The U.S. Men’s Beach Volleyball team will be represented by Jacksonville Beach this upcoming summer in a trip to the U19 (Under 19-years-old) World Championships in Cyprus. Clay Messenger and Adam Wienckowski are two teenagers that are came together on the sand in Jax Beach and became partners in competitive Beach Volleyball. Back in May, the boys took a trip to California to participate in the qualifications for the USA National Qualifiers for the U19 World Championships and placed second earning them a spot to represent the USA Volleyball team.
Their coach, owner and director of Jacksonville Beach VB, Kent Ammons, participated in the first ever version of the World Championships and his experience will help bring a mindset to the Messenger/Wienckowski team. With such a strong mentor backing them, they’re sure to see some success in the tournament to come.
“When my partner and I played in this tournament we finished 4th in the world,” Ammons said. “These boys are WAY better than I was. Skill-wise they have got to be one of the best teams in the world.”
The USA Volleyball team is only taking two teams to Cyprus with them later this summer, and both Messenger and Wienckowski are excited to represent the red, white and blue as they take on the rest of the world in Men’s International Beach Volleyball play at the Under 19 World Championships.
“I am super excited that all our hard work has paid off,” Adam Wienckowski said. “I am honored to represent the U.S. and can’t wait to head to Cyprus to try and get the gold.”
Beach volleyball continues to grow as a sport for both men and woman around the world and especially here on the First Coast. For more information on where to find recreational volleyball or even competitive challenges, contact Coach Kent Ammons by visiting JaxBeachVB.com where you can find lessons, club signups and more.