Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and of Falyn Fonoimoana (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) compete in the women’s main draw.
The duo of Jazmin Machado (Encinitas, Calif.) and Tara Roenicke (Alta Loma, Calif.) will have to win their way into the women’s main draw through qualification
The following countries have teams entered in the SWATCH-FIVB U19 World Championships: Australia, Austria, Belarus, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States.
At the 2006 SWATCH-FIVB U-19 World Championships, five of six medals were awarded to European teams. The sixth medal went to a women’s pair from Australia who captured gold over a duo from the Netherlands.
In the fall of 2007, Fonoimoana will enter her sophomore season and Carico will embark on her senior campaign with national high school volleyball powerhouse Mira Costa, out of Manhattan Beach, Calif. Together, the 6-4 opposite Fonoimoana and Carico, a 5-11 outside hitter, were vital components during the Mustangs’ 2006 season, as the team claimed the Division I state championship. Fonoimoana is the niece of 2000 Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist, Eric Fonoimoana.
Both Fonoimoana and Carico have already begun to decorate their volleyball resumes.
Fonoimoana was named most valuable player for the U-14 and U-15 Girls Junior Olympic Team. Carico was named a member of the 2006 Southern California Volleyball Association’s High Performance Youth Team. She also took top-honors at the 2004 U-15 USA Junior Olympic Beach Volleyball Championships.
UCLA-signee, Machado, was named to the Union Tribune’s All-San Diego Section First Team in 2006 after her high school squad, La Costa Canyon, won the Division I CIF title. That same year, she made her first appearance at an AVP beach volleyball event in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Machado was a member of the Girls 15 All-Tournament team and was named the tournament’s most valuable player as her team, the Encinitas Waves, captured the gold medal at the 2004 Girls’ Junior Olympic Championships.
Roenicke, Machado’s partner, was a member of the 2006 USA Volleyball Girls Youth Holiday Camp in Pomona, Calif. She took gold at both the 2005 and 2006 Junior Olympic Beach Championships presented by the AVP and USA Volleyball. At the 2006 Triple Crown Championship she finished as runner-up and brought back a silver medal from Seal Beach, Calif. She currently plays club volleyball with Long Beach 18-Mizuno, which finished second in the 18 Open Division at the 2007 Junior Olympic Girls Volleyball Championships in Minneapolis.
The U.S. women have never medaled at the FIVB U-19 World Championships. The U.S. men got their only medal in 2005 when the team of Joey Dystra and Mark Van Zwieten placed second.
The SWATCH-FIVB U-19 World Championships began in Greece in 2002. A European country has played host to the event on four occasions, while Thailand hosted it in 2003 and Bermuda was home to the 2006 tournament.
More information is available on the FIVB beach volleyball web site at http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/index.asp.
Michael Bradley Photography