Sitting Teams Win Both Day 2 Matches

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans | Oct. 28, 2017, 12:19 p.m. (ET)

Zach Upp of the U.S. Men's Sitting Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 28, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s and Men’s Sitting Teams each won their matches on Friday, the second day of the ParaVolley Pan America Championships in Montreal.

The U.S. Women (2-0) swept Canada, 25-13, 25-22, 25-9. The U.S. Men (2-1) swept Costa Rica, 25-7, 25-14, 25-19.

On Saturday, the U.S. Women will play two more pool play matches. They play Brazil at 10:30 a.m. ET and Canada at 4 p.m. ET.

The U.S. Men will play a semifinal match against Canada at noon ET. All matches will be shown live at Saturday’s match is important for the U.S. Men because the top two finishers will qualify for the 2018 World Championships.Nichole Millage of the U.S. Women's Sitting Team

The U.S. Men dominated Costa Rica in kills (45-8), blocks (8-5) and aces (6-2).

U.S. Men’s Head Coach Greg Walker got every player on the roster playing time in Friday’s match, including newcomers Nick Dadgostar, Patrick Young and Zach Upp.

Eric Duda started the first two sets and led all scorers with 13 points on a match-high 10 kills, one block and two aces. Upp started the second two sets and scored nine points on eight kills and one block. Charlie Swearingen started the second two sets and totaled seven points.

Every member of the U.S. Women’s Team also played against Canada. Katie Holloway led the way with 12 points on a match-high 10 kills and two blocks. Monique Burkland started the second two sets and added 11 points on five kills, three blocks and three aces. Heather Erickson and Nicky Nieves each scored 10 points.

The U.S. Women led Canada in kills (38-15), blocks (11-7) and aces (9-4).

U.S. Women vs. Canada

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

Kills: Holloway 10, Erickson 9, Nieves 7, Burkland 5, Webster 3, Shifflett 2, Dosty 1, Edwards 1
Blocks: Webster 3, Burkland 3, Nieves 3
Aces: Webster 3, Burkland 3, Shifflett 1, Erickson 1, Millage 1

U.S. Men vs. Costa Rica

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

Kills: Duda 10, Upp 8, Seilkop 6, Swearingen 5, Smith 4, Schag 3, Green 3, Marinko 3, Young, Stuck 1
Blocks: Marinko 2, Swearingen 2, Duda 1, Stuck 1, Young 1, Upp 1
Aces: Duda 2, Stuck 2, Smith 2

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
USA def Canada, 25-13, 25-22, 25-9 
Brazil def Canada, 3-0

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
Canada def Costa Rica, 3-0
USA def Costa Rica, 25-13, 25-22, 25-9
Brazil def Canada, 3-0

Oct. 28
Noon: Semifinal - USA v Canada
2:30 p.m. Semifinal - Brazil v Costa Rica

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