Two Under-21 Beach Teams Left Playing in Brighton

Sept. 04, 2008, 7:56 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

Release written by:
Jeff Lajoie
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 4, 2008) – Two of the four beach volleyball teams representing the United States remain in the draw at the FIVB Under-21 World Championships, in Brighton, England.

The women’s tandem of Jane Croson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) split a pair of matches in Pool H play, opening with a win over Austria’s Teresa Andessner and Madita Knöppel, 21-18, 21-14, in a match that took just 31 minutes.

Croson and Ross, the youngest team in the competition at 15 and 14 years of age respectively, then dropped a match to Sophie van Gestel and Michelle Stiekema of the Netherlands, 21-10, 21-12, to even their record at 1-1. The duo has one more pool play match left with qualification to the Round of 16 on the line.

On the men’s side, seventh-seeded Jeremy Casebeer (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Andy McGuire (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) lost their opening match in Pool L, falling to Petri Parviainen and Miika Manninen of Finland, 21-23, 21-18, 15-8. Two more pool play matches await Casebeer and McGuire before the Round of 16.

In the women’s qualifying bracket to reach the main draw, Julia and Lydia Mailander (Reno, Nev.) finished 1-2 and were eliminated from tournament play. The Mailanders played all three matches in one day, falling to the Slovakian pair of Terezia Hinzellerova and Natalia Dubovcova in a tough three-set opener, 18-21, 21-12, 15-11. The team rebounded in their second match and defeated Croatia’s Majic Maja and Dijana Didi, 21-16, 16-21, 15-9 before closing out their tournament with a 21-14, 21-9 loss to Lisa Mittenzwei and Anni Schumacher of Germany.

The U.S. team of Chase Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Grant Hilling (Newport Beach, Calif.) lost their only match of the tournament, falling in the second round of qualifying after gaining a first round bye. Ross and Hilling were upended by Ukraine’s Vitalii Didukh and Mykhailo Pronin, 21-17, 16-21, 15-10, and failed to reach the main draw.

The tournament continues through Sept. 7 with both remaining American teams looking to nab the country’s first FIVB Beach Under-21 World Championship medals of any kind.

Complete results and more information can be found on the FIVB Web site at