COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 21, 2013) – Four U.S. beach volleyball teams will get the 2013 international season started on March 22-24 at the NORCECA Beach Circuit event on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman on the Cayman Islands.
| Todd Rogers passes the ball during the 2012 Olympic Games
The biggest name in the event will be 2008 Olympic gold medalist Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) who will be making his competitive debut with new partner Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.). Joining Doherty and Rogers in the men’s bracket will be the U.S. team of Casey Jennings (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Stafford Slick (Andover, Minn.).
Puerto Ricans Puerto Ricans Roberto Rodriguez and Eric Haddock, who won the Cayman Islands tournament in 2012, are slated to return.
On the women’s side, the U.S. team of Jenny Kropp (Grand Island, Neb.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) is scheduled to compete along with Jennifer Fopma (Bellflower, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.).
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOLS BEGIN BEACH VOLLEYBALL
With backing from the Carolina Region of USA Volleyball, beach volleyball enthusiasts in North Carolina have begun efforts to get the sport established in high schools across the state.
With backing from Carolina Region and volleyball coaches, administrators, and parents at several schools, a North Carolina High School Sand Volleyball Association – NCHSSVA (www.nchssva.appspot.com) was formed in late 2012 as a non-profit.
The goal is to get the sport sanctioned by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) in the next few years. Approximately 25 percent of member schools must show interest and participation in a sport prior to becoming sanctioned.
The first high school sand volleyball competition in North Carolina was held March 15-16. Charter schools for 2013 inaugural season have been broken into two regions: the Triangle Area (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) includes Apex, Carrboro, Middle Creek, Athens Drive, Broughton, Cardinal Gibbons, Ravenscroft, and St. David’s. The New Bern (eastern North Carolina) includes the Epiphany School.
“Interest going into this first season has exceeded all expectations,” said Mark Nalevanko, Carolina Region beach director and NCHSSVA president. “We’re already looking ahead to next year where we could easily see a doubling or tripling of participating schools across North Carolina.
“The popularity of junior beach volleyball in North Carolina has exploded in recent years and there’s no reason it won’t continue, especially given the increasing opportunities with the sport as an emerging sport in the NCAA.”
With backing from USA Volleyball’s Arizona Region, the Arizona Interscholastic Association sanctioned sand volleyball as a high school sport in 2011. Though it is not sanctioned, beach volleyball is a club sport at many California high schools.