Beach Roundup: AVP Opens in Florida

By BJ Evans | June 02, 2014, 7:03 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 2, 2014) – Kerri Walsh Jennings broke the AVP beach volleyball tour record for victories on Sunday when she and April Ross defeated Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat to win the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Open.

Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.) and Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) won the final over Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Sweat (Fort Meyers, Fla.), 19-21, 21-15, 15-11 in the women’s final on Sunday. The victory was Walsh Jennings’ 67th on the AVP Tour, breaking the record held by her former teammate, Misty May-Treanor.

In the men’s final, Brad Keenan (Westminster, Calif.) and John Mayer (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) defeated Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.), 16-21, 21-19, 18-16. It was Keenan’s first AVP victory and Mayer’s second.

With Ross and Keenan both winning, it was the third time in AVP history that a husband and wife have won at the same event.

On the men’s side, Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) tied for third with Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii) and John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.). For the women, Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Summer Ross (San Diego, Calif.) tied for third with Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.).

NORCECA – Manzanillo

Allison Daley and Kendra VanZwieten took silver and Heather Hughes and Christal Engle won bronze on Sunday at the NORCECA Tour event in Manzanillo, Mexico.

On the men’s side, Derek Olson (Eugene, Ore.) and Kevin McColloch (Solano Beach, Calif.) finished fourth and Skyler McCoy (Long Beach, Calif.) and Marty Lorenz (Spokane, Wash.) placed ninth.

In the women’s semifinals, Daley (Grass Valley, Calif.) and VanZwieten (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) defeated Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Engle, 21-17, 21-15.

In the gold medal match, Daley and VanZwieten fell to Canada’s Melissa Humana and Taylor Pischke, 21-18, 15-21, 15-13. In the third-place match, Hughes and Engle defeated Mexico’s Itzel Santoyo and Frida Lopez, 21-14, 21-12.  

FIVB – Anapa

Both U.S. teams competing finished ninth this week at the FIVB World Tour Anapa Open.

The men’s team of Will Montgomery (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Stafford Slick (Andover, Minn.) started in the main draw where it was ranked No. 9. The team went 2-1 in pool play and advanced to the first round.

In the first round, Montgomery and Slick defeated Argentina’s No. 13 Pablo Bianchi and Julian Azaad, 21-14, 16-21, 15-10. In the second round, the U.S. pair fell to Switzerland’s No. 3 Sebastian Chevallier and Alexei Strasser, 21-18, 21-17.

The women’s team of Irene Hester and Caitlin Ledoux had to win a qualifying match to make it to the main draw. Seeded No. 32 in the main draw, Hester (Fort Worth, Texas) and Ledoux (Phelan, Calif.) went 1-2 in pool play to advance to the first round where they beat Czech Republic’s No. 25 Diana Zolnercikova and Martina Jakubsova, 20-22, 21-19, 15-7.

In the second round, Hester and Ledoux fell to Germany’s No. 4 Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude, 21-16, 21-13.

NVL – Dallas

The National Volleyball League (NVL) opened the 2014 Pro Beach Tour in Dallas, Texas, on May 23-25 with Canadians Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter claiming their second consecutive title at the Texas Pro Beach Championships. The women’s crown went to Pri Piantadosi-Lima of Brazil and Karolina Sowala of Poland.

Binstock and Schachter were the No. 2 seeds in the tournament defeating Drew Mallin (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Dave Palm (Pompano Beach, Fla.), 21-17, 21-19. Third-seeded Piantadosi-Lima and Sowala defeated top seeds Jessica Stubinski (Sycamore, Ill.) and Dalida Vernier (Rovinj, Croatia), 21-18, 21-8.