The 2018 FIVB U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships will have two of the top American teams come competition time from June 26 to July 1 – Tim Brewster/John Schwengel and Devon Newberry/Lindsey Sparks.
The teams competed in the USA Volleyball Beach HP U19 World Trials in Chula Vista Elite Athletic Training Center in a two-day competition. The trials featured the top-30 U19 beach squads in the nation, that were vying for a spot at the World Championships.
To claim the men’s final, Brewster/Schwengel fought through Marcus and Miles Partain who competed in the FIVB U21 World Championships last year. The eventual champions battled through a tough three-set match against the Partain brothers to win 2-1, (16-21, 21-19, 16-14). They dropped the first set but were able to make a comeback to win in tight sets for the win.
Brewster/Schwengel had both qualified for the 2016 FIVB U17 World Championships, but they were canceled – this year, they have the opportunity to represent Team USA in China.
On the women’s side of the competition, Newberry/Sparks fought tooth and nail to defeat Meg Kraft/Maya Harvey 2-0, (21-18, 28-26). Both of the champions competed in two AVP Tour events – Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach Open.
- Tim Brewster/John Schwengel
- Marcus Partain/Miles Partain
- Dane Johnson/Jason Gibbs
- Devon Newberry/Lindsey Sparks
- Maya Harvey/Megan Kraft
- Madi Kriz/Delaynie Maple
The second and third-place finishers are still up for consideration for the event, should the FIVB open up a second spot for a U.S. team.