COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 14, 2008) – The U.S. Sitting Women’s Volleyball Team won the silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games on Sunday after falling to defending champion China in the final match, 25-14, 25-19, 25-15, before 5,500 spectators at the China Agricultural University Gymnasium in Beijing.
The U.S. Sitting Women finish the Paralympics with a record of 3-2, with their only other loss coming to China in pool play. Gold medalist China, which did not lose a set in the competition, is 5-0. Netherlands defeated Slovenia, 25-17, 25-16, 26-24, in the bronze medal match.
“It wasn’t the match we wanted to play,” said Lora Webster (Cave Creek, Ariz.). “But we worked extremely hard to get here and there is still nothing like having a medal hang around your neck.”
Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) led the United States with eight points on five kills, two blocks and one ace. Webster added six points on four kills, one block and one ace. Brenda Maymon (Sellersberg, Ind.) tallied five points on three kills and two blocks.
Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.) scored four points, including two aces. Gina McWilliams (The Colony, Texas), Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.) and Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.) each scored two points. McWilliams’ points both came on blocks. Nicole Millage (Champaign, Ill.) had one point.
Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.) was the United States’ designated libero.
U.S. Head Coach Mike Hulett started Aldrich, Webster, Erickson, Maymon, Holloway and Lancaster. Millage substituted in all three sets. McWilliams came in as a substitute in the second set and started the third for Lancaster.