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2001AVP TOUR IN DOUBT
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Hold on AVP FANS ,we have reports of a schedule surfacing see Y2K1 AVP schedule on this page below!!!

Gold-Medal Winners Leaving the AVP Tour Acrimoniously

Beach volleyball:
In latest blow to longtime series, Blanton and Fonoimoana are expected to  join upstart Beach Volleyball America tour.

By MIKE BRESNAHAN, Times Staff Writer

Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, gold-medal winners in beach volleyball at the Sydney Olympics, have left the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals and are expected to join the new Beach Volleyball America tour.With the help of their lawyers, Blanton and Fonoimoana have been released from their AVP contracts after several months of acrimony and
bitterness.Blanton and Fonoimoana, who fought openly with the AVP last year in a dispute over qualifying for the Olympics, are strong additions to the BVA, which started last year as a women's tour but will add a men's tour when the season  tentatively begins in April.
The move of Blanton and Fonoimoana to the BVA is the latest blow to the AVP, which was
established in 1983 but has undergone several recent changes. The AVP's Marina del Rey headquarters have been closed and operational authority has been transferred to Wall Street, home of the venture-capital company that rescued the AVP from bankruptcy in March 1999.
Bill Berger, AVP chief executive officer, has been ousted, and power now rests with Spencer Segura, senior managing director of corporate finance at Spencer Trask Ventures Inc in New York. "We've had our headaches with this thing," Segura said. "We've tried to let [the AVP] manage it on their own. Only when we've had  real problems have we gotten involved. Now we're getting involved." Segura denied that the AVP, which has  remained cash-strapped since being acquired by Spencer Trask and has yet to announce a schedule for the 2001 season, is on the verge of folding. "It's almost a break-even proposition," Segura
said. "We wanted to get really professional management in. I think in the long run we're
going to bring expert management to the company that hasn't been seen by the volleyball
arena. It's so close to working, we want to keep it going." Segura doubted that the BVA would pose a threat to the AVP, even with Blanton and Fonoimoana. "I think the AVP has a bigger following than the BVA," he said. "If you ask any beach volleyball nut, they've heard of the AVP. They haven't heard of the BVA." With a smaller court, a heavier ball and
rally-scored matches, the rules of the BVA mirror those of international tournaments,
including the Olympics.Segura doesn't foresee letting AVP players out of their stringent contracts to play in BVA events. If that's the case, the BVA will have to use players who don't belong to the AVP--Sinjin Smith, Carl Henkel, Kevin Wong, Rob Heidger, Jeff Nygaard and Dan Landry, among others.The problem between the AVP and Blanton and Fonoimoana began last June. Blanton and Fonoimoana were suspended briefly by the
AVP because they registered for an international tournament in Italy that was being played at the same time as an AVP tournament in Muskegon, Mich. The only way to earn points toward Olympic qualifying was in international tournaments. Under the language of their contracts, however, Blanton and Fonoimoana needed permission  from the AVP to compete in non-AVP tournaments. The duo spurned the AVP, earned enough  points to qualify for the Olympics and stunned the beach volleyball world by winning the gold at Sydney.
The animosity continued after the Olympics. A solution couldn't be found . . . until now.
"Because we are out of our contracts, we are free agents," Fonoimoana said. "They don't hold us hostage anymore."

Fonoimoana defection sets stage for dueling VB tours
by Paul Teetor Courtesy of Hermosa Wave Daily Reader
 Article
 

We Heard It Through The Grapevine

Courtesy of AVP Pro Paul Baxter:

The BVA which runs the women's tour is going to hold 8 men's events.They will be 16 team events and like the women's tour they will be using international rules, which is pretty lame. There will be 2 in Florida, 5 in California, and 1 in Hawaii.
The AVP will have its regular 12 stops, dates TBD, that will start a little later than the BVA which will begin in April. It doesn't sound like there will be conflicting dates, but we will see. The AVP is ok with players participating in these BVA events.The opportunities sound pretty good this year. It sucks having to play the international rules, court size and let rule, but should make for a busy summer.Also all of the marketing will be done by a company out of Chicago and the finances by a company from New York. The names slip my mind at the moment. This is a huge thing in my book and is about 20 years overdue.

The Y2K 2001AVP tour is definitely going to happen. There will be 1.2million in prize money for the year and the tour will be run by Eclipse Television and Sports Marketing out of Colorado. Matt Gage, Marvin Hall, and Geeter will be back with the AVP.The AVP and BVA will be in separate corners. It looks like everybody is going to have to make a choice.
It should be interesting to see who play's in each organization.Spencer Segura(Spencer-AVP)is supposed to get something out to the players shortly.The website
www.baxonthebeach.com is in the works,so be sure to check out Paul Baxter's presence on
the internet coming soon.The AVP office is now located in Vail, Colorado. The website is back up and under construction. They are rebuilding the site to make it more user friendly.

The Tour Courtesy Of Paul Baxter........04/13/01

The competition with the BVA-AVP is over. There will be only one tour in 2001. Digital Media will serve as the majority interest holder for the tour. Spencer Segura now has a minority interest. International rules will most likely be used, court size, ball handling. The
ball situation is still up in the air as of now.The first BVA event is still on. Any AVP player that is not registered for the event can sign-up for the qualifier. As far as the rest of the schedule, that is TBD. So if anybody is making plans at the moment to go see some beach volleyball, hold off. Basically there are alot of things that are still up in the air, schedule, prize money, rules, seeding system. Hopefully this information will be distributed soon, so that players, fans, sponsors, can make a solid commitment to the tour. I will most likely skip the first event in Clearwater next weekend. The qualifier would be starting next wednesday and its not exactly a lot of time to get things worked out. A decision either way will be made in the next few days.Once again, I will give another update when I have more info.
Best Wishes,
Bax
http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/thepaulbaxterfanclub

04/26/01
Digital Media Campus is suppossed to come up with a game plan by the end of the week. Another player meeting will then be scheduled and everything will be put on the table. Hopefully by the end of next week, we can all make plans and start playing some volleyball. Would anybody be interested in that? The new game is interesting. It does change things a bit, but the bottom line will stay the same. You need to control the ball. Hence, Dax and
Todd win the BVA event in Clearwater. I would say they are arguably the best ball control team on tour. You can't get away with setting the ball off the net anymore. The smaller court just isn't as forgiving. Basically if you rely on your shots to side-out, this game probably isn't for you. This style of play is pretty fun, I enjoy it. I think my game fits the new style, so someone please post a schedule.The other day when Lynn made it down to the beach I was playing with Bartosz Bachorski. He has played internationally the last few years for Poland and might just stay here and play some ball in the U.S. He is a potential partner possibility. Once everybody knows what is going on, I think the whole partner shakedown will begin. We are actually playing Sean and Albert tomorrow in Hermosa, so if anyone is in the area swing on by.News next week? Hopefully!

The AVP is once again alive: 5/15/01

The AVP/BVA reorganizational meeting was held last night. I was in route to Minnesota at the time, but called to find out the latest scoop.  It looks like there will be a 8 event schedule for the men and a 5 event schedule for the women. The first event will be the Beach Bash in Hermosa Beach on June 8-10. Prize money for the year will be $750,000. Other tour stops will include Belmar!, Chicago, Virginia Beach. I will be having all the information faxed to me sometime today hopefully, so I can post a further update then.
International rules will still be in effect.

Chicago date axed! 5/17/01:

See the "updated" avptour.com as another date has been cancelled and the first scheduled event for the AVP will be in Hermosa Beach 06/08 - 06/10,stay tuned as nothing seems certain anymore.
 

Courtesy of Michael Cole:

Hopefully the players can find enough volleyball and enough  tournaments that can provide them with a living where they can train during the off season and not have to hold extra jobs. I think once we see this, we begin to see the quality of athlete and the level of play get better.
I'm anxious to see where the AVP Tour will be headed come 2001. With Bill Berger out of the picture, and the entity in new hands, the direction and philosophy of the tour may all change.

Courtesy of Gidget :

For all the fans who have been keeping quiet during the off season the schedule was great news- hope for seeing the AVP once again (especially for this relocated so-cal adopted chick). I put the dates on the calendar for the club- I invite you to put on any dates for volleyball on it too. While AVP is top priority, it's always great to watch any kind of volleyball- so if you know of tournaments to watch, play in either live or on TV or on video release...I beg you to let the members of the fan club know! In addition to posting the AVP dates, I'm posting the Estero Beach tournament in Mexico- some of the AVP qualifiers told me about it and said it was great fun to play in and see up and coming talent. It conflicts with Chicago but for us west coasters, we probably wouldn't get to go anyway (no dough...)
Anyway, the way I figure it, April isn't so far away anymore!
Volley on!

Courtesy of volleyballmagazine:

The guys playing on both tours is not set in stone, there is a reason why Fonoimoana and Blanton had to go through what they did. Also many of these players signed contracts if you recall. Many of the players haven't even been notified that there was even a mention of a tour. As for the BVA, the events only take 15 teams, eight of which are seeded ($75,000 events).

Courtesy of Unknown:

The AVP may also be taking the stance of only allowing Americans to participate in their events excluding such players as Emanuel, Loiola, and other top international players.
The AVP will also be establishing a Ca. Office. Matt Gage will be in charge.
There is a new Avp tour office in Colorado working on their web site and schedule.
Possibly the season won't start as early as previously listed. They expect a May start.
 

