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SCHEDULE

2004 Schedule Announcement

Current schedule for the AVP Tour in the year 2004

Date                             Event                                                                             Site

April 02-04  2004 AVP FT. LAUDERDALE OPEN      South Beach Park           Ft. Lauderdale, FLA.    * Cable,FSNet

April 23-25  2004 AVP TEMPE ARIZONA OPEN      Tempe Beach Park          Tempe, ARIZ.              * Cable,FSNet

April 30- May 2 2004 AVP AUSTIN OPEN                Auditorium Shores Park    Austin,TX                      * Cable,FSNet

May 28-30 BUD LITE 2004 AVP HUNTINGTON OPEN Huntington Beach Pier Huntington Beach, CA  * Cable,FSNet

June 4-6 BUD LITE 2004AVP  MANHATTAN BEACH OPEN Manhattan Beach Pier ManhatBeach,CA* Cable,FSNet

June 11-13   BUD LITE 2004 AVP SAN DIEGO OPEN  Mariners Point                  San Diego, CA.         * Cable,FSNet

July 8-11   BUD LITE 2004  AVP BELMAR OPEN        Belmar Beach                      Belmar, NJ            **LIVE on NBC  

July 22-25 BUD LITE 2004 AVP HERMOSA OPEN    Hermosa Beach Pier          Hermosa Beach, CA. **LIVE on NBC

September 2-5 BUD LITE 2004  AVP CHICAGO OPEN  North Avenue Beach         Chicago, IL           **LIVE on NBC

September 9-11 AQUIFINA 2004 AVP Las Vegas Shootout  Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV *TAPE on NBC

September 24-26 PAUL MITCHELL 2004 AVP Hawaiian Invitational   Fort DeRussey Beach HI             **TAPE on NBC

Oct. 16-17 2004 AVP SANTA BARBARA  INVITATIONAL  Santa Barbara, CA                                  *Cable,FSNet

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AVP Professional Men's Beach Volleyball
2004 TELEVISION SCHEDULE  Volleyball.org
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AVP ON NBC TV !!!     :>p~


TV Air Dates:

NBC

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EVENT BROADCAST DATE / TIME

The AVP is proud to bring you over 10 hours of NBC broadcast coverage and over 40 hours of cable coverage of Fox Sports Net! Check out the television schedule below and be sure to watch all the AVP tournaments throughout the season. All broadcasts are listed in local time unless otherwise specified.*

April
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sat. 17 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sun. 18 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sat. 24 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sun. 25 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net

May
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Tempe, AZ Sat. 1 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Tempe, AZ Sun. 2 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Tempe, AZ Sat. 8 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Tempe, AZ Sun. 9 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Austin, TX Sat. 15 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Austin, TX Sun. 16 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Austin, TX Sat. 22 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Austin, TX Sun. 23 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sat. 29 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sun. 30 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net

JUNE
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Huntington Beach, CA  Sat. 5 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sun. 6 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sat. 12 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sun. 14 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sat. 19 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sun. 20 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, CA  Sat. 26 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, CA  Sun. 27 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net

JULY
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
San Diego, CA Sat. 3 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
San Diego, CA Sun. 4 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Belmar, NJ Sat. 10 4:30-6:00PM EST* live on NBC
San Diego, CA Sat. 17 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
San Diego, CA Sun. 18 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, CA Sat. 24 4:30-6:00PM EST* live on NBC
Hermosa Beach, CA Sun. 25 4:30-6:00PM EST* live on NBC
Belmar, NJ Sat. 31 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net

AUGUST
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Belmar, NJ Sun. 1 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Belmar, NJ Sat. 7 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Belmar, NJ Sun. 8 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, CA Sat. 28 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, CA Sun. 29 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net

SEPTEMBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Chicago, IL Sun. 5 2:00-4:00PM EST* live on NBC
Las Vegas, NV Sun. 12 4:00-6:00PM EST NBC (tape delayed)
Hermosa Beach, CA Sat. 18 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, CA Sun. 19 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Honolulu, HI Sun. 26 2:00-4:00PM NBC (tape delayed)

OCTOBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Chicago, IL Sun. 3 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Chicago, IL Sun. 10 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Las Vegas, NV Sun. 17 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Las Vegas, NV Sun. 24 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Honolulu, HI Sun. 31 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net

NOVEMBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Honolulu, HI Sun. 7 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Los Angeles, CA (Carson) Sat. 13 4:00-5:00PM Fox Sports Net
Los Angeles, CA (Carson) Sun. 14 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Los Angeles, CA (Carson) Sat. 20 4:00-5:00PM Fox Sports Net
Los Angeles, CA (Carson) Sun. 21 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net



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Five Live/Tape Broadcasts During the 2004 Season Marks the Return Of Beach
Volleyball to Network Television for the third year in a row

The AVP is proud to bring you over 10 hours of NBC broadcast coverage and over 40 hours of cable coverage of Fox Sports Net! Check out the television schedule below and be sure to watch all the AVP tournaments throughout the season.

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EVENT BROADCAST DATE / TIME

 *Check you local listings for Broadcast times yet to be announced actual event dates below only not necessarily brodcast dates

April
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sat. 17 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sun. 18 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sat. 24 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sun. 25 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net

May
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Tempe, AZ Sat. 1 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Tempe, AZ Sun. 2 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Tempe, AZ Sat. 8 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Tempe, AZ Sun. 9 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Austin, TX Sat. 15 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Austin, TX Sun. 16 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Austin, TX Sat. 22 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Austin, TX Sun. 23 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sat. 29 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sun. 30 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net

JUNE
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Huntington Beach, CA  Sat. 5 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sun. 6 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sat. 12 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sun. 14 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sat. 19 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sun. 20 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, CA  Sat. 26 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, CA  Sun. 27 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net

JULY
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
San Diego, CA Sat. 3 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
San Diego, CA Sun. 4 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net

San Diego, CA Sat. 17 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
San Diego, CA Sun. 18 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Belmar, NJ Sat. 31 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net

AUGUST
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Belmar, NJ Sun. 1 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Belmar, NJ Sat. 7 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Belmar, NJ Sun. 8 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, CA Sat. 28 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, CA Sun. 29 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net

SEPTEMBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Hermosa Beach, CA Sat. 18 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, CA Sun. 19 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net

OCTOBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Chicago, IL Sun. 3 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Chicago, IL Sun. 10 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Las Vegas, NV Sun. 17 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Las Vegas, NV Sun. 24 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Honolulu, HI Sun. 31 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net

NOVEMBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Honolulu, HI Sun. 7 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Los Angeles, CA (Carson) Sat. 13 4:00-5:00PM Fox Sports Net
Los Angeles, CA (Carson) Sun. 14 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Los Angeles, CA (Carson) Sat. 20 4:00-5:00PM Fox Sports Net
Los Angeles, CA (Carson) Sun. 21 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net

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    AVP Womens News - TV Update
* OLD 2002 information below,stay tuned as to what AVP women's events will be
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NEW YORK (Variety) - Geraldine Laybourne's Oxygen Media will cablecast five of the seven women's Assn. of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) tournaments this summer. The deal is consistent with Oxygen's recently announced strategy of focusing only on high-visibility women's sports. Six weeks ago, Oxygen laid off 20 people in its sports division, reducing the number of events from 31 per year to about 12. Lydia Stephans, president and executive producer of Oxygen Sports, called the AVP tournaments "the premier women's beach volleyball competition in the world." In addition to the five Oxygen cablecasts, the AVP will get three live broadcasts on NBC.
Oxygen's five cablecasts will run on consecutive Sunday afternoons at 2, beginning June 9.

EVENT BROADCAST DATE / TIME

*Check you local listings for Broadcast times yet to be announced actual event dates below only not necessarily brodcast dates

 

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AVP Hour on the radio

Courtesy of Hugo Rec.Sport.Volleyball
 
 In yesterday's LA Times (May 17, 2002), a column
 written by Larry Stewart, he mentiones that:
 
 "Karch Kiraly and Sinjin Smith will co-host a new
 weekly show, "The AVP Hour," on KMPC (1540 AM) Thursdays,
 7-8 p.m., beginning next week (May 23, 2002)."
 
 However, I listened to KMPC earlier today (Sat. May 18)
 and I heard a commercial for it and "Geeter" (Chris McGee)
 said that he and Sinjin will be hosting this new
 weekly show. He also said that if you don't listen
 you'll get sand kicked in your face! ;-) Anyway,
 whoever is hosting, it's good to know that the
 vball community is getting high profile ambassadors
 of the game to get the word out about beach
 volleyball on the radio!
 Yay volleyball! I hope that we can continue this
 well into the future. :-)
 
 Hugo
 
 Hey Hugo,Thanks for the info.Any coverage of the AVP by its Players
 is welcome news.By the way Ian Clark has had his own radio show of
 sorts on Live365 for over 2 years now.Take a listen to DJ
 Slimknicky1 at the following link:
 
 Listen!!! to "I-RADIO AVP" IMAN'S Broadcasting in Stereo!!!24/7
 
 Featuring "DJ- KNICKY" playing all the hits for AVP fans!!!
 Coming SOON,Player I-Views & Past Years &Current AVP Event coverage in  Real Audio!
 
 http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/directory.cgi?autostart=slimnicky1
  I-RADIO AVP

"Karch Kiraly and Sinjin Smith will co-host a new
 weekly show, "The AVP Hour," on KMPC (1540 AM) Thursdays,
 7-8 p.m., beginning next week (May 23, 2002)."

You can listen to it live on the internet on your computer here,follow this link:

KMPC
Sporting News Radio
Los Angeles
1540
Los Angeles, CA.

 The AVP Hour

**HAVE NOT HEARD YET IF THERE ARE TO BE RADIO BROADCASTS IN 2004 STAY TUNED

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Dig Magazine

First Issue: April 2003   (40-pages, around 80 volleyball photos)

Articles:
This month on tour - Ft. Lauderdale, Tempe

Locals only - where AVP players eat, drink and kick it in Fort Lauderdale and Tempe

The scene - Huntington Beach

Ten ways not to break into the AVP tour

Beach Vocabulary 101

Hot tunes

AVP 2003,  Photo Profiles
Misty May - Kerri Walsh
Holly McPeak - Elaine Youngs
Jenny Johnson Jordan - Annett Davis
Carrie Busch - Leanne McSorley
Lisa Arce - Rachel Wacholder
Women's Contenders

Eric Fonoimoana - Dax Holdren
Stein Metzger - Kevin Wong
Mike Whitmarsh - Canyon Ceman
Karch Kiraly - Brent Doble
Albert Hannemann - Sean Scott
Men's Contenders

Hot Gear - Spring Wraps

Fashion Flashback

Legend Connection  Ron Von Hagen - Karch Kiraly

The Clinic - Beach Facts & Myths on Hitting Big

Beach Smack with Brian Lewis

DIG
The next best thing to being at an AVP event!!
Official Magazine of the AVP Tour
Volleyball • Lifestyle • Competition
6 issues for just $18
Call toll free to subscribe:
# 1- 800-999-9718
Get a DIG t-shirt for just $6 when you subscribe for six issues.
DIG is published six times April through October around AVP events.

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Articles 2003-2004 Off Season

Icy ad has sun shining on beach volleyball stars
USA-TODAY 
Posted 3/4/2004

Beach volleyball players Misty May and Kerri Walsh may be best known for playing in an unusual environment. The duo starred in a memorable ad, broadcast during the Super Bowl, in which they played on ice in their standard skimpy beachwear. Each player spoke separately with USATODAY.com's Beau Dure.
 
  Misty May and Kerri Walsh finished the 2003 season ranked second in the world. They've started on a roll in 2004 with a win in Brazil. 
By Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY

1. What kind of reaction have you received from the Super Bowl volleyball on ice ad?

Misty: It's on all the time. Just last night, I was at Claim Jumper (restaurant) and a guy came up, "Oh, great commercial!" A lot of people see it all the time, and there's been really great feedback. Everybody's excited. We're around a lot of volleyball players, and it's just great for the sport in general.

Kerri: Personally, I have people I haven't heard from in so long calling and saying how proud they are of me and my partner just for being chosen for the ad because they know the magnitude of that TV spot. Professionally, all our sponsors are very happy, which makes me happy. It was huge for our sport. It was awesome that Misty and I were chosen; we felt very privileged to be able to represent our sport in such an awesome commercial. The exposure was good on every front.

I'd never been put in a situation like that — it's five below, we're pulling up to a commercial set, we're supposed to strip down to our Speedos. It was a new experience for me, which was a lot of fun.

So it really was five below?

Kerri: Yeah — we showed up, and it was negative-5. I think when we got out of the car it was zero, and when we started it was five degrees. We filmed two days in Malibu — it was like 75 degrees, and they created an ice field. The ice was kind of like snow-cone ice, it was really tough and gravelly. But it was super-legit, the ice was cold. Then we went up to Mammoth and we shot right off the road in the most beautiful setting. It was freezing, and it was a real ice field.

Misty: Oh yes. And then it warmed up a bit, but it was still freezing. But it was fun because it's something we normally wouldn't do.

2. Would ice volleyball make a good Winter Olympic sport?

Kerri: It would be a dramatic change from what we're used to. I think I'm very partial to the sun and the sand.

Misty: It would definitely keep doctors and physical therapists in business. Sliding around on not-very-good footing, a lot of injuries. But when you get injured, the very first thing you're supposed to do is put ice on it, so I guess that'd be a good thing.

3. The head of soccer's organizing body recently suggested that women's soccer might get more attention if the uniforms were more like volleyball uniforms — in other words, tighter and shorter. Were you two tempted to wear soccer uniforms the next time you played?

Kerri: That's the first I've heard of it, and that's an interesting idea. Soccer is unique in itself, and the uniforms are very functional and versatile for their sport. It would be a transition for those players to be wearing spandex out there.

I love our uniforms. It was kind of an adjustment, learning to play in a bikini, but that's what we need on the beach. You don't want to be wearing big, baggy sports. They get in the way.

Misty: I grew up playing soccer. It's totally different. In soccer, you're running, you're not jumping and diving around too much on the ground.

In volleyball, when you go to jump, you get your thumbs caught in their pockets, and you're caught in the pant leg. It's just more comfortable and less restrictive with what we're wearing.

Plus, I grew up on the beach. I'm used to wearing a bathing suit. It's very comfortable for me.

Soccer's a totally different sport. If they want to wear bikinis and slide on the grass ... I've played soccer, and it hurts, the strawberries you get. It would be less coverage, and it would definitely hurt.

So is your uniform functional for what you play? It's not simply to show off, right?

Kerri: No, not by any means. I think it's part of the alluring part of our sport, which is women in bikinis, but on the flip side of that, we need to be wearing bikinis. You don't want to be wearing baggy clothes and be lost in your clothes.

And that's one of the cool things about our sport — we've adjusted and found something that was right. Myself, working with Speedo, we found something that is functional and sassy at the same time, which is a great combination.

I think it all helps — the uniform is part of any single game out there, whether it's protective or whatever.

Were you disappointed when you saw Serena Williams (playing beach volleyball) in the Nike ad?

Kerri: She looked awesome! She hammered that ball!

She did, but she wasn't wearing the uniform!

Kerri: On the AVP, we're allowed to wear whatever you want. She was wearing little boy shorts and a rash guard, that's very beachy. If she were on the beach, I assume that's what she'd be wearing, and it would fly. People would enjoy it, she'd be very comfortable in it, and she'd probably do very well.

4. What's the strangest thing you've heard from fans while you were playing?

Kerri: People yelling in Chinese always gets me thinking. We play all over the world, so I pretty much can't understand a lot of what people are throwing at us. Here in America, I haven't really heard any interesting things. I've had some date propositions, but that's about as crazy as it gets. My boyfriend doesn't care for that too much. He's usually cheering me on.

Misty: I don't know, because I tune 'em out!

5. Because we're talking to each of you separately, we're going to quiz you and your teammate and see if your answers match. What's your favorite movie? What's hers?

Kerri: My favorite movie is True Romance. She fell asleep during it.

Her favorite movie would be Jim Carrey ... the Pet Detective (Ace Ventura). Let her give you a couple because it'll be in there.

Misty: Hers is True Romance. Mine … anything funny, Happy Gilmore, Jim Carrey movies.

6. If your teammate could live anywhere in the world other than California, where would you live?

Kerri: We're both such homebodies. At this point (for Misty), I would say Florida, because she has a new boyfriend there.

I would probably say Lake Tahoe, Nevada. She'd get that one wrong.

Misty: I have friends who live in St. Thomas, and I like that area a lot. The Caribbean is very nice. My dad's from Hawaii, so as long as it's warm and tropical. But there is a side of me that would like to live in the mountains.

If Kerri couldn't live in California, maybe Hawaii.

She said Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Misty: Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. See, I always think of that as California.

For you, she said Florida because of something about a new boyfriend.

Misty: He has to make the team first. But that's tropical, I love the humidity and I love the weather down there. He plays for the Marlins. He's on the bubble right now. I think he can make the squad. Actually, I'm leaving there tomorrow to go see him for a couple of days, my dad and I. They've started their games.

Do you want to reveal who he is?

Misty: His name's Matt Treanor. It's been in the Florida papers. I don't know why it was such a big deal who's dating whom on their team!

(Treanor, a catcher who played last season with the Marlins' top minor league club, the Albuquerque Isotopes, is one of several Marlins in high-profile relationships. Carl Pavano is dating actress Alyssa Milano, and Josh Beckett is dating model/sportscaster Leeann Tweeden.)

7. If you could do any Olympic sport other than volleyball, what would it be?

Kerri: I'd like to do basketball because that's what I'm second-best at. And team sports are a lot of fun. And USA generally wins, so that's a good thing.

Misty: I've always wanted to do skeleton. I know it's a Winter Olympic sport, but I want to try it.

 
By Alan Lessig, USA TODAY
Before her move to the beach, Kerri Walsh helped the U.S. women finish fourth in the 2000 Olympics.
 
 
8. How did Misty talk Kerri into playing beach volleyball?

(Here, their recollections differed. First, Kerri's version ...)

Kerri: There wasn't much convincing needed. The fact that she was my first partner in the world was kind of a sign to be saying, "you need to stick with her." When I initially came out, I was terrible. I was not happy with myself and a little depressed because it was such a transition for me and I wasn't very good. I had really high expectations. The fact that she stuck with me is better than anything she could verbally say to me.

What sort of transition problems were you having?

Kerri: Fundamentally, beach volleyball is the same as indoor volleyball, but you throw in the sand, you throw in the wind, you throw in the sun, and the fact that there's two of you on the court covering the same area, it's pretty intense, and it's a big adjustment. Mostly I was impatient with myself. As far as help to anybody who is making the transition, that's the number one requisite: Be patient with yourself or you're not going to get anywhere.

(Misty's version ...)

Misty: I didn't talk her into playing. We'd been playing indoor for so long. You don't want to lose that fire. People doing the same thing every day, and then they end up hating what they're doing instead of making a little change. She just came out to the beach, tried and liked it, and she stayed.

Kerri said she had some transition problems.

Misty: No. She's always been a great player. She's pulling your leg.

9. Some advice for amateur beach volleyball players — how do you get the sand off?

Misty: Take a shower after you're done! It's great to be sandy. That means you worked hard. If you're sandy, you are groveling and hustling. If you're not sandy, something's wrong.

Kerri: I have a nifty Speedo towel that I use. You just kind of rub and rub. Usually, you just leave some of it on because it's going to stick on you anyway. You've got to adjust. I have it everywhere, no matter how many times I shower. My skin's very soft.

Oh, is it sort of a loofahing effect?

Kerri: Exactly! It's a natural exfoliation process.

10. What do typical viewers not understand about beach volleyball?

Misty: Maybe the scoring. It's an easier scoring system, I think. Some of the calls the refs make, like double hits.

Kerri: It's a two-part question. The great thing about our sport that everyone can relate to — you can be two feet tall and 150 pounds, and you can play this sport. So everyone in the world can play beach volleyball. But when you come to one of our events and you see the level we're playing, and how intense it is and how great the athletes are — the fact that there's world-class Olympic athletes playing this sport, I don't think people understand that yet. I don't think it takes much to turn people on to that notion because it hits you in the face right when you walk on the sand. It's so apparent — our players are so accessible and within arm's reach of the spectators. You can't escape the fact that we're good athletes. That's just what we are, and this is our job, and it's a legitimate sport.

The great thing is that everyone has played beach volleyball somewhere, but when you watch us play, it's a new experience. Yet wonderfully the same.

AVP Joins Read Across America
March 9, 2004

Who better to take a reading break with than professional beach volleyball stars and Dr. Seuss?
 
Matt Fuerbringer prepares to read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss to a class at Walt Disney Elementary School. 
Thanks to AVPCares (the AVP's charitable arm) and the National Education Association's Read Across America initiative, members of the third grade at Walt Disney Elementary School in Anaheim, Calif. were treated to a March 5 visit from AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour stars Matt Fuerbringer and Angie Akers.

Launched in 1998, Read Across America focuses the country's attention on the importance of motivating children to read in addition to helping them master the basic skills of reading and is used as a celebration of the March 2 birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, the deceased author of many beloved children's books.

Fuerbringer chose to read Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham to the children while Akers selected I Can Read With My Eyes Shut by the author who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year.

One of AVPCares' goals is enhancing the AVP's impact on its surroundings by creating comprehensive community programs, providing strategic assistance and facilitating ongoing interaction for its athletes with the community at large.

AVPCares prides itself on organizing community charitable events and is currently planning an Easter egg hunt with the patients at the City of Hope Campus in Duarte, Calif.

Serena Williams takes on the AVP
Nike, Inc.
March 10, 2004
 
Nike launched its "What If?" Spring advertising campaign, featuring a montage of sport highlights with Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Randy Johnson, Marion Jones, Brian Urlacher, Michael Vick and Serena Williams. These seven world-class athletes step outside of their own sport to display their tremendous talents in sports such as boxing, baseball, hockey, volleyball, gymnastics and bowling.
The six-week campaign provides consumers with images of Andre Agassi as a member of the Boston Red Sox fielding a ground ball and throwing out a speedy runner at first base; Lance Armstrong battling toe-to-toe with Fitz Vanderpool in the ring; Marion Jones speeding toward the vault and executing a perfect flip among others.

"Nike athletes such as Michael Vick and Brian Urlacher prove each time they hit the field how powerful talent, speed and desire can be," said Nancy Monsarrat. Director of Nike's US Advertising. "The 'What If' campaign takes athletes who are well known for a specific sport and translates their 'drive to win' into success in other sports."

"I bounced around from football to baseball to basketball and finally got into endurance related sports like swimming, running and cycling," said Lance Armstrong.

"You're the only person out there in gymnastics," said Marion Jones. "All the pressure is on you and you have to perform at a given moment in front of thousands and thousands of people and particularly in front of judges, or what they call a jury. It's interesting, I'd get a kick out that."

To create the realistic vignettes, elite coaches and trainers worked with the Nike athletes to ensure authenticity to the last detail. In addition, Nike secured participation from athletes from each of the respective sports to appear with the seven stars. Serena Williams is partnered with AVP Tour Professional Nancy Mason as she hits a powerful crosscourt spike playing against Jenn Meredith and Carrie Busch; and Randy Johnson bowls against the legendary and recent US Open winner, Pete Weber.


Articles 2002-2003 Off Season

-Catch up on your reading as to what happened after the end of last year's AVP season here.

Getting to know Todd Rogers
Courtesy of the AVP
12/4/2002

Todd Rogers is living proof of the acorn not falling too far from the tree.

He lives in the same city (Santa Barbara, Calif.) that he grew up in, attended college (University of California at Santa Barbara) at and now competes on the beaches of as a member of the Association of Volleyball Professionals..........................

Albert’s ship comes in
Courtesy of the AVP
12/10/2002

The wait was worth it.

For Association of Volleyball Professional Albert Hannemann, it was a nine-year wait until his first professional beach volleyball championship.

It was at the June 7-9 AVP  Hermosa Beach (Calif.) Open Presented by Michelob Light at Mervyn's Beach Bash that Hannemann, teamed with Jeff Nygaard, finally became victorious. The win also accounted for Nygaard’s first title in his third season of competing professionally............................


Misy May & Kerri Walsh Sign With AVP
Courtesy of the AVP
12/10/2002

Manhattan Beach, CA--The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) announced today that  the number one team on the International FIVB Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Misty May and Kerri Walsh, have signed an exclusive contract with the AVP Tour effective immediately...................................

A Season of Cheer
Courtesy of the AVP
12/24/2002

Because a large majority of the Association of Volleyball Professionals reside in California (or similar mild climate areas), snow and chill are not factors in most holiday celebrations involving AVP athletes and their loved ones.

Therefore, the holiday lyrics “chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose,” may be more appropriate if replaced with “bon fires on a sandy beach, sunscreen spread on your nose.”

Regardless of the locality, everyone spends time during this season in their own special way and the AVP thought it could bring cheer to its followers by sharing some thoughts from its competitors on their holiday pleasures.

The AVP offers a gift to all of its supporters during this festive time. Through this holiday season, the responses from players of the AVP about their responses to the following questions are shared:

Where will you spend the holidays this year?
What is the No. 1 gift on your holiday list?
What is your favorite holiday memory?

Season’s greetings from the AVP and stay tuned for 2003...........................


A Year to Grow On
Courtesy of the AVP
12/30/2002

After taking a year off of her professional beach volleyball career to bring daughter Jaylen into the world, Association of Volleyball Professionals’ Jennifer Johnson Jordan hit the beach running in 2002. Teamed with Annett Davis, who also sat out the 2001 season due to a pregnancy, Johnson Jordan amassed $40,395 in earnings on last season’s AVP Tour..................  

Getting to Know Lisa Arce
Courtesy of the AVP
1/1/2003

After 10 seasons of professional doubles volleyball experience Association of Volleyball Professionals’ Lisa Arce has accomplished a lot.  The 33-year-old volleyball Redondo Beach, Calif. resident, who took home the 2001 AVP Queen of the Beach honor, earned $18,428 on the 2002 AVP Tour with partner Linda Hanley. Arce and Hanley tied for third place at the Sept. 5-7 Paul Mitchell AVP Shootout in Las Vegas.  Her $41,525 in 2001 AVP prize money, earned with partner Holly McPeak, was tops and complimented the University of California graduate’s $42,625 on the Fèdèration Internationale de Volleyball World Tour nicely during the same season.............................  

Sharing the season
Courtesy of the AVP
1/13/2003

Association of Volleyball Professionals Eric Fonoimoana and Albert Hannemann started the holiday season on a charitable note by hosting a fundraiser with high hopes of helping kids.  
The Dec. 12 Winter Warmth Celebration 2002, held at Sangria Restaurant in Hermosa Beach, Calif., served not only as a kickoff party for the South Bay’s winter season but also as an evening to provide children in Los Angeles with literacy programs, in-classroom libraries, academic scholarships and volleyball training..................................

Getting to Know Karch Kiraly
Courtesy of the AVP
1/30/2003

There are a number of reasons that qualify Association of Volleyball Professionals’ Karch Kiraly as the greatest volleyball player of all time. 3 million, 143 and three are some that quickly come to mind.  
Anybody paying attention to the 17-year career of the 42-year-old UCLA graduate who earned this season’s AVP Best Defensive Player Award, knows what the numbers represent.  3 million: amount of dollars earned in volleyball career earnings making him the first to surpass the milestone. The exact numbers is $3,001,258.  143: number of career tournament championships with the most recent coming at the June 14-16 AVP Michelob Light Santa Barbara Open presented by Paul Mitchell with partner Brent Doble...................................  


AVP Next Semi-pro Circuit Set for Kickoff
Courtesy of the AVP
2/10/2003

In just a matter of weeks the first recipients of automatic Main Draw berths into an AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour event will compete thanks to this season’s experimental AVPNext Semi-pro Circuit.  
The program offers elite up-and-coming competitors the opportunity to compare skill levels to other players across the nation and to compete against the world’s finest on the AVP....................................................  

Busch Sets it Straight
by Mark Dustin
Courtesy of the AVP
2/10/2003
For the Association of Volleyball Professionals’ Best Female Setter of 2002 award winner, Carrie Busch, the skill comes easy. Since the age of 13, playing indoor club volleyball, Busch has provided the sets that every hitter dreams about. 
Busch stresses footwork saying in order to provide a good set it is important to get around the ball and square up to the target as much as possible, even if it means running across the court to chase an errant pass................................

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April 2-4 PAUL MITCHELL 2004 AVP
FT. LAUDERDALE OPEN Ft. Lauderdale,Fla.

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Event Facts
Event Start Date:Thursday, April 1, 2004
Prize Money:$62,500
Payout Breakdown:Mens and Womens
1) $14,500.00 2) $9,750.00 3) $5,825.00 3) $5,825.00 5) $3,500.00 5)$3,500.00
7) $2,500.00 7) $2,500.00 9) $1,600.00 9) $1,600.00 9) $1,600.00 9) $1,600.00
13) $1,050.00 13) $1,050.00 13) $1.050.00 13) $1,050.00 17) $400.00 17) $400.00
17) $400.00 17) $400.00 17) $400.00 17) $400.00 17) $400.00 17) $400.00
25) $100.00 25) $100.00 25) $100.00 25) $100.00 25) $100.00 25) $100.00
25) $100.00 25) $100.00
Signup Deadline Date:Wednesday, March 31st, 2004
Signup Deadline Time:12:00PM
Starting Time:8:00 am Friday ;8:00 am Saturday; 9:00 am Sunday
4/4-6 AVP FORT LAUDERDALE Open - The first stop on the 2003 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Admission is free
Fri. 8am. Sat. 8am Sun. 9:00am Championship Match Sun.Approx. 4pm. 

Hotel Info:
Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Yankee Clipper
1140 Seabreeze Blvd
Fort Lauderdale
Florida 33316

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Book A Room

Fort Lauderdale - Beach

Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Yankee Clipper
Hotel Description
The Sheraton Yankee Clipper is a first class hotel, located on the beach. With 23 miles of sun kissed beaches, 300 miles of navigable waterways, spectacular sports and cultural venues, championship golf, and world-class shopping Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place to forget about the world for a while. The Sheraton Yankee Clipper, located on Fort Lauderdale Beach, has 501 guest rooms and suites many with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway. Guests can dine at the Clipper Steakhouse, featuring Certified Angus steaks or enjoy unique beverage service at the Wreck Bar with underwater views into the main swimming pool and live entertainment nightly. The hotel offers a daily, supervised, recreation program and a variety of water sports and sightseeing excursions are available. The hotel is minutes to fine dining, shopping and entertainment.

Webcams:
  Ft.Lauderdale Beach Webcam

2004 AVP NISSAN SERIES
PAUL MITCHELL FT. LAUDERDALE OPEN

Schedule of Events

Register for 2004 AVP NISSAN SERIES
*Registration requires a credit card and the fee is $50.

EVENT REGISTRATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINES: All players ranked in the Top 16 prior to an event will need to register by noon the Monday of the week preceding the Event (i.e., approximately 1-1/2 weeks before the start of the event). All other players will have until noon Monday the week of an event to register. The only valid method of entry for AVP events is online. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED WITH PAYMENT (VISA/MC/AMEX/DISCOVER) along with an accurate address, phone number, email address, and playing partner's name. Phone and facsimile entries will not be accepted

2004 AVP NISSAN SERIES FORT LAUDERDALE OPEN
Schedule of Events

Friday, April 2th
8:00AM – 6:30PM Men’s & Women’s Qualifier Competition
12:00PM – 6:30PM Sponsor Village Open
12:00PM – 6:30PM Nissan Display & Henna Tattoos
12:00PM – 6:30PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
12:00PM – 6:30PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
12:00PM – 6:30PM JPMS Product Sampling & Product Raffle
12:00PM – 6:30PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” and Listening Zone
12:00PM – 6:30PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
12:00PM – 6:30PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
12:00PM – 6:30PM Gillette Foosball Game & Sampling Booth
4:00 PM – 5:30PM AVP Youth Clinic @ Aquafina Interactive Court
7:30 PM Player Meeting

Saturday, April 3th
9:00AM – 6:30PM AVP Men’s & Women’s Main Draw Competition
9:00AM – 5:00PM AVPNext Amateur Tournament
9:00AM – 6:30PM Sponsor Village Open
9:00AM – 6:30PM Nissan Display, Henna Tattoos & Club Crew Cab Seating
9:00AM – 6:30PM Bud Light Party Zone Seating Section
9:00AM – 6:30PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
9:00AM – 6:30PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
9:00AM – 6:30PM JPMS Product Sampling & Product Raffle
9:00AM – 6:30PM Sirius “Mosh Pit” Listening Zone and Stage Seating
9:00AM – 6:30PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
9:00AM – 6:30PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
9:00AM – 6:30PM Gillette Foosball Game & Sampling Booth
10:00AM – 2PM ZETA Live Radio Broadcast
6:00PM Bud Light Party with the Pro’s @ Beach Place with LIVE Band (17 South Ft Lauderdale
Beach Blvd. Suite 175, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316)

Sunday, April 4th
9:00AM – 5:00PM AVP Men’s Main Draw Competition
9:00AM – 5:00PM Sponsor Village Open
9:00AM – 5:00PM Nissan Display, Henna Tattoos & Club Crew Cab Seating
9:00AM – 5:00PM Bud Light Party Zone Seating Section
9:00AM – 5:00PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
9:00AM – 5:00PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
9:00AM – 5:00PM JPMS Cut-A-Thon (Hair cuts for $10 for Dig For Kids Charity)
9:00AM – 5:00PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” Listening Zone & Stage Seating
9:00AM – 5:00PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
9:00AM – 5:00PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
9:00AM – 5:00PM Gillette Foosball Game & Sampling Booth
10:00AM – 12:00PM ZETA Live Radio Broadcast
1:30 PM Women’s Championship Match
2:30 PM Men’s Championship Match

Tickets For All Events
AVP BEACH CLUB

Join the most unforgettable beach party and sit courtside as the nation's hottest pro beach superstars battle for number one!
An entire weekend packed with hot volleyball action, food and fun--all for only $100
 
Member Benefits
Become an exclusive member of the AVP Beach Club and receive:
-best seats on the beach, Saturday and Sunday
-superb hospitality in the AVP Beach Club
-food and beverage
-limited edition commemorative t-shirt
-laminated credential for exclusive access
-rights to purchase valet parking
-priority for renewal
-and much, much, more!!!
Membership is only $100
Space is limited so Sign Up Online Now or Call AVP Beach Club Hotline (310) 426-7171
 
Event Dates
2004 AVP Tour Schedule
Date Event Prize Site Tickets Info
April 2-4 Ft. Lauderdale Open  $125,000 South Beach Park   
April 23-25 Tempe Open  $125,000 Tempe Beach Park    
April 30- May 2 Austin Open   $125,000 Auditorium Shores Park   
May 28-30 Bud Light Huntington Beach Open presented by Shark Energy Drink $125,000 Huntington Beach Pier   
June 4-6 Manhattan Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $125,000 Manhattan Beach Pier   
June 11-13 San Diego Open presented by Bud Light  $125,000 Mariners Point   
July 8-11 Belmar Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Belmar Beach   
July 22-25 Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Hermosa Beach Pier   
September 2-5 Chicago Open  $175,000 North Avenue Beach   
September 9-11 Aquafina AVP Shootout presented by Bud Light  $150,000 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino   
September 23-25 AVP'S BEST OF THE BEACH PRESENTED BY PAUL MITCHELL $150,000 Fort DeRussey Beach   10/15-17 Los Angeles Invitational   TBD Home Depot Center

Tkt. Quantity:  Order at AVP BEACH CLUB at Above link
 
 
How To Get There 
Beach, North side of Yankee Clipper Hotel
1140 Seabreeze Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316
From the Fort Lauderdale airport, go North on US1 for approximately three miles.  Go right on the 17th St. Causeway (A1A).  You will go over a bridge and continue to stay on the Causeway all the way to the site (total trip approximately 5 miles)
Join the most unforgettable beach party this summer and sit courtside to watch the nation's hottest pro beach volleyball superstars battle for number one! 

Featured Players
Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs
Eric Fonoimoana & Kevin Wong
Jenny Johnson Jordan & Annett Davis
Karch Kiraly & Mike Lambert
Kerri Walsh & Misty May
Canyon Ceman & Mike Whitmarsh
Ian Clark & Eli Fairfield 

Sponsor Activities


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Be sure to stop by the Nissan display and sign up to win "Crew Club Cab" seats to sit courtside during the Men's and Women's finals.  Pick up a safety kit and other special premiums - you can even get henna tattoos!


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Be a part of the Bud Light Party Zone.  Look for Bud Light onsite to find out more information.


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The Aquafina Purity Patrol is coming to the beach with tons of fun activities in the sun.  Compete in the the Aquafina Obstacle Course, Aquafina/ Wilson Speed Serve/ and "Return to Aquafina" hitting challenges.  See how you stand up against AVP Pros and your friends and win cool prizes.


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Visit Xbox at the beach and challenge your friends in the latest and greatest Xbox Game titles.  You can be King and sit in Xbox's "King of the Court" seats, the hottest seats on stadium court all weekend long or for the Men's and Women's finals.  You'll be front row in your Xbox visor, t-shirt, tattoo and much more watching the pro beach stars battle for number one.   

                                                           
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Stop by on Saturday for samples and give-aways.  On Sunday, come by for $10 Cut-a-thon and get your hair cut and styled by one of Paul Mitchell's talented stylists.  Profits go to Eric Fonoimoana's "Dig For Kids" Foundation.  You'll walk around the beach looking fantastic, and for a good cause.

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Look for the Gatorade at all AVP events!

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Wilson the official volleyball of the AVP!



Event Links:                                                                      
                                                                                             
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(Format: Double Elimination)

13th - Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield             $1,050


2004 AVP Pro Beach Tour
Date Tournament Partner Seed Finish Winnings
4/2-4 Fort Lauderdale Open Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield 16thSeed Finish 13th Winnings $525 (ea)
Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield     d. Matt Heath/Adam Roberts  21-18, 16-21, 18-16 (50)  
Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield     l. Canyon Ceman/Mike Whitmarsh  21-19, 15-21, 11-15 (47)  
Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield     d. Scott Hill/Dan Mintz  21-16, 21-12 (38)  
Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield     l. Brent Doble/Jose Loiola  17-21, 13-21 (42)
 
Season Stats Matches Won-Lost:  2-2 Points Scored-Allowed:  174-180

-With (2 wins/2 losses) Ian Clark/Eli Fairfield finish 13th at the 2004 AVP Paul Mitchell Ft Lauderdale Open

Seeding:

Seed Name           Points            Ranking             Qualifying Status
$62,500  PAUL MITCHELL 2004 AVP FT. LAUDERDALE  BEACH OPEN - MEN'S ENTRIES
April 2-4, 2003
Men's Main Draw Entries:
2004 AVP Teams at Ft. Lauderdale Beach

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AVP Men's Main Draw Entries and Qualifier Seeds
 
Canyon Ceman Mike Whitmarsh
Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings
Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard
Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert
Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt
Eric Fonoimoana Kevin Wong
Todd Rogers Sean Scott
Brent Doble Jose Loiola
Dax Holdren Stein Metzger
Jake Gibb Adam Jewell
Paul Baxter Scott Wong
John Hyden Andy Witt
Aaron Boss Alika Williams
Jason Lee David Smith
Ian Clark Eli Fairfield
Jason Ring George Roumain
Jake Elliott Brad Torsone
Matt Heath Adam Roberts
Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge
Albert Hannemann Scott Lane

Qualifier Seeds

David Fischer Chris Guigliano 1
Scott Davenport Chad Turner 2
Wild Card Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena 3
Wild Card Colin Kaslow Tim Wooliver 4

Qualifier Seeds
 
1 Ty Loomis Ryan Mariano
2 Anthony Medel John Moran
3 John Braunstein Anthony Mihalic
4 Gaston Macau Derek Zimmerman
5 Jim Nichols Matt Olson
6 Brian Chapman Kevin Craig
7 David DiPierro Mike Dipierro
8 Scott Hill Dan Mintz
9 Chris Harger Ron Kumgisky
10 Brian Duff Jon Thompson
11 Dana Camacho Jeff Carlucci
12 Ryan Cronin Kevin Dake
13 Ben Koski Jeff Minc
14 Steve Grotowski Ranse Jones
15 Gary Barnes Sam Haghighi
16 Tyler Lesneski Jim Van Zwieten
17 Sonny Knight Leonardo Moraes
18 Eric Adams Tony Pray
19 Joe Boken Karl Owens
20 Todd Hart Sergio Penaloza
21 John Goings Joe Rohr
22 Ivan Mercer Jeff Murrell
23 Mark Fay Jim Vanderwall
24 Brian Corso Mike Morrison
25 Casey Brewer Aaron Steele
26 Mike Bruning Michael Doucette
27 Scott Kiedaisch Tom Witt
28 Randy Cline Bill Maik
29 Scott Faust Jeff Smith
30 Leon Lucas Justin Phipps
31 Jason Greenlaw Chad Wick
32 Art Barron Morgan Mainz
33 Jeremie Simkins Jessie Webster
34 Mark Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten
35 Greg Boor Mika Hunkin
36 Russel Brock Randy Meador
37 Jamie Johansen Matt Osbourn
38 Andre Mello Eric Wurts
39 Zach Hollman Mike Morales
40 Corey Glave Mark Kirunchyk
41 Noel Khirsukani Scott Perry
42 Jeff Alzina Aaron Wachtfogel
43 Mike Adamosky Joe Cash
44 David Holewinski Matt Sokolowski
45 Charles Cates Arqum Iqbal
46 Travis Regner Lucas Wisniakowski
47 Santana Aker Bret Noordhoff
48 Daniel Boeck Jerry Goodlow
49 Danny Cook Tony Epie
50 Vince Fierro Rocky Mayo
51 Brenton Davis Matt Heagy
52 David Escarsega Brian Genthe
53 Ossie Barreras Antonio Rondon
54 Charlie Becker Reo Sorrentino
55 Daniel Lindsey Marcel Maitland
56 Jeff Skipper Scott Terry
57 Trevor Jones Marc Lomeli
58 Damian Kondrotas Kevin Legg
59 Alain Baylosis Jeremy Harvey
60 Anthony Guidry Michael Jonas
61 Alexandre Andrade David Posta
62 Fernando Barretto Daniel Runha
63 Bret Baker Justin Lundquist
64 Albert Baker Jodi Pigford
65 Leo Lauzen Omar Moran
66 Tom Lovelace Jonathan Scott
67 Chris Hammock Brian Post
68 Keith Biele Sam Blood
69 Nathan Cumme RJ King

Men's Main Draw Results
Winner's Bracket
Round 1


Match 1: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (1) def. Ranse Jones / Steve Grotowski (32, Q14) 26-24, 21-11 (0:50)
Match 2: Ian Clark / Eli Fairfield (16) def. Matt Heath / Adam Roberts (17) 21-18, 16-21, 18-16 (0:50)
Match 3: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (9) def. Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (24, Q1) 21-19, 21-10 (0:44)
Match 4: Brent Doble / Jose Loiola (8) def. Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (25) 21-13, 21-16 (0:32)
Match 5: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (5) def. Tim Wooliver / Colin Kaslow (28) 21-9, 21-12 (0:44)
Match 6: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (12) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (21, Q5) 21-18, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 7: Jason Ring / George Roumain (13) def. Albert Hannemann / Scott Lane (20) 21-16, 21-12 (0:44)
Match 8: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (4) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (29, Q13) 21-13, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 9: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) def. Dana Camacho / Jeff Carlucci (30, Q11) 21-19, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 10: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (19) def. Aaron Boss / Alika Williams (14) 21-19, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 11: John Hyden / Andy Witt (11) def. David Fischer / Chris Guigliano (22) 21-16, 21-13 (0:42)
Match 12: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (6) def. David DiPierro / Mike DiPierro (27, Q7) 21-15, 21-9 (0:35)
Match 13: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (7) def. Anthony Medel / John Moran (26, Q2) 21-19, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 14: Scott Davenport / Chad Turner (23) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (10) 16-21, 21-16, 15-11 (1:06)
Match 15: Jake Elliott / Brad Torsone (18) def. Jason Lee / David Smith (15) 22-20, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 16: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) def. Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (31, Q8) 21-15, 21-17 (0:36)

Round 2
Match 17: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (1) def. Ian Clark / Eli Fairfield (16) 19-21, 21-15, 15-11 (0:47)
Match 18: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (9) def. Brent Doble / Jose Loiola (8) 21-17, 22-20 (0:38)
Match 19: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (5) def. Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (12) 21-17, 21-17 (0:46)
Match 20: Jason Ring / George Roumain (13) def. Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (4) 19-21, 22-20, 15-9 (1:05)
Match 21: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (19) 21-19, 21-12 (0:43)
Match 22: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (6) def. John Hyden / Andy Witt (11) 19-21, 21-18, 15-9 (0:53)
Match 23: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (7) def. Scott Davenport / Chad Turner (23) 21-15, 18-21, 15-10 (0:51)
Match 24: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) def. Jake Elliott / Brad Torsone (18) 21-15, 21-11 (0:35)

