CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Getting the call to compete on one of the world's top stages, recent Harvard graduate Branden Clemens '16 has been selected to represent Team USA in beach volleyball at the 2016 World University Championships. The beach volleyball tournament, hosted in Pärnu, Estonia will be held July 13-17 and features 128 players from 27 countries.
One of the top student-athletes in Harvard's recent history, Clemens was selected to the team after an outstanding senior campaign in which he was named AVCA All-America honorable mention, All-EIVA first team, and to the EIVA All-Academic team. The Carmel, Indiana native is third in digs (504), fourth in kills (892), fifth in service aces (77), sixth in solo blocks (30), seventh in block assists (165), and ninth in total blocks (195) in Harvard's all-time record book.
He will be playing beside Brendan Duff, a sophomore out of Orange Coast College, who hails from Carmel, Indiana as well.
Beach volleyball became one of 37 sports played at the World University Championships in 2002. Alternating between spring and summer, the championships are organized every even numbered year. The World University Championships give a smaller city a chance to host an international major sporting event. Each sport is held in different parts of the world, making this competition a truly global event.