Beach Volleyball Preview
USA Volleyball is sending two experienced teams to compete in beach volleyball at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. 

The women’s team of Karissa Cook and Jace Pardon won its first Association of Volleyball Players title on May 19, 2019, in Austin, Texas. They later secured a third-place finish at the AVP event in Seattle on June 23.

Cook won the 2018 North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Tour event in Sainte-Anne, Martinique, with Katie Spieler. 

Pardon medaled in three 2017 NORCECA Tour events with Lara Dykstra.

The men’s team of Mark Burik and Ian Satterfield has competed together in four events on the 2019 AVP Tour. 

Burik has captured five medals on the NORCECA Tour throughout his career, including a gold medal in 2016 at the NORCECA Tour stop at Pigeon Island, St. Lucia, with teammate Stafford Slick. 

Satterfield competed at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, placing 11th with teammate Miles Evans.

Team USA has twice medaled in beach volleyball at the Pan American Games.

In 1999, Jenny Pavley and Marsha Miller captured a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Ty Loomis and Hans Stolfus won a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Striving to reach the top of the Pan American Games podium in 2019, Team USA will compete in beach volleyball from July 25-30 at Costa Verde San Miguel.

 

 

Volleyball Preview
At the 2015 Pan American Games, the U.S. women’s indoor volleyball team stood atop the podium in Toronto. They look to repeat their performance this year, while the men’s indoor volleyball team enters the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, riding a wave of momentum in international competition.

The U.S. will utilize a split roster for both men’s and women’s indoor volleyball events at the 2019 Pan American Games, due to separate Olympic qualification tournaments that nearly overlap with the competition in Lima. 

As the defending Pan American Games champions, the 2019 U.S. women’s team will rely heavily on athletes with remaining college eligibility, including two-time national player of the year Kathryn Plummer of Stanford University. Other current collegiate athletes include Madison Lilley and Gabby Curry, both of the University of Kentucky.

The U.S. women will compete in a pool with No. 4 Brazil, No. 11 Argentina and No. 13 Puerto Rico. They medaled 11 times in 16 Pan American Games appearances, including gold-medal victories in 1967 and 2015.

This year’s roster for the U.S. men’s indoor volleyball team also relies heavily upon recent or current collegiate athletes, including six players who graduated from college in 2019: outside hitter Colton Cowell (University of Hawaii), setters Joe Worsley (University of Hawaii) and Josh Tuaniga (Long Beach State University), middle blocker George Huhmann (Princeton University), opposite and outside hitter Kyle Ensing (Long Beach State University) and libero Kyle Dagostino (Stanford University).

The U.S. men, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, are placed in a pool with No. 1 Brazil, No. 21 Mexico and No. 37 Chile. They have won a gold medal at the Pan American Games four times – in 1955, 1959, 1967 and 1987.  In 2015, the U.S. men finished sixth at the Pan American Games.

The Pan American Games men’s indoor volleyball competition takes place July 31-Aug. 4, followed by the women’s indoor competition from Aug. 7-11. Both will be hosted at the Villa Deportiva Regional del Callao.