Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 14, 2009) – Summer may be winding down but beach volleyball is still hot as four U.S. youth (under-19) teams head to Alanya, Turkey for the SWATCH FIVB World Championships on Aug. 19-23.
U.S. teams have won two silver medals at this event. Joey Dykstra and Mark Van Zwieten took the silver in 2005 and Jeff Carlson and Tony Ciarelli won silver in 2008.
This year, Parker Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif.) and Kyle Stevenson (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) will represent the United States as the boys’ No. 1 team and Jordan Dyer (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Jace Olsen (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) as the No. 2 team.
The No. 1 teams will advance straight to the main draw while the No. 2 teams will have to play in the qualifier.
On the girls’ side, Jane Croson (Lakewood, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) will be the No. 1 team and Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) and Dalas Dodd (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) will play in the qualifying round
Croson and Ross competed together at the 2008 Junior World Championship as the youngest team ever to compete at the Junior Worlds. Dodd is the daughter of U.S. beach volleyball greats Mike Dodd and Patty Orozco-Dodd.
Hagglund and Ross, at ages 17 and 16 years old respectively, became the youngest team to ever qualify for an AVP main draw when they did so at the Manhattan Beach Open on July 17.
A total of 77 teams representing 26 nations will compete in Turkey.
The competition will start for both men and women with separate qualifying tournaments on Wednesday, to determine the final four positions in the 24-team main draw. The 24-team main draw for each gender will include two days of pool play on Thursday and Friday and two days of single-elimination bracket play on Saturday and Sunday.
The medal matches for both genders will be played next Sunday (Aug. 23).
The 2009 Youth U-19 gold medal team will be awarded a “wild card” by the FIVB for a future SWATCH FIVB World Tour event during the final months of the 2009 or in 2010.
More information is available on the FIVB beach volleyball web site at www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/index.asp.