Sitting Volleyball: 2011 Sarajevo Open - Day 2

May 29, 2011, 10:13 p.m. (ET)

Edgar Miraku is the head coach of the U.S. Men's Sitting Volleyball Team, which is based at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. On May 28-30, the team is playing in the Sarajevo Open in Bosnia-Herzegovina

The U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team closed the Sarajevo Open with a 2-1 victory against “Start” Poland, finishing seventh for the tournament on Sunday. 

The U.S. team started the match blocking well early on and building a lead. It was able to protect and widen the lead as the set went on, finishing it 25-14. The team had six blocks in the first set. 

After a slight lineup adjustment, the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team dropped the second set (15-25).

In set three, after falling behind 5-1, the U.S. team gradually improved its play and exercised more patience and better judgment. The score was tied for most of the set, but after being down match point, Team USA put together three points in a row, winning the set 16-14 and the match 2-1.

As a team, we had 11 blocks for the match, all coming in first and third sets.

Next up for the U.S. Men’s Team is training camp at the University of Central Oklahoma on June 16-19 in Edmond. Then it will play in the Continental Cup in July in Kettering, Great Britain.

U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team
Name (Hometown/Resident athletes at the University of Central Oklahoma are noted) 
Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo./Edmond, Okla.) 
Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss./Edmond, Okla.) 
Ed O'Neil (Amherst, Mass./Edmond, Okla.) 
Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Edmond, Okla.) 
James Stuck (New Kensington, Pa./Edmond, Okla.) 
Edgardo Laforest (San Juan, Puerto Rico) 
Brent Rasmussen (Omaha, Neb.) 
J. Dee Marinko  (Newcastle, Okla.)

Head CoachEdgar Miraku (Elbasan, Albania)
Assistant Coach: Dixie Collins (Marshall, Va.)
Athletic Trainer: Chad Miller
Statistician: Patricia Stein

About the Host City
Sarajevo is the capitol of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is the largest urban area and houses the capitol of Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Sarajevo Canton headquarters. The city is made up of sacral buildings, equally architectural and artistic mosques from the Ottoman Empire, catholic and orthodox churches and synagogues. Approximately 297,416 residents call the capital city home.