Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

Women’s Sitting Team One Win Away from Qualification

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team is on the verge of qualifying for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games after a victory against Canada in the ParaVolley Pan American Zonal Championship. In a thrilling match, the U.S. came from behind to win 3-1 (18-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-11) in Edmonton, Alberta.

This win puts the U.S. just one step away from securing their spot in the Paralympics. They have a formidable record, having won the last two gold medals and currently holding the top rank in the world. Canada, ranked third, put up a strong fight, but ultimately fell short.

According to U.S. Head Coach Bill Hamiter, the third set was exceptional, with both teams displaying excellent play. The U.S. showcased their serving skills, leading in aces with a score of 11-5, thanks to setter Kaleo Kanahele Maclay’s outstanding performance.

The U.S. also dominated in blocks, leading with 18 compared to Canada’s 13. Outside hitter Monique Matthews stood out with an impressive nine blocks. In terms of kills, the U.S. led 47-42, with opposite hitter Heather Erickson leading the way with 14 kills.

Leading the scoring board was Matthews with 21 points, followed by Erickson and middle blocker Tia Edwards with 15 points each. Kanahele Maclay contributed 11 points with seven aces, three kills, and one block.

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The U.S. team demonstrated their defensive prowess as well, with libero Sydney Satchell credited with 21 receptions and a positive rate of 52 percent. Middle player Lora Webster made a significant impact, scoring 10 points after entering the game as a substitute.

Excitingly, fans can catch the matches via live stream on YouTube.com.

Roster

U.S. Women’s Sitting Team Roster:

  • No. 1 Lora Webster (MB, 5-11, Point Lookout, N.Y., Garden Empire)
  • No. 3 Lexi Shifflett-Patterson (S, 5-4, Waseca, Minn., North Country)
  • No. 4 Maddy Ball (OH, 5-7, Delray Beach, Fla., Florida)
  • No. 6 Heather Erickson (Opp, 6-0, Fayetteville, N.C., Carolina)
  • No. 7C Monique Matthews (MB/OH, 6-0, Ardmore, Okla., Oklahoma)
  • No. 8 Whitney Dosty (OH/OPP, 6-3, Tucson, Ariz., Arizona)
  • No. 9 Tia Edwards (OH/MB, 5-7, Skiatook, Okla., Oklahoma)
  • No. 10 Sydney Satchell (L, 5-2, Windsor, Conn., New England)
  • No. 12 Emma Schieck (OH, 5-7, Statesville, N.C., Carolina)
  • No. 14 Kaleo Kanahele Maclay (S, 5-6, Honolulu, Hawaii, Oklahoma)
  • No. 16 Nicky Nieves (MB/OH, 5-10, Kissimmee, Fla., Florida)
  • No. 18 Courtney Baker (OH, 5-9, Crofton, Ky., Pioneer)
  • No. 22 MaKenzie Franklin (OH, 6-0, Red Wing, Minn., North Country)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter
Assistant Coaches: Michelle Goodall, Jeffery Hicks
Athletic Trainer: Kat King
Team Manager: Patrick Lawrence
Sport Psychologist: Adam O’Neil

FAQs

Q: What is the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team’s current rank in the world?
A: The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team is currently ranked number one in the world.

Q: How many gold medals has the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team won in the Paralympics?
A: The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team has won the last two Paralympic gold medals.

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Q: What is the next step for the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team after this victory?
A: The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team is one win away from qualifying for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Summary

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team is on the brink of securing their spot in the Paralympics after a remarkable victory against Canada in the ParaVolley Pan American Zonal Championship. With a rich history of success, including two consecutive gold medals, the U.S. team’s dominance was evident as they battled back from a set down to win 3-1. Led by Coach Bill Hamiter, the team showcased exceptional skills in serving, blocking, and killing. With their victory, the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team is just one win away from qualifying for the Paris 2024 Paralympics. Catch their thrilling matches live on YouTube.com and witness the passion and dedication of these incredible athletes.