USAV Nominates Beach Team for Pan Am Games

Sept. 14, 2011, 6:53 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: (719) 228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 14, 2011) – USA Volleyball has nominated the beach volleyball teams that will represent the United States at the  2011 Pan American Games, pending approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee.

On the women’s side, Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) have been nominated. For the men, Mark Van Zwieten (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and Andrew Fuller (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) are nominated.

The nominees were selected from a group of players who competed at USA Volleyball’s beach high performance tryouts and then trained at USAV beach headquarters in Hermosa Beach, Calif. The players were chosen based on their current ability and future international potential.

The Pan American Games beach volleyball event will take place on Oct. 16-22 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Jeff Conover (San Diego, Calif.) has been nominated to be the team’s coach and Ali Wood Lamberson (Hermosa Beach, Calif.), USA Volleyball director of beach programs, has been nominated to be team leader.

Day and Hughes, who both played indoor volleyball for Loyola Marymount, have competed together throughout the summer of 2011. The pair won the silver medal at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China and finished fourth at an FIVB Challenger and Satellite event in Seoul, Korea. They have finished third in two domestic events this season and will compete Sept. 16-18 at the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Series event in Miami and Sept. 23-25 at the Jose Cuervo Championships in Hermosa Beach.

Fuller and Van Zwieten have not competed together, but have been training, along with Day, Hughes and others, at the USA Volleyball beach headquarters in Hermosa Beach.

Van Zwieten and partner Joey Dykstra won the silver medal at the 2005 FIVB Youth Beach Volleyball World Championships. They also won the bronze medal at the 2008 World University Championships. Domestically, Van Zwieten finished fifth this year with Adrian Carambula at the National Volleyball League event in Baltimore, Md. This weekend, he is scheduled to compete with Josh Binstock at the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Series event in Miami

Fuller finished ninth twice this year in two NVL events with partners Pedro Brazao and Casey Jennings. He also finished fourth with partner Evan Engle in a USAV International Development Qualifier tournament.

The United States has won two beach volleyball medals at the Pan American Games. In 2007, Ty Loomis and Hans Stolfus finished second in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1999, Jenny Pavley and Marsha Miller placed second in Winnipeg, Canada.