FIVB World Tour beach volleyball finals open


Four U.S. pairs will embark on the final event of the 2017 FIVB World Tour, with the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals starting Wednesday in Hamburg, Germany.

Beach volleyball's FIVB season finale plays August 23-27 in Hamburg, Germany with the World Tour Finals. The United States has the maximum number of teams a country can enter at the tournament, with two women's and two men's teams competing.

Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross finished fifth in the event last year.

Representing the United States are Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, Casey Patterson and Theo Brunner, Ross and Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross.

Twelve teams total, per gender, will compete in four pools of three teams each for pool play. All teams advance into the single elimination bracket. The women's final will be played on Saturday, Aug. 26, with the men's final to follow on Sunday, Aug. 27.

This is the third year of the World Tour Finals. In the inaugural year, 2015, the U.S. saw Dalhausser and Lucena earn silver in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 2016, the USA's top finish came from John Hyden and Tri Bourne, who won bronze in Toronto.

In 2017, Dalhausser and Lucena are the only U.S. team with a winning record against the field, at 19-6. First place will yield $100,000 (per gender), with second taking home $75,000 and third $50,000. No FIVB World Ranking points are given at the World Tour Finals.

The official 2017-18 season will begin in September in Montpellier, France.

— USA Volleyball

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