U.S. Teams Begin International Beach Season

By BJ Evans | April 21, 2014, 5:56 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 21, 2014) – The 2014 international beach volleyball season begins this week as U.S. players will travel to tournaments in Fuzhou, China and Cayman Islands.

The 2014 FIVB World Tour gets started on Tuesday in Fuzhou, China with the men’s qualification bracket. The U.S. team of John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii) is ranked No. 11 in the qualifier and will play Austria’s No. 22 Michael Murauer and Florian Schnetzer in the first round.

The U.S. team of Avery Drost (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Ty Tramblie (Newport Beach, Calif.) is ranked No. 25 in the qualifier and will play No. 8 Selçuk Sekerci and Murat Giginoglu of Turkey in the first round.

The U.S. men’s team of Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) is entered directly into the main draw on Wednesday in Fuzhou.

On the women’s side, the U.S. team of Allison Daley (Grass Valley, Calif.) and Kendra VanZwieten (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) will begin in the qualification bracket on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the U.S. teams of Kerri Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.); Jennifer Fopma (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) along with Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.) will begin play in the main draw.

The 2014 NORCECA Beach Continental Tour will begin on Friday in the Cayman Islands. The U.S. teams of Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Stafford Slick (Andover, Minn.) along with Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) will play in the men’s tournament.

The U.S. pairs of Tealle Hunkus (Girard, Ohio) and Kim Dicello (San Diego) along with Christal Engle (Pallyup, Wash.) and Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) will compete for the women.