COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Volleyball’s professional beach teams will celebrate Independence Day this year with the start of the Gstaad 5 Star in Switzerland. Later in the week, the Beach High Performance program will host the Collegiate Beach Open in Huntington Beach, California.

In Switzerland, USA has eight teams in the main draw, and another two playing in qualification on July 4. The 5-Star tournament is the last at that designation in 2017, and part of a two-week swing that is preparing teams for the FIVB Beach World Championships, which is set to start July 28.

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On July 4, John Hyden/Ryan Doherty and Emily Stockman/Kimberly DiCello will play in the second round of qualification, respectively, to advance into the main draw. USA has four men’s and women’s teams in the main draw. Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross are the top seeded women’s team, at sixth. Earning a wild card were Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branagh, a break after the duo were eliminated in country quota last week in Croatia. Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are once again the top U.S. men’s seed, entering the tournament ranked third.

The event will be live streamed through the Swatch Major Series, here, as well as through the FIVB Youtube.

FIVB Gstaad 5-Star Roster 
Athletes    Coach Entry
Brooke Sweat  Summer Ross Ty Tramblie Main Draw
Kelly Claes  Sara Hughes   Main Draw
Lauren Fendrick April Ross Jon Daze  Main Draw
Kerri Walsh Jennings  Nicole Branagh Marcio Sicoli  Main Draw Wild Card
Emily Stockman Kimberly DiCello   Qualification/Country Quota
Brittany Hochevar Emily Day Hector Gutierrez Country Quota
       
Phil Dalhausser Nick Lucena Jason Lochhead Main Draw
Casey Patterson  Theo Brunner Rich Lambourne Main Draw
Jake Gibb Taylor Crabb Marcio Sicoli  Main Draw
Sean Rosenthal Trevor Crabb   Main Draw
John Hyden Ryan Doherty   Qualification
       
Staff       
Sean Scott Team Lead/Video    
Aimee Miyazawa USAV Beach Head Athletic Trainer    
Anthony Darmiento USAV Strength and Conditioning    
Karla Solum Sports Medicine, DC    
Tyler Widdison Scout    

COLLEGIATE BEACH OPEN
This week the USA Volleyball High Performance program will host the Collegiate Beach Open, July 6-8, in Huntington Beach, Calif. The Collegiate Beach Open is the first of two championship events in July, and will serve as the premiere event for the older athletes (U21/U23) in the HP pipeline. At the end of the month, the younger athletes that played in the zonal championships will compete at the USA Junior Beach Championships.

High Performance uses camps to assess its junior beach national team programs annually, for teams that compete in tournaments like the 2017 FIVB U21 World Championships, which follows next week in China, July 11-16. Click here to view the Beach High Performance National Teams that the HP program has identified in 2017. Click here to see the full Beach High Performance schedule.

JUNIOR BEACH TOUR
This week, seven tournaments sprinkle the schedule in the Midwest and West Coast. There are 12 JBT tournaments remaining in the regular season. The JBT Championships in Siesta Key, Florida, will run from July 20-25. Click here for complete information about Junior Beach Tour Championships, including athlete information, local deals and schedules.

WEEK IN REVIEW
Porec 5-Star
– Tied for 5th: Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes, their second Top 5 finish on the World Tour since they graduated from USC in May; Casey Patterson/Theo Brunner, their second T5 finish this season; Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb, the third time they’ve tied for fifth in four events during 2017
– Tied for 9th: Lauren Fendrick/Lane Carico, their second and best T25 finish in 2017; Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, their lowest finish since May of 2016 (t17th)
– Tied for 17th: Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross, their earliest exit on the World Tour this year, but fourth T25 finish
– Tied for 25th: Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day, their sixth T25 finish in 2017, the most for a U.S. women’s team

UPCOMING EVENTS | Add to your schedule
July 4-9 FIVB Gstaad 5-Star
July 6-8 Collegiate Beach Open
July 6-9 AVP San Francisco
July 11-16 FIVB U21 World Championships
July 12-16 FIVB Long Beach Presidents Cup
July 14-16 NORCECA Varadero
July 14-16 FIVB Daegu 1-Star
July 19-23 FIVB Olsztyn 4-Star
July 20-22 FIVB Ulsan 1-Star
July 20-23 AVP Hermosa Beach
July 20-25 Junior Beach Tour Championships
July 21-23 FIVB Agadir 1-Star
July 28-30 FIVB Espinho 2-Star
July 28-Aug. 6 FIVB Beach World Championships
July 31-Aug. 2 USA Junior Beach Championships

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