MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The National Volleyball League (NVL) Milwaukee Championships is proving to be anyone’s tournament to win on both the men’s and women’s sides.
Matches get underway tomorrow at 9 am starting with women’s competition. Brooke Niles & Karolina Sowala (1) had a close scare in their first match of the day but got back on track in match two to move into the quarterfinals. Niles/Sowala will face Chara Harris & Brittany Tiegs (5). Harris & Tiegs should put up a fight after getting a respectable third place finish at the Ocean City Championships in May.
Chelsea Hayes and Jennifer Snyder (3) will go up against Vivian Cunha and Raquel Ferreira (15). Cunha/Ferreira appeared in the Panama City Beach Championships finals earlier this year but ultimately lost to Niles & Sowala.
The women’s contender’s bracket includes Kristen Batt-Rohr & Priscilla Piantadosi-Lima (2) versus Julia Ridley & Bree Scarbrough (9) and Molly Menard & Michelle Williams (4) against Meghan Mannari & Taylor Nyquist (16).
On the men’s side, Matt Henderson & Piotr Marciniak (1) are on top of their game but have to get past the new team of Skyler McCoy and Mark Williams (12) to move into the semi-finals. Skylar DelSol & Jeff Samuels (6) continue to prove they can battle against any team and will face Mike DiPierro & Jon Mesko (7).
Two must-watch matches are set in the men’s contender’s bracket with Andrew Hinchey & Ryan Vandenburg (4) taking on Justin Phipps & William Robbins (9), and Dave Palm and Eric Zaun (2) going head to head with Andrew Russell & Travis Schoonover (3).
NVL RIZE, the National Volleyball League’s official amateur series, will also host its finals on Sunday, taking place on center court before and after the pro women’s finals.
Sunday July 12, 2015 - Full Schedule
9:00am – Quarter & Semi-Finals
9:30am-1:00pm – NVL RIZE Playoff Brackets
12:30pm – NVL Pro Autograph Session
1:00pm – NVL RIZE Finals on Center Court
3:00pm – NVL Pro Women’s Finals
4:00pm – NVL RIZE Finals on Center Court
4:30pm – NVL Pro Men’s Finals
*Finals times subject to change
General admission is free to the Milwaukee Championships. Center court matches will be aired live at 10 am CST for free at TheNVL.com/webcast. The official tournament hashtag is #NVLMKE.
The Milwaukee Championships is one of eight professional events on the NVL calendar in 2015. Remaining tournaments include:
July 16-18: Midwest Championships – The Beach Water Park – Mason, Ohio
August 6-8: Hermosa Beach Championships – Hermosa Beach Pier – Hermosa Beach, CA
August 28-30: Seattle Championships – Alki Beach – Seattle, Wash.
September 24-26: Players Championships – Club Med Sandpiper Bay/NVL Volleyball Academies – Port St. Lucie, Fla.
The NVL is currently sponsored by Australian Gold, Club Med, Gatorade, Menards, Mikasa Sports, The ONE Group, and Polaroid.
About National Volleyball League
Established in 2010, the NVL 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 eight professional events in 2015, a grassroots series, and the NVL Club Med 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. With sand volleyball now a sanctioned high school sport, the NCAA’s fastest-growing emerging sport in history with 50 schools sponsoring it as of January 2015 and a Division 1 approved championship, the NVL is building the infrastructure for young players to achieve their dreams.