Monday, 22 Jul 2024

Premier Men’s Beach Collegiate Tournament Kicks off at Stevenson

Thirty-two men’s beach teams are gearing up for an exciting weekend at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md. as they compete in the premier men’s college beach event in the country, the USA Volleyball Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge.

Hosted by Stevenson University, this tournament holds special significance as the Mustangs made history last weekend by becoming the first NCAA varsity men’s beach volleyball team to compete. Adding to the mix, Webber University brings the heat with eight talented athletes vying for victory at the NAIA level.

Now in its second year, the Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge provides athletes with the opportunity to represent their schools as the sport continues to grow nationwide. The participating athletes will be evaluated by members of the NTDP Beach Scouting Network for potential invitations to future National Team Development Program (NTDP) events.

Exciting Weekend Schedule

The tournament kicks off on Friday afternoon with round-robin pool play, where all teams will participate in two matches. Pool play continues on Saturday morning, and the top three teams from each pool (24 teams in total) will advance to a single-elimination knockout bracket for the rest of the weekend.

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Among the competitors, seven Division I or Division II men’s (indoor) volleyball programs will be represented, including UCLA, St. Francis University, Lewis University, McKendree University, Lincoln Memorial University, Penn State University, and the University of Charleston.

Additionally, seven competitors are already part of the Beach National Team Development Program, showcasing their talent and potential. Players such as Jackson Arnold, Ryan Merk, Asa LaBreche, Tate Colebaugh, Zadyn Labreche, and Robert Nardoni have all participated in the NTDP Training Series. Michael Valenzi has even been named to the 2022 Beach Collegiate National Team.

The action starts at noon Eastern on Friday, with the main draw running from September 11th to 12th.

The Competitors

Here are some of the teams to watch out for:

  • Carlos Jimenez/Jackson Arnold, Webber University
  • Michael Valenzi/Ryan Merk, Penn State University
  • Asa LaBreche/Tate Colebaugh, Lincoln Memorial University
  • Peyten Young/Wesley Blazek, Webber University
  • Zadyn LaBreche/Jacob Miller, Lincoln Memorial University
  • Kody Rogan/Hank Foglia, Randolph-Macon University
  • John Luers/Diego Clark-Kieth, Lincoln Memorial University
  • Sean Carlson/Vaughn McConnell, Arcadia University
  • Tim Flanagan/Ryan Thenell, Stevenson University
  • Johnny Ferraro/Matthew Edwards, St. Francis University/UCLA
  • Kevin Schuele/Robert Nardoni, McKendree University
  • Andrew Guaragno/Justin Tuohy, Vassar College/Rutgers University (Newark)
  • Benjamin Gerdeman/Grant Lorelli, Juniata College
  • Gavin Van Beveren/Payne Lounsbery, Vassar College
  • Cole Bogner/Will Kuhns, Penn State University
  • Jarrett Carrano/Kolby Gibson, Randolph-Macon University
  • Toby Clark/Nick Villamil, Vassar College
  • Daniel Ellison/Tate Jones, North Carolina State University
  • Brian Farrell/Doug Hines, Stevenson University
  • Colton Fitzgerald/Joshua Culpepper, Liberty University
  • Jason Gibbs/Kevin Kauling, Lewis University
  • Brett Gould/Dan Gould, University of Rhode Island
  • Dallas Hitchins/Samuel Pearish, Webber University
  • Jay Hyman/Justin Novoa, Stevenson University
  • Kevin Kouchoukos/Minh Nguyen-Christenson, Stevenson University
  • Kyle Mitchell/Jacob Chapman, Webber University
  • Adian O’Brien/Jack Braverman, Stevenson University
  • Vaughn Ramsey/Jacob Kim, Vassar College
  • Joseph Sarmuksnis/Micah Ernest, Stevenson University
  • Drew Steinmetz/Damien Cole, Campbellsville University
  • Ian Vazquez/Jake Vorburger, University of Charleston
  • Diego Villafane/Garret Schnitker, University of Charleston
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With such a talented lineup, it’s sure to be an exhilarating event that showcases the skills and passion of these college beach volleyball players.

FAQs

Q: How many teams are participating in the Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge?
A: There are thirty-two men’s beach teams competing in the premier men’s college beach event.

Q: Who is hosting the Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge?
A: The tournament is being hosted by Stevenson University.

Q: Are there any notable teams or players in the tournament?
A: Yes, several Division I and Division II men’s volleyball programs are participating, including UCLA, St. Francis University, Penn State University, and more. Additionally, athletes from the Beach National Team Development Program will be showcasing their talent.

Summary

The Premier Men’s Beach Collegiate Tournament is set to make waves at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md. with thirty-two teams battling it out for glory. This highly anticipated event is the premier men’s college beach event in the country, where talented athletes from various universities will compete to represent their schools. With seven Division I or Division II volleyball programs in the mix, alongside athletes from the Beach National Team Development Program, the level of competition promises to be intense. So mark your calendars, and get ready to witness some thrilling beach volleyball action at the Men’s Beach Collegiate Challenge! Visit Alpinetgheep.com for more information.