Men's Sitting Defeats Kazakhstan for Playoff Spot

March 04, 2012, 11:15 a.m. (ET)

Becky Murdy
Coordinator, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 3, 2012) - The U.S. Men's Sitting Team (2-0) defeated Kazakhstan, 14-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-20 on Sunday in its second match at the Intercontinental Cup in Cairo, Egypt, giving the United States a guaranteed playoff spot for the last bid to the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

"We want to do well in the tournament but our top priority is to put ourselves in a position to compete for the bid to London," Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.) said. "Our match against Croatia tomorrow will determine our position in crossover play. That match will be another test for us. We are not always playing great volleyball but the men are competing. Of course I would like to see both but I will always take competing for wins."

The men started out slow against Kazakhstan, falling to the team in the first set; but they quickly recovered in the second set and continued to dominate until the end of the match.

"The men began to pass and hit well and had their best serving set of the tournament," Hamiter said. "Sets three and four were almost identical with Team USA taking an early lead and being able to hold off attempts of a come back with consistent side out offense."

Starting for the U.S. was J Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.) and Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Edmond, Okla.) at outside hitter, Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo./Edmond, Okla.)  and Roderick Green (West Monroe, La./Edmond, Okla.) at middle blocker, James Stuck and Charles Swearingen on the right side, and Ed O'Neil at libero.

Duda led the team in points with 23 off of six aces and 17 kills.

Up next for the U.S. will be Croatia on Monday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. (EET). A win would give the United States a No. 1 seed heading into the semifinals. 

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 

Saturday, March 3
9:30 a.m. RUS vs. COL
9:30 a.m. GER vs. GBR
9:30 a.m. UKR vs. NED
11:30 a.m. BRA vs. CRO 
11:30 a.m. USA def IRQ 25-21, 25-21, 18-25, 25-21
3:30 p.m. IRI vs. RUS
7:30 p.m. EGY vs. KAZ 

Sunday, March 4
9:30 a.m. GBR vs. URK
9:30 a.m. COL vs. GER
9:30 a.m. NED vs. IRI
11:30 a.m. USA def. KAZ 14-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-20
11:30 a.m. CRO vs. IRQ
5:30 p.m. RUS vs. GER
7:30 p.m. EGY vs. BRA 

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

Tuesday, March 6
9:30 a.m. COL vs. NED
9:30 a.m. IRI vs. UKR
9:30 a.m. RUS vs. GBR
11:30 a.m. KAZ vs. CRO
11:30 a.m. EGY vs. USA
11:30 a.m. BRA vs. IRQ
3:30 p.m. NED vs. GER
3:30 p.m. COL vs. IRI

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