Men's Sitting Team Sweeps Mexico

April 18, 2013, 11:52 a.m. (ET)
Bill Hamiter and the U.S. Men's Sitting Team
From left, Head Coach Bill Hamiter, Eric Duda (5), Charlie Swearingen (13), Dan Regan (2), Thomas Davis (7), J.Dee Marinko (18)
and Rejy Bacchus of the U.S. Men's Sitting Team show the black bands they are wearing in honor of the victims of the
Boston Marathon bombings.

B.J. Hoeptner Evans, Manager, Communications, Phone: (719) 228-6800, E-Mail:
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 18, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team swept Mexico on Wednesday, 25-16, 25-16, 25-10 at the Central American Games for Sitting Volleyball in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team is competing in an international event for the first time in over a year. It will close out round-robin play at 9 p.m. CT on Thursday against Costa Rica.

J.Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.) led the U.S. Men with 17 points on 10 kills, one block and six aces. Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) added 16 points and Rejy Bacchus (Bryan, Texas) and Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss.) each scored eight points.

"We played well as a team and set the pace early with consistent play,” said Bacchus, who is playing in his first international tournament. “We had fun and I was more comfortable tonight getting over the nerves I had last night. The experience I'm gaining in this tournament will really benefit me.”

U.S. Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.) started Marinko and Duda at setter/outside hitter, Swearingen and Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo.) at middle hitter and Thomas Davis (Detroit, Mich.) and Bacchus as right side hitters.

The team played steadily and gained early leads in every set. Mexico tied the score at 10-10 in the first set and the U.S. responded with an 8-1 run before finishing out the set.

The U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team is honoring the victims who were killed or injured at the Boston Marathon by wearing black bands on their uniforms near their hearts and flags.

Central American Games for Sitting Volleyball
April 16-20 in San Jose, Costa Rica

U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team
2 Daniel Regan (St. Louis, Mo.)
5 Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
7 Thomas Davis (Detroit, Mich.)
10 Edgar Laforest (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
13 Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss.)
17 Rejy Bacchus (Bryan, Texas)
18 J. Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.)

Event Schedule (All times CT) and Results
April 16
Costa Rica def. Mexico, 18-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 15-6
USA def. Colombia, 25-18, 25-13, 25-21

April 17
USA def. Mexico, 25-16, 25-16, 25-10
Colombia def. Costa Rica, 25-16, 25-22, 28-26

April 18
7 p.m.: Mexico vs. Colombia
9 p.m.: Costa Rica vs. USA

April 19
7 p.m.: Semifinal 1
9 p.m.: Semifinal 2

April 20
7 p.m.: Bronze Medal
9 p.m.: Gold Medal