Kirby Burnham Qualifies For Inaugural FIVB Beach U23 World Championship|
May 23, 2013
USC junior All-American women's sand volleyball player Kirby Burnham has qualified for the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships in Myslowice, Poland, June 6 to 9.
She will partner with Long Beach State's Tara Roenicke in the FIVB's inaugural U23 age group championship.
Burnham won the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Pairs Championship earlier this month with partner Stevi Robinson, defeating Roenicke and Caitlin Ledoux in the final.
Burnham had a 32-5 overall record while co-captaining the 2013 USC women's sand team that finished third at the AVCA National Championship. In addition to the AVCA pairs title, she and Robinson also won the 16-team USC pairs tournament and the exhibition pairs tourney against the USA Junior Beach National Team and placed second in the gold division at the USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge pairs tourney.
Burnham is a veteran of international beach competitions. In the summer of 2012, she worked with the USA Beach National Training Team, as well as finished seventh (quarterfinals) in a pair of NORCECA events (with Sara Hughes in Chula Vista and Robinson in Aruba), 17th with Jace Pardon at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Junior (U-21) World Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and tied for 33rd with Pardon at the Jose Cuervo Manhattan Beach Open.
Myslowice, located near Krakow, has hosted previous U19 and U21 World Championships along with FIVB World Tour competitions.