Name: Monique Burkland Matthews
Position: Outside hitter
Sport: Sitting Volleyball
Height: 6-0
Birthplace: Reno, Nev.
Hometown: Ardmore, Okla.
High School: Plainview High School
College: University of Central Oklahoma
Paralympic Experience
  • 2016: Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Gold Medal)
  • 2012: Paralympic Games in London (Silver Medal)
World Championship Experience
  • 2018 ParaVolley World Championships (Silver)
  • 2014 ParaVolleyball World Championships (Silver)
  • 2010 WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2019: World ParaVolley World Super 6 (Gold)
  • 2019: Parapan American Games (Gold)
  • 2019: USA Exhibitions vs Canada at Colorado Crossroads; Exhibitions vs Russia at USAV Nationals
  • 2018: USA Exhibitions vs Russia and Canada at Colorado Crossroads; USA Exhibitions vs Canada At USAV Nationals; Dutch Tournament (Gold)
  • Named 2017 USAV Women's Sitting Player of the Year
  • Won silver at the 2017 World ParaVolley World Super 6 and won Best Server
  • Won gold at the 2016 World ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup and the Dutch Tournament
  • Won gold at the 2015 Parapan American Games
  • Named 2015 USAV Women's Sitting Player of the Year
  • 2012: Shanghai Exhibition Tournament; Netherlands Exhibition Tournament
  • 2011: Parapan American Zonal Championship (Gold);  ECVD Continental Cup (Gold); Shanghai Exhibition Tournament
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  • Named USA Volleyball Female Sitting Volleyball Player of the Year in 2019
  • Selected Best Server at World ParaVolley World Super 6 as Team USA won gold with a 7-0 record
  • She became an amputee after her foot was smashed between two forklifts during an accident at work
  • Was an all-state softball player and did track and basketball before she started sitting volleyball
  • Had 31 points on 23 kills, six blocks and two aces at the 2012 Paralympic Games
  • Member of the U.S. Women's Sitting Team that was named "Best Paralympic Team" at the 2016 Team USA Awards
Personal: Full names ia Monique Marie Burkland ... Grandfather’s name is Ray Bachmeier and grandmother is Bev Bachmeier ... Has an older brother named Josh (born in 1987) and a younger brother named Cody (born in 2000) ... Attended Plainview High School in Ardmore, Okla., from 2004-08 where she was an all-state softball player. She also participated in track and basketball ... Monique most admires her grandparents because, "they are very strong and caring people who would do anything for their family. They have been my No. 1 supporters since day one."... Her favorite professional teams are the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers.