COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 19, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team will play for the gold medal after winning its semifinal match over Mexico, 25-18, 26-24, 25-15 on Friday at the Central American Games for Sitting Volleyball in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The U.S. Men (4-0), who are the top seeds and have not lost a set in the tournament, will play either Colombia or Costa Rica at 7 p.m. CT in Saturday’s gold medal match.
"The team played well enough to get the job done, but the execution in the first set was adequate, the second set poor and the third set OK,” U.S. Men’s Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.) said. “We will need to play much better tomorrow to win the tournament."
Edgar Laforest (San Juan, Puerto Rico), who joined the team on Friday to replace Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) who left due to professional obligations, led the U.S. Men with 14 points on 10 kills, one block and one ace. Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo.) added 12 points on 10 attacks and two blocks and J.Dee Marinko scored 12 points on 10 kills, one block and one ace.
Hamiter started Marinko and Laforest at setter/outside hitter, Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss.) and Regan at middle hitter and Thomas Davis (Detroit, Mich.) and Rejy Bacchus (Bryan, Texas) at right site hitter.
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
Costa Rica def. Mexico, 18-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 15-6
USA def. Colombia, 25-18, 25-13, 25-21
USA def. Mexico, 25-16, 25-16, 25-10
Colombia def. Costa Rica, 25-16, 25-22, 28-26
Colombia def. Mexico, 19-25, 26-24, 25-15, 25-21
USA def. Costa Rica, 25-13, 25-12, 25-17
April 19 Semifinals
USA def. Mexico, 25-18, 26-24, 25-15
9 p.m.: Colombia vs. Costa Rica
5 p.m.: Bronze Medal
7 p.m.: Gold Medal