HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (May 7, 2018) – Top collegiate beach volleyball pairs will hit the sand on May 10-12 in Hermosa Beach for the Bridgestone USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships, part of the 2018 Team USA Summer Champions Series presented by Xfinity.

The dual-gendered pairs event returns with a 30-team women’s bracket and eight-team men’s competition. The finals will be televised on NBCSN from 4-6 p.m. ET on May 12. A qualifier originally planned for May 9 has been cancelled.

Women’s and men’s teams will be playing for a spot to represent the United States at the 2018 FISU World University Championship

Women’s pairs will represent 2018 NCAA Championship runner-up Florida State as well as Cal Poly, Cal, Long Beach State, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Grand Canyon, Houston Baptist, Louisiana State, Pepperdine, St. Mary’s College of California, South Carolina, TCU, Tulane, Alabama-Birmingham, North Carolina-Wilmington, Hawaii and Washington.

Men’s pairs will represent Florida State, Hawaii, Concordia, Penn State, Pepperdine, Quincy, UC Irvine and UCLA.

The action begins on Thursday morning with pool play and continues on Friday with the men’s semifinals. The women’s semifinals and medal matches will be Saturday.

The event is free and open to the public. Volunteers are needed. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.

The Team USA Social Truck presented by OREO will be at the Hermosa Beach Promenade on May 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The truck – which is free and open to the public – will feature multiple social interactive elements, along with a prize wheel and free OREO cookies samples. Additionally, three-time Olympic beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh Jennings (1:30-2:30 p.m.) and the U.S. beach team of Sara Hughes and Summer Ross (10-11 a.m.) will be signing autographs.

The Bridgestone USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships is part of the 2018 Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Xfinity. The Champions Series showcases numerous Olympic sports throughout the season, highlighting the year-round quest of Team USA athletes to compete at the Olympic Games.

Collegiate Beach Championships Pools


Pool A

1 Quiggle/Kraft (Pepperdine)
2 Gaffney/Lindahl (Cal)
3 Van Winden/Sonny (Cal Poly)

Pool B

1 Freire/Paranagua (Florida State)
2 Karelov/Reinking (Long Beach State)
3 Allen/Davenport (Louisiana State)

Pool C

1 Roh/Bauer (Pepperdine)
2 Luke/Horton (Florida State)
3 Mannisto/Schnieder (South Carolina)
4 Van Gunst/Van Gunst (Georgia State)

Pool D

1 Forbes/Bunn (Hawaii)
2 Kinlaw/Morris (Florida Atlantic)
3 Smith/Villapando (Stanford)
4 Wooten/Horton (Houston Baptist)

Pool E

1 Bates/Smith (South Carolina)
2 Mirkovic/Inman (Cal Berkeley)
3 Scarbrough/Pellitteri (Florida Atlantic)
4 Lott/Kline (North Carolina – Wilmington)

Pool F

1 Powers/Domanski (Louisiana State)
2 House/Hill (TCU)
3 Slattery/Leiphardt (Loyola Marymount)
4 Creamer/Weiner (Georgia State)

Pool G

1 Turner/Towne (Grand Canyon)
4 McHugh/Mertz (Tulane)
3 Armer/Hinojosa (Houston Baptist)
2 Coppola/Nuss (Louisiana State)


Pool A

1 Bantle/McLaren (Penn State)
3 Friedman/Chakravorti (UC Irvine)
2 Mullahey/Yoshimoto (Pepperdine)

Pool B

1 Justice/Wienckowski (Florida State)
4 Barsemian /Gibb (Concordia)
3 Merk/Winter (Quincy)
2 Rosenmeier/Cowell (Hawaii) 


Alabama-Birmingham: Kenley Adams / Sallianne Napolitano

Cal: Mima Mirkovic / Alexia Inman
Jessica Gaffney / Iya Lindahl

Cal Poly: Torrey Van Winden / Emily Sonny

Florida Atlantic: Mackenzie Morris / Jessalyn Kinlaw
Carly Scarbrough / Brittany Pellitteri

Florida State: Vanessa Freire / Tory Paranagua
Hailey Luke / Katie Horton
Macy Jerger / Sara Putt

Georgia State: Tiffany Creamer / Brooke Weiner
Teegan Van Gunst / Annika Van Gunst

Grand Canyon: Molly Turner / Hannah Towne

Hawaii: Presley Forbes / Cali Bunn

Houston Baptist: Jessica Wooten / Aeriel Horton
Kayla Armer / Victoria Hinojosa

Long Beach State: Sasha Karelov / Nicci Reinking

Louisiana State: Olivia Powers / Hunter Domanski
Claire Coppola / Kristen Nuss
Emmy Allen / Megan Davenport

Loyola Marymount: Savannah Slattery / Madelon Leiphardt

North Carolina – Wilmington: Nicole Lott / Maddy Kline

Pepperdine: Corinne Quiggle / Deahna Kraft
Madalyn Roh / Brook Bauer

St. Mary’s of California: Lindsey Knudsen / Emily Bible

South Carolina: Cadie Bates / Katie Smith
Julia Mannisto / Carly Schnieder

Stanford: Amelia Smith / Sunny Villapando

Texas Christian: Cassie House / Haven Hill

Tulane: Kaylie McHugh / Madeline Mertz

Washington: Jordan Anderson / Kimmy Gardiner


Concordia: Raymond Barsemian / Chandler Gibb

Florida State: Jon Justice / Adam Wienckowski

Hawaii: Brett Rosenmeier / Colton Cowell 

Penn State: Will Bantle / Matt McLaren

Pepperdine: Robert Mullahey / Owen Yoshimoto

Quincy: Collin Merk / Anthony Winter

UC Irvine: Grant Friedman / J.B. Kam

UCLA: Hagen Smith / Lucas Yoder

Schedule (Pacific time)

Thursday, May 10:
9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Women’s and Men’s pool play

Friday, May 11:
9a.m.-2 p.m.: Women’s round of 24 and round of 16
Men round of 6
2-2:50 p.m.: Men’s semifinals
3-5: Women’s quarterfinals

Saturday, May 12:
8-8:50 a.m.: Women’s semifinal
9-9:50 a.m.: Men’s third-place match
10-10:50 a.m.: Women’s third place match
11:20 a.m.- 12:10 p.m. – Men’s final (Taped for Olympic Channel, 4:30-5:30 p.m. PT)
1 p.m.- 2:20 p.m.: Women’s final (Live on NBCSN)
2:25 p.m.: Awards ceremony