COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 15, 2018) – The U.S. Women got off to a fast start at the Sitting Volleyball World Championships, defeating Hungary, 25-7, 25-3, 25-8 on Sunday in Arnhem, Netherlands.

The U.S. Women (1-0) will continue pool play at 1 p.m. ET on Monday against Russia (1-0).

The U.S. serving was key on Sunday as it scored on 25 aces and made only two service errors. Outside hitter Monique Burkland led the way with six aces. Opposites Heather Erickson and Jillian Williams each had four.

Hungary finished with three aces. The U.S. also led in blocks (10-4) and kills (31-4).

Middle blocker Nicky Nieves led the U.S. in scoring with 13 points on eight kills, two blocks and three aces. Middle blocker Lora Webster and Erickson each finished with 10 points.

Outside hitter: Katie Holloway and Monique Burkland
Middle blocker: Lora Webster and Nicky Nieves
Opposite: Heather Erickson
Setter: Lexi Shifflett
Libero: Bethany Zummo
Substitutes: Jillian Williams (Opp), Tia Edwards (OH), Kaleo Maclay (S), Nichole Millage (Opp)

Kills: Nieves 8, Holloway 6, Edwards 5, Erickson 5, Webster 3, Millage 2, Shifflett 1, Williams 1
Blocks: Webster 4, Maclay 2, Millage 2, Erickson 1, Williams 1
Aces: Burkland 6, Williams 4, Erickson 4, Webster 3, Nieves 3, Edwards 3, Shifflett 1, Holloway 1

U.S. Women’s Sitting Team Roster

No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown)
1. Lora Webster (MB, 5-11, Point Lookout, N.Y.)
2. Bethany Zummo (L, 5-2, Dublin, Calif.)
3. Lexi Shifflett (S, 5-4, Waseca, Minn.)
5. Katie Holloway (OH, 6-3, Lake Stevens, Wash.)
6. Heather Erickson (OH, 5-11, Fayetteville, NC)
7. Monique Burkland (OH, 5-9, Ardmore, Okla.)
8. Whitney Dosty(OH, 6-3, Tucson, Ariz.)
11. Jillian Williams (Opp, 5-10, Edmond, Oka.)
13. Nichole Millage (OH, 5-7, Champaign, Ill.)
14. Kaleo Kanahele Maclay (S, 5-6, Edmond, Okla.)
16. Nicky Nieves (MB, 5-10, Kissimmee, Fla.)
17. Tia Edwards (OH, 5-7, Skitatook, Okla.)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter
Assistant Coach: Lazaro Beltran
Assistant Coach: Jon Aharoni
Athletic Trainer: Patrick Lawrence
Team Manager: Michelle Goodall
Technical Coordinator: Jeffery Hicks
Team Psychologist: Emily Clark

U.S. Women’s Schedule for World Championships
Arnhem, Netherlands (All times ET)

July 15: USA def Hungary, 25-7, 25-3, 25-8
July 16 at 1 p.m.: USA v Russia
July 17 at 1 p.m.: Japan v USA

Rotterdam, Netherlands (All times ET)
July 19: Quarterfinals and classification matches
July 20: Semifinals and classification matches
July 21: Placement and medal matches