U.S. Sitting Teams Earn Medals

Oct. 13, 2013, 8 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 13, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team won gold while the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team took silver on Sunday at the 2013 ParaVolley Pan American Zonal Championships, hosted at the University of Central Oklahoma Wellness Center.

The U.S. Women's Sitting Team plays Brazil
  The U.S. Women's Sitting Team Plays Brazil

The women’s squad went undefeated in the three-match weekend set with Brazil and swept the South Americans in Sunday’s match, 25-21, 25-21, 25-14. The men’s team lost its second match to Brazil in three sets Sunday, 26-24, 25-18, 25-11.

Both U.S. teams had already qualified for the 2014 ParaVolley World Championships; the men qualified by finishing in the top two and the women by finishing first.

“Our mission all along was to qualify both teams for the world championships, so we’re very pleased that we were able to do that” U.S. Men’s and Women’s Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.) said. “I thought both teams played well throughout the weekend.”

The U.S. women led Brazil in kills (29-18), blocks (13-9) and aces (9-5).

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team was led by Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.), who finished with 19 points on a match-high 12 kills, three blocks and a match-high four aces. U.S. Team Captain Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) added 17 points on 11 kills and a match-high six blocks.

“I think our focus was exactly where it needed to be,” Erickson said. “It was important for us to try some different lineups and to play a lot of people and it leaves us where we want to be going forward.”

The U.S. Men's Sitting Team plays Brazil
  The U.S. Men's Sitting Team plays Brazil.

Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.) scored five points on three kills, one block and one ace. Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla.) totaled four points on two blocks and two aces. Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.) finished with three points on two attacks and one ace.

Michelle Schiffler (Lake Wales, Fla.) scored two points on one kill and one block. Abby Mueller (Houston, Texas) scored one point on one ace.

Libero Bethany Zummo (Dublin, Calif.) was credited with 12 receptions, 75 percent positive. Erickson added nine receptions.

Hamiter started Schiffler, Holloway, Erickson, Burkland, Aldrich, Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Zummo at libero.

Lexi Shifflet (Waseca, Minn.) started the second and third sets for Kanahele. Millage started the second set for Schiffler and Mueller started the third set for Millage.

In the men’s match, Brazil led in kills (37-16), in blocks (14-7) and in aces (3-2).

J. Dee Marinko (Norman, Okla.) led the United States with six points on four kills and two blocks. U.S. Team Captain Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) had five points on five kills. Roderick Green (West Monroe, La.) added five points on three attacks, one block and one ace.

James Stuck (New Kensington, Penn.) totaled four points on three kills and one block. Edgardo LaForest (San Juan, Puerto Rico) scored two points on one block and one ace.
Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo.) and Samuel Surowiec (Everett, Wash.) each scored one point with a block while Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss.) scored one with a kill.

Libero Hugo Storer (Greensboro, N.C.) was credited with 18 receptions. LaForest led in receptions with 21 and Green finished with 19

Hamiter started Regan, Duda, Stuck, LaForest, Green and Marinko with Storer at libero. Swearingen started the third set for Regan. Travis Ricks (San Diego) and Benjamin Aman (Portland, Ore.) all played as substitutes.

U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team
2 – Bethany Zummo (Dublin, Calif.)
3 – Lexi Shifflett (Waseca, Minn.)
4 – Michelle Schiffler (Lake Wales, Fla.)
5 – Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
6 – Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.)
7 – Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla.)
9 – Abby Mueller (Houston, Texas)
10 – Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.)
11 – Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.)
13 – Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.)
14 – Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
16 – Nicky Nieves (Kissimmee, Fla.)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter
Assistant Coach: Cara Lang
Assistant Coach: David Mullane
Team Manager: Dixie Collins
Trainer: Kazuma Akehi
Statistician: Jeffery Hicks

2013 ParaVolley Pan American Sitting Volleyball Zonal Championships Schedule
Oct. 11: USA def Brazil, 26-24, 17-25, 25-15, 25-17
Oct. 12: USA def Brazil, 25-16, 25-17, 25-17
Oct. 13: USA def Brazil, 25-21, 25-21, 25-14

U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team
1 – Travis Ricks (San Diego, Calif.)
2 – Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo.)
3 – Samuel Surowiec (Everett, Wash.)
4 – Benjamin Aman  (Portland, Ore.)
5 – Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
6 – Jese Schag (Sheridan, Ill.)
7 – Steven Doudt (Pendleton, Ind.)
8 – James Stuck (New Kensington, Penn.)
9 – Hugo Storer (Greensboro, N.C.)
10 – Edgardo LaForest (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
11 – Roderick Green (West Monroe, La.)
13 – Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss.)
18 – J. Dee Marinko (Norman, Okla.)

Head Coach:
 Bill Hamiter
Assistant Coach: Dixie Collins
Assistant Coach: Quinton Kraeer
Team Manager: Dixie Collins
Trainer: Patrick Lawrence
Statistician: Jeffery Hicks

2013 ParaVolley Pan American Sitting Volleyball Zonal Championships Schedule
Oct. 11: USA def Canada, 25-19, 25-21, 25-14
Oct. 11: Brazil def Canada, 3-0
Oct. 12: Brazil def USA, 25-13, 25-21, 25-21
Oct. 12: Semifinal: USA def Canada, 25-10, 25-18, 24-26, 25-17
Oct. 13: Championship: Brazil def USA, 26-24, 25-18, 25-11