Women's Sitting Team Dominates Dutch Tourney

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | June 19, 2018, 5 p.m. (ET)
The U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team celebrates
The U.S. Women's Sitting Team celebrates during a match at the USAV Open Championships.
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 19, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team went 6-0 in matches and 18-2 in sets as it won the Dutch Tournament on June 15-17 in the Netherlands.

In the final on June 17, The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team defeated Russia, 25-16, 25-18, 25-16.

The U.S. led in kills (37-22), blocks (17-7) and aces (8-5).

The team used the tournament as a warmup for the Sitting Volleyball World Championships on July 15-22 in Netherlands. The U.S. Women are the defending Paralympic gold medalists, but have never won gold at the World Championships.

Outside hitter Katie Holloway led all scorers with 17 points on nine kills (.615), five blocks and a match-high three aces.

Opposite Heather Erickson added 15 points on 10 kills (.556), three blocks and two aces. Outside hitter Monique Burkland totaled 10 points on 10 kills. Middle blocker Lora Webster scored nine points on three kills, five blocks and one ace.

Setter Kaleo Maclay scored five points on two blocks, two aces and one kill. She set the team to a .430 hitting efficiency.

Middle blocker Nicky Nieves and Tia Edwards each scored one point.

Full Results (Click link for full match statistics)
June 15: USA def Netherlands, 25-16, 25-12, 17-25, 25-12
June 15: USA def Ukraine, 25-13, 25-9, 25-21
June 16: USA def Russia, 25-18, 25-14, 18-25, 25-14
June 16: USA def Ukraine, 25-9, 25-14, 25-11
June 16: USA def Netherlands, 25-14, 25-14, 25-14
June 17: USA def Russia, 25-16, 25-18, 25-16