Junior Beach Teams Bow Out of World Championships

Sept. 08, 2008, 12:37 a.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 7, 2008) – Two U.S. junior beach volleyball teams fell in the first round of single-elimination play at the SWATCH FIVB Under-21 World Championships on Saturday in Brighton, England.

Jeremy Casebeer (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Andy McGuire (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), seeded seventh, lost to the fifth-seeded tandem of Christiaan Varenhorst and Alexander Brouwer from the Netherlands, 13-21, 18-21, in 35 minutes on Saturday.

Varenhorst and Brouwer advanced to Sunday's gold medal match, where they lost to Italy’s second-seeded Francesco Giontella and Paolo Nicolai, the defending world champions.

On the women’s side, 11th-ranked Jane Croson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) fell to Poland’s Monica Brzostek and Karolina Sowala, the tournament’s 18th seeds, 13-21, 12-21, in 32 minutes.

Brzostek and Sowala went on to win the bronze medal on Sunday. Marleen Van Iersel and Daniëlle Remmers of Netherlands won the gold medal.

Complete results and more information are available on the FIVB beach volleyball web site at http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/index.asp?sm=12.