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Two Gateway Officials earn National Certifications

Andy Martin attained a National Referee Certification in Columbus, OH at the Boys Junior National Championships in July 2017.  Andy attained his Junior National referee certification in July 2014 in Minneapolis, MN at the Girls Junior National Championships. Andy has served as the Junior Referee Co-Chair the past three (3) seasons.

Roger Heffner attained a Junior National Referee Certification in Minneapolis, MN in July 2017. Roger has been certified as a Gateway Region Regional Referee for the past three (3) seasons.

Congratulations to both of our new National level certified referees!

AVCA Beach Coach of the Year!

Beach Coach of the Year: Joe Deimeke

You don’t need to be on the beach to make an impact in beach volleyball, and no one better exemplifies that than the High Performance STL Outdoor Director Joe Deimeke. Through his Outdoor Extension Program, Advanced Sand Program, and free open play at the club, he has been responsible for introducing the beach game to over 500 athletes. He utilizes outdoor volleyball to make the indoor players better all-around athletes, and they have a separate training program for those that have shown a commitment to beach. One of his crowning accomplishments this year was playing an instrumental role in bringing the Gateway Open, St. Louis’ first ever beach qualifier, to the region where there were over 80 teams in attendance.

“I am blessed to have a genuine love for the sport,” Deimeke said. “I believe my love was fostered by the coaches I had in third grade up through high school and college. My decision to coach beach volleyball gives me a daily opportunity to echo my love for the game. It allows me to share: successes, failures, good experiences, bad experiences, and life-lessons - as subtle or harsh as they may come, giving an opportunity to learn, and maybe fall in love with volleyball as I did.”


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 Watch the USA Volleyball Cup Live Tonight

The U.S. Men, including Matt Anderson, Max Holt, and Micah Christenson, face off against Brazil in USA Volleyball Cup matches tonight and tomorrow night (Aug. 18-19) at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The matches pit the world’s top two ranked teams and will be streamed live at 7:30p CT.

The U.S. Men beat Brazil in pool play at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil went on to win the gold medal while the United States took bronze.
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 USAV Cup Continues in Anaheim

Get Your Tickets Now!

The U.S. Women will renew their long-standing rivalry with Brazil on Aug. 27 and 29 in the USA Volleyball Cup series at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. Anaheim is the official host city for the U.S. National Teams. The U.S. is ranked No. 2 in the world after earning bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games. Brazil is ranked fourth.

Tickets are available for both matches. Six sections of the arena are discounted for USAV members for the Aug. 29 match, which will be televised live on NBCSN. Use the code, USAV17, when purchasing online.


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 USAV Names Youth National Teams

World Championship rosters for the U.S. Boys’ and Girls’ Youth National Teams were announced last week. Both teams begin competition tonight. The GYNT will face Russia, the 2017 European champions, while the BYNT will take on the host country of Bahrain.

Team USA Roster, Schedule, News: GYNT  |   BYNT   

FIVB event sites: Girls’ U18 Worlds | Boys’ U19 Worlds

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 Ross, Fendrick earn Beach Worlds Silver

The three-month partnership of April Ross and Lauren Fendrick earned the silver medal at the 2017 FIVB Beach World Championships in a packed stadium from Vienna, Austria, falling to the 2016 Olympic champions from Germany, Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst.  

 Videos from Vienna: April/Lauren | Phil/Nick

U.S. Roster:  FIVB World Tour Finals, Aug. 23-27

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USAV the Weekly - August 18, 2017


2016-2017 USAV Junior Beach Tour | USAV All Events Calendar

Aug. 17-20: AVP Tour (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Aug. 17-27: FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship (Bahrain)
Aug. 17-27: FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship (Argentina)
Aug. 19-29: World University Games (Taipei, Taiwan)


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