U.S. Men's Sitting Team Grabs Gold
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 20, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team won the gold medal on Saturday at the Central American Games for Sitting Volleyball with a 25-14, 27-25, 25-12 victory over Colombia in the final.
The U.S. Men finished the tournament with a 5-0 record and did not lose a set.
"It was great to see the team perform well enough to not only win the Central American Games gold medal but do it without losing a set," said Edgar Laforest (San Juan, Puerto Rico), who joined the team on Saturday to replace Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), who had to leave due to professional responsibilities.
Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo.) paced the U.S. effort on Saturday with 10 points on six kills, three blocks and one ace. J.Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.) added eight points on three kills, three blocks 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.
In the first set, the U.S. led 8-7 at the first technical timeout (TTO) in a back-and-forth battle. The U.S. Men broke the set open after the TTO with an 8-4 scoring advantage, giving them a 16-11 advantage. In the run, Marinko had a block and an ace, Davis had two kills and Regan had a block to go along with three errors by Columbia. The U.S. continued its scoring advantage after the second TTO, 9-3 to win the first set.
The second set saw a turnaround for Colombia, which has an exceptionally tall front line that was swinging hard and consistently. Columbia led 8-4 at the first TTO and 16-11 at the second. The U.S. Men made some defensive adjustments to help them counter the attack more effectively and tied the score at 20-20. The rest of the set was within one point either way until Bacchus made a kill and then a block to give the U.S. Men the two-point advantage they needed.
The U.S. took control of the third set early and did not allow the Colombian players to overcome their emotional letdown from the second-set loss. The United States led 8-5 at the first TTO and blew the match open leading 16-6 at the second. Team USA cruised to the three-set victory from there.
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
Colombia def. Costa Rica, 25-20, 25-18, 25-21
Mexico def. Costa Rica, 22-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20
Gold: USA def. Colombia, 25-14, 27-25, 25-12