Women's Sitting Team Wins Gold; Men Take Silver

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans | Oct. 29, 2017, 10:54 p.m. (ET)

The U.S. Women's Sitting Team with medals

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 29, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team won gold and the U.S. Men took silver on Sunday at the ParaVolley Pan America Championships in Montreal.

The U.S. Women went 5-0 in the tournament and did not lose a set, beating Brazil in the final, 25-16, 25-20, 25-16.

The U.S. Men went 3-2 with their only losses coming to Brazil. In Sunday’s final, the U.S. fell, 25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 25-16. By finishing in the top two, the U.S. achieved its goal of qualifying for the 2018 World Championships.Chris Seilkop and James Stuck block for the U.S. Men's Sitting Team

For the U.S. Men, James Stuck was named Best Blocker and Jese Schag received Best Defender. For the U.S. Women, Monique Burkland was named MVP and Best Server. Kari Miller was named Best Libero and Best Receiver and Lexi Shifflett was named Best Setter.

On the women’s side, the U.S. offense came through. The U.S. led Brazil in kills, 40-18. The U.S. hitting efficiency behind setter Lexi Shifflett was .376 while Brazil’s was .090.

Brazil led in blocks (12-11) and the U.S. led in aces (7-6).

Katie Holloway and Monique Burkland each finished with 14 points. Holloway had eight kills, five blocks and one ace. Burkland had 10 kills, one block and a team-high three aces.

Heather Erickson added 11 points on a match-high 11 kills. Nicky Nieves scored eight points on eight kills and Lora Webster added seven points on five blocks and two kills.

The U.S. Men led Brazil in aces (2-1), but trailed in kills (53-50) and in blocks (19-12).

James Stuck led the U.S. in scoring with 14 points on 12 kills, one block and one ace. Eric Duda added 13 points on 12 kills and one block. Roderick Green totaled 12 points on nine kills and three blocks.

J. Dee Marinko scored 10 points on eight kills, one block and one ace. Jese Schag had nine points on five kills and four blocks.

The 2018 ParaVolley World Championships will be held in Netherlands.

U.S. Women vs. Brazil
Starters
Outside hitters: Katie Holloway and Monique Burkland
Middle blockers: Nicky Nieves and Lora Webster
Setter: Lexi Shifflett
Opposite: Heather Erickson
Libero: Kari Miller

Statistics
Kills: Erickson 11, Burkland 10, Holloway 8, Nieves 8, Webster 2, Shifflett 1
Blocks: Webster 5, Holloway 5, Burkland 1
Aces: Burkland 3, Shifflett 1, Holloway 1, Millage 1, Edwards 1

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

Statistics
Kills: Stuck 12, Duda 12, Green 9, Marinko 8, Schag 5, Seilkop 2, Smith 2
Blocks: Schag 4, Green 3, Seilkop 2, Duda 1, Stuck 1, Marinko 1
Aces: Stuck 1, Marinko 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
USA def Canada, 25-13, 25-22, 25-9 
Brazil def Canada, 3-0

Oct. 28
USA def Brazil, 25-12, 25-20, 25-20
USA def Canada, 25-11, 25-15, 25-10

Oct. 29
Gold: USA def Brazil, 25-16, 25-20, 25-16

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
Semifinal: USA def Canada, 25-21, 25-22, 25-14
Semifinal: Brazil def Costa Rica, 3-0

Oct. 29
Third-place: Canada def Costa Rica, 25-4, 25-16, 25-12
Gold: Brazil def USA, 25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 25-16