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Queen of the Beach Invitational set to serve up top high school and college beach volleyball competition this weekend

New tournament to be played June 25-26 in Hermosa Beach, Calif.; One college and one high school player will be crowned "Queen of the Beach" as some of the country's best players compete in showcase event.

 

New tournament to be played June 25-26 in Hermosa Beach, Calif.; One college and one high school player will be crowned "Queen of the Beach" as some of the country's best players compete in showcase event

Hermosa Beach, Calif. (June 24, 2016) ---- A new beach volleyball tournament is set to bring together the top female college and high school players this weekend and crown a "Queen of the Beach" at both levels.

The inaugural Queen of the Beach Invitational will be played June 25-26, 2016 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.

"I've always been a big supporter of helping beach volleyball grow, and I'm excited that some top competition will be showcased during the Queen of the Beach Invitational," said Fonoimoana, who alongside Dain Blanton won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Beach volleyball is the fastest growing sport for female athletes at the college and high school levels, with approximately 60 colleges fielding teams this year and the NCAA holding its first national championship in 2016.

The Queen of the Beach Invitational will feature separate fields of 16 college players and 48 high school players. Players in each field will be seeded and divided into pools of four, with each player playing a game to 21 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 "Queen of the Beach" is crowned for the college field and the high school field.

The committed players in the high school division include:

Player Name

High School

College Commitment

Anselmo, Natalie

Westlake High School (Thousand Oaks, CA)

University of Arizona

Bailey, Maddy

Villanova Prep (Ojai, CA)

Undecided

Barry, Kelli

Mira Costa High School (Manhattan Beach, CA)

Undecided

Blacker, Sarah

Cathedral Catholic High School (San Diego, CA)

Undecided

Bogust, Morgan

Westlake High School (Thousand Oaks, CA)

LMU

Bradley, Taylor

Round Rock High School (Austin, TX)

LSU

Campbell, Cate

Marymount High School (Los Angeles, CA)

Undecided

Cardoza, Alexis

Chino Hills High School (Chino Hills, CA)

Undecided

Copeland, Kennedy

Calabasas High School (Newbury Park, CA)

University of South Carolina

Doig, Kyla

Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, CA)

USC

Dreeuws, Paige

San Marcos High School (San Marcos, CA)

University of Hawaii

Esters, Morgan

Agoura High School (Agoura Hills, CA)

Undecided

Forbes, Presley

Mira Costa High School (Manhattan Beach, CA)

Undecided

Frohoff, Rio

Mira Costa High School (Manhattan Beach, CA)

Tulane University

Fulton, Quinn

Agoura High School (Agoura Hills, CA)

University of South Carolina

Gavin, Katie

Laguna Beach High School (Laguna Beach, CA)

Pepperdine

Gibson, Haley

The Bishop's School (La Jolla, CA)

Undecided

Goldfarb, Harper

Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA)

Undecided

Graff, Kalee

Carlsbad High School (Carlsbad, CA)

Undecided

Gray, Sadie

Palisades Charter High School (Pacific Palisades, CA)

UC Berkeley

Green, Peri

La Pietra High School (Honolulu, HI)

USC

Hazelrigg, Avery

Mira Costa High School (Manhattan Beach, CA)

USC

Hill, Haven

Saint Bonaventure High School (Ventura, CA)

Texas Christian University

Holtz, Kenzie

Halstrom Academy (Manhattan Beach, CA)

Undecided

Inman, Alexia

Mira Costa High School (Manhattan Beach, CA)

UC Berkeley

Justine, Lily

Pleasant Valley High School (Chico, CA)

UCLA

Kaiser, Maja

Smithson Valley High School (Spring Branch, TX)

USC

Kujan, Laurel

Laguna Blanca High School (Santa Barbara, CA)

Undecided

Lanesey, Lauren

Louisville High School (Woodland Hills, CA)

Undecided

Lawson, Olivia

Desert Vista High School Phoenix, Arizona

Undecided

Lipscomb, Gina

Esperanza High School (Anaheim, CA)

Loyola Marymount University

Micheletti, Maddie

Mira Costa High School (Manhattan Beach, CA)

UC Berkeley

Mirkovic, Mima

Woodbridge High School (Irvine, CA)

UC Berkeley

Monk-Heidrich, Piper

Mira Costa High School (Manhattan Beach, CA)

UCLA

Napoli, Emily

Cathedral Catholic High School (San Diego, CA)

TCU

Ortiz, Sophia

Mount Madonna school (Watsonville, CA)

Cal Poly SLO

Phair, Hannah

Edison High School (Huntington Beach, CA)

UCLA

Plummer, Kathryn

Aliso Niguel High School (Aliso Viejo, CA)

Stanford University

Red-Horse Mohl, Chelsea

Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, CA)

Stanford University

Ribiero, Jaqueline

Vandegrift High School (Austin, TX)

UC Berkeley

Richardson, Shannon

The Harker School (San Jose, CA)

Undecided

Robinson, Charlie

Marymount High School (Los Angeles, CA)

UCSB

Sanchez, Cami

Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, CA)

UCLA

Sanchez, Kiora

Valencia High School (Valencia, CA)

Undecided

Sarber, Kathryn

Pasco High School (Dade City, FL)

Grand Canyon University

Sper, Peyton

Westlake High School (Thousand Oaks, CA)

Cal Poly SLO

Thomas, Lainy

Frisco High School (Frisco, TX)

USC

Walters, Maggie

Soquel High School (Soquel, CA)

UCLA

The players in the college division will be announced this weekend.

In addition to the competition on the court, the event will also feature coaching seminars and discussions with coaches from many of the country's top college beach volleyball programs.

Fans can connect with the tournament through Facebook (@QueenOfTheBeachInvitational), Instagram (@QueenOfTheBeachVB), Twitter (@QOTB_VB) and Snapchat (@QOTB_VB).

New tournament to be played June 25-26 in Hermosa Beach, Calif.; One college and one high school player will be crowned "Queen of the Beach" as some of the country's best players compete in showcase event

The Queen of the Beach Invitational is sponsored by USA Volleyball's Junior Beach Tour, Plaza Bank, Skechers, KIND, Chevron, Wai Koko Coconut Water, Nestle Nesquik and Solar City.

ABOUT THE QUEEN OF THE BEACH INVITATIONAL

The Queen of the Beach Invitational is a unique annual beach volleyball tournament set to be played for the first time June 25-26, 2016 in Hermosa Beach, California. Top college and high school players from around the country will be invited to compete, with a single player crowned "Queen of the Beach" 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.

 

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