Wednesday, 22 May 2024

U.S. Sitting Teams Prepare for Worlds in Dallas

The U.S. Sitting Teams are gearing up for an exciting event in Dallas. From May 25-27 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, the U.S. Women’s and Men’s Sitting Teams will be facing off against their Canadian counterparts in exhibition matches. This event coincides with the USAV Open National Championships happening from May 25-30.

The focus for both teams is the 2018 Sitting Volleyball World Championships, set to take place from July 15-22 in the Netherlands. The U.S. Women, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, are the defending Paralympic champions. However, they have yet to win a world title and have finished as runners-up to China in the last two cycles (2014 and 2010).

On the other hand, the U.S. Men are looking to improve on their 10th-place finishes in the past two World Championships (2014 and 2010) and possibly climb from their current No. 8 world ranking.

The U.S. Women recently had successful scrimmages against Canada, winning both matches at the Colorado Crossroads Qualifier. They also triumphed in three matches against Russia. Meanwhile, the U.S. Men recently competed in Ottawa, where they won four out of five exhibition matches against Canada. They also participated in the World ParaVolley World Super 6, finishing sixth with a small team.

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Players to Watch

For the U.S. Women’s Team, 10 out of the 12 players who won gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games are returning. This includes experienced athletes like Lora Webster, Bethany Zummo, Lexi Shifflett, Katie Holloway, Heather Erickson, Monique Burkland, Nichole Millage, Kaleao (Kanahele) Maclay, Nicky Nieves, and Tia Edwards. Webster, in particular, is a four-time Paralympian, while Holloway, Erickson, and Millage have all competed in three Paralympic Games.

Whitney Dosty, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter, has been making waves as a standout newcomer since 2016. She played college volleyball at the University of Arizona and had a successful professional career overseas before an ankle injury ended her standing volleyball career.

For the U.S. Men’s Team, eight players from the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team that finished eighth are returning. This includes Dan Regan, Eric Duda, James Stuck, Roderick Green, Charles Swearingen, John Kremer, Chris Seilkop, and J Dee Marinko. Among the newcomers to watch are Zach Upp, an 18-year-old high school and club volleyball player who was born without his right arm and wears a prosthetic. Additionally, military veterans Nick Dadgostar and Patrick Young have seen significant playing time with the team.

Important Dates

Before the World Championships, the U.S. Women’s Sitting Team will be participating in The Dutch Tournament in Assen from June 14-17. Then, on July 15-22, both the U.S. Women’s and Men’s Sitting Teams will compete in the Sitting Volleyball World Championships held in the Netherlands.

FAQs

Q: When and where are the exhibition matches between the U.S. Sitting Teams and the Canadian teams taking place?
A: The exhibition matches will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas from May 25-27.

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Q: What is the focus for the U.S. Sitting Teams?
A: The teams are preparing for the 2018 Sitting Volleyball World Championships, scheduled to happen in the Netherlands from July 15-22.

Q: How have the U.S. Women’s and Men’s Sitting Teams performed in recent matches?
A: The U.S. Women’s Team won both matches against Canada at the Colorado Crossroads Qualifier and emerged victorious in three matches against Russia. The U.S. Men’s Team won four out of five exhibition matches against Canada in Ottawa and participated in the World ParaVolley World Super 6, finishing sixth.

Summary

The U.S. Sitting Teams are gearing up for the highly anticipated Sitting Volleyball World Championships. Prior to that, they will be showcasing their skills in exhibition matches against the Canadian teams in Dallas. The U.S. Women, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, are determined to claim their first world title after finishing as runners-up in the previous two cycles. The U.S. Men, aiming to improve their ranking, are focused on their journey to secure a higher position in the World Championships. With talented athletes and exciting new additions, both teams are poised for success. Stay tuned for more updates on this thrilling journey.

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