Lausanne, Switzerland, April 18, 2019 – Two women’s teams and two men’s teams will represent the USA at the Udon Thani 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championship when it runs from June 18-23 in Thailand.
Bella Bauman/Teagan DeFalco and Mima Mirkovic/Caroline Shafer will feature in the women’s draw, while Tim Brewster/Adam Wienckowski, John Schwengel/Jacob Titus will compete in the men’s. Alaina Chacon and Devon Newberry (Women) and Heath Hughes and Dane Johnson (Men) will be registered in the reserve list.
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The teams registered took the top three positions at the team trials in April 14-15 in Chula Vista, California. As winners of the qualifiers Bauman and DeFalco, and Brewster and Wienckowski will go straight into the main draw.
The second-place teams of Mirkovic and Shafer and Schwengel and Titus will begin in the qualification tournament and the third-place teams of Chacon and Newberry and Hughes and Johnson will be submitted as reserve teams with a chance for a wild card spot in the tournament.
Mirkovic is familiar with FIVB age-grade tournaments. Alongside Kathryn Plummer she won bronze at the Larnaka 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships and bronze at the Nanjing 2017 U21 World Championships.