Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Men’s Sitting Team Sweeps Japan to Open Worlds

The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team made an impressive start to the 2022 World ParaVolley World Championships by sweeping Japan in their opening match. The victory came with a scoreline of 25-19, 25-15, and 25-14. The game took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Assistant Coach Joe Skinner expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance, considering the long break from official tournaments. He praised the team’s ability to handle their nerves and emotions, which allowed them to grow more comfortable as the match progressed.

The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team dominated all aspects of the game, leading in kills, blocks, and aces against Japan. Their strong serving disrupted Japan’s rhythm and made their defensive efforts easier. The team showcased their attacking prowess in transition.

Leading the scoring chart was Eric Duda, who contributed 13 points with 10 kills and three aces. Zach Upp also made a significant impact with nine points, consisting of five kills and four aces. James Stuck, Chris Seilkop, Roderick Green, and substitutes Patrick Young and Benjamin Aman also made valuable contributions to the team’s success.

Libero Nicholas Dadgostar showcased his defensive skills, registering 12 receptions with a commendable 67 percent positive rate. Backup libero Travis Ricks made two receptions.

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The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team will continue their journey in the tournament by facing host country Bosnia & Herzegovina on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. CT.

For those unable to attend the matches, they can be livestreamed on the World ParaVolley YouTube Channel.

U.S. Men’s Sitting Team Roster for the World Championship:

  1. Travis Ricks (L, 5-7, San Diego, Calif., Southern California)
  2. Dan Regan (OH, 6-0, St. Louis, Gateway)
  3. Nicholas Dadgostar (L, 6-0, Sidney, Neb., Chesapeake)
  4. Ben Aman (OH, 6-5, Edmond, Okla., Oklahoma)
  5. Eric Duda (S/OH, 6-5, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Florida)
  6. James Stuck (S/OH, 6-5, New Kensington, Pa., Keystone)
  7. Roderick Green (MB, 6-3, West Monroe, La., Bayou)
  8. Patrick Young (OH, 6-4, Albuquerque, N.M., Sun Country)
  9. Chris Seilkop (OH, 6-6, Deland, Fla., Florida)
  10. Zach Upp (OH, 6-5, Bartlett, Ill., Great Lakes)
  11. John Kremer (L, 5-9, Buford, Ga., Southern)
  12. Sam Surowiec (OH, 6-2, Everett, Wash., Evergreen)

Coaching Staff:

  • Head Coach: Greg Walker
  • Assistant Coach: Joe Skinner
  • Assistant Coach: Kyle Homeyer
  • Performance Analyst: Justin Chang
  • Athletic Trainer: Brian Farr
  • Team Leader: Bobby Moore

U.S. Men’s Schedule for the World Championship (All Times CT):

  • Nov. 4: USA def Japan, 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-14)
  • Nov. 5: 1:30 p.m. USA vs Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Nov. 6: 8:45 a.m. USA vs Serbia
  • Nov. 7: Round of 16
  • Nov. 8: Quarterfinals and classification
  • Nov. 9: Semifinals and classification
  • Nov. 10: Placement matches for 5-15
  • Nov. 11: Medal matches

FAQs

Q: How did the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team perform in their opening match of the 2022 World ParaVolley World Championships?
A: The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team started the tournament on a high note, sweeping Japan with a scoreline of 25-19, 25-15, and 25-14.

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Q: How did the team handle the pressure of their first match in over a year?
A: Assistant Coach Joe Skinner commended the team for handling their nerves and emotions well throughout the match, gradually growing more comfortable and ultimately pulling away to secure the victory.

Q: Which areas did the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team excel in against Japan?
A: The team displayed dominance in kills, blocks, and aces against Japan, showcasing their attacking prowess and strong serving to disrupt Japan’s rhythm.

Summary

The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team started the 2022 World ParaVolley World Championships with a convincing sweep of Japan. Despite the long break from official tournaments, the team performed admirably, showing composure and steadily improving throughout the match. They demonstrated their attacking strength and disruptive serving, leading in kills, blocks, and aces. The team’s collective effort, along with notable individual performances, contributed to their success. The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team will continue their campaign against Bosnia & Herzegovina, aiming to build on their opening victory and make a mark in the tournament.