COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 28, 2012) – Two-time world champion Summer Ross will lead a group of U.S. beach volleyball teams this week at the FIVB SWATCH Junior (under-21) World Championships in Halifax, Canada.
Ross (San Diego, Calif.), who won both the FIVB youth and junior titles in 2010, will pair with Sara Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.) as the U.S. No. 1 women’s team and will go straight into the main draw.
The No. 2 U.S. women’s team of Kirby Burnham (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Jace Pardon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) is on the waiting list to compete if a team from another country cannot participate.
In the men’s bracket, Alex Jones (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Kyle Stevenson (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) will be the No. 1 team.
The No. 2 team of Weston Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Parker Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif.) are on the waiting list and must hope that several teams don’t make it to Halifax.
Ross won the 2010 FIVB youth world championships with partner Jane Croson. A month later, she won the 2010 junior world championships with Tara Roenicke
Since 2010, she played her freshman indoor season at the University of Washington, and then transferred to Pepperdine where she played sand volleyball. Ross and partner Caitlin Racich won the inaugural AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships in May of 2012.
Hughes competed in the 2011 FIVB beach youth world championships and finished tied for ninth with partner Justine Wong-Orantes. Racich competed in the 2011 beach volleyball junior world championships, but did not advance from the qualifying bracket.
Burnham and Pardon have not competed in an international tournament. Burnham plays sand volleyball for the University of Southern California while Pardon plays for Florida State.
Jones and Stevenson both play indoors for Cal State Northridge. Stevenson played in the 2009 youth world championship with Kalmbach. The pair finished tied for 19th.
Anjinho Eduardo Bacil will go as the team’s coach while Ali Wood Lamberson will serve as team leader.
The world championship event will be held through Sunday (Sept. 2) at the purpose-built beach volleyball complex on the Salter Lot of the Halifax Waterfront. This is the not only the second time in the event’s 12-year history that it is being held in North America, but also the second straight year in Halifax.
Gathered in Halifax for this year’s event are 81 teams (41 men and 40 women) from 34 countries. With 32 teams in each gender qualified into their respective main draws, the additional teams for each gender are reserve teams – if needed – to complete the respective 32-team fields. This is the first time in event history that a 32-team main draw field is being used for the competition.
The 32 teams will be divided into eight four-team pools for round-robin play of three matches per team. The women will begin with two rounds on Wednesday and one on Thursday, while the men will have two rounds on Thursday and one on Friday.
The top three teams in each pool (24 total) will advance to the single-elimination bracket phase of the tournament. The women will begin their single elimination phase with two rounds on Friday followed by the women’s quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday. Men will play their first elimination round on Friday, followed by the second round and quarterfinals on Saturday and the semifinals on Sunday morning.
The bronze and gold medal matches for each gender will be held on Sunday event at the SEA stadium center court.
For more information, visit the FIVB web site.