Holloway wins silver medal at Paralympic Games

Katie Holloway of Lake Stevens, a 2004 graduate of Lake Stevens High School, helped the U.S. women’s sitting volleyball team win the silver medal at the recent Paralympic Games in London.

The Americans were edged by China, 22-25, 25-15, 32-30, 25-15 in the Sept. 7 gold-medal match. It was the third consecutive gold medal for China, which also defeated the United States in the championship match at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.

Holloway was The Herald’s 2008 Woman of the Year in Sports.

The 26-year-old Holloway was named the best spiker at the Games. She was the third-highest scorer with 80 kills, nine blocks and seven service aces for a total of 96 points. Holloway converted 133 attacks for 80 kills with a tournament high 41.35 percent hitting efficiency.

In the gold-medal match, Holloway led the Americans with 33 of the team’s 85 points with a match-high 29 kills, three blocks and a service ace. Holloway’s 33 points tied for the match-high with China’s standout, Sheng Yu Hong.

“The team is certainly disappointed in the loss, but we know we played as hard as we could,” U.S. sitting volleyball coach Bill Hamiter said in a USA Volleyball release. “We left everything we had out on that court. We pushed China to play their very best and they had to go out and win it. We can live with these results and now we will look to the future to someday get a gold medal on the women’s indoor side.”

Martial arts

Vienna Krumwiede of Everett, a 16-year-old junior at Archbishop Murphy High School, placed fifth at the 2012 Junior Pan American Karate Championships in Cancun, Mexico. Krumwiede competed in kumite (sparring) in the female 16-17 age group, 63 kilograms (139 pounds).

Nineteen countries competed at the championships, which were held Aug. 27-Sept. 1. The American team won 27 medals: three gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze.

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