Round 3
Match 25: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (9) def. Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (1) 21-15, 21-15 (0:41)
Match 26: Jason Ring / George Roumain (13) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (5) 21-19, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 27: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) def. Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (6) 21-15, 19-21, 15-13 (1:03)
Match 28: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (7) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) 21-18, 21-15 (0:45)

Round 4
Match 29: Jason Ring / George Roumain (13) def. Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (9) 17-21, 21-19, 15-9 (1:02)
Match 30: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (7) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) 21-17, 24-22 (0:55)


Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Matt Heath / Adam Roberts (17) def. Ranse Jones / Steve Grotowski (32, Q14) 21-14, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 32: Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (25) def. Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (24, Q1) 18-21, 21-12, 17-15 (0:53)
Match 33: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (21, Q5) def. Tim Wooliver / Colin Kaslow (28) 21-14, 21-17 (0:49)
Match 34: Albert Hannemann / Scott Lane (20) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (29, Q13) 21-18, 21-16 (0:42)
Match 35: Aaron Boss / Alika Williams (14) def. Dana Camacho / Jeff Carlucci (30, Q11) 21-16, 30-28 (0:48)
Match 36: David Fischer / Chris Guigliano (22) def. David DiPierro / Mike DiPierro (27, Q7) 21-19, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 37: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (10) def. Anthony Medel / John Moran (26, Q2) 21-10, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 38: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (31, Q8) def. Jason Lee / David Smith (15) 21-14, 21-19 (0:43)

Round 2
Match 39: Matt Heath / Adam Roberts (17) def. Jake Elliott / Brad Torsone (18) 21-15, 17-21, 15-6 (1:06)
Match 40: Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (25) def. Scott Davenport / Chad Turner (23) 21-19, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 41: John Hyden / Andy Witt (11) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (21, Q5) 21-7, 21-19 (0:41)
Match 42: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (19) def. Albert Hannemann / Scott Lane (20) 21-19, 24-22 (0:51)
Match 43: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (4) def. Aaron Boss / Alika Williams (14) 21-14, 19-21, 15-11 (0:56)
Match 44: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (12) def. David Fischer / Chris Guigliano (22) 21-16, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 45: Brent Doble / Jose Loiola (8) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (10) 21-16, 16-21, 15-9 (1:00)
Match 46: Ian Clark / Eli Fairfield (16) def. Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (31, Q8) 21-16, 21-12 (0:38)

Round 3
Match 47: Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (25) def. Matt Heath / Adam Roberts (17) 21-19, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 48: John Hyden / Andy Witt (11) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (19) 21-19, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 49: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (4) def. Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (12) 21-17, 17-21, 15-11 (1:03)
Match 50: Brent Doble / Jose Loiola (8) def. Ian Clark / Eli Fairfield (16) 21-17, 21-13 (0:42)

Round 4
Match 51: Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (25) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (5) 21-11, 24-22 (0:43)
Match 52: John Hyden / Andy Witt (11) def. Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (1) 21-19, 10-21, 15-11 (0:57)
Match 53: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) def. Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (4) 21-15, 15-21, 15-11 (1:01)
Match 54: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (6) def. Brent Doble / Jose Loiola (8) 21-18, 21-13 (0:38)

Round 5
Match 55: John Hyden / Andy Witt (11) def. Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (25) 21-18, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 56: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (6) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) 18-21, 24-22, 15-11 (1:01)

Round 6
Match 57: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) def. John Hyden / Andy Witt (11) 21-16, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 58: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (6) def. Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (9) 21-18, 16-21, 15-10 (0:50)


Semifinals

Match 59: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (13) 23-21, 21-19 (0:51)
Match 60: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (6) def. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (7) 21-18, 21-14 (0:40)

Finals

Match 61: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (6) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) 21-17, 21-14 (0:50) 
 



2004 Men's Tournament Champions >> Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal

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                   Larry Witt                                                                         Sean Rosenthal




Men's AVP $62,500 Fort Lauderdale Open
April 2-4, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
 
1 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 6 $14,500.00 360.0
2 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 3 $9,750.00 324.0
3 Todd Rogers Sean Scott 7 $5,825.00 270.0
3 Jason Ring George Roumain 13 $5,825.00 270.0
5 Dax Holdren Stein Metzger 9 $3,500.00 216.0
5 John Hyden Andy Witt 11 $3,500.00 216.0
7 Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert 2 $2,500.00 180.0
7 Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena 25 $2,500.00 180.0
9 Canyon Ceman Mike Whitmarsh 1 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard 4 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Eric Fonoimoana Kevin Wong 5 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Brent Doble Jose Loiola 8 $1,600.00 144.0
13 Jake Gibb Adam Jewell 12 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Ian Clark Eli Fairfield 16 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Matt Heath Adam Roberts 17 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge 19 $1,050.00 108.0
17 Paul Baxter Scott Wong 10 $400.00 72.0
17 Aaron Boss Alika Williams 14 $400.00 72.0
17 Jake Elliott Brad Torsone 18 $400.00 72.0
17 Albert Hannemann Scott Lane 20 $400.00 72.0
17 Jim Nichols Matt Olson 21, Q5 $400.00 72.0
17 David Fischer Chris Guigliano 22 $400.00 72.0
17 Scott Davenport Chad Turner 23 $400.00 72.0
17 Scott Hill Dan Mintz 31, Q8 $400.00 72.0
25 Jason Lee David Smith 15 $100.00 36.0
25 Ty Loomis Ryan Mariano 24, Q1 $100.00 36.0
25 Anthony Medel John Moran 26, Q2 $100.00 36.0
25 David DiPierro Mike DiPierro 27, Q7 $100.00 36.0
25 Colin Kaslow Tim Wooliver 28 $100.00 36.0
25 Ben Koski Jeff Minc 29, Q13 $100.00 36.0
25 Dana Camacho Jeff Carlucci 30, Q11 $100.00 36.0
25 Steve Grotowski Ranse Jones 32, Q14 $100.00 36.0
33 John Braunstein Anthony Mihalic Q3 $.00 18.0
33 Gaston Macau Derek Zimmerman Q4 $.00 18.0
33 Brian Chapman Kevin Craig Q6 $.00 18.0
33 Eric Adams Tony Pray Q18 $.00 18.0
33 John Goings Joe Rohr Q21 $.00 18.0
33 Mark Fay Jim Vanderwall Q23 $.00 18.0
33 Brian Corso Mike Morrison Q24 $.00 18.0
33 Daniel Boeck Jerry Goodlow Q48 $.00 18.0
41 Chris Harger Ron Kumgisky Q9 $.00 12.0
41 Brian Duff Jon Thompson Q10 $.00 12.0
41 Ryan Cronin Kevin Dake Q12 $.00 12.0
41 Todd Hart Sergio Penaloza Q20 $.00 12.0
41 Ivan Mercer Jeff Murrell Q22 $.00 12.0
41 Casey Brewer Aaron Steele Q25 $.00 12.0
41 Randy Cline Bill Maik Q28 $.00 12.0
41 Scott Faust Jeff Smith Q29 $.00 12.0
41 Leon Lucas Justin Phipps Q30 $.00 12.0
41 Jason Greenlaw Chad Wick Q31 $.00 12.0
41 Art Barron Morgan Mainz Q32 $.00 12.0
41 Andre Melo Eric Wurts Q38 $.00 12.0
41 Zach Hollman Mike Morales Q39 $.00 12.0
41 Travis Regner Lucas Wisniakowski Q46 $.00 12.0
41 Danny Cook Tony Epie Q49 $.00 12.0
41 Vince Fierro Rocky Mayo Q50 $.00 12.0
57 Gary Barnes Sam Haghighi Q15 $.00 8.0
57 Tyler Lesneski Jim Van Zwieten Q16 $.00 8.0
57 Sonny Knight Leonardo Moraes Q17 $.00 8.0
57 Joe Boken Karl Owens Q19 $.00 8.0
57 Mike Bruning Michael Doucette Q26 $.00 8.0
57 Scott Kiedaisch Tom Witt Q27 $.00 8.0
57 Jeremie Simkins Jessie Webster Q33 $.00 8.0
57 Mark Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten Q34 $.00 8.0
57 Greg Boor Mika Hunkin Q35 $.00 8.0
57 Russel Brock Randy Meador Q36 $.00 8.0
57 Jamie Johansen Matt Osbourn Q37 $.00 8.0
57 Corey Glave Mark Kirunchyk Q40 $.00 8.0
57 Noel Khirsukani Scott Perry Q41 $.00 8.0
57 Jeff Alzina Aaron Wachtfogel Q42 $.00 8.0
57 Mike Adamosky Joe Cash Q43 $.00 8.0
57 David Holewinski Matt Sokolowski Q44 $.00 8.0
57 Charles Cates Arqum Iqbal Q45 $.00 8.0
57 Santana Aker Bret Noordhoff Q47 $.00 8.0
57 Brenton Davis Matt Heagy Q51 $.00 8.0
57 David Escarsega Brian Genthe Q52 $.00 8.0
57 Ossie Barreras Antonio Rondon Q53 $.00 8.0
57 Charlie Becker Reo Sorrentino Q54 $.00 8.0
57 Daniel Lindsey Marcel Maitland Q55 $.00 8.0
57 Jeff Skipper Scott Terry Q56 $.00 8.0
57 Trevor Jones Marc Lomeli Q57 $.00 8.0
57 Damian Kondrotas Kevin Legg Q58 $.00 8.0
57 Alain Baylosis Jeremy Harvey Q59 $.00 8.0
57 Alexandre Andrade David Posta Q61 $.00 8.0
57 Fernando Barretto Daniel Runha Q62 $.00 8.0
57 Leo Lauzen Omar Moran Q65 $.00 8.0
57 Tom Lovelace Jonathan Scott Q66 $.00 8.0
57 Nathan Cumme RJ King Q69 $.00 8.0
89 Anthony Guidry Michael Jonas Q60 $.00 4.0
89 Bret Baker Justin Lundquist Q63 $.00 4.0
89 Albert Baker Jodi Pigford Q64 $.00 4.0
89 Chris Hammock Brian Post Q67 $.00 4.0
89 Keith Biele Sam Blood Q68 $.00 4.0


Men’s Qualification Tournament Entries (AVPNext Points added for seeding purposes)

Paul Mitchell Ft. Lauderdale Open Qualifier Results
 
Association of Volleyball Professionals
2004 AVP Nissan Series $125,000 Paul Mitchell Ft. Lauderdale Open
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
April 2-4, 2004


Men's Qualification Tournament Results
Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Omar Moran / Leo Lauzen (Q65) def. Albert Baker / Jodi Pigford (Q64) by Forfeit
Match 18: RJ King / Nathan Cumme (Q69) def. Anthony Guidry / Michael Jonas (Q60) 21-10, 21-10 (0:38)
Match 31: Alexandre Andrade / David Posta (Q61) def. Sam Blood / Keith Biele (Q68) 14-21, 21-18, 15-5
Match 34: Fernando Barretto / Daniel Runha (Q62) def. Chris Hammock / Brian Post (Q67) 21-23, 21-18, 15-11
Match 63: Jonathan Scott / Tom Lovelace (Q66) def. Bret Baker / Justin Lundquist (Q63) by Forfeit

Round 2
Match 65: Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (Q1) def. Omar Moran / Leo Lauzen (Q65) 21-17, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 66: Art Barron / Morgan Mainz (Q32) def. Jeremie Simkins / Jessie Webster (Q33) 22-24, 21-17, 18-16 (1:16)
Match 67: Daniel Boeck / Jerry Goodlow (Q48) def. Sonny Knight / Leonardo Moraes (Q17) 21-15, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 68: Danny Cook / Tony Epie (Q49) def. Tyler Lesneski / Jim Van Zwieten (Q16) 26-24, 21-15 (0:54)
Match 69: Chris Harger / Ron Kumgisky (Q9) def. Jeff Skipper / Scott Terry (Q56) 21-15, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 70: Brian Corso / Mike Morrison (Q24) def. Noel Khirsukani / Scott Perry (Q41) 21-16, 21-23, 15-8 (1:00)
Match 71: Casey Brewer / Aaron Steele (Q25) def. Corey Glave / Mark Kirunchyk (Q40) 21-13, 18-21, 15-13
Match 72: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q8) def. Trevor Jones / Marc Lomeli (Q57) by Forfeit
Match 73: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (Q5) def. RJ King / Nathan Cumme (Q69) 21-12, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 74: Randy Cline / Bill Maik (Q28) def. Jamie Johansen / Matt Osbourn (Q37) 22-20, 22-20 (0:44)
Match 75: John Goings / Joe Rohr (Q21) def. David Holewinski / Matt Sokolowski (Q44) 21-14, 21-16 (0:35)
Match 76: Ryan Cronin / Kevin Dake (Q12) def. Ossie Barreras / Antonio Rondon (Q53) by Forfeit
Match 77: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q13) def. David Escarsega / Brian Genthe (Q52) 21-15, 21-10 (0:38)
Match 78: Todd Hart / Sergio Penaloza (Q20) def. Charles Cates / Arqum Iqbal (Q45) 21-14, 21-17 (0:46)
Match 79: Scott Faust / Jeff Smith (Q29) def. Russel Brock / Randy Meador (Q36) 23-21, 12-21, 15-9 (1:04)
Match 80: Gaston Macau / Derek Zimmerman (Q4) def. Alexandre Andrade / David Posta (Q61) 21-15, 21-15
Match 81: John Braunstein / Anthony Mihalic (Q3) def. Fernando Barretto / Daniel Runha (Q62) 21-11, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 82: Leon Lucas / Justin Phipps (Q30) def. Greg Boor / Mika Hunkin (Q35) 21-18, 18-21, 15-11
Match 83: Travis Regner / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q46) def. Joe Boken / Karl Owens (Q19) 21-17, 24-26, 15-5 (1:02)
Match 84: Steve Grotowski / Ranse Jones (Q14) def. Brenton Davis / Matt Heagy (Q51) 21-15, 17-21, 15-7 (1:05)
Match 85: Dana Camacho / Jeff Carlucci (Q11) def. Charlie Becker / Reo Sorrentino (Q54) 21-14, 21-15
Match 86: Ivan Mercer / Jeff Murrell (Q22) def. Mike Adamosky / Joe Cash (Q43) 21-8, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 87: Andre Melo / Eric Wurts (Q38) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Tom Witt (Q27) 27-25, 22-20 (0:53)
Match 88: Brian Chapman / Kevin Craig (Q6) def. Alain Baylosis / Jeremy Harvey (Q59) 21-8, 21-14 (0:33)
Match 89: David DiPierro / Mike DiPierro (Q7) def. Damian Kondrotas / Kevin Legg (Q58) 21-14, 21-13 (0:46)
Match 90: Zach Hollman / Mike Morales (Q39) def. Mike Bruning / Michael Doucette (Q26) 16-21, 21-14, 15-13
Match 91: Mark Fay / Jim Vanderwall (Q23) def. Jeff Alzina / Aaron Wachtfogel (Q42) 21-17, 27-25 (0:50)
Match 92: Brian Duff / Jon Thompson (Q10) def. Daniel Lindsey / Marcel Maitland (Q55) 18-21, 26-24, 16-14 (1:12)
Match 93: Vince Fierro / Rocky Mayo (Q50) def. Gary Barnes / Sam Haghighi (Q15) 21-16, 16-21, 15-12 (1:03)
Match 94: Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q18) def. Santana Aker / Bret Noordhoff (Q47) 21-12, 21-12 (0:37)
Match 95: Jason Greenlaw / Chad Wick (Q31) def. Mark Van Zwieten / Steve Van Zwieten (Q34) 21-17, 21-13 (1:38)
Match 96: Anthony Medel / John Moran (Q2) def. Jonathan Scott / Tom Lovelace (Q66) 21-15, 21-11 (0:48)

Round 3
Match 97: Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (Q1) def. Art Barron / Morgan Mainz (Q32) 21-9, 19-21, 22-20 (0:52)
Match 98: Daniel Boeck / Jerry Goodlow (Q48) def. Danny Cook / Tony Epie (Q49) 21-12, 19-21, 15-11 (0:53)
Match 99: Brian Corso / Mike Morrison (Q24) def. Chris Harger / Ron Kumgisky (Q9) 21-19, 21-14 (0:46)
Match 100: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q8) def. Casey Brewer / Aaron Steele (Q25) 21-10, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 101: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (Q5) def. Randy Cline / Bill Maik (Q28) 21-15, 21-16
Match 102: John Goings / Joe Rohr (Q21) def. Ryan Cronin / Kevin Dake (Q12) 21-15, 21-16 (0:51)
Match 103: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q13) def. Todd Hart / Sergio Penaloza (Q20) 21-11, 21-12 (0:43)
Match 104: Gaston Macau / Derek Zimmerman (Q4) def. Scott Faust / Jeff Smith (Q29) 21-12, 21-15 (0:48)
Match 105: John Braunstein / Anthony Mihalic (Q3) def. Leon Lucas / Justin Phipps (Q30) 22-20, 18-21, 15-10 (1:07)
Match 106: Steve Grotowski / Ranse Jones (Q14) def. Travis Regner / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q46) 21-12, 21-15 (0:50)
Match 107: Dana Camacho / Jeff Carlucci (Q11) def. Ivan Mercer / Jeff Murrell (Q22) 21-17, 21-15 (0:46)
Match 108: Brian Chapman / Kevin Craig (Q6) def. Andre Melo / Eric Wurts (Q38) 14-21, 21-19, 15-13 (1:04)
Match 109: David DiPierro / Mike DiPierro (Q7) def. Zach Hollman / Mike Morales (Q39) 21-19, 21-17 (0:52)
Match 110: Mark Fay / Jim Vanderwall (Q23) def. Brian Duff / Jon Thompson (Q10) 16-21, 21-16, 15-11 (0:53)
Match 111: Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q18) def. Vince Fierro / Rocky Mayo (Q50) 21-11, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 112: Anthony Medel / John Moran (Q2) def. Jason Greenlaw / Chad Wick (Q31) 19-21, 21-13, 15-11

Round 4
Match 113: Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (Q1) def. Daniel Boeck / Jerry Goodlow (Q48) 19-21, 21-12, 15-13 (0:55)
Match 114: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q8) def. Brian Corso / Mike Morrison (Q24) 15-21, 21-17, 15-13
Match 115: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (Q5) def. John Goings / Joe Rohr (Q21) 21-12, 21-19 (0:33)
Match 116: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q13) def. Gaston Macau / Derek Zimmerman (Q4) 21-18, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 117: Steve Grotowski / Ranse Jones (Q14) def. John Braunstein / Anthony Mihalic (Q3) 14-21, 21-17, 18-16 (1:06)
Match 118: Dana Camacho / Jeff Carlucci (Q11) def. Brian Chapman / Kevin Craig (Q6) 22-20, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 119: David DiPierro / Mike DiPierro (Q7) def. Mark Fay / Jim Vanderwall (Q23) 21-13, 21-14 (0:37)
Match 120: Anthony Medel / John Moran (Q2) def. Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q18) 21-17, 21-18 (0:45)

Women's AVP $62,500 Tempe Open
April 23-25, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed
AVP Women's Entries and Qualifier Seeds

Misty May Kerri Walsh
Holly McPeak Elaine Youngs
Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan
Carrie Busch Nancy Mason
Lisa Arce Leanne McSorley
Jennifer Meredith Wendy Stammer
Barbra Fontana Jennifer Kessy
Ashley Bowles Rachel Wacholder
Angie Akers Sarah Straton
Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley
Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist
Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl
Pat Keller Marsha Miller
Paula Roca Gracie Santana-Baeni
Alicia Polzin Ali Wood
Erin Galli Sharman Mitchell

Wild Card Denise Johns Jenelle Koester
Wild Card Aycan Kara Francie Rard

Qualifier Seeds

1 Michelle Morse Liz Pagano
2 Tanya Fuamatu Heide Ilustre
3 Daven Casad-Allison Lauren Fendrick
4 Kimberly Coleman Julie Sprague
5 Nikki Audette Helen Reale
6 Barbara Nyland Saralyn Smith
7 Karen Reitz Kristen Schritter
8 Danalee Bragado Ramona Caouette
9 Anne McArthur Sarah White
10 Marla O'Hara Julie Romias
11 Tyra Harper Makare Wilson
12 Katie Fleisher-Vagnuer Kelly Rowe
13 Cindy Phillips Teri Van Dyke
14 Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet
15 Jill Changaris Kaili Kimura
16 Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles
17 Tammy Rau Lynda Street
18 Kerri Eich Lisa Marshall
19 Amber Davis Kim Zschau
20 Adria Ciraco Elliott Jane Linn
21 Valinda Hilleary Alicia Zamparelli
22 Holly Reisor Eleonora Vakhidova
23 Nicole Midwin Natacha Nelson
24 Angela Lewis Diane Pascua
25 Leanne Haarbauer Johanna Lehman
26 Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser
27 Julie McGarr Jeanette Simenson
28 Tiffany Rodriguez Ann Windes
29 Melissa Karwowski Ashley Regner
30 Tara Burton Joyce Parker
31 Carol Killeen Melissa Maggiore
32 Lori Armstrong Katherine Fay
33 Shannon Sneed Mary Strong
34 Kirstin Olsen Terry Zartman
35 Jean Mathews Kirsten Niedung
36 Heather Alley Ingrid Roosild
37 Erin Byrd Abby Georgy
38 Meri-de Boyer Laura Ratto
39 Kim Crawford Sheri Leverrette
40 Jan Resuello Suzie Turner
41 Keely Eagle Barb Sanson
42 Anya Adams Melanie Thornton
43 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger
44 Jill Ferguson Alev Tugcu

Women's AVP $62,500 Fort Lauderdale Open
April 2-4, 2004 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Shannon Sneed / Mary Strong (Q33) def. Lori Armstrong / Katherine Fay (Q32) 21-14, 21-17 (0:49)
Match 6: Keely Eagle / Barb Sanson (Q41) def. Leanne Haarbauer / Johanna Lehman (Q24) 21-18, 21-9 (0:41)
Match 7: Suzie Turner / Jan Resuello (Q40) def. Joy Akins / Dawn Steinhauser (Q25) 21-14, 17-21, 15-13 (0:51)
Match 10: Melissa Karwowski / Ashley Regner (Q28) def. Abby Georgy / Erin Byrd (Q37) 16-21, 21-14, 15-13 (0:58)
Match 11: Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q21) def. Jill Ferguson / Alev Tugcu (Q44) 21-13, 21-8 (0:43)
Match 15: Amber Davis / Kristen Zschau (Q29) def. Heather Alley / Ingrid Roosild (Q36) 21-18, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 18: Tara Burton / Joyce Parker (Q30) def. Jean Mathews / Kirsten Niedung (Q35) 21-10, 14-21, 17-15 (1:02)
Match 22: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q43) def. Nicole Midwin / Natacha Nelson (Q22) 9-21, 21-13, 15-7 (0:51)
Match 23: Tiffany Rodriguez / Ann Windes (Q27) def. Laura Ratto / Meri-de Boyer (Q38) 16-21, 21-11, 15-8 (0:56)
Match 26: Sheri Leverrette / Kim Crawford (Q39) def. Julie McGarr / Jeanette Simenson (Q26) 19-21, 21-14, 15-9 (0:59)
Match 27: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q23) def. Melanie Thornton / Anya Adams (Q42) 21-10, 21-7 (0:33)
Match 31: Terry Zartman / Kirstin Olsen (Q34) def. Carol Killeen / Melissa Maggiore (Q31) 21-11, 21-17 (0:35)

Round 2
Match 33: Michelle Morse / Liz Pagano (Q1) def. Shannon Sneed / Mary Strong (Q33) 21-10, 21-11 (0:39)
Match 34: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q16) def. Tammy Rau / Lynda Street (Q17) 21-15, 21-12 (0:36)
Match 35: Keely Eagle / Barb Sanson (Q41) def. Anne McArthur / Sarah White (Q9) 20-22, 21-19, 15-12 (1:02)
Match 36: Danalee Bragado / Ramona Caouette (Q8) def. Suzie Turner / Jan Resuello (Q40) 21-14, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 37: Nikki Audette / Helen Reale (Q5) def. Melissa Karwowski / Ashley Regner (Q28) 21-19, 21-18 (0:49)
Match 38: Catie Fleisher-Vagnuer / Kelly Rowe (Q12) def. Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q21) 21-17, 7-21, 15-13 (0:56)
Match 39: Cindy Phillips / Teri Van Dyke (Q13) def. Valinda Hilleary / Alicia Zamparelli (Q20) 21-13, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 40: Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (Q4) def. Amber Davis / Kristen Zschau (Q29) 21-9, 21-10 (0:36)
Match 41: Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (Q3) def. Tara Burton / Joyce Parker (Q30) 21-16, 22-20 (0:45)
Match 42: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q14) def. Adria Ciraco Elliott / Jane Linn (Q19) 21-15, 21-11 (0:44)
Match 43: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (Q11) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q43) 21-5, 21-16 (0:33)
Match 44: Tiffany Rodriguez / Ann Windes (Q27) def. Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (Q6) 21-14, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 45: Sheri Leverrette / Kim Crawford (Q39) def. Karen Reitz / Kristen Schritter (Q7) 21-10, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 46: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q23) def. Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (Q10) 21-19, 21-15 (0:41)
Match 47: Jill Changaris / Kaili Kimura (Q15) def. Kerri Eich / Lisa Marshall (Q18) 21-18, 20-22, 15-13 (1:00)
Match 48: Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (Q2) def. Terry Zartman / Kirstin Olsen (Q34) 21-15, 21-4 (0:32)

Round 3
Match 49: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q16) def. Michelle Morse / Liz Pagano (Q1) 21-15, 18-21, 15-10 (0:56)
Match 50: Danalee Bragado / Ramona Caouette (Q8) def. Keely Eagle / Barb Sanson (Q41) 21-11, 22-20 (0:40)
Match 51: Catie Fleisher-Vagnuer / Kelly Rowe (Q12) def. Nikki Audette / Helen Reale (Q5) 13-21, 22-20, 15-10 (1:01)
Match 52: Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (Q4) def. Cindy Phillips / Teri Van Dyke (Q13) 21-16, 18-21, 15-9 (0:58)
Match 53: Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (Q3) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q14) 21-16, 21-10 (0:39)
Match 54: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (Q11) def. Tiffany Rodriguez / Ann Windes (Q27) 21-12, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 55: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q23) def. Sheri Leverrette / Kim Crawford (Q39) 19-21, 21-13, 15-10 (1:00)
Match 56: Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (Q2) def. Jill Changaris / Kaili Kimura (Q15) 21-16, 21-15 (0:42)

Round 4
Match 57: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q16) def. Danalee Bragado / Ramona Caouette (Q8) 21-15, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 58: Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (Q4) def. Catie Fleisher-Vagnuer / Kelly Rowe (Q12) 22-24, 21-17, 15-9 (1:11)
Match 59: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (Q11) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (Q3) 21-14, 14-21, 16-14 (0:57)
Match 60: Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (Q2) def. Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q23) 21-10, 21-12 (0:34)

Round 5
Match 61: Catie Fleisher-Vagnuer / Kelly Rowe (Q12) def. Danalee Bragado / Ramona Caouette (Q8) 21-12, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 62: Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (Q3) def. Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q23) 21-11, 21-16 (0:40)


Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (16) def. Erin Galli / Sharman Mitchell (17) 21-9, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 2: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) def. Brooke Niles / Courtney Guerra (24, Q16) 21-16, 21-14 (0:30)
Match 3: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (21, Q11) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (12) 21-15, 18-21, 15-10 (0:50)
Match 4: Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) def. Jenelle Koester / Denise Johns (20) 21-17, 17-21, 15-9 (0:55)
Match 5: Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (19, Q3) def. Julie Sprague / Kimberly Coleman (14, Q4) 21-14, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 6: Pat Keller / Marsha Miller (11) def. Francie Rard / Aycan Kara (22) 16-21, 21-17, 17-15 (0:59)
Match 7: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (10) def. Catie Fleisher-Vagnuer / Kelly Rowe (23, Q12) 21-9, 21-12 (0:28)
Match 8: Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (18, Q2) def. Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) 22-20, 18-21, 15-12 (1:04)

Round 2
Match 9: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (16) 21-14, 21-12 (0:34)
Match 10: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) def. Angie Akers / Sarah Straton (8) 22-20, 21-9 (0:33)
Match 11: Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) def. Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (21, Q11) 21-18, 21-12 (0:34)
Match 12: Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (4) 21-19, 25-23 (0:53)
Match 13: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (19, Q3) 21-12, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 14: Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (6) def. Pat Keller / Marsha Miller (11) 21-10, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 15: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (10) def. Ashley Bowles / Rachel Wacholder (7) 21-15, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 16: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (18, Q2) 23-21, 21-11 (0:47)

Round 3
Match 17: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) 21-12, 21-12 (0:31)
Match 18: Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) def. Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) 21-16, 21-15 (0:39)
Match 19: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (6) 21-19, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 20: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (10) 21-9, 21-19 (0:41)

Round 4
Match 21: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) 21-16, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 22: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) 21-13, 21-16 (0:39)


Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 23: Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (18, Q2) def. Erin Galli / Sharman Mitchell (17) 21-15, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 24: Ashley Bowles / Rachel Wacholder (7) def. Brooke Niles / Courtney Guerra (24, Q16) 21-19, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 25: Pat Keller / Marsha Miller (11) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (12) 21-15, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 26: Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (19, Q3) def. Jenelle Koester / Denise Johns (20) 21-18, 21-18 (0:41)
Match 27: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (4) def. Julie Sprague / Kimberly Coleman (14, Q4) 21-17, 21-10 (0:42)
Match 28: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (21, Q11) def. Francie Rard / Aycan Kara (22) 22-20, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 29: Angie Akers / Sarah Straton (8) def. Catie Fleisher-Vagnuer / Kelly Rowe (23, Q12) 21-6, 21-7 (0:30)
Match 30: Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (16) def. Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) 21-16, 20-22, 15-7 (0:53)

Round 2
Match 31: Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (18, Q2) def. Ashley Bowles / Rachel Wacholder (7) 24-22, 22-20 (0:38)
Match 32: Pat Keller / Marsha Miller (11) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (19, Q3) 23-21, 15-21, 15-12 (1:02)
Match 33: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (4) def. Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (21, Q11) 21-19, 25-23 (0:42)
Match 34: Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (16) def. Angie Akers / Sarah Straton (8) 21-17, 16-21, 15-11 (0:51)

Round 3
Match 35: Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (18, Q2) 21-16, 13-21, 15-10 (0:58)
Match 36: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) def. Pat Keller / Marsha Miller (11) 21-16, 21-13 (0:30)
Match 37: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (4) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (10) 21-18, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 38: Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (16) def. Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (6) 21-19, 18-21, 15-13 (0:53)

Round 4
Match 39: Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) 21-19, 13-21, 15-11 (0:55)
Match 40: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (4) def. Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (16) 21-16, 14-21, 15-12 (0:53)

Round 5
Match 41: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) 21-13, 21-17 (0:37)
Match 42: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (4) def. Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) 21-19, 21-17 (0:44)


Semifinals

Match 43: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) 21-17, 21-14 (0:36)
Match 44: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (4) 21-14, 21-16 (0:37)

Finals

Match 45: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) 21-11, 21-11 (0:46) 

2004 Women's Tournament Champions >> Misty May / Kerri Walsh

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  ,              Misty May                                                                   Kerri Walsh



 
Women's AVP $62,500 Fort Lauderdale Open
April 2-4, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points

1 Misty May Kerri Walsh 1 $14,500.00 360.0
2 Holly McPeak Elaine Youngs 2 $9,750.00 324.0
3 Carrie Busch Nancy Mason 3 $5,825.00 270.0
3 Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan 4 $5,825.00 270.0
5 Lisa Arce Leanne McSorley 5 $3,500.00 216.0
5 Paula Roca Gracie Santana-Baeni 13 $3,500.00 216.0
7 Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 9 $2,500.00 180.0
7 Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl 16 $2,500.00 180.0
9 Jennifer Meredith Wendy Stammer 6 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Barbra Fontana Jennifer Kessy 10 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Pat Keller Marsha Miller 11 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Tanya Fuamatu Heide Ilustre 18, Q2 $1,600.00 144.0
13 Ashley Bowles Rachel Wacholder 7 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Angie Akers Sarah Straton 8 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Daven Casad-Allison Lauren Fendrick 19, Q3 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Tyra Harper Makare Wilson 21, Q11 $1,050.00 108.0
17 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 12 $500.00 72.0
17 Kimberly Coleman Julie Sprague 14, Q4 $500.00 72.0
17 Alicia Polzin Ali Wood 15 $500.00 72.0
17 Erin Galli Sharman Mitchell 17 $500.00 72.0
17 Denise Johns Jenelle Koester 20 $500.00 72.0
17 Aycan Kara Francie Rard 22 $500.00 72.0
17 Catie Fleisher-Vagnuer Kelly Rowe 23, Q12 $500.00 72.0
17 Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles 24, Q16 $500.00 72.0
25 Danalee Bragado Ramona Caouette Q8 $.00 36.0
25 Angela Lewis Diane Pascua Q23 $.00 36.0
27 Michelle Morse Liz Pagano Q1 $.00 18.0
27 Nikki Audette Helen Reale Q5 $.00 18.0
27 Cindy Phillips Teri Van Dyke Q13 $.00 18.0
27 Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet Q14 $.00 18.0
27 Jill Changaris Kaili Kimura Q15 $.00 18.0
27 Tiffany Rodriguez Ann Windes Q27 $.00 18.0
27 Kim Crawford Sheri Leverrette Q39 $.00 18.0
27 Keely Eagle Barb Sanson Q41 $.00 18.0
35 Barbara Nyland Saralyn Smith Q6 $.00 12.0
35 Karen Reitz Kristen Schritter Q7 $.00 12.0
35 Anne McArthur Sarah White Q9 $.00 12.0
35 Marla O'Hara Julie Romias Q10 $.00 12.0
35 Tammy Rau Lynda Street Q17 $.00 12.0
35 Kerri Eich Lisa Marshall Q18 $.00 12.0
35 Adria Ciraco Elliott Jane Linn Q19 $.00 12.0
35 Valinda Hilleary Alicia Zamparelli Q20 $.00 12.0
35 Holly Reisor Eleonora Vakhidova Q21 $.00 12.0
35 Melissa Karwowski Ashley Regner Q28 $.00 12.0
35 Amber Davis Kristen Zschau Q29 $.00 12.0
35 Tara Burton Joyce Parker Q30 $.00 12.0
35 Shannon Sneed Mary Strong Q33 $.00 12.0
35 Kirstin Olsen Terry Zartman Q34 $.00 12.0
35 Jan Resuello Suzie Turner Q40 $.00 12.0
35 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger Q43 $.00 12.0
51 Nicole Midwin Natacha Nelson Q22 $.00 8.0
51 Leanne Haarbauer Johanna Lehman Q24 $.00 8.0
51 Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser Q25 $.00 8.0
51 Julie McGarr Jeanette Simenson Q26 $.00 8.0
51 Carol Killeen Melissa Maggiore Q31 $.00 8.0
51 Lori Armstrong Katherine Fay Q32 $.00 8.0
51 Jean Mathews Kirsten Niedung Q35 $.00 8.0
51 Heather Alley Ingrid Roosild Q36 $.00 8.0
51 Erin Byrd Abby Georgy Q37 $.00 8.0
51 Meri-de Boyer Laura Ratto Q38 $.00 8.0
51 Anya Adams Melanie Thornton Q42 $.00 8.0
51 Jill Ferguson Alev Tugcu Q44 $.00 8.0

 
Articles 2004

Rolling along
March 22, 2004
Courtesy Of AVP

On a recent afternoon at a South Bay beach in Los Angeles, Kerri Walsh and Misty May, one of the world's top beach volleyball teams, discussed what Walsh termed "Misty's new, sassier attitude."
 
Misty May looks to improve on last year's amazing season. 
May asked what exactly her partner meant by "sassier."

"You know," Walsh said. "With your booty shorts."

May: "I don't have booty shorts."

Walsh: "What was that yesterday?"

May: "That was a bathing suit."

With this pair, you're never quite sure what you'll hear next, but one thing you can count on is this: They're going to win. Often. No two players in U.S. history have ever had a quicker rise to the top.

In 2000, May teamed with veteran Holly McPeak in her rookie season and, against all odds, qualified for the Sydney Olympics. A year later, Walsh, who played a key role in the U.S. indoor team's fourth-place finish in Sydney, became May's partner and promptly won an FIVB tournament despite having no previous beach experience.

Between the two, Misty's quick rise is more easily explained. Her dad, Butch, was an Olympic level player, and Misty spent summers as a kid at the beach. By contrast, Walsh's only sand exposure was a few pickup games on an outdoor court at Stanford, where she led the Cardinal to NCAA championships in 1996 and 1997.

"I made a commitment to do whatever was necessary to become a great beach player," Walsh says. "My first year was amazingly difficult, the second a little better, and I'm hoping to continue on the same learning curve. I have so far to go, but I have so much desire in my heart to become the best."

May, who led Long Beach State to an NCAA title in 1998, had major knee surgery before last season and then had to play through emotional pain after her mother, Barbara, died of cancer in May 2002. Misty and her mom were extremely close, and she found it "very hard" to concentrate on volleyball during that season, but Walsh says her partner carried herself with "strength, courage and passion," and together they managed to rise to the top of the world rankings, winning five FIVB tournaments.

As Misty expected 2003 turned out even better.

"We're not at our peak yet," she says. "Last year, we were still getting to know each other. I think our skills are definitely getting better every day." The objective for these two is nothing short of being No. 1 on both the FIVB and AVP tours along with earning a Gold Medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

"We both know what it takes to play and win against the best," says Walsh. "We have some pretty lofty goals, but I'm supremely confident that we'll push ourselves to the maximum and not only accomplish our goals but enjoy the ride."

Kerri Born: August 15, 1978 Height: 6-3 College: Stanford Career highlights: NCAA titles at Stanford in 1996 and '97, starter on the U.S. indoor Olympic team in Sydney, seven career beach titles, 2003 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour Most Valuable Player Hometown: Grew up in Saratoga, California, now lives in Redondo Beach, California Career earnings: $373,495

Misty Born: July 30, 1977 Height: 5-10 College: Long Beach State Career highlights: NCAA championship at Long Beach State in 1998, 12 career beach victories, finished fifth at the Sydney Olympics with Holly McPeak Hometown: Grew up in Costa Mesa, California, now lives in Long Beach, CA Career earnings: $503,945

What to watch: Walsh's athleticism, how quickly she moves even though she's 6-3, and her net play. Misty's impressive hitting and solid all-around skills.

Current streaks:

- won 58 straight matches

- won eight straight AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour titles

- won five consecutive FIVB Tour events

- won ten consecutive titles over two seasons

Still swinging
March 23, 2004
Courtesy Of AVP

You notice it right away. One leg -- his left leg -- is bigger than the other, and it's bigger by quite a bit.
 
With his left leg weighing 10-15 pounds more than his right, Canyon Ceman still has seven career AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour titles. 
It's no illusion. For his entire pro career -- and his entire adult life -- Ceman has had a medical condition called lymphedema that makes his left leg about 10 to 15 pounds heavier than his right. Considering his seven career victories, including one last year in Tempe, Ariz. with partner Mike Whitmarsh, it obviously hasn't been a huge problem.

"In some ways," Ceman says, "I think my leg is so heavy that it gives me a counter lever against my arm, which seems to help increase my hitting velocity."

Even in the early part of his career, Ceman was never a guy with the huge jump of players like Karch Kiraly, who once measured in with a vertical leap of 42 inches when he was with the U.S. National Team. But Ceman has lost even more of his elevation -- four to six inches, in his estimation -- since he began playing full-time on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour in 1994, which is why many top players describe his hitting as "hard and low."

"If you ask any tall player who frustrates them the most, I'm probably at the top of the list," he says. "The fact that I'm hitting from a lower point means I can hit off their elbows a lot instead of hitting higher into their hands.

"I probably get blocked more than anybody in the top ten, but I don't really care because I still win. The secret to my success is just to keep hitting."

Legend speak
By Linda Hanley
March 23, 2004
Courtesy Of AVP

I have played the sport during four decades. There have been a number of tremendous players over the years that I have grown to respect, but there's only one who stands out as a role model and teacher. I have always considered Nina Matthies my mentor.
 
Nina Matthies (right) battling during her beach days. 
I first met Nina when she was recruiting me to play at UCLA. I wasn't the blue-chipper everybody was after, but Nina saw potential in my game. She had to lobby UCLA coach Andy Banachowski into giving a skinny, left-hander from Laguna Beach, Calif. a chance. Nina displayed an incredible amount of patience with me from the minute I put on a Bruin uniform and she helped shape my volleyball career.

Nina was known for her strong worth ethic -- sort of the 1970s and '80s version of Holly McPeak. She was infamous for running the circle drill at UCLA until we all felt like throwing up. Since Nina was an assistant coach, she didn't have to run with us but she always did and she usually lapped us.

Nina took the same work ethic out to the beach. I remember many games playing Nina one-on-one and never scoring more than five points. She didn't like to lose whether it was the world championship or a weekday drill. Most great ones are like that. Her intensity was felt by all of our opponents.

We would start matches scoring five or six straight points because teams were so intimidated by her defense that they couldn't keep the ball in the court. Kathy Gregory once said I was the only player who could wear a white bikini and keep it clean because Nina would cover my side of the court as well as her own.

Nina's character isn't confined to the court. She values the importance of hard work, intensity and the will to win in her life outside the sport. She has used those characteristics to raise two sons, who are respectful, hardworking and joyful young men.

Nina won countless tournaments in 13 seasons. I had the good fortune of keeping my white bikini clean in many of those wins. She has also had a successful head coaching career at Pepperdine where she guided the Waves to an Elite Eight finish in the NCAA Division I Tournament last season.

Her legacy as a player and coach won't just be about the numbers. It'll be about the countless skinny teenagers she gave chances to over the past 30 years. The ones she helped mold into better volleyball players and better people.

USA’s Fonoimoana & Wong Advance to Beach Volleyball Main Draw 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons
 
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, March 24, 2004 – What a difference a week makes for Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong as the United States tandem advanced here Wednesday from the 35-team Qualification Tournament to the Main Draw for this week’s $180,000 South Africa Open.
Playing as the top-seeded team in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event for the second-straight week, Fonoimoana and Wong scored a 21-11 and 21-12 win over 17th-seeded Mario Silva and Miguel Xisto of Angola to earn a spot in the 32-team, 16-country Main Draw.

“Obviously, we played a different team than the one we faced from Brazil last week,” said Wong after the match. “We had a tough draw last week (Pedro Cunha and Pará Ferreira of Brazil). They just out-played us. Today, we drew one of the newer teams on the tour. We created a lot of problems for them and forced a lot of mistakes.”

Fonoimoana, who was the featured player at a mid-day media conference for the South African journalists, echoed Wong’s sentiments and added “that we don’t like playing in the qualifiers. The depth of the qualifying field improves every year. Not only do we have to play country quotas every week against other top American teams, we also face the qualifying single-elimination rounds where anything can happen. There is no margin for error when qualifying.”

The gold medallists at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with Dain Blanton, Fonoimoana and Wong dropped a 21-16 and 21-16 decision to Cunha and Pará last Wednesday in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener for men in Salvador, Brazil. Fonoimoana and Wong defeated Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer 21-17 and 21-18 here Tuesday o n the Camp Bays centre court in the country quota playoff as the United States already had three teams already placed in the Main Draw.

The two-day Qualification Tournament placed the final eight teams in the Main Draw. The United States tandems already in the Main Draw due to their FIVB rankings were Blanton/Jeff Nygaard, Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger and Todd Rogers/Sean Scott.

Blanton and Nygaard, who won the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener in Greece last June, finished the season as the 11th-ranked team internationally with three “final four” finishes. The pair will be competing in their 10th FIVB tournament and placed 17th last week in Brazil. Blanton and Nygaard were fifth in the 2003 World Championships in Rio de Janeiro last October.

Holdren and Metzger formed their partnership near the end of the 2003 season after starting the season with Fonoimoana and Wong, respectively. Holdren and Metzger, who won the Silver Medal at the 2003 World Championships, placed 13th last week.

Rogers and Scott, who are competing in their 18th SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event together, were the top American finishers in Brazil. After winning their first two matches in Salvador, the pair finished ninth after losing their last two matches against teams from Germany and Brazil.

Holdren & Metzger Pace United States Cape Town Beach Effort 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons
 
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, March 25, 2004 – Led by sixth-seeded Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger, four teams from the United States posted a 5-3 match mark here Thursday during the opening Main Draw rounds for this week’s $180,000 South Africa Open.
Holdren and Metzger scored wins over teams from France and Germany to advance to their Friday morning match against third-seeded Benjamin Insfran and Harley Marques of Brazil. The American tandem is seeking to better last week’s 13th-place finish in Brazil.