Courtesy of Bill Sigler:
besiggy@prodigy.net
SAND AND SUN TIMES 04/13/01
BREAKING NEWS ABOUT THE AVP AND BVA!!!

Many of you have been wondering about the state of beach volleyball.There have been all
kinds of rumors over the last few years about the AVP - "was it going to fold?", "who is going to run it?", "will it ever make it back to the glory days?", "why aren't they on TV as much?", "who will be the sponsors", etc. And what about the Beach Volleyball America Tour, which only ran a women's tour last year, but this year scheduled a men's tour to
compete with the AVP? This introduced the question of "which players will stick with the AVP, and which will defect over to the BVA?" Even the players didn't know what to expect in 2001. Sure the AVP had scheduled a tour, but with the huge financial losses in 2000, and the lack of sponsors, some questioned whether it would happen. The BVA was intriguing, but not many players want to play with their ball, rules, or court. Well, after the AVP meeting in Hermosa Beach, CA last Thursday (4/5), the players still don't know what to expect, however the future is a little bit clearer. As of 4/5/01, the company that owns the AVP, Spencer Trask and Assoc.(based in NYC), signed a letter of intent which states that they will sell 50% of the AVP to a company called Digital Media (based in LA, CA) . Digital Media has many well-known investors such as Quincy Jones and Shaquille O'Neil, however the primary owner is Leonard Armato. Besides being Shaq's agent, Mr. Armato also ran the AVP for a short period of time in the early 90's, owns the rights to the WPVA, is Sinjin Smith's agent, and is engaged to Holly Mcpeak. Needless to say, he has spent a great deal of time around volleyball and definitely has a passion for the sport ... not to mention he is a very successful man with very successful investors. Now comes the twist ... Digital Media has apparently also bought an equity stake in the Beach Volleyball America Tour, or the BVA. It was eluded to that Mr. Armato's plan is to make one unified tour for both men and women. The logistics are very sketchy at best. Some suggest that since Mr. Armato is very tight with Sinjin (who is on the FIVB board), he will lean towards the BVA tour's rules, which many players don't like. It was my impression that the ball they would use would be determined in most part by the dollar amount Mikasa and Wilson would offer. In regards to event sites, no information was given.Now, here's another twist that was suggested by some of the players.Since all that was signed was a letter of intent (which gives Digital Media 30 days to sign the contract and make the 50% purchase final), it is very possible that this "merger" is really a stall tactic. With this potential "merger", the AVP tour is put in a state of limbo. Should the AVP move forward with their schedule as is? Should they continue to pursue sponsors? And in regards to the players, it makes many of them wait, possibly 30 days, before deciding to play AVP or BVA - even though the BVA tour starts in a few weeks. They also don't know what ball, court, and rules to practice with. Bottom line (in my opinion) ... if Digital Media doesn't sign the contract, the AVP
could be done. There is no reason why Spencer Trask would want to continue losing money
(due in most part to a lack of sponsors). Although many players walked away from last Thursday's meeting with a negative attitude, my own opinion is much more positive. Spencer Trask became involved with the AVP in hopes of making money ... and if they make money, so will the players. With all the losses in 2000, we (the fans and players) are lucky Spencer Trask didn't just drop the tour all together. Instead, they sold 50% of the AVP hoping that merging the two tours will bring in more sponsorship dollars, reduce operating costs, and increase overall revenues (like it or not, money will determine if there is a beach volleyball tour). Combining the efforts of Digital Media, Spencer Trask, and the BVA should definitely improve the state of beach volleyball, allow the players to make good money, and hopefully allow the sport to grow exponentially in the future.

LA Times vb article Courtesy Lynn Chu
Volleyball Deal May Spike Interest
Sports business: Agent Armato wants to unify two competing beach
tours in effort to save sport.
By MIKE BRESNAHAN, Times Staff Writer

Agent Leonard Armato is close to buying two competing beach volleyball tours and merging them into one, marking the latest effort to reverse the sport's fortunes.Armato, who represents Laker center Shaquille O'Neal, would unify the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals and the newer Beach Volleyball America, which have been at odds in the last year.
Armato, who has long had an interest in beach volleyball, is chief executive of the company making the purchase, Digital Media Campus,an incubator for sports and entertainment properties. Armato, a former beach player in the mid-1970s and one of the founders
of the AVP in 1983, declined comment Wednesday.AVP and BVA officials confirmed the sale, pending due diligence by Digital Media Campus.Charlie Jackson, chief executive officer of BVA, said he approached Armato for sponsorship opportunities last month, but the talks turned from investment to acquisition. It is believed that BVA will receive
about $200,000 from the El Segundo-based company.The venture capital firm that purchased the AVP from bankruptcy court in March 1999 will become a minority shareholder in the newly aligned tour in lieu of cash."I don't think there's ever been a better shot than this," said Spencer Segura, a senior manager at Spencer Trask Ventures Inc. in New York. "If this doesn't work, I don't know who will ever want to try it."
The newly formed tour will probably keep the AVP's name, a source said,and will try to reverse a negative financial trend of several years. The AVP reached the top of its popularity curve in the mid-1990s, but questionable management and extremely high payouts for players led to fiscal straits.Many issues need to be addressed, beginning with the competitive and somewhat hostile relationship between the AVP and BVA. The BVA
tour made its debut last year as a women's circuit--Armato's girlfriend,two-time Olympian Holly McPeak, is among the world's best players--and planned to add a men's division this year, competing directly with the men-only AVP and adding tension.The on-court rules are also markedly different. Unlike the AVP, BVA employs international rules, using a smaller court, a heavier ball and rally-scored games. The BVA tour calls itself a training ground for
Olympic hopefuls, while the AVP champions itself as an original of sorts, playing in front of laid-back, tanned crowds for little more than prize money and bragging rights.
Players are confused about the meaning of the merger."It's definitely a little helter-skelter," said Dain Blanton, who won the gold medal with Eric Fonoimoana at the Sydney Olympics. "I would think [Armato] is going to stick with the international rules, simplify it
and stay with one game. It could be the greatest thing, but it's a guessing game right now. I guess they can't say much yet because the deal's not done."Armato must also find a way to renew interest in the sport itself, which has waned after a series of highly criticized moves by the AVP, including past attempts to charge exorbitant amounts for tickets and several
disputes with players in recent years over Olympic qualifying.The AVP awarded nearly $4 million annually in the free-wheeling days of the mid-1990s, but debt rose to nearly $3 million. Players were getting stiffed on their payouts. Corporate sponsors bailed, a bad sign for a sport that generates most of its revenue from sponsors and advertisers.
Admission is free at most AVP events.Neither the AVP nor BVA has a television deal with a major network.NBC ended an eight-year deal with the AVP after the 1997 season, citing
decreased viewership.Change, on the whole, is welcomed."I'm optimistic," Blanton said. "I think [Armato] will be able to do some positive things if he takes over. He has the connections and he's been involved with the sport before. Maybe five months from now, we're involved with the best thing we've had in five years."

Digital Media Campus: 3/27/00
Incubator of the Stars
A sports agent hopes to transform the way celebrities handle their business, starting online
--By Laura Rich [The Standard, 3/27/00]
Oscar De La Hoya is throwing his next punch online.The world-champion welterweight lost a controversial fight to Felix Trinidad last year amid a dispute over data recorded by CompuBox, a technology that tracks punches thrown and blows landed. According to
CompuBox, De La Hoya had landed 100 more punches than his opponent, but the judges disagreed and declared Trinidad the winner. De La Hoya says boxing has been marred by corruption – and now he's turning to the Net for help.Later this year, De La Hoya will launch AliveSport.com. Among other features, the site may include Webcams            attached to De La Hoya's gloves or shorts during bouts. Online audiences will be able to make the call about who wins and who loses. "We're gonna clean the sport up by including people not involved in boxing," he says.AliveSport is the first company from a new incubator called Digital Media Campus. The startup is the brainchild of Leonard Armato, an agent who represents De La Hoya, Shaquille O'Neal and Pamela Anderson Lee, among others. Digital Media Campus, which plans to open its doors in June, will focus on celebrity sports and entertainment brands and marry them with business ideas. Armato has already amassed an impressive list of investors, including ExciteAtHome's Brett Bullington, Oracle (ORCL) 's Larry Ellison, RealNetworks (RNWK) Rob Glaser, Playboy's Christie Hefner and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Armato says the concept goes beyond celebrity endorsements. "There is going to be a power shift from old-line companies that held the keys to distribution to those closer to the source of original content," he claims. Each company's business ideas will be based on the celebrities' passions, and the stars will get founders' stock, he adds. Armato is extending the talent-agent style of "packaging" to AliveSport. While most incubators provide the services needed to hatch a company, Digital Media Campus will package these services with "farm teams" – other companies that will set up shop in Digital Media's warehouse office in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Advertising agency TBWA Chiat/Day has signed on, as has talent firm International Creative Management,
which will help strike business development deals in the media and entertainment fields. Armato is also hammering out details with Heidrick & Struggles, which will provide recruiting assistance to the budding businesses. Marc Andreessen's Loudcloud, which will locate its Los Angeles outpost at Digital Media Campus' office, plans to develop back-end operations for the startups. Those companies will all get a stake in the new company; though it has yet to launch, Armato plans an IPO this year. Robert Landes, CEO of Guidance, a Marina del Rey, Calif., incubator that brings businesses onto the Web, believes celebrity names will give Digital Media an advantage. But he wonders whether the company will
have enough expertise in creating online businesses. "I support personal empowerment of celebrities," says Landes. "But it takes a lot more heavy lifting. "Armato contends he's already got it down, having launched Dunk.net with client Shaquille O'Neal last month. (Guidance wrote the first business plan for Dunk.net, which allows visitors to design their own sneakers and sell them to their friends over the Net.) Others agree that Armato has a promising idea. "Sports and entertainment are what lure you into the tent," says Stephen Unger, managing partner at Heidrick & Struggles. "[Digital Media] is playing the game of what will be the magnet to other enterprises." In other words, celebrity sells.
Digital Media Campus
2221 Park Place
El Segundo,CA 90245
 

