Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Beach Update: Collegiate Postseasons

Professional beach volleyball may be taking a break this week in the U.S., but that only means more opportunities for junior and collegiate volleyball to shine. The NCAA Selection Show is just around the corner, and it will reveal the eight schools attending the NCAA National Championship and automatic bids to the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships.

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While professional tours are on hiatus, amateur beach volleyball is ready to take center stage. Schools across the country are gearing up for the collegiate postseason, as summer break approaches and the Junior Beach Tour schedule continues to expand.

USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships

The USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships will kick off the Team USA Summer Champions Series from May 11-13 in Hermosa Beach, California. The women’s final will be broadcast live on NBCSN on May 13, followed by the men’s final on tape delay.

This year’s championships will be held at Hermosa Beach Pier, offering a chance for teams to secure a spot on the USA Volleyball collegiate beach national team. The 24 women’s and eight men’s teams that will compete are expected to be announced in the first week of May. It’s important to note that this event serves as a trial for the U.S. national team, so only U.S. citizens are eligible to compete. In cases where one athlete is not a U.S. citizen, the nominating coach will have to propose their top pair of athletes for the Selection Committee’s approval. The new pair will then be evaluated based on individual point rankings.

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Eight women’s bids to the Collegiate Beach Championships will be granted to the schools attending the NCAA Championship. The NCAA Selection Show will be aired on April 30 on NCAA.com.

NCAA Beach Volleyball

Mark your calendars for the NCAA Selection Show on April 30, airing at 7 p.m. ET on NCAA.com. Eight schools will be chosen to compete at the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship, happening from May 5-7 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Three teams will be selected from the east region, three from the west region, and the remaining two teams will be chosen at-large from across the country. Last year’s inaugural NCAA Championships featured Florida State, USC, Pepperdine, UCLA, Hawaii, Arizona, Georgia State, and Stetson.

The University of Southern California currently holds the top spot in the AVCA Coaches Poll with a perfect 30-0 record this year. They are followed by fellow California schools UCLA at No. 2 and Pepperdine at No. 3. Rounding out the top five are Florida State at No. 4 and Long Beach State at No. 5.

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Junior Beach Tour

For those looking to catch some rising stars in action, there are still three Junior Beach Tour events remaining in April, taking place in Florida, California, and Arizona. Looking ahead, there are 16 events scheduled for May and a total of 60 events throughout the entire summer.

Beach High Performance Tryout

The final Beach High Performance tryout for 2017 is set to take place on April 29-30 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Central Zone tryout is open to boys and girls born between 1999 and 2006.

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Week in Review

Here’s a brief recap of the latest tournaments:

Xiamen 3-Star

  • Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day finished in fifth place, their best team result to date.
  • Ryan Doherty/Avery Drost, in their first tournament together, also finished in fifth place.
  • Sean Rosenthal/Trevor Crabb tied for fifth out of the qualification tournament, marking their best team finish.
  • Tied for 17th place were Kimberly DiCello/Emily Stockman, Caitlin Ledoux/Kendra Vanzwieten, and Stafford Slick/Billy Allen.

NORCECA Cayman Islands

  • Jace Pardon/Lara Dykstra earned silver in their first tournament of the year and Dykstra’s first professional international tournament.
  • Mark Burik/Bill Kolinske earned bronze in their first tournament of the year.
  • Betsi Flint/Kelley Larsen finished fourth in their second NORCECA event of 2017.
  • Jon Mesko/Skylar Del Sol finished in ninth place.

FAQs

Q: When and where will the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship take place?
A: The NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship is scheduled for May 5-7 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Q: How many teams will be selected for the NCAA Championship?
A: Eight schools will be chosen to compete at the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship.

Q: Which teams currently rank in the top five according to the AVCA Coaches Poll?
A: The University of Southern California, UCLA, Pepperdine, Florida State, and Long Beach State occupy the top five spots in the AVCA Coaches Poll.

Q: Are there any upcoming Junior Beach Tour events?
A: Yes, there are still three Junior Beach Tour events in April, followed by 16 events scheduled for May.

Conclusion

As the professional beach volleyball takes a temporary pause, all eyes turn to the junior and collegiate volleyball scenes. The NCAA Selection Show awaits, bringing excitement as it reveals the schools attending the NCAA National Championship and earning automatic bids to the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships. The passion for volleyball continues to grow, and with events like the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships and the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship, the sport’s future shines brightly. Make sure to follow these tournaments closely to witness the stars of tomorrow in action. For more information on beach volleyball and the exciting world of Alpinetgheep, visit Alpinetgheep.

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