COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Professional beach volleyball is nearing the halfway mark on the FIVB World Tour, while USA Volleyball's junior programs have begun the countdown to the summer postseason.
On the FIVB World Tour this week, the schedule will feature the first of many concurrent tournaments that will have USA athletes spread across the globe. USAV has teams playing in The Netherlands (June 14-18), China (June 16-18) and in Monaco (June 17-18).
For the juniors, USAV wrapped its first High Performance zonal championship, last weekend in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Central Zone Championships marked the first time that USA Volleyball held a zone-based championship for athletes to earn their way into the Beach High Performance Championships. On the Junior Beach Tour, there are 10 events remaining in June. The Championships are headed to Siesta Key, Florida, the second time the event has been hosted on the East Coast. Read more on the juniors below.
FIVB WORLD TOUR – THE HAGUE 3 STAR
For the first time, a World Tour event will be hosted in the same venue and played simultaneously as a FIVB World League event. In The Hague, Netherlands, the U.S. has two men's and women's teams in the main draw. Another two, per gender, will try to make it to pool play after contention in the qualification tournament on June 14. The tournament will feature a 32 team main draw bracket, with the semifinals being played on June 17, and the finals on June 18. All semifinal and finals matches will be live streamed on the FIVB Volleyball Youtube channel, click here.
|FIVB The Hague 3-Star Roster|
|April Ross||Lauren Fendrick||Main Draw|
|Brooke Sweat||Summer Ross||Main Draw|
|Emily Day||Brittany Hochevar||Qualification|
|Lane Carico||Caitlin Ledoux||Qualification|
|Casey Patterson||Theo Brunner||Main Draw|
|Stafford Slick||Billy Allen||Main Draw Wild Card|
|Sean Rosenthal||Trevor Crabb||Qualification|
|Marty Lorenz||Taylor Crabb||Qualification|
|Carlos Roel||Sports Medicine, PT, ATC|
|Mike Bohrnsen||Sports Medicine, DC, DACBSP|
FIVB WORLD TOUR – NANJING 2 STAR
In China, three USA teams will play in the women's only 24-team main draw single elimination bracket. Beginning on June 16, the semifinals and finals will be played on June 18. Seeded third overall are Kimberly DiCello/Emily Stockman, who fared well in their last 2-Star tournament, tying for fifth in Sydney. The duo also have one gold under their belt, winning Langkawi 1 Star in April. Joining them are Betsi Flint/Kelley Larsen, and Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock.
|FIVB Nanjing 2-Star Roster|
|Kimberly DiCello||Emily Stockman||Main Draw|
|Betsi Flint||Kelley Larsen||Main Draw|
|Amanda Dowdy||Irene Pollock||Main Draw|
FIVB WORLD TOUR – MONACO 1 STAR
The second women's only event of the week is a 1 Star tournament that will be held June 17-18 in Monaco, a sovereign city-state located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. Situated by the Mediterranean Sea, the event will play out on Larvotto Beach for USA's lone team, Lara Dykstra/Jace Pardon. The duo will play in the 16 team, single elimination bracket in both athletes' first career FIVB World Tour event.
|FIVB Monaco 1-Star Roster|
|Lara Dykstra||Jace Pardon||Main Draw|
BEACH HIGH PERFORMANCE
Three Beach High Performance zonal championships remain after the Iowa Region hosted the first ever High Performance Central Zone Championships, in Cedar Rapids last weekend. The zonal process continues as the camps and championships now head to the Pacific Zone, with the June 12-16 schedule being hosted in Monterey, California. Following that, concurrent events will be hosted in the Atlantic Zone and Border Zone, from June 19-24.
The July 6-8 national collegiate aged championships will be held in Huntington Beach, Calif., and the USA Junior Beach Championships, are July 31-Aug. 2, in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Click here to see the 2017 High Performance schedule.
2017 JUNIOR BEACH TOUR
For the first time since 2015, and the second time ever in the program's history, the Junior Beach Tour Championships return to the East Coast. In the 2017 edition, the JBT Champs will be hosted in Siesta Key, Florida, on the famed Siesta Beach.
With the Championships two months away, there are still dozens of events left across the country to compete in, in 20 different states. Titles are up for grabs on the Junior Beach Tour, and at the Championships, for boys and girls in age groups 12 and under, 14U, 16U and 18U. Click here to learn more about the Junior Beach Tour.
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June 14-18 FIVB The Hague 3-Star
June 16-18 FIVB Nanjing 2-Star
June 17-18 FIVB Monaco 1-Star
June 23-25 FIVB Nantong 2-Star
June 23-25 NORCECA Ohos Rios
June 27 – July 2 FIVB Porec 5-Star
July 4-9 FIVB Gstaad 5-Star
July 6-9 AVP San Francisco
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