FIVB Huntington Beach Open May 2-6, 2018 Huntington Beach Pier; Huntington Beach, California Schedule/Results After two rounds of qualification, eight…
One hundred forty eight men’s and women’s teams from 23 countries are set to desend on Surf City for the first FIVB/AVP hybrid event, the Huntington Beach Open, a four-star international affair beginning Tuesday.
Three American women’s pair made the Xiamen quarterfinals, but only No. 23 seed Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar, who are playing in their first tournament together, remained standing as the Final Four was set. On the men’s side, Russians Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin will face countryen Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Igor Velichko for the gold Sunday morning.
Three American teams, 10 of Top 15 seeds will play in the Xiamen Round of 16 on the women’s side, while three Brazilians duos, 11 of Top 15 will be in action on men’s side in Xiamen.
The Beach Majors Series shared the process of making the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park into Red Bull Beach Arena, center court of the five-star event.
The No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 qualifiers on the men’s side, including defending Fort Lauderdale gold medalists Alvaro Filho/Saymon Barbosa, the No. 3 seed from Brazil, are out. On the women’s side, Americans Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day were one of eight teams to move on to the main draw.
The 2018 Beach Major Series will feature modified pool play rounds for the first time at the Fort Lauderdale Major next week, with a heavy emphasis on rankings.
VolleyMob sat down with Fort Lauderdale No. 1 seed and top American duo Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena to find out their memories of the home tournament and get their thoughts on the season ahead, the state of USA and beach volleyball and each other.
VolleyMob sat down with last year’s event gold medalists Alvaro Filho and Saymon Barbosa of Brazil to discuss all things volleyball, including their memories of the Fort Lauderdale Major, the American crowd and their goals for 2018 and beyond.
To find out about the business side of the series, how locations were selected and what makes the Fort Lauderdale Major special, VolleyMob sat down with Hannes Jagerhofer, CEO of the Beach Major Series.