Tracy Lindquist Wins World University Beach Volleyball Championship with Partner Chrissie Zartman

June 24, 2002

GUADELOUPE, France -- Senior USC women's volleyball player Tracy Lindquist and her playing partner, Chrissie Zartman of UCLA, won the gold medal at the First World University Beach Volleyball Championships, held in Guadeloupe of the French Antilles from June 19-23.

Lindquist and Zartman defeated the German team 21-10, 21-12 to win the gold medal. The pair had defeated Mexico 21-10, 21-14 to advance to the final, and were undefeated throughout the tournament, losing a single game to France during their championship run.

In 1997, she and Zartman became the youngest players ever to receive an AAA beach rating. At the time, Lindquist, who was 16, and Zartmen, who was 13, won five AAU Junior Beach Championships to earn the ranking. Since then the pair has won five Junior Olympic gold medals while representing the United States.

Thanks to the FISU, the two reunited for their first international competitions together this summer. The Championships are an opportunity for players that are not yet professionals, but too old to compete in junior tournaments. Participants must be 17-28, amateursand full-time students.

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