COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 19, 2013) – It was an eventful weekend in beach volleyball where three tournaments took place.
Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP)
The AVP kicked off its five-week tour on Aug. 17-18 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The top-seeded teams won both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) placed first on the men’s side, while Jennifer Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) topped the women’s bracket.
Competition was fierce for both the men and women, where both finals went to three close sets. Dalhausser and Rosenthal defeated Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.), 21-12, 19-21, 15-10. Kessy and Ross outlasted Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.), 20-22, 21-18, 15-13 in the finals.
Dalhausser and Rosenthal claimed a spot in the championship match with a 21-14, 22-20 semifinal win over Theo Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.) and Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Doherty and Rogers defeated Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.), 24-22, 21-18 in the other semifinal.
For the women’s semis, Kessy and Ross swept Christal Engle (Puyallup, Wash.) and Tealle Hunkus (Girard, Ohio), 21-15, 21-19. Fendrick and Hochevar topped Jennifer Fopma (Bellflower, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.), 21-12, 20-22, 17-15 to reach the finals.
Kerri Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) tied for fifth in the tournament after falling to Fopma and Sweat 22-20, 21-14 in the quarterfinals
The next stop for the AVP Tour is the Manhattan Beach Open on Aug. 23-25. The AVP web site is avp.com.
National Volleyball League (NVL)
The NVL hosted the $50,000 Rox West Coast Championships on Aug. 16-18 in Hermosa Beach, Calif., which was the second of its Triple Crown events.
Mike Morrison (Encinitas, Calif.) and Derek Olson (San Diego, Calif.) won the men’s event. Christie Jenkins (Australia) and Iwona Lodzik (Redondo Beach, Calif.) took the women’s title.
Morrison and Olson defeated Austin Rester (Grapevine, Texas) and Mike Placek (Cardiff, Calif.), 21-16, 21-18 in the finals. To get to the finals, Rester and Placek defeated Dave McKienzie (Littleton, Colo.) and Matt Prosser (Ventura, Calif.), 21-23, 21-19, 15-8 in the semis. Morrison and Olson earned their spot in the finals topping Jason Lochhead (Tauranga, New Zealand) and Russ Marchewka (San Diego), 21-19, 21-18.
For the women, Jenkins and Lodzik swept Briana Hinga (San Diego) and Kathrin Winkler (Huntington Beach, Calif.), 21-12 21-18 in the finals. Hinga and Winkler earned their spot in the finals defeating Amanda Dowdy (Lexington, Texas) and Jessica Stubinski (Sycamore, Ill.), 19-21, 22-20, 16-14 in the semis, while Jenkins and Lodzik topped Chara Harris (Sarasota, Fla.) and Megan Wallin (Sarasota, Fla.), 11-21, 21-17 15-10 to reach the finals.
The last leg of the NVL Triple Crown Series will be the NVL Las Vegas Best of the Beach event on Sept. 13-15. The NVL web site is thenvl.com.
The SandJam Halifax, also known as The Canada Cup, wrapped up last weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Among the four countries represented, the U.S. women’s team of Sara Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Caitlin Ledoux (Phelan, Calif.) placed second, while the U.S. men’s team of Robart Page (Rochester, N.Y.) and Adam Cabbage (Rio Rancho, N.M.) finished third.
Hughes and Ledoux fell to Canada’s Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan in the final 21-13, 21-16, while Page and Cabbage dropped their semifinal match to Canada’s Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter, who took the Canada Cup.
Moscow Grand Slam
Two U.S. women’s teams and one men’s team are set to begin qualification play at the Moscow Grand Slam on Wednesday in Russia.
The Moscow Grand Slam is part of the 2013 FIVB SWATCH World Tour.
Kelly Schumacher (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.), seeded No. 9 in qualification, along with No. 17 Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), will compete among 18 other teams in the women’s qualification round.
On the men’s side, Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Avery Drost (Redondo Beach, Calif.) received the No. 24 seed in the qualification round.
Qualifying matches will be played Wednesday for both genders. Main draw pool play will begin on Thursday.
Finals for both genders are scheduled for Sunday.
For complete information about the Moscow Grand Slam, click here.