U.S. Beach Players Among Stats Leaders at Worlds

July 02, 2009, 4:09 p.m. (ET)

Maura Gladys
Intern, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6886
E-Mail: maura.gladys@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 2, 2009) - USA Volleyball beach players are at the top of several statistical categories at the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Championships.

Official statistics are being kept for all 208 matches for both genders at this year's world championships for the second time in the event's history. 

At the end of pool play, Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) led the men's field in digs, with 49 in 10 sets for a 4.90 average. Close on his heels in the second spot was fellow American Casey Jennings (Las Vegas, Nev.) with 35 digs in five sets for a 7.00 average.

Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) sat in second place for aces with eight in 10 games (.80 per set) and sixth place for blocks with 14 in 10 games (1.40 per set) 

Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) edged out Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) for third place in hitting percentage with a .763 average compared to Dalhausser's .760 average, good for fourth place. Dalhausser was also seventh in blocks with 13 in five games (2.60 per set).

Brad Keenan (Westminster, Calif.) sat 13th in blocks with 10 in six sets (1.67 per set).

On the women's side, Jennifer Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) led the field in hitting percentage with a .828 average. April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) at .600 and Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) at .536 were close behind in sixth and 14th place, respectively. Ross was also ninth in aces with nine in six games (1.50 average). Following her in the aces category was Angie Akers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) in 12th place with eight aces in seven games (1.14 average).

Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.)  was in 15th place for blocks with six in seven games (.86 average) followed by Elaine Youngs (El Toro, Calif.) in 24th place with five blocks in seven games (.71 average). 

Ashley Ivy (Arlington, Texas) led the U.S. women in digs and in 21st place overall with 30 digs in seven games (4.29 avg.). Branagh followed in 23rd place (30 digs in nine games, 3.33 average).

FIVB Press Delegate Tim Simmons of the United States heads up the team of experienced beach volleyball press specialists that have been brought to Stavanger to spearhead the project. They include Doug Strauss, who has worked at beach volleyball competitions at four Olympic games, Dennis Wagner, developer and webmaster of www.bvbinfo.com, Dominic Clark, a special events consultant who has worked in both American domestic and international pro beach volleyball for over 15 years, and Mimi Strauss, who has worked with press operations on the American domestic tour since 2004.

"We are extremely pleased and excited to be able to bring this element to our press information services for the FIVB and the SWATCH FIVB World Championships," said Simmons, the veteran Olympic press coordinator and SWATCH FIVB World Tour press delegate. "We have secured a team of experienced beach volleyball press specialists with extensive experience in keeping stats for beach volleyball."