COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. August 5, 2004 - USA Volleyball and the United States Paralympic Committee are pleased to announce the members of the first-ever USA Women’s Sitting Volleyball Paralympic Team that will be competing in Athens, Greece, next month.
Team members include: Allison Ahlfeldt (Costa Mesa, Calif.); Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.); Bonnie Brawner (Carrollton, Texas); Lori Daniels (Bedford, Texas); Kendra Lancaster (Sheridan, Ind.); Hope Lewellen (Chicago, Ill.); Brenda Maymon (Sellersberg, Ind.); Gina Ann McWilliams (Flower Mound, Texas); Erica Moyers (Athens, Ala.); Penny Ricker (Green Bay, Wis.); Deb Vosler (Eyota, Minn.); and Lora Webster (Cave Creek, Ariz.).
Mike Hulett (Des Plaines, Ill.), who served as head coach of the 1996 and 2000 USA Men’s Sitting Volleyball Paralympic Teams, is now in his second year as head coach of the USA women. Denise Van De Walle (Bowling Green, Ohio), head coach of the women's volleyball program at Bowling Green State University, serves as the assistant coach of the women's sitting team. John Kessel (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Volleyball’s Director of Beach Volleyball, Disabled, Grassroots and Education Programs, will serve as the team leader for the USA Women.
The women qualified for September’s Paralympics in Athens, Greece, by capturing the gold medal at the Para Pan American Games over Brazil in Argentina last December. The two teams were playing a best three-of-five series to determine the women’s Pan American representative for the first-ever women’s sitting volleyball competition at next
Team USA, which has been traveling and training for most of the summer (including trips to the Netherlands, Georgia and Texas), continues its Paralympic preparations with a pair of eight-day training sessions this month at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Aug. 8-15 and Aug. 22-29).
About Sitting Volleyball
Sitting volleyball is played with athletes sitting on the floor. All team members have some type of disability to their lower body such as paralysis from polio, or single- or double-amputation. The net is about three feet high and the court is 10 meters by 6 meters with a 2-meter attack line. The only major differences between the standing game and sitting game besides the smaller court and lower net are: 1) players can block the serve; and 2) one "cheek" must be in contact with the floor when a person makes contact with the ball.
About U.S. Paralympics
U.S. Paralympics is a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee and is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities. For more information on U.S. Paralympics, visit www.usparalympics.org.
2004 USA Women’s Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team Quick Facts
2004 (First Year as a Paralympic Sport)
2—Hope Lewellen (2000, Wheelchair Tennis; 2004, Sitting Volleyball)
Paralympians by State
Texas (3): Bonnie Brawner; Lori Daniels; Gina McWilliams
Indiana (2): Kendra Lancaster; Brenda Maymon
Minnesota (1): Deb Vosler
Alabama (1): Erica Moyers
Arizona (1): Lora Webster
California (1): Allison Ahlfeldt
Illinois (1): Hope Lewellen
Nebraska (1): Allison Aldrich
Wisconsin (1): Penny Ricker
Paralympians by College
Cameron University (1): Deb Vosler
Indiana University Southeast (1): Brenda Maymon
Lewis University (1): Hope Lewellen
Texas-Arlington (1): Lori Daniels
Texas Lutheran College (1): Bonnie Brawner
UC Irvine (1): Allison Ahlfeldt
Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1): Penny Ricker