Orange County Register vb article Courtesy Lynn Chu
Beach break: Armato seeking volleyball unification
The agent is trying to combine the AVP and BVA, putting both on hold.
May 3, 2001
By SHAWN PRICE
The Orange County Register

Dark clouds once again are hovering over professional volleyball's beach party. For better or worse, the sport is going through its latest evolution while a familiar face tries to unify the sport into a more Olympic-ready colossus.Super agent and former beach game player Leonard Armato has purchased the Beach Volleyball of America tour from owner Charlie Jackson. Now Armato, a co-founder of the Association of Volleyball Professionals in 1983, is trying to buy that league by Monday and unite it again as one tour if he can gather
enough interested investors.The players' future is uncertain and their patience is growing thin. The entire AVP schedule has been retracked and a BVA event scheduled for this
weekend in Miami was canceled."I don't think anybody really knows what's going on," said Olympic and BVA star Misty May of Costa Mesa. "I was in China for a tournament when I got the E-mail and I sent it to my parents."In it, both men's and women's players were notified that Armato had filed a letter of intent to the AVP majority owner Spencer Trask Ventures in New York to buy the AVP by April 30. That decision has been extended one week as both sides try to agree on the deal.And while the unifying of the two competing tours is seen almost universally as a good idea, some AVP athletes are less than thrilled with the idea of playing with international rules, as Armato is expected to use."If going international is what they have to do, then it's what they have to do," said Brent Doble of Capistrano Beach.

Volleyball circuit owner plans to unify sport (USA Today) Breaking news!!!
By David Leon Moore
LOS ANGELES : Agent Leonard Armato hopes his latest involvement with the financially struggling sport of pro beach volleyball turns out as well as what's going on recently with his biggest client, Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal.Armato will announce today that he has acquired the Association of Volleyball Professionals and will unify competing beach volleyball circuits into one domestic tour  the AVP, which will feature both men's and women's competition.Armato founded the AVP in 1983 and led it to surprising heights $100,000 first-prize purses, live network TV, recognizable stars such as Sinjin Smith
and Karch Kiraly before being ousted by the players in a political flap in 1989.Gaining Olympic status seemed to give the sport a stamp of approval, and it was a big hit in Atlanta in 1996. But sponsorship and TV money dried up in the late 1990s, and at the end of 1998, the AVP declared bankruptcy.It reorganized and limped along the last 2 years with drastic cuts in events and prize money.Armato's plan: unify, rebuild burned bridges and market, market, market."In the past, the players owned the AVP, and they sucked out every dollar into prize money, so there wasn't any real marketing effort," Armato says. "The importance of their sponsors and the importance of TV were just not recognized. The thing just crumbled because of a self-driven, ego-motivated attitude. I've told the players that we have to sell this sport 24 hours a day  to the fans, to sponsors, to TV."Armato has all the top U.S. players, men and women, signed to 4-year agreements with three exceptions. The reigning Olympic gold medalists, Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, have not signed up. They are concerned about protecting their sponsors and about freedom to compete on the FIVB international tour."It's a tour-friendly deal, not a player-friendly deal," Blanton says of Armato's contracts. "To be that handcuffed is very difficult."But Armato and Blanton both say they expect to reach an agreement. On the women's side, Olympian Misty May, a former partner of Holly McPeak, Armato's girlfriend, has not signed.The first event under the reorganized AVP is June 8-10 in Hermosa Beach,Calif., where both men and women will play. In all, the 2001 schedule will include eight events (five with men and women, three with men only). Total prize money is nearly $1 million. All events will be shown tape-delayed on Fox Sports Net.Armato had tough negotiations with veteran AVP players such as Kiraly and Mike Whitmarsh over adopting FIVB rules  smaller court, different ball, rally scoring.In the end, though, the players had no alternative."The other option was to stop playing," says Whitmarsh, 39, who, paired with Canyon Ceman, will be one of the favorites at Hermosa. "We made some compromises. We also came to the realization that Leonard might be the one who can resurrect our sport."

Courtesy of ESPN:
China considers Tiananmen Square for beach volleyball
Reuters
BEIJING -- China is contemplating throwing Tiananmen Square -- mostly known to the outside world for the 1989 massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators -- into its 2008 Olympic bid as the venue for beach volleyball. State media said on Wednesday Olympic officials thought the vast square next to Beijing's Forbidden City would make a grand backdrop for television coverage of swimsuited men and women in pursuit of gold medals.
The idea of volleyball players performing in front of the mausoleum containing the embalmed body of Chairman Mao Zedong -- the powerful revolutionary who presided over a puritan society -- was born during a recent inspection tour by the International         Federation of Volleyball, the China Daily said. It was also in response to a promise from rival Olympic aspirant Paris to stage the beach volleyball competitions in front of the Eiffel Tower, it said. "It will be good for the sport if the competitions are held in the square," Gao Shenyang, a Chinese Volleyball Association official, was quoted as saying. Tiananmen Square -- which translates as "Heavenly Peace" -- is the symbolic heart of China and draws
millions of tourists each year.Osaka, Toronto and Istanbul are also bidding to stage            the 2008 Games after Athens holds them in 2004.
 

***Please note all statements speculative ,with waivers of any misinformaton



2001 BVA Tour Schedule

 Date                                            Location
 

 April 21-22        Clearwater, Florida  North of Pier 60

 May 5-6              Lummus Park on South Beach, Miami Beach, Fla.(CANCELLED)

 May 26-27          Pier Plaza, Oceanside, California(Exibition/Invitational)

 June 7-10            Hermosa Beach, California* The Hermosa Beach Open at Mervyn's
                              California Beach Bash 2001 Hermosa Beach Pier(CANCELLED)

 July 14-15           BVA San Francisco Open, San Francisco, California(CANCELLED)

 August 11-12      BVA  Huntington Beach Open, Huntington Beach ,California at The Pier
                  (CANCELLED)
 August 17-19       BVA U. S. Open of Beach Volleyball at The Pier, Manhattan Bch, Calif.
                   (CANCELLED)
 September 15-16  BVA Tour Championship at Fort DeRussy Beach ,Honolulu, Hawaii
                   (CANCELLED)
*The Mervyn's California Beach Bash is owned and operated by IMG Event Source.
All dates and venues are tentative and subject to change.See notice below,Beach Volleyball America will not be holding any more events!!!

BVA Professional Men's/Women's Beach Volleyball
2001 TELEVISION SCHEDULE

Clearwater Beach Invitational finals being taped for television replay on ESPN2(check local listings your area)
TV Air Dates
Clearwater event: July 4, 10:30 PM PT, ESPN2
Oceanside Women:July 18 3:30 PM local, Fox Sports Net
Oceanside Men:July 25 3:30 PM local, Fox Sports Net

Charlie Jackson Statement
Charlie's email - wiredcoach@aol.com

Beach Volleyball America, as mentioned in Volleyball magazine, will have both men and women at each event in 2001. More details and a formal announcement will be out soon. There is a tentative schedule (under Event Info) on bvatour.com. Most of the schedule is fairly firm, but not all of it.The obvious question is why add men? The short answer is that with even more changes to the Olympic/international format, we need a top-level domestic pro tour for players who want to pursue the Olympics and international competition representing the US. Implicit in this 'need' is a desire to see US beach volleyball athletes excel and win in international play.

BVA CONTACTS
Beach Volleyball America
13955 Stowe Drive
Poway, California  92064
Tel:  (858) 486-8659
Fax:  (858) 486-2718 (new fax)
Email:  info@bvatour.com
Websites:  www.BVATour.com and www.VolleyCentral.com

MANAGEMENT and CORPORATE STAFF
Charlie Jackson, Chief Executive Officer
Lori Okimura, Chief Operating Officer
Mike Kantor, Marketing Services Director
Laura Echolds, Athlete Services Director
Rick Capone, Editor of VolleyCentral.com

Breaking news!!!
Beach Volleyball America will not be holding any more events. In the future,
professional beach volleyball events will be conducted by the AVP, under the new ownership of Digital Media Campus.For past BVA results, go to VolleyCentral.com



AVP TOUR Y2K1-YEAR 2001-Not Yet Confirmed
SCHEDULE TENTATIVE

AVP TOUR Y2K1-YEAR 2001

SCHEDULE

2001 Schedule Announcement

schedule for the AVP Tour in the year 2001 ***revised 5/17/01

Date          Event     Site

May 11-13   PANAMA CITY AVP TOURNAMENT    Panama City,FL (CANCELLED)

May 18 -20  CLEARWATER  SUNKIST AVP Clearwater, FL (CANCELLED)

June 01 -03  PLANTERS TRAIL MIX AVP CHICAGO Chicago, IL (CANCELLED)

