HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (May 12, 2018) – The West Coast may be the birthplace of beach volleyball, but teams from the eastern side of the United State won the trophies on Saturday at the Bridgestone USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships, part of the 2018 Team USA Summer Champions Series presented by Xfinity.
In the men’s championship match, Florida State’s Jon Justice and Adam Wienckowski came back to defeat Hawaii’s Colton Cowell and Brett Rosenmeier, 15-21, 28-26, 15-12.
In prior matches Florida State men defeated Concordia, UC Irvine and Pepperdine.
The winning teams automatically qualified for the FISU World University Championships on July 9-13 in Munich, Germany. The AVP also gave them offered a wild card entry for the Hermosa Beach Open on July 26-29.
The Florida State men’s victory was even more surprising considering Florida State does not even have a men’s indoor team, let alone a men’s beach program.
Wienckowski competed at the 2017 FIVB U21 World Championships in China as part of USA Volleyball’s Beach High Performance program. Justice said he has practiced with FSU’s women’s beach volleyball team, which finished second at the 2018 NCAA Championships.
The two have also had a chance to train with Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, who are both based in Florida.
“We have an above-average training group,” Justice said. “It’s awesome.”
With Wienckowski at 6-foot-2 and Justice at 6-0, the team had to play tough defense against Hawaii’s 6-6 Rosenmeier and 6-1 Cowell.
“We don’t have the biggest blocks but we try to get what we can,” Justice said. “We’re 6-6 at heart.”
Congratulations Adam! Providence will be cheering for you at the World Championships in Munich this summer.