Dykstra Pardon Secure Silver at U23 Worlds

By BJ Evans | June 15, 2014, 11 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 15, 2014) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Lara Dykstra and Jace Pardon took silver on Sunday at the FIVB U23 World Championships on Saturday in Myslowice, Poland.

Jace Pardon and Lara Dykstra
  Jace Pardon, far left, and Lara Dykstra on the podium in Poland.

The No. 29 seeded Dykstra (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Pardon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) defeated Finland’s No. 13 Taru Lahti and Anniina Parkkinen in Sunday’s semifinals, 21-15, 21-13.

However, the U.S. team lost a battle in the gold medal match to Australia’s No. 2 Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho, 21-19, 17-21, 15-7.

The Americans played a clever game with cuts and dinks around Laird’s big block and pushed the Australians to the limit.

“We knew it was going to be tough, USA always comes to play,” Artacho said. “They are very competitive, we knew it was going to be a three-setter.”

Dykstra and Pardon came back strong after losing the first set and pushed the match into a tiebreak.