“We did not play that bad last week,” said Metzger. “We started slow today against the French, but dominated them in the last two sets. Against the Germans, we found a good rhythm and were able to control the match. We like our chances this week, but this tour is tough with a lot of good teams.”

Metzger’s word supported the “talent” level on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour as Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard, the top-ranked American team in the competition, were upset in their first match Thursday by a 29th-seeded team from Japan.

Seeded fourth in the second FIVB men’s event of the season, Blanton and Nygaard were defeated 16-21, 21-18 and 15-13 Satoshi Watanabe and Katsuhiro Shiratori. Blanton and Nygaard, who placed 17th in Brazil last week, rebounded by eliminating 20th-seeded Juan Garcia Thompson and Antonio Cotrino of Spain (16-21, 21-15 and 15-11). Blanton and Nygaard face 14th-seeded Sascha Heyer and Markus Egger of Switzerland Friday morning.

Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong, who had to qualify for the Main Draw with wins Tuesday and Wednesday, opened with a 21-18 and 21-11 win over 16th-seeded Bjorn Berg and Simon Dahl of Sweden. Seeded 17th in the 32-team Main Draw, Fonoimoana and Wong dropped a 21-14 and 29-27 decision to top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil to fall into the elimination bracket where they face 15th-seeded Andrew Schacht and Joshua Slack of Australia Friday morning.

Todd Rogers and Sean Scott, the top American finishers in Brazil last week with a ninth, lost their first match Thursday to a German team before rebounding with a 21-13 and 21-17 win over Ogier Molinier and Guilherm Deulofeu of France. Rogers and Scott play fifth-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina Friday morning.

It was the French team’s second match of the day against an American tandem as Holdren and Metzger beat them 18-21, 21-9 and 15-4 in the first round. Holdren and Metzger advanced to their Friday’s winner bracket match with a 21-17 and 21-15 win over 22nd-seeded David Klemperer and Niklas Rademacher of Germany, who defeated Rogers and Scott 26-24, 17-21 and 15-13.

Play continues Friday (22 matches) with six matches Saturday, including the semi-finals to determine the pairings for Sunday’s medal matches. The gold medal match is set for Sunday where the winning team will split the $27,000 first-place prize.

USA Men’s Beach Volleyball Players Return Home to Open Domestic Tour 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons
 
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, March 26, 2004 – After two weeks of playing on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, five of the United States’ top men’s beach volleyball teams return to American beach for the first domestic event of the season.
After placing 13th last week in Brazil, sixth-seeded Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger paced the United States effort this week despite dropping both of their matches here Friday to teams from Brazil and Germany. The pair placed ninth to split $5,500 in the $180,000 South Africa Open.

Three of the four other United States in the second men’s event on the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour also dropped matches Friday to place 17th. Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer, the fifth American team in the event, was eliminated earlier in the week in a country quota playoff Tuesday.

All five teams open their domestic season next week in Florida for the Fort Lauderdale Open at South Beach Park. The $125,000 starts Friday (April 2) with qualifying. Main Draw action begins Saturday and concludes Sunday.

The event is the season opener for the Association of Volleyball Professionals as the tournament also features competition for women where Misty May and Kerri Walsh are the reigning domestic champions after posting a perfect 39-0 mark last season with eight gold medal finishes as the pair combined for over $143,000 in earnings.

May and Walsh, who have now won the last five SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events they have entered, also have a 59-match winning streak. The pair ended the 2003 season by winning the FIVB World Championships in Rio de Janeiro along with capturing the women’s SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener in Fortaleza (Brazil) earlier this month.

Holdren and Metzger, who scored wins over teams from France and Germany Thursday, dropped a 21-18 and 23-21 decision Friday morning match to third-seeded Benjamin Insfran and Harley Marques of Brazil. The American tandem was eliminated after losing 21-16, 17-21 and 15-9 to ninth-seeded Christoph Dieckmann and Andreas Scheuerpflug of Germany.

Andrew Schacht and Joshua Slack of Australia eliminated the 17th-seeded American tandem of Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong earlier Friday (19-21, 21-14 and 15-10). Fonoimoana and Wong improved on their non-Main Draw qualifying performance in Brazil to split $3,000 for 17th.

Seeded fourth, Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard of the United States were also eliminated Friday by dropping a 21-19, 19-21 and 15-12 decision to 14th-seeded Sascha Heyer and Markus Egger of Switzerland. Blanton and Nygaard were also 17th in Brazil.

Todd Rogers and Sean Scott, who were seeded 11th after posting the United States’ best finish in Brazil with a ninth, also lost Friday morning to fifth-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina (21-14 and 21-17).

Play continues with six matches Saturday, including the semi-finals to determine the pairings for Sunday’s medal matches. The gold medal match is set for Sunday where the winning team will split the $27,000 first-place prize.


South Africa Open Nets All-Brazilian Gold Medal Match
FIVB
Press Release
 
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, March 27, 2004 - The finals of the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener in Salvador last week figured to be an All-Brazilian affair, but that was not to be since teams from Argentina, Germany and Switzerland spoiled the plans.

However, the Brazilians gained their revenge this week on the Camps Bay centre court here Saturday with the best from that South American country competing for the gold medal Sunday in the finals of the US$180,000 South Africa Open.

Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos led the Brazilians by extending their SWATCH-FIVB World Tour winning streak to 25-straight with five match wins this week. In an All-Brazil semi-final, Emanuel and Ricardo bettered third-seeded Benjamin Insfran and Harley Marques 23-21, 20-22 and 15-13 in 73 minutes to earn the first gold medal berth Saturday.

The top-seeded Emanuel and Ricardo, who will be seeking their fourth-straight SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event title, faced 12th-seeded Tande Ramos and Franco Neto in the All-Brazil title. Tande and Franco had two win two matches Saturday, including a 21-17 and 21-16 win over Robert Nowotny and Peter Gartmayer of Austria in the second semi-finals.

"I love matches like we played today" said Emanuel after the semi-final test while approaching hordes of autograph seekers. "Competition against good teams like Benjamin and Harley make you better as a team."

When asked about being the top team with a streak of match wins and tournament titles, Emanuel "loved the pressure of each match. We know everyone is aiming for us. It is also important for us to use each match to work on refining our game. If we make a mistake, we must correct it immediately."

Emanuel and Ricardo won last week's season opener in Salvador where they defeated Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel of Switzerland in the finals. The 2003 FIVB World Champions, Emanuel and Ricardo have now won 73 of the 86 FIVB matches they have played together with a perfect 6-0 mark in gold medal finals since forming their partnership at the end of the 2002 season.

Benjamin, who is playing without his regular partner Marcio Araujo, and Harley face the Austrians in the bronze medal match at 1:15 p.m. Sunday. Marcio Araujo, who is sidelined due to an appendix operation, is expected to return to competition for the next SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event May 19-23 in Lianyungang, China.
 

Brazil's Tande & Franco Strike "Surprising" South Africa Open Gold
FIVB Press Release  
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, March 28, 2004 - Tande Ramos and Franco Neto "surprised" the international beach volleyball community here Sunday by upsetting top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos in the finals of the US$180,000 South Africa Open in an All-Brazilian finale at Camps Bay before an over-flowing crowd of more than 2,000.

Seeded 12th-seeded in the 32-team Main Draw and playing in only their second SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event together, Tande and Franco scored a 27-25, 14-21 and 15-12 win over Emanuel and Ricardo to snap the top-ranked team's 25-match winning streak.

With the win, Tande and Franco shared the $27,000 first-place prize was Emanuel and Ricardo split $18,000 for the silver medal finish. Entering Sunday's finale, Emanuel and Ricardo had won their previous six gold medal matches without a defeat.

"We played very strong in the first set and were able to side out," said Franco after the one-hour match. "We had difficulty siding out in the second set and even changed sides to confuse them."

The third and deciding set was tied nine times with Tande and Franco never trailing after taking a 2-1 lead. Tied at 8s, 9s, 10, 11s and 12s, the winners took possession on a side out and scored the final two points a hitting error and Franco's block of Emanuel at the net.

"Tande's defense was strong in the third set," Franco said before the podium awards. "Emanuel was siding out well near the end of the match as we concentrated on serving him throughout the set. However, one of his attacks went wide and I figured out his attack on the final play and was able to block him at the end."

Benjamin Insfran and Harley Marques completed their brief two-event partnership earlier Sunday afternoon by capturing the bronze medal to ensure the first men's Brazilian podium sweep at a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour since 2000.

The third-seeded Benjamin and Harley score a 21-11 and 21-15 win in 41 minutes over 26th-seeded Robert Nowotny and Peter Gartmayer of Austria. Benjamin and Harley shared $14,000 for third-place while the Austrians split $11,000. In addition, Harley won the SWATCH fastest service award (99.2 kph).
 
2004 AVP Nissan Series ready for Fort Lauderdale opener
March 28, 2004
Courtesy AVP

It's no mystery why beach volleyball was the hottest ticket at the last two Olympic Games, why it stuffed stadiums in Atlanta and Sydney, Australia and why it drew in Chelsea Clinton and her secret service agents. After all, what's not to like?
 
Misty May looks to improve on last year's perfect AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. 
Compare the surroundings with baseball. People are always talking up Chicago's Wrigley Field. Great park, great tradition. But be honest. If you had your pick between an ivy-covered wall or sun, sand, surf, bikinis and ripped abs, which would you take?

Not that beach volleyball is all about atmosphere. Seeing AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour greats like Holly McPeak and Stein Metzger glide through the air to make gravity-defying digs is as impressive as watching Iverson hit the hole or Bonds go deep. And this year, with the Olympics looming in Athens, Greece, players have a sense of urgency that is sure to heighten the drama on the 2004 AVP Nissan Series featuring a 12-tournament schedule, which kicks off in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in April and wraps up in October in Los Angeles. In the women's bracket, the field is stronger and deeper than ever, headed by Misty May-Kerri Walsh (2004 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Most Valuable Player) who went undefeated last season. The teams of McPeak-Elaine Youngs and Jenny Johnson Jordan-Annett Davis are round off the top three women's teams to watch.

On the men's side, Sydney Gold Medalist Dain Blanton and partner Jeff Nygaard (2004 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour MVP), who won three of eight AVP events last season, lead the charge. But right there with them are Metzger and Dax Holdren (coming off a ninth place finish in the South Africa Open), Eric Fonoimoana (2000 Gold Medalist) and Kevin Wong, veterans Canyon Ceman and Mike Whitmarsh, and, of course, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Karch Kiraly, who plays alongside Mike Lambert.

If you don't have enough frequent flyer miles to catch every event, don't sweat it. Show up when you can and watch the rest on TV  five are set to air on NBC with seven tournaments broadcast on FOX Sports Net.
Welcome to the AVP 2004.

AVP Nissan Series -- Ft. Lauderdale Open
April 3, 2004
Newcomers Upset Top Mens' Teams While May/Walsh Continue Winning Streak --AVP Nissan Series Hits the Beaches of Ft. Lauderdale in Season Opener

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (April, 3, 2004) Newcomer George Roumain (Agoura Hills, CA) and Jason Ring (Bend, OR) upset two of the top teams in the main draw competition of the AVP Nissan Series Ft. Lauderdale Open at South Beach Park today to advance into tomorrow's semifinal match.

Roumain, in his first full year on the AVP tour and up-and-coming Ring beat 2000 Olympic Gold medalist Dain Blanton (Laguna Beach, CA) and Olympian Jeff Nygaard (Los Angeles, CA) 19-21, 22-20, 15-9. The team continued their winning streak in their second match against Gold Medalist and fifth-ranked Eric Fonoimoana (Hermosa Beach, CA) and Olympian Kevin Wong (Venice, CA) 21-19 and 21-17. Romain and Ring will take on the ninth-seeded team of Dax Holdren (Santa Barbara, CA) and Stein Metzger (Redondo Beach, CA) at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.

The top seeded team of Mike Whitmarsh (San Diego, CA) and Canyon Ceman (Los Angeles, CA) lost to Holdren and Metzger in the quarterfinals 21-15 and 21-15.

The other semi-final match will feature rising stars Casey Jennings (Redondo Beach, CA) and Matt Fuerbringer (Hermosa Beach, CA) who beat Larry Witt (Santa Ynez, CA) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, CA) 21-15, 19-21, 15-13. Jennings and Fuerbringer will face Sean Scott (Los Angeles) and Todd Rogers (Solvang, CA) tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.

On the women's side, the dynamic duo of Misty May (Long Beach, CA) and Kerri Walsh (Redondo Beach, CA) extended their winning streak with two victories today. The pair won their first match against Diane DeNecochea (San Diego, CA) and Tammy Leibl (San Diego, CA) 21-14 and 21-12. The team finished their day with a victory against Jenny Pavley (Redondo Beach) and Heather Lowe (Redondo Beach, CA) 21-12 and 21-12 and will compete against Lisa Arce (Redondo Beach, CA) and Leanne McSorley (Manhattan Beach, CA) tomorrow in the semifinals at 9:00 a.m.

Two-time Olympian Holly McPeak (Manhattan Beach, CA) and Olympian Elaine Youngs also secured a spot in the semifinals after defeating Tanya Fuamatu (Waipahu, HI) and Heide Ilustre (Honolulu, HI) 23-21, 21-11. In their second match, the pair beat Jennifer Kessy (San Diego, CA) and Barbra Fontana (Manhattan Beach, CA) 21-9, 21-19.

Sunday competition starts off with both the men's and women's semifinals beginning at 9:00 a.m. The women's championship match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. followed immediately by the men's championship match. This is the first stop on the 2004 AVP Nissan Series.

About the AVP Organized in 1983, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour consists of more than 150 top men and women competitors in the sport of beach volleyball. This year, the AVP will send two men's and 2 women's teams to represent the U.S. at the Olympics in Athens, where beach volleyball continues to be one of the hottest sports at the Summer Games. The tour is committed to showcasing some of the world's best male and female athletes competing in one of the most exciting and demanding sports. Each event features a full men's and women's tournament surrounded by the best Beach Party in town! Visit us on the web at www.avp.com.

MAY & WALSH EXTEND WINNING STREAKS 
4/4/2004
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – Misty May and Kerri Walsh continued their unbeaten streaks on the pro beach volleyball circuits of the world here Sunday (April 4) by capturing the Association of Volleyball Professionals’ season opener on the sand at South Beach Park.
In extending their AVP winning streak to 44-straight matches, the top-seeded May and Walsh scored a 21-11 and 21-11 win in 46 minutes over second-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs to capture the $14,500 first-place prize. McPeak and Youngs shared $9,750 for placing second as the two teams played for the Fort Lauderdale women’s title for the second-straight year with May and Walsh winning 21-15, 19-21 and 15-12 a year ago (April 6).

After the women’s final was aired “live” in FOXSportsNet West, Walsh’s fiancée Casey Jennings and partner Matt Fuerbringer dropped the men’s title match 21-17 and 21-14 to Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt in 50 minutes. The second-place finish was the fifth on the AVP Tour for Fuerbringer and Jennings, who lost last year’s Fort Lauderdale finale to Eric Fonoimoana and Dax Holdren last year.

Combined with a gold medal finish in Brazil in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener for women in Fortaleza last month, May and Walsh have now won their last 64 matches together while capturing their 11th-straight title. The last time May and Walsh dropped a match was last season on July 5 when Ana Paula Connolly and Sandra Pires of Brazil scored a 21-19 and 21-15 win over the Americans in the finals of the Norwegian Open in Stavanger.

In improving their record to 12-2 against McPeak and Youngs with nine-straight match wins over their American rivals, May and Walsh have now captured 22 titles in 39 pro beach starts together. The pair ranks fourth together on the all-time team win list behind Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar (30), Linda Hanley/Nina Matthies (30) and Karolyn Kirby/Liz Masakayan.

Twelve of May and Walsh’s titles have been on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour where the Americans scored a 21-10 and 21-18 win over Bede and Behar of Brazil in the March 14 gold medal match in Fortaleza to share the $27,000 first-place prize. Following AVP stops in Tempe, Ariz. (April 23-25) and Austin, Tex. (April 30-May 2), May and Walsh are expected to return to the international tour May 19-23 in Rhodes, Greece.

The top four women’s finishers in Fort Lauderdale also represent the United States’ top teams on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. The teams of third-seeded Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan and fourth-seeded Carrie Busch/Nancy Mason tied for third Sunday.

Davis and Johnson Jordan, who had to win five elimination matches to advance to the semi-finals dropped a 21-14 and 21-16 decision to McPeak and Youngs after Busch and Mason were defeated 21-17 and 21-14 by May and Walsh. Each third-place team shared $5,875.

With May and Walsh a “lock” for a spot in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, McPeak and Youngs are battling Davis and Johnson Jordan for the second and final spot for the United States. With a team’s top eight finishes on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour counting since the start of the 2003 season, May and Walsh have 3,810 points. McPeak and Youngs hold a 26-point lead over Davis and Johnson Jordan (2,350 to 2,324).

In the men’s final, Rosenthal and Witt avenged a 21-15, 19-21 and 15-13 loss to Fuerbringer and Jennings Saturday. Playing in their 12th pro beach event together, Rosenthal and Witt captured their second title along with sharing $14,500 for first-place. Fuerbringer and Jennings split $9,875 for second.

Fuerbringer and Jennings advanced to the finals with a win over 13th-seeded Jason Ring and George Roumain 23-21 and 21-19 while Rosenthal and Witt eliminated seventh-seeded Todd Rogers and Sean Scott 21-18 and 21-14. While the women’s event featured the top four-seeded tandems, only four of the top eight-seeded men’s team reached Sunday’s final rounds.

Rogers and Scott (1,468 Olympic qualifying points for eight events) were the highest finishers among the five men’s teams from the United States seeking two possible spots for America in Athens. Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard, who lead the USA hopefuls (2,080 Olympic qualifying points for eight events), placed ninth at South Bay Beach. Seeded fourth, Blanton and Nygaard were eliminated Saturday by second-seeded Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert (21-15, 15-21 and 15-11).

Ninth-seeded Holdren and Stein Metzger (1,332 Olympic qualifying points for fourth events) placed fifth Sunday after losing 21-18, 16-21 and 15-10 to Witt and Rosenthal. Fonoimoana, who captured the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medal with Blanton, and Kevin Wong also placed ninth after the fifth-seeded team was eliminated by 25th-seeded Philip Dalhausser and Nick Lucena (21-11 and 24-22). Fonoimoana and Wong have 530 Olympic qualifying points for four events.

Fuerbringer and Jennings, who now have a 3-4 match mark against Rosenthal and Witt, are still in the running for a Olympic berth with 516 points for four events. The pair attempted to qualify for the first two SWATCH-FIVB World Tour main draws this season in Brazil and South Africa last month, but was eliminated by Fonoimoana and Wong in the country quota playoffs both times

Rosenthal and Witt entered this week’s event with three-straight AVP wins over Fuerbringer and Jennings, including a victory in the finals of last season’s domestic stop in Belmar, N. J. Fuerbringer and Jennings snapped the streak with a country quota round over Rosenthal and Witt in Brazil March 16.

May and Walsh Extend Winning Streak to 63 Straight Matches --Newcomers Rosenthal and Witt Capture Second Victory at Season Opener
Final Results -- AVP Nissan Series -- Ft. Lauderdale Open --Sunday, 4/4
April 4, 2004
Courtesy AVP

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (April, 4, 2004) The packed stands at South Beach Park in Ft. Lauderdale witnessed another victory by the dynamic duo of Misty May and Kerri Walsh in the AVP Nissan Series season opener. This defeat extended the team's winning streak to 63 straight matches both on the AVP Nissan Series and internationally. In a frequent match-up, May and Walsh met Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs on center court in the finals. The undefeated pair beat their challengers 21-11, 21-11. This is the familiar pairing as the two teams have faced each other in seven other final matches during the 2003 season. After facing each other in the semifinals earlier in the day, center court saw up-and-coming players Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt beat last year's second-place finishers Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings 21-17, 21-14. Earlier in the semifinals, Rosenthal and Witt beat their Fuerbringer and Jennings 21-15, 19-21, 15-13.

McPeak and Youngs advanced to the finals after defeating Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan in the semifinals 21-14, 21-16. Since 2002, the two teams had played each other 13 times, with McPeak and Youngs winning ten times, including five straight victories.

Fuerbringer and Jennings arrived at the finals after coming through the contender's bracket. The pair beat local newcomer, George Roumain and Jason Ring 23-21, 21-19. Roumain and Ring had two major upsets on the men's side yesterday after defeating Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Fonoimoana and Olympian Kevin Wong and Olympic Gold Medalist Dain Blanton and Olympian Jeff Nygaard.

Last year, Fuerbringer and Jennings lost in the finals of the tournament against former partners Eric Fonoimoana and Dax Holdren.

This is the first stop on the 2004 AVP Nissan Tour. The season continues at the AVP Nissan Series Tempe Open April 23rd-25th.

About the AVP

Organized in 1983, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour consists of more than 150 top men and women competitors in the sport of beach volleyball. This year, the AVP will send two men's and 2 women's teams to represent the U.S. at the Olympics in Athens, where Beach Volleyball continues to be one of the hottest sports at the Summer Games. The tour is committed to showcasing some of the world's best male and female athletes competing in one of the most exciting and demanding sports. Each event features a full men's and women's tournament surrounded by the best beach party in town! Visit us on the web at www.avp.com Contact: Courtney Leddy Alan Taylor Communications On-site contact: (646) 283-2121

2004 AVP Nissan Series $125,000 Ft Lauderdale Open " Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. " April 2-4, 2004 Men's Main Draw Tournament Results (Sunday, April 4)

Winner's Bracket, Fourth round

--Jason Ring, Bend, Ore. / George Roumain, Agoura Hills, Calif. (No. 13-seeded team) def. Dax Holdren, Goleta, Calif. / Stein Metzger, Redondo Beach, Calif. (9), 21-15, 21-15 (41);

--Todd Rogers, Solvang, Calif. / Sean Scott, Los Angeles (7) def. Matt Fuerbringer, Hermosa Beach, Calif. / Casey Jennings, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (3), 21-17, 24-22 (55).

Consolation Bracket, Fifth round (losers eliminated, place seventh, split $2,500)

--John Hyden, Sherman Oaks, Calif. / Andy Witt, Santa Ynez, Calif. (11) def. Philip Dalhausser, Ormond Beach, Fla. / Nick Lucena, Tallahassee, Fla. (25), 21-18, 21-19 (45);

--Sean Rosenthal, Redondo Beach, Calif. / Larry Witt, Santa Ynez, Calif. (6) def. Karch Kiraly, San Clemente, Calif. / Mike Lambert, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (2), 18-21, 24-22, 15-11 (61).

Consolation Bracket, Sixth round (losers eliminated, place fifth, split $3,500)

--Fuerbringer / Jennings (3) def. Hyden / A. Witt (11), 21-16, 21-16 (45);

--Rosenthal / L. Witt (6) def. Holdren / Metzger (9), 21-18, 16-21, 15-10 (50).

Semifinals (losers eliminated, place third, split $5,825)

--Fuerbringer / Jennings (3) def. Ring / Roumain (13), 23-21, 21-19 (51);

--Rosenthal / L. Witt (6) def. Rogers / Scott (7), 21-18, 21-14 (40).

Championship Match (winners place first, split $14,500; losers place second, split $9,750)

--Rosenthal / L. Witt (6) def. Fuerbringer / Jennings (3), 21-17, 21-14 (50).

Championship Match Statistics

Player Kills Errors Attempts Hit % Digs Blocks Aces

Rosenthal 14 1 23 .565 8 3 0

Witt 15 1 23 .609 6 1 0

Fuerbringer 16 6 31 .323 2 0 0

Jennings 13 1 19 .632 12 0 1

Women's Main Draw Tournament Results (Sunday, April 4) Winner's Bracket, Fourth round

--Misty May, Long Beach, Calif. / Kerri Walsh, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (1) def. Lisa Arce, Redondo Beach, Calif. / Leanne McSorley, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (5), 21-16, 21-16 (40);

--Holly McPeak, Manhattan Beach, Calif. / Elaine Youngs, Durango, Colo. (2) def. Carrie Busch, El Segundo, Calif. / Nancy Mason, Redondo Beach, Calif. (3), 21-13, 21-16 (39).

Contender's Bracket, Fourth round (Losers eliminated, place seventh, split $2,500)

--Paula Roca, Tierra Verde, Fla. / Gracie Santana-Baeni, Basel, Switzerland (13) def. Heather Lowe, Redondo Beach, Calif. / Jenny Pavley, Agoura Hills, Calif. (9), 21-19, 13-21, 15-11 (55);

--Annett Davis, Valencia, Calif. / Jenny Johnson Jordan, Tarzana, Calif. (4) def. Dianne DeNecochea, San Diego / Tammy Leibl, San Diego (16), 21-16, 14-21, 15-12 (53).

Contender's Bracket, Fifth round (Losers eliminated, place fifth, split $3,500)

--Busch / Mason (3) def. Roca / Santana-Baeni (13), 21-13, 21-17 (37);

--Davis / Johnson Jordan (4) def. Arce / McSorley (5), 21-19, 21-17 (44).

Semifinals (Losers eliminated, place third, split $5,825)

--May / Walsh (1) def. Busch / Mason (3), 21-17, 21-14 (36);

--McPeak / Youngs (2) def. Davis / Johnson Jordan (4), 21-14, 21-16 (37).

Championship Match (winners place first, split $14,500; Losers place second, split $9,750)

--May / Walsh (1) def. McPeak / Youngs (2), 21-11, 21-11 (46).

Championship Match Statistics

Player Kills Errors Attempts Hit % Digs Blocks Aces

May 10 0 16 .625 7 3 0

Walsh 12 2 20 .500 12 3 1

McPeak 6 2 19 .211 11 0 0

Youngs 10 6 29 .138 6 1 1

Fort Lauderdale finale
By Doug Strauss
April 6, 2004
Courtesy AVP

The world's hottest team in professional beach volleyball, Misty May and Kerri Walsh, used the April 2-4 Fort Lauderdale Open to lengthen their amazing unbeaten stretch, which now totals 63 consecutive matches overall and 44 straight on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. At the season-opening tournament of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series, May / Walsh continued their string of perfection with five straight match wins, all of them sweeps, against some hearty competition.
 
Sean Rosenthal (pictured) and Larry Witt earned their second AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour championship at the April 2-4 Fort Lauderdale Open. 
The women's tournament followed seed order, with the top four seeds advancing to the Final Four. But not all of them took the expected path& through the winner's bracket. Fourth-seeded Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan lost their first match of the tournament and had to fight all the way through the contender's bracket to reach the semifinals. Still, it was reminiscent of last season as the top seeds ruled in 2003; only eight different teams advanced to the Final Four, and just half of those participated in a championship match. Eight times, May / Walsh won the title, while Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs won the remaining crown.

While every team was yearning to become the first to knock off May / Walsh, no team managed to score more than 17 points against the elite duo and their competition included three of the top five seeds. Still, that doesn't mean that either player is overlooking their competition.

"Every win is huge for us," Walsh said. "The first tournament victory never gets old. I was so stressed out before it. The Tour as a whole is much stronger this year and the competition level is great."

The finale was a familiar meeting between the top two ranked teams, as May / Walsh and McPeak / Youngs played for the championship seven times last season. Both May and Walsh had three blocks apiece in the title match and had only two hitting errors in 36 attacks. McPeak and Youngs combined for eight hitting errors and could not string together any significant scoring runs. After losing the first game 21-11, McPeak / Youngs were trailing just 9-8 in game two. Then Walsh / May exploded to score 12 of the final 15 points, again winning 21-11.

Despite winning their ninth straight match against McPeak / Youngs, Walsh insisted there is no complacency. "I am never, ever going to overlook them," she said.

Locals Paula Roca and Gracie Santana-Baeni used the home-court advantage to upset Davis / Johnson Jordan in the second round and was one win away from the Final Four. Their fifth-place finish marked a career best for both players. Tanya Fuamatu and Heide Ilustre survived a long weekend of play, winning three matches on Friday in the qualifier, then three more in the main draw as they tied their career bests by finishing ninth.

The men's side was vastly different than the women's, yet very similar to last year's tournaments. In 2003, no tournament featured more than two of the top four seeds in the semifinals. In the 2004 Fort Lauderdale Open, only one of the top four seeds, No. 3 Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings, made it to the Final Four, and for them, it was eerily like 2003. For the fifth time in the past two years, Fuerbringer / Jennings had a tournament title within grasp, only to be forced to settle for second place. In a repeat of the 2003 Belmar finals, they ended up losing to Sean Rosenthall / Larry Witt, whose only two titles have come at the expense of Fuerbringer / Jennings.

Rosenthall / Witt did not get through the tournament unscathed, actually losing to Fuerbringer / Jennings in a three-game match on Saturday that sent them to the Contender's Bracket. But in that win or go home situation, Rosenthall / Witt knocked off five teams seeded ninth or higher to win the crown. In the championship match, the pair combined for four blocks while committing just two hitting errors. Fuerbringer, whose injured back was preventing him from playing at full strength, and Jennings were plagued with seven hitting errors in losing the match 21-17, 21-14.

Fuerbringer / Jennings played a great semifinal match against 13th-seeded Jason Ring / George Roumain to advance to the championship, winning 23-21, 21-19. Roumain, a South Florida player who is starting his first full year on the beach, is a highly decorated player with indoor Olympic experience. Although this was just his fifth pro beach tournament, he and Ring defeated four other players with Olympic experience including the two defending Olympic Beach Gold Medal winners in the first day of action with a three-game win over Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard and a sweep of Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong.

''I was excited to get this far, but I would rather get 17th than get this far -- one match away from the finals -- and finish third,'' said Roumain.

Parity rules on the men's side of the AVP Nissan Series, as indicated by three of the top five seeds finishing in ninth place. Phillip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena, a Florida team that was granted a wild card berth in the main draw due to their play in AVPNext events, made some waves as the 25th-seeded team. Losing their first match of the morning, the pair fought back through the Contender's Bracket and chalked up four straight upsets, including eliminating fifth-seeded Fonoimoana / Wong. Their seventh-place showing represented the highest finish of a team seeded as low as 25th since last year's Fort Lauderdale Open, when a 26th-seeded team also placed seventh in what was their first tournament together. One year later at the same location, that team -- Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt -- became the tournament champions

Legend Connection
By Eric Fonoimoana
April 6, 2004
Courtesy AVP

As a teenager growing up in Manhattan Beach, I was fortunate to watch many legends play the game of beach volleyball. Mike Dodd was one of my favorites. He played professionally for 17 years, won at least one open in each season and has a total of 74 open victories. He is a five-time Manhattan Beach Open winner and he and Mike Whitmarsh earned a Silver Medal in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympic Games.
 
Mike Dodd, now an NBC analyst, earned status as a legend on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. 
There were two stages in Mike's career. The first was with the fiery Tim Hovland. The Hov taught Mike how to compete, win and he also taught him a little about life. The "Twin Towers," as they were called, often competed against Randy Stoklos and Sinjin Smith and it was this rivalry that made me want to be a beach volleyball player.

During Dodd's reign with Hov, he perfected his defense, frustrating opposing players by digging their best hits and running down their shots.

The second stage of Dodd's career was with Whitmarsh. In this partnership, Dodd was a teacher instead of a student. Using his past experiences, he molded his new partner into one of the most feared blockers in the world.

Mike and Mike won many tournaments together because of Dodd's uncanny ability to make digs at the end of games. Between the ages of 36 and 40, he won 15 tournaments, and he owes a lot to Whitmarsh for prolonging his career.

Mike is a pioneer and a great ambassador for our sport. From the beginning of his career, he was always willing to fly into cities early and do bar promotions, clinics, exhibitions and talk with fans. By selling the beach lifestyle to sponsors and the media, he played a big role in helping the sport grow to where it is today.

When I first arrived on tour in 1992, Mike took me under his wing. I learned a lot from him about volleyball and about life. I was close to finishing my degree at UC Santa Barbara and I didn't own a car. My modes of transportation were my bike and skateboard. One day MD threw me the keys to his Jeep Cherokee and told me to use it for as long as I liked. All he asked was that I give it a wash before returning it. I had it for a couple of weeks.

Along with being an NBC analyst who gives great insight for current and future fans, MD is a proud family man. He and his wife, Patty, who was also a pro beach player, have two daughters: Dalas and Dominique. Near the end of Mike's playing career, he opened a popular restaurant in Manhattan Beach called Fonz's. It was named after his father, Charlie, who died in 1993. Mike is very much like his dad. He is nice to all.

Serving 101: Myths and facts
April 6, 2004
Courtesy AVP
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's Eric Fonoimoana's serve is a contributor to his professional success. 
Myth: The only bad serve is a missed serve. Fact: The serve is a weapon. It's the only part of the game solely in your control. Use it offensively. Put the opponent on the defensive. Scoring points on the serve leads to victories.
Myth: The smaller court dimensions have taken the jump serve out of the game. Fact: Move back farther from the end line. Toss and rip. Aces are still in the deck.

Myth: Serve the ball directly to the weaker hitter. Fact: Work the zones. Move the passer up and back. Make it difficult for them to establish a hitting rhythm. Mix in a serve to the big hitter. It makes the other player set out of rhythm.

Myth: It's wise to get conservative on game point. Just keep the ball in and put the pressure on your opponents to sideout in the clutch. Fact: A lollipop is a lollipop no matter the score. Serve aggressively, especially to win.

Myth: An ace is only an ace when it hits the sand untouched. Fact: A true ace is any tough serve that results in a point.

Myth: Visualize your defensive strategy before you serve. Fact: Think like an attacker when you are serving. It's a spike serve, not a jump serve.

Myth: A missed serve is a missed serve. Fact: Miss long, not into the net. Put stress on your opponents by making them determine if the ball is in. If your opponents pass three or four balls that would have landed out, you're serving well.

Nine ways to spot an Aussie in America
By Sarah Straton
April 6, 2004
Courtesy AVP  

1. They're the customer the waiter's chasing down the street because they didn't leave a tip (in Australia, wait staff make $15 to $20 per hour, so we don't tip).
 
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's Sarah Stratton hails from Australia. 
2. They're those people that shorten everything they say. Sunglasses are sunnies, boardshorts are boardies, afternoon is arvo and I am Stratty.

3. They're the ones who come dressed in shorts when you tell them it's going to be 30 degrees (it's that Centigrade, Fahrenheit thing).

4. They're the ones who would never tell you to "shag" a volleyball. That would be entirely inappropriate.

5. When they go home for Chrissie to visit the rellies and get lots of pressies, the bag is packed with boardies and T-shirts. It is, after all, the middle of summer.

6. They kick ass and the footy instead of throwing it.

7. If you ask them for a rubber, you'll get an eraser.

8. If you offer them a ride, they'll try to get in on the driver's side door (we drive on the left over there).

9. They're the ones left standing at the end of the night, when everyone else is under the table (Beer in Australia is five percent alcohol).

Stratty is a true Aussie, but America can claim some bragging rights. She was born in Minneapolis, Minn. before moving to Australia as a kid. Sarah now lives in Hermosa Beach, Calif. with her husband, Greg Noyes and her one-year-old daughter, Alexandra. She represented Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and she has one career victory, which came alongside Linda Hanley in Muskegon, Mich. in 2001. This year, her partner is Angie Akers.

Beach Smack
April 9, 2004
Courtesy AVP  

Question: Which women's beach player of any era do you admire most?
 
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's Jen Pavley. 
Jen Pavley: Nina Matthies

Q: What would be worse news for you -- plans to raise the women's net six inches or banning sunscreen on tour?

JP: With my lack of heat, I'd have to say raising the net six inches. Although I'd then have to adopt the camel jockey clothesline to keep my skin from looking like I belong in a senior home at age 43.

Q: What's the dumbest pre-match meal you ever ate?

JP: Sushi, a candy bar, and a cigar (and I hate cigars). My college coach gave us our per diem money and requested that we eat something "NORMAL" before our big match. One of my teammates and I did otherwise.

Q: What's more rewarding, blocking for a point or serving an ace?

JP: I've probably only blocked four or so balls for points throughout my entire career, so I have to go with that. I'm always catching myself looking at my hands in amazement afterwards.

Q: Who do you think would make a better beach partner, Annika Sorenstam or Serena Williams?

JP: Serena. She's such a great athlete. But I would always be stressing that she'd dump me for her sister Venus.

Q: If you could trade jobs on tour for a day, would you rather switch with Geeter (the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's announcer) or referee B. Lee?

JP: That's a toss up, but I'd have to go with B. Lee. Geeter works too hard for how much money he makes. He's sandier than half the players after his pre-game ritual. Plus, B. Lee has to have some awesome pre-game warm-up to get him in that yen state before all the matches.

Q: What's a better weekend getaway, camping in Big Sur or The Ritz in San Francisco?

JP: I'll go with The Ritz. Never done it and probably never will.

Q: At 43, do you think you'll still be playing on tour like Linda Hanley or will you be on the bingo circuit?

JP: Neither. I hope to be retired and seeing the world, spending days at remote beaches or volunteering in Africa on one of their wildlife foundations.

Q: What's the biggest misconception about being a pro beach player?

JP: That we're rich and that we actually make a living from the prize money. There is definitely the potential that the AVP will be able to pay their athletes well one day, but for now a lot of us are frequenting "Taco Tuesday" at Sharkeez.

Q: What's the worst thing you ever said to yourself about an opponent during a match?

JP: Before I evolved into the mature professional that I am today (yeah, righ!) I always had a comment for the other team. I remember one rather large player getting upset because I kept telling her that the nachos were on sale at the snack bar. I thought it would distract her focus.

Q: Is a player who flirts with a ref unscrupulous or ingenious?

JP: A little of both, I guess. But I'd have to say the latter primarily. The AVP staff and refs get treated "well." At the "after" parties they have been treated to everything from lap dances to body shots and nipple licking. Right Al?

Q: What AVP sponsor would you like a free lifetime supply of: Bud Light or Paul Mitchell products?

JP: I'll go with Bud Light. I can always give friends beer, stay at their place and then use their Paul Mitchell.

Q: What's your primary goal before you're finished playing on tour?

JP: Have a blast winning a tournament.

Heavy hitters: Dain Blanton
April 10, 2004
Courtesy AVP  

The term "Big Game Hunter" was popularized by Tim Hovland, who won 60 beach tournaments from 1979 to 1993 and entertained crowds with his loud and explosive personality.
 
Dain Blanton's skills earned him a spot on the heavy hitter list. 
Hov liked to say that he'd give up winning in Wildwood, N.J. for a title at the Manhattan Beach Open, a tournament he won fives times and dubbed the Wimbledon of beach volleyball.

Nothing epitomizes the spirit of big game hunting better than what Dain Blanton and his former partner, Eric Fonoimoana, did at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Neither had ever won a Fèdèration Internationale de Volleyball tournament, but in Sydney, they went undefeated and took the Gold Medal with a gripping victory over highly regarded Ricardo and Ze Marco of Brazil.

Having watched on television, AVP pro Dax Holdren said, "Dain was much the best player in that tournament." And it was apparent to everybody that while many top players were weakened by the weight of the event, Blanton was in his element.

"I love the big games," said Balnton, who won the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's Best Offensive Player award winner in 2003. "I look at it as an opportunity, where someone else might get overwhelmed by it. But the bottom line is, what's the worst that can happen? The worst that can happen is you can lose."

Blanton, who has six career victories and now plays with two-time indoor Olympian Jeff Nygaard, is known for good passing and defense, but you'd never use the word finesse to describe his hitting. What he likes best is bringing the gas, and if you happen to be in the way, so be it.

"I think one of the most humiliating plays is to hit a guy in the face," he says with a hint of glee. "If you can knock a guy's glasses off, that's what you live for."

Legend Connection: Tim Hovland
By Brian Lewis
April 10, 2004
Courtesy AVP  

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was 16 years old, strolling down the hill with my dad. I'd just finishing playing in a baseball game in Sunnymead, Calif., where it was 110 degrees. The sun was out at the beach. People were everywhere, wearing bathing suits, having a good time.
Above all the madness, I could hear one voice. It was "The Hov." He was letting the ref know how he felt about a particular call. This poor guy was getting it like I'd never seen. I was laughing my ass off, but a bunch of people didn't think it was funny and they started getting all over Hov. He loved it. When Hov gave up the next two points, the crowd was in a frenzy. He walked back to the end line and shredded his tank top into a million pieces, sided out and then started blocking hit after hit. Each time, he went over to the hecklers and flexed down for them. It was John McEnroe in the flesh. Love him.

I went back home that night laughing with my dad about all the one-liners Hov had thrown out between points. Hov could carry on with anybody and everybody, all at the same time. The fact that he could play at such a high level and be so entertaining is a rarity.

Hov won 60 tournaments in his career and proclaimed himself the "Big Game Hunter." He would say right to Sinjin Smith's face: "Hey, you can have your three wins in B. F. E., but I'll be winning Manhattan" or whatever other tournaments had the most money. I loved that he would stir it up like that. When I first came on tour, it was great being around that group of players. Smith, Stoklos, Dodd, Hanley, Powers, Luyties. The tour had 26 stops, and we traveled over 75 thousand miles every weekend for six months. It was great.

Hov taught me so much about living on the road and how to bring it on the weekend. When we first played together in the mid 90s after Dodd went down with an injury, we placed second in our first two events. I never knew what it meant to give everything. He used to always say you have to "get naked." I was like, "What the hell are you talking about? I'm trying to side out, and you're telling me to get naked." What he meant was to give it your all.

Winning was everything to Hov. He was one of the fiercest competitors I've ever been around. A loss seemed like it took years off his life. He'd rather cut his finger off than lose to some people. Hov had this motor in him that never quit. I think that's why he was always talking. He had all kinds of sayings and rules. "Side out for Jesus so you can serve the Lord." If somebody blocked him and he put the next one away, he'd say: "Once but never, ever twice. Like your sex life." He was like Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, the pitcher who used to talk to the baseball. The players on tour always knew exactly where they stood with The Hov. He was anything but fake, and we have all been on the wrong side of it. He'd test you to see how you'd react. If you were practicing on his court - the Orange Court at Marine St. in Manhattan Beach - he'd walk over, put his stuff down, and say: "What's the score of your last game?" Meaning, it was your final game because he was about to take the court. One time I was driving home after playing at Marine, and Hov called and asked why I didn't get a day pass to use his court. He was serious, too. If you lost 15-0 on his court, you had two choices: 1. Walk up the hill and buy a case of beer; 2. Crawl on your knees to the water naked. Besides being the Mayor of Manhattan, Hov was an incredible athlete. We used to play in Honolulu during the Pro Bowl, and all the football players had tremendous respect for Hov. When he was at Westchester High in Los Angeles, he played football, basketball and volleyball, and his senior year he was co-athlete of the year with Ronnie Lott, who started on four Super Bowl winners for the San Francisco 49ers. Hov was the fastest white guy I have ever seen. The balls he used to chase down and set were incredible. That's why we called him the cheetah. That, and his small head.

His athleticism was astonishing. The scramble plays that he and Mike Dodd made would blow your mind. The fear he'd put into you at the net would not be matched until the likes of Mike Whitmarsh showed up, and Hov knew how to win. He used to say that this guy or that guy was a great player but didn't know how to win.

In my first couple of seasons, he'd say to me: "Are you a winner? I don't think so." Then, when I got my first win, I was walking back to the hotel and I heard him yell, "Hey Lewy!" I looked up about five floors and Hov flashed me hand signals: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60.

That was how many wins he had. Then he gave me a 1 and said: "You got a long way to go, boy, but you're a winner."

That night, Hov got up with Fro, Hanley, and MD and said, "This one's for the winner: Lewy," and they sang "Louie Louie" until Hov almost cut his toe off stepping on a stage light. He was giving it everything he had -- totally nude.

Hard hitting facts
April 12, 2004
Courtesy AVP & Dig Magazine  

Power hitting doesn't always come from the big, brawny guy who can bench press an SUV. By all accounts, heat is more about technique than it is about physical strength. Which is why a lanky, young gun like Sean Rosenthal, who only weighs a buck eighty-five, can blister the ball.
 
Canyon Ceman putting his ideas to work. 
To help you amaze your friends despite your less-than-LeGrande physique, Canyon Ceman came up with five tips that will put extra sting in your spike:

1. "Use your whole body. Heat doesn't just come from the shoulder and the hand, it comes from many different muscle groups. Power starts in the left hip (the right hip if you're a lefty) and it progresses to the abs then extends through your hitting hand.

2. "Stay behind the ball. It's important to use your forward momentum, and you don't want to get underneath the ball and have to jump straight up or backwards.

3. "Snap your wrist. A lot of guys who don't jump high are still able to pound because they snap over the ball and create a good, topspin pace.

4. "Become a good passer so it's easier for your partner to give you a good set, and find a partner who sets well. It isn't easy putting heat on a bad set.

5. "Don't be scared. A lot of players don't use all their power because they're afraid of getting blocked. Go for it. Put yourself on the line."

Reprinted with permission from DIG Magazine. Call 1-800-999-9718 to subscribe and read new articles.

What it feels like to get six-packed
By Karch Kiraly
April 13, 2004
Courtesy AVP & Dig Magazine  

I'd say I take a good facial a couple of times a season. The one I remember best happened a few years ago, when I was playing with Adam Johnson. I was sitting in the angle and Adam blocked angle, so I took off and ran toward the line. As I was crossing the middle of the court, Canyon Ceman just absolutely nailed me in the head with one of his laser shots.
 
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's Karch Kiraly knows about giving and receiving a six pack. 
When the play was over, my glasses were all bent and left hanging off just one ear, and the cardboard inside the bill of my pink cap had literally broken in two. In all my years on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, I've never had that happen. Everybody in the stands was laughing, Canyon, his partner, and even Adam were laughing, so what could I do but laugh too?

How does it feel to get whacked like that? It stings for a little while then it goes away. I think people are a lot more afraid of the ball than they should be. It's not that bad to get hit in the face. It's not like spraining your ankle, which can last for weeks.

If you're worried about getting hit, ask yourself this: "What's the worst that can happen?" I would think much harder about diving into the stands after a stray dig than I would about taking a facial from a bombs-away hitter.

I've found the best way to react to getting six-packed is to pretend it didn't happen, no matter how much it hurts. Or pull your hands up fast and pretend the ball hit them instead of your mug. But there was no way I could do that after Canyon hit me. Not with the bill of my cap practically falling off and my sunglasses looking as if they'd been run over by a semi.

"Reprinted with permission from DIG Magazine. Call 1-800-999-9718 to subscribe and read new articles."



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April 23-25 AVP 2004 TEMPE OPEN Tempe,Ariz.

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2004 AVP NISSAN SERIES
Tempe Arizona AVP OPEN

Tempe Beach Park
April 23-25
The city of Tempe will once again play host to the second beach volleyball tournament of the AVP Nissan Series. The nation's top male and female competitors will battle it out in what promises to be the most compelling season yet as they gear up for the summer Olympics in Athens.

Top athletes on the men's side include 2000 Olympic Gold Medallists Eric Fonoimoana, Dain Blanton, three-time Olympic Gold Medallist Karch Kiraly, 2003 Tempe Open champions Canyon Ceman/Mike Whitmarsh and top men's teams Scott Ayakatubby/Brian Lewis and Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard.
Top women's teams include undefeated Misty May & Kerri Walsh, 2000 Olympic team members Holly McPeak, Jenny Johnson Jordan & Annett Davis.

Event Description
Friday, April 23: 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday, April 24: 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday, April 25: 9 am to 5 pm

After a highly successful inaugural event, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour looks to enjoy another enthusiastic welcome by the residents of the greater Phoenix area. Without a real ocean nearby, the Tour builds sand volleyball courts near the campus of Arizona State University, on the banks of Tempe Town Lake to create a true oasis for beach volleyball fans and top local talent.


EVENT PURSE

$125,000


TOURNAMENT HISTORY

2003 - Men's Defending Champions: Canyon Ceman and Mike Whitmarsh

2003 - Women's Defending Champions: Misty May/Kerri Walsh


WHEN

Friday April 23rd 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Qualifier
Saturday April 24th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main Draw Competition
Sunday April 25th 9 a.m. Women's and Men's Semi-Finals
2 p.m. Women's and Men's Finals


WHERE
Tempe Beach Park, 54 West Rio Salado


OFF-COURT ACTIVITIES

Party with the Pros! Stick around for the AVP Library Luau starting immediately after the Saturday matches of the Tempe Open event.
Party is on site. Enjoy live music, frosty beverages, and of course the scenery.

Cover is $2 bucks with an AVP stamp, still only $5 bucks for late comers.

Party gets started at 6pm.


Fans have the chance to win prizes and get autographs from the AVP pros all weekend! Fans can also check out the Nissan vehicle displays and henna tattoos, Bud Light Beer Garden, Aquafina Skills Court and Serving Accuracy Challenge, Xbox Gaming Tent, Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, Halls Fruit Breezers exhibit, Gillette

Where to play in the area:

AVPNext sanctioned Volleyball Arizona Organization offers a wide selection of outdoor volleyball for all levels. Check out www.volleyballarizona.com for more information.
Scottsdale Ranch Park
Victory Lanes Sports Complex
 
Top local players to watch:

Men:
Timothy Cornelissen, Tom Witt, Pat Brown
Women:
Heather Alley, Vikki Moran, Shonnie Hodges

Schedule of Events

Register for 2004 AVP NISSAN SERIES
*Registration requires a credit card and the fee is $50 per player

EVENT REGISTRATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINES: All players ranked in the Top 16 prior to an event will need to register by midnight the Monday of the week preceding the Event (i.e., approximately 1-1/2 weeks before the start of the event). All other players will have until noon Monday the week of an event to register. The only valid method of entry for AVP events is online. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED WITH PAYMENT (VISA/MC/AMEX/DISCOVER) along with an accurate address, phone number, email address, and playing partner's name. Phone and facsimile entries will not be accepted.

2004 AVP NISSAN SERIES TEMPE OPEN
Schedule of Events
(Tentative and subject to change)
Thursday, April 22nd
5:00AM – 9:00PM KTVK-TV *LIVE* On-Site
9:00AM – 9:30AM TV 3 On-Site
11:30AM – 1:00PM On Campus Appearance @ ASU (Kerri Walsh, Misty May, Dain Blanton, Jeff Nygaard,
LeAnne McSorley )
6:00PM – 8:00PM Nautica Appearance @ Dilliards in the Chandler Fashion Center (Misty May & Elaine
Youngs)

Friday, April 23rd
6:00AM – 9:00AM KUPD-FM On-Site
8:00AM – 6:30PM Men’s & Women’s Qualifier Competition
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM KPNX-TV On-Site (Holly McPeak, Elaine Youngs, Casey Jennings)
12:00PM – 6:30PM Sponsor Village Open
12:00PM – 6:30PM Nissan Display & Henna Tattoos
12:00PM – 6:30PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
12:00PM – 6:30PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
12:00PM – 6:30PM JPMS Product Sampling & Product Raffle
12:00PM – 6:30PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” and Listening Zone
12:00PM – 6:30PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
12:00PM – 6:30PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
12:00PM – 6:30PM Gillette Foosball Game & Sampling Booth
5:00PM – 8:00PM AVP Youth Clinic @ Aquafina Interactive Court (Players TBD)
6:00PM – 8:00PM Exclusive Olympic Reception @ stadium Court

Saturday, April 24st
9:00AM – 4:00PM KUPD-FM On-site
9:00AM – 6:30PM AVP Men’s & Women’s Main Draw Competition
9:00AM – 6:30PM Sponsor Village Open
9:00AM – 6:30PM Nissan Display, Henna Tattoos & Club Crew Cab Seating
9:00AM – 6:30PM Bud Light Party Zone Seating Section
9:00AM – 6:30PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
9:00AM – 6:30PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
9:00AM – 6:30PM JPMS Product Sampling & Product Raffle
9:00AM – 6:30PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” Listening Zone and Stage Seating
9:00AM – 6:30PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
9:00AM – 6:30PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
9:00AM – 6:30PM Gillette Foosball Game & Sampling Booth
6:00PM – 8:00PM KUPD-FM
6:30PM – 10:00PM Bud Light Party w/Pro’s On-Site w/LIVE Band
Sunday, April 25th
9:00AM – 4:00PM KUPD-FM On-site
9:00AM – 5:00PM AVP Men’s Main Draw Competition
9:00AM – 5:00PM Sponsor Village Open
9:00AM – 5:00PM Nissan Display, Henna Tattoos & Club Crew Cab Seating
9:00AM – 5:00PM Bud Light Party Zone Seating Section
9:00AM – 5:00PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board


Sunday, April 25th
9:00AM – 5:00PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
9:00AM – 5:00PM JPMS Cut-A-Thon (Hair cuts for $10 for Dig For Kids Charity)
9:00AM – 5:00PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” Listening Zone & Stage Seating
9:00AM – 5:00PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
9:00AM – 5:00PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
9:00AM – 5:00PM Gillette Foosball Game & Sampling Booth
10:00AM – 2:00PM Live Radio Broadcast On-Site
1:00 AM 944 Style Magazine Fashion Show
1:30 PM Women’s Championship Match
2:30 PM Men’s Championship Match
10:45 PM KVTK-TV (NBC affiliate) Sports Wrap-Up Show


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-food and beverage
-limited edition commemorative t-shirt
-laminated credential for exclusive access
-rights to purchase valet parking
-priority for renewal
-and much, much, more!!!
Membership is only $100
Space is limited so Sign Up Online Now or Call AVP Beach Club Hotline (310) 426-7171
 
 Event Dates
April 2-4 Ft. Lauderdale Open  $125,000 South Beach Park   
April 23-25 Tempe Open  $125,000 Tempe Beach Park    
April 30- May 2 Austin Open   $125,000 Auditorium Shores Park   
May 28-30 Bud Light Huntington Beach Open presented by Shark Energy Drink $125,000 Huntington Beach Pier   
June 4-6 Manhattan Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $125,000 Manhattan Beach Pier   
June 11-13 San Diego Open presented by Bud Light  $125,000 Mariners Point   
July 8-11 Belmar Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Belmar Beach   
July 22-25 Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Hermosa Beach Pier   
September 2-5 Chicago Open  $175,000 North Avenue Beach   
September 9-11 Aquafina AVP Shootout presented by Bud Light  $150,000 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino   
September 23-25 AVP'S BEST OF THE BEACH PRESENTED BY PAUL MITCHELL $150,000 Fort DeRussey Beach   10/15-17 Los Angeles Invitational   TBD Home Depot Center

Tkt. Quantity:  Order at AVP BEACH CLUB at Above link
 
 
How To Get There 

54 West Rio Salado
Tempe Beach Park
Tempe, AZ 85281

From the airport, take 24th Street North to Washington and go right. Go to Mill Ave. and take another right. Cross the Mill Street Bridge, go to Rio Salado and take another right. Proceed approximately three quarters of a mile and the Tempe Beach Park parking lot will be on your right.
Join the most unforgettable beach party this summer and sit courtside to watch the nation's hottest pro beach volleyball superstars battle for number one!

Tempe Area Map


Featured Players
Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs
Eric Fonoimoana & Kevin Wong
Jenny Johnson Jordan & Annett Davis
Karch Kiraly & Mike Lambert
Kerri Walsh & Misty May
LeAnne McSorley & Carrie Busch

Canyon Ceman & Eli Fairfield
Ian Clark & Chip McCaw
Casey "The Kid" Jennings & Matt Fuerbringer

Sponsor Activities


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Be sure to stop by the Nissan display and sign up to win "Crew Club Cab" seats to sit courtside during the Men's and Women's finals.  Test drive the Nissan Road Rally remote control cars and race against your friends and AVP athletes.  Don't forget to pick up a safety kit and other special give-away items - you can even get henna tattoos! 


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Be a part of the Bud Light Party Zone.  Look for Bud Light onsite to find out more information.


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The Aquafina Purity Patrol is coming to the beach with tons of fun activities in the sun.  Compete in the the Aquafina Obstacle Course, Aquafina/ Wilson Speed Serve/ and "Return to Aquafina" hitting challenges.  See how you stand up against AVP Pros and your friends and win cool prizes.


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Visit Xbox at the beach and challenge your friends in the latest and greatest Xbox Game titles.  You can be King and sit in Xbox's "King of the Court" seats, the hottest seats on stadium court all weekend long or for the Men's and Women's finals.  You'll be front row in your Xbox visor, t-shirt, tattoo and much more watching the pro beach stars battle for number one.   

                                                           
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Stop by on Saturday for samples and give-aways.  On Sunday, come by for $10 Cut-a-thon and get your hair cut and styled by one of Paul Mitchell's talented stylists.  Profits go to Eric Fonoimoana's "Dig For Kids" Foundation.  You'll walk around the beach looking fantastic, and for a good cause.

ChapStick 

Take a break from the heat in one of ChapStick's four Fan Lounges equipped with a moisture tent, multiple beach chairs, games, tubes of ChapStick LipMoisturizer and other fun give-aways.  Don't miss your opportunity with Misty May who will be making appearances throughout the weekend for autograph signings and photo opportunities. 

Wrigley's 

Longer lasting flavor - Extra's got it!  Stop by the Wrigley's booth to enjoy delicious Winterfresh gum and have cool fresh breath all weekend long. 

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Look for the Gatorade at all AVP events!

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Wilson the official volleyball of the AVP!

AVP Fan Parties


Event Links:                                                                      
                                                                                             
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Click on the link above for real time scoring during the event

(Format: Double Elimination)

13th - Ian Clark/Chip McCaw             $ 1,050

Match Results
Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 4: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) def. Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) 21-13, 26-24 (0:43)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 26: Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (3) by Forfeit

Round 2
Match 32: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (6) def. Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) 21-13, 21-9 (0:31)

With a record of (1) win and (2) losses  Ian Clark / Chip McCaw finish 13th at the 2004 AVP Tempe Open.

Men's AVP $62,500 Tempe Open
April 23-25, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed

  Steve Delaney Tony Pray  
  Todd Rogers Sean Scott  
  David Smith Brad Torsone  
  David Fischer Albert Hannemann  
  RJ King Jeff Minc  
  Joe Boken Jeremie Simkins  
  Brian Corso Mike Morrison  
  Ian Clark Chip McCaw  
  Jeff Carlucci Scott Lane  
  Aaron Boss Alika Williams  
  Brian Duff Jack Quinn  
  Matt Prosser Jon Thompson  
  Michael Rupp Aaron Wachtfogel  
  Bivin Sadler Andy Shean  
  Anthony Medel John Moran  
  Canyon Ceman Eli Fairfield  
  Chris Magill Hans Stolfus  
  Gaston Macau Derek Zimmerman  
  Jake Gibb Adam Jewell  
  Michael Doucette Steve Hubbard  
  Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt  
  Nick Pabarcus Adam Renfree  
  Tim Haeffner Travis Williams  
  Greg Boor Ryan Haneberg  
  Jon Barnes Leon Lucas  
  Ryan Cronin David Escarsega  
  Travis Regner Lucas Wisniakowski  
  Brett Scharf Tom Slauterbeck  
  Scott Hill Dan Mintz  
  Dax Holdren Stein Metzger  
  Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard  
  Brent Doble Jose Loiola  
  Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge  
  Esteban Escobar Leonardo Moraes  
  Chris Hammock Brian Post  
  Scott Kiedaisch Tom Witt  
  Matt Akromis Jamey Martin  
  Eric Adams Sam Haghighi  
  Mike Bruning Aaron Steele  
  Rocky Mayo Jim Van Zwieten  
  Jason Ring George Roumain  
  Eric Fonoimoana Kevin Wong  
  Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert  
  Scott Ayakatubby Brian Lewis  
  Jeremy Drescher Derek Martinez  
  Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano  
  Jason Voorhees Jessie Webster  
  Jake Elliott Jason Lee  
  Timothy Cornelissen Brian Genthe  
  Paul Baxter Scott Wong  
  Todd Bennett Jeff Myers  
  John Hyden Andy Witt  
  Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings  
  Scott Davenport Chad Turner  
  Vince Fierro Jon Mesko  
  Jeff Smith Mike Szymanski  
  Casey Patterson Dennis Roberts  
  Skyler Davis Aaron Rogers  
  Chris Harger Ron Kumgisky  
  Jim Nichols Matt Olson  
  Casey Brewer Sonny Knight  
  Matt Heath Adam Roberts  
  Art Barron Morgan Mainz  
  John Braunstein Anthony Mihalic  
  Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena  
  Eric Burness Samuel Rogers  
  Ty Loomis Ryan Mariano  
  Corey Glave Mark Kirunchyk  
  Ivan Mercer Jeff Murrell

 

Men's AVP $62,500 Tempe Open
April 23-25, 2004

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Michael Doucette / Steve Hubbard (Q32) def. Jon Barnes / Leon Lucas (Q33) 21-15, 14-21, 15-12 (0:50)
Match 3: Chris Magill / Hans Stolfus (Q17) def. Vince Fierro / Jon Mesko (Q48) 21-12, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 6: Eric Adams / Sam Haghighi (Q24) def. Joe Boken / Jeremie Simkins (Q41) 21-14, 21-18 (0:41)
Match 7: Jeff Smith / Mike Szymanski (Q25) def. Lucas Wisniakowski / Travis Regner (Q40) by Forfeit
Match 10: Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q28) def. Jessie Webster / Jason Voorhees (Q37) 21-19, 21-17 (0:48)
Match 11: Ivan Mercer / Jeff Murrell (Q21) def. Timothy Cornelissen / Brian Genthe (Q44) 21-17, 25-23 (0:50)
Match 14: Brian Corso / Mike Morrison (Q20) def. Samuel Rogers / Eric Burness (Q45) 26-24, 19-21, 15-13 (1:19)
Match 15: Scott Kiedaisch / Tom Witt (Q36) def. Brett Scharf / Tom Slauterbeck (Q29) 25-23, 17-21, 17-15
Match 18: Casey Patterson / Dennis Roberts (Q35) def. Rocky Mayo / Jim Van Zwieten (Q30) 21-16, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 19: Aaron Wachtfogel / Michael Rupp (Q46) def. Brian Duff / Jack Quinn (Q19) 21-12, 20-22, 15-10 (0:58)
Match 22: Casey Brewer / Sonny Knight (Q22) def. Greg Boor / Ryan Haneberg (Q43) 21-19, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 23: Jeff Myers / Todd Bennett (Q38) def. Todd Hart / Chad Wick (Q27) 24-22, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 26: Mike Bruning / Aaron Steele (Q26) def. Mark Kirunchyk / Corey Glave (Q39) 21-9, 21-7 (0:35)
Match 27: Ryan Cronin / David Escarsega (Q23) def. Matt Osbourn / RJ King (Q42) by Forfeit
Match 30: Matt Prosser / Jon Thompson (Q18) def. Adam Renfree / Nick Pabarcus (Q47) 21-12, 16-21, 21-19 (1:08)
Match 31: Art Barron / Morgan Mainz (Q31) def. Jamey Martin / Matt Akromis (Q34) 21-14, 21-23, 15-13 (0:58)

Round 2
Match 33: David Smith / Brad Torsone (Q1) def. Michael Doucette / Steve Hubbard (Q32) 21-17, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 34: Chris Magill / Hans Stolfus (Q17) def. Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (Q16) 21-13, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 35: Eric Adams / Sam Haghighi (Q24) def. John Braunstein / Anthony Mihalic (Q9) 21-19, 14-21, 15-13 (1:00)
Match 36: Jeff Carlucci / Scott Lane (Q8) def. Jeff Smith / Mike Szymanski (Q25) 21-17, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 37: Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (Q5) def. Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q28) 21-8, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 38: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q12) def. Ivan Mercer / Jeff Murrell (Q21) 22-20, 21-19 (0:47)
Match 39: Chris Harger / Ron Kumgisky (Q13) def. Brian Corso / Mike Morrison (Q20) 25-27, 21-15, 15-11 (1:05)
Match 40: Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q4) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Tom Witt (Q36) 21-13, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 41: Scott Davenport / Chad Turner (Q3) def. Casey Patterson / Dennis Roberts (Q35) 15-21, 21-11, 15-12 (0:55)
Match 42: Aaron Wachtfogel / Michael Rupp (Q46) def. Steve Delaney / Tony Pray (Q14) 18-21, 21-19, 15-8 (0:58)
Match 43: Gaston Macau / Derek Zimmerman (Q11) def. Casey Brewer / Sonny Knight (Q22) 21-17, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 44: Anthony Medel / John Moran (Q6) def. Jeff Myers / Todd Bennett (Q38) 21-12, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 45: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (Q7) def. Mike Bruning / Aaron Steele (Q26) 21-19, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 46: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q10) def. Ryan Cronin / David Escarsega (Q23) 26-24, 21-14 (0:55)
Match 47: Matt Prosser / Jon Thompson (Q18) def. Skyler Davis / Aaron Rogers (Q15) 31-29, 21-16 (1:03)
Match 48: David Fischer / Albert Hannemann (Q2) def. Art Barron / Morgan Mainz (Q31) 21-13, 24-22 (0:42)

Round 3
Match 49: David Smith / Brad Torsone (Q1) def. Chris Magill / Hans Stolfus (Q17) 21-16, 21-16 (0:55)
Match 50: Jeff Carlucci / Scott Lane (Q8) def. Eric Adams / Sam Haghighi (Q24) 21-17, 22-20 (0:47)
Match 51: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q12) def. Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (Q5) 21-19, 19-21, 15-7 (0:59)
Match 52: Chris Harger / Ron Kumgisky (Q13) def. Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q4) 21-15, 21-16
Match 53: Scott Davenport / Chad Turner (Q3) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Michael Rupp (Q46) 21-10, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 54: Anthony Medel / John Moran (Q6) def. Gaston Macau / Derek Zimmerman (Q11) 21-14, 18-21, 15-13 (1:01)
Match 55: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (Q7) def. Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q10) 21-11, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 56: David Fischer / Albert Hannemann (Q2) def. Matt Prosser / Jon Thompson (Q18) 19-21, 21-16, 15-11 (1:04)

Round 4
Match 57: David Smith / Brad Torsone (Q1) def. Jeff Carlucci / Scott Lane (Q8) 21-19, 13-21, 15-10
Match 58: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q12) def. Chris Harger / Ron Kumgisky (Q13) 21-18, 26-24
Match 59: Scott Davenport / Chad Turner (Q3) def. Anthony Medel / John Moran (Q6) 21-19, 21-13 (0:46)
Match 60: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (Q7) def. David Fischer / Albert Hannemann (Q2) 22-20, 21-15


Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (17) def. Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (16) 24-22, 22-20 (0:49)
Match 2: Brent Doble / Jose Loiola (9) def. Jeff Minc / Ben Koski (24, Q12) 21-19, 17-21, 15-10 (0:48)
Match 3: Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (21) def. Canyon Ceman / Eli Fairfield (12) 21-19, 23-21 (0:45)
Match 4: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) def. Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) 21-13, 26-24 (0:43)
Match 5: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (14) def. David Smith / Brad Torsone (19, Q1) 21-11, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 6: John Hyden / Andy Witt (11) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (22, Q7) 21-19, 21-17 (0:48)
Match 7: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (10) def. Scott Davenport / Chad Turner (23, Q3) 21-14, 18-21, 15-9 (0:55)
Match 8: Aaron Boss / Alika Williams (15) def. Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (18) 21-15, 21-17 (0:42)

Round 2
Match 9: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (17) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (1) 21-19, 22-24, 15-3 (0:59)
Match 10: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (8) def. Brent Doble / Jose Loiola (9) 21-13, 21-19 (0:40)
Match 11: Jason Ring / George Roumain (5) def. Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (21) 13-21, 21-17, 15-9 (0:49)
Match 12: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (4) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) 21-17, 21-17 (0:49)
Match 13: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (14) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (3) 21-15, 22-24, 15-13 (1:07)
Match 14: John Hyden / Andy Witt (11) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (6) 21-18, 17-21, 15-11 (1:04)
Match 15: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (10) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (7) 23-25, 21-19, 21-19 (1:18)
Match 16: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. Aaron Boss / Alika Williams (15) 21-15, 21-14 (0:41)

Round 3
Match 17: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (17) def. Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (8) 21-13, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 18: Jason Ring / George Roumain (5) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (4) 15-21, 21-17, 15-13 (1:14)
Match 19: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (14) def. John Hyden / Andy Witt (11) 24-22, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 20: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (10) def. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) 13-21, 21-19, 15-12 (0:55)

Round 4
Match 21: Jason Ring / George Roumain (5) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (17) 21-15, 21-11 (0:32)
Match 22: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (14) def. Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (10) 21-18, 21-17 (0:46)



Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 23: Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (16) def. Aaron Boss / Alika Williams (15) 21-16, 21-14 (0:35)
Match 24: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (7) def. Jeff Minc / Ben Koski (24, Q12) 21-18, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 25: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (6) def. Canyon Ceman / Eli Fairfield (12) 21-18, 21-17 (0:34)
Match 26: Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (3) by Forfeit
Match 27: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) def. David Smith / Brad Torsone (19, Q1) 22-20, 15-21, 15-9 (1:06)
Match 28: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (22, Q7) def. Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (21) 25-23, 18-21, 15-12 (1:00)
Match 29: Scott Davenport / Chad Turner (23, Q3) def. Brent Doble / Jose Loiola (9) 21-19, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 30: Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (18) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (1) 24-22, 21-18 (0:38)

Round 2
Match 31: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (7) def. Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (16) 21-12, 21-15 (0:31)
Match 32: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (6) def. Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) 21-13, 21-9 (0:31)
Match 33: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (22, Q7) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) 21-17, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 34: Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (18) def. Scott Davenport / Chad Turner (23, Q3) 21-12, 18-21, 15-13 (0:52)

Round 3
Match 35: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (7) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (4) 21-19, 18-21, 15-8 (1:06)
Match 36: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (6) def. Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (8) 21-13, 20-22, 23-21 (1:15)
Match 37: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (22, Q7) 21-14, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 38: John Hyden / Andy Witt (11) def. Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (18) 21-14, 21-19 (0:37)

Round 4
Match 39: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (6) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (7) 16-21, 21-17, 15-13 (0:51)
Match 40: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. John Hyden / Andy Witt (11) 21-19, 26-24 (0:47)

Round 5
Match 41: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (6) def. Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (10) 21-16, 21-18 (0:38)
Match 42: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (17) 21-13, 21-14 (0:38)


Semifinals

Match 43: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (6) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (5) 15-21, 21-16, 15-13 (0:55)
Match 44: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (14) 21-19, 22-20 (0:50)

Finals

Match 45: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (6) 15-21, 25-23, 18-16 (1:19)

2004 Men's Tournament Champions >> Todd Rogers / Sean Scott

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    Todd Rogers                                                                              Sean Scott


Men's AVP $62,500 Tempe Open
April 23-25, 2004 Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
 

1 Todd Rogers Sean Scott 2 $14,500.00 360.0
2 Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert 6 $9,750.00 324.0
3 Jason Ring George Roumain 5 $5,825.00 270.0
3 Jake Gibb Adam Jewell 14 $5,825.00 270.0
5 Dax Holdren Stein Metzger 10 $3,500.00 216.0
5 Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge 17 $3,500.00 216.0
7 Eric Fonoimoana Kevin Wong 7 $2,500.00 180.0
7 John Hyden Andy Witt 11 $2,500.00 180.0
9 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 4 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard 8 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Matt Heath Adam Roberts 18 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Jim Nichols Matt Olson 22, Q7 $1,600.00 144.0
13 Paul Baxter Scott Wong 13 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Jake Elliott Jason Lee 16 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Ian Clark Chip McCaw 20 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Scott Davenport Chad Turner 23, Q3 $1,050.00 108.0
17 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 1 $500.00 72.0
17 Scott Ayakatubby Brian Lewis 3 $500.00 72.0
17 Brent Doble Jose Loiola 9 $500.00 72.0
17 Canyon Ceman Eli Fairfield 12 $500.00 72.0
17 Aaron Boss Alika Williams 15 $500.00 72.0
17 David Smith Brad Torsone 19, Q1 $500.00 72.0
17 Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena 21 $500.00 72.0
17 Ben Koski Jeff Minc 24, Q12 $500.00 72.0
25 David Fischer Albert Hannemann Q2 $.00 36.0
25 Anthony Medel John Moran Q6 $.00 36.0
25 Jeff Carlucci Scott Lane Q8 $.00 36.0
25 Chris Harger Ron Kumgisky Q13 $.00 36.0
29 Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano Q4 $.00 18.0
29 Ty Loomis Ryan Mariano Q5 $.00 18.0
29 Scott Hill Dan Mintz Q10 $.00 18.0
29 Gaston Macau Derek Zimmerman Q11 $.00 18.0
29 Chris Magill Hans Stolfus Q17 $.00 18.0
29 Matt Prosser Jon Thompson Q18 $.00 18.0
29 Eric Adams Sam Haghighi Q24 $.00 18.0
29 Michael Rupp Aaron Wachtfogel Q46 $.00 18.0
37 John Braunstein Anthony Mihalic Q9 $.00 12.0
37 Steve Delaney Tony Pray Q14 $.00 12.0
37 Skyler Davis Aaron Rogers Q15 $.00 12.0
37 Esteban Escobar Leonardo Moraes Q16 $.00 12.0
37 Brian Corso Mike Morrison Q20 $.00 12.0
37 Ivan Mercer Jeff Murrell Q21 $.00 12.0
37 Casey Brewer Sonny Knight Q22 $.00 12.0
37 Ryan Cronin David Escarsega Q23 $.00 12.0
37 Jeff Smith Mike Szymanski Q25 $.00 12.0
37 Mike Bruning Aaron Steele Q26 $.00 12.0
37 Bivin Sadler Andy Shean Q28 $.00 12.0
37 Art Barron Morgan Mainz Q31 $.00 12.0
37 Michael Doucette Steve Hubbard Q32 $.00 12.0
37 Casey Patterson Dennis Roberts Q35 $.00 12.0
37 Scott Kiedaisch Tom Witt Q36 $.00 12.0
37 Todd Bennett Jeff Myers Q38 $.00 12.0
53 Brian Duff Jack Quinn Q19 $.00 8.0
53 Todd Hart Chad Wick Q27 $.00 8.0
53 Brett Scharf Tom Slauterbeck Q29 $.00 8.0
53 Rocky Mayo Jim Van Zwieten Q30 $.00 8.0
53 Jon Barnes Leon Lucas Q33 $.00 8.0
53 Matt Akromis Jamey Martin Q34 $.00 8.0
53 Jason Voorhees Jessie Webster Q37 $.00 8.0
53 Corey Glave Mark Kirunchyk Q39 $.00 8.0
53 Travis Regner Lucas Wisniakowski Q40 $.00 8.0
53 Joe Boken Jeremie Simkins Q41 $.00 8.0
53 RJ King Matt Osbourn Q42 $.00 8.0
53 Greg Boor Ryan Haneberg Q43 $.00 8.0
53 Timothy Cornelissen Brian Genthe Q44 $.00 8.0
53 Eric Burness Samuel Rogers Q45 $.00 8.0
53 Nick Pabarcus Adam Renfree Q47 $.00 8.0
53 Vince Fierro Jon Mesko Q48 $.00 8.0
 

Women's AVP $62,500 Tempe Open
April 23-25, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed

  Cindy Phillips Teri Van Dyke  
  Tyra Harper Makare Wilson  
  Leanne Haarbauer Anne McArthur  
  Alicia Polzin Ali Wood  
  Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist  
  Kerri Eich Sarah White  
  Diane Pascua Karen Reitz  
  Pat Keller Marsha Miller  
  Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet  
  Barbara Nyland Saralyn Smith  
  Laura Ratto Felicia Sardella  
  Makalani Hovey Amber Willey  
  Barb Ifejika Jennifer Maastricht  
  Anya Adams Cinta Claro  
  Claire Robertson Patti Scofield  
  Jenny Griffith Stephanie Roberts  
  Kathleen Madden Jean Mathews  
  Tanya Fuamatu Heide Ilustre  
  Holly Reisor Eleonora Vakhidova  
  Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles  
  Holly McPeak Elaine Youngs  
  Daven Casad-Allison Lauren Fendrick  
  Danalee Bragado Ramona Caouette  
  Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger  
  Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley  
  Ashley Bowles Rachel Wacholder  
  Kimberly Coleman Julie Sprague  
  Heather Alley Ingrid Roosild  
  Gigi Krueger Kristen Neidung  
  Lisa Arce Leanne McSorley  
  Paula Roca Gracie Santana-Baeni  
  Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl  
  Misty May Kerri Walsh  
  Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan  
  Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser  
  Kirstin Olsen Terry Zartman  
  Valinda Hilleary Alicia Zamparelli  
  Jennifer Meredith Wendy Stammer  
  Carrie Busch Nancy Mason  
  Keely Eagle Barb Sanson  
  Barbra Fontana Jennifer Kessy  
  Marla O'Hara Julie Romias  
  Angie Akers Sarah Straton  
  Jessica Alvarado Lily Kahumoku  
  Denise Johns Jenelle Koester  
  Sharman Mitchell Liz Pagano  
  Tiffany Rodriguez Ann Windes  
  Jill Changaris Kaili Kimura  
  Erin Galli Michelle Morse  
  Aycan Kara Francie Rard  
  Catie Fleisher-Vagnuer Kelly Rowe  
  Nikki Audette Helen Reale  
  Jennifer Lombardi Shannon Sneed

Women's AVP $62,500 Tempe Open
April 23-25, 2004 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Claire Robertson / Patti Scofield (Q33) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q32) 21-16, 17-21, 15-7 (0:57)

Round 2
Match 33: Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (Q1) def. Claire Robertson / Patti Scofield (Q33) 21-13, 21-11 (0:36)
Match 34: Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q16) def. Tiffany Rodriguez / Ann Windes (Q17) 14-21, 21-18, 15-7 (0:48)
Match 35: Diane Pascua / Karen Reitz (Q9) def. Kathleen Madden / Jean Mathews (Q24) 21-15, 21-16
Match 36: Catie Vagnuer / Kelly Rowe (Q8) def. Jenny Griffith / Stephanie Roberts (Q25) 21-18, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 37: Nikki Audette / Helen Reale (Q5) def. Keely Eagle / Barb Sanson (Q28) 21-14, 21-13 (0:41)
Match 38: Kerri Eich / Sarah White (Q12) def. Makalani Hovey / Amber Willey (Q21) 21-13, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 39: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q13) def. Joy Akins / Dawn Steinhauser (Q20) 21-15, 18-21, 15-10 (0:52)
Match 40: Aycan Kara / Francie Rard (Q4) def. Gigi Krueger / Kristen Neidung (Q29) 21-7, 21-13 (0:47)
Match 41: Danalee Bragado / Ramona Caouette (Q3) def. Barb Ifejika / Jennifer Maastricht (Q30) 21-16, 18-21, 15-10 (1:02)
Match 42: Valinda Hilleary / Alicia Zamparelli (Q19) def. Jill Changaris / Kaili Kimura (Q14) 21-19, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 43: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q11) def. Jennifer Lombardi / Shannon Sneed (Q22) 21-11, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 44: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (Q6) def. Heather Alley / Ingrid Roosild (Q27) 21-11, 21-12 (0:33)
Match 45: Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (Q7) def. Laura Ratto / Felicia Sardella (Q26) 21-10, 21-10 (0:36)
Match 46: Leanne Haarbauer / Anne McArthur (Q10) def. Kirstin Olsen / Terry Zartman (Q23) 19-21, 21-17, 15-11 (0:55)
Match 47: Cindy Phillips / Teri Van Dyke (Q15) def. Jessica Alvarado / Lily Kahumoku (Q18) 21-18, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 48: Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (Q2) def. Anya Adams / Cinta Claro (Q31) 21-12, 21-10 (0:35)

Round 3
Match 49: Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (Q1) def. Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q16) 19-21, 21-16, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 50: Diane Pascua / Karen Reitz (Q9) def. Catie Vagnuer / Kelly Rowe (Q8) 10-21, 21-19, 15-13 (0:57)
Match 51: Nikki Audette / Helen Reale (Q5) def. Kerri Eich / Sarah White (Q12) 20-22, 21-19, 15-7 (0:59)
Match 52: Aycan Kara / Francie Rard (Q4) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q13) 21-15, 21-18 (0:41)
Match 53: Valinda Hilleary / Alicia Zamparelli (Q19) def. Danalee Bragado / Ramona Caouette (Q3) 21-23, 21-19, 15-6 (1:05)
Match 54: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q11) def. Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (Q6) 22-20, 21-11 (0:38)
Match 55: Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (Q7) def. Leanne Haarbauer / Anne McArthur (Q10) 21-19, 21-13 (0:41)
Match 56: Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (Q2) def. Cindy Phillips / Teri Van Dyke (Q15) 21-16, 21-12 (0:34)

Round 4
Match 57: Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (Q1) def. Diane Pascua / Karen Reitz (Q9) 19-21, 21-16, 15-9 (1:00)
Match 58: Nikki Audette / Helen Reale (Q5) def. Aycan Kara / Francie Rard (Q4) 21-9, 21-12 (0:36)
Match 59: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q11) def. Valinda Hilleary / Alicia Zamparelli (Q19) 21-19, 19-21, 15-13 (1:01)
Match 60: Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (Q2) def. Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (Q7) 24-22, 21-18 (0:41)


Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Ali Wood / Alicia Polzin (16) def. Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (17, Q1) 21-16, 21-14 (0:34)
Match 2: Ashley Bowles / Rachel Wacholder (9) def. Brooke Niles / Courtney Guerra (24, Q11) 21-11, 21-9 (0:31)
Match 3: Sarah Straton / Angie Akers (12) def. Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (21, Q2) 21-8, 21-16 (0:26)
Match 4: Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (20) def. Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) 13-21, 23-21, 15-13 (0:48)
Match 5: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) def. Erin Galli / Michelle Morse (19) 21-17, 21-11 (0:37)
Match 6: Pat Keller / Marsha Miller (11) def. Jenelle Koester / Denise Johns (22) 26-24, 19-21, 15-12 (0:57)
Match 7: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (10) def. Nikki Audette / Helen Reale (23, Q5) 21-13, 22-20 (0:35)
Match 8: Liz Pagano / Sharman Mitchell (18) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (15) by Forfeit

Round 2
Match 9: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Ali Wood / Alicia Polzin (16) 21-14, 21-13 (0:33)
Match 10: Ashley Bowles / Rachel Wacholder (9) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (8) 27-25, 21-19 (0:49)
Match 11: Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) def. Sarah Straton / Angie Akers (12) 21-14, 27-25 (0:47)
Match 12: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (4) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (20) 21-16, 21-10 (0:37)
Match 13: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) 21-13, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 14: Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (6) def. Pat Keller / Marsha Miller (11) 21-16, 21-10 (0:33)
Match 15: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (10) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) 19-21, 21-19, 15-11 (0:57)
Match 16: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Liz Pagano / Sharman Mitchell (18) 21-9, 21-10 (0:35)

Round 3
Match 17: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Ashley Bowles / Rachel Wacholder (9) 21-15, 21-14 (0:35)
Match 18: Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (4) 17-21, 21-18, 15-13 (0:55)
Match 19: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (6) 21-14, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 20: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (10) 21-11, 21-16 (0:41)

Round 4
Match 21: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) 21-14, 21-14 (0:36)
Match 22: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) 21-18, 23-21 (0:46)


Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 23: Liz Pagano / Sharman Mitchell (18) def. Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (17, Q1) 21-12, 18-21, 15-12 (0:59)
Match 24: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) def. Brooke Niles / Courtney Guerra (24, Q11) 21-17, 21-11 (0:35)
Match 25: Pat Keller / Marsha Miller (11) def. Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (21, Q2) 21-19, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 26: Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) 21-19, 18-21, 15-8 (1:01)
Match 27: Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (20) def. Erin Galli / Michelle Morse (19) 21-15, 21-19 (0:40)
Match 28: Sarah Straton / Angie Akers (12) def. Jenelle Koester / Denise Johns (22) 21-15, 21-14 (0:35)
Match 29: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (8) def. Nikki Audette / Helen Reale (23, Q5) 21-19, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 30: Ali Wood / Alicia Polzin (16) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (15) 22-20, 21-18 (0:38)

Round 2
Match 31: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) def. Liz Pagano / Sharman Mitchell (18) 21-13, 21-12 (0:36)
Match 32: Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) def. Pat Keller / Marsha Miller (11) 22-20, 16-21, 15-12 (0:58)
Match 33: Sarah Straton / Angie Akers (12) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (20) 21-10, 20-22, 15-10 (0:46)
Match 34: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (8) def. Ali Wood / Alicia Polzin (16) 22-20, 21-16 (0:35)

Round 3
Match 35: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (4) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) 21-16, 15-21, 15-4 (0:45)
Match 36: Ashley Bowles / Rachel Wacholder (9) def. Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) 21-18, 26-24 (0:50)
Match 37: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (10) def. Sarah Straton / Angie Akers (12) 9-21, 21-16, 15-10 (0:58)
Match 38: Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (6) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (8) 21-18, 21-12 (0:45)

Round 4
Match 39: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (4) def. Ashley Bowles / Rachel Wacholder (9) 21-16, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 40: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (10) def. Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (6) 21-10, 18-21, 15-11 (0:58)

Round 5
Match 41: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (4) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) 22-20, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 42: Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (10) 21-18, 21-13 (0:40)


Semifinals

Match 43: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (4) 21-12, 21-15 (0:34)
Match 44: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) 21-18, 21-18 (0:38)

Finals

Match 45: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) 21-12, 21-19 (0:53)
 
2004 Women's Tournament Champions >>Misty May/Kerri Walsh

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                      Misty May                                                            Kerri Walsh



Women's AVP $62,500 Tempe Open
April 23-25, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
  
1 Misty May Kerri Walsh 1 $14,500.00 360.0
2 Holly McPeak Elaine Youngs 2 $9,750.00 324.0
3 Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan 4 $5,825.00 270.0
3 Lisa Arce Leanne McSorley 5 $5,825.00 270.0
5 Carrie Busch Nancy Mason 3 $3,500.00 216.0
5 Barbra Fontana Jennifer Kessy 10 $3,500.00 216.0
7 Jennifer Meredith Wendy Stammer 6 $2,500.00 180.0
7 Ashley Bowles Rachel Wacholder 9 $2,500.00 180.0
9 Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl 7 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 8 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Angie Akers Sarah Straton 12 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Paula Roca Gracie Santana-Baeni 13 $1,600.00 144.0
13 Pat Keller Marsha Miller 11 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Alicia Polzin Ali Wood 16 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Sharman Mitchell Liz Pagano 18 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Daven Casad-Allison Lauren Fendrick 20 $1,050.00 108.0
17 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 14 $500.00 72.0
17 Tanya Fuamatu Heide Ilustre 15 $500.00 72.0
17 Kimberly Coleman Julie Sprague 17, Q1 $500.00 72.0
17 Erin Galli Michelle Morse 19 $500.00 72.0
17 Barbara Nyland Saralyn Smith 21, Q2 $500.00 72.0
17 Denise Johns Jenelle Koester 22 $500.00 72.0
17 Nikki Audette Helen Reale 23, Q5 $500.00 72.0
17 Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles 24, Q11 $500.00 72.0
25 Aycan Kara Francie Rard Q4 $.00 36.0
25 Marla O'Hara Julie Romias Q7 $.00 36.0
25 Diane Pascua Karen Reitz Q9 $.00 36.0
25 Valinda Hilleary Alicia Zamparelli Q19 $.00 36.0
29 Danalee Bragado Ramona Caouette Q3 $.00 18.0
29 Tyra Harper Makare Wilson Q6 $.00 18.0
29 Kelly Rowe Catie Vagnuer Q8 $.00 18.0
29 Leanne Haarbauer Anne McArthur Q10 $.00 18.0
29 Kerri Eich Sarah White Q12 $.00 18.0
29 Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet Q13 $.00 18.0
29 Cindy Phillips Teri Van Dyke Q15 $.00 18.0
29 Holly Reisor Eleonora Vakhidova Q16 $.00 18.0
37 Jill Changaris Kaili Kimura Q14 $.00 12.0
37 Tiffany Rodriguez Ann Windes Q17 $.00 12.0
37 Jessica Alvarado Lily Kahumoku Q18 $.00 12.0
37 Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser Q20 $.00 12.0
37 Makalani Hovey Amber Willey Q21 $.00 12.0
37 Jennifer Lombardi Shannon Sneed Q22 $.00 12.0
37 Kirstin Olsen Terry Zartman Q23 $.00 12.0
37 Kathleen Madden Jean Mathews Q24 $.00 12.0
37 Jenny Griffith Stephanie Roberts Q25 $.00 12.0
37 Laura Ratto Felicia Sardella Q26 $.00 12.0
37 Heather Alley Ingrid Roosild Q27 $.00 12.0
37 Keely Eagle Barb Sanson Q28 $.00 12.0
37 Gigi Krueger Kristen Neidung Q29 $.00 12.0
37 Barb Ifejika Jennifer Maastricht Q30 $.00 12.0
37 Anya Adams Cinta Claro Q31 $.00 12.0
37 Claire Robertson Patti Scofield Q33 $.00 12.0
53 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger Q32 $.00 8.0
 
Articles 2004

2004 AVP Nissan Series ready for April 23-25 Tempe Open
April 18, 2004
Courtesy AVP  

The city of Tempe once again plays host to the second beach volleyball tournament of the AVP Nissan Series. The nation's top male and female competitors battle it out in what promises to be the most compelling season yet as they gear up for the summer Olympics in Athens.
 
Mike Whitmarsh looks to defend his AVP Tempe Open title during the April 23-25 event, the second stop of the AVP Nissan Series. 
Top athletes on the men's side include 2000 Olympic Gold Medallists Eric Fonoimoana, Dain Blanton, three-time Olympic Gold Medallist Karch Kiraly, 2003 Tempe Open champions Canyon Ceman/Mike Whitmarsh and top men's teams Scott Ayakatubby/Brian Lewis and Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard. Top women's teams include undefeated Misty May & Kerri Walsh, 2000 Olympic team members Holly McPeak, Jenny Johnson Jordan & Annett Davis.

