Statement from USAV Regarding the AVP

Aug. 14, 2010, 5:28 p.m. (ET)

“USA Volleyball was very saddened to hear that the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) pro beach volleyball tour has suspended operations for the balance of the 2010 season.  Since 1988, the AVP has been the premier domestic beach volleyball tour in the world, helping to produce five Olympic gold medals – Karch Kiraly/Kent Steffes (1996), Dain Blanton/Eric Fonoimoana (2000), Kerri Walsh/Misty May-Treanor (2004 and 2008) and  Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers (2008) – names that are among the most recognizable in the sports world.

“Beach volleyball has grown in a relatively short time to be one of the most successful and popular events on the Olympic calendar. It has also recently been adopted by the NCAA as an emerging sport for women. USAV will continue to move ahead aggressively to expand our range of sanctioned events and programming support for juniors, collegiate, national team and international athletes to allow the growing beach volleyball population to pursue their dreams of local, college, national, international and Olympic success.”

USA Volleyball  CEO Doug Beal
USA Volleyball Board Chairman David Schreff