Women's Sitting Team Moving Forward in Montreal

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans | Oct. 25, 2017, 1:33 p.m. (ET)

U.S. Women's Sitting Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, (Oct. 25, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team, ranked No. 1 in the world, returns to the international stage this week for the ParaVolley Pan American Zone Championships in Montreal.

The event is a qualifier for the 2018 World Championships, but the U.S. Women already qualified by winning the 2016 Paralympic Games.

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The team will use the championships to test some new offenses.

“We’ve been working on a few different tweaks,” Head Coach Bill Hamiter said. “Some good changes from what the team has been doing. It’s an extra step for us offensively. We didn’t use any of it during the Super 6 (a tournament earlier this year).”

The U.S. Women’s roster only has 10 players. Starting setter Kaleo (Kanahele) Maclay recently had her first child (a son named Duke) and starting libero Bethany Zummo is out with an injury.

Nine players on the roster were on the team that won gold at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games: Monique Burkland, Tia Edwards, Heather Erickson, Katie Holloway, Nichole Millage, Kari Miller, Nicole Nieves, Lexi Shifflett and Lora Webster.

The newcomer is 6-3 outside hitter Whitney Dosty. Dosty had an impressive standing volleyball career. She was a member of the youth and junior national teams, played for the University of Arizona and competed on professional teams overseas.

A severe ankle injury ended Dosty’s standing career and allowed her to compete for the sitting team.

The United States will play matches against Brazil, ranked No. 3 in the world, and No. 9 Canada. The U.S. Women played an exhibition series against Canada in March. But it hasn’t seen Brazil since the Paralympics.

“There is some apprehension, not knowing what teams will have,” Hamiter said. “I have not seen anything from Brazil. We are not sure what players are coming back or what they will look like.”

ParaVolley Pan American Zone Championships
Oct. 26-29
Montreal, Canada

U.S. Women’s Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown)
1. Lora Webster (MB, 5-11, Point Lookout, N.Y.)
3. Lexi Shifflett (S, 5-4, Waseca, Minn.)
5C. Katie Holloway (OH, 6-3, Lake Stevens, Wash.)
6. Heather Erickson (OH, 5-11, Fayetteville, NC)
7. Monique Burkland (OH, 5-9, Ardmore, Okla.)
8. Whitney Dosty (OH, 6-3, Tucson, Ariz.)
10. Kari Miller (L, 5-6, Washington D.C.)
13. Nichole Millage (OH, 5-7, Champaign, Ill.)
16. Nicky Nieves (MB, 5-10, Kissimmee, Fla.)
17. Tia Edwards (OH, 5-7, Skitatook, Okla.)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter
Team Leader: Michelle Goodall
Assistant Coaches: Lazaro Beltran and Jon Aharoni
Technical Coordinator: Jeff Hicks
Athletic Trainer: Patrick Lawrence
Sport Psychologist: Emily Clark

Schedule and Results (all times ET)
Oct. 26
Noon: Canada v Brazil
6 p.m. USA v Brazil

Oct. 27
10:30 a.m. Canada v USA
6 p.m. Canada v Brazil

Oct. 28
10:30 a.m. USA v Brazil
4 p.m. Canada v USA

Oct. 29
1:30 p.m. Gold medal match