USAV Holds Two Beach Qualifiers

By BJ Evans | Aug. 26, 2014, 8:30 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 26, 2014) – The beach volleyball teams of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson along with Lane Carico and Kimberly DiCello won the men’s and women’s titles at the NORCECA beach volleyball qualifier held Tuesday in Santa Monica.

The winning teams will compete in their pick of the final four NORCECA Beach Tour events in Chula Vista, Calif. (Oct. 3-6), Veracruz, Mexico (Oct. 18-20), Costa Rica (Oct. 25-27) and Trinidad and Tobago (Nov. 15-17).

In the men’s final, Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.), who are now fourth in FIVB points among the top four U.S. men’s beach teams, defeated Billy Allen (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Trevor Crabb (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 19-21, 23-21, 15-11.

Derek Olson (Eugene, Ore.) and Avery Drost (Redlands, Calif.) finished third, defeating Kevin McColloch (Solano Beach, Calif.) and Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.), 21-17, 21-11.

In the women’s final, Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and DiCello (San Diego, Calif.) defeated Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Pavlik (Long Beach, Calif.), 21-19, 23-21. In the third-place match, Nicole Branagh (Orinda, Calif.) and Amanda Dowdy (Austin, Texas) defeated Tealle Hunkus (Girard, Ohio) and Kendra VanZwieten (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 21-17, 21-19.

Women’s Bracket
Hughes/Pavlik def. Bendsend/Urango, 21-16, 21-10
Dowdy/Branagh def. Daley/Day, 21-10, 21-17
VanZwieten/Hunkus def. Stockman/Weamer, 21-11, 21-19
DiCello/Carico def. Davis/Schumacher, 21-18, 21-18

Hughes/Pavlik def. Dowdy/Branagh, 18-21, 21-14, 15-10
DiCello/Carico def. VanZwieten/Hunkus, 25-23, 21-17

DiCello/Carico def. Hughes/Pavlik, 21-19, 23-21
Third Place
Branagh/Dowdy def. VanZwieten/Hunkus, 21-17, 21-19

Men’s Bracket
Gibb/Patterson def. Roberts/Kolinske, 17-21, 21-16, 15-8
Olson/Drost def. Jennings/Casebeer, 2-1
Allen/Crabb def. Keenan/Mayer, 21-19, 21-13
McColloch/Brunner def. Slick/Tramblie, 21-16, 21-17

Gibb/Patterson def. Olson/Drost, 21-16, 21-17
Allen/Crabb def. McColloch/Brunner, 21-19, 21-17

Gibb/Patterson def. Allen/Crabb, 19-21, 23-21, 15-11

Third Place
Olson/Drost def. McColloch/Brunner, 21-17, 21-11


SANTA MONICA, Calif.  (Aug. 12 2014) – The new U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Heather Hughes and Whitney Pavlik defeated another new U.S. women’s team of Lane Carico and Kim DiCello, 21-19, 21-19 on Tuesday to qualify for the FIVB Grand Slam in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

In the men’s final, Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.) defeated Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.), 18-21, 21-8, 15-12.

The playoffs for the fourth spots at September’s Sao Paulo Grand Slam were played at the Annenberg Beach House.

Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Pavlik (Long Beach, Calif.) were playing their second tournament after making their debut at the AVP event in Salt Lake City, where they finished tied for third.

“We’re both really cheerful, happy smiley people,” Pavlik said. “And when we’re doing that on the court we play really well. We don’t really ever stop talking.”

“Especially with a new partnership, communication is so vital,” Hughes said. “Because I feel like both of us talk to each other before rallies, during rallies and after rallies, I think we always know where each other stands.”

Prior to Brazil, most U.S. teams will play this weekend in the Manhattan Beach Open.

Women’s Bracket
Heather Hughes/Whitney Pavlik def. Morgan Miller/Kendra VanZwieten, 21-23, 21-14, 17-15
Lane Carico/Kim DiCello def. Brittany Hochevar/Ali Daley, 16-21, 21-18, 17-15
Hughes/Pavlik def. Carico/DiCello, 21-19, 21-19

Men’s Bracket
Todd Rogers/Theo Brunner def. Will Montgomery/Stafford Slick, 21-18, 21-10
Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson def. Avery Drost/Derek Olson, 21-17, 21-12
Gibb/Patterson def. Rogers, Brunner, 18-21, 21-8, 15-12