Men's Sitting Team Sweeps Canada at Parapan Ams

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Aug. 26, 2019, 7:54 p.m. (ET)

James Stuck setting for the U.S. Men's National Sitting Team
James Stuck setting for the U.S. Men's National Sitting Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 26, 2019) – The U.S. Men’s National Sitting Team closed out Parapan American Games pool play with a 25-22, 25-20, 27-25 victory over Canada on Monday in Lima, Peru.

The U.S. advances to the semifinals on Tuesday as the second seed after finishing with a 4-1 record in pool play. The medal round is set for Wednesday with the winner earning a bid to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Matches can be streamed live on the Lima 2019 app.

Related: Unofficial Stats

Team USA had balanced scoring against their border rival Canadians. JDee Marinko (Newcastle, Oklahoma) turned in six kills on 16 attacks, three aces and a block for 10 points. James Stuck (New Kensington, Pennsylvania) contributed five kills and five blocks for 10 points. Eric Duda totaled eight kills on 16 attacks, one block and one ace for 10 points.

Zach Upp (Bartlett, Illinois) chipped in nine kills on 16 attacks in the victory. Roderick Green (West Monroe, Louisiana) accounted for five kills, one block and one ace for seven points. Stephen Bracken (Brighton, Colorado) mixed in four kills and two blocks for six points in the victory.

John Kremer (Buford, Georgia) handled 24 receptions with an 83 positive reception percent to lead Team USA. Upp added 11 receptions with a 91 positive percent.

Team USA convert 42 percent of its attacks into points with a .261 hitting efficiency (37-14-88). The American defense limited the Canadians to a 38 kill percent and .167 hitting efficiency (30-17-78).

The U.S. held a 37-30 advantage in kills and both teams produced 10 blocks. Canada held a slim 6-5 margin in aces.

Team USA gained a 9-4 cushion in the opening set with Duda notching a kill and block around a Canadian error. The American lead reach eight points at 20-12 before the Canadians used a 6-1 spurt to close to 21-18. The U.S. won the first set 25-22 after Canada saved three set points.

The U.S. scored five unanswered points to grab a 5-1 lead in the second set. Canada battled back to within one on several occasions put could not level the set. The Americans scored three consecutive points on kills from Green and Bracken followed by a Bracken block to raise the margin to 20-16. Team USA scored the final two points of the set for a 25-20 victory, capped by a Stuck block.

Canada opened the third set with a 4-1 advantage only to have the lead erased at 5-all. The U.S. broke a 21-all tie with two straight and held two match points before Canada stormed back to tie the set. Duda and Bracken scored the final two points for a 27-25 victory on Team USA’s fourth match point opportunity.

U.S. Men’s National Sitting Volleyball Team
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown)
2 - Dan Regan (Wing, 6-0, St. Louis, Missouri)
3 - Nicholas Dadgostar (Libero, 6-0, Sydney, Nebraska)
5 - Eric Duda (Setter/Wing, 6-5, Marietta, Georgia)
7 - Stephen Bracken (Wing/Setter, 6-5, Brighton, Colorado)
8 - James Stuck (Setter/Middle, 6-5, New Kensington, Pennsylvania)
11 - Roderick Green (Middle, 6-3, West Monroe, Louisiana)
12 - Patrick Young (Wing, 6-4, Albuquerque, New Mexico)
13 - Charlie Swearingen (Wing, 6-3, Gulfport, Mississippi)
14 - John Kremer (Libero, 5-9, Buford, Georgia)
15 - Chris Seilkop (Wing, 6-6, Deland, Florida)
17 - Zach Upp (Wing, 6-5, Bartlett, Illinois)
18 - J Dee Marinko (Wing, 6-4, Newcastle, Oklahoma)

Head Coach: Greg Walker
Assistant Coaches: Joe Skinner, Kyle Homeyer
Technical Coordinator: Galen Dodd
Team Leader: Dixie Collins
Physiotherapist: Brian Farr

U.S. Men’s Sitting Team Schedule at Parapan Am Games (times listed as ET)
Aug. 24: USA def. Peru 25-4, 25-4, 25-16
Aug. 24: USA lost to Brazil 14-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-20
Aug. 25: USA def. Colombia 25-19, 25-18, 25-18
Aug. 25: USA def. Costa Rica 25-13, 25-9, 25-15
Aug. 26: USA def. Canada 25-22, 25-20, 27-25
Aug. 27: Group 2nd vs Group 3rd, Noon (Semifinals)
Aug. 27: Group 1st vs Group 4th, 4 p.m. (Semifinals)
Aug. 28: Semifinal Losers, 4 p.m. (Bronze Medal Match)
Aug. 28: Semifinal Winners, 6 p.m. (Gold Medal Match)