Beach Bytes: Hague entry list released; Honer, Joyner trek to Slovenia

While many players — read: Ryan Doherty, John Hyden, Stafford Slick, Billy Allen — are returning to former partners for the upcoming 2019 season, Jeremy Casebeer appears to be trying out a new one.

Registration for The Hague, a four-star event in the Netherlands that is becoming something of a season-opening event of the FIVB calendar, closed this past Sunday, and Eric Zaun confirmed that he’ll be competing alongside Casebeer.

“I’m super excited to play with Jeremy,” Zaun said. “A lot of people have been asking if this is just for one tournament or a long-term partnership. When it comes down to it, not many teams that are having success break up. The plan is to figure out what works for our team, pick up some points with good finishes, and see where we can go from there.”

Zaun was recently given the tongue-in-cheek “Neighborhood Bicycle” award for having played with so many partners this past season, including Slick, Ed Ratledge, Tim Bomgren, Piotr Marciniak, Adam Roberts, Troy Field, and Avery Drost.

He and Drost won the annual Seaside Open and, most recently, a CBVA at Huntington Beach. They’ll also be competing in the p1440 Young Guns event this weekend in Huntington.

Casebeer, meanwhile, played the entirety of 2018 with Reid Priddy. Together, they made four semifinals on the AVP and another at p1440’s opening event in San Jose.

Also registered on the men’s side are:

Reid Priddy-Theo Brunner
Casey Patterson-Chase Budinger
Billy Allen-Stafford Slick
Billy Kolinske-Miles Evans
Avery Drost-Ed Ratledge
Travis Mewhirter-Ben Vaught
Kris Johnson-Chris Austin
Mike Boag-Miles Partain

On the women’s side:

April Ross-Alix Klineman
Emily Stockman-Kelley Larsen
Sarah Sponcil-Kelly Claes
Kerri Walsh Jennings-Brooke Sweat
Emily Day-Betsi Flint
Kelly Reeves-Brittany Howard

The country quota starts at 9 a.m. on December 17 on the South Side of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Honer, Joyner to play in Slovenia: Maybe you’re just asking the wrong question. Maybe it just won’t do to rest on existential queries such as: “Why go to Slovenia in late fall to play a one-star tournament that hardly anyone knows about, with a partner you’ve yet to compete with?”

Maybe you should just keep it simple: Why not?

“It was a random ‘Why not?’ ” said Christian Honer, who will be competing in the aforementioned one-star in Slovenia this weekend with Brandon Joyner. “I don’t think anybody else is going to sign up so it’s going to be a good opportunity to earn a couple FIVB points before next year so I can start working my way into that system. I’m super lucky and super excited about the opportunity even though I’m not super prepared for it. I’m ready to roll.”

Joyner is certainly ready to roll. He recently moved to Hermosa Beach, land of a billion reps. He is, not surprisingly, itching for some competition.

“He said ‘Man, let’s do it, I just moved to Cali, I’m practicing a ton, I’m ready to roll,’” Honer said. “It was kind of perfect for him because you know what it’s like to move to Cali: You get that bug. You’re just like ‘Let’s do this thing, I’m playing four times a day!’”

On the advice from USA Volleyball, they applied for a wild card to get into the qualifier, “and I don’t know what did it,” Honer said, “but we got it, so I’m pumped. We’ll be the sixteen seed in the qualifier so we’ll have to win two on Thursday to make it in.”

Where they’re staying, they’re not so sure just yet. They just know they’re meeting in Vienna, getting some reps with an Austrian team, taking the train to Slovenia, and playing in the most unexpected of qualifiers.

Because why not?

“Right after Chicago [where he made his first career main draw with Ryan Meehan], I was going to focus on hitting the gym again, focus on making money, all that stuff,” Honer said. “That’s what I was doing and then I saw the opportunity to play that tournament and I was like ‘Alright, I’m going to hit up some people, and I’m going to make it out.’”

Patterson-Budinger partner up: Casey Patterson confirmed last weekend via text, that he and AVP Rookie of the Year Chase Budinger will partner for the 2019 season. After playing eight years in the NBA, Budinger played his first season on the beach with Sean Rosenthal in 2018, making the finals in San Francisco and the quarterfinals in New York.

Patterson, meanwhile, competed with Slick, his second partner in as many years, with mixed results. After opening with a third in Austin, they made just two more quarterfinals the rest of the year, in Seattle and Manhattan Beach.

Slick has returned to Allen, with whom he competed in 2017 and had an excellent season. Where Rosenthal is going is yet to be determined.

p1440 Young and Top Guns fields set: p1440 has been slowly unveiling the entry lists for the Top Guns and Young Guns tournaments taking place in Huntington Beach this weekend. Per the new tour’s style, it’s a mixed bag of international and domestic players, as well as a mixed bag of events.

The Top Guns event features a round-robin style: 16 players split into four pools of four, where everyone will play against everyone in their pool. The top two finishers from pool play — played in one game to 28 — will then draft their partner for the finals, to be held on Sunday afternoon and streamed on p1440’s website.

