|Irene Pollock dives for the ball at the FIVB World Tour event in Shepparton, Australia|
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 4, 2018) – USA Volleyball is supporting the FIVB and the AVP in their new partnership.
The FIVB Huntington Beach Open will be held May 2-6 and will bring the best international athletes to American soil, uniting the sport of beach volleyball on a global scale.
Bringing the AVP pro beach volleyball tour together with the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour provides new opportunities for the sport and its athletes. This partnership lays the foundation for future collaboration, providing U.S. athletes an opportunity to compete and hone their skills on the international stage, ultimately creating a stronger pipeline of American beach volleyball athletes for the Olympic Games.
“USA Volleyball is proud to support the AVP and FIVB during this Huntington Beach event. It is wonderful for our national team athletes to have another opportunity to compete in a world-class event on American soil and I am convinced that this will be a great event for the players and fans alike,” said USAV CEO Jamie Davis.
In addition to watching top beach teams battle for gold, fans can enjoy an interactive sponsor village experience, including the AVP Jump Zone, top local food options, AVP’s new wine and beer garden right on the sand (age 21+, ID required), the kid-friendly bounce house, tunes provided by DJ Roueche, and more.
The FIVB Huntington Beach Open will showcase a brand-new stadium with more general admission seating and multiple adult beverage stands that are open to the public.
As with all AVP events, general admission is free for everyone. Attendees looking for a more elevated experience with luxurious seating, food, drinks and amazing court views can purchase VIP tickets. To learn more and/or to purchase VIP tickets, please visit avp.com/tickets/huntington-beach.
For fans and followers unable to attend, tune in to avp.com/live to watch all stadium court matches as well as the finals on NBCSN on May 6 at 4 p.m. PT.
BACK TO THE BEACH
After a long break, U.S. beach teams will be back in action on the FIVB World Tour on April 8-11 at the SMM Pak Bara Beach Satun, a one-star event in Thailand.
Two U.S. women’s team are scheduled to compete in Thailand, Irene Pollock/Amanda Dowdy and Caitlin Ledoux/Emily Stockman will start in the main draw while Bree Scarbrough/Aurora Davis (coached by Josh Davis) are a reserve team.
The 2018 NORCECA Beach Tour will open on April 13-15 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
U.S. women’s team scheduled to compete are Kim Smith/Mackenzie Ponnet and Kelly Reeves/Brittany Howard.
Smith and Ponnet beat Reeves and Howard, 21-13, 21-18 to win the NORCECA playoff on March 14 in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Kelly Larsen and Emily Stockman finished third, defeating Lane Carico and Jace Pardon, 21-12, 19-21, 15-12.
Men’s teams scheduled to compete are Reid Priddy/Troy Field and Eric Zaun/Ed Ratledge.
Priddy and Field finished second at the NORCECA playoff, falling to Avery Drost and Chase Frisman, 21-17, 21-14 in the final. Zaun and Ratledge placed third, beating Bill Kolinske and Miles Evans, 21-19, 21-17.
Sports medicine in Aguascalientes will be provided by Bill Ito.
XIAMEN IS COMING
Eight U.S. beach teams are scheduled to compete at the FIVB four-star event on April 18-22 in Xiamen, China.
Women’s Main Draw (in order of seeding)
Sara Hughes/Summer Ross (Coach Jose Loiola)
April Ross/Alix Klineman (Coach Jen Kessy)
Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branagh (Coach Marcio Sicoli)
Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar
Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman
Men’s Main Draw (in order of seeding)
Theo Brunner/John Hyden (Coach Evie Matthews)
Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb (Coach Rich Lambourne)
Billy Kolinske/Miles Evans
Sports Medicine: Aimee Miyazawa and Ciara Cappo