Mike Placek & Austin Rester and Priscilla Piantadosi-Lima & Karolina Sowala Take Home Back-To-Back Titles at 2014 Hermosa Beach Championships

By September 23, 2014Event Headlines

Karolina Sowala & Priscilla Piantadosi Lima - Credit Holly Stein Austin Rester & Mike Placek - Credit Holly Stein

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HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (September 23, 2014) – The National Volleyball League concluded the 2014 Hermosa Beach Championships with consecutive wins for Mike Placek (USA) & Austin Rester (USA) and Priscilla Piantadosi-Lima (BRA) & Karolina Sowala (POL), who both captured titles at the Milwaukee Championshipson August 18th.  The center court celebrations were punctuated with an announcement by the league to expand the 2015 calendar to host 10 professional events next season.

“The Hermosa Beach Championships brought together the best of the beach lifestyle for our fans and we wanted to close it out with some exciting news,” said NVL Founder & CEO Albert Hannemann. “In 2015, the NVL pro tour will move from six tournaments to ten and will allow us to bring professional beach volleyball to more players and fans across the country and continue to help grow the sport.”

The Hermosa Beach Championships were held from September 19-21 with the pro players competing for a $50,000 prize purse.

Three-seed Placek and Rester upset two-seed Matt Henderson and Piotr Marciniak in a hard fought three game match, 21-17, 16-21, 15-10. One-seed Piantadosi-Lima and Sowala defeated the local Southern California three-seed team of Chelsea Hayes and Jennifer Snyder, 21-16, 22-20.  The win for Piantadosi-Lima marks their fourth of the season. Immediately following their wins, the teams were interviewed by ESPN’s SportsCenter for a segment to air this week.

The event also premieredVBSoul, the NVL’s free print and digital magazine created to tell the league’s story from the players’ perspective. The NVL celebrated with a player and fan event at Watermans Hermosa on Friday evening and music artist Kelley James, the official voice of the NVL, took the stage for a special performance.

Highlights from the Hermosa Beach Championships can be viewed at NVL Films.

The tournament is one of six professional events on the NVL calendar in 2014.  The remaining event will be held October 3-4 in Port St. Lucie Florida at Club Med Sandpiper Bay. The venue is home to the NVL Club Med Beach Volleyball Academy,  the country’s first-ever beach volleyball academy and high performance training center.

For more information about the NVL, please visit: www.thenvl.com, view the NVL 2014 sizzle reel or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Established in 2010, the National Volleyball League is a professional beach volleyball league built by players for all players, united in one mission: to create a sustainable future for pro beach volleyball in the U.S. Home to six professional events in 2014, a nationwide grassroots beach series and the first-ever beach volleyball academy, the NVL is the only national platform for current professionals and players of all levels to showcase their talents and pursue their aspirations in the sport. Driven by a pure passion to grow the game and share the love of the sport and beach culture, the NVL is the Soul of Beach Volleyball.