Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

Top U.S. Beach Teams Compete at U19 World Trials

The USA Volleyball Beach HP U19 World Trials are set to take place at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in California on December 29-30. This exciting event features some of the top beach volleyball talent in the country, including two pairs of siblings who are among the 30 teams vying for a spot in the 2018 FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Nanjing, China.

Siblings Make Waves at Trials

Among the competitors are the Nourse twins, Audrey and Nicole, and the Partain brothers, Marcus and Miles. These talented athletes have already made a name for themselves in the sport at a young age. The Partain brothers, who played in the 2017 FIVB U21 World Championships, are no strangers to international competition. Despite their age, they were able to hold their own against older teams from Canada and China. The Nourse twins have also had success in their beach volleyball careers, with Nicole winning the U17 division at the USA Junior Beach Championships alongside Maddi Kriz, and Audrey finishing second in the event with her partner Kyla Doig.

The Road to Nanjing

The top team from the U19 World Trials will earn a coveted spot in the U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships. However, even the second and third-place teams will have a chance if the FIVB awards the U.S. an additional spot. This adds an extra level of excitement and motivation for all the teams competing.

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Overcoming Challenges

The road to success in beach volleyball is not an easy one. The competitors at the U19 World Trials face tough opponents and grueling matches. Mental toughness and resilience are crucial qualities for these young athletes. As Marcus Partain puts it, “If you make a mistake, get the next point.”

The Power of Chemistry

Both the Nourse twins and the Partain brothers credit their success to the strong chemistry they have as siblings on the court. The ability to understand each other’s game and anticipate each other’s moves gives them a significant advantage. This bond is evident in their performance and is a key factor in their achievements.

Other Contenders to Watch

In addition to the Nourse twins and the Partain brothers, several other teams are worth keeping an eye on during the U19 World Trials. Jason Gibbs and Dane Johnson, who were the 2017 USA Junior Beach champions in the U19 division, are among the top contenders. Tim Brewster and John Schwengel, who both medaled at the 2017 USA Junior Beach Championships, are also strong competitors. Devon Newberry and Lindsey Sparks, who competed at the 2017 AVP Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach Opens, as well as being part of the 2017 A1 Beach HP program, are another pair to watch. Jayelin Lombard and Keara Rutz, who competed at the AVP Hermosa Beach Open, complete the list of noteworthy teams.


  • Where are the U19 World Trials being held?
    The U19 World Trials are taking place at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in California.

  • When are the U19 World Championships in Nanjing, China?
    The U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships will be held from July 10 to July 15 in Nanjing, China.

  • How many teams are competing in the U19 World Trials?
    There are a total of 30 teams participating in the U19 World Trials.

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The U19 World Trials promise to be a thrilling competition showcasing the future stars of beach volleyball. The talent, determination, and passion displayed by these young athletes are truly inspiring. Whether you’re a fan of the sport or simply enjoy watching top-level competition, this event is not to be missed. Stay tuned to see which teams will emerge victorious and secure their place in the prestigious U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships.