Men's Sitting Team to Play for 7th Place in England

July 15, 2011, 6:28 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 15, 2011) – The U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team couldn’t build on a strong first set and fell to China, 22-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-14 on Friday at the 2011 Continental Cup in Kettering, England.

The United States (3-3) will play host Great Britain (2-5) for seventh place at 9 a.m. local time on Saturday.

Team USA played Friday without Team Captain Brent Rasmussen (Omaha, Neb.) who was scheduled to leave the tournament early to attend to personal matters. The team has also been playing without Edgar Laforest (San Juan, Puerto Rico) who is recovering from a small femur fracture.

The changes forced the United States to use a multiple new lineups throughout the match, which the team had been preparing for in its down time.

Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss./Edmond, Okla.) served as team captain in Rasmussen’s absence.

In the first set, the United States came out looking like the same team that defeated China 3-1 in the first match of the tournament as it led the blocking battle 6-1 and in serving aces 2-0. Yet China would regroup after the first set and not look back.

The U.S. out-blocked China 11-1. But China had six aces to the United States’ three and also had 51 points on attacks while the U.S. Men scored 36.

Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Edmond, Okla.) led the team with 13 points on 10 kills, two blocks, and one ace.  J. Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.) added another 10 points with three kills, a match-high six blocks and one ace.

James Stuck (New Kensington, Pa./Edmond, Okla.) finished with nine points on seven kills, one block and one ace.

Roderick Green (West Monroe, La./Edmond, Okla.) scored six points on five kills and one block. Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo./Edmond, Okla.) added six points on five attacks and one block.

Swearingen finished with four points on four kills and Hugo Storer (San Juan, Puerto Rico) had two points on two kills.

Ed O'Neil (Amherst, Mass./Edmond, Okla.) was credited with 11 receptions. Duda led in receptions with 18.
“Of course as a team we are a little down and frustrated about our performance today,” U.S. Head Coach Edgar Miraku (Elbasan, Albania/Edmond, Okla.) said. “But it is important to remember that we were playing with a new lineup and the team did its best to adjust in the new roles that players were put in.

“China is a good team with a fast offense. We came out playing really well, which they adjusted to. We then started to lose the steam we had going in.”

2011 Men’s Sitting Volleyball Continental Cup
Kettering, England

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.)
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

Pool B
Russia  4-0
USA 3-1
Egypt 2-2
China 1-3
Azerbaijan 0-4

Pool A
Bosnia & Herzegovina 5-0
Ukraine 4-1
Brazil 3-2
Great Britain 2-3
Kazakhstan 1-4
Canada 0-5

Competition Results and Schedule (All times local)

Pool B

July 11
USA def. China, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-20
Azerbaijan def. Russia, 25-10, 25-5, 25-7

July 12
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

July 13
Russia def. USA, 25-14, 25-17, 25-18
Egypt def. China, 22-25, 18-25, 19-25
China def. Azerbaijan, 25-14, 25-19, 25-13
USA def. Egypt, 25-20, 25-22, 24-26, 25-15

Pool A

July 11
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

July 12
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

July 13
Bosnia & Herzegovina def. Great Britain, 25-9, 25-6, 25-16
Ukraine def. Kazakhstan, 25-11, 25-18, 25-15
Brazil def. Canada, 25-13, 25-11, 25-10
Bosnia & Herzegovina def. Ukraine, 24-26, 25-7, 25-16, 22-25, 15-10
Brazil def. Kazakhstan, 25-20, 25-22, 24-26, 25-15
Great Britain def. Canada, 25-15, 25-16, 28-26

Final Rounds

July 14
Classification 9-11: Canada def. Azerbaijan, 25-17, 25-18, 25-12
Quarterfinal: Egypt def. Ukraine, 18-25, 21-25, 29-27 - 29
Quarterfinal: Brazil def. USA, 25-16, 25-21, 25-12
Quarterfinal: Bosnia & Herzegovina def. China, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20
Quarterfinal: Russia def. Great Britain, 25-14, 25-17, 25-11

July 15
Classification 9-11: Kazakhstan def. Canada, 25-16, 25-23, 17-25, 17-25, 15-5
Semifinal 5-8: Ukraine def. Great Britain, 25-20, 25-17, 25-20
Semifinal 5-8: China def. USA, 22-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-14
Semifinal 1-4: Egypt def. Russia, 19-25, 25-23, 16-25, 25-20, 15-12
Semifinal 1-4: Bosnia & Herzegovina def. Brazil, 25-22, 25-11, 25-23

July 16
9 a.m.: 7th Place, Great Britain vs. USA
9:30 a.m.: Classification 9-11, Kazakhstan vs. Azerbaijan
11 a.m.: 5th Place, Ukraine vs. China
1 p.m.: 3rd Place, Russia vs. Brazil
3 p.m.: Championship, Egypt vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina

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