Dykstra, Van Zwieten Win Bronze in Hamburg

July 06, 2008, 4:40 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org       

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 6, 2008) – The U.S. men’s team of Joey Dykstra  and Mark Van Zwieten defeated Milan Monik and Filip Habr of the Czech Republic on Sunday to win the bronze medal at the World University Championship for beach volleyball in Hamburg, Germany.

Dykstra (Hermosa Beach, Calif./USC) and Van Zwieten (Pompano Beach, Fla./Florida Atlantic), ranked third, defeated the 22nd-seeded Monik and Habr, 22-20, 21-16 in 36 minutes.

Dykstra and Van Zwieten have had international success before. In 2005, they won a silver medal at the SWATCH-FIVB Youth Beach World Championship. Domestically, in 2007 they became the youngest team (men or women) to qualify for the AVP main draw since that information was kept at the start of 2001.

Spain’s 18th-seeded Jose Manuel Ariza Molina and De Amo Fernandez Echeverria won the gold medal, defeating Ukraine’s 27th-ranked Andriy Kutsmus and Oleksiy Klyamar in the final, 12-21, 21-16, 23-21.

Read a feature story about the U.S. team competing in Germany at http://hsp-hh-alt.sport.uni-hamburg.de/wubc2008/neu/en/datenspeicher/news/news-detail/article/23/oc-califor/.

For more information, visit the event web site at http://hsp-hh-alt.sport.uni-hamburg.de/wubc2008/neu/en/.