Tuesday, 23 Jul 2024

Beach Update: Rio Roster, NORCECA Playoff #2

The FIVB World Tour is making a comeback after a three-week break, with the NORCECA Continental Tour playoff taking place in Manhattan Beach on May 16.

The collegiate beach volleyball season came to a close with the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships in Hermosa Beach, California. Now, teams are gearing up for the FIVB World Tour, AVP Tour, and NORCECA.

At the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, the United States is sending six teams to the main draw, along with one women’s team through qualification. The 4-Star tournament will feature a 32-team main draw per gender and a single-elimination qualification round with 16 teams, advancing eight teams to the main draw. The top three teams from each pool will move on to the round of 24 for the main draw single elimination. The tournament begins on May 17, with the main draw starting on the 18th and the medal matches concluding the event on May 21.

Among the women’s teams, Lane Carico and Lauren Fendrick are partnering up for their first FIVB tournament. They recently played together at the AVP Huntington Beach Open on May 4. Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, newly graduated and officially professional, will also be making their debut in Rio. As for the men’s pairs, all three teams have previous experience playing together. Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar, as well as Kimberly DiCello and Emily Stockman, will also represent the U.S. in the tournament.

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Here is the complete roster for the FIVB Rio 4-Star tournament:

Athletes

  • Lane Carico
  • Lauren Fendrick
  • Kelly Claes
  • Sara Hughes
  • Emily Day
  • Brittany Hochevar
  • Kimberly DiCello
  • Emily Stockman
  • Casey Patterson
  • Theo Brunner
  • Jake Gibb
  • Taylor Crabb
  • John Hyden
  • Ryan Doherty

Staff

  • Chad Beauchamp (Sports Medicine, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS)
  • Ciara Cappo (Sports Medicine, DC)

In the last NORCECA playoff, we saw a star-studded lineup competing for spots in the tour. This time around, NORCECA veterans will headline the action. The playoff will award spots in three NORCECA Continental Tour tournaments: Ochos Rios, Jamaica (June 23-25), Varadero, Cuba (July 14-16), and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Sept. 15-17).

Here are the top seeds for the men’s and women’s brackets:

  • Men’s:
    1. Billy Allen/Stafford Slick
    2. John Mayer/Jeremy Casebeer
    3. Jon Mesko/Skylar Del Sol
  • Women’s:
    1. Kelley Larsen/Betsi Flint
    2. Caitlin Ledoux/Kendra Vanzwieten
    3. Kerri Schuh/Kimberly Hildreth

The women’s bracket will also feature Delaney Knudsen and Corinne Quiggle, who recently concluded their collegiate season at the NCAA Championship and USAV Collegiate Beach Championships.

Looking ahead, mark your calendars for the USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour Championships, set to take place in Siesta Key, Florida, from July 20-25. This event offers championship titles to boys and girls in age groups 12 and under, 14U, 16U, and 18U. The Championships have two divisions: Open and Club. The Club division is for participants who have not earned a bid on the Junior Beach Tour. There are 52 more JBT events before the Championships.

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The Beach High Performance program will host its first Collegiate Beach National Team training block from May 22-26. This training block is tied to the USAV Collegiate Beach Championships, with the winning pairs securing spots on a national team for future competitions that Beach HP may compete in.

In review, the USAV Collegiate Beach Championships saw some outstanding performances. Congratulations to Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes from USC for clinching the gold medal in the women’s division. In the men’s division, the team of Lucas Yoder (USC) and Michael Saeta (UC Irvine) claimed the gold. Terese Cannon and Nicolette Martin (USC) took home the silver in the women’s division, while the team of Jackson Bantle and Hagen Smith (UCLA) secured the silver in the men’s division. Bronze medals were awarded to Corinne Quiggle and Brittany Howard (Pepperdine) in the women’s division, and Nathan Vander Meer (Davenport) and Logan Webber (Cincinnati Christian) in the men’s division.

FAQs

Q: When does the FIVB World Tour resume?
A: The FIVB World Tour resumes after a three-week break, with the NORCECA Continental Tour playoff happening in Manhattan Beach on May 16.

Q: How many teams is the United States sending to the main draw in Rio?
A: The United States is sending six teams to the main draw in Rio, along with one women’s team through qualification.

Q: Who are the top seeds in the men’s and women’s brackets for the NORCECA playoff?
A: The top seeds in the men’s bracket are Billy Allen/Stafford Slick, John Mayer/Jeremy Casebeer, and Jon Mesko/Skylar Del Sol. In the women’s bracket, the top seeds are Kelley Larsen/Betsi Flint, Caitlin Ledoux/Kendra Vanzwieten, and Kerri Schuh/Kimberly Hildreth.

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Summary

The FIVB World Tour is back, and the NORCECA Continental Tour playoff is set to take place in Manhattan Beach. The United States is sending multiple teams to compete in the main draw in Rio, alongside one women’s team through qualification. The tournament promises an exciting showdown of top athletes from around the world. Additionally, the NORCECA playoff will determine participants for three continental tour tournaments. Stay tuned for upcoming beach volleyball events and championships, including the USA Volleyball Junior Beach Tour Championships in Florida. The Beach High Performance program is also hosting its first Collegiate Beach National Team training block.