COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 11, 2023) – Women’s college beach players will take center stage on Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the 2023 USA Volleyball Women’s Beach Collegiate Challenge in Virginia Beach, Va.
The 2023 Women’s Beach Collegiate Challenge will be the first held on the East Coast. It is running alongside the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival. Other Beach NTDP events that are part of the Festival are the U21 Beach National Team Training Block and the Beach NTDP Fall Training Series.
“We are so excited to host this event during our 49th Annual Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend,” said Bo Wilkinson, VP of Operations, Virginia Beach Neptune Festival. “It is an honor that the Women’s Beach Collegiate Challenge will take place on our sand, and we know our guests will be thrilled to watch the action. We can’t wait to Celebrate the Beach Life with you in September.”
“Old Dominion Region is proud to be hosting and supporting the 2023 Women’s Beach Collegiate Challenge to help continue to develop women’s and girls beach volleyball, specifically on the East Coast,” ODR Beach Coordinator Kris Wojieck-Stein said. “It is our goal to continue to grow beach volleyball and showcase what hard work and big dreams can achieve.”
The event will be open to 32 pairs of female beach collegiate athletes who will have the opportunity to be scouted through the USAV Beach National Scouting Network. The Beach Collegiate Challenge is used for consideration for selection to determine Beach National Team Age groups and related events.
Event registration is now open at usav.bracketpal.com.
Should the event exceed capacity, USA Volleyball will invite pairs based on a variety of criteria and then on a first-come, first-served basis.
All 32 pairs are guaranteed three matches over a two-day span in the four-team pool play format, with the top 24 teams advancing to a single-elimination bracket.
The 2022 women’s event hosted nine teams with the LSU pair of Kylie DeBerg and Ellie Shank claiming gold.