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Beach Update: Winning in Battambang

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans ( | April 09, 2019, 7:14 p.m. (ET)

Cassie House and Lara Dykstra celebrate victory

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 9, 2019) – The U.S. women’s beach team of Lara Dykstra and Cassie House took gold at the FIVB World Tour one-star event for women only in Battambang, Cambodia.

In the gold medal match on Sunday, the U.S. team defeated Greece’s Konstantina Tsopoulou/Dimitra Manavi, 21-19, 21-14.

The United States’ Nicole Nourse/Audrey Nourse also qualified for the main draw. They finished tied for 13th.

Dykstra/House had to win one qualifying match for the main draw, where they were seeded 13th.  They went 2-0 in pool play to advance straight to the quarterfinals where they beat Anika Krebs/Leonie Welsch of Germany, 21-19, 21-15.

In the semifinals, Dykstra/House beat Satono Ishitsubo/Asami Shiba, 21-18, 21-14.

Dykstra won a gold medal at the 2018 FIVB one-star event in Vaduz, Liechtenstein with Allie Wheeler.

Dykstra/House are scheduled to play next at the FIVB one-star on April 11-14 in Langkawi, Malaysia.


Beach National Team coaches took part in a training and delivery seminar on April 6-7 at the USAV Beach Office in Torrance, Calif.

The seminar included talks on training organization, performing under pressure and being a professional beach volleyball coach.

Attendees were:

José Loiola
Jackson Metichecchia
Evie Matthews
Patty Dodd
Rich Lambourne
Pompilio Mercandante
Guilherme Tenius
Christian Hartford
Tyler Hildebrand
John Crawley
Peter Naschak
Chris Clements
Sean Scott

Beach volleyball coaches at the beach office in Torrance


April 11-14: FIVB one-star in Langkawi, Malaysia
Lara Dykstra/Cassie House
Melissa Fuchs/Allison Spurrier
Audrey Nourse/Nicole Nourse

April 16-21: FIVB one-star in Goteborg, Sweden
Lara Dykstra/Cassie House

April 18-20: NORCECA Tour in Aguascalientes, Mexico
Falyn Fonoimoana/Nicolette Martin
Amanda Dowdy/Corinne Quiggle

Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb
Stafford Slick/Billy Allen

April 22-28: FIVB four-star in Xiamen, China
Alix Klineman/April Ross
Summer Ross/Sara Hughes
Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen
Brooke Sweat/Kerri Walsh Jennings

Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena
Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb
Billy Allen/Stafford Slick
Ryan Doherty/John Hyden

April 25-29: NORCECA Tour in Cayman Islands
Falyn Fonoimoana/Nicolette Martin
Carly Wopat/Brittany Hochevar

Ty Loomis/Troy Field
Ben Vaught/Spencer Sauter