U.S. Beach Volleyball Update: FIVB World Cup Teams

Dec. 05, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Communications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 5, 2012) – USA Volleyball has confirmed that 2012 Olympic silver medalists Jennifer Kessy (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) along with the new U.S. men’s team of Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.) will represent the United States at the FIVB World Cup on Jan. 9-13, 2013, in Brazil.

Along with winning the silver medal in London, Kessy and Ross won the gold medal at the final 2012 FIVB World Tour event in October in Thailand. They took bronze at the Rome Grand Slam and finished the 2012 season ranked fourth on the World Tour. Domestically, Kessy and Ross won both AVP tournaments held in 2012 and the NVL tournament held in Baltimore. They finished the season with $106,600 in team winnings.

Gibb finished fifth at the 2012 Olympic Games in London with Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.), his partner since 2006. The pair went on to win the 2012 FIVB World Tour Championship thanks to two gold medals, two silver and one bronze on the 2012 Tour. They also won one AVP Tour event and finished 2012 with $152,300 in team earnings.

However Rosenthal split with Gibb at the end of 2012 to compete with Olympic gold medalist Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.). Gibb has since paired up with Patterson, who competed domestically with Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.) in 2012.

Canada’s men’s team of Chaim Schalk and Ben Saxton and the women’s team of Liz Maloney and Heather Bansley will also compete in the event, which will offer more than $300,000 in prize money.


The United States won both the men’s and women’s points championships on the NORCECA Beach Circuit this season. That is an improvement over 2011 when the women finished second and the men were sixth.

U.S. teams won 14 NORCECA medals in 2012, all either gold or silver.

U.S. athletes who competed in the NORCECA Beach Circuit either qualified at an International Development Qualifier tournament, or were selected from the USAV Beach Elite Development Program, which is overseen by Coach Jeff Conover.

U.S. Medalists in the NORCECA Beach Circuit

Guatemala (March 30-April 1)
Women’s Gold: Jenny Kropp (Hawthorne, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
Men’s Silver: Matt Heagy (Phoenix, Md.) and Tony Pray (Tucson, Ariz.)

Chiapas (May 18-20)
Women’s Silver: Michelle Moriarty (Houston, Texas) and Traci Weamer (Upland, Calif.)

Chula Vista (Sept. 28-30)
Women’s Gold: Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.)
Women’s Silver: Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Morgan Beck Miller (Coto de Caza, Calif.)
Men’s Silver: Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii)

St. Lucia (Oct. 28-30)
Men’s Gold: Jon Mesko (Traverse City, Mich.) and Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Men’s Silver: Jeff Carlson (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Women’s Gold: Traci Weamer (Upland, Calif.) and Kathryn (Babcock) Piening (Kalamazoo, Mich.)

Trinidad & Tobago (Nov. 17-19)
Women’s Gold: Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Summer Ross (San Diego, Calif.)
Women’s Silver: Tealle Hunkus (Girard, Ohio) and Traci Weamer (Upland, Calif.)
Men’s Gold: Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.)

Aruba (Nov. 30-Dec. 2)
Women’s Gold: Tealle Hunkus (Girard, Ohio) and Summer Ross (San Diego, Calif.)
Men’s Silver: Avery Drost (Hawthorne, Calif.) and Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif.)


Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.), who gold medals at the last two NORCECA Beach Circuit events in Trinidad & Tobago (with Emily Day) and Aruba (with Tealle Hunkus) has been nominated by ESPN NEXT as “The NEXT great Olympic star.”

In 2010, Ross became the first athlete to win both the under-19 and under-21 FIVB world championships in the same season. She also won the inaugural AVCA sand volleyball championship in April of 2012.

The other nominees are sprinter Ryan Bailey, ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson, cyclist Taylor Phinney and downhill skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

To vote for Ross, click here.


Three time gold medalists Misty May-Treanor (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.) were honored by the March of Dimes on Nov. 28 as its Sportswomen of the Year at a luncheon held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.