Teams competing at the Beach U19 World Championships
Sophie Kubiak, left, and Bailey Showalter, right

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 16, 2022) – Three U.S. U19 beach teams are headed to single-elimination bracket play at the FIVB World Championship on Saturday in Türkiye.

The U.S. girls teams of Myriah Massey/Ashley Pater, seeded second, and Sophie Kubiak/Bailey Showalter, seeded 32nd, each went undefeated in pool play and advanced straight to the Round of 16.

“I feel amazing,” Pater said of her pair’s 2-0 win over Germany. “Myriah and I balled out that game and really performed. It made my confidence go up super high and I can’t wait to keep competing with Myriah for the gold.”

Coach Kristen Rohr commented on Kubiak/Showalter’s win over Austria on Friday.

“The ladies worked really hard today to come out first in their pool. We played a strong, physical Austria team and took care of our side of the net and made some great plays to finish in two.”

The boys team of Ayden Keeter/Tread Rosenthal, seeded 11th, finished second in pool at 2-1 and will play in the Round of 24 on Saturday.

Thursday’s Results
Girls Pool A
Kubiak/Showalter USA def Lia Berger/Emma Hohenauer AUT, 2-0 (21-16, 21-19)

Girls Pool B
Massey/Pater USA def Annika Berndt/Janne Uhl GER, 2-0 (21-15, 21-17)

Boys Pool F
Keeter/Rosenthal USA def Ramiro Sancer Marcos/Ezequiel Gonzalez ARG, 2-1 (21-14, 17-21, 15-12)
Timo Hammarberg/Tim Berger AUT def Keeter/Rosenthal USA, 2-0 (21-6, 21-17)

Upcoming Matches
Saturday Sept. 17
12:30 a.m. PT
Round of 24
Keeter/Rosentyal USA vs Krystof Jan Oliva/David Westphal CZE

4 a.m. PT
Round of 16
Massey/Prater vs TBA

7 a.m. PT
Round of 16
Kubiak/Showalter vs TBA