Pairs, team seeds unveiled for Collegiate Beach Championships

The field is set for the college men’s beach volleyball national event.

USA Volleyball announced Wednesday that pairs from UCLA, Penn State, Florida State, Hawai’i, Pepperdine, UC Irvine, Concordia-Irvine and Quincy will compete in the second annual Collegiate Beach Championships.

Among the participants in this tournament includes eight current college players — Pepperdine’s Robert Mullahey, Concordia-Irvine’s Raymond Barsemian, Hawai’i’s Brett Rosenmeier and Colton Cowell, UC Irvine’s Grant Friedman and JB Kam and Penn State’s Will Bantle and Matt McLaren

Bantle and McLaren at No. 2 are the highest seed of any team with current college players. Former USC outside attacker Lucas Yoder and former UCLA setter Hagen Smith are representing UCLA and are the No. 1 seed for the tournament.

The Collegiate Beach Championships will begin with the pool-play matches on Thursday. The top-six pairs will advance to the three-round, single-elimination bracket with the championship match on Sunday.

The championship match will air tape delayed on the Olympic Channel at 6:30 p.m. (CST)

The championship pair also will clinch the U.S. berth to the beach volleyball World University Championsip that begins July in Germany.

Collegiate Beach Championships men’s pairs

No. 1 seed: Hagen Smith and Lucas Yoder, UCLA
No. 2 seed: Will Bantle and Matt McLaren, Penn State
No. 3 seed: Jon Justice and Adam Wienckowski, Florida State
No. 4 seed: Brett Rosenmeier and Colton Cowell, Hawai’i
No. 5 seed Robert Mullahey and Owen Yoshimoto, Pepperdine
No. 6 seed Grant Friedman and JB Kam, UC Irvine
Not seeded: Raymond Barsemian and Chandler Gibb, Concordia-Irvine
Not seeded: Collin Merk and Anthony Winter, Quincy