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Top Female High School Beach Volleyball Commits to Greater Los Angeles Universities Highlight tournament June 24-25 in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Hermosa Beach, Calif. — (June 1, 2017) — Nine of the region’s most outstanding high school female beach volleyball players who have committed to greater Los Angeles area universities in 2018 and 2019 are scheduled to compete in the second annual tournament June 24-25 in Hermosa Beach, according to Eric Fonoimoana, Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist and host of the tournament.

Pepperdine University and the University of Southern California take the top honors with three beach volleyball commits each. Headed to the Waves include Lindsey Sparks (2018), Edison High School, Huntington Beach; Maddy Bailey (2018), Villanova Prep, Ojai, Calif; and Winslow Church (2019), Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach. Future Trojans include Laurel Kujan (2018), Laguna Blanca High School, Santa Barbara; Kyla Doig (2018), Redondo High School, Redondo Beach; and Harper Hallgren (2019), Notre Dame High School, Southlake, Texas. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) will have two beach volleyball commits in the QOTB, including Jaden Whitmarsh (2018), Torrey Pines High School, San Diego; and Devon Newberry (2019) Marymount High School, Santa Monica. Long Beach State University will have one commit, Lauren Lanesey (2018) Louisville High School, Agoura Hills, Calif., competing in the tournament.

In addition, 2018 and 2019 high school commits competing  are headed to a number of top universities throughout the nation, including Florida State University, University of Arizona, University of California, Berkeley, Tulane University, University of South Carolina, Texas Christian University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and University of Central Arkansas.

“The tournament will give many girls an opportunity to play with different partners that they normally would never play with. It also helps them to learn how to over communicate and play each point as if it matters. These lessons are valuable for their future in college and possibly making the Olympic team,” said Eric Fonoimoana.

The second annual tournament, played June 24-25 north of the Hermosa Beach Pier, 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.

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.

Tournament player commitments have been announced, 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 second annual tournament is a unique annual beach volleyball tournament played June 24-25 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.

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.