Sign Up for our E-Newsletter

Women playing volleyball.

Tournament Brings Top College & High School Female Beach Volleyball Players Together to Battle for Crowns

Annual tournament will be played on June 24-25 in Hermosa Beach, Calif.; One college and one high school player will be crowned the winner as some of the country’s best players compete in showcase event

Hermosa Beach, Calif. (May 17, 2017) —- A unique beach volleyball tournament format is set to bring together the top female college and high school players this summer and crown a winner at both levels.

The second annual tournament will be played June 24-25, 2017 north of the Hermosa Beach Pier in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Hosted by Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana, the tournament will be a showcase event that allows the top college players to test themselves against the nation’s best competition and the top high school players to do the same while also getting exposure to college coaches from across the country.

“Beach volleyball is the fastest growing sport for female athletes at the college and high school levels, with approximately 77 colleges fielding teams this year and the NCAA holding its 2nd national championship in 2017,” said Fonoimoana, who alongside Dain Blanton won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. “I’ve always been a big supporter of helping the sport grow, and I’m very excited about bringing together the best competition in one place to highlight the top beach players during the tournament

“The high school players we’ll see on the court will become the stars of the college game in the coming years, and the college players at our tournament could be representing the United States in the 2020 or 2024 Olympics.”

The tournament will feature separate fields of 32 college players and 56 high school players. Each player will sign up as an individual. Players in each field will be seeded and divided into pools of four, with each team playing games to 21 win by 2 and she will have an opportunity to play  with each of the other three players in her pool. The top two players in each pool, determined by their won-loss record and point differential, will advance to the next round, and play will continue in that fashion until a winner is crowned for the college field and the high school field.

Player commitments are expected to be announced soon, and updated information about the tournament will be posted regularly on this website. The tournament is sponsored by Skechers, KIND, Fierce Lotus, Vertra Sunscreen, Scott Robinson Honda and Chevron.

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT

The tournament is a unique annual beach volleyball tournament set to be played for the second time June 24-25, 2017 in Hermosa Beach, California. Top college and high school players from around the country will be invited to compete, with a single player crowned the winner at the college and high school levels. The event offers young beach volleyball athletes the opportunity to further develop their skills among elite players from across the country following an exclusive program developed by Olympic gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana in conjunction with top professionals and coaches in the sport.

This is a very different and unique tournament format.

  • Each female beach athlete signs up as an individual
  • They will be placed in pools of 4 players based on USAV rankings and advice from their coaches
  • All players will be guaranteed to play 6 games to 21
  • Round I: 1st game-Team 1&4 vs 2&3, 2nd game Team 1&3 vs 2&4, 3rd game 1&2 vs 3&4 or some combo of this format.
  • All rounds will play one game to 21 rally scoring win by 2
  • The top two girls with the best win/loss and point differential will move on to the next round where they will be placed into another pool of 4 girls.
  • The bottom 2 girls will be placed in a consolation pool/bracket.
  • Consolation Round: 1st game-Team 1&4 vs 2&3, 2nd game Team 1&3 vs 2&4, 3rd game 1&2 vs 3&4 or some combo of this format.
  • The consolation bracket games will play one game to 21 rally scoring win by 2
  • Round II: 1st game-Team 1&4 vs 2&3, 2nd game Team 1&3 vs 2&4, 3rd game 1&2 vs 3&4 or some combo of this format.
  • All games will be played to 21 rally scoring win by 2
  • The top two girls with the best win/loss and point differential will move on to the next round where they will be placed into another pool of 4 girls.
  • This format will continue until we get to the final 4 players
  • Final IV: 1st game-Team 1&4 vs 2&3, 2nd game Team 1&3 vs 2&4, 3rd game 1&2 vs 3&4 or some combo of this format.
  • There is only one winner so the girl with the best win/loss and point differential will be crowned the winner
  • In case of a tie in any pool during all rounds, the girls will roll for partners and play a shortened game to 7 switching sides after only 2 points scored to ensure one side is not more favorable than the other.