2019 Snow Volleyball European Tour - Moscow

Moscow, Russia

Dec. 20 - 22, 2018


Snow Volleyball

U.S. Competitors

Men
Lloy Ball
Tomás Goldsmith
William Robbins
Kevin Owens

Women
Allie Wheeler
Emily Hartong
Katie Spieler
Karissa Cook

Results

Men
Pool Play: USA def. Russia, 15-8, 15-8: Slovakia def. USA, 18-16, 15-9; Russia def USA, 15-7, 15-10

Women
Pool Play: USA def. Turkey, 15-8, 15-13; USA def. Lithuania, 15-13, 15-13
Quarterfinal: USA def Kazakhstan, 15-10, 15-10
Semifinal: USA def. Lithuania, 15-6, 15-5
Final: USA def. Russia, 15-8, 13-15, 15-10 (USA wins gold)

News

Snow Kidding: U.S. Teams to Play in Moscow
U.S. Teams to Play in European Snow Volleyball Tour (Associated Press)

Bios

Lloy Ball
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Height: 6-8
College: Purdue University Fort Wayne (Formerly IPFW)

Notes

  • Competed in four Olympic Games indoors (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) as a setter. Won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games
  • Played professional volleyball in Italy and Russia
  • Played four years of indoor volleyball at setter for IPFW
  • Runs the Ball Sports Academy in Angola, Ind.
  • Plays for Team Pineapple
Tomás Goldsmith
Hometown: Kenosha, Wis.
Height: 6-3
College: Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Notes
  • Plays for Team Pineapple at outside hitter
  • Owner and founder of Volley Life, LLC


Kevin Owens

Hometown: Fishers, Ind.
Height: 6-9
College: Ball State

Notes

  • Played four years at middle blocker for Ball State (2011-’14). Named All-MIVA First Team his senior year; second team his sophomore and junior years
  • Played professionally in Czech Republic

William Robbins

Hometown: Logansport, Ind.
Height: 6-5
College: Purdue University Fort Wayne (Formerly IPFW)

Notes
  • Has played indoors for Team Pineapple and on the beach in the NVL
  • Has come back to play after suffering a “career-ending” knee injury in college
  • Plays for Team Pineapple


Karissa Cook

Hometown: Santa Cruz, Calif.
Height: 5-11
College: Stanford

Notes

  • Played four years of indoor volleyball at setter for Stanford (2009-12)
  • Played one year of beach volleyball at Hawaii (2013) and got her masters degree in civil and environment engineering
  • Won the 2018 NORCECA Tour stop in Martinique with Katie Spieler
  • Finished third at 2018 AVP Austin with Katie Spieler


Emily Hartong

Hometown: Los Alamitos, Calif.
Height: 6-2
College: Hawaii

Notes

  • Played four years (2010-13) indoor volleyball at Hawaii at outside hitter
  • Played professional indoor volleyball in Switzerland and South Korea
  • Began competing professionally in beach volleyball in 2018


Katie Spieler

Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Height: 5-5
College: Hawaii

Notes

  • Played four years of beach volleyball (2013-16) at Hawaii
  • Won the 2018 NORCECA Tour stop in Martinique with Karissa Cook
  • Finished third at 2018 AVP Austin with Karissa Cook


Allie Wheeler

Hometown: Saratoga, Calif.
Height: 5-11
College: Southern California

Notes

  • Played four years (2014-17) of beach volleyball at USC
  • Helped the Trojans win the 2016 NCAA National Championship
  • Won the 2018 FIVB one-star event in Liechtenstein with Lara Dykstra