Top-Seeded Women’s Teams and Lower-Seeded Men’s Teams Clinch Eight Open Spots Per Gender in Main Draw

Online PR News – 22-September-2012 – Huntington Beach, Calif. – Huntington Beach, Calif. – The Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series culminates this weekend with the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach National Championships, the final USA Volleyball-sanctioned event of the 2012 beach volleyball season. Set against the backdrop of the Huntington Beach Pier, a warm off-shore breeze and sunny sky opened Friday’s qualifying rounds, which included 25 Women’s and 34 Men’s teams battling for just four spots per gender in the Main Draw on Saturday and a shot at the $150,000 prize purse. Spectators swarmed the Pier to witness the historical fly-by of the Endeavor shuttle and to support a total of 37 local Orange County athletes who competed today and will be competing through the weekend.

Some of the notable hometown teams in today’s Qualifiers included No. 25 seeded Men’s team Daniel Dalanhese (Westminster, Calif.)/ Nate Hagstrom (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and No. 19 Jeffrey Carlson (Newport Beach, Calif.)/Tony Ciarelli (Huntington Beach, Calif.) who advanced to the Main Draw. Also advancing was UC Irvine alumni and Laguna Beach local Ty Loomis and Avery Drost (Redondo Beach, Calif.).

On the women’s side, the top seeded teams held off the competition to earn their spot in the Main Draw on Saturday. No. 1 seed Angie Akers (Redondo Beach, Calif.)/Brittany Hochevar (Hermosa Beach, Calif.), No. 3 Michelle Moriarty (Houston, Texas)/Kaitlin Sather-Nielsen (Hermosa Beach, Calif.), No. 5 Kelly Schumacher (Playa del Rey, Cailf.)/Tanya White (Hawthorne, Calif.) along with the “lucky losers team” of No. 8 Sarah Day (Corona del Mar, Calif.)/Michelle Williams (Carlsbad, Calif.) will continue on to play in Saturday’s Main Draw.

“When looking for a venue to host the Jose Cuervo National Championships, you don’t have to look far. Huntington Beach embodies more than just surfing - it epitomizes a rich, beach lifestyle and has a long history of beach volleyball,” said James Leitz, executive producer, IMG and the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series. “IMG has enjoyed a long relationship with this city through various events like the Nike US Open of Surfing and we are looking forward to producing a world-class volleyball tournament in the shadow of the iconic Huntington Beach pier.”

The action will continue with the Main Draw event beginning tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m., as Olympians Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, and undefeated champs Jenny Kropp and Laguna Beach local Whitney Pavlik take on an elite field of 16 men’s and 16 women’s teams in a double elimination tournament.

Finals for the Jose Cuervo National Championships will take place on Sunday, Sept. 23 with the Women’s Final beginning at 2:15 p.m. and Men’s Final beginning at 4 p.m. PT. Fans who are unable to make it to Huntington Beach will be able to watch the competitions LIVE at or when it airs on Sept. 30 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Network.

In addition to the hard-hitting pro beach volleyball action, title sponsor Jose Cuervo has filled the sand with entertainment at the Cuervo Village, a full festival-like atmosphere that features music, consumer contests, giveaways and much more.

Produced by IMG Worldwide, Inc., the Jose Cuervo National Championships is free to the public and is taking place where Pacific Coast Highway meets Main Street. Each tournament of the Jose Cuervo Series will be sanctioned by USA Volleyball (USAV), the governing body of the sport, and will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network.

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