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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - Vaun Lennon, an outside hitter for the UC San Diego men's volleyball team, is currently in Canada to compete at the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch Junior World Championships.
Lennon, who played in 40 sets for the Tritons as a freshman in 2011, is teaming up with Parker Kalmbach out of Pepperdine. The duo plays their first match Thursday against Germany's Henry Gloeckner and Dominik Stork.
The world championship event is being held through Sunday, Sept. 4 at the purpose-built beach volleyball complex on the Salter Lot of the Halifax waterfront. This is the first time in the event's history that it is being held in North America.
The junior worlds, established for players under the age of 21, features a 24-team field. After the 24 squads have been determined, teams will be divided into six four-team pools for round-robin play on Thursday and Friday with the top two teams in each pool along with the best four third-place teams advancing to the single-elimination bracket phase on Friday afternoon.
The medal matches for each gender will be held on Sunday.
Countries represented in Halifax are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United States and Venezuela.
Christopher Austin from UC Irvine and Ian Satterfield from Long Beach State comprise the second squad from the United States competing at the championships.
Overall, Brazil leads in final four finishes at the FIVB Swatch Junior World Championships with 18 (8 men's and 10 women's) and in gold medals with three men's and six women's. Second in men's final four finishes is Spain with four, (including two gold medals).
For complete information and results from the junior worlds, please visit the FIVB Swatch World Tour site.
The event features live video streaming from the center court at www.sandjamhalifax.ca.
Story courtesy of FIVB
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