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Men's Sitting Team Edged by Germany and Iran

March 08, 2012, 2:02 p.m. (ET)

Becky Murdy
Coordinator, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: becky.murdy@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 8, 2012) -The U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team lost a­ heartbreaking match against Germany 25-15, 25-17, 25-20 Thursday morning and fell to world champion Iran 25-19, 25-9, 25-16 Thursday evening at the Intercontinental Cup (ICC) in Cairo, Egypt.

Team USA fell to Germany in the semifinal match of London qualifying, removing the Americans from the race for the last bid to the 2012 London Paralympics.

The United States then competed against Iran, the No. 1 ranked team in the world, in the quarterfinals of the ICC. Because of the loss to Iran, the Americans will face Brazil on Friday to determine if they will play for fifth or seventh place in the final match of the tournament.

In the match against Germany, Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Edmond, Okla.) posted a team-high 10 points while J. Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.) and Roderick Green (West Monroe, La./Edmond, Okla.)  followed close behind with nine.

Duda also led the team against Iran with seven points followed by Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo./Edmond, Okla.) who charted six.

In both matches, U.S. Men’s Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.) started Duda and James Stuck (New Kensington, Pa./Edmond, Okla.) at outside hitter, Regan and Green at middle, Marinko and Charles Swearingen at right site and Ed O’Neil (Amherst, Mass./Edmond, Okla.) at libero.

After the conclusion of the ICC tournament the U.S. team will head back to the states for training at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond on April 12-15.

The 14 teams competed 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 def. GBR 25-14, 24-7, 25-12
7:30 p.m. CRO def. EGY 25-11, 25-9, 23-25, 25-9

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

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