Women's Sitting Team Takes Silver at World Champs

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | July 21, 2018, 9:33 p.m. (ET)
The U.S. Women's Sitting Team blocks against Russia
From left, Katie Holloway, Lora Webster and Heather Erickson block against Russia. 
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 21, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team will take home a third straight silver medal from the World Championships after falling to Russia in Saturday’s final, 18-25, 27-25, 26-24, 26-24.

The U.S. Women finished the tournament with a 5-1 record. Russia also finished 5-1. Their only loss came to the United States in pool play. Both teams qualified for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo by virtue of finishing as the top two teams.

TEAM STATISTICS

The U.S. Women won the Paralympic gold medal in 2016, but they have never won the World Championships. They finished second to China in 2010 and 2014. This year, China won the bronze medal after losing to Russia in the semifinals.

At the awards ceremony on Sunday, Katie Holloway was named Best Blocker, Bethany Zummo was named Best Libero and Kaleo Maclay was named Best Setter. 

"This team is so strong and yet we have so much room to grow," Holloway said in a Facebook post. "We did not earn gold last night; a sign that when we fail, there will be good things to come with hard work. I know I wasn’t perfect but the support from everyone out there was."

The U.S. Women led in kills (54-44) while Russia led in blocks (22-17) and aces (10-5). 

U.S. opposite Heather Erickson led all players with 26 points, including a match-high 21 kills. 

U.S. STARTERS VS RUSSIA
Outside hitters: Katie Holloway and Monique Burkland
Middle blockers: Lora Webster and Nicky Nieves
Opposite: Heather Erickson
Setter: Kaleo Maclay
Libero: Bethany Zummo
Substitutes: Alexis Shifflett (S), Nicole Millage (OH), Jillian Williams (Opp), Tia Edwards (MB)

U.S. STATISTICS VS RUSSIA
Kills: Erickson 21, Nieves 10, Holloway 8, Burkland 8, Maclay 4, Webster 3
Blocks: Webster 5, Holloway 4, Erickson 3, Burkland 2, Maclay 2, Nieves 1
Aces: Erickson 2, Webster 1, Burkland 1, Maclay 1

FINAL STANDINGS
1 – Russia 🇷🇺
2 – USA 🇺🇸
3 – China 🇨🇳
4 – Italy 🇮🇹
5 – Brazil 🇧🇷
6 – Ukraine 🇺🇦
7 – Canada 🇨🇦
8 – Netherlands 🇳🇱
9 – Iran 🇮🇷
10 – Japan 🇯🇵
11 – Rwanda 🇷🇼
12 – Finland 🇫🇮
13 – Slovenia 🇸🇮
14 – Hungary 🇭🇺
15 – Egypt 🇪🇬
16 – Croatia 🇭🇷

No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown)
1. Lora Webster (MB, 5-11, Point Lookout, N.Y.)
2. Bethany Zummo (L, 5-2, Dublin, Calif.)
3. Lexi Shifflett (S, 5-4, Waseca, Minn.)
5. 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.)
11. Jillian Williams (Opp, 5-10, Edmond, Oka.)
13. Nichole Millage (OH, 5-7, Champaign, Ill.)
14. Kaleo Kanahele Maclay (S, 5-6, Edmond, Okla.)
16. Nicky Nieves (MB, 5-10, Kissimmee, Fla.)
17. Tia Edwards (OH, 5-7, Skitatook, Okla.)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter
Assistant Coach: Lazaro Beltran
Assistant Coach: Jon Aharoni
Athletic Trainer: Patrick Lawrence
Team Manager: Michelle Goodall
Technical Coordinator: Jeffery Hicks
Team Psychologist: Emily Clark

U.S. Women’s Schedule for World Championships
Arnhem, Netherlands

July 15: USA def Hungary, 25-7, 25-3, 25-8
July 16: USA def Russia, 25-14, 25-16, 25-23
July 17: USA def Japan, 25-14, 25-13, 25-12 

Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 19 QF: USA def Ukraine, 5-17, 25-12, 25-13
July 20 SF: USA def Italy, 25-8, 25-11, 25-6
July 21 Final: Russia def USA, 18-25, 27-25, 26-24, 26-24