Monday, 27 May 2024

Women’s Sitting Team Opens 2020 at Crossroads

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team is kicking off their highly anticipated 2020 season this weekend with a series of exhibition matches. The team will be hosting this exciting event in conjunction with the Colorado Crossroads at the Colorado Convention Center from March 7th to 9th.

As the reigning Paralympic Games gold medalist and ranked No. 1 in the world by World ParaVolley, the U.S. team is not shying away from tough competition as they prepare for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. They will be going up against third-ranked Brazil and sixth-ranked Russia over the course of three days, playing a total of eight matches.

Russia, the current World ParaVolley world champion, is the only team to have defeated the Americans in their last 52 matches. However, the U.S. team emerged victorious in all eight head-to-head matches against Russia in 2019, as well as both matches against Brazil. It’s worth noting that all three teams have already qualified for the eight-team 2020 Paralympic Games.

The exhibition series will commence with a match against Russia on March 7th at 9 a.m., followed by a match against Brazil at 5 p.m. The Americans will face Russia again on Sunday at 9 a.m., and then go head-to-head with Brazil at 1 p.m. The exhibition matches will conclude on March 9th at 10 a.m. with a final match against Russia.

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It’s worth mentioning that the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team has been hosting sitting volleyball matches at Crossroads for the past 12 years, attracting large crowds of junior athletes and their parents who are eager to watch the world’s top-ranked women’s sitting team in action. After each match, the team will be holding autograph sessions, providing fans with the opportunity to interact directly with their favorite sitting volleyball stars.

Here is the roster for the U.S. Women’s National Sitting Team for the Crossroads Exhibitions:

  • Lora Webster (Middle, 5-11, Point Lookout, N.Y.)
  • Bethany Zummo (Libero, 5-3, Dublin, Calif.)
  • Lexi Shifflett (Setter, 5-4, Waseca, Minn.)
  • Maddy Ball (Outside Hitter, 5-7, Delray Beach, Fla.)
  • Katie Holloway (Outside Hitter, 6-3, Lake Stevens, Wash.)
  • Heather Erickson (Opposite, 5-11, Fayetteville, N.C.)
  • Monique Burkland Matthews (Middle/Outside Hitter, 6-0, Ardmore, Okla.)
  • Sydney Satchell (Libero, 5-2, Oklahoma City, Okla.)
  • Jillian Williams (Middle/Opposite, 5-10, Odem, Texas)
  • Nichole Millage (Opposite/Setter, 5-7, Champaign, Ill.)
  • Kaleo Kanahele Maclay (Setter, 5-6, Oklahoma City, Okla.)
  • Annie Flood (S/OPP, 5-8, Salem, Ore.)
  • Nicole Nieves (Middle/Outside Hitter, 5-10, Kissimmee, Fla.)
  • Tia Edwards (Outside Hitter/Middle, 5-7, Skiatook, Okla.)

The coaching staff includes Head Coach Bill Hamiter, Assistant Coaches Michelle Goodall and Jon Aharoni, Athletic Trainer Patrick Young, Technical Coordinator Jeffrey Hicks, Event Manager Elliot Blake, and Team Leader Mark Herrin.

For those interested, here are the match times (all times are in Mountain Time):

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Saturday, March 7

  • USA vs. Russia at 9 a.m.
  • Brazil vs. Russia at 1 p.m.
  • USA vs. Brazil at 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 8

  • USA vs. Russia at 9 a.m.
  • USA vs. Brazil at 1 p.m.
  • Russia vs. Brazil at 5 p.m.

Monday, March 9

  • Russia vs. Brazil at 8 a.m.
  • USA vs. Russia at 10 a.m.

Don’t miss out on these thrilling matches as the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team begins their journey towards the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Join us at the Colorado Crossroads and witness firsthand the incredible skills and athleticism of these remarkable athletes. For more information, visit our website here.