A number of current, former, and future USC volleyball players have had success in recent international beach volleyball competitions, this summer.
Incoming Trojan freshmen Lucas Yoder and Sara Hughes both won bronze medals with their partners at the FIVB U19 World Championship in Porto, Portugal, that concluded July 14. Each duo lost in the semifinals to the eventual gold-medal team.
Yoder, who will play with the USC men's indoor team, is a 2013 All-CIF Division I first team outside hitter from San Clemente (Calif.) High whose father (the late Dave Yoder), uncle (All-American Bob Yoder) and cousins (Erin and Paul) all have played at USC.
The U.S. beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson defeated the reigning world champions to win the bronze medal on Sunday at the FIVB Gstaad Grand Slam.
Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.), seeded No. 6, ensured that they completed their set of World Tour medals with a 21-18, 21-18 win in 38 minutes against world champions Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen from Netherlands, who were seeded No. 11.
But after a victory over America’s reigning Olympic gold medalists last summer and two international competitions to start the 2013 season, the 29-year-old former All-American pitcher is making a career for himself as the big man on the beach.
Just a day after she showed off her post-baby body in the glossy pages of ESPN magazine, Kerri Walsh Jennings has put her spectacular form to use - winning her first beach volleyball game after delivering daughter Scout.
The Olympic gold-medalist and mother-of-three was fighting fit as she took to the court with new partner April Ross for the Beach Volleyball Worldtour Grand Slam tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland, today.
The pair gave high fives and hugged after winning the contest against Jantine van der Vlist and Marloes Wesselink of the Netherlands.
Brazil is providing technical and financial support to Jamaica for its inaugural appearance in the FIVB World U-19 Beach Volleyball Championship in Portugal from 11 – 14 July 2013.
The National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Brazil has announced that it will cover the cost for retired world famous beach volleyball player Jacqueline Cruz Silva to accompany the Jamaica team to Brazil.