Lucas Yoder, Christopher Orenic Will Compete In World University Championships In Estonia

    Lucas Yoder
    July 12, 2016

    USC seniors Lucas Yoder and Christopher Orenic will represent the U.S. at the 32-team 2016 World University Championships in beach volleyball July 13-17 in Parnu, Estonia.

    The World University Championships in beach volleyball is one of 37 sports competitions organized every 2 years by the International University Sports Federation.

    The beach volleyball competition consists of 8 pools of 4 teams in the round robin format, with 24 teams advancing to the single elimination bracket.

    Yoder/Orenic, seeded 31st, are in Pool B, with teams from Estonia, Germany and England. They qualified for the World University Championships by placing second at the USAV Beach High Performance WUC Trials in June.

    Yoder, a starting outside hitter at USC in 2014 and 2016, has beach experience. He won a bronze medal at the 2013 FIVB U19 Beach World Championships in Portugal and recently placed 21st at the 2016 AVP tourney in New York. Indoors, Yoder has a .285 career hitting percentage for the Trojans. He made 2016 All-MPSF honorable mention while leading USC in kills (273) as a junior. He was the 2014 National and MPSF Freshman of the Year while posting a team-best 394 kills while hitting .303. He played sparingly in 2015.

    Orenic, who has 23 career starts as an outside hitter on USC’s indoor team, also has a beach background. He competed in the 2014 FIVB U21 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Cyprus. He also won a gold medal at the 2008 and 2010 AAU Beach Junior National Championships (he was the 2010 AAU Beach U18 Player of the Year) and at the 2010 USA Volleyball SoCal Open U 16 tourney, as well as silver at the 2009 and 2011 AAU Beach Junior National Championships (he also won 3 golds at other AAU beach tourneys in 2009). He saw action in 18 matches in 2016 for USC’s indoor squad after starting 20 times as a 2015 sophomore and notching 194 kills.



    There also is a 32-team women’s tournament at this World University Championships. Trojan seniors Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes will be competing.

    Parnu is known as Estonia’s Summer Capital.