Burdine Looks To Make It A Trojan Sweep On The Beach

July 10, 2002

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USC sophomore outside hitter Keao Burdine will look to make it a Trojan sweep this summer on the beach as she pairs with UCLA's Chrissie Zartman in Catania, Italy, to play in the FIVB Under-21 World Beach Volleyball Championships from July 10-14. The duo will represent the United States.

Women of Troy setter Tracy Lindquist won the first World University Games Beach Volleyball Championship on June 23 with Zartman. Although Lindquist is Zartman's long-time partner, she is too old to qualify for the upcoming event.

At 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-7, respectively, Zartman and Lindquist have beaten the best on the beach, winning numerous Junior Olympic Beach Championships. Burdine, an indoor standout who will also play with the USA Women's A2 Program this summer and earned Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors for the 2001 season, will add a different look to the team at 6-1.

The pair is used to playing against each other as cross-town rivals during the collegiate season rather than with one another. Zartman will be a sophomore defensive specialist for the Bruins in the fall, while Burdine will return as a starting hitter.

The tournament, meant to encourage the next generation of beach volleyball players, includes a men's division. The championship teams from both the men's and women's divisions earn an all-expense paid trip and a wild-card entry to compete in one of the remaining 2002 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Events.

The Qualification phase in both the men's and the women's competition starts on Wednesday and the four best teams will proceed to the Main Draw, starting on Thursday. Six pools of four teams each (24 teams) will play a round-robin format with the top two teams in each pool - plus the four best third-place teams - advancing to the 16-team single elimination championship rounds for the title.

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