought home individual awards for the U.S. as Holloway was named best spiker and Miller was named best receiver and best libero of the Paralympic Games.

Holloway was the third-highest scorer of the games with 80 kills, nine blocks and seven service aces for a total of 96 points. Holloway converted 133 attacks for 80 kills with a tournament high 41.35 percent hitting efficiency.  

Miller held a tournament high 78.13 percent successful reception rate by posting 75 excellent receptions and 17 service reception off of 96 attempts with a tournament low four faults.  

Hamiter started the first three sets with Holloway, Brenda Maymon (Charlestown, Ind.), Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.), Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla.), Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.), Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.) and libero Miller. Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.) subbed in the second and third sets and started for Maymon.

Holloway led the team with 33 of its 85 points off of match-high 29 kills, three blocks and a service ace. Holloway’s 33 points tied for the match-high with China’s standout, Sheng Yu Hong.

Erickson was the next high scorer for the U.S. with seven points off of six kills and a block. Maymon connected on two kills, two blocks and a service ace for five points while Murkland posted three kills and two service aces. Aldrich tallied five off of four kills and a single block.

Michelle Gerlosky (Lake Wales, Fla.) subbed in the first, third and fourth sets and posted four points off of four kills. Lora Webster (Phoenix, Ariz.) came in the second, third and fourth sets and chalked three points off of two blocks and a service ace. Millage also had three points for the U.S. with two blocks and a kill.

Miller posted a 60 positive reception percent, 37 excellent reception percent and posted a point off of an attack.

China converted 136 attacks for 53 points while the U.S. converted 128 attacks for 50 points. Both teams had a 39-point kill percentage and both tallied 13 blocks. China took a 7-3 service ace percentage over the U.S.  

Earlier in the evening Ukraine won its first women's sitting volleyball medal by earning bronze after defeating The Netherlands, 25-14, 25-21, 25-16. 

2012 London Paralympic Results
Gold - China
Silver - USA
Bronze - Ukraine

2008 Beijing Paralympic Results
Gold - China
Silver - USA
Bronze - Netherlands

2004 Athens Paralympic Results
Gold - China
Silver - Netherlands
Bronze - United States

2012 U.S. Women's Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team
# - Name (Hometown/UCO Resident Athlete)
1 - Lora Webster (Phoenix, Ariz.)
3 - Brenda Maymon-Jensen (Charlestown, Ind.)
4 - Michelle Gerlosky (Lake Wales, Fla./UCO Resident Athlete)
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.) 
11 - Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.)
13 - Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill./UCO Resident Athlete)
14 - Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.) 
15 - Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.)

Bethany Zummo (Dublin, Calif./UCO Resident Athlete)
Angela DeHaan (Yuba City, Calif.)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.)
Assistant Coach: Cara Lang (Sartell, Minn.)
Statistician: Elliot Blake
Athletic Trainer: Brian Choate
Team Leader: Cecile Reynaud

2012 London Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Schedule

Friday, Aug. 31
Ukraine def. Great Britain 25-9, 25-20, 25-14
China def. USA 22-25, 32-30, 25-23, 25-17
Netherlands def. Japan 22-25, 25-18, 25-13, 25-14

Saturday, Sept. 1
China def. Brazil 26-24, 25-15, 20-25, 25-16
Netherlands def. Great Britain 25-13, 25-12, 25-15
USA def. Slovenia 25-8, 25-15, 25-8

Sunday, Sept. 2
Ukraine def. Netherlands 26-24, 15-25, 25-11, 25-19
Brazil def. Slovenia 25-17, 30-28, 19-25, 21-25, 15-7
Japan def. Great Britain 25-11, 25-21, 25-14

Monday, Sept. 3
China def. Slovenia 25-12, 25-15. 25-16
Ukraine def. Japan 25-20, 25-9, 25-16
USA def. Brazil 25-13, 25-20, 25-19

Tuesday, Sept. 4
Brazil def. Great Britain 25-19, 25-10, 25-7
Slovenia def. Japan 25-19, 25-22, 25-20

Wednesday, Sept. 5
USA def. Ukraine 25-14, 25-13, 25-19
China def. Netherlands 17-25, 25-14, 13-25, 25-16, 15-11

Thursday, Sept. 6
Japan def. Great Britain 25-23, 25-19, 25-13
Brazil def. Slovenia 25-16, 25-14, 21-25, 25-21

Friday, Sept. 7
Ukraine def. Netherlands 25-14, 25-21, 25-16 (bronze-medal match)
China def. USA 22-25, 25-15, 32-30, 25-15 (gold-medal match)