U21 National Team

2019 U21 Beach National Team

USA Volleyball U21 World Championship team selection consisted of a two-day trial at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center.

After training sessions on day one, teams were formed by pairing the athletes according to rank order, position and pairing dynamics. Pairs then competed in a tournament to determine final rankings.

The first, second, and third place pairs are submitted as the USA delegation for the FIVB U21 World Championships in Udonthani, Thailand, June 18-23, 2019.  The first-place pair will be entered into the main draw, second place into the qualification tournament, and the third pair will be entered as a potential wild card entry, pending FIVB approval.

The first- and second-place pairs will train and travel for the competition. The third-place athletes will be submitted as a reserve team to be called upon in case of injury, but the pair will also participate in the training before the team departs to Thailand.

U21 National Team training is June 10-16, 2019, in California.


Main Draw: Tim Brewster and Adam Wienckowski
Qualification Pair: John Schwenger and Jacob Titus
Reserve Pair: Heath Hughes and Dane Johnson


Main Draw: Bella Bauman and Teagan DeFalco
Qualification Pair: Mima Mirkovic and Caroline Schafer
Reserve Pair: Alaina Chacon and Devon Newberry

2019 U21 Beach National Team bios


Men's Teams

Qualification Round 1
Schwengel/Titus def. Vasquez/Seminario (PER), 21-13, 24-22

Qualification Round 2
Schwengel/Titus def. Duque/Perez (ESP), 21-18, 21-15

Qualification Round 3
Shekunov/Veretiuk (RUS) def. Schwengel/Titus, 21-19, 21-17

Pool F
Brewster/Wienckowski def. Idriss/Moubarak (NIG), 21-15, 21-13
Brewster/Wienckowski def. Goto/Adachi (JPN), 21-10, 23-21
Brewster/Wienckowski def. Aldash/Mokhammad (KAZ), 18-21, 21-11, 15-13

Round of 16
Shekunov/Veretiuk (RUS) def. Brewster/Wienckowski, 21-14, 21-17

Women's Teams

Qualification Round 1
Mirkovic/Schafer, bye

Qualification Round 2
Mirkovic/Schafer def. Wong/Ng (HKG), 21-15, 21-15

Qualification Round 3
Fletcher/Thorup (CAN) def. Mirkovic/Schafer, 21-16, 24-22

Pool D
Bauman/DeFalco def. Wang/Xie (CHN), 21-12, 21-17
Bauman/DeFalco def. Ingram/Stevens (AUS), 21-9, 21-8
Churin/Victoria (ARG) def. Bauman/DeFalco, 20-22, 21-10, 15-13

Round of 24
Bauman/DeFalco def. Melissa/Salima (ALG), 21-14, 21-17

Round of 16
Allcca/Mendoza (PER) def. Bauman/DeFalco, 22-20, 16-21, 15-8

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Program Information

Visit our  U21 Men's Training Program page and U21 Women's Training Program page for more information.

Previous Results

FIVB U21 World Championship

Top Four Finishes


Mima Mirkovic/Kathryn Plummer, 3rd

Sarah Sponcil/Torrey Van Winden, 4th

Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes, 3rd

Sara Hughes/Summer Ross, 4th

Tara Roenicki/Summer Ross, 1st

Player Notes: Men

Tim Brewster attends UCLA and competed at the 2018 FIVB U19 World Championships with John Schwengel, who attends Santa Monica College and finished 25th. The pair also placed fifth at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

Adam Wienckowski attends Florida Atlantic University and won the 2018 USAV Collegiate Beach Championships with Jon Justice. The pair placed 18th at the 2018 World University Championships.

John Schwengel attends Santa Monica College and competed at the 2018 FIVB World Championships with Tim Brewster and finished 25th. The pair also placed fifth at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

Jacob Titus plays volleyball for Lincoln Memorial University. He competed at the 2018 U19 World Championships with Jason Gibbs. The pair lost in the qualifier.

Heath Hughes plays men’s volleyball for Grand Canyon University.

Dane Johnson plays men’s volleyball for El Camino College. He finished third at the 2017 trials for the U19 World Championships but did not compete.

Player Notes: Women

Bella Bauman plays beach volleyball for Grand Canyon University.

Teagan DeFalco plays indoor volleyball for Grand Canyon University.

Mima Mirkovic plays indoor and beach volleyball for the University of California and won the bronze medal at the 2016 U19 World Championships and the 2017 U21 World Championships, both with Kathryn Plummer

Caroline Shafer plays on Cal’s beach volleyball team and has been part of USAV’s High Performance Program.

Alaina Chacon plays beach volleyball at Florida State and went 6-1 in her rookie season in 2018.

Devon Newberrywho will play beach volleyball for UCLA in the fall, finished fourth at the 2018 U19 World Championships and at the Youth Olympic Games (both with Lindsey Sparks).