Eight Teams Win Titles at U.S. Open of Beach

Sept. 27, 2009, 1:05 a.m. (ET)

Media Contact: Tip Nunn – TipNunn@comcast.net

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2009) – Champions were crowned in eight different divisions at the 2009 U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball in action Saturday in Manhattan Beach.

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Approximately 750 volleyball players from across the nation have come to Manhattan Beach to compete in the third annual U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball.  Play is held for men’s, women’s and co-ed two and four person teams in 17 different divisions this weekend. 

Winners of the Men’s AA division were Cory Spence (Kihei, Hawai’i) and Soren Schneider (Leipzig, Germany). The Men’s A Division was won by the Santa Monica, Calif., team of Galen Gering and J. Ray. Matt O’Sullivan and Jason Marentette, both from South Haven, Mich., took the Men’s BB Division and the Hermosa Beach, Calif. team of Ryan Carter and Jeff Dudlik won the Men’s B Division.

The Women’s AA Division was won by Ali Lamberson and Arcadia Keane, both from Hermosa Beach and the Women’s A Division champions were Jen Henderson (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Shayna Juliano (Santa Barbara, Calif.). Nikki Pierzchala (Sylvania, Ohio) and Abigail Riddle (Toledo, Ohio) won the Women’s B Division.

In the Men’s Masters Division the winners were the Denver, Colo., team of Paige Harrington and Jason Wyrick.

Meanwhile, a pair of Florida teams and two Southern California teams are still alive in the winner’s bracket of the Men’s Open Division after the first day of play.

Michael DiPierro (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and Adam Roberts (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) who won the Corona Wide Open qualifying event in New Orleans earlier this year, advanced into Sunday’s semifinals after play on Saturday. Also advancing in the Men’s Open division were Mark and Steven Van Zwieten, from Pompano Beach, Fla., the local Manhattan Beach team of Evan Engle and Jon Mesko and the team of Albert Hanneman (Torrance, Calif.) and his partner Austin Restor (Huntington Beach, Calif.). 

The Women’s Open Division is down to two teams in the winner’s bracket, including Juliana Evens (San Diego, Calif.) and Kim McGiven (Encinitas, Calif.) and the Redondo Beach, Calif. team of Sarah Straton and Iwona Lodzik. Both teams left in the winner’s bracket in the Women’s Open Division claimed titles earlier in the season at Corona Wide Open events, with Evens and McGiven winning in Santa Cruz and Straton and Lodzik taking the Santa Monica titles.

Play continues Sunday at 9 a.m. in the double-elimination tournament and will feature the conclusion of the open divisions and the entire co-ed divisions for both two-person and four-person teams. Teams still alive in the winners’ brackets of the open divisions will begin play at 10 a.m. at The Pier in Manhattan Beach. In addition to the four teams in the men’s winners’ bracket and the two teams undefeated on the women’s side, several teams are still competing in the tournament, hoping to reach the championship match through the contender’s bracket.

The Women’s Open Division final is expected to be played at approximately 2 p.m. PDT Sunday, followed by the Men’s Open Division Champion ships at approximately 3:30 p.m. PDT.

The U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball is sanctioned by USA Volleyball and presented by Corona Extra. Other sponsors of this year’s US Open of Beach Volleyball are Oakley, Spalding, Fiji Water, Surftech, Quik Performance and Jones Trading

For more information on the 2008 US Open of Beach Volleyball, presented by Corona Extra, please visit www.usopenbeachvolleyball.com.

2009 US Open of Beach Volleyball
Sept. 26-27; Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Divisional Winners

Men’s AA – Cory Spence (Kihei, Hawai’i) and Soren Schneider (Leipzig, Germany)
Men’s A – Galen Gering (Santa Monica, Calif.) and J. Ray (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Men’s BB – Matt O’Sullivan (South Haven, Mich.) and Jason Marentette (South Haven, Mich.)
Men’s B – Ryan Carter (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Jeff Dudlik (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
Women’s AA – Ali Lamberson (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Arcadia Keane (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
Women’s A – Jen Henderson (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Shayna Juliano (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 
Women’s B – Nikki Pierzchala (Sylvania, Ohio) and Abigail Riddle (Toledo, Ohio)
Men’s Masters – Paige Harrington (Denver, Colo.) and Jason Wyrick (Denver, Colo.)