CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rising sophomore Branden Clemens and partner Chris Long placed ninth at the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships held June 20-23 in Umag, Croatia.
Clemens and Long, seeded fourth for the tournament, defeated Edwar Osorio and Pedro Castillo of Venezuela in pool play to advance to the round of 16, 2-0. In round one the duo took out Norway's Einar Øglænd Torjusen and Sadegh Mohajer, 1-2, in 48 minutes before being knocked out of the tournament by Poland's Maciej Kosiak and Maciej Rudol in round two, 0-2.
Clemens helped the Crimson to an 18-9 record in 2013 and the program's first appearance in the EIVA Championship match. Harvard also spent three weeks in the AVCA Div. I-II poll and earned the highest national ranking in program history at No. 14.
The Carmel, Ind., native averaged 2.33 kps while hitting .255 and adding 1.41 dps. Clemens recorded eight matches with at least 10 kills, including a season-high 19 versus Juniata to go along with a .630 hitting percentage. He registered his first career double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs against George Mason.
Prior to joining Harvard Clemens captured the 2011 AAU Beach U18 National Championship and the 2010 AAU Junior Olympic Games Beach Championships.