Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Sitting Teams Ready for First Tournament of the Year in the Netherlands

The U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sitting Teams are heading to Assen, Netherlands this week to participate in the highly anticipated Dutch Tournament. For both teams, this event marks their first tournament since 2021, although they have engaged in friendlies with Canada earlier this year. The U.S. Women’s team, ranked number one in the world, will face formidable opponents such as Canada, Great Britain, Brazil, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. Notably, they have emerged victorious in the Dutch Tournament for the last two years.

Women’s Schedule

  • July 1: USA vs. Netherlands, 4 a.m. | USA vs. Germany, 7:30 a.m.
  • July 2: USA vs. Brazil, 4 a.m. | USA vs. Italy, 8 a.m.
  • July 3: USA vs. Great Britain, 12 a.m. | USA vs. Canada, 4 a.m.

Men’s Schedule

  • July 1: USA vs. Kazakhstan, 5:45 a.m. | USA vs. Brazil, 9:15 a.m.
  • July 2: USA vs. Germany, 2 a.m. | USA vs. Great Britain, 6 a.m.
  • July 3: USA vs. Netherlands, 2 a.m. | USA vs. TBA, 6 a.m.

The U.S. Women’s team boasts an impressive roster, including athletes who secured the gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games: Whitney Dosty, Monique Matthews, Emma Schieck, Lexi Shifflett, Jillian Williams, and Bethany Zummo. Additionally, Nicky Nieves and Tia Edwards, who were part of the 2020 Paralympic Team but couldn’t compete, will finally have the opportunity to showcase their skills. Promising newcomer Gia Cruz will make her first appearance in a tournament for the U.S. Women’s team.

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The U.S. Men’s team consists of thirteen talented athletes, eight of whom competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games. Among them, Ben Aman, Eric Duda, Roderick Green, J. Dee Marinko, Dan Regan, Chris Seilkop, and James Stuck are familiar faces to fans. Notably, Sam Suroweic will be rejoining the team after a six-year break. Newcomer Murtadha Hadi, who previously played for the Iraq sitting team, adds an exciting dynamic to the roster.

Exciting matches await both teams as they take on formidable opponents from around the world. The tournament kicks off on Friday, and all matches will be livestreamed on YouTube. Stay tuned to witness the exhilarating action unfold as these talented athletes showcase their skills!

men's sitting team celebrates a point

FAQs

Q: What is the Dutch Tournament?
A: The Dutch Tournament is an annual event held in Assen, Netherlands, where teams from different nations compete in sitting volleyball.

Q: When was the last tournament for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sitting Teams?
A: The last tournament for both teams was in 2021, but they have played friendlies against Canada this year.

Q: How many athletes from the U.S. Women’s team won gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games?
A: Six athletes from the U.S. Women’s team secured gold medals at the 2020 Paralympic Games.

Q: Who are the newcomers to the U.S. Men’s team?
A: Murtadha Hadi, who previously played for the Iraq sitting team, is the sole newcomer to the U.S. Men’s team.

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Q: Where can I watch the matches of the Dutch Tournament?
A: All matches will be livestreamed on YouTube, allowing fans from around the world to enjoy the action.

Summary

The U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sitting Teams are set to compete in the Dutch Tournament in Assen, Netherlands. This marks their first tournament since 2021 and promises thrilling matches against strong opponents. The U.S. Women’s team, ranked number one globally, has been successful in the Dutch Tournament for the past two years and will be determined to continue their winning streak. The U.S. Men’s team, consisting of a mix of experienced athletes and new talents, aims to showcase their skills on the international stage. Stay tuned to witness the captivating action unfold as these outstanding athletes compete for glory.