Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Forty-Three Named to Beach Collegiate Team

The 2020 U.S. Beach Collegiate National Team has been announced, and it includes twenty-nine women and fourteen men from various colleges and universities nationwide. These talented athletes were nominated by their coaches and selected based on their collegiate rankings.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the team’s training plans are currently on hold. The head coach for the women’s team is Barbra Fontana, a 1996 Olympian and renowned beach volleyball high-performance coach. Assisting her are Hector Gutierrez, head coach of Texas Christian beach volleyball, and Russell Brock, head coach of Louisiana State beach volleyball.

For the men’s teams, John Mayer, a former U.S. National Team member and Loyola Marymount beach volleyball head coach, has been appointed as the head coach. He will be assisted by Riley Salmon, a two-time Olympian and 2008 gold medalist, who is also the head men’s volleyball coach at the University of Jamestown.

Women

The women’s team comprises a group of exceptionally talented players from various colleges and universities. Here is a list of their names, along with their height, college, and hometown:

  • Kelli Agnew (5-9, Louisiana State, Glendale, Ariz.)
  • Bella Bauman (6-0, Grand Canyon, Wheaton, Ill.)
  • Brooke Buchner (5-11, Cal, La Jolla, Calif.)
  • Payton Caffrey (6-0, Florida State, Chuluota, Fla.)
  • Alaina Chacon (5-9, Florida State, Crown Point, Ind.)
  • Claire Coppola – left in photo (6-1, Louisiana State, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
  • Teagan Defalco (5-8, Grand Canyon, Long Beach, Calif.)
  • Kyla Doig (6-0, Southern California, Redondo Beach, Calif.)
  • Hunter Domanski (5-10, Louisiana State, New Braunfels, Texas)
  • Charlie Ekstrom (6-1, Stanford, San Diego, Calif.)
  • Kylie Grandy (5-10, Southern Miss., Rolesville, N.C.)
  • Haley Hallgren (6-1, Southern California, Southlake, Texas)
  • Hailey Harward (5-9, Southern California, Phoenix, Ariz.)
  • Taryn Kloth (6-4, Louisiana State, Sioux Falls, S.D.)
  • Iya Lindahl (5-8, Cal, San Diego, Calif.)
  • Lexi Mcleod (6-1, Cal State Northridge, Bakersfield, Calif.)
  • Mima Mirkovic (5-11, Cal, Irvine, Calif.)
  • Mari Molina (5-6, Long Beach State, Corte Madera, Calif.)
  • Sydney Moore (5-6, Louisiana State, Pickering, Ohio)
  • Audrey Nourse (5-11, Southern California, Newport Beach, Calif.)
  • Nicole Nourse (5-11, Southern California, Newport Beach, Calif.)
  • Kristen Nuss – right in photo (5-6, Louisiana State, New Orleans, La.)
  • Carly Perales (5-9, Stetson, Round Rock, Texas)
  • Jordan Polo (5-11, Cal, Danville, Calif.)
  • Sara Putt (5-11, Florida State, Jupiter, Fla.)
  • Jacqueline Quade (6-2, UCLA, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
  • Ashlyn Rasnick-Pope (5-11, Louisiana State, Dallas, Texas)
  • Savvy Simo (5-10, UCLA, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
  • Lindsey Sparks (5-8, UCLA, Huntington Beach, Calif.)
  • Tyler Spriggs (6-1, Long Beach State, Los Angeles)
  • Jasmin Suarez (5-7, St. Mary’s College of California, Corona, Calif.)
  • Torrey Van Winden (6-3, Cal Poly SLO, Napa, Calif.)
  • Abby Van Winkle (6-2, UCLA, San Clemente, Calif.)
  • Sunny Villapando (5-9, Stanford, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
  • Liz Waters-Leiga (5-11, Florida State, San Leandro, Calif.)
  • Maria Whalen (6-1, Cal Poly SLO, Wausau, Wis.)
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Head Coach: Barbra Fontana
Assistant Coach: Hector Gutierrez
Assistant Coach: Russell Brock

Men

The men’s team also features a talented roster of players from various colleges and universities. Here are their names, along with their height, college, and hometown:

  • Jonny Bowles (6-7, UC Irvine, Chandler, Ariz.)
  • Timothy Brewster (6-1, UCLA, Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
  • Inaki Bustamante (6-5, Lewis Univ., Redondo Beach, Calif.)
  • Caylor Cox (5-10, Univ. of Jamestown, Helena, Mont.)
  • Will Eiken (6-9, Lincoln Memorial Univ., Dayton, Ohio)
  • Johnny Ferraro (6-3, Saint Francis, New City, N.Y.)
  • Matt Gentry (6-7, Lincoln Memorial Univ., Bowling Green, Ky.)
  • Sammy Gibson (6-0, University of Tampa, Long Beach, N.Y.)
  • Mihajlo Gomez (6-5, Loras College, Gurnee, Ill.)
  • Carlos Jiminez (6-0, Lewis Univ., Miami Beach, Fla.)
  • Logan Kerley (6-3, Lincoln Memorial Univ., Penn Valley, Calif.)
  • Chris Ludwig (6-2, Webber Univ., Fort Pierce, Fla.)
  • Jorge Pando (6-0, Rockford Univ., San Juan, Puerto Rico)
  • Vaughn Ramsey (6-6, Vassar, Greenwood Village, Colo.)
  • Charlie Siragusa (6-8, UC San Diego, Rochester, N.Y.)
  • Dawson Walker (6-6, Lincoln Memorial Univ., Englewood, Ohio)

Head Coach: John Mayer
Assistant Coach: Riley Salmon

FAQs

Q: How were the athletes selected for the U.S. Beach Collegiate National Team?

A: The athletes were nominated by their coaches and selected based on their collegiate rankings.

Q: Who is the head coach for the women’s team?

A: Barbra Fontana, a 1996 Olympian and experienced beach volleyball high-performance coach, leads the women’s team.

Q: Who is the head coach for the men’s teams?

A: John Mayer, a former U.S. National Team member and Loyola Marymount beach volleyball head coach, is the head coach for the men’s teams.

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Summary

The 2020 U.S. Beach Collegiate National Team has been announced, consisting of twenty-nine women and fourteen men from colleges and universities across the country. These talented athletes were selected based on their collegiate rankings and nominated by their coaches. The team’s training plans are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The women’s team is led by head coach Barbra Fontana, with assistance from Hector Gutierrez and Russell Brock. John Mayer heads the men’s teams, with Riley Salmon as the assistant coach. Congratulations to all the athletes who have been named to the team, and we look forward to their future successes in beach volleyball.