COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 28, 2007)
Team USA jumped out to an early lead Tuesday, but was unable to fend off a potent Netherlands squad, suffering 3-2 setback (25-18, 27-25, 20-25, 22-25, 12-15). Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) took charge of the scoring attack, registering 17 points on 11 kills, one ace and five blocks. Kendra Lancaster (Westfield, Ind.) added 14 points of her own on 10 kills, along with a pair of aces and blocks.
After losing the opening set Wednesday, the U.S. women showed resilience by rallying back to take the next two sets from the Dutch, although the effort was not enough. The Netherlands closed the door on an American comeback in the final two games en route winning the match (23-25, 26-24, 25-20, 22-25, 6-15). Holloway and Lora Webster (Lincoln, Neb.) led the team in scoring with 15 points each. Holloway recorded 10 kills, an ace and four blocks.
Serving was key for Webster as she tallied seven aces along with five kills and a single block. At only 14 years old, Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.) saw her first international competition Wednesday night, scoring two points on a pair of kills.
“Prior to this week’s matches, the USA had never taken a game from them (the Dutch) and now we are close to beating them,” U.S. Women’s Sitting Head Coach Mike Hulett said. “The scores have all been closer than ever before and we’ve played some great volleyball by overcoming deficits and building big leads.”
Brenda Maymon (Sellersberg, Ind.), Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.), Kari Miller (Champaign, Ill.) and Tatiana Rivera (Puerto Rico) each provided a presence on the court for Team USA.
Also training at UCO are SuGui Kriss (Ravena, N.Y.) and Gina McWilliams (The Colony, Texas).
The Americans will conclude the weeklong series against the Dutch at 3 p.m. on Friday at the Wellness Center on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. Team USA will compete in the Asia Oceanic Zonal Championships, July 9-16 in China. On the schedule are matches against Paralympic gold medalist China and Lithuania. A scrimmage against the Australian women’s team is scheduled to take place prior to the tournament.