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Paralympic sports - 26. April 2008.

U.S. Women's Sitting Team Sweeps Lithuania

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 25, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team swept Lithuania on Friday in its first pool-play match at the World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) Intercontinental Cup in Ismailia, Egypt.

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team won Friday’s match 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-19) and will face Iran on Saturday.

In the other match in the United States’ pool, Slovenia defeated Iran 3-0 (25-21, 25-9, 25-18).

The United States is one of nine countries that have sent teams to the tournament. There are also 11 men’s teams competing against each other at the Intercontinental Cup, which the WOVD is planning to hold every four years, prior to the Paralympic Games.

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team is ranked third in the world and qualified for the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing by virtue of its fifth-place finish at the 2006 Sitting Volleyball World Championship and because the Afro Arab zone did not have a champion to send. The U.S. Sitting Women won the bronze medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.

The event web site is www.volleyball08.com.

USA Volleyball’s sitting volleyball web site is www.usavolleyball.org/Disabled/sitting.asp.

U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team

Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.)
Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Alex Gouldie (St. Paul, Neb.)
Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
SuGui Kriss (Ravena, N.Y.)
Hope Lewellen (Palos Park, Ill.)
Brenda Maymon (Sellersberg, Ind.)
Gina McWilliams (The Colony, Texas)
Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.)
Kari Miller (Washington D.C.)
Tatiana Rivera Torres (Bayamon, Puerto Rico)
Team Captain Lora Webster (Cave Creek, Ariz.)

Head Coach: Mike Hulett (Des Plaines, Ill.)
Assistant Coach: Denise Van De Walle (Bowling Green, Ohio)
Assistant Coach: Cara Bartolic (Sartell, Minn.)
Head of Delegation: Laura Ryan
Athletic Trainer: Adam R. Perreault

WOVD Intercontinental Cup Women’s Pools

Group A
Russia 1-0
Ukraine 1-0
Egypt 0-1
Netherlands 1-0
Latvia 0-2

Group B
Slovenia 1-0
USA 1-0
Iran 0-1
Lithuania 0-1

WOVD Intercontinental Cup Women’s Schedule

Friday, April 25
Group A
Netherlands def. Latvia, 25-21, 25-16, 25-18
Ukraine def. Egypt, 25-14, 25-6, 25-8
Russia def. Latvia, 25-15, 25-15, 25-14

Group B
USA def. Lithuania, 25-13, 25-16, 25-19
Slovenia def. Iran, 25-21, 25-9, 25-18

Saturday, April 26
Group A
Russia vs. Ukraine
Netherlands vs. Egypt
Latvia vs. Egypt
Russia vs. Netherlands
Ukraine vs. Latvia

Group B
Iran vs. USA
Slovenia vs. Lithuania

Sunday, April 27
Group A
Egypt vs. Russia

Group B
USA vs. Slovenia
Lithuania vs. Iran

Women’s Quarterfinal: 2A vs. 3B
Women’s Quarterfinal: 1B vs. 4A

Monday, April 28
Women’s Quarterfinal: 2B vs. 3A
Women’s Quarterfinal: 1A vs. 4B

Women’s Semifinal 1
Women’s Semifinal 2

Women’s Playoff 5-8
Women’s Playoff 5-8

Women’s Playoff 7-8
Women’s Playoff 5-6

Tuesday, April 29
Women’s Bronze-Medal Match
Women’s Gold-Medal Match

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