U.S. Beach Volleyball Update for Nov. 8

Nov. 08, 2012, 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Kerri Walsh Jennings prepares for the opening serve of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Communications
Phone: (719) 228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 8, 2012) – In honor of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship finals being held at the University of Louisville, U.S. beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings will be the featured guest during an open house event at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 12 in the Brown and Williamson Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. The event is free and open to the public.

Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, will sign autographs and be available for fan photos during the open house from 6-8 p.m. The event will also be an opportunity for fans to purchase all-session tickets to the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship finals coming to the KFC Yum! Center on Dec. 13 and 15.

While in Louisville, Walsh Jennings is also scheduled to speak to several area schools and meet with members of the media.

The open house will also include appearances by the 12th-ranked University of Louisville Volleyball team and Louisville mascot, Louie, a photo booth, and fun kid's games.


The Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame has found a permanent home in the Hermosa Beach Museum (710 Pier Ave. in Hermosa) and will celebrate with a party and induction ceremony on Nov. 16.

This year’s honorees will be Scott Ayakatubby, Janice Opalinski, Mike O’Hara and Greg Lee.

The Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass., honors both beach and indoor volleyball players while the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame is devoted solely to the beach side.

Ayakatubby played on the AVP Tour from 1984-2009 and won 19 tournaments in that time and reached the podium 87 times.

Opalinski played on the AVP and WPVA tours from 1985-2002 and won a total of 25 titles in that time.

O’Hara started playing beach volleyball in the 1950s and won five Manhattan Beach Open titles. He was a member of two UCLA All-American Championship volleyball teams in 1953 and 1954 and represented the United States in 1964 in Tokyo when volleyball made its Olympic debut.

Lee, who had been known as a top basketball player at UCLA, won 21 beach volleyball titles from 1971-82.

The Hall of Fame grand opening event will begin with a social hour from 6-8 p.m. in the museum, followed by the induction ceremony and a highlight reel in the Community Center Theater.
Tickets are $10 each. To purchase, click here.


Movember is a movement that encourages men all over the world to grow moustaches to bring attention to men’s health issues, in particular prostate and testicular cancer, as well as raise money for the cause. Watch the TED presentation given by Movember’s founder, which tells the complete story.

Two-time Olympic beach volleyball player Jake Spiker Gibb, who survived testicular cancer in 2011, has created Team Spikers to raise money and “change the face of men’s health.”

The USA Volleyball beach department has joined Team Spikers and encourages USAV members to get involved.


The Arizona Region of USA Volleyball is hosting the first Arizona Men's Collegiate Beach Championships to be held at Victory Lanes Sports Complex in Glendale this Saturday, Nov. 10.

Players must show a current school I.D. to play and teams must be from the same college to play. 
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with play beginning at 9 a.m. Cost for the event is $10 per team and medals will be awarded for the top three places. 

Questions can be e-mailed to outreach@azregionvolleyball.org.