2012 Paralympics - Sitting Volleyball

The University of Illinois is being represented by Kari Miller on the Team USA Sitting Volleyball Team. In sitting volleyball, the net is about 3.5 feet high, and the court is 10 x 6 meters with a two-meter attack line. Players are allowed to block serves, but one "cheek" must be in contact with the floor whenever they make contact with the ball. 

Kari Miller practices with Team USA

TEAM USA Opponent Event Date Result
China Aug 31 L - 1-3
Slovenia Sept 1 W - 3-0
Brazil Sept 3 W - 3-0
Ukraine - Semi Finals Sept 5 W - 3-0
China - Gold Medal Game Sept 7 L - 1-3 - SILVER!

About Kari

Kari MillerAfter serving with the U.S. Army for stints in Bosnia and Korea, and with a promotion to officer awaiting her, Kari Miller went home to Washington, D.C. in December 1999 to spend the holidays with her friends and family. On the 19th of that month, Miller was hit by a drunk driver, resulting not only in the loss of both of her legs, but the life of her friend that was in the car with her.

In 2004, Miller began attending classes at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., and playing on the University of Illinois wheelchair basketball team. It was there that she was introduced to sitting volleyball and, although she knew nothing about the sport previously, got quickly hooked. That same year, Miller tried out for the Paralympic Sitting Volleyball team but didn't make the cut.

Miller can forever cherish the hard-earned silver medal that she won with the U.S. Paralympic Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. Miller served as a starter for Team USA when they took the silver medal at the 2010 Sitting Volleyball World Championships. She was also ranked No. 1 libero in 2010.

Read more at US Paralympics - http://www2.teamusa.org/Athletes/MI/Kari-Miller.aspx