B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 3, 2008) – Two men’s and two women’s beach volleyball teams are representing the United States at the FIVB Under-21 World Championships on Sept. 3-7 in Brighton, England.
The U.S. women’s team of Jane Croson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) and the men’s team of Jeremy Casebeer (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Andy McGuire (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) will compete in the main draw.
The women’s team of Julia and Lydia Mailander (Reno, Nev.) and the men’s team of Grant Hilling (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Chase Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) will have to make it through a qualifying bracket to advance to the main draw.
The players were chosen via a selection camp on June 6-8 in Playa del Rey, Calif. They have been training with USA Volleyball beach master coach Danalee Corso.
Croson attends Los Alamitos High School while Ross goes to Carlsbad High School. Casebeer will be a freshman at UCLA and McGuire will be a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara.
Julia and Lydia Mailander are juniors at Yale. Hilling will be a sophomore at Pepperdine and Chase Ross will be a freshman there this fall.
The United States has never won a medal at the FIVB Under-21 World Championships. Earlier this year, Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Jeff Carlson (Newport Beach, Calif.) won the silver medal at the SWATCH FIVB Youth World Championships in The Hague, Netherlands.