Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Women’s Sitting Team Advances to Semifinals at ParaVolley World Championships

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team took a significant stride towards securing their first world championship title. In a dominant performance, they swept Germany (25-10, 25-14, 25-9) in the quarterfinals of the ParaVolley World Championships in Sarajevo on Wednesday.

A Strong Victory

The U.S. Women’s team (4-0) displayed their prowess and will now face Brazil (4-0) in the semifinals at 8:45 a.m. CT on Thursday. The team excelled in various categories, leading in kills (33-13), blocks (9-2), and aces (13-3). Led by starting setter Lexi Shifflett, the hitting efficiency of the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team was an impressive .388. “We limited our errors and passed and served well,” said outside hitter Courtney Baker, expressing her satisfaction with the team’s performance.

A Team Effort

Every player on the U.S. Women’s roster had the opportunity to contribute to the victory against Germany. Libero Sydney Satchell demonstrated her skills in the first and third sets, finishing with 11 receptions and an impressive 64 percent positive rate. “To start and do well in my first World Championship quarterfinals is surreal,” said Satchell, showing her gratitude for the experience.

Stellar Performances

Monique Matthews, an outside hitter for the U.S. team, led all scorers with 14 points, showcasing her talent through seven kills, five aces, and two blocks. Middle blocker Lora Webster added 11 points, including five blocks, while outside hitter Heather Erickson demonstrated her prowess with nine kills, one block, and one ace.

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Valuable International Experience

Assistant Coach Michelle Goodall lauded the team’s performance, highlighting the valuable international experience gained by each athlete. “We played clean and looked sharp in passing and serving,” said Goodall, expressing her enthusiasm for the upcoming semifinals.

A Rich History

Notably, Germany’s leading scorer, Michelle Schiffler, has previously played for the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team. Schiffler won a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games and a gold medal in 2016 with the United States. She later moved to Germany upon marrying a member of the German Men’s Sitting Team.

For those interested, all matches can be watched live on the World ParaVolley YouTube Channel.

U.S. Women’s Sitting Team Roster for the World Championship:

  1. Lora Webster (MB, 5-11, Point Lookout, N.Y., Garden Empire)
  2. Bethany Zummo (L, 5-3, Dublin, Calif., Northern California)
  3. Lexi Shifflett-Patterson (S, 5-4, Waseca, Minn., North Country)
  4. Maddy Ball (OH, 5-7, Delray Beach, Fla., Florida)
  5. Heather Erickson (Opp, 6-0, Fayetteville, N.C., Carolina)
    7C. Monique Matthews (MB/OH, 6-0, Ardmore, Okla., Oklahoma)
  6. Whitney Dosty (OH/OPP, 6-3, Tucson, Ariz., Arizona)
  7. Tia Edwards (OH/MB, 5-7, Skiatook, Okla., Oklahoma)
  8. Sydney Satchell (L, 5-2, Windsor, Conn., New England)
  9. Emma Schieck (OH, 5-7, Statesville, N.C., Carolina)
  10. Gia Cruz (S, 5-5, San Antonio, Texas, Lone Star)
  11. Kaleo Kanahele Maclay (S, 5-6, Honolulu, Hawaii, Oklahoma)
  12. Nicky Nieves (MB/OH, 5-10, Kissimmee, Fla., Florida)
  13. Courtney Baker (OH, 5-9, Crofton, Ky., Pioneer)

Coaching Staff:

  • Head Coach: Bill Hamiter
  • Assistant Coach: Michelle Goodall
  • Assistant Coach: Jeffery Hicks
  • Athletic Trainer: Kat King
  • Team Manager: Patrick Lawrence
  • Sport Psychologist: Adam O’Neil
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U.S. Women’s Sitting Team Schedule for the World Championship:
(Subject to change; All times CT)

  • Nov. 4: USA def Iran 3-1 (25-13, 25-12, 20-25, 25-16)
  • Nov. 6: USA def Canada 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-12, 15-7)
  • Nov. 7: USA def Slovenia 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-17)
  • Nov. 9: Quarterfinals: USA def Germany 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-9)
  • Nov. 10: Semifinals: USA vs Brazil at 8:45 a.m. CT
  • Nov. 11: Playoffs and Medal matches

FAQs

Q: What is the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team’s record in the ParaVolley World Championships?
A: The team currently holds an undefeated record of 4-0 in the ParaVolley World Championships.

Q: Who will the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team face in the semifinals?
A: The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team will play against Brazil in the semifinals.

Q: How can I watch the matches?
A: All matches can be live-streamed on the World ParaVolley YouTube Channel.

Summary

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team has secured their spot in the semifinals of the ParaVolley World Championships with a remarkable performance against Germany. Leading in various categories and displaying great teamwork, the team is determined to claim their first world championship title. The roster boasts talented athletes, including Monique Matthews, Lora Webster, and Heather Erickson, who have made significant contributions to the team’s success. Excitement is growing for the upcoming games, which can be watched live on the World ParaVolley YouTube Channel. Stay tuned to witness the extraordinary skills and determination of the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team as they continue their journey in the competition.

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