LMU Ties Strong in Current AVP, International Beach Scene
Emily Day and Betsi Flint will play in Long Beach Presidents Cup, while John Mayer and Heather Hughes are reserves.
LMU volleyball continues to show strong ties in the international beach volleyball game as well as on the AVP Tour, as four players from this week's Long Beach Presidents Cup field have ties back to the university. LMU assistant coach Betsi Flint will team with her partner Kelley Larsen in the main draw of the event, while former Lion standout Emily Day will partner with Brittany Hochevar in the same field. Heather McGuire (Hughes) and current LMU beach head coach John Mayer are listed as reserves.
Flint and Larsen are coming off their second AVP victory of their careers after capturing the title in San Francisco this past weekend. The top-seeded duo in the tournament defeated Lane Carico and Alix Klineman 21-13, 21-8, after advancing to the Championship by way of a 16-21, 21-18, 15-8 semifinal victory over third-seed Jennifer Fopma and Kelly Reeves. Flint and Larsen had previously won a 2015 AVP event in Cincinnati.
The Long Beach Presidents Cup, running from July 13-16, will feature eight USA teams, selected by Management Plus Enterprises, per gender, versus another eight international teams. Matches will air on ESPN Networks throughout the tournament.
As an exhibition tournament, it is not a part of the FIVB World Tour and does not offer points toward Tour rankings. Instead, the format features a USA versus The World format, which brings the top players from the U.S. and internationally to the Southern California area.
Format of play will begin with two pools of four USA teams, and two pools of four international teams. The top two teams from each pool will advance to a single elimination bracket, with the USA teams on one side of the bracket and the international teams on the other, resulting in USA vs international medal matches.
The tournament will be broadcasted on ESPN starting July 13 with both men's and women's pool play. Thursday and Friday morning will both air on ESPN3, while the matches at 2 and 3 p.m. PT on July 14 will go live on ESPN2. Saturday's women's semifinals will air live on ESPN2, bronze medal on ESPN3 and final on ESPN. On Sunday, July 16, the men's bronze medal match will be shown on ESPN3, and final live on ESPN2.
For more information on the event, please visit the links at the top of the page.
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