June 08 -10  MERVYN’S BEACH BASH 2001AVP HERMOSA  Hermosa Beach, CA

June 15 -17  PLANTERS TRAIL MIX AVP HUNTINGTON          Huntington Beach, CA

July 13 - 15  SUNKIST AVP MUSKEGON OPEN                          Muskegon , MI

July 20 - 22  SUNKIST AVP BELMAR OPEN                               Belmar, NJ

July 27 - 29  PAUL MITCHELL AVP VIRGINIA BEACH           Virginia Beach, VA

Aug 10-12    ATLANTIC CITY AVP TOURNAMENT  Atlantic City,NJ (CANCELLED)

Aug17 - 19  AVP KARCH KIRALY CLASSIC                               Santa Barbara, CA

Aug 24 - 26  SUNKIST AVP MANHATTAN BEACH OPEN      Manhattan Beach, CA

Sept 07- 09  PAUL MITCHELL AVP King & Queen of the Beach       Las Vegas, NV
 



AVP Professional Men's Beach Volleyball
2001 TELEVISION SCHEDULE  Volleyball.org

WE HOPE THERE'S TV ?     :>p~
TV Air Dates
Clearwater event: July 4, 10:30 PM PT, ESPN2
Oceanside Women:July 18 3:30 PM local, Fox Sports Net
Oceanside Men:July 25 3:30 PM local, Fox Sports Net


CLEARWATER 1999 REVISITED
May 1-2 1999 Clearwater, Florida  $75,000 AVP Grand Slam (Clearwater, FL)
5th - Bill Boullianne/Ian Clark            $ 3,500
AVP Grand Slam Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Hilton

  *photo courtesy of Beachterp more @ Beachterp PhotosBeachterp2
 Dain Blanton & Eric Fonoimoana 1st at Clearwater in 1999

Apr 27 -29  2000 CLEARWATER SUNKIST AVP TOURNAMENT  CLEARWATER, FL  $75,000 AVP Grand Slam (Clearwater, FL)
AVP Grand Slam Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Hilton
AVP Volleyball Returns to Clearwater,Florida in 2001!!!!



Volleyhut Clearwater Beach
Volleyball Invitational                   April 21-22, 2001


    *photo courtesy of Beachterp

     Dates: April 20-22, 2001
     Event:Volleyhut Clearwater Beach Volleyball Invitational
     Location: Clearwater Beach, Florida
     Site: South of Pier 60
     Ticket Information: FREE TO THE PUBLIC
     Qualification Tournament:Friday, April 20 Start time: 8:00 a.m.
     Main Draw: Saturday, April 21 - Sunday, April 22 Start time: 8:00 a.m.
     Team Entry List - Men
     Entry Deadline:Qualification Tournament:Wednesday, March 21, 2001
                                  Main Draw:Wednesday, March 21, 2001
      Prize Purse: $150,000 ($75,000 per gender)

78 Teams Enter $150,000 VolleyHut Clearwater Beach
Invitational; BVA Tour Qualifying Opens Play Friday
(from BVA Media Relations)

Men's Main Draw Teams

1.Dain Blanton, Laguna Beach, Calif./Eric Fonoimoana, Hermosa
Beach, Calif.
2.Carl Henkel, Redondo Beach, Calif./Sinjin Smith, Pacific
Palisades, Calif.
3.Dax Holdren, San Diego, Calif./Todd Rogers, Santa Barbara,
Calif.
4.Stein Metzger, Honolulu, Hi./Kevin Wong, Pearl City, Hi.
5.Rob Heider, Redondo Beach, Calif./Chip McCaw, Tulsa, Okla.
6.Bill Boullianne, Redondo Beach, Calif./Colin Smith, Hermosa
Beach, Calif.
7.Adam Roberts, Myrtle Beach, S. C./Brian Soldano, Fort
Lauderdale, Fla.
8.Albert Hannemann, Torrance, Calif./Sean Scott, Kailua, Hi.
9.Pete Divenere, Pawleys Island, S.C./James Fellows, Naples,
Fla.
10.Gaston Macau, Miami, Fla./Chad Turner, Clearwater Beach, Fla
11.Aaron Boss, San Diego, Calif./Colin Wellman, Pacific Palisades,
Calif.
12.Dan Landry, San Diego, Calif./Jeff Nygaard, Madison, Wis.
 

Men's Qualification Tournament Teams

1.Jim VanZwieten, Pompano Beach, Fla./Bill Maik, Deerfield
Beach, Fla.
2.Pete Kucera, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Rifit Agi, Redondo Beach,
Calif.
3.Noel Khirsukani, Jacksonville, Fla./Scott Perry, Jacksonville,
Fla.
4.Eric Wurts, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Matt Heath, Delray Beach,
Fla.
5.Wayne Matthews, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)/Mike Emory, Fort
Lauderdale, Fla.
6.Chad Poppell, Jacksonville, Fla./Glen Cox
7.Coley Kyman, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Mark Presho, San Diego, Calif.
8.David DiPierro, Pompano Beach, Fla./Dana Camacho, Fort
Lauderdale, Fla.
9.Andrew Pelski, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Jim Walls, Fort
Lauderdale, Fla.
10.Jeff Wong, Palm Beach, Fla./Evan Silberstein, Palm Beach, Fla.
11.Matt Sokolowski, Hermosa Beach, Calif.)/Jack Quinn
12.John Goings, Jacksonville, Fla./Joe Rohr, Clearwater Beach,
Fla.
13.Jason Aucoin, Fort Lauderdale/Nick Lucena, Fort Lauderdale,
Fla.
14.David Fischer, Santa Monica, Calif.)/John Hribar, Hermosa
Beach, Calif.
15.Jereme Cadorette, Orlando, Fla./Justin Culp, Orlando, Fla.
16.Dane Valdes/Kevin Dake
17.Patrick Aparicio/Jeff Neilson
18.Douglas Nascimiento, Deerfield Beach, Fla./Todd Hart,
Pompano Beach, Fla.
19.Anthony Mihalic/Brett Becker, Tampa, Fla.
20.Shane LeCroy, Simpsonville, S. C./Jerry Goodlow,
Wilmington, N. C.
21.Dave Findley/Brian Rutland, Pompano Beach, Fla.
22.Chad Mowrey/to be announced
 

CLEARWATER BEACH, FLA. - Led by Sydney 2000 Olympic beach volleyball Gold Medallists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, a total of 78 teams have entered next weekend's (April 20-22) $150,000 Volleyhut Clearwater Beach Invitational on the Pier 60 South courts. The women's and men's tournament will open Friday (April 20) at 8
a.m. with a Qualification Tournament. A total of 32 women's and 22 men's teams will be battling for the final four spots in each Main Draws that will be played Saturday and Sunday. Twelve teams in each gender have already been seeded in both Main Draws that
start Saturday at 8 a.m.Blanton and Fonoimoana are the top-seeded men's team ahead of
Carl Henkel and Sinjin Smith, who placed fifth at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games for the United States. Smith, a winner of 139 domestic and international events, is the oldest elite player in the world and will turn 44 (May 7) during the 2001 season.Barbara Fontana and Elaine Youngs, who both competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, are the top seeded women's teams.Fontana teamed with Linda Hanley to placed fourth in the beach
competition at Atlanta while Youngs was competing with the USA indoor team in 1996.
Making their first competitive appearance since capturing the men's Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Medal last September, Blanton and Fonoimoana will be seeking their second-straight Clearwater Beach men's title after winning the 1999 event. Youngs and Liz
Masakayan captured the 1999 women's crown on Clearwater Beach.
The opening domestic event on the 2001 BVA Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Volleyhut Clearwater Beach Invitational will feature a $15,000 first-place prize for each gender's winning team. Sunday's final rounds will start at 8 a.m. on the Pier 60 South courts with the
finals being taped for television replay on ESPN2.Blanton and Fonoimoana upset the Brazilian pair of Ze'Marco de Melo and Ricardo Santos to win the Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Medal. Ze'Marco and Ricardo had won five FIVB Beach Volleyball
World Tour events in 2000 enroute to $231,000 in international earnings.
Rob Heidger and Kevin Wong, who finished fifth in Sydney after being eliminated by Blanton and Fonoimoana, will also compete on the 2001 BVA Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Heidger will compete with Chip McCaw as the fifth-seeded men's team while Wong and Stein Metzger are seeded fourth.Dax Holdren and Todd Rogers, who captured four Gold Medals last season, are seeded third in the men's competition. Holdren and Rogers netted three domestic titles in 2000 while upsetting the field to win last June's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event in Mexico, where they defeated Heidger and Wong in the finals.

