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U.S. Paralympics

U.S. Paralympics

Men's Sitting Team falls to Egypt, still in London race

March 06, 2012, 4:29 p.m. (ET)

Photo: Bill Hamiter

Eric Duda at the 2010 Sitting Volleyball World Championships.

Becky Murdy
Coordinator, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 5, 2012) -The U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team fell to Egypt 25-17, 25-18, 25-11 on Tuesday at the Intercontinental Cup (ICC) in Cairo, Egypt. Because Egypt has already qualified for the 2012 London Paralympics, the loss will not hurt the U.S. in the London qualification process.

Egypt, ranked third in the world, defeated the U.S., eighth in the world, in three sets moving the Americans to 2-2 in Pool A play and 2-1 in London qualification play.

Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Edmond, Okla.) led the U.S. with nine points followed by James Stuck (New Kensington, Pa./Edmond, Okla.), who charted eight.

Team USA will play Brazil, another Paralympic qualified team, on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. (EET) with the match only counting toward ICC standings. Thursday’s match (9:30 a.m. EET) will be the most important for the U.S. as must beat the winner of the contest between Germany and Ukraine to stay in the running for the last London bid.

On Tuesday, U.S. Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.) started Duda and J Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.) at outside hitter, Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo./Edmond, Okla.) and Roderick Green (West Monroe, La./Edmond, Okla.) at middle blocker, Stuck and Charles Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss./Edmond, Okla.) at right side, and Ed O'Neil (Amherst, Mass./Edmond, Okla.) at libero.

Hugo Storer (Greensboro, N.C.) started the second set at right side for Swearingen. Swearingen substituted for Regan at middle in the second set and in the third set Stuck started at outside and Marinko started at right side opposite Swearingen and Storer was substituted for Marinko at right side.

The 14 teams will be competing in two separate tournaments during their play, one for Paralympic qualification and one for the Intercontinental Cup (ICC). Matches will only count for the London qualification if they are against non-qualified opponents. On the contrary, all matches leading up to the London qualification semis and finals, even those against Egypt, Iran and Brazil (which have already qualified for the Paralympics) will count toward the Intercontinental Cup standings. Each tournament will have its own set of winners and results.

The last time the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team qualified for the Paralympic Games was in 2004 when it defeated Brazil at the Parapan American Games in Argentina for a bid to the Athens Paralympics.

2012 U.S. Men's Sitting Team Roster
Name (Hometown/Resident athletes at the University of Central Oklahoma are noted)

Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Edmond, Okla.)
Roderick Green (West Monroe, La./Edmond, Okla.)
J. Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.)
Ed O'Neil (Amherst, Mass./Edmond, Okla.)
Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo./Edmond, Okla.)
James Stuck (New Kensington, Pa./Edmond, Okla.)
Hugo Storer (Greensboro, N.C.)
Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss./Edmond, Okla.)

U.S. Men's Sitting Team Staff
Head Coach – Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.)
Assistant Coach – Dixie Collins (Marshall, Va.)
Athletic Trainer- Brian Farr
Statistician- Chelsea Nitta

2012 Intercontinental Cup (ICC) Schedule and Results

Saturday, March 3
9:30 a.m. RUS def. COL 25-4, 25-12, 25-8
9:30 a.m. GER def. GBR 25-12, 25-13, 25-12
9:30 a.m. UKR def. NED 25-21, 25-10, 23-25, 23-25, 15-12
11:30 a.m. BRA def. CRO 25-16, 25-15, 25-17
11:30 a.m. USA def IRQ 25-21, 25-21, 18-25, 25-21
3:30 p.m. IRI def. RUS 25-17, 25-18, 25-14
7:30 p.m. EGY def. KAZ 25-18, 25-23, 25-20

Sunday, March 4
9:30 a.m. URK def. GBR 25-16, 25-19, 25-16
9:30 a.m. GER def. COL 25-6, 25-5, 25-6
9:30 a.m. IRI def. NED 25-20, 25-7, 25-17
11:30 a.m. USA def. KAZ 14-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-20
11:30 a.m. CRO def. IRQ 25-13, 23-25, 25-18, 26-24
5:30 p.m. RUS def. GER 22-25, 18-25, 26-24, 25-20, 15-12
7:30 p.m. EGY def. BRA 25-22, 25-12, 25-11

Monday, March 5
9:30 a.m. IRI def. GER 25-16, 25-10, 25-15
9:30 a.m. UKR def. COL 25-8, 25-13, 25-3
9:30 a.m. NED def. GBR 25-9, 25-13, 22-25, 25-15
11:30 a.m. BRA def. KAZ 22-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-11
3:30 p.m. EGY def. IRQ 25-21, 25-16, 25-22
5:30 p.m. CRO def. USA 25-16, 25-17, 25-22
7:30 p.m. RUS def. UKR 25-15, 25-22, 25-22

Tuesday, March 6
9:30 a.m. NED def. COL 25-12, 25-13, 25-5
9:30 a.m. IRI def. UKR 25-10, 25-15, 25-23
9:30 a.m. RUS def. GBR 25-15, 25-8, 25-20
11:30 a.m. CRO vs. KAZ 25-14, 25-22, 25-17
11:30 a.m. EGY def. USA 25-18, 25-17, 25-11
11:30 a.m. BRA def. IRQ 22-25, 25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 15-10
3:30 p.m. GER vs. NED 25-15, 25-20, 25-11
3:30 p.m. IRI vs. COL 25-9, 25-4, 25-10

Wednesday, March 7
9:30 a.m. GBR vs. COL
9:30 a.m. RUS vs. NED
11:30 a.m. GER vs. UKR
11:30 a.m. IRQ vs. KAZ
3:30 p.m. USA vs. BRA
5:30 p.m. IRI vs. GBR
7:30 p.m. EGY vs. CRO

Thursday, March 8
9:30 a.m. London Qualification Semifinals
9:30 a.m. London Qualification Semifinals
3:30 p.m. ICC 11th Place Match
3:30 p.m. ICC 9th Place Match
5:30 p.m. ICC Quarterfinal
5:30 p.m. ICC Quarterfinal
5:30 p.m. ICC Quarterfinal
7:30 p.m. ICC Quarterfinal

Friday, March 9
9:30 London Qualification Final
11:30 a.m. ICC 5th-8th playoff
11:30 a.m. ICC 5th-8th playoff
1:30 p.m. ICC Semifinals
1:30 p.m. ICC Semifinals
3:30 p.m. ICC 7th Place Match
3:30 p.m. ICC 5th Place Match
5:30 p.m. ICC Bronze-Medal Match
7:30 p.m. ICC Gold-Medal Match