Zach Upp (left, blocking) and Eric Duda (right, blocking) represent the youth and the veteran experience for the U.S. Men's Sitting Volleyball Team heading to the Parapan American Games seeking a Paralympic Games berth.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 17, 2019) – USA Volleyball has selected its 12-player rosters forming the U.S. Women’s and Men’s Sitting Volleyball Teams that will compete in the Parapan American Games being held Aug. 23-28 in Lima, Peru.
The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team will have 10 players competing at the Parapan American Games who were part of the 2016 Paralympic Games gold-medal team. Veterans include four-time Paralympic Games medalist Lora Webster (Point Lookout, N.Y.) at middle, along with three-time Paralympians Heather Erickson (Fayetteville, N.C.), Katie Holloway (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and Nichole Millage (Champaign, Ill.).
The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team, ranked No. 1 in the world, has won the past two Parapan American Games in 2011 and 2015.
The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team will have eight Paralympians from the 2016 Rio Games. Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), Roderick Green (West Monroe, Louisiana), J Dee Marinko (Norman, Oklahoma), Dan Regan (Edmond, Oklahoma), James Stuck (New Kensington, Pennsylvania) and Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Mississippi) are all making their third Parapan American Games appearances.
The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team won silver at the 2015 Parapan American Games resulting in a berth into the 2016 Paralympic Games. Brazil won the 2015 Parapan Am American Games, but already had secured its 2016 Olympic berth as the host country.
The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team, ranked No. 8 in the World, can qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games by winning the Parapan American Games title. The U.S. Women’s Sitting Team has already qualified for the 2020 Paralympic Games by finishing second at last year’s ParaVolley World Championships.
The 2019 U.S. Pan American Sitting Volleyball Teams are subject to approval by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.
U.S. Women’s National Sitting Volleyball Team at Parapan American Games
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown)
1 – Lora Webster (Middle, 5-11, Point Lookout, N.Y.)
2 – Bethany Zummo (Libero, 5-2, Dublin, Calif.)
3 – Lexi Shifflett (Setter, 5-4, Waseca, Minn.)
5 – Katie Holloway (Outside Hitter, 6-3, Lake Stevens, Wash.)
6 – Heather Erickson (Opposite, 5-11, Fayetteville, N.C.)
7 – Monique Burkland (Middle/Outside Hitter, 5-9, Ardmore, Okla.)
10 – Sydney Satchell (Libero, 5-1, Oklahoma City, Okla.)
11 - Jillian Williams (Middle/Opposite, 5-10, Odem, Texas)
13 – Nichole Millage (Opposite/Setter, 5-7, Champaign, Ill.)
14 – Kaleo Kanahele Maclay (Setter, 5-6, Honolulu, Hawaii)
16 – Nicole Nieves (Middle/Outside Hitter, 5-10, Kissimmee, Fla.)
17 – Tia Edwards (Outside Hitter/Middle, 5-7, Skiatook, Okla.)
Head Coach: Bill Hamiter
Assistant Coach/Team Leader: Michelle Goodall
Assistant Coach: Jon Aharoni
Athletic Trainer: Patrick Lawrence
Technical Coordinator: Elliot Blake
U.S. Men’s National Sitting Volleyball Team at Parapan American Games
# - Name (Position, Height, Hometown)
2 - Dan Regan (Wing, 6-0, Edmond, Oklahoma)
3 - Nicholas Dadgostar (Libero, 6-0, Sydney, Nebraska)
5 - Eric Duda (Setter/Wing, 6-5, Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
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, Norman, Oklahoma)
Head Coach: Greg Walker
Assistant Coaches: Joe Skinner, Kyle Homeyer
Technical Coordinator: Galen Dodd
Team Leader: Dixie Collins