Sitting Teams Start Strong on Day 1

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans | Oct. 27, 2017, 11:53 a.m. (ET)

Katie Holloway and Lora Webster block for the U.S. Women's Sitting Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 27, 2017) – The U.S. Sitting Volleyball Teams opened play at the ParaVolley Pan American Championships on Thursday in Montreal.

The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team, which needs to finish in the top two to qualify for the 2018 World Championships, went 1-1 on Thursday, beating Canada 3-2 (25-13, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-5) and falling to Brazil, 3-1 (25-27, 25-15, 26-24, 25-11).

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team, which has already qualified for World Championships, beat Brazil, 25-19, 25-19. 25-16.Jese Schag serves against Canada

The U.S. Women led in kills (34-23) and aces (9-3) while Brazil led in blocks (10-9).

Heather Erickson led the way for the U.S. Women with 13 points on a match-high 11 kills and two blocks. Katie Holloway added 12 points on seven kills, a team-high four blocks and one ace.

Lexi Shifflett had a match-high four aces.

“Brazil has pretty much the same team they had in Rio,” U.S. Women’s Head Coach Bill Hamiter said. “We started the match a little slow and had 12 errors in the first set. The good thing is we finished strong after the second technical.

“We played better in set 2 and played at a really good level in the third set. Lexi did an excellent job at setter. She was a little nervous but handled the match well. Tia Edwards did a wonderful job coming in off the bench in the third set.”

On the men’s side, the match against Canada was a battle. The U.S. held the edge in kills (50-48) and dominated on the block (22-5). Canada led in aces 10-6, but struggled with 19 service errors while the U.S. had five.

James Stuck led all scorers with 21 points on 13 kills and a match-high eight blocks. Eric Duda added 18 points on 13 kills, two blocks and three aces. Jesse Schag and Roderick Green each had four blocks and each scored 12 points total.

Things were tougher against Brazil, which led in kills (53-47), blocks (22-10) and aces (3-2). The U.S. struggled with 18 hitting errors and eight service errors.

J. Dee Marinko led the U.S. Men with 13 points on 10 kills, one block and the team’s only two aces. Duda and Green each added 12 points.

On Friday, the U.S. Women (1-0) will face Canada (0-1). The U.S. Men (1-1) will play  Costa Rica (0-1).

U.S. Men vs. Canada
Starters

Outside hitter: Eric Duda and Chris Seilkop
Middle blockers: James Stuck and Roderick Green
Setter: Jese Schag
Opposite: J. Dee Marinko
Libero: John Kremer

Statistics
Kills: Duda 13, Stuck 13, Schag 8, Green 8, Marinko 4, Seilkop 4
Blocks: Stuck 8, Schag 4, Green 4, Marinko 2, Duda 2, Seilkop 1, Dadgostar 1
Aces: Duda 3, Seilkop 2, Marinko 1

U.S. Men vs. Brazil
Starters

Outside hitter: Eric Duda and Chris Seilkop
Middle blockers: James Stuck and Roderick Green
Setter: Jese Schag
Opposite: J. Dee Marinko
Libero: John Kremer

Statistics
Kills: Duda 10, Stuck 10, Marinko 10, Green 9, Seilkop 7, Schag 1
Blocks: Schag 3, Green 3, Duda 2, Stuck 1, Marinko 1
Aces: Marinko 2

U.S. Women vs. Brazil
Starters

Outside hitters: Katie Holloway and Monique Burkland
Middle blockers: Lora Webster and Nicky Nieves
Setter: Lexi Shifflett
Opposite: Heather Erickson
Libero: Kari Miller

Statistics
Kills: Erickson 11, Holloway 7, Burkland 7, Dosty 3, Nieves 3, Edwards 2, Shifflett 1
Blocks: Holloway 4, Erickson 2, Webster 1, Nieves 1, Edwards 1
Aces: Shifflett 5, Burkland 2, Holloway 1, Edwards 1

ParaVolley Pan American Zone Championships
Oct. 26-29
Montreal, Canada

U.S. Women’s Roster
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown)
1. Lora Webster (MB, 5-11, Point Lookout, N.Y.)
3. Lexi Shifflett (S, 5-4, Waseca, Minn.)
5C. Katie Holloway (OH, 6-3, Lake Stevens, Wash.)
6. Heather Erickson (OH, 5-11, Fayetteville, NC)
7. Monique Burkland (OH, 5-9, Ardmore, Okla.)
8. Whitney Dosty (OH, 6-3, Tucson, Ariz.)
10. Kari Miller (L, 5-6, Washington D.C.)
13. Nichole Millage (OH, 5-7, Champaign, Ill.)
16. Nicky Nieves (MB, 5-10, Kissimmee, Fla.)
17. Tia Edwards (OH, 5-7, Skitatook, Okla.)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter
Team Leader: Michelle Goodall
Assistant Coaches: Lazaro Beltran and Jon Aharoni
Technical Coordinator: Jeff Hicks
Athletic Trainer: Patrick Lawrence
Sport Psychologist: Emily Clark

Schedule and Results (all times ET)
Oct. 26
Brazil def Canada, 25-21, 23-25, 25-14, 25-27, 15-11
USA def Brazil, 25-19, 25-19. 25-16

Oct. 27
10:30 a.m. Canada v USA
6 p.m. Canada v Brazil

Oct. 28
10:30 a.m. USA v Brazil
4 p.m. Canada v USA

Oct. 29
1:30 p.m. Gold medal match

U.S. Men’s Sitting National Team
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown)

3. Nicholas Dadgostar (OH/S/DS, 6-0, Sidney, Neb.)
5. Eric Duda (OH, 6-5, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
6. Jese Schag (S, 6-2, Norway, Ill.)
8. James Stuck (MB, 6-5, New Kensington, Pa.)
11. Roderick Green (MB, 6-3, West Monroe, La.)
12. Patrick Young (OH, 6-4, Albuquerque, N.M.)
13. Charlie Swearingen (OH, 6-3, Gulfport, Miss.)
14. John Kremer (L, 5-9, Buford, Ga.)
15. Chris Seilkop (OH/MB, 6-6 DeLand, Fla.)
16. Josh Smith (Opp, 6-2, Riverside, Calif.)
17. Zach Upp (Opp, 6-5, Bartlett, Ill.)
18. J. Dee Marinko (OH, 6-4, Norman, Okla.)

Head Coach: Greg Walker
Assistant Coach: Joe Skinner
Assistant Coach: Michael Hobson
Team Leader: Dixie Collins
Athletic Trainer: Katherine Mathes
Technical Coordinator: Galen Dodd

Match Schedule (all times ET)

Oct. 26
Brazil def Costa Rica, 3-0
USA def Canada, 25-13, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-5
Brazil def USA, 25-27, 25-15, 26-24, 25-11

Oct. 27
9 a.m. Canada v Costa Rica
3 p.m. USA v Costa Rica
4:30 p.m. Canada v Brazil

Oct. 28
Noon: Semifinal 2 v 3
2:30 p.m. Semifinal 1 v 4

Oct. 29
10 a.m. Third-place match
11:45 a.m. Gold-medal match