EIGHT TEAMS EARN VOLLEYHUT MAIN DRAW BERTHS
Three Florida Men's Teams Earn Main Draw Berths In $150,000 Clearwater Beach
Volleyball Event
CLEARWATER BEACH, FLA. - Led by three Florida men's teams, eight pro beach
volleyball tandems earned Main Draw berths for this weekend's $150,000
Volleyhut Clearwater Beach Invitational by winning Qualification Tournament matches here Friday (April 20) on the Pier 60 South courts.The three Florida-based men's teams earning men's Main Draw berths are top-seeded Jim VanZwieten (Pompano Beach) and Bill Maik (Deerfield Beach),second-seeded Eric Wurts (Fort Lauderdale) and Matt Heath (Delray Beach) and fourth-seeded Andrew Pelski (Fort Lauderdale) and Jim Walls (Fort Lauderdale.Southern Californians Coley Kyman and Mark Presho earned the fourth Men's
Main Draw berth by scoring upset wins over third-seeded David DiPierro and Dana Camacho (22-24, 21-14 and 15-11) and 11th-seeded Chad Mowrey and Brad Torsone (22-24, 21-19 and 15-13).Pelski's wife (Tammy) just missed qualifying for the women's Main Draw.Seeded 29th in the women's qualifier, Tammy Pelski and Tammy Rau scored a
pair of upset wins to open play Friday before being eliminated by 12th-seeded Michelle Morse and Rhonde Kottke (26-28, 21-19 and 15-5).Jen Holdren, who was seeded seventh in the women's Qualification Tournament with Heather Lowe, joined her husband (Dax Holdren) as Main Draw qualifiers for Saturday's opening Main Draw rounds.  Dax Holdren and Todd Rogers are seeded third in the men's competition.  Saturday's play starts at 8 a.m. on eight Pier 60 courts.A total of 30 women's and 24 men's teams started the Qualification Tournament play Friday for the final four spots in each Main Draws that will be played
Saturday and Sunday.  Led by Sydney 2000 Olympic beach volleyball Gold Medallists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, 12 teams were seeded directly into each gender's Main Draw.
Holdren and Lowe scored three-straight women's qualifying wins Friday,including a 21-18 and 21-18 upset victory over second-seeded Marla O'Hara and Julie Sprague in 39 minutes.  The top two-seeded teams in the women's Qualification Tournament were upset as top-seeded Kristen Schritter and Liz Pagano were eliminated in the Friday's second-round by 17th-seeded Gracie Santana and Erin Galli (21-17 and 21-17).Santana and Galli's bid for a women's Main Draw berth did not materialize.Eighth-seeded Helen Reale and Mary Baily advanced to the "money" rounds by eliminating Santana and Galli 18-21, 21-13 and 15-11 in 49 minutes.  Also earning women's Main Draw spots were third-seeded Allison Block and Pat Keller and 12th-seeded Michelle Morse and Rhonda Kottke.  Keller, who now
resides in Cardiff, Calif., played collegiately at South Florida.The $150,000 Volleyhut Clearwater Beach Invitational will also mark the first competitive appearance for Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana since the pair captured the Gold Medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games last September. Blanton and Fonoimoana are the top-seeded men's team ahead of Carl Henkel and Sinjin Smith, who placed fifth at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games for the United States.  Smith, a winner of 139 domestic and international events, is the oldest elite player in the world and will turn 44 (May 7) during the 2001season.
Barbara Fontana and Elaine Youngs, who both competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, are the top seeded women's team.  Fontana teamed with Linda Hanley to placed fourth in the beach competition at Atlanta while Youngs was competing with the USA indoor team in 1996.Blanton and Fonoimoana will be seeking their second-straight Clearwater Beach men's title after winning the last Pro beach event in Clearwater Beach in
1999.  Youngs and Liz Masakayan captured the 1999 women's crown on Clearwater Beach.
The opening domestic event on the 2001 BVA Pro Beach Volleyball Tour,Volleyhut Clearwater Beach Invitational will feature a $15,000 first-place prize for each gender's winning team.  Sunday's final rounds will start at 8a.m. on the Pier 60 South courts with the finals being taped for television replay on ESPN2.

OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS ADVANCE TO VOLLEYHUT SEMI-FINALS
Top-seeded Fontana & Youngs Earn Women's Semi-final Spot at Clearwater Beach
Volleyball Event
CLEARWATER BEACH, FLA. - Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Medallists Dain Blanton and
Eric Fonoimoana had to work overtime in their three wins here Saturday (April21) enroute to a berth in Sunday's semi-finals of the $150,000 Volleyhut Clearwater Beach Invitational.
Seeded first in the men's 16-team Main Draw, Blanton and Fonoimoana won each of its three matches by winning two of three games against their Saturday opponents, including a quarterfinal win over fifth-seeded Rob Heidger and Chip McCaw (15-21, 21-16 and 15-8).  Heidger and McCaw also were 2000 Olympians for the United States with Heidger competing on the beach and McCaw with the indoor team.
Barbra Fontana and Elaine Youngs, a pair of 1996 USA Olympians, also earned a spot in Sunday's semi-finals with three wins Saturday, including a quarterfinal win over fourth-seeded Nancy Mason and Leanne Schuster (21-18 and 21-17).  Also earning a women's semi-final spot was third-seeded Holly McPeak and Rachel Wacholder, who scored  an upset win over second-seeded Lisa Arce and Carrie Busch (21-17, 17-21 and 15-13) for their third win Saturday.
Dax Holdren and Todd Rogers captured the second men's "final four" berth by defeating second-seeded Carl Henkel and Sinjin Smith (21-16 and 21-16).Seeded third in the men's competition, Holdren and Rogers are trying for their second Gold Medal in Florida in the last year as the pair won an event in Deerfield Beach last April.
Sunday's play starts at 8 a.m. Sunday on four Pier 60 South courts to determine the last set of semi-final participants.  The semi-final matches are scheduled for 9:45 a.m. with the Gold Medal matches for the $15,000 first-place prizes in each gender scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. with the women's final followed by the men's title contest.
The teams of Heidger/McCaw, Henkel/Smith, Mason/Schuster and Arce/Busch are still in contention for the Gold Medals.  Heidger and McGaw face sixth-seeded Bill Boullianne and Collin Smith while Stein Metzger and Kevin Wood play Henkel and Smith in men's semi-final qualifying matches Sunday morning at 8a.m.
Boullianne and Smith advanced by eliminating Florida's last surviving tandem of 10th-seeded Gaston Macau (Fort Lauderdale) and Chad Turner (Clearwater Beach) 16-21, 21-18 and 15-13 in the Saturday's longest match (66 minutes).Macau and Turner split $3,750 for their seventh-place finish.
The women's first matches Sunday morning has Arce and Busch playing 14th-seeded Linda Hanley and Sarah Stratton while Mason and Schuster face ninth-seeded Jennifer Meredith and Jen Pavley.  Hanley and Stratton are a pair of beach Olympians.  Hanley and Fontana finished fourth for the United States at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games while Straton competed for host Australia last September in Sydney were she finished 21st with Annette
Huygens Tholen.Misty May and Kerri Walsh, who were seeded 12th, were eliminated by Hanley and Straton.  May and Walsh, who were playing in their first pro event together, were also 2000 Olympians.  May placed fifth with McPeak on the beach while Walsh was on the indoor team that just missed the Bronze Medal.
The opening domestic event on the 2001 BVA Pro Beach Volleyball Tour,Volleyhut Clearwater Beach Invitational is being taped for television replay on ESPN2 this summer.

RESULTS:

Men's Qualifying First-Round (losers eliminated, place 29th)
Jereme Cadorette, Orlando, Fla./Justin Culp, Orlando, Fla. (No. 17-seeded  Qualification Tournament Team) def. Jason Aucoin, Fort Lauderdale/Nick Lucena, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (16), 21-13, 17-21 and 15-12 (52 minutes)
Matt Sokolowski, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Jack Quinn, Venice Beach, Calif (9)def. Justin Phipps, Ozona, Fla./Charlie Stout, Clearwater, Fla (24), 21-12 and 21-12 (26)
Jeff Smith, San Diego, Calif./Curtis Neuschaefer, San Diego (12) def. Shane LeCroy, Simpsonville, S.C./Jerry Goodlow, Wilmington, N.C. (21), 21-12 and 21-14 (35)
Noel Khirsukani, Jacksonville, Fla./Scott Perry, Jacksonville, Fla. (13)def. Anthony Mihalic, Wall, N. J./Brett Becker, Sarasota, Fla (20), 22-20 and 21-15 (33)
Chad Mowrey, Redondo Beach, Calif./Brad Torsone, Hermosa Beach, Caif. (11)def. Jeff Saylor, Palm Harbor, Fla./Dana Woodson, Toledo, Ohio (22), 21-10and 21-12 (38)
Dan Valdes, Long Beach, Calif./Kevin Dake, Irvine, Calif (10) def. Matt Boarman, Akron, Ohio/Mark Donaldson, West Canton, Ohio aldson (23), 21-10 and 21-11 (35).

Men's Qualifying Second-Round (losers eliminated, place 21st)
Jim VanZwieten, Pompano Beach, Fla./Bill Maik, Deerfield Beach, Fla.(1)def Cadorette Culp (17), 24-22 and 21-11 (31)
Sokolowski/Quinn (9) def. Dave Findley, Orlando, Fla./Brian Rutland,Coconut Creek, Fla. (8), 21-14 and 21-17 (15)
J. Smith/Neushafer (12) def. David Fischer, Santa Monica, Calif./John Hribar, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (5), 22-20 and 21-15 (44)
Andrew Pelski, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Jim Walls, Fort Lauderdale (4) def.Khirsukani/Perry (13), 23-21 and 21-19 (35)
Kyman/Presho (14) def. David DiPierro, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Dana Camacho,Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (3), 22-24, 21-14 and 15-11 (42)
Mowrey/Torsone (11) def. Jeff Long, Palmetto, Fla./Evan Silberstein, PalmBeach, Fla. (6), 15-21, 21-14 and 15-7 (45)
Douglas Nascimiento, Deerfield Beach, Fla./Todd Hart, Deerfield Beach, Fla.(7) def. Valdes/Dake (10), 22-20, 19-21 and 15-8 (53)
Eric Wurts, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Matt Heath, Delray Beach, Fla. (2) def Tony Cothron, Sarasota, Fla./Joe Rohr, Bradenton, Fla. (15), 21-14 and 21-19(32).
 

