Beach Pairs the Focus of Collegiate Championships

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | Feb. 11, 2019, 11:09 a.m. (ET)
LSU beach players celebrate
Kristen Nuss and Claire Coppola of LSU celebrate victory at the 2018 Collegiate Beach Championships.
 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb, 11, 2019) – Top collegiate pairs will go head-to-head at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships, part of the 2019 Team USA Championships Series, presented by Xfinity, on May 8-11 in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Registration for the event will open Feb. 19 at bracketpal.com.

The Collegiate Beach Championships give women’s and men’s collegiate beach volleyball pairs a chance to shine and gets top athletes in the national team pipeline.

On the women’s side, it allows more schools the opportunity to have a pair title outside of the NCAA's team championship that will be held May 3-5.

For the men, it puts a focus on the college beach game.

Teams that medal will be invited to train with the USAV Collegiate Beach National Team.

The women’s final will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. The men’s final and preliminary rounds will be live streamed at USAVolleyball.org.

A maximum of 32 teams from each gender will compete in the main draw tournament, which starts May 9. The qualification bracket (played on May 8) will send eight teams of each gender, out of a maximum of 24, to the main draw.

LSU Tigers Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss won the 2018 women’s title while Florida State’s Jon Justice and Adam Wienckowski won the men’s championship.