Sitting Teams Learn from Canada Matches

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans ( | May 28, 2018, 5:30 p.m. (ET)
The U.S. Men's Sitting Team competes against Canada
Libero John Kremer receives the ball for the U.S. Men's Sitting Team.

DALLAS, Texas (May 28, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s and Men’s Sitting National Teams each went 5-0 against their Canadian counterparts on May 25-27 as the USAV Open National Championships.

Each team was using the matches as warmups for the Sitting Volleyball World Championships on July 15-22 in Netherlands.

It was the first time this season that both the women’s and men’s teams have been able to have all their players together for competition.

“Our goal was to get what we think our starting group will be in sync,” U.S. Women’s Sitting Head Coach Bill Hamiter said. “We’re still analyzing a lot of players, so we used a lot of players throughout. We even played some bonus sets so both teams could play more players and get better data.”

The five victories helped women’s middle blocker Lora Webster feel more confident about her team heading into Worlds.

“It’s always nice to know that regardless of the lineup we put out, we’re a consistent team,” she said. “That’s the benefit to these kinds of things.”

For the men’s team, the five matches against Canada allowed players to get more international reps and to improve as they went along.

“The one thing that Canada has changed in their system is they are attacking the ball with a lot more force,” U.S. Men’s Head Coach Greg Walker said. “The one thing we had to deal with is how do we manage teams where we’re not quite sure how they are going to play and they start firing off? What adjustments do we make?

“As we were going through, I was pretty happy with some of the players and how they were adjusting.”

May 25
8 a.m. U.S. Men def Canada, 25-15, 15-25, 25-17, 25-11
10 a.m. U.S. Women def Canada, 25-20, 15-15, 25-18
2 p.m. U.S. Men def Canada, 19-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-18
4 p.m. U.S. Women vs Canada, 25-14, 25-11, 25-17

May 26
8 a.m. U.S. Women def Canada, 25-19, 25-13, 25-13
10 a.m. U.S. Men def Canada, 15-25, 25-20, 26-24, 26-24
2 p.m. U.S. Women def Canada
4 p.m. U.S. Men def Canada, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-16

May 27
8 a.m. U.S. Men def Canada, 25-15, 25-18, 25-13
10 a.m. U.S. Women def Canada, 25-13, 25-10, 25-20

U.S. Women’s Sitting Team Roster for Dallas
No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown)

1. Lora Webster (MB, 5-11, Point Lookout, N.Y.)
2. Bethany Zummo (L, 5-2, Dublin, Calif.)
3. Lexi Shifflett (S, 5-4, Waseca, Minn.)
5. 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. Annie Flood (S, 5-7, Salem, Ore.)
11. Jillian Williams (S/Opp, 5-10, Odem, Texas)
13. Nichole Millage (OH, 5-7, Champaign, Ill.)
14. Kaleo Maclay (S, 5-6, Edmond, Okla.)
16. Nicky Nieves (MB, 5-10, Kissimmee, Fla.)
17. Tia Edwards (OH, 5-7, Skitatook, Okla.)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter
Assistant Coach: Laz Beltran
Assistant Coach: Jon Aharoni
Team Manager: Michelle Goodall
Technical Coordinator: Jeffrey Hicks
Athletic Trainer: Patrick Lawrence

U.S. Men’s Sitting National Team Roster for Dallas

No. Name (Position, Height, Hometown)
1. Travis Ricks (L, 5-7, San Diego, Calif.)
2. Dan Regan (MB, 6-0, Edmond, Okla.)
3. Nick Dadgostar (OH, 6-0 Sidney, Neb.)
5. Eric Duda (OH, 6-5, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
7. Stephen Bracken (Opp, 6-4, Brighten, Colo.)
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.)
17. Zach Upp (Opp, 6-5, Bartlett, Ill.)
18. J Dee Marinko (OH, 6-4, Guthrie, Okla.)

Head Coach: Greg Walker
Assistant Coach: Joe Skinner
Assistant Coach: Kyle Homeyer
Technical Coordinator: Galen Dodd
Athletic Trainer: Kat Matthes