U.S. Juniors Strong in Beach World Pool Play
Assistant, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 1, 2011) -The U.S. women’s junior beach volleyball team of Tara Roenicke and Rebecca Strehlow served up a 2-0 record while both U.S. men’s teams held 1-1 records at the conclusion of the first day at the 2011 FIVB Junior (Under-21) World Championships that spans Sept. 1-4 in Halifax, Canada.
Round-robin pool play will wrap up Friday, advancing the top 16 pairs to the first round of single-elimination bracket, also to be completed on Friday.
Roenicke (Alta Loma, Calif.) and partner Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif.), ranked second in the main draw, opened up Pool B with a pair of wins. The Americans downed Russia’s 23rd-ranked Yulia Abalakina and Ksenia Dabizha, 21-16, 19-21, 15-12 in 41 minutes in their first match before a comeback win against France’s 14th-seeded Zoé Cazalet and Joanna Mano, 18-21, 21-18, 15-17 in 42 minutes.
Roenicke, the defending world champion, and Strehlow will face Mexico’s 11th-ranked Sarahi Navarro and Gloria Itzel Santoyo Salazar in Friday’s final round-robin pool play match. Nacarro and Santoyo are 1-1 from Thursday after defeating France and then falling to Russia as the result of a forfeit.
The USA-2 men’s team of Ian Satterfield (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Chris Austin (Henderson, Nev.), seeded 23rd, threw a curveball in Pool H on Thursday, upsetting Brazil’s second-seeded team of Vitor Gonçalves Felipe and Marcus Carvalhaes, 21-10, 18-21, 15-13 in 49 minutes. The pair later suffered a tough loss to Norway’s 11th-ranked Svein Oddmund Solhaug and Jonas Tomter, 21-14, 21-23, 15-8 in 45 minutes. On Friday, Austin and Satterfield will take on Spain’s 14th-seeded César Menéndez Ortego and Kevin Medina Tejera.
The USA-1 men’s team of Parker Kalmbach (Coto De Caza, Calif.) and Vaun Lennon (Westchester, Calif.), seeded third, had a tough start in Pool I, falling to Germany’s 22nd-ranked Henry Glöckner and Dominik Stork, 17-21, 21-14, 15-10 in 48 minutes. The duo bounced back with a win over Australia’s 15th-ranked Nicholas Anstey and William Mercer, 17-21, 21-16, 15-13 in 46 minutes. The Americans will compete in their final Pool I match on Friday against Switzerland’s 10th-seeded Mirco Gerson and Gabriel Kissling.
The five-day tournament welcomed 122 athletes (29 men’s and 32 women’s teams) from 25 countries to the Salter Lot of the Halifax Waterfront in the eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia for the 11th annual double-gendered event. At the completion of qualification on Wednesday only 48 teams remain (24 men’s and 24 women’s teams) to compete in the main draw. The main draw is made up of the top 24-teams in each gender and is slated for Sept. 1-2. Both the quarterfinals and semifinals will take place on Sept. 3 with the gold and bronze-medal matches to be played on Sept. 4.
The gold medal team in each gender will be rewarded by the FIVB and the respective organizers with wild cards and free transportation to participate in the main draw of a FIVB Swatch World Tour event in 2011 or 2012.
For more information about the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch Junior World Championships, click here.
Throughout the tournament court one will be streaming live on FIVB Web TV and can be accessed by, clicking here.
2011 Men's Beach Volleyball Junior National Teams
USA-1 Parker Kalmbach and Vaun Lennon
USA-2 Ian Satterfield and Chris Austin
2011 Women's Beach Volleyball Junior National Teams USA-1 Tara Roenicke and Rebecca Strehlow USA-2 Caitlin Racich and Sara Hughes