U.S. Beach Teams Bound for Honolulu
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 6, 2013) - The Second Annual Hilton HHonorsTM Beach Volleyball Challenge, sponsored by the Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Reserve Card, will take place Nov. 15-17 at Waikiki Beach Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu. The event will feature top beach players from the United States, China and Canada.
| Top from left, April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings.
Bottom from left, Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser
The men’s participants will be Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal from the United States, Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk from Canada and WU Jiaxin and LI Jian from China. On the women’s side, the United States will be represented by Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, while Canada will have Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas and China has entered Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia.
The three-day event starts the evening of Nov. 15 with a VIP Hawaiian lu’au, fireworks show and athlete meet-and-greet. Competition begins on Nov. 16 with men’s and women’s round-robin match play from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hawaii Time. On Nov. 17, Hawaiian volleyball legend Kevin Wong will conduct a kids' beach volleyball clinic from 8-10 a.m. The men’s and women’s semifinals are scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m., followed by both gender championships at 12:30 p.m.
Hilton HHonorsTM is offering a spectator package for fans to come and watch the event. The package includes tickets to the lu’au, firework show and meet-and-greet with athletes on Nov. 15, as well as VIP tickets to the Hilton HHonorsTM Beach Volleyball Challenge matches on Nov. 16-17.
Tickets can be purchased by calling Hilton Hawaiian Village at 808-949-4321 or visiting hhonors.com/beachvolleyballchallenge.
The event was created in 2012 as an extension of Hilton HHonors’ partnerships with the U.S. Olympic Committee, Chinese Olympic Committee and USA Volleyball. And, after the recent announcement as official hotel supplier of the Canadian Olympic Team, HHonors is excited to include Canada as a participating country for the 2013 event.
In the 2012 event, USA’s Ross and Jennifer Kessy defeated China’s Chen Xue and Xi Zhang in two sets as the four 2012 Olympians battled on the sand. On the men’s side, Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, playing for the last time as a pair, won two close sets over China’s Penggen Wu and Linyin Xu.
Hilton HHonors serves as the official hotel partner of USA Volleyball. Hilton HHonors offers USA Volleyball athletes, professional members, families and fans the opportunity to save up to 15 percent at participating hotels within the Hilton HHonors portfolio by visiting HHonors.com/USAVolleyball. In addition to the discount, a portion of each completed hotel stay will directly support USA Volleyball. The Hilton HHonors portfolio is comprised of 10 distinct hotel brands, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels& Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.
About Hilton HHonors
Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, offers approximately 38 million members more ways to earn and redeem points than any other guest-loyalty program, enabling them to create experiences worth sharing at more than 4,000 hotels in 90 countries and territories. HHonors members can now redeem points for any room, anywhere, anytime, including the most luxurious suites, using any of four room rewards: Premium Room Rewards, Room Upgrade Rewards, Points & Money Rewards and Standard Room Rewards. In addition, HHonors members can use points to purchase unique experience rewards, merchandise and vacation packages, make charitable contributions and more. HHonors is also the only guest-loyalty program to offer ‘No Blackout Dates’ and ‘Points & Miles’ for the same stay at its properties worldwide, including participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels& Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. Membership in HHonors is free, and travelers may enroll online by visiting HiltonHHonors.com or connect with Hilton HHonors at news.hiltonhhonors.com. Members can now also book reservations, manage their accounts and redeem special offers with the new Hilton HHonors mobile app for iPhone.