USAV Announces Beach National Teams
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 20, 2009) – The USA Volleyball beach department has announced its selections for the Under-19 (youth) and Under-26 teams that will represent the United States in international competitions this summer.
It has also announced three out of four teams for the Under-21 (junior) U.S. national team.
“With 50 athletes in our June-July training program, we had an unbelievably strong group from which to choose,” said Ali Wood Lamberson, USA Volleyball’s director of beach programs. “Our goal for these athletes is not only to win medals at their events, but also to make an impact on the beach volleyball world and to be the future of the AVP and FIVB tours.”
The beach athletes have been training in Southern California with Eduardo “Anjinho” Bacil, USA Volleyball’s head beach volleyball coach with assistance from Jon Aharoni, USAV’s coordinator of beach coaching and development.
The U19 teams will compete at the 2009 SWATCH FIVB Youth World Championships on Aug. 19-23 in Alanya, Turkey. The No. 1 teams will be entered into the main draw while the No. 2 teams will have to qualify.
The boys’ teams selected are Parker Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif.) and Kyle Stevenson (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) as the No. 1 team and Jordan Dyer (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Jace Olsen (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) as the No. 2 team.
The girls’ teams selected are Jane Croson (Lakewood, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) at No. 1 and Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) and Dalas Dodd (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) at No. 2.
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.
The U21 teams will compete at the 2009 SWATCH FIVB Junior World Championships on Sept. 16-20 in Blackpool, England.
The men’s teams selected are Chase Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Steven VanderWerp (Grand Haven, Mich.) and the team of Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Jeff Carlson (Newport Beach, Calif.). Team orders have not yet been determined.
Montgomery competed at the 2008 Youth World Championships as did Carlson, who won a silver medal with partner Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.). Chase Ross, the brother of Summer Ross, played in the 2008 Junior World Championships.
Montgomery and Ross qualified for the AVP Manhattan Beach Open on July 17-19.
The first women’s team to be selected is Jazmin Machado (Encinitas, Calif.) and Summer Ross. The second team has not yet been announced.
Machado competed in the 2007 FIVB Youth World Championships. Ross is named to the U21 team due to her talent and the difficulty of finding women in that age group who do not have college volleyball commitments in September.
Finally, the U26 men’s and women’s teams can compete in either the FIVB World Tour event in Netherlands, Aug. 10-15 or Finland, Aug. 17-22.
The women’s teams are Christal Morrison (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Cayley Thurlby (Lisle, Ill.) at No. 1 and Brooke Sweat (Estero, Fla.) and Tealle Hunkus (Redondo Beach, Calif.) at No. 2.
Hunkus and partner Cindie Boosin finished tied for 17th at the AVP Manhattan Beach Open on July 17-19, ahead of Morrison and partner Ashley Groothuis (tied for 25th), Thurlby and her partner Diane Copenhagen (tied for 33rd) and Sweat and partner Morgan Flarity (tied at 33rd).
The men’s teams selected were Mark Van Zwieten (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and Duncan Budinger (Encinitas, Calif.) at No. 1 and Dane Jensen (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Will Chenowith (Orlando, Fla.) at No. 2.
Van Zwieten won the bronze medal with partner Joey Dykstra at the 2008 World University Championship for beach volleyball. Van Zwieten and Dykstra also won the silver medal at the FIVB Youth World Championship in 2005.
Budinger finished fifth at the 2008 World University Championships with partner Clint Coe.
Chenowith finished tied for 25th at the Manhattan Beach Open with partner Jon Mesko. Van Zwieten and Budinger tied for 33rd. Jensen also tied for 33rd with partner Scott Lane.