Polish fans got their first taste of international beach volleyball June 5-9 with the inaugural U23 World Championships in Myslowice. In the men’s tournament, the home team duo of Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak took gold, defeating Brazilians Vitor Gonclaves Felipe and Marcio Guadie Ley with astounding scores of 21-16, 21-7. Peter Kalmbach, a redshirt junior on Pepperdine’s indoor team, and partner Devon Hatcher as well as the Cal State Northridge duo Alex Jones and Kyle Stevenson represented the U.S., however after both teams place third in their pools, neither made it past the first round of single elimination play. Austria’s Lorenz Petutschnig and Tobias Winter took the bronze medal.
1. Kantor - Losiak POL 
2. Vitor Felipe - Márcio Gaudie BRA 
3. Petutschnig - Winter AUT 
The American women had mixed results. Meg Norton (UCLA) and Brittany Tiegs (Hawaii) did not break pool; Kirby Burnham (USC) and Tara Roenicke (Long Beach State) teamed up for the FIVB event after playing against each other in the AVCA Collegiate Sand Pairs Championship match and made it to the second round of single elimination play when they fell to Germany’s Christine Aulenbrock and Cinja Tillmann.
The German team of Victoria Bieneck and Isabell Schneider earned the ultimate victory, taking the gold medal match over Brazilians Eduarda Santos Lisbao and Thais Rodrigues after dropping the first set (19-21, 21-12, 15-13). Santos Lisbao was the youngest player in the tournament at only 14. Taylor Pischke and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Canada took bronze.
1. Bieneck - Schneider GER 
2. Eduarda - Thais BRA 
3. Pischke - Humana-Paredes CAN