Saturday, 13 Jul 2024

Beach Update: A Look Ahead at February

The 2016 FIVB World Tour is set to continue with the Kish Island Open in Iran, followed by the Maceio Open in Brazil, where USA athletes will kick off their season. As we approach the final leg of Olympic qualification, the FIVB has announced the 16 beach volleyball referees chosen for the 2016 Olympic Games, including Dan Apol from the US. The referee pool is a diverse group, representing all five continents, with two women and the host nation, Brazil, being represented twice.

Three FIVB Tournament Swing in Brazil

The American athletes will make their 2016 FIVB debut in Brazil, playing in a three-event swing. The first event is the Maceio Open, scheduled from February 23rd to 28th. This tournament will feature four men’s teams and six women’s teams, including top athletes like Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena.

Next up is the first Grand Slam of the year, where Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, the current US point leaders, will join six other men’s teams. In the women’s category, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross will make their comeback after their last appearance in September 2015 at the FIVB Rio Open.

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The final event in Brazil is the Vitoria Open, which will take place from March 15th to 20th.

Junior Beach Tour Events in 2016

The Junior Beach Tour has an extensive schedule for 2016, with over 55 events planned across 23 states. The tour will culminate at the Championships in Milwaukee, followed by the highly anticipated West Coast Championships, held the week after the Olympic Games. Coinciding with the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, this event will feature many of the Olympic athletes.

AVP 2016 Tour Posted

The AVP has announced its finalized schedule for 2016, consisting of eight stops. Notably, the FIVB Cincinnati Open will be hosted by the AVP, and points earned at this event will count towards Olympic qualification. The tour kicks off in April with New Orleans, followed by events in Huntington Beach and Cincinnati in May. June will see tournaments in Seattle, New York City, and San Francisco. The summer months will conclude with the Manhattan Beach event in July, and the tour finale will take place in Chicago in September.

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  1. Which events are part of the three-event swing in Brazil?

    • The three events in the swing are the Maceio Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, and the Vitoria Open.
  2. Where will the Junior Beach Tour Championships take place?

    • The Junior Beach Tour Championships will be held in Milwaukee.
  3. Will the West Coast Championships coincide with the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam?

    • Yes, the West Coast Championships will be held at the same time as the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, featuring many Olympic athletes.
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As we look ahead to February, the beach volleyball scene is filled with excitement and anticipation. With tournaments taking place in Brazil and the announcement of the AVP 2016 Tour schedule, there is no shortage of beach volleyball action. Stay tuned for more updates and make sure to catch all the thrilling matches.