Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

Beach Update: USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge, NORCECA La Paz Roster

The Beach Volleyball season is in full swing, with exciting events happening all over the world. In the United States, athletes are preparing for upcoming tournaments, while youth volleyball is gearing up for a thrilling summer. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming events and the talented athletes participating in them.

NORCECA La Paz Tournament

The United States will be participating in the NORCECA La Paz tournament, which will take place from Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9 in Mexico. This tournament is part of the NORCECA Continental Tour and features top professional beach volleyball athletes from around the world.

The U.S. held its first NORCECA playoff on March 22 to determine the teams that would represent the country in La Paz. The second and third-place finishers in the playoff, Jon Mesko/Skylar Del Sol and Stafford Slick/Reid Priddy, will be showcasing their skills in Mexico. On the women’s side, Betsi Flint/Kelley Larsen and Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day, the top two finishers in the playoff, will be competing alongside their experienced partners.

USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge

On Saturday, April 8, USAV is hosting the Beach Collegiate Challenge, an exciting event that brings together top collegiate beach volleyball teams. This tournament provides a platform for these talented young athletes to showcase their skills and compete against some of the best teams in the nation. Among the participating teams are No. 1 ranked USC, No. 15 ranked Arizona State, Loyola Marymount, and Saint Mary’s.

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USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships

From May 11-13, USA Volleyball will be hosting the Collegiate Beach Championships in Hermosa Beach, California. This double-gender event will feature twenty-four women’s pairs and eight men’s pairs competing for a spot on a USA Volleyball collegiate beach national team. The championship gives more schools the opportunity to have a pair title outside of the NCAA’s team championship. It also provides a chance for athletes to represent their country and showcase their skills on a national stage.

FIVB Beach World Championships in Vienna

The highly anticipated 2017 FIVB Beach World Championships are set to take place in Vienna, Austria from July 28 to August 6. This prestigious event will feature 48 teams per gender and will attract some of the best beach volleyball players from around the globe. The United States has a rich history in this event, with five winners and 14 medalists since its inception in 1997. The winners of this year’s event will earn their country an Olympic berth.

Beach High Performance Skills Assessment Camp

The Beach High Performance program is hosting a Skills Assessment Camp in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on April 29-30. This camp is part of the pathway into the High Performance program and gives athletes the opportunity to showcase their skills and earn an invitation to the HP Selection Weekend. The program aims to develop the next generation of beach volleyball stars and provide them with the tools they need to excel at the highest level.

Junior Beach Tour

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The Junior Beach Tour is in full swing, with eight stops scheduled for the month of April. This tour provides young athletes with the opportunity to compete in high-level tournaments across the country. It is a stepping stone for aspiring beach volleyball players to hone their skills and gain valuable experience. The tour attracts players from all over the country and gives them a taste of what it’s like to compete at a professional level.

FAQs

  • Q: How can I participate in the Beach Collegiate Challenge?

    • A: The Beach Collegiate Challenge is an invitation-only event for top collegiate beach volleyball teams. Participating teams are determined based on rankings and performance.
  • Q: Can international players participate in the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships?

    • A: No, the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships are open to athletes who are citizens of the United States and are rostered athletes from a 2017 collegiate volleyball program.

Conclusion

The beach volleyball season is off to a great start with exciting tournaments and talented athletes competing at the highest level. Whether it’s the NORCECA La Paz tournament, the Beach Collegiate Challenge, or the upcoming FIVB Beach World Championships, there is no shortage of thrilling beach volleyball action to enjoy. So grab your sunscreen and get ready to witness the incredible skills and intensity of the beach volleyball world. For more information, visit Alpinetgheep.