The Young Guns is a standard 24-team draw, with six pools of four playing modified pool play. The top two teams from each pool will move onto the elimination rounds, as will four “lucky losers,” comprising a 16-team single elimination play on Saturday and Sunday.

Women’s Young Guns:

McKenna Thibodeau
USA
Madison Willis
USA

Molly Turner
USA
Falyn Fonoimoana
USA

Jessica Gaffney
USA
Agnieszka Pregowska
POL

Martina Bonnerová
CZE
Tjasa Kotnik
SLO

Delaney Knudsen
USA
Jessica Sykora
USA

Corrine Quiggle
USA
Carly Wopat
USA

Sasha Karelov
USA
Lauren Deturk
USA

Martha Revueltas
MEX
Zayra Orella
MEX

Traci Callahan
USA
Avery Bush
USA

Kathryn Hogan
SRB
Milena Matic
SRB

Juliana Felisberta
BRA
Andressa Ramalho Cavalcanti
BRA

Sheila Shaw
USA
Mackenzie Ponnet
USA

Sarah Schermerhorn
USA
Kim Hildreth
USA

Cassie House
USA
Tory Paranagua
USA

Ana Gallay
ARG
Fernanda Pereyra
ARG

Elise Zappia
USA
Jenna Blocksom
USA

Alexa Strange
USA
Emily Hartong
USA

Irene Hester Pollock
USA
Kim DiCello
USA

Andrea Galindo
COL
Claudia Galindo
COL

Katie Spieler
USA
Allie Wheeler
USA

Megan Rice
USA
Sarah Harper
USA

Rachel Laquaniello
USA
Jessica Wilson
USA

Stacey Smith
USA
Camie Anne Manwill
USA

Kristen Petrasic
USA
Chelsea Ross
USA

 

Men’s Young Guns:

Hagen Smith
USA
Steve Irvin
USA

Chase Frishman
USA
Piotr Marciniak
POL

Troy Field
USA
Kyle Friend
USA

Travis Mewhirter
USA
Myles Muagututia
USA

Miles Partain
USA
Marty Lorenz
USA

Dave Palm
USA
Luciano Ferreira
BRA

Harley Marques
BRA
Konstantin Semenov
RUS

Avery Drost
USA
Eric Zaun
USA

Paul Lotman
USA
Raffe Paulis
USA

Ed Ratledge
USA
Rafu Rodriguez
PR

Ben Saxton
CAN
Grant O’Gorman
CAN

Lombardo Ontiveros
MEX
Jose Luis Rubio Camargo
MEX

Alexander Walkenhorst
GER
Alvaro Filho
BRA

Bobby Jacobs
USA
Michael Boag
USA

Christopher Austin
USA
Kris Johnson
USA

Pedro Resende
BRA
Marcus Carvalhaes
BRA

Josh Binstock
CAN
Daniel Dearing
CAN

Leo Williams
SA
Nejc Zemljak
SLO

Mark Burik
USA
Logan Webber
USA

Jeff Samuels
USA
Michael Brunsting
USA

Lev Priima
RUS
Jacob Landel
USA

John Schwengel
USA
Aidan Brown
USA

Brad Connors
USA
Matt Henderson
USA

Drew Mallin
USA
Peter Doubravsky
CZE

** Reid Priddy (ankle) and Ty Loomis withdrew due to injury.

Women’s Top Guns:

Maria Antonelli
Defender
BRA

Taiana Lima
Defender
BRA

Nicole Branagh
Defender
USA

Betsi Flint
Defender
USA

Emily Stockman
Defender
USA

Maria Clara Salgado
Defender
BRA

Becchara Palmer
Defender
AU

Rebecca Cavalcanti
Defender
BRA

Kerri Walsh Jennings
Blocker
USA

Kelly Claes
Blocker
USA

Emily Day
Blocker
USA

Kelly Larsen
Blocker
USA

Elize Secomandi Maia
Blocker
BRA

Ana Patricia Silva Ramos
Blocker
BRA

Brittany Howard
Blocker
USA

 

Men’s Top Guns:

Casey Jennings
Defender
USA

Miles Evans
Defender
USA

Casey Patterson
Defender
USA

Taylor Crabb
Defender
USA

Chaim Schalk
Defender
CAN/USA

Sean Rosenthal
Defender
USA

Alexander Huber
Defender
AUT

John Hyden
Defender
USA

Aleksandrs Samoilovs
Blocker
LAT

Jeremy Casebeer
Blocker
USA

Theo Brunner
Blocker
USA

Ricardo Santos
Blocker
BRA

Bill Kolinske
Blocker
USA

Chase Budinger
Blocker
USA

Tim Bomgren
Blocker
USA

Samuel Pedlow
Blocker
CAN

 

The post Beach Bytes: Hague entry list released; Honer, Joyner trek to Slovenia appeared first on Volleyballmag.com.

Read more: volleyballmag.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *