U.S. Teams Ready for Beach World Champs

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | June 27, 2019, 12:37 p.m. (ET)

Beach Volleyball World Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 27, 2019) – Nine U.S. teams begin competing Friday at the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

The women's and men's gold medalists qualify their country for a spot at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The top U.S. seeds on the women’s side are Alix Klineman/April Ross at No. 5. Berlin marks Klineman’s first World Championships. Ross has competed in six, winning gold with Jen Kessy in 2009 and silver with Lauren Fendrick in 2017.

Behind them are Sara Hughes/Summer Ross at No. 11, Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman at No. 15, Sara Sponcil/Kelly Claes at No. 16 and Brooke Sweat/Kerri Walsh Jennings at No. 18.

Sweat/Walsh Jennings received a wild card berth into the World Championships. Walsh Jennings has won three gold medals at the World Championships in 2003, ’05 and ’07, all with Misty May-Treanor.

On the men’s side, Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena are the United States’ top seeds at No. 6. Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb are right behind them at No. 7.

Dalhausser won the 2007 World Championships with Todd Rogers. The pair finished third in 2009.

Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb sit at No. 13 and Billy Allen/Stafford Slick are seeded 29th.

The 12th edition of the FIVB World Championships concludes with the women's medal matches on July 6 with the men's finale set for July 7 as the winning teams will share the $60,000 first-place prizes.

NBC Sports will broadcast 72 hours of the Beach Volleyball World Championships.

NBCSN presents live coverage beginning Friday, June 28 at Noon ET. Coverage on NBCSN will stream live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

The full 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships schedule is available at nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com.

FIVB World Championships Media Packet

U.S. Teams and Coaches
Women
April Ross/Alix Klineman (Jen Kessy)
Sara Hughes/Summer Ross (Jose Loiola)
Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen (Evie Matthews)
Sarah Sponcil/Kelly Claes (Leandro Pinheiro)
Kerri Walsh Jennings/Brooke Sweat (Marcio Sicoli)

Men
Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (Jason Lochhead)
Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb (Rich Lambourne)
Trevor Crabb/Tri Bourne (Pompilio Mercadantes)
Stafford Slick/Billy Allen (John Mayer)

Support Staff
Athletic Trainer: Mike Martinez
Sports Psychologist: Peter Haberl
Chiropractor: Jen Watters
National Team Coach: Tyler Hildebrand
Team Leader: Sean Scott
Performance Analyst: Tyler Widdison
USOPC Representative: John Crawley
Massage Therapist: Tony Poland

U.S. Schedule for the Beach Volleyball World Championships
(All times PT)

June 28
1a Dalhausser/Lucena USA vs Azaad/Capogrosso ARG
5a Alison/Alvaro Filho BRA vs Allen/Slick USA
6a Sweat/Walsh Jennings USA vs Stubbe/Van Iersel NED
9a Larsen/Stockman USA vs Kozuch/Ludwig GER

June 29
1a Sponcil/Claes USA vs Ukolova/Birlova RUS
2a Hughes/S Ross USA vs Gallay/Pereyra ARG
3a Gibb/Ta Crabb USA vs Vieyto/Cairus URU
4a Bourne/Tr Crabb USA vs Salemi/Vakili IRI
10a Klineman/A Ross USA vs Mendoza/Lolette NCA

June 30
2a Sweat/Walsh Jennings USA vs Maita/Letendrie MRI
5a Sponcil/Claes USA vs Yuli/Diana COL
6a Klineman/A Ross USA vs Xue/Wang CHN
7a Semenov/Leshukov RUS vs Allen/Slick USA
9a Gibb/Crabb Ta USA vs Hudyakov/Velichko RUS
10a Larsen/Stockman USA vs Nnoruga/Franco NGR
10:15a Dalhausser/Lucena USA vs Saxton/O’Gorman CAN

July 1
3a Hughes/S Ross USA vs Zeng/Lin CHN
6a Bourne/Tr Crabb USA vs Kavalo/Ntagengwa RWA
9a Clancy/Artacho Del Solar AUS vs Sweat/Walsh Jennings USA
10:15a Klineman/A Ross USA vs Borger Sude GER

July 2
3a Pavan/Melissa CAN vs Sponcil/Claes USA
4a Maria Antonelli/Carol BRA vs Larsen/Stockman USA
5a Hughes/S Ross USA vs Makroguzova/Kholomina RUS
6a Allen/Slick USA vs Tamer Mahmoud QAT
6a Dalhausser/Lucena vs Brouwer/Meeuwsen NED
8a Gibb/Ta Crabb vs Kantor/Losiak POL
9a Thole/Wickler GER vs Bourne/Tr Crabb USA

July 3
Women’s Round of 32

July 4
Men’s Round of 32

July 5
Women’s Quarterfinals
Women’s Semifinals

July 6
Men’s Quarterfinals
Men’s Semifinals
Women’s Bronze and Gold

July 7
Men’s Bronze and Gold