Elaine Youngs

Elaine Youngs (born February 14, 1970 in Orange, California) is an American former professional volleyball player who competed both indoors and on the beach.[1]

Elaine Youngs
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Youngs in 2010
Personal information
Full nameElaine Clara Marie Hermenia Youngs
Nationality United States
Born (1970-02-14) February 14, 1970 (age 51)
Orange, California, USA
HometownLake Forest, California, USA
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Beach volleyball information
Years Teammate
Rachel Scott
Misty May-Treanor
Nicole Branagh
Rachel Wacholder
Holly McPeak
Barbra Fontana
Liz Masakayan
Nancy Reno
Liz Masakayan

Youngs attended UCLA, where as a freshman she started on a team that went undefeated through the regular season. They reached the semi-finals of the NCAA tournament, where they lost to Texas. The following year the Bruins reached the semi finals again, where they lost to a powerful squad from Nebraska. A knee injury caused her to miss the 1990 season. She was red-shirted, returning for the 1991 season to help the team to win the national title. The team reached the championship match again in 1992, losing to Stanford. Youngs led the Bruins to the Final Four in each of the four seasons that she played. She also earned All-American honors in each of those four years. Youngs also spent two seasons playing on the Bruins basketball team, averaging 5.7 points per game. She graduated in 1993 with a degree in history.

Youngs was on the USA Volleyball indoor team and played in the 1996 Olympics where the women placed 7th.[2]

Nicknamed "EY", Youngs beach career started in 1997, winning third place in her first pro beach volleyball tournament. In 1997 and then 1999–2000 Youngs partnered with Liz Masakayan who later became Youngs coach from 2004 through 2008. The duo missed going to the 2000 Sydney Olympics by 50 points.[3] In 1998 Youngs partnered with Nancy Reno until Nancy retired from pro beach volleyball. In 2001 Youngs partnered with Barbra Fontana, and from 2002 to 2004 partnered with Holly McPeak, winning the Beach Volleyball bronze medal together in the 2004 Athens Olympics. She teamed with Rachel Wacholder for the 2005 and much of the 2006 season. In August 2006, Wacholder left Youngs and partnered with Jennifer Kessy Boss and Youngs replaced Wacholder with Nicole Branagh for the 2007 AVP season. On September 8, 2007 Youngs won the Goddess of the Beach tournament for the first time in Las Vegas, Nevada. Branagh and Youngs achieved 5th place in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and continued playing together in the 2009 season. In 2010, Nicole Branagh partnered with Misty May-Treanor, replacing Kerri Walsh. Youngs retired from professional volleyball at the end of the 2010 season.

In 2002 Youngs was chosen as the MVP of the Association of Volleyball Professionals. In 2004 she teamed with Holly McPeak to win the bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Athens. In her career Youngs won 51 professional beach volleyball tournaments. On October 6, 2006 she was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.[4]

Youngs currently works as a realtor in Durango, Colorado.[5] During the winter, she enjoys "everything outdoors," including snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, camping and cross-country skiing.


  1. ^ NBC Olympics athlete bio: Elaine Youngs Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Team USA Elaine Youngs BIO "http://volleyball.teamusa.org/athlete/athlete/1039". Updated 2009.
  3. ^ AVP Elaine Youngs BIO (2009) ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-05-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)" Beach Volleyball Database
  4. ^ "Elaine Youngs Inducted Into UCLA Athletics Hall Of Fame". uclabruins.com. October 3, 2006. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "Elaine "EY" Youngs". Porch Light Real Estate Group. Retrieved 16 July 2021.

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