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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 29, 2007) – The U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball team rebounded from two straight losses to the Netherlands earlier this week by sweeping the Dutch 3-0 on Thursday at the Wellness Center on the campus of University of Central Oklahoma.
U.S. Head Coach Mike Hulett dabbed Thursday’s match as “the most significant match since winning the bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.”
The 3-0 blanking of the Netherlands comes after Team USA suffered two 3-2 setbacks earlier in the weeklong series. Although the U.S. women pushed the Dutch to five games in each match, they were previously unable to close the door on a talented Dutch squad. Thursday was a different story.
“Our goal tonight was to prevent the strings of points against us that were the differences in the first three matches,” Hulett said. “We were able to raise the low point and elevate the game on the high side tonight, completely dominating the Dutch tonight.”
In the first two matches, the Americans held on for a two-point margin of victory, winning 26-24 and 25-22. Team USA finally closed the door in Game three to secure the win, 25-19. Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.) and Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) led the way as the only double-digit scorers for the U.S. team. Lancaster provided 13 points on six kills, six aces and a single block, while Holloway, who led the United States in scoring the past two days, registered 12 points with eight kills and four blocks.
Brenda Maymon (Sellersberg, Ind.), Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.), Kari Miller (Champaign, Ill.), Tatiana Rivera (Puerto Rico) and Lora Webster (Lincoln, Neb.) started for the Americans.
Team USA will compete in the Asia Oceanic Zonal Championships on July 9-16 in China. Slated on the schedule is a match against 2004 Paralympic gold medalist China and Lithuania. A scrimmage against the Australian women’s team is scheduled to take place prior to the tournament.