EVENT PURSE

$125,000

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

2003 - Men's Defending Champions: Canyon Ceman and Mike Whitmarsh

2003 - Women's Defending Champions: Misty May/Kerri Walsh

WHEN

Friday April 23rd 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Qualifier Saturday April 24th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main Draw Competition Sunday April 25th 9 a.m. Women's and Men's Semi-Finals 2 p.m. Women's and Men's Finals

WHERE Tempe Beach Park, 54 West Rio Salado

OFF-COURT ACTIVITIES

Fans have the chance to win prizes and get autographs from the AVP pros all weekend! Fans can also check out the Nissan vehicle displays and henna tattoos, Bud Light Beer Garden, Aquafina Skills Court and Serving Accuracy Challenge, Xbox Gaming Tent, Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, Halls Fruit Breezers exhibit, Gillette

Where to play in the area:

AVPNext sanctioned Volleyball Arizona Organization offers a wide selection of outdoor volleyball for all levels. Check out www.volleyballarizona.com for more information. Scottsdale Ranch Park Victory Lanes Sports Complex Top local players to watch:

Men: Timothy Cornelissen, Tom Witt, Pat Brown Women: Heather Alley, Vikki Moran, Shonnie Hodges

New kids on the block
By Sara Rosner
April 19, 2004
Courtesy AVP

Although many spring break visitors arrive int Fort Lauderdale, Fla. with dreams of warm sand and bronzed flesh, Jason Ring and partner George Roumain had victory in mind as they battled in the April 2-4 AVP Fort Lauderdale Open.
 
George Roumain (hitting) is gunning for victory at the April 23-25 AVP Tempe Open, the second stop of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series. 
The rookie pair saw tremendous success in the premiere event of the season, beating out beach veterans Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard with aggressive style in the second round of the winner's bracket.

At 6-foot-7-inches, Roumain demonstrated force at the net with 17 blocks while Ring provided support with 12 aces and nine digs.

Despite their encouraging performance earlier in the tournament, Ring and Roumain suffered defeat in the fourth round against Stein Metzger and Dax Holdren.

"We were just so nervous," said Ring. "We were center court and it was packed. Our ball control just gave in."

Roumain and Ring placed third in the event and garnered $5,825 to split for their efforts.

According to Roumain, though the loss was disappointing it also fostered motivation.

"Third place is respectable, but I really need to win something," he said. Though Roumain and Ring have only been playing together since January they contribute their early success to a similar approach to the game.

"We both play pretty physical," said Roumain. "We jump high and hit hard and we play every point as if it's going to decide the game."

"We're pretty aggressive and we're both out there because we love to play," said Ring.

When questioned about their popularity among female fans Roumain said "We get a lot of people watching because we're emotional. I don't know about sex appeal."

Ring, who turned down an offer to participate in ABC's The Bachelor, said "It's all George, he's like a Greek statue. I just tell everyone that I'm with him."

Ring and Roumain, who currently train without a coach, practice daily at Santa Monica State Beach in California.

"We're not into drills," said Ring. "Our concern right now is gaining game experience so that in the heat of the battle we know how to cope with each other and whatever may come."

The two beach boys also include surfing in their physical regiment.

"Getting in the water is mandatory at least twice a week," said Ring.

The two were opponents during college, when Ring played for the University of Hawaii at Minoa and Roumain played for Pepperdine University.

They became friends and golf partners while training together in Colorado Springs, Colo. for the 2000 Olympic Games as members of Team USA.

"My initial perception of George was that he was some kind of engineered human," said Ring. "He has the finesse of a much shorter player and the power of a much larger one."

Roumain was also impressed with Ring.

"He's the most physical player, he's just so athletic and passionate," Roumain said.

Ring and Roumain decided to pursue beach volleyball due to injuries incurred from indoor playing.

"Indoor hurts," said Ring, who has suffered from a torn quad and a broken hand. "All that wear and tear just starts to take a huge toll on your body."

"My goal is to stay healthy and play and compete day by day," said Roumain, who has endured two knee surgeries and a shoulder operation.

Regardless of past damage and loss, Ring and Roumain remain determined and hopeful headed into the April 23-25 AVP Tempe (Ariz.) Open, the second stop of the AVP Nissan Series.

"We're just hungry to win," said Roumain. "All these other guys have tasted it already, which makes us want it more."

Pro Beach Volleyball in Tempe on weekend
 
Alia Beard Rau
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 21, 2004 12:00 AM
TEMPE - This weekend, Tempe Town Lake will once again be converted into beachfront property for the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.

The top 150 competitors in beach volleyball will compete Friday through Sunday at Tempe Beach Park for $125,000 in prize money.

Last year was the first time the tour came to Tempe, and it drew about 20,000 fans and an economic impact of more than $1.6 million, city officials said.

This year, even larger crowds are expected as the event brings something unique, 2004 Olympic volleyball athletes. This year admission will be $10, but students with ID documents can get in free.

Kris Baxter, Tempe economic development marketing coordinator, said last year about 2,800 out-of-town visitors hit Tempe for the event, staying an average of three days and spending $251 a day per person. That's about one more day and $100 a day more per person than the average tourist.

"This is a high-profile event," Baxter said.

She said that economic benefit also doesn't take into consideration the publicity Tempe will get from national TV, radio and Internet exposure.

Top athletes on the men's side include 2000 Olympic gold medalists Eric Fonoimoana, Dain Blanton and three-time gold medalist Karch Kiraly.

Top women's teams include undefeated Misty May and Kerri Walsh, along with 2000 Olympic team members Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs.

The local qualifier is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The main draw competition is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The semifinals begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, with the finals set for 2 p.m.

There are off-court activities planned in the spirit of the beach party atmosphere. Fan can get autographs from AVP pros all weekend. There will be Nissan vehicle displays, a Bud Light Beer Garden, Aquafina Skills Court and Serving Accuracy Challenge, Xbox Gaming Tent and a Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon.

Residents can meet and get autographs from players from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Arizona State University and 6-8 p.m. Thursday in Dillards at Chandler Fashion Center.

Tempe test
By Doug Strauss
April 21, 2004

In the desert heat of Tempe, Ariz., the two stories that evolved over the course of last season will either continue to develop or completely unravel. The 2004 AVP Nissan Series, making its second stop of the year, will feature the incredible saga of Misty May / Kerri Walsh, striving to add to their record 44-match win streak on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Then there is the men's story -- seven different teams have claimed the last 11 AVP crowns -- and this weekend's title is anybody's to win.
 
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's Sean Rosenthal looks for a second consecutive crown at the April 23-25 AVP Tempe Open, the second stop of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series. 
May / Walsh appear like a near-perfect match, having won 22 of the 39 tournaments they have played together. But there is still room for improvement.

"We are similar in styles and getting better at communicating," Walsh said. "When Misty is doing her job right and when I'm doing my job right it makes it so much easier. We definitely need to work on our serving, just the small things."

While they have been tested, none of the 17 different teams which have played May / Walsh on the AVP Tour over the last two years have been able to conquer the world's hottest duo.

The magic number since June of last year was "67" -- that number represented the victory total that two-time Olympian Holly McPeak would boast after her next win, one that she is still striving for, and tie her for the career mark with Karolyn Kirby. But in Tempe, that number could be topped by "68" -- the number of consecutive match wins by May / Walsh on the AVP and FIVB Tours if they win all five in Arizona. Neither of those two accomplishments will be had easily, if at all, if the rest of the field has any say about it.

Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason, who battled each other last year as Busch finished on the fifth-ranked team and Mason ended in sixth, decided to team up together in 2004 and they placed third in the season-opener in Fort Lauderdale to earn a No. 3 seed this weekend.

Hot on their heels is the duo of Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan, a consistent team that over the last three seasons has played in five finals (winning twice) and placed third nine times. Finishing third in Fort Lauderdale earlier this month was not an easy feat after losing their opening match and having to claw their way through the contender's bracket to reach the Final Four.

Davis / Johnson Jordan's 66 tournaments together rank third on the all-time women's charts. Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer, the No. 6 seeds in the Tempe Open, are the only other team in the top 10 that remain intact from last year. Busch / Mason lead the pack of six top-10 seeded teams that are playing together for either the first time this year or reuniting after a lengthy absence.

Last year in Tempe, Davis / Johnson Jordan lost their second match of the tournament but fought back to reach the finals against May / Walsh. The teams split the first two games, then May / Walsh took a 12-8 lead in the deciding set. The underdogs managed to tie the game at 13, only to lose 15-13.

Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt are the top seeded team on the men's side, having won the Fort Lauderdale Open. That victory was just their second ever, duplicating the feat they accomplished in Belmar, N.J. last season, winning the finale against the favored Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings. Their recent triumph came despite having lost to Fuerbringer / Jennings on the first day, forcing them into the contender's bracket where they eliminated four teams seeded ninth or better before reaching the finals.

The storyline with the men is that every tournament can be won by any number of teams. Since the start of the 2003 season, teams seeded as low as 13th have played in the championship match and only once has a top seeded team actually won the tournament. No Final Four in that span has featured more than two of the top four seeds.

One of the event winners from last year and the 2003 top-ranked team, Scott Ayaktubby / Brian Lewis, did not play in the season opener but will be in the hunt alongside fellow tournament winners Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard and Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong.

Other winners from last season are now competing with new partners and are just as capable of standing atop the podium -- Dax Holdren will play with Stein Metzger, Canyon Ceman is substituting Eli Fairfield for injured partner Mike Whitmarsh, and the all-time leader in every major category, Karch Kiraly, will line up with Mike Lambert.

Todd Rogers / Sean Scott enter the Tempe Open as the second seed after reaching the semifinals in three of their last six events. Fuerbringer / Jennings, meanwhile, are looking to end the jinx of five straight disappointments in championship appearances. Like the women's side, the top 10 men's seeds feature several new teams interspersed with veteran partnerships. Jason Ring and George Roumain will play in just their second tournament together, after finishing third last tournament, as will Brent Doble and Jose Loiola, who placed ninth in Fort Lauderdale after being eliminated by the eventual winners Rosenthal / Witt.

If the trends continue in Tempe, the top-seeded women's teams will be the last ones standing, while the men's Final Four could be similar to last season's event in Tempe. Because this is a 24-team main draw, the complexion of the tourney is very different as the top eight seeds get a first round bye and an early loss hurts. Last year fourth-seeded Fuerbringer / Jennings lost in the first round and finished with a 13th, their lowest placing all year. The 2003 competition saw the eighth and 13th seeds advanced to the semifinals, with Ceman / Whitmarsh winning in three games against 13th-seeded Blanton / Nygaard.

UNITED STATES OLYMPIC HOPEFULS RESUME COMPETITION 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons
 
TEMPE, ARIZ. – Five men’s and three women’s teams who are seeking spots on the United States’ 2004 Olympic team resume beach volleyball competition here this weekend (April 23-25) as the Association of Volleyball Professionals stages its second event of the domestic season at Tempe Beach Park.
Play opens Friday with qualification for both men and women with the “money” rounds being held Saturday and Sunday featuring Misty May and Kerri Walsh, who will probably lead the American beach volleyball hopes into the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. May and Walsh will be seeking to extend their 64-match winning streak while looking to capture their 12th-straight tournament title.

The women’s tandems of Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs and Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, who are competing for the second spot for United States in Athens, are the chief challengers to end May and Walsh’s streaks. McPeak and Youngs currently lead Davis and Johnson Jordan for the second USA Olympic berth by 26 points entering the next SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event in Greece next month.

Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard are currently the top-ranked men’s team for the United States on the Olympic ranking list followed by the teams of Todd Rogers/Sean Scott, Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger, Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong and Matt Fuerbringer/Casey Jennings. Blanton and Nygaard, who placed ninth in the season opener in Fort Lauderdale, dropped the 2003 men’s title match in Tempe after losing 21-17, 18-21 and 15-12 to Canyon Ceman and Mike Whitmarsh. Ceman returns to defend his Tempe title, but will be playing with Eli Fairchild this weekend.

All five men’s teams will be competing on the Tempe Beach Park sand. Blanton and Nygaard have compiled 2,080 Olympic qualifying points with Rogers and Scott second at 1,468. Despite having played in only four of the needed eight events to qualify for Athens, Holdren and Metzger have compiled 1,332 points and could past Rogers and Scott in the next SWATCH-FIVB World Tour men’s stop in China next month. The teams of Fonoimoana/Wong (530) and Fuerbringer/Jennings (516) still have a mathematical chance for the Olympics and have played in four and seven international qualifying events, respectively.

May and Walsh extended their AVP winning streak to 44-straight matches earlier this month in Florida as the pair scored a 21-11 and 21-11 win over the second-seeded McPeak and Youngs to capture the $14,500 first-place prize in Fort Lauderdale. May and Walsh are the defending Tempe champions after defeating Davis and Johnson Jordan 21-16, 18-21 and 15-13 in the 2003 title match.

Fuerbringer and Jennings dropped the men’s title match 21-17 and 21-14 to Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt in Fort Lauderdale. The second-place finish was the fifth on the AVP Tour for Fuerbringer and Jennings as the pair had also dropped a domestic finale to Rosenthal and Witt last season in Belmar, N. J. The win in the Fort Lauderdale title match also saw Rosenthal and Witt avenge a 21-15, 19-21 and 15-13 loss to Fuerbringer and Jennings earlier in the 2004 AVP season opener at South Beach Park.

SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR – The qualifying process for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games resumes May 19-23 with international pro beach volleyball events in Rhodes, Greece and Lianyungang, China. Six women’s teams from the United States will have entered the Rhodes event while four American men’s teams will be in Lianyungang.

Misty May and Kerri Walsh will lead the United States contingent into Rhodes Greece event along with the tandems of Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs, Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, Carrie Busch/Nancy Mason, Barbra Fontana/Jennifer Kessy and Paula Roca/Garcia Santana.

United States men’s entries for China include Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard, Todd Rogers/Sean Scott, Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger and Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong. The Asian event will be the third this season for the men as Rogers/Scott and Metzger/Holdren posted the best American finishes in Brazil and South Africa, respectively, in March.

Combined with a gold medal finish in Brazil in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener for women in Fortaleza last month, May and Walsh have now won their last 64 matches together while capturing their 11th-straight title. The last time May and Walsh dropped a match was last season on July 5 when Ana Paula Connolly and Sandra Pires of Brazil scored a 21-19 and 21-15 win over the Americans in the finals of the Norwegian Open in Stavanger.

World's 'best team' highlights volleyball tourney 
By Jim Richards, For the Arizona East Valley Tribune

Holly McPeak, the first woman to break the $1 million mark in career earnings on the women’s pro volleyball circuit, knows a good team when she sees one and she’s got her eyes on knocking that team off their perch this weekend.
 
The U.S. Olympic-bound duo of Misty May and Kerri Walsh went undefeated last year and are hoping to make it two in a row on the young season this weekend as the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Series plays its second of 12 AVP tournament stops at Tempe Town Lake.

At the same time, McPeak, the 14-year veteran — known as the Karch Kiraly of the women’s volleyball tour— is one victory away from the all-time lead in career victories.

"They’re the best team in the world," said McPeak, a two-time Olympian who will turn 35 in May. "They’re young. They’re talented. They’re two of the best to ever come around in this sport. I’ve seen a lot and they’re two of the best."

May and Walsh have won 44 consecutive matches and will headline the three-day event that will feature more than 150 of the top competitors of both the men’s and women’s tours. They captured the first leg of the 12-tour season April 2-4 in Fort Lauderdale and the 360 points that goes along with a
tournament victory. McPeak and partner Elaine Youngs finished second with 324 points and it’s a good bet that the two teams will meet up again in Sunday’s title match.

"The goal is to remain undefeated," said Walsh, 25, who had a great college career at Stanford. Walsh comes from a family accomplished in athletics.

Her mother was a two-time most valuable player while playing volleyball at Santa Clara. Her dad played baseball in the Oakland A’s organization.

May led Long Beach to an undefeated NCAA title in 1998, one year after Walsh’s Stanford club knocked out Long Beach State.

"Misty and I work well together," Walsh said. "We have the same work ethic. We are in a zone together."

The men’s division is wide open, as seven teams have claimed the last 11 AVP crowns.
 
Beach volleyball team already looking golden
Jeff Metcalfe
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 23, 2004 12:00 AM


Misty May was almost out the door on her way to an early-morning beach volleyball practice last week when the knock came.

Hello, said the unannounced drug testers.

"And I had just gone to the bathroom," said May, making it impossible to immediately provide the required sample. So the testers went along to practice, where they found May's partner Kerri Walsh and two others on their random hit list. "It was like a big party," joked Walsh.

"Both of us did it on the first try after practice," May said. "It's a normal occurrence. It's nothing we're not used to."

It's another reminder, though, that this is an Olympic year, not just another romp through the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour. Last year, May and Walsh dominated the tour that returns to Tempe Beach Park this weekend.

American beach boys own two gold medals in two Olympic tries. U.S. women are zip-for-six in Olympic medals. So as good as it would feel to win a 10th consecutive AVP tournament this weekend in Tempe, the view from the top of the medals stand that May and Walsh are really seeking is on a hot August day in Athens, with the U.S. flag rising before them. Then they'll gladly agree to another drug test as the prelude to a big, fat Greek celebration.

"We step on the court and feel we should win," Walsh said.

"I don't think we're cocky and we overlook anybody, but we're very confident in our individual and collective skills."

And why not? The former Long Beach State (May) and Stanford (Walsh) All-Americans carry a 64-match, 11-tournament win streak in domestic and international play. They are defending champions in Tempe and easily beat their closest American rivals, Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, 21-11, 21-11 in the final of the AVP opener in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., three weeks ago.

It's a common occurrence when the best two players on the beach form a partnership says Chris Marlowe, who will handle the call here for Fox Sports Net here and in Athens for NBC. "They're not so much worried about the extracurricular things that come with being a volleyball star. They're dedicated to striving to be perfect."

May and Walsh caught the extracurricular break of a lifetime when their Visa "Snowball" commercial debuted during the Super Bowl and continues to run seemingly non-stop. You know the spot, where they're so anxious for the Summer Olympics that they're playing in the snow to the musical theme from A Summer Place. When the ball goes in the frigid water, Walsh loses in rock, paper, scissors and must retrieve it.

The first day of shooting was done in 75-degree weather at Malibu. Then the location shifted to Mammoth, where "when we were asked to be in our bikinis, it was five degrees out," Walsh said. "The top two questions are were you in real snow, and how cold was the water? Yes, we were in real snow, and I did not have to go in the water, thank goodness. That was my superb acting skills."

The 25-year-old Walsh holds the 2003 AVP equivalent of the Oscar for most valuable and offensive player of the year and team of the year with the 26-year-old May, who was a brilliant setter indoors.

May and McPeak were fifth on the beach at the Sydney Olympics, while the 6-foot-2 Walsh helped the U.S. women's team to a fourth-place indoor finish.

May and Walsh formed their partnership in 2001. They are qualified for Athens but plan to play in six international tournaments leading up to the games. Improving their serving is the tactical goal for staying ahead of the Brazilian teams of Ana Paula and Sandra Pires and Sydney silver medalists Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede.

"I swear to you it never gets old," Walsh said. "We can be up two points or 10 and there is still that hunger and fire to say we want to win, we want to beat you. That's huge because it can turn on a dime."

AVP Tempe Open

WHAT: Second stop of 12-event AVP Pro Beach Volleyball 2004 season.

WHEN: Today through Sunday.

WHERE: Tempe Beach Park, corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway.

TIMES: Today, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., qualifier. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m., semifinals; 2 p.m., women's final; 4 p.m., men's final.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS: Women, Misty May and Kerri Walsh. Men, Canyon Ceman and Mike Whitmarsh.

TV: 4 p.m. Sunday, Fox Sports Net, live via satellite only. Taped coverage May 1-2 (women) and May 8-9 (men).

PRIZE MONEY: $125,000 ($14,500 to the winning teams).

ADMISSION: Daily, $10, $15, $40. Weekend, $25-$75.

INFORMATION: www.avp.com.

Reality tops TV show for beach volleyball star
Norm Frauenheim
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 24, 2004 12:00 AM

He got his 15 minutes of fantasy on reality television, but Dain Blanton has something that will last a lot longer.

His Olympic gold medal is no fantasy. In The Bachelor, Blanton was a bridesmaid, a mere finalist.

"There were four finalists, but it was down to me or the other guy," Blanton said. "At least, that's what they told me.

"Finally, they said they're going with the other guy."

It's a good thing that the other guy, Andrew Firestone, wasn't on the other side of a volleyball net from Blanton.

That's where Blanton has his own say, and he has been saying a lot on the AVP Beach Volleyball Tour, which continues today and Sunday at Tempe Town Lake.

This weekend is a step along the way in Blanton's attempt to win a second gold, at the Athens Games with a new partner, Jeff Nygaard.

Blanton teamed with Eric Fonoimoana to score one of the biggest upsets of the Sydney Games with their victory over powerful Brazilians Ze Marco de Melo and Ricardo Santos.

He and Nygaard teamed up in 2003 and are ranked eighth in the world, based on events sponsored by volleyball's international ruling body. That leaves them as the top-ranked American team in the battle for two Olympic berths, followed by Todd Rogers and Sean Scott at No. 11 and Dax Holden and Stein Metzger at No. 12.

Their chances of reaching Athens this summer won't be determined by how they finish this weekend, but kicking up sand for money is probably the best way to get ready for a grand stage. It also gives Blanton a chance to sell a sport that is a relative newcomer.

"It's a double-edged sword," said Blanton, who has earned more than $600,000 in 10 years on the AVP tour. "On the one hand, the tour is my livelihood. On the other, there are the Olympics, a chance to represent your country as well as sell your sport."

Beach volleyball is unusual when placed within the tradition-rich Olympics. There continues to be grumbling that it doesn't belong at all.

It often suffers from a perception cast by the sun, fun and string bikinis that are very much a part of the sales pitch.

But Blanton's brand of volleyball isn't just another day at the beach.

Far from it.

"There's five, six hours of training a day," said Blanton, who teamed up with Nygaard for a second-place finish to Canyon Ceman and Mike Whitmarsh last year in Tempe.

"I play volleyball from 9 to 12 every morning. I'm in the gym every afternoon. It takes a lot of work."

No fantasy there.

MAY & WALSH CONTINUE TO ROLL 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons

TEMPE, ARIZ. – The winning streak remains intact for Misty May and Kerri Walsh as the world’s top-ranked women’s beach volleyball team won a pair of matches here Saturday (April 24) during the first of two days of championship play in the Association of Volleyball Professionals’ $125,000 Tempe Open.
While May and Walsh are the United States’ main hope a medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, the men’s team of Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger showed why they are a strong contender for a berth in Athens by winning three matches Saturday. Two of their wins were over tandems they are competing against for the second American men’s berth.

The two wins extended May and Walsh’s overall victory string to 66 matches, including 46-straight on the domestic tour. Winners of 11-straight event titles, the top-seeded May (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.) defeated the teams of 16th-seeded Alicia Potzin/Ali Wood (21-14 and 21-13) and ninth-seeded Ashley Bowles/Rachel Wacholder (21-15 and 21-14) to advance to the finals of the winner’s bracket where they will play fifth-seeded Lisa Arce and Leanne McSorley Sunday at 9 a.m.

“We don’t feel any pressure about the winning streak since we are only focused on improving our game,” said Walsh after the match. “The only pressure we have is not to make the same mistake twice. This is the first of two-straight events so we continue to work on conditioning.

Arce and McSorley upset fourth-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan 17-21, 21-18 and 15-13 to advance to their Sunday morning match with May and Walsh. Davis (Tarzana, Calif.) and Johnson Jordan (Tarzana, Calif.), the fifth-place finishers at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, are competing with Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs for the United States’ second spot in the women’s beach volleyball competition at the Athens 2004 Games.

Winners of two matches Saturday, McPeak (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Youngs (Durango, Colo.) currently lead Davis and Johnson Jordan for the second USA Olympic berth by 26 points entering the next month’s SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event in Greece.

McPeak, who is seeking to become the first American to play in all three Olympic beach volleyball competitions, and Youngs, a 1996 U.S. Indoor Olympian, play third-seeded Carrie Busch and Nancy Mason in the other match in the final round of the winner’s bracket Sunday morning.

Earlier this month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May and Walsh scored a 21-11 and 21-11 win over McPeak and Youngs to capture the $14,500 first-place prize. May and Walsh are the defending Tempe champions after defeating Davis and Johnson Jordan 21-16, 18-21 and 15-13 in the 2003 title match.

All three of Holdren and Metzger’s wins Saturday were in three sets. After defeating 23rd-seeded Scott Davenport and Chad Turner 21-14, 18-21 and 15-9, the 10th-seeded Holdren and Metzger rallied to defeat the teams of seventh-seeded Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong (23-25, 21-19 and 21-19) and second-seeded Todd Rogers/Sean Scott (13-21, 21-19 and 15-12).

Holdren (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Metzger (Honolulu, Hi.) play 14th-seeded Jake Gibb and Adam Jewell in the second of two matches in the finals of the winner’s bracket. Chad Mowrey and Ed Ratledge, who scored three upset wins Saturday as the 17th-seeded team, challenge fifth-seeded Jason Ring and George Roumain in the other match of undefeated teams in Tempe.

The teams of Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard and Rogers/Scott lead Holdren and Metzger on the United States Olympic ranking list. Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong are in fourth place ahead of Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings. Blanton and Fonoimoana won the gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and split their partnership during the 2001 season.

The eighth-seeded Blanton (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Nygaard (Madison, Wis.) were upset in their second match Saturday by Mowrey and Ratledge and were eliminated after losing a 21-13, 20-22 and 23-21 decision to sixth-seeded Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert. That matched featured the gold medalists from the Atlanta (Kiraly) and Sydney (Blanton) Olympic games while Lambert and Nygaard were indoor Olympians.

Fonoimoana (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Wong (Pearl City, Hi.) defeated Fuerbringer (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Jennings (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) 21-19, 18-21 and 15-8 for a spot in Sunday’s opening elimination match where they play Kiraly and Lambert in another confrontation featuring former Olympians. Fonoimoana won the Sydney gold with Blanton while Wong finished fifth on the beach with Rob Heidger.

After losing to Holdren and Metzger, Fonoimoana and Wong rebounded with two elimination wins. After an opening win Saturday, Fuerbringer and Jennings dropped into the elimination rounds by losing 15-21, 21-17 and 15-13 to Ring and Roumain.

Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Scott (Kaliua, Hi.) won two of three matches Saturday to advance to Sunday’s final rounds by defeating Jim Nichols and Matt Olson 21-14 and 21-15. Rogers and Scott, who tied for third in the AVP opener in Fort :Lauderdale, will play 11th-seeded John Hyden and Andy Witt.

Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt, who were seeded first this weekend after winning the AVP’s season opening event in Fort Lauderdale, were upset by Mowrey and Ratledge (21-19, 22-24 and 15-3) in their first match Saturday before being eliminated 18th-seeded Matt Heath and Adam Roberts. Rosenthal and Witt defeated Fuerbringer and Jennings 21-17 and 21-14 to win the Florida title.

SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR – The qualifying process for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games resumes May 19-23 with international pro beach volleyball events in Rhodes, Greece and Lianyungang, China. Six women’s teams from the United States will have entered the Rhodes event while four American men’s teams will be in Lianyungang.

Misty May and Kerri Walsh will lead the United States contingent into Rhodes Greece event along with the tandems of Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs, Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, Carrie Busch/Nancy Mason, Barbra Fontana/Jennifer Kessy and Paula Roca/Garcia Santana.

United States men’s entries for China include Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard, Todd Rogers/Sean Scott, Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger and Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong. The Asian event will be the third this season for the men as Rogers/Scott and Metzger/Holdren posted the best American finishes in Brazil and South Africa, respectively, in March.

Combined with a gold medal finish in Brazil in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener for women in Fortaleza last month, May and Walsh have now won their last 64 matches together while capturing their 11th-straight title. The last time May and Walsh dropped a match was last season on July 5 when Ana Paula Connolly and Sandra Pires of Brazil scored a 21-19 and 21-15 win over the Americans in the finals of the Norwegian Open in Stavanger.

AVP Nissan Series -- Tempe Open --Saturday, 4/24, Results
April 24, 2004

FOR RELEASE: SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2004
Beach Volleyball Legend Karch Kiraly Heats Up Center Court at Tempe Open -May/Walsh Extend Winning Streak to 66-

Tempe, Ariz. (April 24, 2004) Three-time Olympian Karch Kiraly and new partner Mike Lambert played to packed crowds on center court today after coming through the contenders bracket at the AVP Nissan Series Tempe Open. The pair secured their spot in tomorrow's semifinals at Tempe Beach Park after a heated match against 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Dain Blanton and Olympian Jeff Nygaard 21-13, 20-22, 23-21.

On the women's side, dynamic duo of Misty May and Kerri Walsh once again extended their winning streak in 11 tournaments with two wins making it 66 straight victories. The pair won the matches with relative ease and will face Lisa Arce and Leanne McSorley in the quarterfinals tomorrow morning.

It was a day of upsets on both the men's and women's sides. Ft. Lauderdale Open winners Larry Witt and Sean Rosenthal were knocked out of the tournament after losing to newcomers Matt Heath and Adam Roberts 24-22, 21-18. Gold Medalist and seventh-ranked Eric Fonoimoana and Olympian Kevin Wong landed in the contenders' bracket after losing to former partners Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger. The teams could meet again in tomorrow's finals as both teams are playing in the semifinals.

Two-time Olympian Holly McPeak and Olympian Elaine Youngs also secured a spot in the semifinals after two victories against over Sharman Mitchell and Liz Pagano then defeated Olympian Barbara Fontana and Jen Kessy. The team will compete in the semifinals against Carrie Busch and Nancy Mason.

Sunday's competition starts off with both the men'ss and women's semifinals beginning at 9:00 a.m. The women's championship match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. followed immediately by the men's championship match. The men's finals will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports Net at 4 p.m./PT. This is the second stop on the 2004 AVP Nissan Series.

About the AVP Organized in 1983, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour consists of more than 150 top men and women competitors in the sport of beach volleyball. This year, the AVP will send two men's and 2 women's teams to represent the U.S. at the Olympics in Athens, where Beach Volleyball continues to be one of the hottest sports at the Summer Games. The tour is committed to showcasing some of the world's best male and female athletes competing in one of the most exciting and demanding sports. Each event features a full men's and women's tournament surrounded by the best Beach Party in town! Visit us on the web at www.avp.com

Old reliables stellar on the sand
Norm Frauenheim
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 25, 2004 12:00 AM

The sales pitch might be an endless summer of perpetual youth, but the sport is still volleyball.

For one day at least, the beach party at Tempe Town Lake belonged to a man and woman who have been kicking sand and more than a few challengers around for years.

There were no waves, but Karch Kiraly and Holly McPeak were as reliable as the tides Saturday at the second stop of a pro tour that this season revolves around the Athens Olympics.

McPeak and partner Elaine Youngs moved into today's semifinals (9 a.m.) with a couple of victories that allowed them to continue a process that she hopes will lead to her first Olympic medal.

"Obviously, a medal is still in the back of my mind," said McPeak, 34, who finished fifth twice - 1996 and 2000 - while accumulating more than $1.1 million on the tour. "That's the goal."

McPeak and Youngs are chasing Misty May and Kerri Walsh, who also advanced Saturday in their attempt to win a 12th straight title on the pro tour. The finals are scheduled for about 2 p.m.

For now, McPeak and Youngs are the second-best Americans on a point system that determines who goes and who doesn't. But second is good enough for a trip to Athens, and if they get there, anything can happen.

On Kiraly's agenda, there is no Athens. His chances were virtually eliminated when he recently left partner Brent Doble and joined Mike Lambert, who had been playing in Europe. The move wiped out points Kiraly had accumulated in the hunt for a spot on the U.S. team.

But nothing can wipe out his experience, or his three gold medals - one on the beach in 1996 and two on the floor in 1984 and 1988.

Still, Kiraly, who is to beach volleyball what Duke Kahanamoku is to surfing, showed what he might do in Athens with a stunning upset Saturday of Dain Blanton, a gold medalist in 2000, and Dave Nygaard.

With Lambert blocking shots like a goalie, the 43-year-old Kiraly eliminated Blanton and Nygaard from the field with a variety of agile, cross-court counters.

The three-game match was dramatic enough to delay a party crowd of about 6,000 from moving onto the nightcap at a nearby luau.

Pro beach volleyball pulls 8,000 to Tempe 
By Kelly Jain, Arizona Tribune

About 8,000 people turned out Saturday for the AVP Nissan Series Pro Volleyball Beach Tour at Tempe Town Lake. And it wasn’t just for the world-class volleyball.
 
"It’s not just about the sport, it’s about the festival," said event spokeswoman Kris Baxter.

In addition to watching volleyball play on eight courts, visitors on Saturday were visiting a volleyball history exhibit, getting henna tattoos, playing computer games at the Xbox tent, and visiting the beer garden and various product displays.

The three-day event concludes today with men’s and women’s semifinals and finals. Teams are competing for a grand prize of $125,000.

Lisa Bruckner, 31 and an avid volleyball fan from Scottsdale, attended Saturday. She said she likes "the players, the sun, the sand and the sport."

Baxter said the event enhances Tempe’s image as being young, active and world class. "This is the fourth event this year that has Olympians at Tempe Town Lake," she said.

The event will bring in about $1.6 million dollars to Tempe, Baxter said. Last year about 20,000 people attended the outdoor festival.

Professional volleyball player Jason Ring, who resides in Venice Beach, Calif., said he was impressed with the setup at Tempe Town Lake.

As for playing volleyball, he said, "It’s one of the true team sports left."

May-Walsh Win Streak Reaches 66 Straight

POSTED: 4:32 pm PDT April 25, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The American beach volleyball duo of former Stanford and Archbisphop Mitty star Kerri Walsh and her partner, Misty May, ran their win streak to 66 straight matches Sunday with a pair of victories on the way to the AVP title in Tempe, Ariz.

May-Walsh opened semifinal play Sunday with a 21-12, 21-15 victory over Sydney Olympians Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan and then followed with yet another win over Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs by scores of 21-12, 21-19 in just 53 minutes. Sunday's finals win marked the 11th-straight event title the pair has won.

"We don't feel any pressure about the winning streak since we are only focused on improving our game," said Walsh after Saturday's matches. "The only pressure we have is not to make the same mistake twice. This is the first of two-straight events so we continue to work on conditioning."

May-Walsh have clinched their berth in the Athens Olympic Games, but the battle continues between Davis-Johnson Jordan and McPeak-Youngs for the second U.S. slot. Currently, McPeak-Youngs have a slight lead in total points, but the Athens stop on the FIVB Beach Volleyball Tour at the end of the month is crucial for both teams.

MAY & WALSH NET 12TH-STRAIGHT BEACH VOLLEYBALL
ROGERS AND SCOTT WIN FIRST TITLE 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons
 
TEMPE, ARIZ. – A sell-out crowd of more than 6,000 watched America’s finest beach volleyball players here Sunday (April 25) as the Association of Volleyball Professionals’ $125,000 Tempe Open concluded three days of competition with the teams of Misty May/Kerri Walsh and Todd Rogers/Sean Scott capturing the women’s and men’s titles.
Competing in the second domestic event of the season, the top-seeded May (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.) defeated second-seeded Holly McPeak (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Elaine Youngs (Durango, Colo.) 21-12 and 21-19 for the women’s title, earning the $14,500 first-place prize. May has now won 28th pro beach events, including 23 with Walsh.

With the men competing for the same purse, Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Scott (Kaliua, Hi.) denied three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) another title in his illustrious career with a hard fought, three-set 15-21, 25-23 18-16 victory in the crowd-pleasing title match. The win was the first of Scott career while Rogers was winning for the ninth time with the first eight with Dax Holdren.

“This was special,” said Scott after securing the win. “By beating the greatest beach volleyball player in history, this is something I will never forget. Hopefully, this will help us as we continue to play for a spot in the Olympics. A win like this will really help build our confidence. We were able to comeback after trailing 3-0 at the start of the third set to take a 5-3 lead. The crowd was really behind Karch, but I think they really appreciated our play after losing the first set.”

The men’s championship match, which took 79 minutes to complete, was the first career win for Scott while Rogers recorded his ninth title as the final two matches were played in 95° heat with six percent humidity before an enthusiastic crowd in the purpose-built stadium court.

Kiraly, who won indoor volleyball medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics for the United States before capturing another gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games with Kent Steffes in the first-ever beach competition, was denied his 145th career title while playing with new partner Mike Lambert. Lambert was a two-time indoor Olympian in 1996 and 2000.

Sunday’s three wins extended May and Walsh’s incredible victory string to 69 matches, including 49-straight on the domestic tour. Winners of 12-straight event titles since losing in a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event in Norway last July, May and Walsh advanced to the finals with wins Sunday over fifth-seeded Lisa Arce and Leanne McSorley and fourth-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan. For the tournament, May and Walsh finished with a perfect 5-0 record.

“We think about winning and improving, not the streak,” said Walsh after the title match extended their winning streak. “We need to get more consistent. We were kind of up and down today, but they’re a good team and challenge you. We were a little over anxious, but we did a good job adjusting to what they were trying to do against us. Second and third chances really kept us alive today.”

While May and Walsh appear to have a “lock” to represent the U.S. at the Athens Olympic Games in August, McPeak and Youngs lead Davis (Tarzana, Calif.) and Johnson (Tarzana, Calif.) by 26 points for the second United States in the 2004 Olympics. McPeak and Youngs defeated third-seeded Carrie Busch and Nancy Mason and Arce and McSorley to advance to their ninth-straight AVP finale.

“My timing was a little off today,” May said after calling the winning streak “amazing, but we want Athens. We feel very confident in our side-out game. We found a balance today to help overcome the heat. We don’t worry about what’s going on over on the other side of the net. We focus on what we need to do to be consistent and things will take care of themselves.”

May and Walsh have now defeated McPeak and Youngs 10-straight times, including nine times in domestic finals. May and Walsh lead the series 13-2 with McPeak and Youngs while being 6-0 against Davis and Johnson Jordan. May and Walsh, who also won their second-straight Tempe Open title after defeating Davis and Johnson Jordan in last year’s finals, won the 2004 AVP season opener earlier this month in Florida by defeating McPeak and Youngs, 21-11 and 21-11 in Fort Lauderdale.

After missing the 2001 season due to the births of their first childern, Davis and Johnson Jordan are seeking a return trip to the Olympics after placing fifth in the Sydney 2000 Games. McPeak, who is bidding for her third-straight Olympic beach volleyball berth, and May also placed fifth playing together in Sydney. Walsh (2000) and Youngs (1996) are also former Olympians while competing indoors in Sydney and Atlanta, respectively.

Rogers and Scott paced the men’s United States Olympic hopefuls at Tempe Beach Park while the other four teams in the Athens hunt placed fifth, seventh and ninth. After being upset by 10th-seeded Holdren and Stein Metzger Saturday, Rogers and Scott had to win four elimination matches to reach the finals. Rogers and Scott advanced to their second AVP finale by scoring a 21-19 and 22-20 win over 14th-seeded Jake Gibb and Adam Jewell in the semi-finals.

Dain Blanton (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Jeff Nygaard (Madison, Wis.), who are currently ranked as America’s No. 1 Olympic men’s team, placed ninth for the second-straight AVP event. Holdren (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Metzger (Honolulu, Hi.), who trail Rogers and Scott by 136 points on the United States Olympic ranking list, placed fifth after losing two matches Saturday.

The teams of Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong and Matt Fuerbringer/Casey Jennings rank behind Holdren and Metzger on the Olympic qualifying list. Fonoimoana (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Wong (Pearl City, Hi.) placed seventh after eliminating Fuerbringer (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Jennings (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) Saturday before losing to Kiraly and Lambert Sunday morning. Blanton and Fonoimoana won the gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and split their partnership during the 2001 season.

Following next week’s AVP Tour stop in Austin, United States’ Olympic-contendng teams return to SWATCH-FIVB World Tour play May 19-23 in Rhodes, Greece for the women and Lianyungang, China for the men. The cut-off for determining the teams for the 2004 Olympics Games is July 11. The beach volleyball competition in Athens will be August 14-25 with the women’s finals August 24 and the men’s gold medal match August 25.

SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR – The qualifying process for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games resumes May 19-23 with international pro beach volleyball events in Rhodes, Greece and Lianyungang, China. Six women’s teams from the United States will have entered the Rhodes event while four American men’s teams will be in Lianyungang.

Misty May and Kerri Walsh will lead the United States contingent into Rhodes Greece event along with the tandems of Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs, Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, Carrie Busch/Nancy Mason, Barbra Fontana/Jennifer Kessy and Paula Roca/Garcia Santana.

United States men’s entries for China include Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard, Todd Rogers/Sean Scott, Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger and Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong. The Asian event will be the third this season for the men as Rogers/Scott and Metzger/Holdren posted the best American finishes in Brazil and South Africa, respectively, in March.

Combined with a gold medal finish in Brazil in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener for women in Fortaleza last month, May and Walsh have now won their last 69 matches together while capturing 12-straight titles. The last time May and Walsh dropped a match was last season on July 5 when Ana Paula Connolly and Sandra Pires of Brazil scored a 21-19 and 21-15 win over the Americans in the finals of the Norwegian Open in Stavanger.



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April 30th- May 2nd 2004 AVP $62,500 AUSTIN OPEN
Auditorium Shores Park - Austin,TX


Event Info:

The AVP Nissan Series returns to the city of Austin after an 11 year hiatus. The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greater Austin Sports Association has partnered with the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour to once again play host to the top 150 competitors in the sport of beach volleyball. These premier competitors will vie for the top places in what promises to be the most compelling season yet as they gear up for the summer Olympics in Athens.

Top athletes on the men's side include 2000 Olympic Gold Medallists Eric Fonoimoana, Dain Blanton and three-time Olympic Gold Medallist Karch Kiraly.

Top women's teams include undefeated Misty May & Kerri Walsh, Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs, Jenny Johnson Jordan & Annett Davis.


EVENT PURSE:
$125,000

TOURNAMENT HISTORY:

1993 - Men's Defending Champions - Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes

1993 - Women's Defending Champions - Lisa Acre and Holly McPeak

WHEN:

Friday, April 30th 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Qualifier
Saturday, May 1st 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main Draw Competition
Sunday, May 2nd 9 a.m. Women's and Men's Semi-Finals 2 p.m. Women's and Men's Finals

OFF-COURT ACTIVITIES:

Fans have the chance to win prizes and get autographs from the AVP pros all weekend! Fans can also check out the Nissan vehicle displays and henna tattoos, Bud Light Beer Garden, Aquafina Skills Court and Serving Accuracy Challenge, Xbox Gaming Tent, Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, Halls Fruit Breezers exhibit, Gillette Interactive Area, Sirius Mosh Pit, Earthlink's Block-a-Ball Game and Internet Café.

On Saturday, May 1st, check out the Official AVP Pub Crawl.

Where to play in the area:

AVP Event Dates
April 2-4 Ft. Lauderdale Open  $125,000 South Beach Park   
April 23-25 Tempe Open  $125,000 Tempe Beach Park    
April 30- May 2 Austin Open   $125,000 Auditorium Shores Park   
May 28-30 Bud Light Huntington Beach Open presented by Shark Energy Drink $125,000 Huntington Beach Pier   
June 4-6 Manhattan Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $125,000 Manhattan Beach Pier   
June 11-13 San Diego Open presented by Bud Light  $125,000 Mariners Point   
July 8-11 Belmar Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Belmar Beach   
July 22-25 Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Hermosa Beach Pier   
September 2-5 Chicago Open  $175,000 North Avenue Beach   
September 9-11 Aquafina AVP Shootout presented by Bud Light  $150,000 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino   
September 23-25 AVP'S BEST OF THE BEACH PRESENTED BY PAUL MITCHELL $150,000 Fort DeRussey Beach   10/15-17 Los Angeles Invitational   TBD Home Depot Center Tkt. Quantity:  Order at AVP BEACH CLUB at Above link
 

Featured Players
Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs
Eric Fonoimoana & Kevin Wong
Jenny Johnson Jordan & Annett Davis
Karch Kiraly & Mike Lambert
Kerri Walsh & Misty May
LeAnne McSorley & Carrie Busch

Canyon Ceman & Eli Fairfield
Ian Clark & Chip McCaw
Casey "The Kid" Jennings & Matt Fuerbringer

Sponsor Activities


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Be sure to stop by the Nissan display and sign up to win "Crew Club Cab" seats to sit courtside during the Men's and Women's finals.  Test drive the Nissan Road Rally remote control cars and race against your friends and AVP athletes.  Don't forget to pick up a safety kit and other special give-away items - you can even get henna tattoos! 


