COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 12, 2013) – The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Will Montgomery (UC Irvine) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii; Southern California [USC]) concluded the World University Games with a fifth-place finish on Friday in Kazan, Russia.
In the men’s quarterfinal match, Montgomery and Bourne defeated Belarus’ Ailaksandr Dziadkou and Yauhen Vishneuski, 21-17, 21-10 to advance to the semifinals. The pair grabbed its second sweep of the day topping Canada’s Samuel Victor Pedlow and Grant John Dennis O’Gorman, 21-17, 24-22.
From there, the Montgomery and Bourne took on Russia’s Konstantin Semenov and Yaroslav Koshkarev in competing for a top- four finish. The Russians proved too much to handle and they defeated the Americans, 21-17, 21-7. Montgomery and Bourne went 6-2 in the tournament to finish fifth overall.
The other U.S. men’s beach team of Jeff Carlson (Newport Beach, Calif.; USC) and Connor Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.; UC Irvine) placed 26th in the tournament after going 1-1 on the final day. The team swept Brazil’s Luan Candido and Leopoldo da Silva (21-16, 21-18) and went on to compete against Israel’s Sean Faiga and Ariel Hilman. Carlson and Hughes struggled to gain control in the match, dropping consecutive sets to Faiga and Hilman (21-7, 21-17).
The U.S. women’s beach team of Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Georgia State) and Emily Stockman (Colorado Springs, Colo.; Wichita State), 5-2 in the tournament, earned sixth place on Thursday, while the women’s team of Stevi Robinson (Hermosa Beach, Calif.; USC) and Caitlin Ledoux (Phelan, Calif.; Long Beach State) placed ninth (3-3).
In the women’s gold-medal match on Friday, the Russian team of Evgeniya Ukolova and Ekaterina Khomiakova defeated Poland’s Kinga Kolosinska and Monika Brzostek 21-19, 21-17. Germany’s Chantal Laboureur and Julia Katharina Sude captured third place topping Canada’s Taylor Pischke and Melissa Humana-Paredes (21-11, 21-14).
The men’s semifinal and final matches wrap up on Saturday, July 13. The teams competing for medals are Germany’s Armin Dollinger and Jonas Schroeder, Mexico’s ulises Gomes Ontiveros and Juan Ramon Virgen Pulido, Poland’s Michal Kadziola and Jakub Szalankiewicz and Russia’s Konstantin Semenov and Yaroslav Koshkarev.
The World University Games is an international multi-sport celebration of collegiate athletes organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The games serve as an international sporting and cultural festival similar to the Olympics staged every two years in a different city around the world. Volleyball is one of the 12 mandatory sports for the World University Games or Universiade with a maximum of three optional sports chosen by the host city. Winter and Summer Games are both held similar to the Olympics as well.
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