Thursday, 23 May 2024

Beach Update: World Tour Comes to Cincinnati

Welcome to the latest update on the world of beach volleyball! We are excited to announce that the FIVB Cincinnati Open is about to kick off, bringing Olympic-caliber competition to the United States. In this article, we’ll give you all the details you need to know about this thrilling event.

American Teams on Home Soil

For American fans, this is a golden opportunity to witness their favorite teams compete on home soil. The Cincinnati Open, taking place at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, is the only U.S. FIVB event before the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Countdown Begins

With only three tournaments left before the next chance to qualify for the Olympics, the Cincinnati Open is the last chance for fans to see top-notch beach volleyball action from multiple countries. It’s a must-see event for any beach volleyball enthusiast.

All Eyes on Cincinnati

The tournament will kick off with the country quota playoff on May 16, followed by the qualification tournament on May 17. Pool play for both genders will begin on May 18, with the elimination rounds starting on May 20. The finals will be held on May 21, and you can catch all the action on NBC Sports Network.

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Provisional Olympic Rankings

As of May 16, 2016, here are the provisional Olympic rankings for both men and women:

  • Women:

    • Kerri Walsh Jennings/April Ross – 115,290 points
    • Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Sweat – 164,410 points
    • Jennifer Kessy/Emily Day – 193,980 points
  • Men:

    • Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson – 5,180 points
    • Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena – 105,080 points
    • John Hyden/Tri Bourne – 174,730 points

The Road to the Olympics

After the Cincinnati Open, there are only three more events before the provisional Olympic rankings close on June 13. This deadline represents the next chance for countries to earn quota spots for the Olympics. Following the Cincinnati Open, teams will compete in two final grand slams in Moscow, Russia, and Hamburg, Germany.

More Exciting Events to Come

Once the Olympics conclude, beach volleyball fans can look forward to the Long Beach Grand Slam (World Series of Beach Volleyball). This event will not only feature U.S. Olympians but also a large contingent of players from other countries. The Long Beach Grand Slam will start on August 23, offering fans another thrilling beach volleyball experience.


Q: How many tournaments are left before the next Olympic qualification opportunity?
Three tournaments remain before the provisional Olympic rankings close on June 13.

Q: When does the Cincinnati Open take place?
The Cincinnati Open will be held from May 17 to May 22.

Q: Where can I watch the finals of the Cincinnati Open?
The finals will be aired on NBC Sports Network on May 21.


The FIVB Cincinnati Open is set to deliver an exciting week of beach volleyball action. With American teams playing on home soil and international stars competing for a chance to qualify for the Olympics, this is an event not to be missed. Stay tuned for more updates on the world of beach volleyball and mark your calendars for the Cincinnati Open! For more information about Alpinetgheep, visit here.

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