U.S. Beach Volleyball Update for Dec. 13

Dec. 13, 2012, 5:30 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Communications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org
@USA_Volleyball - @USAV Beach USAV Facebook

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 13, 2012) – Olympic silver medalists Jennifer Kessy (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) will be taking their sport to the ice on Saturday (Dec. 15) when they visit the Bakersfield Condors, a minor-league hockey team in central California.

Prior to the game, Kessy and Ross will hold an exclusive question-and-answer session for ticket plan holders and groups of 10 or more at 5 p.m.

In a hockey first, Kessy and Ross will play a beach volleyball exhibition on the ice. During the game, fans can have their picture taken in the Condors photo booth, get autographs, and check out the silver medals.

For more information, click here.


Sara Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.), who finished fourth with Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) at the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball Junior World Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was named prep indoor volleyball player of the year by the Orange County Register.

Hughes plays for Mater Dei and will play sand volleyball at the University of Southern California next year.

To read the story, click here.


MiraCosta College in California has announced that it will start a sand volleyball program, which will be coached by Casey McFarland.

The team will play in intercollegiate competition against teams in the Orange Empire Conference and possibly San Diego.

To read the story, click here.


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.