Hermosa Beach, Calif. — (June 27, 2017)) — Stanford University sophomore Kathryn Plummer and San Marcos High School senior Paige Dreeuws were crowned winners at Eric Fonoimoana’s second-annual invitational tournament in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Eric Fonoimoana is a Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist.
Aliso Viejo resident Plummer (Aliso Niguel HS), a 6-6 AVCA First Team All-American outside hitter for the national champion Stanford University women’s volleyball team, finished with a record of 2-1 in the final round (with best point differential) to win the College Division. She was followed in the final College standings by Haley Hallgren, a Southlake, TX resident and University of Southern California beach volleyball freshman; Mia Rivera, a Gilbert, AZ resident and beach volleyball senior at Arizona State University; and Sammy Slater, Ventura resident and University of Southern California beach volleyball freshman.
Paige Dreeuws, from San Marcos High School, San Marcos, CA and a 2017 commit to the University of Hawaii, took top honors in the High School Division with a record of 2-1 in the Final round (with best point differential). Following Dreeuws in the Top 4 were Mira Costa’s Sunny Villapando, Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS 2017 commit to the University of Stanford; Cami Sanchez (Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach HS, 2017 UCLA commit; and Lindsey Sparks (Huntington Beach/Edison HS), 2018 Pepperdine University commit.
“It was a very exciting and fun tournament to watch. The girls played awesome. It was amazing how many girls tied and had to do a playoff to move on. I told them at the very beginning of the tournament that every point matters so don’t quit,” said Fonoimoana. The talent continues to improve and so did the level play. I do feel there was a future Olympian playing here.”
Eric Fonoimoana’s second-annual invitational tournament in Hermosa Beach, Calif is 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.
The tournamentl featured separate fields of 32 college players and 64 high school players. Each player signed up as an individual. Players in each field were seeded and divided into pools of four, with each team playing games to 21 win by 2 and each girl had 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, advanced to the next round, and play continued in that fashion until a winner is crowned for the college field and the high school field.
Tournament player commitments have been announced, and updated information about the tournament will be posted on this website regularly. The tournament is sponsored by Sketchers, KIND, Fierce Lotus, Vertra Sunscreen, Scott Robinson Honda and Chevron.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The event is a unique annual beach volleyball tournament played in Hermosa Beach, Calif. 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.