Men's Qualifying Third-Round (winners advance to Main Draw; losers eliminated, place 17th)
VanZwieten/Maik (1) def. Sokolowski/Quinn (9), 21-6 and 21-19 (41)
Pelski/Walls (4) def. J. Smith/Neushafer (12), 25-23 and 21-17 (47)
Kyman/Presho (14) def. Mowrey/Torsone (11), 22-24, 21-19 and 15-13 (61)
Wurts/Heath (2) def. Nascimiento/Hart (7), 21-12 and 21-14 (32).

Men's Main Draw Results

Winner's Bracket, First-Round
Dain Blanton, Laguna Beach, Calif./Eric Fonoimoana, Hermosa Beach, Calif (No. 1-seeded Main Draw Team) def.. Coley Kyman, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Mark Presho, San Diego, Calif. (16, No. 14-seeded Qualification Tournament Team),23-21, 19-21 and  15-10 (54minutes)
Albert Hannemann, Torrance, Calif./Sean Scott, Kailua, Hi. (8) def. Pete  Divenere, Pawleys Island, S.C./James Fellows, Naples, Fla. (9), 21-15 and 21-9 (28)
Rob Heidger, Redondo Beach, Calif./Chip McCaw, Tulsa, Okla. (5) def. Aaron Boss, San Diego, Calif./Colin Wellman, Pacific Palisades, Calif. (12), 21-13 and 21-18 (47)
Stein Metzger, Honolulu, Hi./Kevin Wong, Pearl City, Hi. (4) def. Eric Wurts, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Matt Heath, Delray Beach, Fla. (13, 2), 22-20 and 26-24 (53)
Dax Holdren, San Diego, Calif./Todd Rogers, Santa Barbara, Calif. (3) def.Andrew Pelski, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Jim Walls, Cape May, N.J.. (14, 4),21-13 and  24-22 (34)
Bill Boullianne, Redondo Beach, Calif./Colin Smith, Hermosa Beach, Calif (6) def. Jim Van Zwieten, Pompano Beach, Fla./Bill Maik, Deerfield Beach,Fla. (11, 1), 21-17 and  21-13 (40)
Gaston Macau, Miami, Fla./Chad Turner, Clearwater Beach, Fla. (10) def.Adam Roberts, Myrtle Beach, S. C./Brian Soldano, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (7),21-19 and  21-19 (40)
Carl Henkel, Redondo Beach, Calif./Sinjin Smith, Pacific Palisades, Calif.(2) def. Dan Landry, San Diego, Calif./Jeff Nygaard, Madison, Wis. (15),21-19, 14-21 and 15-12 (57).

Winner's Bracket, Second-Round
Blanton/Fonoimoana (1) def. Hannemann/Scott (8), 19-21, 21-17 and 16-14(38)
Heidger/McCaw (5) def. Metzger/Wong (4), 21-11 and 21-19 (42)
Holdren/Rogers (3) def. Boullianne/C. Smith, 211-15 and 26-24 (45) (6)
Henkel/S. Smith (2) def. Macau/Turner (10), 21-15 and 21-14 (38).

Loser's Bracket, First-Round (losers eliminated, place 13th, split $2,500)
Roberts/Soldano (7) def. Landry/Nygaard (15), 21-19 and 21-13 (39)
Pelski/Walls (14) def. Van Zwieten/Maik (11, 1), 21-17 and 21-18 (47)
Boss/Wellman (12) def. Wurts/Heath (13, 2), 21-17 and 21-14 (37)
Divenere/Fellows (9) def. Kyman/Presho (16, 14), 15-21, 21-14 and 15-13(53).

Loser's Bracket, Second-Round (losers eliminated, place 9th, split $3,000)
Metzger/Wong (4) def. Roberts/Soldano (7), 21-16 and 21-15 (32)
Hannemann/Scott (8) def. Pelski/Walls (14), 21-16 and 21-13 (42)
Macau/Turner (10) def. Boss/Wellman (12), 21-18 and 21-17 (48)
Boullianne/C. Smith (6) def. Divenere/Fellows (9), 21-17 and 21-11 (35)

Winner's Bracket, Third-Round (winners advance to Sunday's semi-finals)
Blanton/Fonoimoana (1) def.. Heidger/McCaw (5), 15-21, 21-16, 15-8 (53)
Holdren/Rogers (3) def. Henkel/S. Smith (2), 21-16 and 21-16 (26).

Loser's Bracket, Third-Round (losers eliminated, place 7th, split $3,750)
Metzger/Wong (4) def. Hannemann/Scott (8), 21-17, 21-19 (41)
Boullianne/C. Smith (6) def. Macau/Turner (10), 16-21, 21-18 and 15-13 (66).

MEN'S SUNDAY RESULTS
April 22, 2001 at Pier 60 South, Clearwater Beach, Fla.
Men's Main Draw Schedule
 

Loser's Bracket, Fourth-Round (winners advance to semi-finals; losers
eliminated, place 5th, split $4,125)
Stein Metzger/Kevin Wong def. Carl Henkel/Sinjin Smith 21-16,19-21, 15-11 (62 minutes)
Rob Heidger/Chip McCaw def. Bill Boullianne/Colin Smith 21-18, 21-17 (46).

Semi-finals
Metzger/Wong def. Dain Blanton/Eric Fonoimoana 19-21, 21-15, 19-17 (65).
Dax Holdren/Todd Rogers def. Heidger/McCaw. 21-18, 23-21 (45).

Bronze Medal Match ((winners place third, split $7,500; losers place fourth, split $5,250)
Blanton/Fonoimoana def. Heidger/McCaw 21-16, 21-18 (40).

Gold Medal Match (winners place first, split $15,000; losers place second,split $9,500)
Holdren/Rogers def. Metzger/Wong 21-15, 21-16 (35).

$150,000 VOLLEYHUT CLEARWATER BEACH INVITATIONAL - RANKINGS
April 20-22, 2001 at Pier 60 South, Clearwater Beach, Fla.

Men's Main Draw Final Results

Rank Team (Main Draw Seed, Qualification Tournament Seed)  Record  Points Earnings
1st Dax Holdren, San Diego, Calif./Todd Rogers, Santa Barbara, Calif. (3)   3-0 56
$15,000
2nd Stein Metzger, Honolulu, Hi./Kevin Wong, Pearl City, Hi. (4)    3-1 48
$9,500
3rd Dain Blanton, Laguna Beach, Calif./Eric Fonoimoana, Herm Beach, Calif. (1) 3-0 56  $7,500
4th Rob Heidger, Redondo Beach, Calif./Chip McCaw, Tulsa, Okla. (5) 2-1 48
 $5,250
5th Carl Henkel, Redondo Beach, Calif./Sinjin Smith, Pacific Palisades, Calif.(2) 2-1 48  $4,125
5th Bill Boullianne, Redondo Beach, Calif./Colin Smith, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (6) 3-1 48  $4,125
7th Albert Hannemann, Torrance, Calif./Sean Scott, Kailua, Hi. (8) 2-2 40
$3,750
7th Gaston Macau, Miami, Fla./Chad Turner, Clearwater Beach, Fla. (10) 2-240
 $3,750
9th Adam Roberts, Myrtle Beach, S. C./Brian Soldano, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.(7) 1-2    32  $3,000
9th Andrew Pelski, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Jim Walls, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.(14, 4)1-2    32  $3,000
9th Aaron Boss, San Diego, Calif./Colin Wellman, Pacific Palisades, Calif.(12)   1-2 32  $3,000
9th Pete Divenere, Pawleys Island, S.C./James Fellows, Naples, Fla. (9)1-2 32
 $3,000
13th Dan Landry, San Diego, Calif./Jeff Nygaard, Madison, Wis. (15) 0-2 24
$2,500
13th Jim VanZwieten, Pompano Beach, Fla./Bill Maik, D, Beach, Fla.(11, 1)0-2    24  $2,500
13th Eric Wurts, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Matt Heath, Delray Beach, Fla. (13,2)   0-2    24  $2,500
13th Coley Kyman, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Mark Presho, San Diego, Calif. (16,14)  0-2    24  $2,500

Top-seeded Fontana & Youngs net women's Clearwater Beach volleyball gold medal; Holdren & Rogers capture second Florida title in VolleyHut Clearwater Beach Invitational men's final.

