Men's Volleyball Blog | July 2013

Former Cougar wins World Series of Beach Volleyball

Jul 29, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 1:15 pm | Permalink

Former BYU volleyball player Casey Patterson and teammate Jake Gibb turned heads in the World Series of Beach Volleyball championship match in Long Beach, Calif., Sunday, coming away with a 22-20, 21-11 victory over Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins of Latvia.

The duos previously faced each other in the FIVB final in May in Argentina where the Latvians swept Patterson and Gibb, but the former Cougar and his partner most recently topped their opponent in straight sets earlier this month in Switzerland.

For the full article read here.

Patterson played at BYU from 2002-2005 and helped the Cougars to their most recent National Championship in 2004.

Volleyball around the world

Jul 29, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 9:50 am | Permalink

In case you missed it, 2012 AVCA Freshman of the Year Ben Patch was selected to represent the United States on the U.S. Men’s Junior National Volleyball Team (MJNT) at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship.

Eight players on the 12-player roster were part of the 2012 MJNT that won the NORCECA Men’s Junior Continental Championship in Colorado Springs, where Patch was named the MVP.

The final 12-player roster was selected from an original field of 22 after a final tryout period in Southern California in June.

In August, the team will reconvene at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to train for the FIVB Men’s Volleyball U21 World Championship held in Ankara and Izmir, Turkey from Aug. 22 – Sept. 1

View the full release at teamusa.org.

Also competing internationally is incoming freshman Lucas Coleman. Coleman competed at the U19 World Championships for Beach in Porto, Portugal, July 11-14. Playing alongside partner Blake Scheerhoorn, Coleman entered the tournament ranked No. 13 overall and No. 2 in Pool D.

With two wins in Pool D, Coleman and Sheerhoorn advanced to Round 1 where they dropped their match to the No. 1-seed.

Coleman is a 6-foot-3 outside hitter from Brooklin, Ontario, Canada and will join the Cougars this fall to prepare for the 2014 season.