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Sitting Teams Qualify for Worlds

Oct. 12, 2013, 8:20 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 12, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sitting Volleyball Teams both qualified for the 2014 ParaVolley World Championships with victories on Saturday at the 2013 ParaVolley Pan American Zonal Championships, hosted at the University of Central Oklahoma Wellness Center.

The U.S. Men's Sitting Volleyball Team huddles
  The U.S. Men's Sitting Team huddles.

Brazil swept the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team in the final round-robin match Saturday morning, advancing to the finals by winning 25-13, 25-21, 25-21. However, the U.S. Men came back to defeat Canada 25-10, 25-18, 24-26, 25-15 to advance to Sunday’s final against Brazil.

By qualifying for the finals, the U.S. Men assured themselves of advancing as one of the top two teams.

“We were a little disappointed with the outcome against Brazil, although we played well at times during the match,” U.S. Men’s and Women’s Head Coach Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.) said. “But we bounced back and played well against Canada.”

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team swept Brazil on Saturday, 25-16, 25-17, 25-17 in a best-of-three series that assured that they would advance to the World Championships.

“On the women’s side, we rebounded from our slow start yesterday and played pretty well. I was pleased with the win and I think it showed our team’s competitive nature by winning three straight,” Hamiter said.

The 2014 ParaVolley World Championships in Poland are a qualifier for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In the morning men’s match against Brazil, the South American side led in kills (29-19) and blocks (15-8). The U.S. Men led in aces (2-0).

U.S. Team Captain Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) led his team with 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace. J. Dee Marinko (Norman, Okla.) added seven points on four attacks, two blocks and one ace.

Heather Erickson serves at the ParaVolley Pan American Championships
   Heather Erickson serves for the U.S. Women's Sitting Team.

James Stuck (New Kensington, Penn.) scored four points on one kill and three blocks. Dan Regan (St. Louis, Mo.) added four points on two kills and two blocks. Edgardo LaForest (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Roderick Green (West Monroe, La.) each scored two points and each had two attacks.

Libero Hugo Storer (Greensboro, N.C.) was credited with 28 receptions and LaForest added 16 and Marinko had 10.

Hamiter started Regan, Duda, Stuck, LaForest, Green and Marinko with Storer at libero. Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss.) and Travis Ricks (San Diego) played as substitutes.

In the U.S. Women’s victory over Brazil, U.S. Team Captain Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) led all scorers with 13 points on a match-high 10 kills and a match-high three blocks. Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.) added 10 points on seven kills and a match-high three aces.

Allison Aldrich (Schuyler, Neb.) totaled seven points on five attacks, one block and one ace. Monique Burkland (Ardmore, Okla.) scored six points on four kills, one block and one ace. Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.) had three points on two kills and one block. Kaleo Kanahele (Oklahoma City, Okla.) scored three on one kill and two blocks. Bethany Zummo (Dublin, Calif.) was credited with one kill.

Hamiter started Holloway, Erickson, Burkland, Aldrich, Millage and Kanahele. Kari Miller (Washington, D.C.) and Zummo played at libero. Michelle Schiffler (Lake Wales, Fla.), Lexi Shifflet (Waseca, Minn.), Abby Mueller (Houston, Texas) and Nicky Nieves (Kissimmee, Fla.) played as substitutes.

Finally, in the U.S. Men’s victory over Canada, the United States led in kills (31-26) and aces (5-3) while the teams tied in blocks (13-13).

Marinko led all scorers with 16 points on nine kills, a match-high six blocks and one ace. Duda added 15 points on a match-high 12 kills, two blocks and one ace. Stuck scored seven points on four attacks, one block and two aces.

Regan scored four points on two kills, one block and one ace. LaForest added four points on two attacks and two blocks. Green scored two points on two attacks. Samuel Surowiec (Everett, Wash.) scored one point on a block.

At libero, Storer was credited with 22 receptions. Marinko added 15.

Hamiter started Regan, Duda, Stuck, LaForest, Green and Marinko. Storer played at libero. Swearingen, Surowiec and Ricks 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 vs. Brazil, 11 a.m. CT

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: USA vs Brazil, 9 a.m. CT


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