COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Professional beach volleyball will take a back seat to junior and collegiate volleyball this week in the U.S. This weekend's NCAA Selection Show will reveal the eight schools attending the NCAA National Championship and automatic bids to the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships.
Professional tours are taking the week off, opening up maximum exposure for amateur beach volleyball. Here in the U.S., schools are prepping for the collegiate postseason, the beginning of summer break and an expanding Junior Beach Tour schedule.
Last week, Olympian April Ross discussed the collegiate beach competition and the USAV Collegiate Beach Championships with fellow Olympian Holly McPeak and broadcaster Anne Marie Anderson. This week, McPeak and Anderson will talk with Kerri Walsh Jennings on Facebook Live, April 26, starting at 9:30 a.m. PT. Fans can ask questions for the three during the show, click here to watch on April 26.
USA VOLLEYBALL COLLEGIATE BEACH CHAMPIONSHIPS
USA Volleyball host the first event of the Team USA Summer Champions Series, May 11-13 in Hermosa Beach, California. The women's final will air live on NBCSN, May 13, 6 p.m. ET, followed by the men's final on tape delay.
Eight automatic women's bids to the CBC will come from the schools attending the NCAA Championship. The NCAA's Selection Show is on April 30 on NCAA.com.
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Watch the NCAA Selection Show on April 30, 7 p.m. ET on NCAA.com. Eight schools will be chosen to play at the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship, May 5-7 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Three teams will be selected from the east region, three from the west region and the two remaining teams will be selected at-large from across the country. At the inaugural 2016 NCAA Championships, the teams were: Florida State, USC, Pepperdine, UCLA, Hawaii, Arizona, Georgia State and Stetson.
The University of Southern California remains atop the AVCA Coaches Poll with a 30-0 record this year. Behind them are fellow California schools, No. 2 UCLA, and No. 3 Pepperdine. Rounding out the top five are No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 Long Beach State.
Click here, for the full 2017 NCAA Championship schedule.
JUNIOR BEACH TOUR
Three events remain in the month of April, in Florida, California and Arizona. Looking ahead, there are 16 events in May and 60 total left this summer. Click here for the Junior Beach Tour schedule.
BEACH HIGH PERFORMANCE TRYOUT
The final 2017 Beach High Performance tryout is April 29-30 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Central Zone tryout is open to boys and girls born in 1999-2006. Click here to learn more about the Beach HP pipeline.
WEEK IN REVIEW
- Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day had a team best fifth-place finish
- Ryan Doherty/Avery Drost finished fifth in their first tournament together
- Sean Rosenthal/Trevor Crabb tied for fifth out of the qualification tournament, their best team finish
- Tied for 17th: Kimberly DiCello/Emily Stockman, Caitlin Ledoux/Kendra Vanzwieten; Stafford Slick/Billy Allen
- Jace Pardon/Lara Dykstra earned silver in their first tournament of the year and in Dykstra's first professional international tournament
- Mark Burik/Bill Kolinske earned bronze in their first tournament of the year
- Betsi Flint/Kelley Larsen finished fourth in their second NORCECA event of 2017
- Jon Mesko/Skylar Del Sol finished in ninth
UPCOMING EVENTS | Add to your schedule
May 4-7 AVP Huntington Beach
May 5-7 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship
May 11-13 USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships
May 17-21 FIVB Rio 4-Star
May 18-21 AVP Austin
May 23-28 FIVB Lucerne 4-Star
May 31 – June 4 FIVB Moscow 3-Star
USA Volleyball USA wins two medals at NORCECA Cayman Islands
USA Volleyball Three beach teams tie for fifth in Xiamen
NORCECA Flint and Larsen among women's semifinalists in Cayman Islands
NORCECA Pardon and Dkystra score two wins on day one at Grand Cayman
FIVB Doherty and Drost successfully join forces in Xiamen
FIVB Ledoux/Vanzwieten secure Xiamen main draw spot
FIVB American collegiate beach volleyball enters final weeks of 2017 season