Men’s Sitting Team Faces Must-Win for London Dream

March 07, 2012, 1:17 p.m. (ET)

Becky Murdy
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 7, 2012) -The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team played its best volleyball but fell to Brazil 25-15, 20-25, 25-23, 25-23 in Intercontinental Cup (ICC) play on Wednesday in Cairo, Egypt.

The loss does not remove the U.S., ranked eighth in the world, from London Paralympics contingency as Brazil previously qualified for the Paralympics in 2011.

The U.S. finished fourth in Pool A in the ICC, but remains second in the London qualification pool. The team will face Germany, ranked fifth in the world, on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (EET) in the London qualification semifinals in the Americans’ most important match of the year. The U.S. must beat Germany and win the London finals match to earn the final bid and stamp its ticket to the 2012 London Paralympics.

In ICC competition the Americans will face Iran, the defending world champions, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (EET) in a quarterfinal match. The match does not have any bearing on Paralympic qualifying.

On Wednesday, the U.S. showcased their best talent against Brazil but was unable to take the win.

“We played well, but in the end we needed a few more aggressive swings to put Brazil away in the third and fourth sets when we held two-point leads when the set was on the line,” U.S. Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.) said. “The guys did a superb job in executing our game plan to give ourselves a chance to win. It was disappointing to lose but I commend the effort the guys put forward.”

Hamiter started Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Edmond, Okla.)  and James Stuck (New Kensington, Pa./Edmond, Okla.) at outside hitter, Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo./Edmond, Okla.) and Roderick Green (West Monroe, La./Edmond, Okla.) at middle, J. Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.) and Hugo Storer (Greensboro, N.C.) at right site and Ed O’Neil (Amherst, Mass./Edmond, Okla.) at libero. Charles Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss./Edmond, Okla.) started in place of Storer in the second and third sets.

Duda posted a team-high 21 points off of 16 kills, three blocks and two aces. Regan posted 10 points off of six kills, three blocks and a service ace while Marinko charted eight points off five kills, two blocks and one service ace. Green scored nine points off six kills, two blocks and a service ace and Stuck contributed seven points from five kills and two blocks. Stuck’s seven points came from five kills and two blocks and Swearingen posted five points off four kills and a service ace. Storer recorded one kill for the match.

“We put up a good fight but didn’t get the outcome we wanted,” Duda said. “We have good momentum going into tomorrow’s important matches.

Worlds will collide on Thursday when the U.S. takes the court as Germany’s Alexander Schiffler is the husband of U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball player Michelle Schiffler.

The 14 teams are competing in two separate tournaments during their play, one for Paralympic qualification and one for the Intercontinental Cup (ICC). Matches 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) 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 def. COL 25-16, 25-13, 25-19
9:30 a.m. RUS def. NED 25-23, 25-19, 25-13
11:30 a.m. GER def. UKR 25-23, 25-16, 28-26
11:30 a.m. IRQ def. KAZ 25-21, 20-25, 25-14, 19-25, 15-9
3:30 p.m. BRA def. USA 25-15, 25-20, 25-23, 25-23
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