COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 24, 2014) – The U.S. Men’s National Sitting Volleyball Team will host its Canadian counterpart in a four-match series Feb. 7-9 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. All four matches are open to the public and free of charge. The contests are being held in conjunction with the USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches’ Clinic.
The matches will take place on Feb. 7 at 3 p.m., Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Feb. 9 at 8:30 a.m. with all times listed as Mountain Time. The first two matches will be held in Sports Center II Gym #7. Seating is very limited for these two matches. The final two matches will be in Sports Center I Gym #1. Fans can enter the U.S. Olympic Training Center at the Boulder Street gate with venue doors opening an hour prior to the match.
The four-match series will serve as an early season warm-up for the 2014 ParaVolley World Championships to be held June 6-23 in Poland. Team USA qualified for the world event by earning the silver medal at the 2013 ParaVolley Pan American Sitting Volleyball Zonal Championship in October 2013. The Americans defeated the Canadians twice in the competition, including a four-set win in the semifinals. However, the U.S. lost to regional rival Brazil in the gold-medal match.
“Having the team play during the HP Coaches’ Clinic is a privilege for the team,” U.S. National Sitting Volleyball Teams Program Director Bill Hamiter said. “I hope the indoor coaches will not only be entertained, but also see the complexity, speed and difficulty of the sitting discipline.”
According to Hamiter, the Men’s Sitting Team program has rare opportunities for competition on American soil and the upcoming matches are important dates on the 2014 calendar. The four matches in Colorado Springs will be the only formal matches the team will have prior to competition at the World Championships.
“We are always needing more matches, especially at home,” Hamiter said. “Playing Canada helps us in both those areas as well as gives us important preparation matches for Worlds.”
Both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Sitting Volleyball Teams are based in Edmond, Okla., and train at University of Central Oklahoma. Hamiter feels these matches are a great opportunity to expose the sport to Olympic movement leaders in Colorado Springs.
“Neither of the Sitting Teams has ever played matches in Colorado Springs, so this is an excellent chance for the USA Volleyball national office and local supporters to watch the team play,” Hamiter said. “This also gives any USOC and U.S. Paralympics staff that are still in town (not in Sochi for Winter Olympic Games) a chance to view the team.”
Individuals who would like to volunteer as court assistants for the four matches, please contact Hannah.Salyer@usav.org.