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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 13, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team came back from a 3-0 loss to Russia on Wednesday morning with an evening victory over Egypt, 25-20, 25-22, 24-26, 25-15 at the 2011 Continental Cup in Kettering, England.
With the win, the United States finishes pool play in second place with a 3-1 record, and moves into the playoff round, where it is scheduled to meet Brazil in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
The United States recorded nine aces against Egypt, which finished with six, and forced its opponent into some difficult situations with superior ball placement. Team Captain Brent Rasmussen (Omaha, Neb.) led all servers with five aces to go along with eight kills for 13 points.
The U.S. side also won the blocking battle at the net 10-8, led by Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo./Edmond, Okla.), who finished with a match-high five blocks and three kills for eight points.
Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Edmond, Okla.) led all scorers with 14 points on a match-high 13 kills and one ace.
Among other U.S. scorers, J. Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.) finished with eight points on five kills, one block and two aces. Roderick Green (West Monroe, La./Edmond, Okla.) added six points on two attacks, three blocks and one ace.
James Stuck (New Kensington, Pa./Edmond, Okla.) scored six points on five kills and one block. Stuck led the team in receptions with 23 while Rasmussen and libero Ed O’Neil (Amherst, Mass./Edmond, Okla.) each had 10.
U.S. Head Coach Edgar Miraku (Elbasan, Albania/Edmond, Okla.) was pleased with the team’s performance. “Egypt is a formidable opponent for us to take on,” Miraku said. “The team did a phenomenal job of serving tough against Egypt and sticking to the game plan that we had developed going into the match.”
Thursday’s match against Brazil will be particularly important as the United States is preparing for the Parapan American Games in November where Brazil will be a formidable opponent in the fight for a bid to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
In Wednesday morning’s match, the U.S. suffered its only pool play loss to Russia, 25-14, 25-17, 25-18.
Behind a hitting efficiency of 0.365, Russia maintained constant pressure on the Americans, who kept a 0.260 hitting efficiency.
The two teams tied in blocks, 5-5, but Russia scored on 11 aces while the U.S. had three.
Duda led Team USA with 11 points on a match-high 10 kills (0.389 hitting efficiency) and one block. Stuck added eight points on three kills, a match-high three blocks and two aces while Rasmussen contributed seven points from seven kills.
Miraku offered praise of the team’s performance despite the loss.
“Russia is a solid and experienced team that rarely makes unforced errors,” Miraku said. “For us, we were able to gain much needed high level competition while involving all of our players in the match.”
2011 Men’s Sitting Volleyball Continental Cup
U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team
Number Name (Hometown/Resident athletes at the University of Central Oklahoma are noted)
2 Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo./Edmond, Okla.)
3 Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss./Edmond, Okla.)
4 Ed O'Neil (Amherst, Mass./Edmond, Okla.)
5 Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Edmond, Okla.)
8 James Stuck (New Kensington, Pa./Edmond, Okla.)
9 Hugo Storer (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
11 Roderick Green (West Monroe, La./Edmond, Okla.)
12 Brent Rasmussen (Omaha, Neb.)
18 J. Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.)
Head Coach: Edgar Miraku (Elbasan, Albania/Edmond, Okla.)
Assistant Coach/Team Leader: Dixie Collins (Marshall, Va.)
Statistician: Elliott Blake
Athletic Trainer: Brian Choate
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Competition Results and Schedule (All times local)
USA def. China, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-20
Azerbaijan def. Russia, 25-10, 25-5, 25-7
Egypt def. Azerbaijan, 25-8, 25-17, 25-11
Russia def. China, 25-14, 25-11, 25-15)
USA def. Azerbaijan, 25-14, 25-11, 25-15
Russia def. Egypt, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21
Russia def. USA, 25-14, 25-17, 25-18
Egypt def. China, 22-25, 18-25, 19-25
4:30 p.m.: Azerbaijan vs. China
USA def. Egypt, 25-20, 25-22, 24-26, 25-15
Brazil def. Great Britain, 25-15, 27-25, 25-17
Ukraine def. Canada, 25-9, 25-7, 25-16
Bosnia & Herzegovina def. Kazakhstan, 25-11, 25-8, 25-11
Ukraine def. Great Britain, 25-9, 25-13, 25-10
Kazakhstan def. Canada, 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 30-28
Bosnia & Herzegovina def. Brazil, 25-11, 25-15, 25-22
Great Britain def. Kazakhstan, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, 25-21
Bosnia & Herzegovina def. Canada, 25-17, 25-9, 25-13
Ukraine def. Brazil, 24-26, 25-14, 25-9, 25-20
Bosnia & Herzegovina def. Great Britain, 25-9, 25-6, 25-16
Ukraine def. Kazakhstan, 25-11, 25-18, 25-15
1 p.m.: Brazil vs. Canada
4 p.m.: Bosnia & Herzegovina vs. Ukraine
6 p.m.: Kazakhstan vs. Brazil
8 p.m.: Canada vs. Great Britain
10 a.m. Classification 9-11: 5B vs. 6A
Noon Quarterfinal: 2A vs. 3B
2 p.m. Quarterfinal: 2B vs. 3A
3 p.m. Quarterfinal: 1A vs. 4B
4 p.m. Quarterfinal: 1B vs. 4A
10 a.m. Classification 9-11: 6A vs. 5A
Noon: Semifinal 5-8
2 p.m.: Semifinal 5-8
4 p.m.: Semifinal 1-4
6 p.m.: Semifinal 1-4
9 a.m.: 7th Place
9:30 a.m.: Classification 9-11
11 a.m.: 5th Place
1 p.m.: 3rd Place
3 p.m.: Championship