CLEARWATER BEACH, FLA. - Top-seeded Barbra Fontana and Elaine Youngs overcame a first game loss in the best of three women's Gold Medal match to capture the $15,000 first-place prize by defeating third-seeded Holly McPeak and Rachel Wacholder in the $150,000 Volleyhut Clearwater Beach Invitational here Sunday (April 22).
In the men's Gold Medal match, third-seeded Dax Holdren and Todd Rogers captured their second pro beach event in Florida in the past year by defeating fourth-seeded Stein Metzger and Kevin Wong 21-15 and 21-16 in 35 minutes to share the $15,000 first-place prize.
After losing 21-18 in Sunday's first Gold Medal game, Fontana and Youngs rallied to win the next two games 21-10 and 15-7 to conclude the 55-minute title match against McPeak and Wacholder. Fontana and Youngs concluded the weekend with a 5-0 match mark to net their first pro beach volleyball title in only their second event together. Fontana (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), who captured her 17th pro beach title, and Youngs (Encinitas, Calif.) advance to the finals with a 21-18 and 2-20 win in 40 minutes over 14th-seeded Linda
Hanley (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Sarah Straton (Hermosa Beach, Calif. Sunday's title was the 11th for Youngs. McPeak (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Wacholder (Hermosa Beach,Calif.), who were playing in their first pro beach event together, shared $9,500 for the Volleyhut Clearwater Beach Silver Medal. McPeak, who was playing in her 81st title match with 55 Gold Medals, and Wacholder advanced to the finals with a 22-20 and 21-16 win in 40 minutes over fourth-seeded Nancy Mason (Belleville, Ill) and Leanne Schuster (Mesa, Ariz.) on the Pier 60 South center court. In the Bronze Medal match, Mason and Schuster scored a 21-17 and 21-17 win in 39 minutes over Hanley and Straton. Mason and Schuster shared $7,500 for the third-place finish. Hanley and Straton, beach Olympians, split $$5,250 for their fourth-place finish in their first pro beach event together. Hanley finished fourth
with Fontana for the United States in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games while Straton competed in the Sydney 2000 Games for Australia.
Sunday's action concluded with the men's medal matches. Holdren(San Diego, Calif.) and Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) captured their seventh pro beach Gold Medal and fifth in the past year after starting the streak with a win last April in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Metzger (Honolulu, Hi.) and Wong (Pearl City, Hi.) scored Sunday's biggest upset by eliminating Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Medallists and top-seeded Dain Blanton (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Eric Fonoimoana (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) 19-21, 21-15 and 19-17 in a
65-minute semi-final match. Holdren and Rogers advanced to the men's title match with a 21-18 and 23-21 semi-final win in 45 minutes over fifth-seeded Rob Heidger (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Chip McCaw (Tulsa, Okla.).In the men's Bronze Medal match, Blanton and Fonoimoana notched a 21-16 and 21-18 win in 40 minutes over Heidger and McCaw.
It was the first-time in five matches this weekend that the Sydney Gold Medallists did not have to play a match with three games. Blanton and Fonoimoana entered the weekend as a
defending Clearwater Beach champions after winning the 1999 event.The opening domestic event on the 2001 BVA Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Volleyhut Clearwater Beach Invitational was taped for television replay on ESPN2 this summer.


Volleyhut BVA Oceanside Invitational May26-27,2001


Beach View-Oceanside,Cali Event Venue

Event: BVA Oceanside Invitational
Date:May 26-27, 2001
Qualifier: None (Invite only)
Seedings: TBD
Main Draw Saturday 9AM to 5PM
Sunday 9AM start
Finals scheduled for approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday
Where: Southside of the Pier
Directions From I-5 take the Mission Avenue exit WEST. This will deadend into Pacific. The pier is in front of you.

Men's Competition:
Dain Blanton (Laguna Beach, CA) / Eric Fonoimoana (Hermosa Beach, CA)
Dax Holdren (San Diego, CA) / Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, CA)
Gaston Macau (Miami, FL) / Chad Turner (Clearwater, FL)
Andrew Pelski (Fort Lauderdale, FL) / Jim Walls (Pompano Beach, FL)
Adam Roberts (Myrtle Beach, SC) / Brian Soldano (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Brian Rutland (Fort Lauderdale, FL) / Jim Van Zwieten (Pompano Beach, FL)
Matt Heath (Delray Beach, FL) / Eric Wurts (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
John Hyden (San Diego, CA) / Dan Landry (San Diego, CA)

Format: 8-team double elimination tournament. Matches will be played
best 2 out of 3 games using the FIVB Rally Point Scoring (RPS) system;
Games 1 and 2 will be played to 21 points, game 3 will be played to 15
points. Each game must be won by a 2-point margin.

Prize Money Distribution:
1st (Gold Medal) $5,000
2nd (Silver Medal) $3,500
3rd (Bronze Medal) $3,000
4th $2,750
5th (2 teams) $2,250
7th (2 teams) $2,000

Women's Teams:
Misty May (Costa Mesa, CA) / Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, CA)
Jennifer Holdren (San Diego, CA) / Liz Masakayan (San Diego, CA)
Karen Truessel (Switzerland) / Denise Koelliker (Switzerland)
Tammy Pelski (Fort Lauderdale, FL) / Tammy Rau (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Teri Van Dyke (Deerfield Beach, FL) / Karen Helyer (San Diego, CA)
Dana Atkinson (Huntington Beach, CA) / Katie Lindquist (FountainValley, CA)
Tammy Liley-Liebel (San Diego, CA) / Lynda Johnson Black (San Diego, CA)
Barbara Nyland (San Diego, CA) / Sharman Mitchell (San Diego, CA)

Format: 8-team double elimination tournament. Matches will be played
best 2 out of 3 games using the FIVB Rally Point Scoring (RPS) system;
Games 1 and 2 will be played to 21 points, game 3 will be played to 15
points. Each game must be won by a 2-point margin.

Prize Money Distribution:
1st (Gold Medal) $5,000
2nd (Silver Medal) $3,500
3rd (Bronze Medal) $3,000
4th $2,750
5th (2 teams) $2,250
7th (2 teams) $2,000

Hotel Days Inn Oceanside
1501 Carmelo Drive
Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone: 760-722-7661
 

VIP Parking From Mission Avenue. Go Right on Pacific and go one block to Pier View and go right. The lot is on the left. You must have a parking pass to enter.
Public Parking There is metered parking all around the pier and a few pay lots.
Format: Invitational
Players Scheduled :

Tickets FREE
Site Delivery Info Beach Volleyball America Event
301 North The Strand
Oceanside, CA 92054

Courtesy of AVP Pro Paul Baxter: 5/24/01
The tourney in Oceanside this weekend has been reduced to an exhibition. There will be 4-6 teams. E.Fonoi-D.Blanton will be the #1 seed, with the rest of the draw being filled in with Florida teams.Any teams that are contracted with the new AVP were not invited to play
in the event.
Courtesy Of Lynn Chu: 5/24/01
As for Oceanside, I'll be attending the event and covering it for About.com's web site. So, you'll have to check for results there. I'll have more info once I get to the event and
hopefully they'll have a computer I post info to. If not, then you'll have to watch for it on the BVA site or About.com site.

Courtesy Of Gene Mick: 5/26/01

Saturday May 26, 2001 Results
Volleyhut BVA Oceanside Invitational

1st Round Women’s Winners Bracket

Misty May (Costa Mesa, CA) / Kerri Walsh (Saratoga, CA) def. Barbara Nyland (San Diego, CA) / Sharman Mitchell (San Diego, CA) 21-13, 21-15 (35 minutes)

Teri Van Dyke (Deerfield Beach, FL) / Karen Helyer (San Diego, CA) def. Tammy Pelski (Fort Lauderdale, FL) / Tammy Rau (Fort Lauderdale, FL)  22-20, 20-17 (44 minutes)

Karen Truessel (Switzerland) / Denise Koelliker (Switzerland) def. Dana Atkinson (Huntington Beach, CA) / Katie Lindquist (Fountain Valley, CA) 21-14, 21-13 (31 minutes)

Tammy Liley-Liebel (San Diego, CA) / Lynda Johnson Black (San Diego, CA) def. Jennifer Holdren (San Diego, CA) / Liz Masakayan (San Diego, CA) 21-18, 24-22

2nd Round Women’s Winners Bracket

Misty May / Kerri Walsh def. Teri Van Dyke / Karen Helyer 21-12, 21-9 (31 minutes)

Karen Truessel  / Denise Koelliker def. Tammy Liley-Liebel / Lynda Johnson Black 21-16, 20-22, 15-? (54 minutes)

1st Round Women’s Losers Bracket

Jennifer Holdren / Liz Masakayan def. Dana Atkinson / Katie Lindquist 21-12, 21-14 (23 minutes)

Tammy Pelski / Tammy Rau def. Barbara Nyland / Sharman Mitchell 21-19, 21-19 (42 minutes)

2nd Round Women’s Losers Bracket

Jennifer Holdren / Liz Masakayan def. Teri Van Dyke / Karen Helyer 21-14, 21-11 (29 minutes)

Tammy Liley-Liebel / Lynda Johnson Black def. Tammy Pelski / Tammy Rau 19-21, 21-17, 15-8 (41 minutes)
 

1st Round Men’s Winners Bracket

Dain Blanton (Laguna Beach, CA) / Eric Fonoimoana (Hermosa Beach, CA) def. John Hyden (San Diego, CA) / Dan Landry (San Diego, CA) 21-18, 21-18

Adam Roberts (Myrtle Beach, SC) / Brian Soldano (Fort Lauderdale, FL) def. Andrew Pelski (Fort Lauderdale, FL) / Jim Walls (Pompano Beach, FL) 18-21, 21-11, 15-9 (45 minutes)

Matt Heath (Delray Beach, FL) / Eric Wurts (Fort Lauderdale, FL) def. Gaston Macau (Miami, FL) / Chad Turner (Clearwater, FL) 21-15, 21-16 (40 minutes)

Dax Holdren (San Diego, CA) / Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, CA) def. Brian Rutland (Fort Lauderdale, FL) / Jim Van Zwieten (Pompano Beach, FL) 21-17, 21-17 (36 minutes)

2nd Round Men’s Winners Bracket

Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana def. Adam Roberts / Brian Soldano 19-21, 21-16, 15-10 (55 minutes)

Dax Holdren / Todd Rogers def. Matt Heath / Eric Wurts 21-17, 21-17 (37 minutes)

1st Round Men’s Losers Bracket

Gaston Macau / Chad Turner def. Brian Rutland / Jim Van Zwieten 21-17, 21-17 (37 minutes)

John Hyden / Dan Landry def. Andrew Pelski / Jim Walls 21-19, 26-24 (36 minutes)

2nd Round Men’s Losers Bracket

Adam Roberts / Brian Soldano def. Gaston Macau / Chad Turner 19-21, 26-24, 15-13 (56 minutes)

John Hyden / Dan Landry def. Matt Heath / Eric Wurts 21-16, 21-16 (34 minutes) (Wurts played this game with a torn bicep muscle suffered in an earlier game.)
 

