Women's Sitting Team Sweeps Ukraine at Super 6

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Nov. 15, 2019, 12 a.m. (ET)

Kaleo Kanahele Maclay setting against Ukraine
Kaleo Kanahele Maclay setting against Ukraine

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 15, 2019) – The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team, ranked No. 1 in the world, improved to 4-0 at the World ParaVolley World Super 6 following its 25-17, 25-18, 25-10 victory over Ukraine on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.

Team USA, now 22-0 in 2019, completes pool play with rematches versus Japan on Friday at 8 p.m. ET followed by Russia on Saturday at 1 a.m. ET. With today’s victory, the Americans advance to the gold-medal match on Sunday (midnight ET) regardless on the outcomes versus Japan and Russia. All World Super 6 matches are being streamed on the World ParaVolley Facebook page.

Related: Unofficial Team Stats

Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Oklahoma) led all scorers with 21 points via nine kills on 17 swings, eight aces on 19 serves and four blocks. Nicole Nieves (Kissimmee, Florida) totaled seven points with four kills on eight attacks, two blocks and an ace. Tia Edwards (Skiatook, Oklahoma) contributed three kills on seven errorless attacks and two blocks.

Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Washington), Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, North Carolina), Nichole Millage (Champaign, Illinois) and Annie Flood (Salem, Oregon) all scored four points for Team USA. Kaleo Kanahele Maclay (Honolulu, Hawaii) registered three points, while Jillian Williams (Odem, Texas) and Emma Schieck (Statesville, North Carolina) racked up two points apiece. Lexi Shifflett (Waseca, Minnesota) rounded out the scoring with an ace.

Burkland handled seven receptions with a 71 positive reception percent. Flood had a 57 positive reception percent on seven chances, and Bethany Zummo (Dublin, California) was credited with a 43 positive reception percent on seven chances.

Team USA held a 14-6 ace advantage and 12-5 margin in blocks. The Americans converted 43 percent of their attacks with a 31-19 edge in kills.

After holding a slim 7-6 lead in the opening set, Team USA erupted for a 9-3 run taking a 16-9 advantage en route to a 25-17 victory. Ukraine built a 15-10 lead in the second set, but the Americans scored 15 of the final 18 points for a 25-18 victory. The U.S. controlled the final set from the start in cruising to the 25-10 victory.

U.S. Women’s National Sitting Team Roster for Nomura World Super 6 Tournament
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown)
2 – Bethany Zummo (Libero, 5-3, Dublin, Calif.)
3 – Lexi Shifflett (Setter, 5-4, Waseca, Minn.)
5 – Katie Holloway (Outside Hitter, 6-3, Lake Stevens, Wash.)
6 – Heather Erickson (Opposite, 5-11, Fayetteville, N.C.)
7 – Monique Burkland (Middle/Outside Hitter, 6-0, Ardmore, Okla.)
11 – Jillian Williams (Middle/Opposite, 5-10, Odem, Texas)
12 – Emma Schieck (OH, 5-8, Statesville, N.C.)
13 – Nichole Millage (Opposite/Setter, 5-7, Champaign, Ill.)
14 – Kaleo Kanahele Maclay (Setter, 5-6, Honolulu, Hawaii)
15 – Annie Flood (S/OPP, 5-8, Salem, Ore.)
16 – Nicole Nieves (Middle/Outside Hitter, 5-10, Kissimmee, Fla.)
17 – Tia Edwards (Outside Hitter/Middle, 5-7, Skiatook, Okla.)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter
Assistant Coach: Michelle Goodall
Assistant Coach: Jon Aharoni
Athletic Trainer: Patrick Lawrence
Technical Coordinator: Elliot Blake
Team Manager: Jacque Scaramella

Nomura World Super 6 Tournament Schedule

Pool Play:
Nov. 13: USA def. Ukraine 25-2, 25-10, 25-11
Nov. 14: USA def. Japan 25-9, 25-10, 25-8
Nov. 14: USA def. Russia 25-17, 25-10, 25-16
Nov. 15: USA def Ukraine 25-17, 25-18, 25-10
Nov. 16: USA vs. Japan, 10 a.m. (8 p.m. ET on Nov. 15)
Nov. 16: USA vs. Russia, 3 p.m. (1 a.m. ET)

Medal Rounds:
Nov. 17: Bronze-Medal Match 11 a.m. (9 p.m. ET on Nov. 16)
Nov. 17: Gold-Medal Match, 2 p.m. (12 a.m. ET)