COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 20, 2013) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball teams of Alexa Strange (San Clemente, Calif.) and Jace Pardon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) along with Lara Dykstra (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Rebecca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif.) both went 1-1 on the opening day of main draw pool play at the FIVB U21 World Championships in Umag, Croatia.
The U.S. men’s team of Chris Long (Tustin, Calif.) and Branden Clemens (Carmel, Ind.), seeded No. 4, lost its first pool play match to Germany’s No. 29 Max Betzien and Max-Jonas Karpa (23-21, 21-9 in 34 minutes) on Thursday but will play two more on Friday.
Dykstra and Strehlow, seeded No. 4 in the women’s bracket, opened play on Thursday with a 21-19, 22-20 loss (37 minutes) to Poland’s No. 29 Dorota Strag and Paulina Stasiak. The U.S. team came back to defeat Lithuania’s No. 20 Ieva Dumbauskaite and Monika Povilaityte, 22-20, 20-22, 15-10 in 56 minutes.
Strange and Pardon, seeded No. 24 opened play with a 21-18, 21-19 loss (37 minutes) to Canada’s No. 9 Sophie Bukovec and0 Alexandra Woolley. The U.S. pair bounced back to defeat Croatia’s No. 8 Ivana Ovcina and Tea Juric, 21-12, 21-14 (34 minutes).
Pool play will continue on Friday with the first three rounds of single-elimination being played on Saturday.
The semifinals and medal matches for both genders will take place on Sunday (June 21).
Nearly 50 men’s and 40 women’s teams from five continents are competing at the event.
For more information about the 2013 FIVB U21 World Championships, click here.