Play resumes tomorrow (Sunday) at 9:00 AM PDT

Sunday May 27, 2001 Results
Volleyhut BVA Oceanside Invitational

Champions are Misty May / Kerri Walsh and Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana
 

3rd Round (Final in the) Women's Winners Bracket

Misty May / Kerri Walsh def. Karen Truessel  / Denise Koelliker 21-19, 21-19
(37 minutes)

3rd Round Women's Losers Bracket

Jen Holdren / Liz Masakayan def. Tammy Liley-Liebel / Lynda Johnson Black
22-20, 21-15 (36 minutes)

4th Round (Final in the) Women's Losers Bracket

Jen Holdren / Liz Masakayan def. Karen Truessel  / Denise Koelliker 15-21,
21-15, 15-12 (53 minutes)

Women's Championship Final

Misty May / Kerri Walsh def. Jen Holdren / Liz Masakayan 21-19, 21-19 (42
minutes)
 

3rd Round (Final in the) Men's Winners Bracket

Dax Holdren / Todd Rogers def. Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana 18-21, 21-16,
15-11 (64 minutes)

3rd Round Men's Losers Bracket

Adam Roberts / Brian Soldano def. John Hyden / Dan Landry 21-19, 21-19 (39
minutes)

4th Round (Final in the) Men's Losers Bracket

Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana def. Adam Roberts / Brian Soldano 21-16,
21-15 (32 minutes)

Men's Championship (double-elimination) Final

Dain Blanton / Eric Fonoimoana def. Dax Holdren / Todd Rogers (First Match)
21-19, 21-15 (This forced a second match in this double-elimination final.
This second match was just one game to 21, instead of best of three) (Second
Match) 21-18 (40 minutes total)

BVA heads off into the sunset
Beach Break: County Olympians Blanton and May figure prominently in the
league's finale
May 29, 2001
By SHAWN PRICE
The Orange County Register

The picturesque surroundings of the Oceanside Pier is where it all started for Beach Volleyball America a little more than a year ago. And Sunday at the pier is apparently where it ended.Teams led by Orange County Olympians Dain Blanton and Misty May won the final BVA tournament before it is absorbed by the new version of the AVP.
May (Costa Mesa) and new partner Kerri Walsh (Huntington Beach) looked like the future of the women's game in beating Liz Masakayan and Jen Holdren, 21-19, 21-19, in the women's final.Masakayan and Holdren were occasionally able to exploit Walsh's lack of
experience and speed, but Walsh's ability at the net and May's ability virtually everywhere else was too hard to beat. The victory came in their second pro tournament together.
"We're learning the game together," May said. "We have our moments. We're still young but I'm excited for the next four years."Walsh was humble after the victory. "Since my first tournament, I think I've come a long way," she said. "It's getting easier and more instinctual, but I have a long, long, long way to go."The two will play in Italy next month.
Sydney Olympics gold medalists Blanton (Laguna Beach) and Eric Fonoimoana
(Hermosa Beach) came through the losers' bracket to avenge a morning loss to Dax Holdren and Todd Rodgers and take the men's title, 21-19, 21-15, 21-18.
A flurry of aces by Blanton in the second game gave them momentum, and they were able to survive a struggle with Holdren and Rodgers in the deciding game."That's a tough team," Blanton said. "They're very good and very consistent. Not a lot of room for error in a game like this. The new rally scoring is so fast. It's a sprint. You have to come out of the chute going 100 percent."Neither May and Walsh nor Blanton and Fonoimoana have said for certain they will play under the new AVP, but both teams are expected to receive offers.

Holdrens double their pleasure at volleyball finals
By Glae Thien
SPECIAL TO THE San Diego UNION-TRIBUNE
May 28, 2001
Jen Holdren came up just short with partner Liz Masakayan in the women's
championship match of the Oceanside Invitational volleyball tournament. Still,
she received a nice consolation prize.The San Diego native followed her match yesterday at the Oceanside Pier by watching her husband, Dax, combine with Todd Rogers to compete against 2000 Olympic gold medalists Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana for the men's title. The top-seeded team of Misty May and Kerri Walsh won the women's title 21-19,
21-19. Blanton and Fonoimoana then came up through the losers' bracket of the
double-elimination tournament to prevail 21-19, 21-15, forcing a one-game playoff.
The Olympic gold medalists then knocked off Dax Holdren and Rogers 21-19 in the
men's final. Each winning team split $5,000, while the runner-up duos each received $3,500.Rally scoring was used in all matches.This was the first time the Holdrens each played for a championship in the same tournament. Jen estimates they have only been in three or four tournaments together across Dax's four-year career since she has been in semiretirement for the births of their two sons.Jen has grown accustomed to seeing her husband play, but it was a relatively new experience for Dax to watch his wife compete.
"You can't get too excited (as a spectator) or you're just like a roller coaster," said Jen, who occasionally gives Dax tips. "It's funny. Usually, I'm the one watching and he told me, 'I didn't realize how hard this is to watch."I told him, now you know what I go through. "
Jen entered the two-day tournament only because promoter Charlie Jackson called
on Thursday, looking for a player to fill the women's field. She was then teamed for the first time with Masakayan, a San Diegan who played indoors in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, to form the second-seeded team. "That was the most fun I've had in years," Jen said. "Liz is real easy to play with, and we play the same kind of ball-control game." Jen, a 1989 graduate of USDHS, turned pro six years ago, or about the time May started a standout tenure at Long Beach State. "Jen's an awesome player," May said. "I remember when she first turned pro. I always knew who she was and it's great seeing her in the finals, especially in San Diego."May and Walsh each played in the 2000 Olympics, but at different venues. While Walsh played the indoor game, May finished fifth with partner Holly McPeak on
the beach.Jen Holdren and Masakayan advanced from the losers' bracket to reach the final
with a comeback victory over Karin Truesell and Denise Koelliker, 15-21,21-15,15-12.

In the men's field, Dax Holdren and Rogers reached the final as a second seed by topping Blanton and Fonoimoana 18-21, 21-16, 15-11. "We get everyone's best game now," Blanton said. "Everyone wants to beat us.It's a new challenge for us to stay on top."
Blanton and Fonoimoana came back in the losers' bracket to top Adam Roberts and
Brian Soldano 21-16, 21-15 for a berth in the final. The Holdrens join Andrew and Tammy Pelski, who also competed in this tournament, as the only husband-and-wife combinations active in pro beach events. Other noteworthy couples have included Mike and Patty Dodd and John and Linda Hanley.Dax Holdren and Rogers were coming off a first-place showing in the Clearwater(Fla.) Beach Open last month.

OCEANSIDE BVA
North County Times - May 28, 2001
STEVE MULLINS Staff Writer

OCEANSIDE ---- It wasn't Bondi Beach and it wasn't the Olympics, but that didn't matter to Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana. To them, a win is still a win, and the fact that it was a comeback win made it all the more special. On Sunday afternoon, beach volleyball's gold medalists from the Sydney Olympics once again proved their greatness, clawing their way through the contenders'bracket en route to a first-place finish at the Volleyhut.com Oceanside Invitational at Pier Plaza South.In the finals, Blanton and Fonoimoana faced San Diego's Dax Holdren and Todd Rogers, the pair that knocked them out of the winners' bracket earlier in the day.Because it was a double-elimination tournament, Blanton and Fonoimoana had to beat Holdren and Rogers twice to take the crown. Blanton and Fonoimoana succeeded, though not handily. They won the first match in two games
(21-19 )and (21-15) and the last in one (21-18).Because the Beach Volleyball America uses rally scoring (no sideouts),individual games are often close. That's precisely what happened in the women's final, when Misty May and Kerri Walsh knocked off San Diego's Jennifer Holdren and Liz Masakayan (21-19, 21-19)."There's never an easy win when you play this type of volleyball," Blanton said. "The rally scoring is an equalizer, and we had to fight through it today.(In the final) we faced a very steady team. They are right with us every time we play them."Fonoimoana agreed."In a rally-scored game, anybody can win. The games are faster, and you can't make many mistakes."Though the comeback by Blanton and Fonoimoana was impressive, it was hardly surprising. Last year, the duo made a seemingly insurmountable comeback in a one-game match to qualify for the Olympics.
That day they were in Belgium needing at least a fourth-place tournament finish
to go to Sydney. They began the clinching match down 8-0. With the odds stacked
against them, they came back to win 15-11. "It was such a proud moment," Fonoimoana said. "At that point, we proved to ourselves and everyone else that we belonged there."
Although, going into the Olympics, many in the volleyball world didn't think Blanton and Fonoimoana belonged there.They weren't considered America's best team and they didn't qualify until a month before the Games."What separates us from other teams is our work ethic," Blanton said. "In this sport you have to be self-motivated and self-disciplined. A lot of teams don't work as hard as us and they fall by the wayside."



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