COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 21, 2013) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Alexa Strange (San Clemente, Calif.) and Jace Pardon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) along with The U.S. men’s team of Chris Long (Tustin, Calif.) and Branden Clemens (Carmel, Ind.) have advanced to the first round at the FIVB U21 World Championships in Umag, Croatia.
| Chris Long receives the ball during a match on June 21.
Strange and Pardon, seeded No. 24, won their second match of pool play on Friday, defeating Russia’s No. 25 Anna Gorbunova and Ekaterina Makroguzova, 30-28, 21-17 in 40 minutes. With a 2-1 pool play record, they advanced to the first round where they will play No. 12 Valeria De Los Angeles Ramirez Caldera and Gabriela Brito of Venezuela on Saturday.
Long and Clemens, seeded No. 4, also won their final pool play match on Friday, defeating Venezuela’s No. 13 Jose Gregorio Gomez and Ronald Fayola, 21-18, 21-11 in 27 minutes. With a 1-2 pool play record, they advanced to the first round where they will face Norway’s No. 32 Einar Øglænd Torjusen and Sadegh Mohajer.
The U.S. team of Lara Dykstra (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Rebecca Strehlow (Long Beach, Calif.), seeded No. 4, lost its final pool play match on Friday to Spain’s No. 13 Paula Soria Gutiérrez and Raquel Brun Forcadell, 21-11, 25-27, 12-15 in 52 minutes. Its 1-2 pool play record was not good enough to advance.
The first three rounds of single-elimination will be 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.