With NCAA women's volleyball season kicking off at the end of this month and high school teams starting to return to practice, it can be easy to turn our attention entirely over to the fall seasons. But not so fast! The official first day of fall isn't until September 22, and there's still more beach volleyball and national team events still to come.
Don't resign yourself to school supply shopping and pumpkin everything quite yet -- savor the last weeks of summer with these top-notch volleyball competitions.
AVP Manhattan Beach Open
Manhattan Beach, California
The Manhattan Beach Open brings almost 60 years of tradition out to the beach. The second "AVP Gold Series" event of the summer, the MBO will feature an increased prize purse and additional tour points up for grabs, so the stakes will be high. To kickoff the big weekend, a walk of fame ceremony will be held at the Manhattan Beach Pier to put 2016 MBO winners Emily Day/Brittany Hochevar and Casey Patterson/Jake Gibb's plaques on the pier.
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USA Volleyball Cup | USA Men vs. Brazil
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
August 18 & August 19, 7:30 PM CT both nights
There's no greater rivalry in volleyball than USA vs. Brazil, and the U.S. men will be looking for redemption after losing to their South American foes in the World League semifinals. Brazil is the reigning Olympic gold medalist, but the USA won the two teams pool play matchup in Rio.
"Our matches with Brazil are always exciting," U.S. national team head coach John Speraw said. "At that time of year, both teams should be playing some of their best volleyball heading into the FIVB Grand Champions Cup."
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Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals
This invitation-only tournament will wrap up the 2017 international season for most of the world's top teams. Eight men's and eight women's pairs, including the USA's Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena and Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross, have earned their spots through their performance on tour and four wild cards per gender will be announced soon.
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USA Volleyball Cup | USA Women vs. Brazil
August 27 at 4 PM PT and August 29 at 7:30 PM PT
The past couple of years, Brazil has dominated the series versus the USA women, but this time, the Americans will have the hometown crowd on their side. For USA women's volleyball fans, this will be their only chance to see the U.S. women's national team on American soil this year.
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August 31 - September 3
The final event of the 2017 AVP beach volleyball season will take place in Chicago, with a $225,000 purse on the line. With no FIVB tournaments that weekend, all the top players should be in attendance. It's your last chance to revel in the excitement of the AVP before the tour goes into winter hibernation!
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FIVB World Grand Champions Cup
Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan
Grand Champions Cup is the biggest event on the schedule for the USA women's national team this summer, so you can expect the top players in the USA gym to make the final roster. The U.S. women will kick off the event versus reigning Olympic champion China, which finished fourth at World Grand Prix.
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FIVB Men's Grand Champions Cup
Nagoya and Osaka, Japan
The competition will be stiff for the USA men at the Grand Champions Cup in Japan. They'll face reigning Olympic gold medalist Brazil and 2017 World League victor France along with host team Japan, Italy, and Iran.
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