Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge Returns to Stevenson University

The 2023 Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge, organized by USA Volleyball, is set to take place at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md. This exciting event will run from September 15-17, offering a thrilling weekend of beach volleyball action.

An Overview of the Event

Now in its third year, the Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge has attracted a total of 32 teams who will compete in the main draw tournament. This year’s edition promises to be highly competitive, with teams vying for the top spot.

To determine the seeding for the tournament, each pair’s combined USAV Beach Ranking as of September 11, 2023, will be taken into account. In case of any ties, a drawing will be conducted to break them.

The tournament will kick off on Friday with the pool play phase, where the top three teams from each pool will advance to the final phase. The final phase, held over the last two days, will see teams engage in single elimination bracket play, adding to the intensity of the competition.

Notable Participants

Several universities will be sending their best teams to compete in the Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge. Some notable representatives include:

  • Daemen University: Michael Krueger/Cameron Milligan and Zach Schneider/Kyle Zelasco
  • George Mason University: Troy McDonald/Gabe Metcalf and Robert Evangelista/Jackson Herbert
  • Juniata College: Benjamin Gerdeman and Grant Lorelli
  • Lewis University: Martin Radomski/Quinten Zilch
  • Liberty University: Joshua Culpepper/Colt Fitzgerald and Mason Ellenberger/Zach Lamoreaux
  • Lincoln Memorial: Matthew Gentry/Josh Luers, Zaydn Labreche/Asa Labreche, Diego Clark-Keith/Tate Colebaugh, Kohl Kutsch/Charlie Johan Negron, and Shay Spadaro/Griffin Wheatley
  • McKendree University: Boone Felts/Camryn Sheehan
  • Penn State: Michael Valenzi/Ryan Merk (returning champions from 2022), and Carter Dittman/Will Kuhns
  • Randolph-Macon: Brooks Cowart/Kody Rogan
  • Stevenson University: John Ferraro/Timothy Flanagan, Jay Hyman/Ryan Thenell, and Jack Braverman/Aidan O’Brien
  • Thomas More: Mason Collver/Conner Young
  • Tusculum: Kevin Blankenship/Joel Dubinsky, Colby Landry/Adam Svendsen, and Morgan Makovec/Noa Svendsen
  • Vassar: Jacob Kim/Vaughn Ramsey, Andrew Guaragno/Gavin Akoto, and Tobias Clark/AJ Erickson
  • Webber: Carson Barnes/Ayden Keeter, Andrew Nielsen/Peyten Young, and Josh Corr/Trent Massey
  • Wentworth: Jacob Labouliere/Joshua Milke and Mason Andrade/Jonathan Pincince
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Exciting Opportunities

The Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge not only offers a platform for these talented athletes to showcase their skills, but it also provides an opportunity for them to be scouted by the Beach National Team Development Program (NTDP) Scouting Network. This program aims to identify and nurture promising talent in beach volleyball. For more information on the NTDP, please visit the NTDP FAQ page.

FAQs

Q: Where is the Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge being held?
A: The Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge will be hosted at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md.

Q: How many teams are participating?
A: A total of 32 teams have registered for this year’s Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge.

Q: What is the format of the tournament?
A: The tournament will begin with a pool play phase, followed by a single elimination bracket play.

Q: Can I watch the event online?
A: Yes, there will be live streaming available for the Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge. You can find the link here.

Conclusion

The 2023 Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge at Stevenson University guarantees an action-packed weekend of beach volleyball competition. With talented athletes from various universities showcasing their skills, this event is not to be missed. Join us in supporting these athletes as they battle it out for victory on the sand.

Men's Beach Collegiate Challenge