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Be a part of the Bud Light Party Zone.  Look for Bud Light onsite to find out more information.


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The Aquafina Purity Patrol is coming to the beach with tons of fun activities in the sun.  Compete in the the Aquafina Obstacle Course, Aquafina/ Wilson Speed Serve/ and "Return to Aquafina" hitting challenges.  See how you stand up against AVP Pros and your friends and win cool prizes.


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Visit Xbox at the beach and challenge your friends in the latest and greatest Xbox Game titles.  You can be King and sit in Xbox's "King of the Court" seats, the hottest seats on stadium court all weekend long or for the Men's and Women's finals.  You'll be front row in your Xbox visor, t-shirt, tattoo and much more watching the pro beach stars battle for number one.   

                                                           
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Stop by on Saturday for samples and give-aways.  On Sunday, come by for $10 Cut-a-thon and get your hair cut and styled by one of Paul Mitchell's talented stylists.  Profits go to Eric Fonoimoana's "Dig For Kids" Foundation.  You'll walk around the beach looking fantastic, and for a good cause.

ChapStick 

Take a break from the heat in one of ChapStick's four Fan Lounges equipped with a moisture tent, multiple beach chairs, games, tubes of ChapStick LipMoisturizer and other fun give-aways.  Don't miss your opportunity with Misty May who will be making appearances throughout the weekend for autograph signings and photo opportunities. 

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Longer lasting flavor - Extra's got it!  Stop by the Wrigley's booth to enjoy delicious Winterfresh gum and have cool fresh breath all weekend long. 

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(Format: Double Elimination)

17th - Ian Clark/Chip McCaw             $500

Match Results
Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 4: Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) 16-21, 21-18, 15-12 (1:02)

Round 2
Match 12: Jason Ring / George Roumain (4) def. Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) 21-11, 21-18 (0:36)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 27: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (19, Q3) def. Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) 16-21, 21-8, 15-8 (0:46)

With a record of (1) win and (2) losses  Ian Clark / Chip McCaw finish 17th at the 2004 AVP Austin Open.


Men's AVP $62,500 Austin Open
April 30th - May 2nd, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed

  Steve Delaney Tony Pray  
  Todd Rogers Sean Scott  
  David Smith Brad Torsone  
  David Fischer Albert Hannemann  
  RJ King Jeff Minc  
  Joe Boken Jeremie Simkins  
  Brian Corso Mike Morrison  
  Ian Clark Chip McCaw  
  Jeff Carlucci Scott Lane  
  Aaron Boss Alika Williams  
  Brian Duff Jack Quinn  
  Matt Prosser Jon Thompson  
  Michael Rupp Aaron Wachtfogel  
  Bivin Sadler Andy Shean  
  Anthony Medel John Moran  
  Canyon Ceman Eli Fairfield  
  Chris Magill Hans Stolfus  
  Gaston Macau Derek Zimmerman  
  Jake Gibb Adam Jewell  
  Michael Doucette Steve Hubbard  
  Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt  
  Nick Pabarcus Adam Renfree  
  Tim Haeffner Travis Williams  
  Greg Boor Ryan Haneberg  
  Jon Barnes Leon Lucas  
  Ryan Cronin David Escarsega  
  Travis Regner Lucas Wisniakowski  
  Brett Scharf Tom Slauterbeck  
  Scott Hill Dan Mintz  
  Dax Holdren Stein Metzger  
  Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard  
  Brent Doble Jose Loiola  
  Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge  
  Esteban Escobar Leonardo Moraes  
  Chris Hammock Brian Post  
  Scott Kiedaisch Tom Witt  
  Matt Akromis Jamey Martin  
  Eric Adams Sam Haghighi  
  Mike Bruning Aaron Steele  
  Rocky Mayo Jim Van Zwieten  
  Jason Ring George Roumain  
  Eric Fonoimoana Kevin Wong  
  Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert  
  Scott Ayakatubby Brian Lewis  
  Jeremy Drescher Derek Martinez  
  Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano  
  Jason Voorhees Jessie Webster  
  Jake Elliott Jason Lee  
  Timothy Cornelissen Brian Genthe  
  Paul Baxter Scott Wong  
  Todd Bennett Jeff Myers  
  John Hyden Andy Witt  
  Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings  
  Scott Davenport Chad Turner  
  Vince Fierro Jon Mesko  
  Jeff Smith Mike Szymanski  
  Casey Patterson Dennis Roberts  
  Skyler Davis Aaron Rogers  
  Chris Harger Ron Kumgisky  
  Jim Nichols Matt Olson  
  Casey Brewer Sonny Knight  
  Matt Heath Adam Roberts  
  Art Barron Morgan Mainz  
  John Braunstein Anthony Mihalic  
  Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena  
  Eric Burness Samuel Rogers  
  Ty Loomis Ryan Mariano  
  Corey Glave Mark Kirunchyk  
  Ivan Mercer Jeff Murrell 

2004 AVP NISSAN SERIES AUSTIN OPEN
Schedule of Events
(Tentative and subject to change)
Thursday, April 29th
6:00AM – 6:30AM KVUE-TV *LIVE* (Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs)
6:15AM KEYE-TV *LIVE* (Carrie Busch)
11:30AM – 1:30PM Olympian day at UT w/101X
5:30PM – 6:30PM Pro Clinic w/ Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs/Carrie Busch/Jason Ring @ Aussie’s Sports Bar
Friday, April 30th
6:00AM -6:30AM KVUE-TV *LIVE* (Carrie Busch/Casey Jennings)
7:15AM KLBJ radio broadcast w/ Elaine Youngs/Jason Ring/ George Rouman
7:40AM KLBJ radio broadcast w/ Elaine Youngs/Jason Ring/ George Rouman
8:00AM – 6:30PM Men’s & Women’s Qualifier Competition
12:00PM – 6:30PM Sponsor Village Open
12:00PM – 6:30PM Nissan Display & Henna Tattoos
12:00PM – 6:30PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
12:00PM – 6:30PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
12:00PM – 6:30PM JPMS Product Sampling & Product Raffle
12:00PM – 6:30PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” and Listening Zone
12:00PM – 6:30PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
12:00PM – 6:30PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
12:00PM – 6:30PM Gillette Sampling
12:00PM – 6:30PM Canon Pictures w/the Pro’s
2:00PM – 5:00PM 101X On-site @ Auditorium Shores

Saturday, May 1st
8:00AM – 6:30PM AVP Men’s & Women’s Main Draw Competition
9:00AM – 4:00PM 101X Radio Broadcast
9:00AM – 4:00PM KLBJ Radio Broadcast
9:00AM – 6:30PM Sponsor Village Open
9:00AM – 6:30PM Nissan Display, Henna Tattoos & Club Crew Cab Seating
9:00AM – 6:30PM Bud Light Party Zone Seating Section
9:00AM – 6:30PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
9:00AM – 6:30PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
9:00AM – 6:30PM JPMS Product Sampling & Product Raffle
9:00AM – 6:30PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” Listening Zone and Stage Seating
9:00AM – 6:30PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
9:00AM – 6:30PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
9:00AM – 6:30PM Gillette Sampling
9:00AM – 6:30PM Canon Player Appearances and Photographs w/the Pro’s
10:00AM – 2:00PM KLBJ Radio Broadcast *LIVE*
6:00PM – 8:00PM Olympic Reception
9:00PM Official AVP Pub Crawl (Bars tbd)

Sunday, May 2nd
9:00AM – 4:00PM KLBJ Radio Broadcast
9:00AM – 4:00PM 101X Radio Broadcast
9:00AM – 5:00PM AVP Men’s Main Draw Competition
9:00AM – 5:00PM Sponsor Village Open
9:00AM – 5:00PM Nissan Display, Henna Tattoos & Club Crew Cab Seating
9:00AM – 5:00PM Bud Light Party Zone Seating Section
9:00AM – 5:00PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
9:00AM – 5:00PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
9:00AM – 5:00PM JPMS Cut-A-Thon (Hair cuts for $15 for Dig For Kids Charity)
9:00AM – 5:00PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” Listening Zone & Stage Seating
9:00AM – 5:00PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
9:00AM – 5:00PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
9:00AM – 5:00PM Gillette Sampling
9:00AM – 5:00PM Player Appearances and Photographs w/the Pro’s @ “Shoot Like a Pro” Contest
1:30 PM Women’s Championship Match
2:30 PM Men’s Championship Match

Men's AVP $62,500 Austin Open
April 30-May 2, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points

1 Jake Gibb Adam Jewell 12 $14,500.00 360.0
2 Todd Rogers Sean Scott 1 $9,750.00 324.0
3 Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard 7 $5,825.00 270.0
3 Dax Holdren Stein Metzger 9 $5,825.00 270.0
5 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 3 $3,500.00 216.0
5 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 6 $3,500.00 216.0
7 Jason Ring George Roumain 4 $2,500.00 180.0
7 Eric Fonoimoana Kevin Wong 5 $2,500.00 180.0
9 Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert 2 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Brent Doble Ryan Mariano 15 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena 21 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Anthony Medel John Moran 24, Q5 $1,600.00 144.0
13 Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge 14 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Jake Elliott Jason Lee 17 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Jim Nichols Matt Olson 19, Q3 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Albert Hannemann Chad Turner 23, Q2 $1,050.00 108.0
17 John Hyden Andy Witt 8 $500.00 72.0
17 Brian Lewis Jose Loiola 10 $500.00 72.0
17 Canyon Ceman Eli Fairfield 11 $500.00 72.0
17 Paul Baxter Scott Wong 13 $500.00 72.0
17 Aaron Boss Alika Williams 16 $500.00 72.0
17 Matt Heath Adam Roberts 18 $500.00 72.0
17 Ian Clark Chip McCaw 20 $500.00 72.0
17 David Smith Brad Torsone 22, Q1 $500.00 72.0
25 David Fischer Jack Quinn Q6 $.00 36.0
25 Jeff Carlucci Scott Lane Q7 $.00 36.0
25 Ben Koski Jeff Minc Q9 $.00 36.0
25 Chris Magill Hans Stolfus Q13 $.00 36.0
29 Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano Q4 $.00 18.0
29 Ryan Cronin Anthony Mihalic Q11 $.00 18.0
29 Colin Kaslow Tim Wooliver Q12 $.00 18.0
29 Skyler Davis Aaron Rogers Q15 $.00 18.0
29 Ran Kumgisky Matt Prosser Q16 $.00 18.0
29 Brian Corso Mike Morrison Q19 $.00 18.0
29 Leon Lucas Justin Phipps Q23 $.00 18.0
29 Art Barron Morgan Mainz Q25 $.00 18.0
37 Scott Hill Dan Mintz Q8 $.00 12.0
37 Chris Harger Ty Loomis Q10 $.00 12.0
37 Eric Adams Tony Pray Q14 $.00 12.0
37 Russel Brock Derek Zimmerman Q17 $.00 12.0
37 Ivan Mercer Jeff Murrell Q18 $.00 12.0
37 Mark Fay Jim Van Zwieten Q20 $.00 12.0
37 Brian Duff Jeff Smith Q21 $.00 12.0
37 Casey Brewer Sonny Knight Q22 $.00 12.0
37 Randy Cline Bill Maik Q24 $.00 12.0
37 Jason Greenlaw Chad Wick Q27 $.00 12.0
37 Randy Meador Riley Salmon Q30 $.00 12.0
37 Travis Regner Lucas Wisniakowski Q31 $.00 12.0
37 Todd Bennett Sergio Penaloza Q33 $.00 12.0
37 Steve Lauvenberg Aaron Wachtfogel Q36 $.00 12.0
37 Daniel Lindsey Marcel Maitland Q37 $.00 12.0
37 Jaime Calata Troy Faulkner Q39 $.00 12.0
53 Casey Patterson Dennis Roberts Q26 $.00 8.0
53 Scott Kiedaisch Tom Witt Q28 $.00 8.0
53 Joe Boken Seth Burnham Q29 $.00 8.0
53 Corey Glave Rocky Mayo Q32 $.00 8.0
53 Timothy Cornelissen Brian Genthe Q34 $.00 8.0
53 Erik Gomez Jonathan Scott Q35 $.00 8.0
53 Michael Fegley Tom Lovelace Q38 $.00 8.0
53 Brad Pebsworth Austin Rester Q40 $.00 8.0
53 Christian Frandsen Bobby Jones Q41 $.00 8.0
53 Jeff Nurenberg Ron Smeberg Q42 $.00 8.0
53 Greg Arentz Caroll Elter Q43 $.00 8.0
53 Aaron Davis Mark Winkler Q44 $.00 8.0
 


Men's AVP $62,500 Austin Open
April 30-May 2, 2004 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Sergio Penaloza / Todd Bennett (Q33) def. Corey Glave / Rocky Mayo (Q32) 21-14, 21-15 (0:50)
Match 6: Randy Cline / Bill Maik (Q24) def. Christian Frandsen / Bobby Jones (Q41) 21-13, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 7: Art Barron / Morgan Mainz (Q25) def. Austin Rester / Brad Pebsworth (Q40) 21-11, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 10: Daniel Lindsey / Marcel Maitland (Q37) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Tom Witt (Q28) 21-14, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 11: Brian Duff / Jeff Smith (Q21) def. Aaron Davis / Mark Winkler (Q44) 21-12, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 15: Aaron Wachtfogel / Steve Lauvenberg (Q36) def. Joe Boken / Seth Burnham (Q29) 21-18, 21-13 (0:45)
Match 18: Randy Meador / Riley Salmon (Q30) def. Erik Gomez / Jonathan Scott (Q35) 21-23, 21-12, 15-10 (0:59)
Match 22: Casey Brewer / Sonny Knight (Q22) def. Greg Arentz / Caroll Elter (Q43) 21-12, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 23: Jason Greenlaw / Chad Wick (Q27) def. Tom Lovelace / Michael Fegley (Q38) 21-18, 17-21, 17-15 (1:04)
Match 26: Jaime Calata / Troy Faulkner (Q39) def. Casey Patterson / Dennis Roberts (Q26) by Forfeit
Match 27: Leon Lucas / Justin Phipps (Q23) def. Ron Smeberg / Jeff Nurenberg (Q42) 21-7, 26-28, 15-11 (1:01)
Match 31: Travis Regner / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q31) def. Timothy Cornelissen / Brian Genthe (Q34) 21-19, 22-20 (0:48)

Round 2
Match 33: David Smith / Brad Torsone (Q1) def. Sergio Penaloza / Todd Bennett (Q33) 21-16, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 34: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q16) def. Russel Brock / Derek Zimmerman (Q17) 17-21, 21-16, 15-8 (0:47)
Match 35: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q9) def. Randy Cline / Bill Maik (Q24) 21-15, 21-13 (0:41)
Match 36: Art Barron / Morgan Mainz (Q25) def. Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q8) 21-11, 16-21, 15-11 (0:54)
Match 37: Anthony Medel / John Moran (Q5) def. Daniel Lindsey / Marcel Maitland (Q37) 21-9, 21-11 (0:35)
Match 38: Colin Kaslow / Tim Wooliver (Q12) def. Brian Duff / Jeff Smith (Q21) 21-14, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 39: Chris Magill / Hans Stolfus (Q13) def. Mark Fay / Jim Van Zwieten (Q20) 21-19, 21-12 (0:42)
Match 40: Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q4) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Steve Lauvenberg (Q36) 21-16, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 41: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (Q3) def. Randy Meador / Riley Salmon (Q30) 21-12, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 42: Brian Corso / Mike Morrison (Q19) def. Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q14) 21-16, 21-16 (0:47)
Match 43: Ryan Cronin / Anthony Mihalic (Q11) def. Casey Brewer / Sonny Knight (Q22) 21-14, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 44: David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q6) def. Jason Greenlaw / Chad Wick (Q27) 19-21, 21-14, 17-15 (0:51)
Match 45: Jeff Carlucci / Scott Lane (Q7) def. Jaime Calata / Troy Faulkner (Q39) 21-12, 21-9 (0:35)
Match 46: Leon Lucas / Justin Phipps (Q23) def. Chris Harger / Ty Loomis (Q10) 14-21, 22-20, 15-12 (1:08)
Match 47: Skyler Davis / Aaron Rogers (Q15) def. Ivan Mercer / Jeff Murrell (Q18) 18-21, 21-15, 15-13 (1:02)
Match 48: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (Q2) def. Travis Regner / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q31) 21-19, 21-15 (0:45)

Round 3
Match 49: David Smith / Brad Torsone (Q1) def. Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q16) 21-10, 17-21, 15-9 (0:58)
Match 50: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q9) def. Art Barron / Morgan Mainz (Q25) 21-14, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 51: Anthony Medel / John Moran (Q5) def. Colin Kaslow / Tim Wooliver (Q12) 22-20, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 52: Chris Magill / Hans Stolfus (Q13) def. Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q4) 24-22, 17-21, 15-12 (1:10)
Match 53: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (Q3) def. Brian Corso / Mike Morrison (Q19) 21-17, 21-18 (0:49)
Match 54: David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q6) def. Ryan Cronin / Anthony Mihalic (Q11) 21-18, 21-18 (0:50)
Match 55: Jeff Carlucci / Scott Lane (Q7) def. Leon Lucas / Justin Phipps (Q23) 21-17, 23-21 (0:55)
Match 56: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (Q2) def. Skyler Davis / Aaron Rogers (Q15) 21-17, 21-15 (0:43)

Round 4
Match 57: David Smith / Brad Torsone (Q1) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q9) 21-19, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 58: Anthony Medel / John Moran (Q5) def. Chris Magill / Hans Stolfus (Q13) 21-19, 24-22 (0:56)
Match 59: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (Q3) def. David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q6) 21-12, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 60: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (Q2) def. Jeff Carlucci / Scott Lane (Q7) 21-18, 21-18 (0:46)


Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Aaron Boss / Alika Williams (16) def. Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (17) 21-16, 21-18
Match 2: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (9) def. Anthony Medel / John Moran (24, Q5) 21-18, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 3: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (12) def. Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (21) 23-21, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 4: Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) 16-21, 21-18, 15-12 (1:02)
Match 5: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (14) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (19, Q3) 21-13, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 6: Canyon Ceman / Eli Fairfield (11) def. David Smith / Brad Torsone (22, Q1) 21-15, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 7: Brian Lewis / Jose Loiola (10) def. Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (23, Q2) 22-20, 21-18 (0:41)
Match 8: Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (18) def. Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (15) 21-19, 21-17 (0:37)

Round 2
Match 9: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (1) def. Aaron Boss / Alika Williams (16) 21-18, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 10: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (9) def. John Hyden / Andy Witt (8) 21-19, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 11: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (12) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (5) 16-21, 21-16, 15-12 (1:02)
Match 12: Jason Ring / George Roumain (4) def. Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) 21-11, 21-18 (0:36)
Match 13: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (14) 21-12, 18-21, 15-13 (1:08)
Match 14: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (6) def. Canyon Ceman / Eli Fairfield (11) 21-15, 18-21, 17-15 (1:02)
Match 15: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Brian Lewis / Jose Loiola (10) 21-15, 21-12 (0:44)
Match 16: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) def. Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (18) 21-17, 21-13 (0:31)

Round 3
Match 17: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (1) def. Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (9) 21-14, 21-7 (0:24)
Match 18: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (12) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (4) 21-19, 21-17 (0:46)
Match 19: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (6) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) 21-19, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 20: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) 21-19, 21-19 (0:43)

Round 4
Match 21: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (1) def. Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (12) 21-19, 21-19 (0:50)
Match 22: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (7) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (6) 21-16, 17-21, 15-11 (1:03)




Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 23: Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (17) def. Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (18) 21-18, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 24: Anthony Medel / John Moran (24, Q5) def. Brian Lewis / Jose Loiola (10) 21-18, 16-21, 16-14 (0:59)
Match 25: Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (21) def. Canyon Ceman / Eli Fairfield (11) 21-18, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 26: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (14) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) 16-21, 21-17, 15-13 (0:58)
Match 27: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (19, Q3) def. Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) 16-21, 21-8, 15-8 (0:46)
Match 28: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (5) def. David Smith / Brad Torsone (22, Q1) 20-22, 21-18, 15-10 (1:02)
Match 29: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (23, Q2) def. John Hyden / Andy Witt (8) 21-18, 17-21, 15-13 (0:55)
Match 30: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (15) def. Aaron Boss / Alika Williams (16) 20-22, 21-15, 15-9 (0:54)


Round 2
Match 31: Anthony Medel / John Moran (24, Q5) def. Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (17) 18-21, 21-18, 18-16 (1:00)
Match 32: Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (21) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (14) 20-22, 21-15, 16-14 (0:49)
Match 33: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (5) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (19, Q3) 21-16, 21-15 (0:39)
Match 34: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (15) def. Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (23, Q2) 23-25, 21-17, 15-13 (1:02)


Round 3
Match 39: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (9) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (4) 28-26, 21-15 (0:59)
Match 40: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (5) 21-14, 21-19 (0:42)

Round 5
Match 41: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (9) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (6) 21-19, 18-21, 15-7 (0:59)
Match 42: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (12) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) 17-21, 29-27, 15-12 (1:13)


Semifinals

Match 43: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (1) def. Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (9) 22-20, 21-13 (0:47)
Match 44: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (12) def. Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (7) 21-18, 22-20 (0:46)

Finals

Match 45: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (12) def. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (1) 21-12, 21-18 (0:53) 
 
 

2004 Men's AVP Austin,TX Tournament Champions >>Adam Jewel / Jake Gibb                                                    

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Adam Jewel                                                                         Jake Gibb                                                                               

Women's AVP $62,500 Austin Open
April 30-May 2, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points

1 Misty May Kerri Walsh 1 $14,500.00 360.0
2 Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan 3 $9,750.00 324.0
3 Holly McPeak Elaine Youngs 2 $5,825.00 270.0
3 Lisa Arce Leanne McSorley 5 $5,825.00 270.0
5 Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl 7 $3,500.00 216.0
5 Barbra Fontana Jennifer Kessy 8 $3,500.00 216.0
7 Jennifer Meredith Wendy Stammer 6 $2,500.00 180.0
7 Paula Roca Gracie Santana-Baeni 13 $2,500.00 180.0
9 Carrie Busch Nancy Mason 4 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Ashley Bowles Rachel Wacholder 10 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Angie Akers Sarah Straton 11 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Tanya Fuamatu Heide Ilustre 17 $1,600.00 144.0
13 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 14 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Tyra Harper Makare Wilson 18, Q5 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Aycan Kara Franci Rard 21, Q3 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Barbara Nyland Saralyn Smith 23, Q1 $1,050.00 108.0
17 Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 9 $500.00 72.0
17 Pat Keller Marsha Miller 12 $500.00 72.0
17 Alicia Polzin Ali Wood 15 $500.00 72.0
17 Sharman Mitchell Liz Pagano 16 $500.00 72.0
17 Daven Casad-Allison Lauren Fendrick 19 $500.00 72.0
17 Kimberly Coleman Erin Galli 20 $500.00 72.0
17 Denise Johns Jenelle Koester 22 $500.00 72.0
17 Nikki Audette Jill Changaris 24, Q7 $500.00 72.0
25 Danalee Bragado Ramona Caouette Q2 36.0
25 Marla O'Hara Julie Romias Q6 36.0
25 Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles Q8 36.0
25 Leanne Haarbauer Anne McArthur Q13 36.0
29 Valinda Hilleary Alicia Zamparelli Q4 18.0
29 Kelly Rowe Catie Vagnuer Q9 18.0
29 Mary Baily Tiffany Rodriguez Q11 18.0
29 Kerri Eich Sarah White Q12 18.0
29 Holly Reisor Eleonora Vakhidova Q14 18.0
29 Melissa Karwowski Wendy Martin Q15 18.0
29 Jessica Alvarado Lily Kahumoku Q16 18.0
29 Nicki Fusco Gina Kirstein Q23 18.0
37 Diane Pascua Karen Reitz Q10 12.0
37 Makalani Hovey Amber Willey Q17 12.0
37 Kim Keim Johanna Lehman Q18 12.0
37 Shannon Sneed Mary Strong Q19 12.0
37 Julie McGarr Jeanette Simenson Q20 12.0
37 Nicole Midwin Patti Scofield Q21 12.0
37 Anya Adams Jean Mathews Q22 12.0
37 Heather Alley Ingrid Roosild Q24 12.0
37 Laura Ratto Klara Zelinka Q25 12.0
37 Barb Ifejika Jennifer Maastricht Q26 12.0
37 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger Q27 12.0
37 Ashley Regner Karolina Zelinka Q28 12.0
37 Jennifer Christie Melanie Thornton Q29 12.0
37 Becky Henderson Tina Hodson Q30 12.0
37 Roseann Mankowski Susan Stuart Q31 12.0

Women's AVP $62,500 Austin Open
April 30-May 2, 2004 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Jessica Alvarado / Lily Kahumoku (Q16) def. Makalani Hovey / Amber Willey (Q17) 21-19, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 3: Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagnuer (Q9) def. Heather Alley / Ingrid Roosild (Q24) 21-10, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 4: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q8) def. Laura Ratto / Klara Zelinka (Q25) 21-17, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 5: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (Q5) def. Ashley Regner / Karolina Zelinka (Q28) 21-14, 21-8 (0:33)
Match 6: Kerri Eich / Sarah White (Q12) def. Nicole Midwin / Patti Scofield (Q21) by Forfeit
Match 7: Leanne Haarbauer / Anne McArthur (Q13) def. Julie McGarr / Jeanette Simenson (Q20) 21-19, 19-21, 15-5 (0:58)
Match 8: Valinda Hilleary / Alicia Zamparelli (Q4) def. Melanie Thornton / Jennifer Christie (Q29) 21-10, 21-11 (0:31)
Match 9: Aycan Kara / Franci Rard (Q3) def. Becky Henderson / Tina Hodson (Q30) 21-18, 22-20 (0:39)
Match 10: Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q14) def. Shannon Sneed / Mary Strong (Q19) 21-18, 21-9 (0:39)
Match 11: Mary Baily / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q11) def. Jean Mathews / Anya Adams (Q22) 21-13, 21-16 (0:49)
Match 12: Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (Q6) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q27) 21-18, 10-21, 15-12 (1:01)
Match 13: Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (Q7) def. Jennifer Maastricht / Barb Ifejika (Q26) 21-12, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 14: Gina Kirstein / Nicki Fusco (Q23) def. Diane Pascua / Karen Reitz (Q10) 19-21, 21-15, 15-13 (1:04)
Match 15: Melissa Karwowski / Wendy Martin (Q15) def. Kim Keim / Johanna Lehman (Q18) 16-21, 21-13, 15-9 (0:57)
Match 16: Danalee Bragado / Ramona Caouette (Q2) def. Susan Stuart / Roseann Mankowski (Q31) 21-11, 21-12 (0:33)

Round 2
Match 17: Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (Q1) def. Jessica Alvarado / Lily Kahumoku (Q16) 21-12, 21-19 (0:35)
Match 18: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q8) def. Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagnuer (Q9) 20-22, 21-12, 15-10 (0:49)
Match 19: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (Q5) def. Kerri Eich / Sarah White (Q12) 21-15, 21-12 (0:35)
Match 20: Leanne Haarbauer / Anne McArthur (Q13) def. Valinda Hilleary / Alicia Zamparelli (Q4) 21-19, 21-19 (0:50)
Match 21: Aycan Kara / Franci Rard (Q3) def. Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q14) 21-18, 17-21, 18-16 (1:01)
Match 22: Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (Q6) def. Mary Baily / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q11) 21-18, 19-21, 15-9 (1:00)
Match 23: Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (Q7) def. Gina Kirstein / Nicki Fusco (Q23) 21-8, 22-20 (0:42)
Match 24: Danalee Bragado / Ramona Caouette (Q2) def. Melissa Karwowski / Wendy Martin (Q15) 18-21, 21-18, 15-7 (0:54)

Round 3
Match 25: Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (Q1) def. Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q8) 21-16, 23-25, 15-7 (0:51)
Match 26: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (Q5) def. Leanne Haarbauer / Anne McArthur (Q13) 21-12, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 27: Aycan Kara / Franci Rard (Q3) def. Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (Q6) 21-17, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 28: Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (Q7) def. Danalee Bragado / Ramona Caouette (Q2) 21-14, 20-22, 15-12 (0:55)


Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (17) def. Liz Pagano / Sharman Mitchell (16) 21-18, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 2: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) def. Jill Changaris / Nikki Audette (24, Q7) 14-21, 21-19, 15-9
Match 3: Aycan Kara / Franci Rard (21, Q3) def. Marsha Miller / Pat Keller (12) 21-9, 21-18
Match 4: Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) def. Erin Galli / Kimberly Coleman (20) 21-15, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 5: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (19) 21-14, 18-21, 15-11 (0:49)
Match 6: Angie Akers / Sarah Straton (11) def. Jenelle Koester / Denise Johns (22) 21-19, 19-21, 15-13 (0:46)
Match 7: Rachel Wacholder / Ashley Bowles (10) def. Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (23, Q1) 21-15, 21-14 (0:37)
Match 8: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (18, Q5) def. Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) 18-21, 21-18, 15-7 (0:45)

Round 2
Match 9: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (17) 21-9, 21-10 (0:28)
Match 10: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (8) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) 21-19, 21-12 (0:34)
Match 11: Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) def. Aycan Kara / Franci Rard (21, Q3) 21-15, 21-12 (0:37)
Match 12: Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (4) 22-20, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 13: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) 21-16, 21-12 (0:37)
Match 14: Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (6) def. Angie Akers / Sarah Straton (11) 21-11, 20-22, 17-15 (0:52)
Match 15: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) def. Rachel Wacholder / Ashley Bowles (10) 21-18, 18-21, 15-10 (0:50) Match 16: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (18, Q5) 21-11, 21-12 (0:30)

Round 3
Match 17: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (8) 21-13, 21-10 (0:30)
Match 18: Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) def. Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) 21-15, 21-8 (0:31)
Match 19: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (6) 23-21, 22-20 (0:42)
Match 20: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) by Forfeit

Round 4
Match 21: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) 21-18, 21-13 (0:32)
Match 22: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) 21-19, 21-17 (0:40)




Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 23: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (18, Q5) def. Liz Pagano / Sharman Mitchell (16) 19-21, 21-14, 15-8 (0:50)
Match 24: Rachel Wacholder / Ashley Bowles (10) def. Jill Changaris / Nikki Audette (24, Q7) 21-11, 21-14 (0:34)
Match 25: Angie Akers / Sarah Straton (11) def. Marsha Miller / Pat Keller (12) 21-17, 21-12 (0:45)
Match 26: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) def. Erin Galli / Kimberly Coleman (20) 21-14, 21-10 (0:33)
Match 27: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (4) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Lauren Fendrick (19) 21-10, 18-21, 15-9 (0:49)
Match 28: Aycan Kara / Franci Rard (21, Q3) def. Jenelle Koester / Denise Johns (22) 24-22, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 29: Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (23, Q1) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) 21-18, 21-15 (0:34)
Match 30: Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (17) def. Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) 23-21, 21-19 (0:40)
Round 2
Match 31: Rachel Wacholder / Ashley Bowles (10) def. Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (18, Q5) 21-17, 12-21, 15-10 (0:47) Match 32: Angie Akers / Sarah Straton (11) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) 23-21, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 33: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (4) def. Aycan Kara / Franci Rard (21, Q3) 21-12, 21-9 (0:29)
Match 34: Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (17) def. Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (23, Q1) 21-19, 20-22, 15-13 (0:47)

Round 3
Match 39: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (8) def. Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (13) 21-11, 21-18 (0:35)
Match 40: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) def. Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (6) 26-24, 15-21, 15-7 (0:56)

Round 5
Match 41: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (8) 21-15, 18-21, 15-11 (0:49)
Match 42: Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (7) by Forfeit


Semifinals

Match 43: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (2) 21-12, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 44: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (5) 23-21, 21-16 (0:35)

Finals
Match 45: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) 21-17, 21-12 (0:46) 


2004 Women's AVP Austin,TX Tournament Champions >> Misty May/Kerri Walsh

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                     Misty May                                                            Kerri Walsh


Articles 2004

Austin again
By Doug Strauss
Courtesy AVP
April 28, 2004

Mention pro beach volleyball locations to people and you hear California first and foremost, and then Florida. But what answer do you get when you ask them the third most popular state after those two? Probably a variety of places such as Hawaii, Midwestern states such as Illinois or Michigan or perhaps New Jersey. But the Lone Star state, Texas, is not called the Third Coast for nothing. In fact, Texas ranks third in number of professional domestic tournaments held, as well as number of different cities which have played host to these events. Appropriately, the third stop of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series on April 30-May 2 finds its way to the capital city, Austin.
 
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's Holly McPeak seeks her 67th-career title at the April 30-May 2 AVP Austin Open, the third stop of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series. 
While this is only the third time the men have played in Austin, the women are competing for the ninth time there. In both of the previous men's tournaments, Karch Kiraly claimed the crowns, winning in 1992 and 1993. If he had quit playing following his first victory in Austin, on May 3, 1992, he would to this day be ninth on the career list of all-time victories with 48. But that win marked just one-third of his current total of 144. He and current partner Mike Lambert enter the AVP Austin Open as the second seed, and he is looking to add to his records of number of wins and oldest person to win a tournament. While this marks just the third time these two have played together, a win would make Lambert the 13th different player to win a tournament with Kiraly.

The top seeds, Todd Rogers / Sean Scott, are looking to defend the title they won last weekend in Tempe, Ariz. That victory was the first for Scott, and the ninth for Rogers, and they would like nothing more than to become the first men's team to win back-to-back open events since Dax Holdren / Eric Fonoimoana did so in 2002. However, the challenges present in the Tempe Open also exist this weekend, as due to physical constraints the size of the men's draw is capped at 24 teams. That means a stronger qualification tournament and a field which does not allow for an "easy match," even in the contender's bracket. Rogers / Scott are trying to avoid the fate of the season-opener winners, Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt, who placed 17th in the next outing following their victory.

Several teams this season are playing together for the first time, but Jason Ring / George Roumain, seeded fourth, are out to prove that teams can reach the upper echelons even when one player is new to the sport. Roumain, who has all of six tournaments under his belt, has helped this duo to the semifinals in both of this year's competitions, something shared by only Rogers / Scott.

Brian Lewis, who plays this weekend with Jose Loiola as the No. 9 seed, is looking to make some history of his own. Even with a 17th-place finish, he joins an elite list of 10 players who have earned over $1 million in their careers. Not bad for someone who just turned 36 and was the AVP's top-ranked player last season.

The quick turnaround from last week's tournament stop in Tempe gives players a taste of what's to come later this year, as the AVP is holding events on three consecutive weekends. Some players are looking to quickly erase the happenings of the prior tourney, while some teams such as Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge are trying to build on the momentum from that last weekend. Mowrey / Ratledge, seeded 17th in Tempe, knocked off the winners of the last three AVP events and came within one match of reaching their first Final Four. With a first-round win, they will have a rematch with one of those teams, Rosenthall / Witt, in the second round.

There are three women playing in Austin who have memories of sitting atop the podium; Holly McPeak, a three-time winner in Austin, Barbra Fontana and Lisa Arce also won here. Fontana may have the fondest memories, as her triumph here was her first title ever. All three played in the championship in 1997, the last time pro beach volleyball visited Austin, as Arce / McPeak defeated Fontana / Linda Hanley in an exciting 18-16 finale.

Those three are all seeded in the top eight for the AVP Austin Open, which features some talented, but frustrated teams. None of the other teams has been able to dethrone Misty May / Kerri Walsh as the undisputed top team on the Tour. With streaks of 49 match wins on the AVP and 69 consecutive matches (including international play), May / Walsh appear nearly invincible.

"Our confidence is coming back and we know that we can beat them," Youngs said after their title match loss in Tempe. "They had to work for their points, we didn't give them any easy shots."

"We are close to where we want to be," agreed McPeak. "They (May / Walsh) made some mistakes and we caught some breaks when they made errors. We are great, but we don't have the confidence that we need. Teams aren't knocking us off, so we know we are playing well. We are in the final every week."

That last statement is so true that with some matches broadcast live and some tape-delayed, TV viewers have to pay close attention to know what tournament they are watching. Since the start of 2003, May / Walsh have played against McPeak / Youngs in nine championship matches. And while the results are the same in each of those contests, that is not to say that McPeak / Youngs aren't making strides to becoming the first to unseat the champs. For extra motivation, as if any were necessary, a tournament victory by McPeak would be her 67th, tying her for the all-time lead.

The most consistent team besides those two teams is third-seeded Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan, who have reached the semifinals in eight of the last 11 tourneys, including both this season. Their consistent high finishes should come as no surprise -- only two teams in history have played together more than these two -- who also played together in college and in four-person beach volleyball. In Austin, though, they are attempting to duplicate their success but from the winner's bracket as opposed to the route the last two tournaments have taken them, with an early entrance into the contender's bracket.

The first event of 2002, in Huntington Beach, marked the last time a women's team seeded lower than eighth reached the semifinals, as Davis / Johnson Jordan were seeded 12th but placed third. Could Austin become the next spot for a surprise team to appear in the Final Four? Stay tuned to avp.com to find out...

AUSTIN NEXT STOP FOR UNITED STATES OLYMPIC HOPEFULS 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons
AUSTIN, TEX. – Pro beach volleyball returns to the Texas capital for the first-time in seven years as the Association of Volleyball Professionals stages its third event of the domestic season at Auditorium Shores where the United States’ top men’s and women’s teams compete for $125,000.
Three women’s and five men’s tandems who are seeking spots on the United States’ 2004 Olympic team will begin competing Saturday led by Misty May and Kerri Walsh. America’s top hopes for a medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, May and Walsh will be seeking to extend their 69-match winning streak while looking to capture their 13th-straight tournament title.

The women’s tandems of Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs and Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, who are competing for the second spot for United States in Athens, are the chief challengers to end May and Walsh’s streaks. McPeak and Youngs currently lead Davis and Johnson Jordan for the second USA Olympic berth by 26 points entering the next SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event in Greece next month.

McPeak was also a part of the last three winning teams (1995-97) in Austin when competing on the Women’s Pro Volleyball Association Tour. She won the 1995 and 1996 titles with Nancy Reno and the 1997 championship with Lisa Arce, who will be competing at Auditorium Shores with Leanne McSorley.

May and Walsh extended their AVP winning streak to 49-straight matches earlier this month by winning AVP titles in Florida and Arizona. May and Walsh defeated McPeak and Youngs to capture the $14,500 first-place prizes in Fort Lauderdale and Tempe.

Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard are currently the top-ranked men’s team for the United States on the Olympic ranking list. After placing ninth in the first two events this season, Blanton and Nygaard are hoping to regain their 2003 form when they won four events, including three domestic titles and one on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour in Rhodes, Greece. Blanton and Nygaard have compiled 2,080 Olympic qualifying points

Todd Rogers and Sean Scott, who captured last week’s AVP event in Tempe, Ariz., rank behind Blanton and Nygaard on the United States Olympic Qualifying list with 1,468. Despite having played in only four of the needed eight events to qualify for Athens, Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger have compiled 1,332 points and could past Rogers and Scott in the next SWATCH-FIVB World Tour men’s stop in China next month.

The teams of Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong (530) and Matt Fuerbringer/Casey Jennings (516) still have a mathematical chance for the Olympics and have played in four and seven international qualifying events, respectively.

In addition to Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medalists Blanton and Fonoimoana, Auditorium Shores will also feature Karch Kiraly. The winner of the only two Austin men’s events in 1992 and 1993 with Kent Steffes, Kiraly is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He was a member of the United States’ Olympic indoor volleyball champions in 1984 and 1998 and won the beach title at the 1996 Atlanta Games with Steffes.

Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt won the AVP’s first men’s title in Fort Lauderdale where they defeated Fuerbringer and Jennings in the finals. Rogers and Scott captured the Tempe stop by defeating Kiraly and Mike Lambert in the title match. The Tempe win was Scott’s first pro beach title while Kiraly was denied a chance of extending his record of 144 career crowns.

SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR – The qualifying process for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games resumes May 19-23 with international pro beach volleyball events in Rhodes, Greece and Lianyungang, China. Six women’s teams from the United States will have entered the Rhodes event while four American men’s teams will be in Lianyungang.

Misty May and Kerri Walsh will lead the United States contingent into Rhodes Greece event along with the tandems of Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs, Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, Carrie Busch/Nancy Mason, Barbra Fontana/Jennifer Kessy and Paula Roca/Garcia Santana.

United States men’s entries for China include Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard, Todd Rogers/Sean Scott, Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger and Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong. The Asian event will be the third this season for the men as Rogers/Scott and Metzger/Holdren posted the best American finishes in Brazil and South Africa, respectively, in March.

Combined with two domestic titles and a gold medal finish in Brazil in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener for women in Fortaleza last month, May and Walsh have now won their last 69 matches together while capturing their 12th-straight title. The last time May and Walsh dropped a match was last season on July 5 when Ana Paula Connolly and Sandra Pires of Brazil scored a 21-19 and 21-15 win over the Americans in the finals of the Norwegian Open in Stavanger.

MAY & WALSH CONTINUE WINNING STREAK
BLANTON & NYGAARD SECURE BEST 2004 FINISH 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons
 
AUSTIN, TEX. – The “beat goes on” for Misty May and Kerri Walsh, the world’s top-ranked women’s beach volleyball team, but the “good” news for the United States’ Olympic hopes was a pair of wins here Saturday (May 1) by Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard during the first of two days of championship play in the Association of Volleyball Professionals’ $125,000 Austin Open.
While May and Walsh are the United States’ main hope a medal at the 2004 Olympics, Blanton and Nygaard showed why they are America’s top-ranked team heading into the Athens Games by advancing to Sunday’s final rounds with a 2-0 mark to guarantee them a least a fifth-place finish this weekend after placing 17th, 17th, ninth and ninth in their first four events this season.

May and Walsh won their only two matches Saturday to extend their overall victory string to 71, including 51-straight wins on the domestic tour. Winners of 12-straight event titles, the top-seeded May (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.) defeated the teams of 17th-seeded Tanya Fuamatu/Heide Ilustre (21-9 and 21-10) and eighth-seeded Barbra Fontana/Jennifer Kessy (21-13 and 21-10).

The top-seeded May and Walsh will play fifth-seeded Lisa Arce and Leanne McSorley Sunday at 9 a.m. for a spot in the semi-finals. Second-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, who have finished second to May and Walsh in the first two AVP events this season in Florida and Arizona, face third-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan in the other semi-final qualifying match to open play Sunday.

Davis (Tarzana, Calif.) and Johnson Jordan (Tarzana, Calif.), the fifth-place finishers at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, are competing with McPeak and Youngs for the United States’ second spot in the women’s beach volleyball competition at the Athens 2004 Games.

McPeak (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Youngs (Durango, Colo.) currently lead Davis and Johnson Jordan for the second USA Olympic berth by 26 points entering the next month’s SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event in Greece. McPeak is seeking to become the first American to play in all three Olympic beach volleyball competitions while Youngs was a 1996 U.S. Indoor Olympian.

May and Walsh scored a 21-11 and 21-11 win over McPeak and Youngs to capture the $14,500 first-place prize April 4 in Fort Lauderdale. In the Tempe finale last Sunday, May and Walsh won their 11-straight domestic event by defeating McPeak and Youngs for the 13th-time in 15 career meetings 21-12 and 21-19.

With a domestic pro beach volleyball tour returning to Austin for the first-time since 1997, McPeak was a part of the last three winning teams (1995-97) in Austin when competing on the Women’s Pro Volleyball Association Tour. She won the 1995 and 1996 titles with Nancy Reno and the 1997 championship with Arce.

The seventh-seeded Blanton (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Nygaard (Madison, Wis.) defeated 10th-seeded Brian Lewis and Jose Loiola 21-14 and 21-12 to open play Saturday before advancing to Sunday’s second of two men’s semi-final-qualifying matches by defeating second-seeded Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert 21-19 and 21-19.

Blanton and Nygaard, who were eliminated from the Tempe competition last Saturday by Kiraly and Lambert (21-13, 20-22 and 23-21 in 75 minutes), play sixth-seeded Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings in an opening winner’s bracket match Sunday. Top-seeded Todd Rogers and Sean Scott, who defeated Kiraly and Lambert for the Tempe title, play 12th-seeded Adam Jewell and Jake Gibb in another winner’s bracket match Sunday.

Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Scott (Kaliua, Hi.) advanced to Sunday’s play with two wins Saturday, including a 21-14 and 21-7 win over ninth-seeded Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger in a match featuring two of the other four teams competing for the second United States men’s berth in Athens. Holdren and Metzger handed Rogers and Scott their only setback in Tempe with a 13-21, 21-19 and 15-12 win last Saturday.

Holdren (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Metzger (Honolulu, Hi.), who trail Rogers and Scott by 136 points on the United States Olympic qualification list, play 21st-seeded Philip Dalhausser and Nick Lucena in an opening elimination match Sunday. Holdren and Rogers are seeking to advance to their first “final four” this season after concluding the 2003 season placing second in the FIVB World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The teams of Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong and Fuerbringer/Jennings are still in contention for a spot in Athens as they rank fourth and fifth, respectively, on the American qualifying list. Blanton and Fonoimoana won the gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and split their partnership near the end of the 2001 season.

