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Men's Sitting Team Assured Best Worlds Finish

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans ( | July 18, 2018, 10:42 p.m. (ET)

Chris Seilkop of the U.S. Men's Sitting Team attacks against Netherlands
Chris Seilkop of the U.S. Men's Sitting Team attacks against Netherlands

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 18, 2018) – No matter how the U.S. Men’s Sitting National Team does after today at the Sitting Volleyball World Championships, it will have its best finish ever.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Men beat host Netherlands, 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23 in Eindhoven, Netherlands, to finish pool play in second place at 2-1. They advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinals where they will play regional rival Brazil (3-0) at 10 a.m. ET.

The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team (3-0) is also playing in the Worlds quarterfinals on Thursday. It will face Ukraine (2-1) at 5 a.m. ET in Rotterdam. All matches are being live streamed on the World ParaVolley Faceboook page.


The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team has never finished better than 10th at the World Championships. Advancing to the quarterfinals means they can finish no worse than eighth.

“Beating Brazil is now our focus,” U.S. outside hitter Charlie Swearingen said. “This win puts us in the top eight teams in the world, a first-ever for this program in the world championships.”

The U.S. Men led in kills (46-28) and aces (7-3) while Netherlands led in blocking (16-8).

Setter Eric Duda and outside hitter Chris Seilkop led the U.S. in scoring with 12 points each. Seilkop had 10 kills and two blocks while Duda finished with nine kills, two blocks and one ace.

Opposite James Stuck added 11 points on eight kills and three blocks.

Libero John Kremer was credited with 22 receptions, 59 percent positive. Middle blocker Roderick Green was credited with the same number and middle blocker JDee Marinko was credited with 13 receptions, 62 percent positive.

Outside hitters: Chris Seilkop and Zach Upp
Middle blockers; Roderick Green and JDee Marinko
Setter: Eric Duda
Opposite: Jame Stuck
Libero: John Kremer

Kills: Seilkop 10, Duda 9, Stuck 8, Green 8, Upp 6, Marinko 5
Blocks: Stuck 3, Duda 2,, Seilkop 2, Marinko 1
Aces: Upp 3, Marinko 2, Duda 1, Green 1

No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown)
1. Travis Ricks (L, 5-7, San Diego, Calif.)
2. Dan Regan (MB, 6-0, Edmond, Okla.)
3. Nicholas Dadgostar (OH/S/DS, 6-0, Sidney, Neb.)
5. Eric Duda (OH, 6-5, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
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.)
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: Kyle Homeyer
Athletic Trainer: Katie King
Team Leader: Dixie Collins
Technical Coordinator: Galen Dodd
Technical Coordinator: David Dantes

U.S. Match Schedule (all times ET)
Venlo, Netherlands

July 15: China def USA, 25-13, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23
July 16: USA def Rwanda, 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 15-17

Eindhoven, Netherlands
July 18: USA def Netherlands, 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23 
July 19: Quarterfinals and classification matches
July 21: Semifinals and classification matches
July 22: Medal matches and classification matches

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