While Fuerbringer (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Jennings (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) were winning both of their matches Saturday, Fonoimoana (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Wong (Pearl City, Hi.) had to win three elimination contests after losing their opening match. For the second-straight week, Fonoimoana and Wong play Kiraly and Lambert in a Sunday elimination match. Kiraly and Lambert scored a 16-21, 21-17 and 15-13 win over the 2004 Olympic hopefuls.

Fuerbringer and Jennings are seeking to reach their second final this season after placing second in the Fort Lauderdale opener where they dropped the title match to Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt, who face 15th-seeded Brent Doble and Ryan Mariano in fourth of four elimination matches to open play Sunday. Fuerbringer and Jennings dropped Rosenthal and Witt into the elimination bracket with a 21-19 and 21-19 win Saturday.

The other elimination opener has fourth-seeded Jason Ring and George Roumain being challenged by 24th-seeded Anthony Medel and John Moran, who had to qualify Friday for the championship rounds. Ring and Roumain, who finished third last week in Tempe, fell into the elimination bracket with a 21-19 and 21-17 setback to Jewell and Gibb.

Kiraly, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, is seeking his third Austin title. A member of the United States’ Olympic indoor volleyball champions in 1984 and 1998, Kiraly won the 1992 and 1993 Austin events with Kent Steffes before the pair won the beach title at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR – The qualifying process for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games resumes May 19-23 with international pro beach volleyball events in Rhodes, Greece and Lianyungang, China. Six women’s teams from the United States will have entered the Rhodes event while four American men’s teams will be in Lianyungang.

Misty May and Kerri Walsh will lead the United States contingent into Rhodes Greece event along with the tandems of Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs, Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, Carrie Busch/Nancy Mason, Barbra Fontana/Jennifer Kessy and Paula Roca/Garcia Santana.

United States men’s entries for China include Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard, Todd Rogers/Sean Scott, Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger and Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong. The Asian event will be the third this season for the men as Rogers/Scott and Metzger/Holdren posted the best American finishes in Brazil and South Africa, respectively, in March.

Combined with two domestic titles and a gold medal finish in Brazil in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener for women in Fortaleza last month, May and Walsh have now won their last 71 matches together while capturing their 12th-straight title. The last time May and Walsh dropped a match was last season on July 5 when Ana Paula Connolly and Sandra Pires of Brazil scored a 21-19 and 21-15 win over the Americans in the finals of the Norwegian Open in Stavanger.

Best On The Beach
Top U.S. volleyball duo stays hot despite cool weather at Austin tour stop
By DAVID BARRON
Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN -- Kerri Walsh and Misty May have not lost a beach volleyball match in 10 months, and conventional wisdom has them extending their streak through the 2004 Olympics in Athens and beyond.

For most fans, though, Walsh and May will be best known as the two women in bikinis, running and diving on a snow-covered beach to the backdrop of the song Theme From "A Summer Place" for a Visa commercial that debuted during the Super Bowl.

It looked chilly, and it was. "But at least we knew what to expect," May said, laughing.

What they didn't expect, after a muggy Friday night, was a chilly Saturday afternoon at the Austin stop of the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour.

A springtime cold front dropped temperatures on the shore of Town Lake into the mid-50s with wind gusts of more than 20 mph. And that, consequently, dictated a change in wardrobe.

When the TV cameras were rolling and the sponsors were watching, Walsh and May were willing to don swimsuits for the sake of show biz. Saturday's weather called for long sleeves.

It didn't matter, of course. They won both opening-day matches in two sets, running their unbeaten streak to 71 entering today's final rounds.

And so the streak lives -- not that they care.

"Everybody else seems to dwell on the win streak," said Walsh, 25, who switched to the beach after competing with the U.S. indoor team that finished fourth at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. "We don't think about it."

They do, however, think a little each day about the Olympics.

The U.S. will send two teams to Athens, based on the results of each team's best eight finishes on the international tour sponsored by FIVB, Olympic volleyball's governing body. Because Walsh and May are unbeaten on the FIVB tour, they could take off the rest of the year and still qualify.

"The teams that we'll see in Athens are the same ones we play (in AVP events) and on the international circuit," Walsh said. "So we need to keep on our regimen. The Olympics is the main goal, but we have other goals along the way.

"It's (the Olympics) inside me. I can't escape it. I'm fired up about it. But we have a lot to accomplish before then."

That agenda includes boosting the AVP tour, which is in its third season after emerging from bankruptcy under the ownership of superagent Leonard Armato, who represented Hakeem Olajuwon during the Rockets' championship years and spurred the marketing of Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal.

Armato co-founded the AVP in 1983 and helped create the FIVB's world championship in 1997. Since returning to the U.S. pro league, he negotiated a cooperative agreement with the FIVB and expanded the AVP tour to 12 stops, including a visit to Austin for the first time since 1993.

"This tour is more irreverent and lifestyle-oriented, but we still have the best players in the world banging away," Armato said. "I love the potential of this market in Austin. Texas is a very important market for us, and we love the idea of coming here again."

Everyone, though, would prefer better weather than Saturday's rain and chill. Even if it wasn't as cold as the Visa shoot, which was filmed in northern California, May and Walsh said it was the coldest weather for an AVP event.

Saturday's cold snap was one of the few bumps in the road since Walsh and May teamed up after the 2000 Olympics, when May finished fifth in the beach volleyball tournament with Holly McPeak.

The women grew up watching each other play in California, where May was a member of the 1998 NCAA championship team at Long Beach State while Walsh was a four-time All-America at Stanford, including a 1996 NCAA title.

Their parents, Tim and Margie Walsh and Butch and Barbara May, who knew each other from years in Southern California's close-knit volleyball culture, suggested they team up.

"Misty called up Kerri one day (after the 2000 Olympics) and asked her to come to Huntington Beach," said Karch Kiraly, the three-time Olympic gold medalist who will help cover beach volleyball for NBC in Athens. "Kerri had never played beach volleyball, but whatever she did that day showed Misty that she could be something special.

"Kerri (who stands 6-3) is a freak of nature. She's an inch taller than I am, and she's playing with a net that is set eight inches lower (than the men's game), and she moves around like a cat. If I moved around like that in comparison to the height of the men's net, I'd be 6-11, and it would be lights out, just as it has been for them.

"Kerri reaches higher than I do, and she's a phenomenal player. And Misty is a superb player in her own right. If you put them together, it's the two best players and the best team on the beach."

But that was not always the case.

"The games are fundamentally the same, but the subtle differences can kill you, like timing and setting and dealing with the wind," Walsh said of her early struggles. "Just the sand alone can drive you crazy."

"She was good. Don't let her fool you," May said. "But (beach volleyball) can be difficult. Last year I was a watching a girl who played at UCLA and a girl from Long Beach State play outdoors, and they couldn't put a play together. They had trouble handling it.

"There's definitely no hiding out there. You can't just stand in a corner. Fortunately, Kerri can do everything well."

Because May, 26, and Walsh, 25, have been so dominant, the only drama left in the U.S. team selection process involves the second team for Athens. McPeak and Elaine Youngs hold a narrow lead in the FIVB standings over Jenny Johnson Jordan and Annett Davis for the second spot, but there are six tournaments left on the international tour before the July 22 team selection deadline, including a grueling trip from Greece to Shanghai.

"We'd like to be able to qualify for the Olympics and not have to travel on that tour," McPeak said. "It's not easy to travel so much, and if you play only that tour, it's a rough lifestyle. We would rather play a strong domestic tour."

To that end, players are willing to do the improbable to promote the AVP, as in Walsh's and May's three-day shoot for the Visa ad -- two days in Malibu, one in Mammoth. "(The ad) worked for us personally and for our sport collectively," Walsh said. "Beach volleyball is going to be big at the Olympics, and they did a great job promoting us. People recognize us and our sport. It showed that you can take beach volleyball anywhere, and it will be exciting."

MAY & WALSH CAPTURE 13TH-STRAIGHT PRO BEACH TITLE
GIBB & JEWELL UPSET ROGERS & SCOTT FOR MEN’S CROWN 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons
 
AUSTIN, TEX. – The United States’ hopes at the 2004 Olympics received a big boost here Sunday (May 2) as the top beach volleyball teams in the running for the Athens Games advanced to the “final fours” of the Association of Volleyball Professionals’ $125,000 Austin Open with tandems of Misty May/Kerri Walsh and Jake Gibb/Adam Jewell Scott capturing the women's and men's titles, respectively.
Sunday's winning teams split the $14,500 first-place prize as the AVP staged its third event this season. The domestic tour resumes May 28-30 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Prior to the first California event of the season, the top AVP players return to action on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour May 19-23 with the men in China and the women in Greece.

May (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.), the top-ranked women’s team on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, extended their overall winning streak to 74 by defeating third-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan 21-17 and 21-12 in 46 minutes to capture their 13th-straight pro beach volleyball title. May has now won 29 pro beach titles, including 24 with Walsh.

Gibb and Jewell upset top-seeded Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Sean Scott (Kaliua, Hi.) 21-12 and 21-18 in 53 minutes to win their first pro beach titles. The title victory avenged an earlier defeat to Rogers and Scott, who had defeated Gibb and Jewell 21-19 and 21-19 in the finals of the winner’s bracket Sunday morning.

Seeded 12th in the 24-team men’s main draw, Gibb and Jewell defeated the top two ranked teams on the United States’ Olympic qualifying list. Gibb and Jewell advanced to the title match with a 21-18 and 22-20 semi-final win over seventh-seeded Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard, who ranked first on the American Olympic qualifying list followed by Rogers and Scott.

May and Walsh are the United States’ main hope a medal at the 2004 Olympics while Davis (Tarzana, Calif.) and Johnson Jordan (Tarzana, Calif.), the fifth-place finishers at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, are competing with Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs for the United States’ second spot in the women’s beach volleyball competition at the Athens Games.

McPeak (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Youngs (Durango, Colo.) currently lead Davis and Johnson Jordan for the second USA Olympic berth by 26 points entering the next month’s SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event in Greece. McPeak is seeking to become the first American to play in all three Olympic beach volleyball competitions while Youngs was a 1996 United States Indoor Olympian.

May and Walsh have now posted seventh-straight wins over Davis and Johnson Jordan in as many career meetings between the two teams. Sunday’s title was May and Walsh’s fourth this season, including a March gold medal in Brazil. May and Walsh won the first two AVP events this season in Florida and Arizona where they defeated McPeak and Youngs to capture both crowns.

Blanton (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Nygaard (Madison, Wis.) are America’s top-ranked men’s team heading into the Athens Games with Rogers and Scott leading the team of Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger for the No. 2 spot. Rogers and Scott defeated Holdren (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Metzger (Honolulu, Hi.) twice this weekend, including a 22-20 and 21-13 semi-final win Sunday.

Despite not advancing to Sunday’s finals, Blanton and Nygaard’s third-place finish was their best in five 2004 events. After placing 17th in the first two SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events this season, Blanton and Nygaard posted ninths in the first AVP tournaments in Florida and Arizona.

Holdren and Metzger, who trail Rogers and Scott by 136 points on the United States Olympic qualification list, also posted their first “final four” finish this season. The Silver Medalists at the 2003 FIVB World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Holdren and Metzger were 13th and ninth in SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events in Brazil and South Africa, respectively, in March before posting AVP fifths last month in Fort Lauderdale and Tempe.

The teams of Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong and Fuerbringer/Jennings are still in contention for a spot in Athens as they rank fourth and fifth, respectively, on the American qualifying list. Blanton and Fonoimoana won the gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and split their partnership near the end of the 2001 season.

Fuerbringer (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Jennings (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), who were seeded sixth, placed fifth this week after being eliminated by Holdren and Metzger (21-19, 18-21 and 15-7). Fuerbringer and Jennings placed second in the AVP season opener in Florida and were ninth last week in Arizona.

The fifth-seeded Fonoimoana (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Wong (Pearl City, Hi.) posted their second-straight AVP seventh after being eliminated 21-14 and 21-19 by third-seeded Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt, who defeated Fuerbringer and Jennings for the Fort Lauderdale title. Fonoimoana and Wong’s first setback in Austin was to Gibb and Jewell 16-21, 21-16 and 15-12 Saturday.

After losing their first match Saturday, Fonoimoana and Wong won four-straight elimination matches. The 2004 Olympic hopefuls ousted second-seeded Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert (21-13 and 21-19) in their first match Sunday. Kiraly and Lambert also lost to Blanton and Nygaard here Saturday after defeating both teams in Tempe last week when they placed second to Rogers and Scott.

Sunday’s competition also completed the AVP’s return to the Austin-area for the first-time since 1997. McPeak was a part of the last three winning teams (1995-97) in Austin when she was competing on the Women’s Pro Volleyball Association Tour. McPeak won the 1995 and 1996 titles with Nancy Reno and the 1997 championship with Arce.

Kiraly, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, had won the previous two AVP Austin titles. A member of the United States’ Olympic indoor volleyball champions in 1984 and 1998, Kiraly won the 1992 and 1993 Austin events with Kent Steffes before the pair won the beach title at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR – The qualifying process for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games resumes May 19-23 with international pro beach volleyball events in Rhodes, Greece and Lianyungang, China. Six women’s teams from the United States will have entered the Rhodes event while four American men’s teams will be in Lianyungang.

Misty May and Kerri Walsh will lead the United States contingent into Rhodes Greece event along with the tandems of Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs, Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, Carrie Busch/Nancy Mason, Barbra Fontana/Jennifer Kessy and Paula Roca/Garcia Santana.

United States men’s entries for China include Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard, Todd Rogers/Sean Scott, Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger and Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong. The Asian event will be the third this season for the men as Rogers/Scott and Metzger/Holdren posted the best American finishes in Brazil and South Africa, respectively, in March.

Combined with two domestic titles and a gold medal finish in Brazil in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener for women in Fortaleza last month, May and Walsh have now won their last 71 matches together while capturing their 12th-straight title. The last time May and Walsh dropped a match was last season on July 5 when Ana Paula Connolly and Sandra Pires of Brazil scored a 21-19 and 21-15 win over the Americans in the finals of the Norwegian Open in Stavanger.



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May28th-30th 2004 AVP NISSAN SERIES
HUNTINGTON OPEN HuntingtonBeach,CA
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Event Start Date:Thursday, May 27th, 2004
Prize Money:$125,000.00

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 This year Ian Clark will be playing the 2004 Huntington Beach Open with Scott Davenport.

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(Format: Double Elimination)
2004 Results

13th - Ian Clark/Scott Davenport             $1050.00

Match Results:

Winner's Bracket
Round 1

Match 7: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (13) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (20) 22-20, 25-23 (0:45)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1

Match 34: Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (20) def. Nick Hannemann / Mark Paaluhi (29, Q14) 21-12, 21-15 (0:39)
Round 2
Match 42: Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (20) def. Chip McCaw / Alika Williams (19) 19-21, 21-15, 15-8 (0:54)
Round 3
Match 48: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (6) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (20) 14-21, 21-10, 15-9 (0:58)

-With a match record of (2) wins & (2) losses Ian Clark/Scott Davenport finish 13th at the 2004 Nissan Huntington Beach Open

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One of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's favorite hot spots is Huntington Beach, Calif. scheduled for a May 28-30 stop on the 2004 AVP Nissan Series. With Jim Menges and Greg Lee notching the first men's title in 1975, the site has seen an AVP event every year since 1999 and in 2003 hosted Misty May, who grew up in nearby Costa Mesa, Calif., and partner Kerri Walsh's sixth victory on the tour.

Where to play in the area:
AVPNext sanctioned California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) offers weekend tournaments throughout Southern California. Check out www.cbva.com for more information.
Both sides of the pier (AAA or better on the south side).
Juniors have a great opportunity to play as well with the Jr. Spikers simmer beach volleyball program. Contact the City of Huntington Beach for more information.

Top local players to watch:
Men: Brian Lewis, Evan Hook, Scott Lane, Jamie Johansen, Vince Fierro
Women: Misty May, Tracy and Katie Lindquist

Local Legend
Man: Brian Lewis coming off an impressive 2003 season with partner Scott Ayakutubby
Woman: Cammy Ciarelli played 82 tournaments in her career, taking home 14 titles and over $160,000 in prize money.

2004 AVP NISSAN SERIES
BUD LIGHT HUNTINGTON OPEN
presented by
SHARK ENERGY DRINK
Schedule of Events
(Tentative and subject to change)
Thursday, May 27th
7:00PM – 9:00PM AVP Party @ Sharkeez Newport Beach (114 McFadden Newport Beach, CA 92663)
Friday, May 28th
8:00AM – 6:00PM Men’s & Women’s Qualifier Competition
12:00PM – 6:00PM Sponsor Village Open
12:00PM – 6:00PM Nissan Display, Road Rally, & Henna Tattoos
12:00PM – 6:00PM Bud Light Beach Shack
12:00PM – 6:00PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
12:00PM – 6:00PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
12:00PM – 6:00PM JPMS Product Sampling & Product Raffle
12:00PM – 6:00PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” and Listening Zone
12:00PM – 6:00PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
12:00PM – 6:00PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
12:00PM – 6:00PM McDonalds Beach Hut and Surf Challenge
12:00PM – 6:00PM Nature Valley Granola Bar Sampling
12:00PM – 6:00PM Wilson Autograph Ball Raffle
12:00PM – 6:00PM Shark Energy Drink Tiki Bar and Sampling w/ Surfboard Raffle
4:00PM – 5:30PM Clinic w/ the Pro’s (Aquafina Challenge Court)
6:00PM – 9:00PM Olympic Reception @ Fox Sports Grill (31 Fortune Drive Irvine, CA 92618)
Saturday, May 29th
9:00AM – 6:00PM AVP Men’s & Women’s Main Draw Competition
9:00AM – 6:00PM Sponsor Village Open
9:00AM – 6:00PM Nissan Display, Henna Tattoos, Road Rally & Club Crew Cab Seating
9:00AM – 6:00PM Bud Light Beach Shack & Party Zone Seating Section
9:00AM – 6:00PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
9:00AM – 6:00PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
9:00AM – 6:00PM JPMS Product Sampling & Product Raffle
9:00AM – 6:00PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” Listening Zone and Stage Seating
9:00AM – 6:00PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
9:00AM – 6:00PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
9:00AM – 6:00PM McDonalds Beach Hut and Surf Challenge
9:00AM – 6:00PM Nature Valley Granola Bar Sampling
9:00AM – 6:00PM Wilson Autograph Ball Raffle
9:00AM – 6:00PM Shark Energy Drink Tiki Bar and Sampling w/ Surfboard Raffle
12:00PM – 6:00PM Special Music Performance by Hope 7 & Friends
9:00PM – 1:00AM AVP Bar Crawl on Main Street (Hurricane’s, Fred’s, Crabby Kenny’s)
Sunday, May 30th
9:00AM – 5:00PM AVP Men’s & Women’s Main Draw Competition
9:00AM – 5:00PM Sponsor Village Open
9:00AM – 5:00PM Nissan Display, Henna Tattoos, Road Rally & Club Crew Cab Seating
9:00AM – 5:00PM Bud Light Beach Shack & Party Zone Seating Section
9:00AM – 5:00PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
9:00AM – 5:00PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area

9:00AM – 5:00PM JPMS Cut-A-Thon (Hair cuts for $15 for Dig For Kids Charity)
9:00AM – 5:00PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” Listening Zone & Stage Seating
9:00AM – 5:00PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
9:00AM – 5:00PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
9:00AM – 5:00PM McDonalds Beach Hut and Surf Challenge
9:00AM – 5:00PM Nature Valley Granola Bar Sampling
9:00AM – 5:00PM Wilson Autograph Ball Raffle
9:00AM – 5:00PM Shark Energy Drink Tiki Bar and Sampling w/ Surfboard Raffle
12:00PM – 3:00PM Special Music Performance by Hope 7 & Friends
1:30 PM Women’s Championship Match
2:30 PM Men’s Championship Match
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Post Event Party @ Dukes (315 Pacific Coast Highway Huntington Beach, CA)
 
 
Tickets
Huntington Beach Reserved Section Tickets - Buy Now
 
Huntington Beach VIP Beach Club Tickets - BUY NOW

 
How To Get There 

South side of the pier
Main Street at Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Beach access at 103 PCH

405 freeway to Beach Blvd. exit. Take Beach Blvd. west to the end (Pacific Coast Highway). Turn right on PCH and go all the way to the pier. There is ample parking on each side of the pier.
 
2004 AVP Nissan Series
Huntington Beach Open
Presented by Bud Light
August 28th-30th
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AVP TV Schedule for 2004

The AVP is proud to bring you over 10 hours of NBC broadcast coverage and over 40 hours of cable coverage of Fox Sports Net! Check out the television schedule below and be sure to watch all the AVP tournaments throughout the season. All broadcasts are listed in local time unless otherwise specified.*

JUNE

Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network

Huntington Beach, CA  Sat. 5 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sun. 6 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sat. 12 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sun. 14 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sat. 19 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sun. 20 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, CA  Sat. 26 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, CA  Sun. 27 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net



The 2004 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball schedule is as follows:
April 2-4 Ft. Lauderdale Open  $125,000 South Beach Park   
April 23-25 Tempe Open  $125,000 Tempe Beach Park    
April 30- May 2 Austin Open   $125,000 Auditorium Shores Park   
May 28-30 Bud Light Huntington Beach Open presented by Shark Energy Drink $125,000 Huntington Beach Pier   
June 4-6 Manhattan Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $125,000 Manhattan Beach Pier   
June 11-13 San Diego Open presented by Bud Light  $125,000 Mariners Point   
July 8-11 Belmar Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Belmar Beach   
July 22-25 Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Hermosa Beach Pier   
September 2-5 Chicago Open  $175,000 North Avenue Beach   
September 9-11 Aquafina AVP Shootout presented by Bud Light  $150,000 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino   
September 23-25 AVP'S BEST OF THE BEACH PRESENTED BY PAUL MITCHELL $150,000 Fort DeRussey Beach   10/15-17 Los Angeles Invitational   TBD Home Depot Center Tkt. Quantity:  Order at AVP BEACH CLUB at Above link
 

Featured Players:

Men:
Eric Fonoimoana & Kevin Wong
Karch Kiraly & Mike Lambert
Canyon Ceman & Mike Whitmarsh
Ian Clark & Scott Davenport

Women:
Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs
Jenny Johnson Jordan & Annett Davis
Kerri Walsh & Misty May
    
Sponsor Activitys:

Nissan
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Be sure to stop by the Nissan display and sign up to win "Crew Club Cab" seats to sit courtside during the Men's and Women's finals.  Test drive the Nissan Road Rally remote control cars and race against your friends and AVP athletes.  Don't forget to pick up a safety kit and other special give-away items - you can even get henna tattoos!

Bud Light
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Be a part of the Bud Light Party Zone.  Look for Bud Light onsite to find out more information.

Aquafina
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The Aquafina Purity Patrol is coming to the beach with tons of fun activities in the sun.  Compete in the the Aquafina Obstacle Course, Aquafina/ Wilson Speed Serve/ and "Return to Aquafina" hitting challenges.  See how you stand up against AVP Pros and your friends and win cool prizes. 

Xbox
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Visit Xbox at the beach and challenge your friends in the latest and greatest Xbox Game titles.  You can be King and sit in Xbox's "King of the Court" seats, the hottest seats on stadium court all weekend long or for the Men's and Women's finals.  You'll be front row in your Xbox visor, t-shirt, tattoo and much more watching the pro beach stars battle for number one.

Paul Mitchell
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Stop by on Saturday for samples and give-aways.  On Sunday, come by for $10 Cut-a-thon and get your hair cut and styled by one of Paul Mitchell's talented stylists.  Profits go to Eric Fonoimoana's "Dig For Kids" Foundation.  You'll walk around the beach looking fantastic, and for a good cause.

ChapStick 
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Take a break from the heat in one of ChapStick's four Fan Lounges equipped with a moisture tent, multiple beach chairs, games, tubes of ChapStick LipMoisturizer and other fun give-aways.  Don't miss your opportunity with Misty May who will be making appearances throughout the weekend for autograph signings and photo opportunities.

Wrigleys
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Long Lasting Flavor, Extra's Got It! Stop By the Wrigley Booth for a free sample of Wrigley's Extra gum

Nature Valley Granola Bars 
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Whether you're out on the court or watching from up in the stands, Nature Valley Granola Bars are a natural source of energy.  Make sure to stop by the Nature Valley tent to pick up a free sample.  Nature Valley - The Energy Bar Nature Intended. 


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Seeding:

Seed Name           Points            Ranking             Qualifying Status
$125,000  2004 AVP HUNTINGTON BEACH OPEN - MEN'S ENTRIES
May 28th-30th, 2004 at The Pier, Huntington Beach, Calif.,
Men's Main Draw Entries:
2004 AVP Teams at Huntington Beach

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Huntington Beach Teams - 2004

Men

2004 AVP Nissan Series

$125,000 Huntington Beach Open, Presented by Shark Energy Drink
Huntington Beach, Calif. · August 28-30, 2004

Men’s Main Draw Entries (Main Draw seed, Qualifying Seed)
Finish Player Partner Seed
  Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 1
  Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert 2
  Jason Ring George Roumain 3
  Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard 4
  Canyon Ceman Mike Whitmarsh 5
  Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 6
  Brent Doble Brian Lewis 7
  Jake Gibb Adam Jewell 8
  John Hyden Andy Witt 9
  Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena 10
  Paul Baxter Scott Wong 11
  Eduardo Bacil Eli Fairfield 12
  Jim Nichols Matt Olson 13
  Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge 14
  Jake Elliott Jason Lee 15
  Matt Heath Adam Roberts 16
  Aaron Boss Jose Loiola 17
  Albert Hannemann Chad Turner 18
  Chip McCaw Alika Williams 19
  Ian Clark Scott Davenport 20
  David Fischer Scott Lane 21
  David Smith Brad Torsone 22
  Anthony Medel John Moran 23
  Ty Loomis Ryan Mariano 24
  Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano Q1
  Ben Koski Jeff Minc Q2
  Ryan Cronin Andrew Vazquez Q3
  Kevin Craig Gaston Macau Q4
  John Anselmo Anthony Mihalic Q5
  Chris Kosty Hans Stolfus Q6
  Brian Chapman Mike Morrison Q7
  Steve Grotowski Ranse Jones Q8
  Mike DiPierro Jim Van Zwieten Q9
  John Mayer Dan Mintz Q10
  Brian Corso Said Souikane Q11
  Kevin Dake Ran Kumgisky Q12
  Eric Adams Tony Pray Q13
  Nick Hannemann Mark Paaluhi Q14
  Esteban Escobar Leonardo Moraes Q15
  Matt Prosser Jon Thompson Q16
  Sonny Knight Jeff Smith Q17
  Ivan Mercer Jeff Murrell Q18
  John Braunstein Mike Diehl Q19
  Mike Bruning Aaron Steele Q20
  Brian Duff Sam Haghighi Q21
  Leon Lucas Justin Phipps Q22
  Seth Burnham Jack Quinn Q23
  Skyler Davis Aaron Rogers Q24
  Art Barron Morgan Mainz Q25
  Jeff Myers Mark Smith Q26
  Steve Delaney Everett Matthews Q27
  Bivin Sadler Andy Shean Q28
  Matt Osbourn Jessie Webster Q29
  Samuel Rogers Mike Szymanski Q30
  Steve Hubbard Jason Wight Q31
  Casey Patterson Dennis Roberts Q32
  Jason Greenlaw Chad Wick Q33
  Guy Hamilton Dennis Marlow Q34
  David Escarsega Todd Hart Q35
  Mike Desjardins Ken Lentin Q36
  Greg Boor Matt Heagy Q37
  Dhiraj Coats Yariv Lerner Q38
  Andor Gyulai Tom Slauterbeck Q39
  Joe Boken Ian Gallagher Q40
  Todd Bennett Sergio Penaloza Q41
  Jeff Alzina Aaron Wachtfogel Q42
  Michael Doucette James Hollis Q43
  Brian Genthe Tom Witt Q44
  Scott Kiedaisch Daniel Skilins Q45
  Charles Cates Arqum Iqbal Q46
  Corey Glave Mark Kirunchyk Q47
  Vince Fierro Jon Mesko Q48
  Jon Barnes Jake Blair Q49
  Mika Hunkin Jamie Johansen Q50
  Jason Lefevre Travis Regner Q51
  Michael DeRaffaele Curt Vaughen Q52
  Kevin Cleary Joel Jones Q53
  Randy Cline Judd Smith Q54
  Nguyen Le Peter Tourigny Q55
  Joshua Cannon Jason Voorhees Q56
  Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins Q57
  Brenton Davis Ryan Haneberg Q58
  Jeremy Drescher Derek Martinez Q59
  Pat Brown Timothy Cornelissen Q60
  Corin Bemus Brandon Taliaferro Q61
  Zach Miller Brad Powell Q62
  Cory Chandler Miguel Monterola Q63
  John Caravella Luis Sandoval Q64
  Mark Addy Jerry Graham Q65
  Billy Allen Ty Tramblie Q66
  Matt Akromis Jeff Pheffer Q67
  Justin Deblasio Jason Miller Q68
  Michael Fegley Blake Newman Q69
  Gabby Amar JP Calderon Q70
  Jason Harris Anthony Sciarpalletti Q71
  Tim Fuehrer Josh Goodman Q72
  Taylor Evans Steffin Rangel Q73
  Lucas Galmarni Jeff Graham Q74
  Bob Von Burg Vince Zanzucchi Q75
  Jeff Clasen Corey Kleven Q76
  Wes Badorek Kurt Peters Q77
  Blake Cantrell David Kohl Q78
  Dustin Townsend Aaron Wintrich Q79
  Jarett Jensen David Maitlen Q80

Huntington Beach Teams - 2004
Men's Entries

Men's AVP $62,500 Huntington Beach Open
May 28-30, 2004
Finish Player Partner Seed

  Nick Hannemann Mark Paaluhi  
  Albert Hannemann Chad Turner  
  Eduardo Bacil Eli Fairfield  
  Steve Delaney Evie Mattews  
  Matt Osbourn Jessie Webster  
  Billy Allen Ty Tramblie  
  Jeff Clasen Corey Kleven  
  Ian Clark Scott Davenport  
  Charles Cates Arqum Iqbal  
  John Anselmo Anthony Mihalic  
  Eric Adams Tony Pray  
  Skyler Davis Aaron Rogers  
  David Fischer Scott Lane  
  Mike Desjardins Ken Lentin  
  Zach Miller Brad Powell  
  Joshua Cannon Jason Voorhees  
  Michael Doucette James Hollis  
  Samuel Rogers Mike Szymanski  
  Brian Corso Said Souikane  
  Cory Chandler Miguel Monterola  
  Chris Kosty Hans Stolfus  
  Esteban Escobar Leonardo Moraes  
  Ty Loomis Ryan Mariano  
  Justin Deblasio Jason Miller  
  Randy Cline Judd Smith  
  Gabby Amar JP Calderon  
  Michael DeRaffaele Curt Vaughen  
  Andor Gyulai Tom Slauterbeck  
  Taylor Evans Steffin Rangel  
  Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings  
  Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt  
  Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard  
  Tim Fuehrer Josh Goodman  
  Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins  
  Todd Bennett Sergio Penaloza  
  Steve Grotowski Ranse Jones  
  Michael Fegley Blake Newman  
  Matt Akromis Jeff Pheffer  
  Kevin Cleary Joel Jones  
  Nguyen Le Peter Tourigny  
  Jim Nichols Matt Olson  
  Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge  
  Canyon Ceman Mike Whitmarsh  
  Blake Cantrell David Kohl  
  Jason Harris Anthony Sciarpalletti  
  Dustin Townsend Aaron Wintrich  
  Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert  
  Joe Boken Ian Gallagher  
  Kevin Craig Gaston Macau  
  Mike DiPierro Jim Van Zwieten  
  Bob Von Burg Vince Zanzucchi  
  Jason Lefevre Travis Regner  
  Scott Kiedaisch Daniel Skilins  
  Jake Elliott Jason Lee  
  Mike Bruning Aaron Steele  
  Corey Glave Mark Kirunchyk  
  Anthony Medel John Moran  
  Pat Brown Timothy Cornelissen  
  Kevin Dake Ran Kumgisky  
  Matt Prosser Jon Thompson  
  David Smith Brad Torsone  
  Brenton Davis Ryan Haneberg  
  Steve Hubbard Jason Wight  
  Corin Bemus Brandon Taliaferro  
  Aaron Boss Jose Loiola  
  Jeremy Drescher Derek Martinez  
  Ryan Cronin Andrew Vazquez  
  Leon Lucas Justin Phipps  
  Ivan Mercer Jeff Murrell  
  Mika Hunkin Jamie Johansen  
  Brian Duff Sam Haghighi  
  Guy Hamilton Dennis Marlow  
  Matt Heath Adam Roberts  
  Jarett Jensen David Maitlen  
  John Hyden Andy Witt  
  Seth Burnham Jack Quinn  
  John Mayer Dan Mintz  
  David Escarsega Todd Hart  
  Wes Badorek Kurt Peters  
  Jeff Alzina Aaron Wachtfogel  
  Lucas Galmarni Jeff Graham  
  Brent Doble Brian Lewis  
  Art Barron Morgan Mainz  
  Chip McCaw Alika Williams  
  Jason Ring George Roumain  
  Brian Chapman Mike Morrison  
  Bivin Sadler Andy Shean  
  Dhiraj Coats Yariv Lerner  
  Ben Koski Jeff Minc  
  Jeff Myers Mark Smith  
  Brian Genthe Tom Witt  
  John Braunstein Mike Diehl  
  Jake Gibb Adam Jewell  
  Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena  
  Greg Boor Matt Heagy  
  Paul Baxter Scott Wong  
  Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano Q1
  Sonny Knight Jeff Smith Q17
  Casey Patterson Dennis Roberts Q32
  Jason Greenlaw Chad Wick Q33
  Vince Fierro Jon Mesko Q48
  Jon Barnes Jake Blair Q49
  John Caravella Luis Sandoval Q64
  Mark Addy Jerry Graham Q65 

$125,000 2004 Huntington Beach Open Presented by Shark Energy Drink Qualifier Results 
 
2004 AVP Nissan Series
$125,000 Huntington Beach Open Presented by
Shark Energy Drink
Huntington Beach, Calif.
May 28-30, 2004
Men's Qualification Tournament Results (Thursday, May 28)

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Mark Addy / Jerry Graham (Q65) def. John Caravella / Luis Sandoval (Q64) 21-17, 12-21, 15-7 (0:54)
Match 7: Jarett Jensen / David Maitlen (Q80) def. Jon Barnes / Jake Blair (Q49) 21-18, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 10: Joshua Cannon / Jason Voorhees (Q56) def. Steffin Rangel / Taylor Evans (Q73) 21-13, 21-12 (0:41)
Match 15: Rocky Mayo / Jeremie Simkins (Q57) def. Tim Fuehrer / Josh Goodman (Q72) 21-13, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 18: Blake Newman / Michael Fegley (Q69) def. Pat Brown / Timothy Cornelissen (Q60) 15-21, 21-18, 21-19 (1:19)
Match 23: Corey Kleven / Jeff Clasen (Q76) def. Kevin Cleary / Joel Jones (Q53) 13-21, 21-18, 16-14 (1:09)
Match 26: Michael DeRaffaele / Curt Vaughen (Q52) def. Kurt Peters / Wes Badorek (Q77) 21-17, 21-16 (0:42)
Match 31: Corin Bemus / Brandon Taliaferro (Q61) def. Jason Miller / Justin Deblasio (Q68) 21-16, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 34: Matt Akromis / Jeff Pheffer (Q67) def. Zach Miller / Brad Powell (Q62) 21-12, 19-21, 16-14 (0:55)
Match 39: Jason Lefevre / Travis Regner (Q51) def. David Kohl / Blake Cantrell (Q78) 19-21, 21-14, 15-8 (0:56)
Match 42: Randy Cline / Judd Smith (Q54) def. Vince Zanzucchi / Bob Von Burg (Q75) 21-14, 15-21, 15-10 (0:55)
Match 47: Gabby Amar / JP Calderon (Q70) def. Jeremy Drescher / Derek Martinez (Q59) 21-13, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 50: Brenton Davis / Ryan Haneberg (Q58) def. Jason Harris / Anthony Sciarpalletti (Q71) 21-15, 21-12 (0:36)
Match 55: Jeff Graham / Lucas Galmarni (Q74) def. Nguyen Le / Peter Tourigny (Q55) 21-14, 17-21, 20-18 (1:01)
Match 58: Dustin Townsend / Aaron Wintrich (Q79) def. Mika Hunkin / Jamie Johansen (Q50) 23-21, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 63: Ty Tramblie / Billy Allen (Q66) def. Cory Chandler / Miguel Monterola (Q63) 21-14, 21-10 (0:41)

Round 2
Match 65: Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q1) def. Mark Addy / Jerry Graham (Q65) 22-20, 21-13 (0:42)
Match 66: Casey Patterson / Dennis Roberts (Q32) def. Jason Greenlaw / Chad Wick (Q33) 21-11, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 67: Sonny Knight / Jeff Smith (Q17) def. Vince Fierro / Jon Mesko (Q48) 21-15, 21-19 (0:43)
Match 68: Matt Prosser / Jon Thompson (Q16) def. Jarett Jensen / David Maitlen (Q80) 21-13, 21-10 (0:36)
Match 69: Mike DiPierro / Jim Van Zwieten (Q9) def. Joshua Cannon / Jason Voorhees (Q56) 21-15, 21-12 (0:38)
Match 70: Skyler Davis / Aaron Rogers (Q24) def. Todd Bennett / Sergio Penaloza (Q41) 21-19, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 71: Art Barron / Morgan Mainz (Q25) def. Joe Boken / Ian Gallagher (Q40) 21-14, 21-12 (0:41)
Match 72: Rocky Mayo / Jeremie Simkins (Q57) def. Steve Grotowski / Ranse Jones (Q8) 0-21, 21-13, 15-12 (0:39)
Match 73: Chris Kosty / Hans Stolfus (Q5) def. Blake Newman / Michael Fegley (Q69) 21-13, 21-12 (0:41)
Match 74: Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q28) def. Greg Boor / Matt Heagy (Q37) 21-15, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 75: Brian Duff / Sam Haghighi (Q21) def. Brian Genthe / Tom Witt (Q44) 21-13, 21-11 (0:43)
Match 76: Kevin Dake / Ran Kumgisky (Q12) def. Corey Kleven / Jeff Clasen (Q76) 21-18, 21-14 (0:45)
Match 77: Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q13) def. Michael DeRaffaele / Curt Vaughen (Q52) 21-18, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 78: Mike Bruning / Aaron Steele (Q20) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Daniel Skilins (Q45) 21-17, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 79: Mike Desjardins / Ken Lentin (Q36) def. Matt Osbourn / Jessie Webster (Q29) 21-19, 21-14 (0:43)
Match 80: John Anselmo / Anthony Mihalic (Q4) def. Brandon Taliaferro / Corin Bemus (Q61) 26-28, 21-17, 15-13 (1:14)
Match 81: Ryan Cronin / Andrew Vazquez (Q3) def. Matt Akromis / Jeff Pheffer (Q67) 21-14, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 82: David Escarsega / Todd Hart (Q35) def. Samuel Rogers / Mike Szymanski (Q30) 21-16, 16-21, 15-11 (0:55)
Match 83: John Braunstein / Mike Diehl (Q19) def. Charles Cates / Arqum Iqbal (Q46) 21-14, 21-17 (0:48)
Match 84: Nick Hannemann / Mark Paaluhi (Q14) def. Jason Lefevre / Travis Regner (Q51) 21-17, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 85: Brian Corso / Said Souikane (Q11) def. Randy Cline / Judd Smith (Q54) 21-10, 21-10 (0:40)
Match 86: Michael Doucette / James Hollis (Q43) def. Leon Lucas / Justin Phipps (Q22) 21-12, 14-21, 15-12 (0:57)
Match 87: Steve Delaney / Everett Matthews (Q27) def. Dhiraj Coats / Yariv Lerner (Q38) 21-15, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 88: Gabby Amar / JP Calderon (Q70) def. Gaston Macau / Derek Zimmerman (Q6) 21-19, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 89: Brenton Davis / Ryan Haneberg (Q58) def. Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (Q7) 21-18, 21-16 (0:44)
Match 90: Jeff Myers / Mark Smith (Q26) def. Andor Gyulai / Tom Slauterbeck (Q39) 21-18, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 91: Jeff Alzina / Aaron Wachtfogel (Q42) def. Seth Burnham / Jack Quinn (Q23) 23-21, 23-21 (0:54)
Match 92: John Mayer / Dan Mintz (Q10) def. Jeff Graham / Lucas Galmarni (Q74) 21-13, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 93: Dustin Townsend / Aaron Wintrich (Q79) def. Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (Q15) 21-14, 23-21 (0:50)
Match 94: Ivan Mercer / Jeff Murrell (Q18) def. Corey Glave / Mark Kirunchyk (Q47) 21-15, 21-12 (0:36)
Match 95: Steve Hubbard / Jason Wight (Q31) def. Guy Hamilton / Dennis Marlow (Q34) 21-19, 21-15 (0:47)
Match 96: Ty Tramblie / Billy Allen (Q66) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q2) by Forfeit

Round 3
Match 97: Casey Patterson / Dennis Roberts (Q32) def. Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q1) 19-21, 21-17, 15-10 (1:01)
Match 98: Matt Prosser / Jon Thompson (Q16) def. Sonny Knight / Jeff Smith (Q17) 21-0, 21-12 (0:27)
Match 99: Mike DiPierro / Jim Van Zwieten (Q9) def. Skyler Davis / Aaron Rogers (Q24) 21-18, 19-21, 15-11 (0:58)
Match 100: Rocky Mayo / Jeremie Simkins (Q57) def. Art Barron / Morgan Mainz (Q25) 21-13, 22-20 (0:45)
Match 101: Chris Kosty / Hans Stolfus (Q5) def. Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q28) 21-18, 21-10 (0:39)
Match 102: Kevin Dake / Ran Kumgisky (Q12) def. Brian Duff / Sam Haghighi (Q21) 21-10, 21-18 (0:41)
Match 103: Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q13) def. Mike Bruning / Aaron Steele (Q20) 21-18, 17-21, 19-17 (1:15)
Match 104: John Anselmo / Anthony Mihalic (Q4) def. Mike Desjardins / Ken Lentin (Q36) 21-15, 21-23, 15-12 (1:05)
Match 105: Ryan Cronin / Andrew Vazquez (Q3) def. David Escarsega / Todd Hart (Q35) 21-14, 21-16 (0:48)
Match 106: Nick Hannemann / Mark Paaluhi (Q14) def. John Braunstein / Mike Diehl (Q19) 16-21, 21-17, 15-9 (1:06)
Match 107: Brian Corso / Said Souikane (Q11) def. Michael Doucette / James Hollis (Q43) 21-17, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 108: Steve Delaney / Everett Matthews (Q27) def. Gabby Amar / JP Calderon (Q70) 21-13, 17-21, 15-9 (0:55)
Match 109: Brenton Davis / Ryan Haneberg (Q58) def. Jeff Myers / Mark Smith (Q26) 21-12, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 110: John Mayer / Dan Mintz (Q10) def. Jeff Alzina / Aaron Wachtfogel (Q42) 22-20, 20-22, 15-13 (0:54)
Match 111: Ivan Mercer / Jeff Murrell (Q18) def. Dustin Townsend / Aaron Wintrich (Q79) 21-19, 21-8 (0:37)
Match 112: Ty Tramblie / Billy Allen (Q66) def. Steve Hubbard / Jason Wight (Q31) 16-21, 23-21, 15-8 (0:56)

Round 4
Match 113: Matt Prosser / Jon Thompson (Q16) def. Casey Patterson / Dennis Roberts (Q32) 21-16, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 114: Mike DiPierro / Jim Van Zwieten (Q9) def. Rocky Mayo / Jeremie Simkins (Q57) 21-17, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 115: Chris Kosty / Hans Stolfus (Q5) def. Kevin Dake / Ran Kumgisky (Q12) 21-7, 17-21, 18-16 (0:53)
Match 116: John Anselmo / Anthony Mihalic (Q4) def. Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q13) 30-28, 21-10 (0:49)
Match 117: Nick Hannemann / Mark Paaluhi (Q14) def. Ryan Cronin / Andrew Vazquez (Q3) 20-22, 21-16, 17-15 (1:08)
Match 118: Steve Delaney / Everett Matthews (Q27) def. Brian Corso / Said Souikane (Q11) 19-21, 23-21, 15-10 (1:03)
Match 119: John Mayer / Dan Mintz (Q10) def. Brenton Davis / Ryan Haneberg (Q58) 21-14, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 120: Ty Tramblie / Billy Allen (Q66) def. Ivan Mercer / Jeff Murrell (Q18) 21-15, 21-6 (0:42)


Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (1) def. Ty Tramblie / Billy Allen (32, Q66) 21-14, 21-14 (0:32)
Match 2: Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (16) def. Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (17) 27-25, 22-20 (0:46)
Match 3: John Hyden / Andy Witt (9) def. Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (24) 21-18, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 5: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (5) def. Jim Van Zwieten / Mike DiPierro (28, Q9) 21-15, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 6: Eduardo Bacil / Eli Fairfield (12) def. David Fischer / Scott Lane (21) 21-19, 21-14 (0:39)
Match 7: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (13) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (20) 22-20, 25-23 (0:45)
Match 9: Jason Ring / George Roumain (3) def. Jon Thompson / Matt Prosser (30, Q16) 21-15, 21-17 (0:46)
Match 10: Chip McCaw / Alika Williams (19) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (14) 21-18, 21-18 (0:48)
Match 11: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (11) def. David Smith / Brad Torsone (22) 21-15, 21-14 (0:53)
Match 13: Brent Doble / Brian Lewis (7) def. Chris Kosty / Hans Stolfus (26, Q5) 21-10, 21-15 (0:48)
Match 14: Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (10) def. Anthony Medel / John Moran (23) 21-13, 21-17 (0:59)
Match 15: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (18) def. Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (15) 21-12, 30-28 (0:46)

Round 2
Match 17: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (1) def. Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (16) 21-18, 21-12 (0:38)
Match 18: John Hyden / Andy Witt (9) def. Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (8) 21-13, 16-21, 16-14 (1:11)
Match 19: Eduardo Bacil / Eli Fairfield (12) def. Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (5) 21-18, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 20: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (4) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (13) 21-14, 22-24, 15-9 (1:04)
Match 21: Jason Ring / George Roumain (3) def. Chip McCaw / Alika Williams (19) 19-21, 21-15, 16-14 (0:59)
Match 22: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (11) def. Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (6) 21-17, 21-19 (0:51)
Match 23: Brent Doble / Brian Lewis (7) def. Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (10) 21-18, 21-12 (0:45)
Match 24: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) def. Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (18) 21-18, 21-10 (0:36)
Round 3
Match 25: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (1) def. John Hyden / Andy Witt (9) 21-10, 21-12 (0:41)
Match 26: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (4) def. Eduardo Bacil / Eli Fairfield (12) 21-17, 21-12 (0:38)
Match 27: Jason Ring / George Roumain (3) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (11) 22-20, 13-21, 15-7 (1:07)
Match 28: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) def. Brent Doble / Brian Lewis (7) 21-16, 21-17 (0:41)
Round 4
Match 29: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (1) def. Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (4) 19-21, 21-18, 15-10 (0:58)
Match 30: Jason Ring / George Roumain (3) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) 21-17, 17-21, 21-19 (1:18)


Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (17) def. Ty Tramblie / Billy Allen (32, Q66) 21-13, 22-20 (0:43)
Match 32: Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (24) def. John Anselmo / Anthony Mihalic (25, Q4) 21-19, 20-22, 15-11 (0:58)
Match 33: David Fischer / Scott Lane (21) def. Jim Van Zwieten / Mike DiPierro (28, Q9) 21-16, 19-21, 15-12 (0:53)
Match 34: Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (20) def. Nick Hannemann / Mark Paaluhi (29, Q14) 21-12, 21-15 (0:39)
Match 35: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (14) def. Jon Thompson / Matt Prosser (30, Q16) 21-15, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 36: David Smith / Brad Torsone (22) def. Dan Mintz / John Mayer (27, Q10) 21-23, 21-16, 15-9 (1:03)
Match 37: Chris Kosty / Hans Stolfus (26, Q5) def. Anthony Medel / John Moran (23) 22-20, 22-20 (0:50)
Match 38: Everett Matthews / Steve Delaney (31, Q27) def. Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (15) 19-21, 26-24, 22-20 (1:08)

Round 2
Match 39: Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (17) def. Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (18) 22-20, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 40: Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (10) def. Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (24) 24-22, 21-19 (0:47)
Match 41: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (6) def. David Fischer / Scott Lane (21) 30-28, 21-14 (0:51)
Match 42: Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (20) def. Chip McCaw / Alika Williams (19) 19-21, 21-15, 15-8 (0:54)
Match 43: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (13) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (14) 21-11, 16-21, 15-10 (0:52)
Match 44: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (5) def. David Smith / Brad Torsone (22) 21-10, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 45: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (8) def. Chris Kosty / Hans Stolfus (26, Q5) 21-14, 21-11 (0:35)
Match 46: Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (16) def. Everett Matthews / Steve Delaney (31, Q27) 25-23, 28-26 (0:55)

Round 3
Match 47: Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (17) def. Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (10) 21-15, 21-13 (0:27)
Match 48: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (6) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (20) 14-21, 21-10, 15-9 (0:58)
Match 49: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (5) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (13) 21-13, 21-11 (0:34)
Match 50: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (8) def. Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (16) 21-13, 21-18 (0:36)


Round 4
Match 51: Eduardo Bacil / Eli Fairfield (12) def. Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (17) 22-20, 21-18 (0:38)
Match 52: John Hyden / Andy Witt (9) def. Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (6) 22-20, 25-23 (0:53)
Match 53: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (5) def. Brent Doble / Brian Lewis (7) 18-21, 21-16, 15-13 (1:06)
Match 54: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (11) def. Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (8) 21-16, 21-18 (0:40)

Round 5
Match 55: Eduardo Bacil / Eli Fairfield (12) def. John Hyden / Andy Witt (9) 21-16, 14-21, 19-17 (0:58)
Match 56: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (11) def. Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (5) 21-18, 16-21, 15-11 (1:11)

Round 6
Match 57: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) def. Eduardo Bacil / Eli Fairfield (12) 21-15, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 58: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (4) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (11) 17-21, 21-19, 15-12 (1:09)


Semifinals
Match 59: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (1) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) 22-20, 21-19 (0:40)
Match 60: Jason Ring / George Roumain (3) def. Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (4) 21-19, 16-21, 19-17 (1:09)

Finals
Match 61: Jason Ring / George Roumain (3) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (1) 21-12, 21-16


 

 
Men's AVP $62,500 Bud Light Huntington Beach Open
Presented by Shark Energy Drink
May 28-30, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points

1 Jason Ring George Roumain 3 $14,500.00 360.0
2 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 1 $9,750.00 324.0
3 Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert 2 $5,825.00 270.0
3 Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard 4 $5,825.00 270.0
5 Paul Baxter Scott Wong 11 $3,500.00 216.0
5 Eduardo Bacil Eli Fairfield 12 $3,500.00 216.0
7 Canyon Ceman Mike Whitmarsh 5 $2,500.00 180.0
7 John Hyden Andy Witt 9 $2,500.00 180.0
9 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 6 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Brent Doble Brian Lewis 7 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Jake Gibb Adam Jewell 8 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Aaron Boss Jose Loiola 17 $1,600.00 144.0
13 Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena 10 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Jim Nichols Matt Olson 13 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Matt Heath Adam Roberts 16 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Ian Clark Scott Davenport 20 $1,050.00 108.0
17 Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge 14 $400.00 72.0
17 Albert Hannemann Chad Turner 18 $400.00 72.0
17 Chip McCaw Alika Williams 19 $400.00 72.0
17 David Fischer Scott Lane 21 $400.00 72.0
17 David Smith Brad Torsone 22 $400.00 72.0
17 Ty Loomis Ryan Mariano 24 $400.00 72.0
17 Chris Kosty Hans Stolfus 26, Q5 $400.00 72.0
17 Steve Delaney Everett Matthews 31, Q27 $400.00 72.0
25 Jake Elliott Jason Lee 15 $100.00 36.0
25 Anthony Medel John Moran 23 $100.00 36.0
25 John Anselmo Anthony Mihalic 25, Q4 $100.00 36.0
25 John Mayer Dan Mintz 27, Q10 $100.00 36.0
25 Mike DiPierro Jim Van Zwieten 28, Q9 $100.00 36.0
25 Nick Hannemann Mark Paaluhi 29, Q14 $100.00 36.0
25 Matt Prosser Jon Thompson 30, Q16 $100.00 36.0
25 Billy Allen Ty Tramblie 32, Q66 $100.00 36.0
33 Ryan Cronin Andrew Vazquez Q3 $.00 18.0
33 Brian Corso Said Souikane Q11 $.00 18.0
33 Kevin Dake Ran Kumgisky Q12 $.00 18.0
33 Eric Adams Tony Pray Q13 $.00 18.0
33 Ivan Mercer Jeff Murrell Q18 $.00 18.0
33 Casey Patterson Dennis Roberts Q32 $.00 18.0
33 Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins Q57 $.00 18.0
33 Brenton Davis Ryan Haneberg Q58 $.00 18.0
41 Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano Q1 $.00 12.0
41 Sonny Knight Jeff Smith Q17 $.00 12.0
41 John Braunstein Mike Diehl Q19 $.00 12.0
41 Mike Bruning Aaron Steele Q20 $.00 12.0
41 Brian Duff Sam Haghighi Q21 $.00 12.0
41 Skyler Davis Aaron Rogers Q24 $.00 12.0
41 Art Barron Morgan Mainz Q25 $.00 12.0
41 Jeff Myers Mark Smith Q26 $.00 12.0
41 Bivin Sadler Andy Shean Q28 $.00 12.0
41 Steve Hubbard Jason Wight Q31 $.00 12.0
41 David Escarsega Todd Hart Q35 $.00 12.0
41 Mike Desjardins Ken Lentin Q36 $.00 12.0
41 Jeff Alzina Aaron Wachtfogel Q42 $.00 12.0
41 Michael Doucette James Hollis Q43 $.00 12.0
41 Gabby Amar JP Calderon Q70 $.00 12.0
41 Dustin Townsend Aaron Wintrich Q79 $.00 12.0
57 Ben Koski Jeff Minc Q2 $.00 8.0
57 Gaston Macau Derek Zimmerman Q6 $.00 8.0
57 Brian Chapman Mike Morrison Q7 $.00 8.0
57 Steve Grotowski Ranse Jones Q8 $.00 8.0
57 Esteban Escobar Leonardo Moraes Q15 $.00 8.0
57 Leon Lucas Justin Phipps Q22 $.00 8.0
57 Seth Burnham Jack Quinn Q23 $.00 8.0
57 Matt Osbourn Jessie Webster Q29 $.00 8.0
57 Samuel Rogers Mike Szymanski Q30 $.00 8.0
57 Jason Greenlaw Chad Wick Q33 $.00 8.0
57 Guy Hamilton Dennis Marlow Q34 $.00 8.0
57 Greg Boor Matt Heagy Q37 $.00 8.0
57 Dhiraj Coats Yariv Lerner Q38 $.00 8.0
57 Andor Gyulai Tom Slauterbeck Q39 $.00 8.0
57 Joe Boken Ian Gallagher Q40 $.00 8.0
57 Todd Bennett Sergio Penaloza Q41 $.00 8.0
57 Brian Genthe Tom Witt Q44 $.00 8.0
57 Scott Kiedaisch Daniel Skilins Q45 $.00 8.0
57 Charles Cates Arqum Iqbal Q46 $.00 8.0
57 Corey Glave Mark Kirunchyk Q47 $.00 8.0
57 Vince Fierro Jon Mesko Q48 $.00 8.0
57 Jason Lefevre Travis Regner Q51 $.00 8.0
57 Michael DeRaffaele Curt Vaughen Q52 $.00 8.0
57 Randy Cline Judd Smith Q54 $.00 8.0
57 Joshua Cannon Jason Voorhees Q56 $.00 8.0
57 Corin Bemus Brandon Taliaferro Q61 $.00 8.0
57 Mark Addy Jerry Graham Q65 $.00 8.0
57 Matt Akromis Jeff Pheffer Q67 $.00 8.0
57 Michael Fegley Blake Newman Q69 $.00 8.0
57 Lucas Galmarni Jeff Graham Q74 $.00 8.0
57 Jeff Clasen Corey Kleven Q76 $.00 8.0
57 Jarett Jensen David Maitlen Q80 $.00 8.0
89 Jon Barnes Jake Blair Q49 $.00 4.0
89 Mika Hunkin Jamie Johansen Q50 $.00 4.0
89 Kevin Cleary Joel Jones Q53 $.00 4.0
89 Nguyen Le Peter Tourigny Q55 $.00 4.0
89 Jeremy Drescher Derek Martinez Q59 $.00 4.0
89 Pat Brown Timothy Cornelissen Q60 $.00 4.0
89 Zach Miller Brad Powell Q62 $.00 4.0
89 Cory Chandler Miguel Monterola Q63 $.00 4.0
89 John Caravella Luis Sandoval Q64 $.00 4.0
89 Justin Deblasio Jason Miller Q68 $.00 4.0
89 Jason Harris Anthony Sciarpalletti Q71 $.00 4.0
89 Tim Fuehrer Josh Goodman Q72 $.00 4.0
89 Taylor Evans Steffin Rangel Q73 $.00 4.0
89 Bob Von Burg Vince Zanzucchi Q75 $.00 4.0
89 Wes Badorek Kurt Peters Q77 $.00 4.0
89 Blake Cantrell David Kohl Q78 $.00 4.0
 

Huntington Beach Volleyball - Past Champions (six events)

1975   Greg Lee/Jim Menges
1999   Adam Johnson/Karch Kiraly
2000   Canyon Ceman/Brian Lewis
2001   Scott Ayakatubby/Eduardo Bacil 
2002   Eric Fonoimoana/Dax Holdren
2003   Karch Kiraly/Brent Doble
2004   Jason Ring/George Roumain

                      

2004 Tournament Champions >>Jason Ring / George Roumain

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Jason Ring                                      George Roumain

Women's AVP $62,500 Bud Light Huntington Beach Open
Presented by Shark Energy Drink
May 28-30, 2004 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Meri-de Boyer / Josie Youngblood (Q32) def. Jennifer Maastricht / Barb Ifejika (Q33) 21-14, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 6: Anya Adams / Jean Mathews (Q24) def. Jenn Hoft / Alyssa Rylander (Q41) 21-16, 21-19 (0:50)
Match 7: Kim Goodwin / Carol Killeen (Q25) def. Tina Damasco / Kristal Blair (Q40) 21-9, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 10: Kirstin Olsen / Terry Zartman (Q28) def. Bridget Lambert / Mary Strong (Q37) 21-12, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 15: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q36) def. Aly Curry / Shannon Sneed (Q29) 16-21, 21-19, 15-8 (1:01)
Match 18: Sarah Jones / Susan Hughes (Q35) def. Keely Eagle / Barb Sanson (Q30) 15-21, 26-24, 15-9 (1:10)
Match 22: April Chapple Zanella / Heather Hafner (Q22) def. Kristen Kinder / Jessica Kinder (Q43) 21-9, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 23: Jenny Griffith / Stephanie Roberts (Q27) def. Barb Letts / Stephanie Gruner (Q38) 21-9, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 26: Stacy Rouwenhorst / Paola Rodriguez (Q39) def. Antoinette Cocco / Jennifer Lombardi (Q26) 21-17, 21-14 (0:39)
Match 27: Brooke Rundle / Patti Scofield (Q42) def. Maggie Philgence / Cherry Simkins (Q23) 29-27, 21-14 (0:57)
Match 31: Rene Rozunko / Kelly Yengst (Q34) def. Heather Alley / Ingrid Roosild (Q31) 21-15, 12-21, 15-11 (0:58)

Round 2
Match 33: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q1) def. Meri-de Boyer / Josie Youngblood (Q32) 21-16, 21-18 (0:34)
Match 34: Melissa Karwowski / Ashley Regner (Q16) def. Joy Akins / Dawn Steinhauser (Q17) 21-19, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 35: Karen Helyer / Kaili Kimura (Q9) def. Anya Adams / Jean Mathews (Q24) 15-21, 21-15, 15-8 (0:56)
Match 36: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q8) def. Kim Goodwin / Carol Killeen (Q25) 21-19, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 37: Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagnuer (Q5) def. Kirstin Olsen / Terry Zartman (Q28) 22-20, 21-16 (0:42)
Match 38: Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q12) def. Michelle Kyman / Alyson Randick (Q21) 21-11, 21-12 (0:37)
Match 39: Nicole Branagh / Alicia Zamparelli (Q20) def. Cindy Phillips / Teri Van Dyke (Q13) 21-19, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 40: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q36) def. Karen Reitz / Gretchen Sanders (Q4) 18-21, 26-24, 15-11 (1:04)
Match 41: Jeannette Hecker / Valinda Hilleary (Q3) def. Sarah Jones / Susan Hughes (Q35) 21-15, 22-20 (0:46)
Match 42: Jessica Alvarado / Lily Kahumoku (Q14) def. Nicole Midwin / Natacha Nelson (Q19) 21-10, 21-18 (0:34)
Match 43: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q11) def. April Chapple Zanella / Heather Hafner (Q22) 12-21, 21-14, 15-7 (0:51)
Match 44: Mary Baily / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q6) def. Jenny Griffith / Stephanie Roberts (Q27) 21-14, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 45: Stacy Rouwenhorst / Paola Rodriguez (Q39) def. Kerri Eich / Sarah White (Q7) 19-21, 21-17, 15-13 (0:56)
Match 46: Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (Q10) def. Brooke Rundle / Patti Scofield (Q42) 22-20, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 47: Makalani Hovey / Amber Willey (Q15) def. Johanna Lehman / Laura Ratto (Q18) 21-14, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 48: Barb Birnbaum / Jill Changaris (Q2) def. Rene Rozunko / Kelly Yengst (Q34) 21-17, 21-15 (0:37)

Round 3
Match 49: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q1) def. Melissa Karwowski / Ashley Regner (Q16) 21-5, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 50: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q8) def. Karen Helyer / Kaili Kimura (Q9) 18-21, 21-16, 15-13 (1:05)
Match 51: Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q12) def. Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagnuer (Q5) 22-20, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 52: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q36) def. Nicole Branagh / Alicia Zamparelli (Q20) 22-20, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 53: Jeannette Hecker / Valinda Hilleary (Q3) def. Jessica Alvarado / Lily Kahumoku (Q14) 21-14, 21-11 (0:36)
Match 54: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q11) def. Mary Baily / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q6) 21-14, 20-22, 15-8 (0:58)
Match 55: Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (Q10) def. Stacy Rouwenhorst / Paola Rodriguez (Q39) 21-10, 21-15 (0:34)
Match 56: Makalani Hovey / Amber Willey (Q15) def. Barb Birnbaum / Jill Changaris (Q2) 21-17, 13-21, 16-14 (0:55)


Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (32, Q36) 21-16, 21-8 (0:30)
Match 2: Julie Sprague / Kimberly Coleman (16) def. Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (17) 21-17, 12-21, 15-13 (1:00)
Match 3: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) def. Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (24) 21-19, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 4: Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (8) def. Danalee Bragado / Ramona Caouette (25) 21-12, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 5: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (5) def. Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (28, Q12) 21-16, 21-11 (0:35)
Match 6: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (12) def. Denise Johns / Jenelle Koester (21) 21-19, 19-21, 15-12 (0:54)
Match 7: Daven Casad-Allison / Pat Keller (13) def. Kristen Schritter / Anne McArthur (20) 22-20, 21-12 (0:42)
Match 8: Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (4) def. Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (29, Q11) 21-13, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 9: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (30, Q10) 17-21, 21-11, 15-9 (0:55)
Match 10: Ali Wood / Alicia Polzin (14) def. Erin Galli / Franci Rard (19) 21-9, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 11: Ashley Bowles / Lauren Fendrick (11) def. Helen Reale / Nikki Audette (22) 21-16, 22-20 (0:45)
Match 12: Gracie Santana-Baeni / Paula Roca (6) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (27, Q8) 21-9, 21-9 (0:36)
Match 13: Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (7) def. Valinda Hilleary / Jeannette Hecker (26, Q3) 21-11, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 14: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (23, Q1) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (10) 15-21, 22-20, 15-13 (0:51)
Match 15: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (15) def. Michelle Morse / Liz Pagano (18) 21-13, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 16: Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (2) def. Makalani Hovey / Amber Willey (31, Q15) 21-5, 21-11 (0:27)

Round 2
Match 17: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Julie Sprague / Kimberly Coleman (16) 21-8, 21-13 (0:28)
Match 18: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) def. Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (8) 21-11, 12-21, 15-13 (0:55)
Match 19: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (5) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (12) 21-19, 21-14 (0:36)
Match 20: Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (4) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Pat Keller (13) 21-6, 21-23, 15-11 (0:52)
Match 21: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Ali Wood / Alicia Polzin (14) 21-16, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 22: Gracie Santana-Baeni / Paula Roca (6) def. Ashley Bowles / Lauren Fendrick (11) 21-18, 19-21, 15-10 (0:57)
Match 23: Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (7) def. Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (23, Q1) 21-12, 21-19 (0:34)
Match 24: Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (2) def. Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (15) 21-17, 21-12 (0:50)

Round 3
Match 25: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) 21-9, 21-14 (0:32)
Match 26: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (5) def. Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (4) 21-16, 21-16 (0:49)
Match 27: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Gracie Santana-Baeni / Paula Roca (6) 21-12, 21-13 (0:42)
Match 28: Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (7) def. Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (2) 21-18, 18-21, 15-12 (0:50)

Round 4
Match 29: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (5) 21-11, 21-10 (0:32)
Match 30: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (7) 21-16, 21-15 (0:39)



Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (17) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (32, Q36) 21-14, 17-21, 15-11 (0:50)
Match 32: Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (24) def. Danalee Bragado / Ramona Caouette (25) 21-13, 21-12 (0:37)
Match 33: Denise Johns / Jenelle Koester (21) def. Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (28, Q12) 21-10, 22-20 (0:35)
Match 34: Kristen Schritter / Anne McArthur (20) def. Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (29, Q11) 18-21, 21-17, 15-13 (1:00)
Match 35: Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (30, Q10) def. Erin Galli / Franci Rard (19) 21-12, 15-21, 17-15 (1:03)
Match 36: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (27, Q8) def. Helen Reale / Nikki Audette (22) 21-18, 21-18 (0:49)
Match 37: Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (10) def. Valinda Hilleary / Jeannette Hecker (26, Q3) 21-18, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 38: Michelle Morse / Liz Pagano (18) def. Makalani Hovey / Amber Willey (31, Q15) 21-16, 21-11 (0:33)

Round 2
Match 39: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (15) def. Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (17) 17-21, 21-15, 15-10 (1:03)
Match 40: Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (24) def. Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (23, Q1) 21-17, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 41: Ashley Bowles / Lauren Fendrick (11) def. Denise Johns / Jenelle Koester (21) 16-21, 21-16, 16-14 (0:53)
Match 42: Ali Wood / Alicia Polzin (14) def. Kristen Schritter / Anne McArthur (20) 21-17, 21-18 (0:59)
Match 43: Daven Casad-Allison / Pat Keller (13) def. Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (30, Q10) 21-18, 21-10 (0:35)
Match 44: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (12) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (27, Q8) 25-23, 24-22 (0:55)
Match 45: Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (8) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heide Ilustre (10) 21-16, 21-13 (0:54)
Match 46: Julie Sprague / Kimberly Coleman (16) def. Michelle Morse / Liz Pagano (18) 21-18, 18-21, 15-0 (0:59)

Round 3
Match 47: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (15) def. Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (24) 21-17, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 48: Ali Wood / Alicia Polzin (14) def. Ashley Bowles / Lauren Fendrick (11) 21-15, 21-18 (0:41)
Match 49: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (12) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Pat Keller (13) 21-17, 21-17 (0:45)
Match 50: Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (8) def. Julie Sprague / Kimberly Coleman (16) 21-13, 21-16 (0:33)

Round 4
Match 51: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (15) def. Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (4) 21-15, 21-17 (0:33)
Match 52: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) def. Ali Wood / Alicia Polzin (14) 21-19, 18-21, 15-8 (0:40)
Match 53: Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (2) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (12) 21-13, 21-11 (0:30)
Match 54: Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (8) def. Gracie Santana-Baeni / Paula Roca (6) 21-14, 21-18 (0:38)


Round 5
Match 55: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (15) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) 21-15, 21-11 (0:29)
Match 56: Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (2) def. Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (8) 21-10, 21-19 (0:38)

Round 6
Match 57: Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (7) def. Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (15) 21-14, 21-14 (0:26)
Match 58: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (5) def. Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (2) 21-19, 12-21, 15-11 (1:01)


Semifinals

Match 59: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (7) 21-15, 21-16 (0:30)
Match 60: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (5) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) 19-21, 21-16, 18-16 (0:59)

Finals

Match 61: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (5) 21-12, 21-13 (0:45)

 


Women's AVP $62,500 Bud Light Huntington Beach Open

Presented by Shark Energy Drink
May 28-30, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points
1 Misty May Kerri Walsh 1 $14,500.00 360.0
2 Barbra Fontana Jennifer Kessy 5 $9,750.00 324.0
3 Carrie Busch Nancy Mason 3 $5,825.00 270.0
3 Angie Akers Rachel Wacholder 7 $5,825.00 270.0
5 Lisa Arce Leanne McSorley 2 $3,500.00 216.0
5 Tyra Harper Makare Wilson 15 $3,500.00 216.0
7 Tammy Leibl Sarah Straton 8 $2,500.00 180.0
7 Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 9 $2,500.00 180.0
9 Jennifer Meredith Wendy Stammer 4 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 12 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Alicia Polzin Ali Wood 14 $1,600.00 144.0
13 Ashley Bowles Lauren Fendrick 11 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Daven Casad-Allison Pat Keller 13 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Kimberly Coleman Julie Sprague 16 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Marla O'Hara Julie Romias 24 $1,050.00 108.0
17 Tanya Fuamatu Heide Ilustre 10 $400.00 72.0
17 Barbara Nyland Saralyn Smith 17 $400.00 72.0
17 Michelle Morse Liz Pagano 18 $400.00 72.0
17 Anne McArthur Kristen Schritter 20 $400.00 72.0
17 Denise Johns Jenelle Koester 21 $400.00 72.0
17 Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles 23, Q1 $400.00 72.0
17 Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet 27, Q8 $400.00 72.0
17 Lisa Marshall Ann Windes 30, Q10 $400.00 72.0
25 Erin Galli Franci Rard 19 $100.00 36.0
25 Nikki Audette Helen Reale 22 $100.00 36.0
25 Danalee Bragado Ramona Caouette 25 $100.00 36.0
25 Jeannette Hecker Valinda Hilleary 26, Q3 $100.00 36.0
25 Holly Reisor Eleonora Vakhidova 28, Q12 $100.00 36.0
25 Angela Lewis Diane Pascua 29, Q11 $100.00 36.0
25 Makalani Hovey Amber Willey 31, Q15 $100.00 36.0
25 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 32, Q36 $100.00 36.0
33 Barb Birnbaum Jill Changaris Q2 $.00 18.0
33 Kelly Rowe Catie Vagnuer Q5 $.00 18.0
33 Mary Baily Tiffany Rodriguez Q6 $.00 18.0
33 Karen Helyer Kaili Kimura Q9 $.00 18.0
33 Jessica Alvarado Lily Kahumoku Q14 $.00 18.0
33 Melissa Karwowski Ashley Regner Q16 $.00 18.0
33 Nicole Branagh Alicia Zamparelli Q20 $.00 18.0
33 Paola Rodriguez Stacy Rouwenhorst Q39 $.00 18.0
41 Karen Reitz Gretchen Sanders Q4 $.00 12.0
41 Kerri Eich Sarah White Q7 $.00 12.0
41 Cindy Phillips Teri Van Dyke Q13 $.00 12.0
41 Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser Q17 $.00 12.0
41 Johanna Lehman Laura Ratto Q18 $.00 12.0
41 Nicole Midwin Natacha Nelson Q19 $.00 12.0
41 Michelle Kyman Alyson Randick Q21 $.00 12.0
41 April Chapple Zanella Heather Hafner Q22 $.00 12.0
41 Anya Adams Jean Mathews Q24 $.00 12.0
41 Kim Goodwin Carol Killeen Q25 $.00 12.0
41 Jenny Griffith Stephanie Roberts Q27 $.00 12.0
41 Kirstin Olsen Terry Zartman Q28 $.00 12.0
41 Meri-de Boyer Josie Youngblood Q32 $.00 12.0
41 Rene Rozunko Kelly Yengst Q34 $.00 12.0
41 Susan Hughes Sarah Jones Q35 $.00 12.0
41 Brooke Rundle Patti Scofield Q42 $.00 12.0
57 Maggie Philgence Cherry Simkins Q23 $.00 8.0
57 Antoinette Cocco Jennifer Lombardi Q26 $.00 8.0
57 Aly Curry Shannon Sneed Q29 $.00 8.0
57 Keely Eagle Barb Sanson Q30 $.00 8.0
57 Heather Alley Ingrid Roosild Q31 $.00 8.0
57 Barb Ifejika Jennifer Maastricht Q33 $.00 8.0
57 Bridget Lambert Mary Strong Q37 $.00 8.0
57 Stephanie Gruner Barb Letts Q38 $.00 8.0
57 Kristal Blair Tina Damasco Q40 $.00 8.0
57 Jenn Hoft Alyssa Rylander Q41 $.00 8.0
57 Jessica Kinder Kristen Kinder Q43 $.00 8.0
 
2004 AVP Huntington Beach Tournament Champions >>Misty May/ Kerri Walsh

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                             Misty May                                        Kerri Walsh       

Articles:2004
20 questions with Eli Fairfield
May 10, 2004
Reprinted with permission from DIG Magazine  

Former University of Southern California star Eli Fairfield, entering only his third year on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, is considered one of the sport's future stars. Eli started the year with Ian Clark but has recently hooked up with Canyon Ceman while Ceman's usual partner, Mike Whitmarsh, nurses an injury.
 
Many expect great things from the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's Eli Fairfield. 
Q: If President Bush wanted a tattoo, what would you suggest?

A: I would suggest he didn't get one.

Q: What's worse, losing to a short guy or team that came through the qualifier?

A: Neither, but there are quite a few good short players as well as qualifier teams.

Q: When you play Karch Kiraly, is it an honor to be on the same court as the greatest ever or do you think of him as another Bruin dinosaur?

A: An honor, but he's still a Bruin.

Q: Who do you enjoy beating the most on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour?

A: I'm happy with any victory.

Q: Are guys who party on Saturday night of a tournament (when they are still in the tournament) embracing the lifestyle or destined for mediocrity?

A: Not destined for anything except making a Sunday victory a little more difficult.

Q: When you're eliminated from an event, where would you rather hang out, with Rosie's Raiders or in the VIP tent?

A: Neither, I'd rather hang with Geeter on stage.

Q: Who do you think are better natural smack talkers, NBA or AVP players?

A: NBA players. There isn't enough smack talk anymore. Too many boring games.

Q: If somebody gave you Los Angeles Sparks' season tickets, what would be your reaction?

A: Since I live in San Diego, I would give them to my good buddy Albert Hannemann, a huge fan of the Sparks.

Q: What's a better career, one Olympic Gold Medal or five straight Manhattans?

A: Olympic Gold, the ultimate achievement in my opinion.

Q: Give us your all-time USC alum beach Manhattan Six-man team?

A: Setter: Dusty Dvorak; Opposite: Pat Powers; Outside: Adam Johnson; Outside: Brook Billings; Middle: Steve Timmons; Middle: Bryan Ivie; Libero: Jen-Kai Liu; Bench: Eli Fairfield, Donald Suxho, Tim Hovland, Tom Duke, Beau Rawi, Donny Killian, Trevor Julliuan, Chris Guilliano.

Q: What's more interesting, the Los Angeles Times opinion page or the AVP Forum?

A: AVP Forum without question.

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Heavy hitter: Mike Lambert
May 10, 2004
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Summer before last, Mike Dodd, a retired beach pro with 74 career wins and an Olympic silver medal from Atlanta, stood courtside at a tournament in Huntington Beach, Calif. and marveled at the raw talent he was watching. His subject: Mike Lambert, a lean and lengthy two-time indoor Olympian who was taking his first cuts on the pro beach tour.
 
Mike Lambert (right) playing in the finals of the AVP Tempe Open, the second stop of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series. 
Shaking his head, Dodd commented that if he didn't have a damaged wing -- Dodd bowed out after the 1997 season because of shoulder problems -- he would be hounding Lambert to be his partner. Dodd isn't the only player who has admired Lambert's physical gifts.

"He has the prototype body," says the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's Canyon Ceman. "If you had a lump of clay, and you could mold it into something, you'd want it to look just like that."

Not surprisingly, Lambert, who stands six-foot-six-inches, can get up and bang the ball, and he and new partner Karch Kiraly are already making impressive performances on the 2004 AVP Nissan Series (look for him on stage, strumming his guitar, singing the sequel to his 2002 beach volleyball song: "We are the AVP.")

Coming off an indoor club season in Italy, some people hope to have Lambert re-join the U.S. Indoor team again. Since the indoor team had disappointing finishes at the past two Olympics -- ninth at Atlanta in 1996 and 11th at Sydney in 2000 -- a part of him would like to have one more go at it. But at this point, he's leaning toward the beach.

"I want to be a great beach champion and win tournaments and compete against the best," he says. "And my heart and soul is with the beach."

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The power of one
May 11, 2004
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It's was a fun run. Fun, unless you're a competitive runner. Or unless you're Holly McPeak.
 
Holly McPeak's pro beach volleyball career is full of many spectacular saves. 
This was back in 1980s, when McPeak was in high school. She signed up for the Manhattan Mile, and she hadn't trained, but she decided she had to win. So in a field crowded with cross-country runners, she sprinted every step, pounding away on the pavement, passing people, holding off others. In the end, she finished second. Truth is, she couldn't believe someone had actually run faster.

For a whole week afterward, her body ached, and that sent her a message that she couldn't ignore. When it comes to competition, she simply isn't wired to play for fun.

"I don't run races at all anymore," she says. "We have a hometown 10k run. I'm in good shape. I could run it. But I can't go out and have fun, so I don't. I just cheer for people. And everyone says: 'Why aren't you out here?' and 'Hey, run with me. We'll have fun.' That's not fun to me -- just cruising. It's not fun. It's a race."

In her 14th season as a pro, McPeak is still sprinting on the beach. Her career victory total stands at 66, one shy of the all-time mark of 67 set by Karolyn Kirby, who retired in 2000. From the time she set foot on the pro tour, she was confident she could do well, but she never expected to do this well.

"I thought I could have a good career," she says. "But to have this type of career? No. I can't believe I've won 66 times."

Over the years, she has disproved a lot of people who didn't think that talent, skill and determination could overshadow the limitations of topping the height chart at 5-6 3/4. That was true even in high school when she heard that you had to be at least 5-8 to set on a Division I team. It unnerved her. Not because she thought she couldn't set at that level but because she worried she wouldn't get a shot. To be safe, she told everybody she was 5-8 and ended up getting all the offers she wanted. But the week she planned to commit to UCLA, the coach, Andy Banachowski, signed a 6-foot setter from Chicago, and despite Banachowski's assurances to her that she was still his top choice, she changed her mind and accepted an offer to play at Cal Berkeley.

If there is a recurring theme in McPeak's career, it's this: she takes action when knocked backward and usually turns it to her advantage. At Cal, she was one of several players -- another was Lisa Arce, her friend and fellow AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour player -- who had major differences with the coach, Dave DeGroot. After her junior year, DeGroot told her he didn't want her to return for her senior season, so she transferred to UCLA, beat out a taller setter -- Jennifer Gratteau -- and led the Bruins to an NCAA title, their first in six years.

On the beach, she was dropped three times by her former partner, Nancy Reno, who was at her side for a fifth-place finish at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 20 tournament victories. In 2000, after the third dumping from Reno, she moved on to Misty May, who was a rookie and had no FIVB qualifying points. Given the late start -- and given May's inexperience -- a lot of people doubted they could make it to Sydney, but it wasn't long before they were beating higher ranked opponents, including the dominant Brazilians. Much to everybody's surprise except their own, they did qualify, and many who were in Sydney say they would have won a medal if May hadn't suffered a severe abdominal injury two months before the Olympics.

"Misty's injury slowed them down," says Sinjin Smith, who represented the U.S. at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and has 139 career beach victories. "I'm convinced that if Misty was at full speed, they would have won the gold."

You can be sure that even with Misty's injury, McPeak wasn't aiming for anything less than gold. It's safe to say that she is not a believer in moral victories, even if all indications are that a true victory is improbable. In 1995, after she was cut loose by Reno the first time, she turned to Arce, who she'd played with at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Arce was new to the pro tour, but when she and McPeak talked about signing up together for an FIVB tournament in Puerto Rico, McPeak made it clear she wasn't viewing it as a warm up.

"She was like, 'We're playing in Puerto Rico and we're winning,'" Arce says. "And I was like, 'Well, this is my first time playing with you, and I've never won a tournament, and she said: 'We're winning.' And we did win."

Winning -- or the pursuit of a win -- was a big part of McPeak's childhood. She has a twin brother, Gary, and they would do things like sprint out of the grocery store to the car to see who could get there first. When she talks about it now, she doesn't mention anything about it being fun. She says: "It was good for me."

Her mom is competitive, too. A couple of years ago, she and Holly were in a ping pong tournament. They ended up playing each other. When the ball started flying back and forth over the net, the two of them were going at it so hard that everyone stopped to watch. Holly won one game, her mom another. It went to a tiebreaker -- yes, Holly eventually pulled it out -- and at one point, when they switched sides, her mom held up her hand for a high five, and Holly left her hanging.

"I was like, 'You're my opponent, I'm not giving you five," Holly says. "She said: 'Yeah, but I'm your mom.' I said: 'I don't care.'"

And yes, she was serious.

"Yeah, I was serious," she says. "I'll give her five at the end of the game. I was pissed that the game was that close."

Mixed into her ultra competitive childhood environment was another element that has surely contributed to her athletic triumphs: discipline. McPeak says her father is "one of the most disciplined people I know. Too extreme, as far as I'm concerned." But certain things were expected, she says. You went to school every day no matter what. You weren't late. If you were on a soccer team, you went to practice. Every practice. You didn't miss a game for a birthday party.

"That's how I was brought up," she says. "To me, that's normal. But it's not normal for everybody."

It's an attitude she has carried into adulthood. Her workouts have been known to be so long and rigorous that she has given up doing them with her partners and now trains on her own. Recently, she was asked if she ever has a day where she wakes up and doesn't want to practice, and she responded: "No. I don't. Because I still have things I want to achieve in my career."

Off the court, she is equally diligent. When Misty was her partner, Misty's dad, Butch May, said one of the great things about playing with Holly was knowing that she would take care of every little detail. If a form is due on a certain date, he noted, Holly "has it in five days ahead of time."

When you e-mail her, you will always get an e-mail back, usually the same day, often within hours, always succinct and to the point, covering just what you need and no more. Ask her to get something for a charity function, she does it. A while back, she was contacted about tracking down a Shaquille O'Neal signed basketball for a young boy -- a Lakers' fan -- who had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Inside of two weeks, the ball was in the boy's hands, signed by Shaq. Ask her for an interview, she'll do it. Unless she has a conflict. And if she has a conflict, she'll tell you she has a conflict. Never, ever, does she say she'll do something and then forget about it or show up late or call you at the last minute to cancel. This is just the way she thinks things should be done, the code she has always lived by.

"I can't stand flakes," she says. "That's my pet peeve. I cut them out of my life for the most part. Because I don't need it. Who needs people who are going to show up an hour late, who are irresponsible and who don't do the things that they're supposed to do? I'm really not tolerant when it comes to that kind of stuff.

"I mean, we play beach volleyball for a living. How lucky are we? We need to do everything we can to set a good example."

Sitting in the shade of the players' tent at the AVP tournament in Tempe, Ariz. in late April, McPeak, who was a few weeks away from her 35th birthday, was asked about her pursuit of Kirby's record. Like most players chasing a milestone, she has often downplayed it, explaining that focusing on a record can detract from your attention to what's most important: the point you are playing at that moment.

She began telling the story of her first pro tournament. It was in Austin, Texas, in 1990, and she had no money in the bank. She charged the trip on her credit card.

"All I could think about was the money," she said. "And I sucked. I couldn't play the game. It was the difference between 900 and 500 bucks, and when you have nothing, that's huge. But that was a lesson I learned. If you focus on something other than the next sideout and being aggressive, it doesn't work."

Still, she said the record is in the back of her mind. More than anything, it's a testament to her proudest accomplishment: winning consistently over a long, long time, and doing it with different partners.

It isn't going to be easy. It isn't as if she'll be able to walk to 67 victories from where she is now. Winning on this season's tour is arguably as tough as it's ever been, a grind through the early rounds, then a battle in the later rounds with two world class teams: Kerri Walsh-Misty May and Jenny Johnson Jordan-Annett Davis. Against both, McPeak has to put the ball away against a towering block.

Her confidence remains, though. As always, she believes.

"And I believe there's life after Elaine Youngs if she were to dump me," she says as the afternoon sun casts a buttery glow on the courts. "I love playing with Elaine, but guess what? It's not the end of the world if she doesn't want to play with me.

"I'll win with somebody else."

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Legend connection
By Karch Kiraly
May 12, 2004
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I think Ron has had a tremendous influence on men's beach volleyball -- though most players have never seen him play -- because he is a legend, a beach volleyball god.
I only got to see him compete later in his career, but whenever I had time to get to the beach during my UCLA years, I played at Sorrento Beach in Santa Monica, Calif. That was Ron's beach, and Sinjin's (Smith). So Sinjin grew up under his tutelage, and all of us learned Ron's theories indirectly through Sinjin -- I because I got to partner with Sinjin, and everyone else because they saw how relentlessly Sinjin played the game.

Ron's first commandment was thou shalt not give up more than one point in a row. Of course, that was before the rules changed to rally scoring two years ago, and it's more difficult to comply with that rule now, but it still makes perfect sense: if your opponents just served and earned a point, figure out what they did right and what you and your partner did wrong before the next serve, make your adjustments, and refuse to give up another point -- sideout above all else.

Ron's second law was to be in superb shape, to be the strongest, freshest player throughout each tournament and I have always admired that conditioning ethic. Ron prepared so well that no opponent believed he could be worn down, which is awe-inspiring considering the physical demands of playing in an era when it was an agonizing marathon to win a tournament. Back then players sometimes had to play for 10 or 12 hours to notch a victory -- meaning that all of his 62 wins were much harder earned than any win in today's game.

Mentally, he was incredibly tough, and he won with many, many different partners, playing both the left and right sides of the court. He was incredibly versatile and consistent, yet more traits I've always esteemed and tried to emulate.

I really enjoy talking beach volleyball with him every once in awhile because he is still so earnest and passionate about it. If I ask him a question, he'll take the time to mull over every possibility. He may even call me back a day or two later with yet more thoughts. I still love this game, but considering how long it's been since he competed in his prime, the depth of his fondness for the game is amazing.

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Golden dreams
May 16, 2004
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Dain Blanton already owns an Olympic Gold Medal. Not surprisingly, he wouldn't mind having another.
 
Dain Blanton's abilities earned him the 2003 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's Best Offensive Player Award. 
Blanton is a self-described practical person, but he did allow himself one indulgence after winning a Gold Medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. A convertible Porsche 911, his favorite car as a kid.

"When you get into it, it puts a smile on your face," he says. "It's just such a high performance vehicle, so tight on the road.

"There's only one thing bad about it. It doesn't hold a lot of volleyballs."

The way things are looking, he may soon have an excuse to buy another cool toy. After an impressive 2003 season, he and his new partner, Jeff Nygaard, a member of the U.S.'s indoor team at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, have become the frontrunners to qualify for one of two American Olympic berths in Athens, Greece. During the 2004 season, the tandem won four tournaments -- an FIVB event in Greece, and three in the United States on the AVPPro Beach Volleyball Tour. That's a career high for Blanton, who has 10 tournament victories on his resume. It's also extremely impressive considering the parity on last year's tour, where no team except Blanton and Nygaard won more than once, and only one player -- Eric Fonoimoana, Blanton's Gold Medal partner in Sydney, Australia -- won twice.

In 2002, when Blanton went an entire season without a victory while playing with Carl Henkel, he talked confidently of returning to the podium, saying if the partnership with Nygaard clicked, he'd see us in Athens.

"You gotta have that confidence," he says. "I know the type of volleyball that is being played, and I know the type of volleyball that I can play. I'm physically stronger than I have been, and now I have the right partner.

"I've always thought that the best years for a volleyball player are between the ages of 28 and 35. I'm 32, so the way I look at it, I'm in my prime right now."

Recently, he spoke about a possible Olympic encore and what his life has been like since that memorable day nearly four years ago, when he and Fonoi struck gold at Bondi Beach. Q: How is your life different now than before Sydney?

A: My life is pretty much the same, but people view you in a different light. A lot of doors open.

The unique thing about a gold medal is it's so universal. Everyone knows what it is. You take an NFL trophy or a World Series baseball trophy to Europe, they don't know what it is. A Gold Medal, you take anywhere and everyone knows what it is. And most people aren't too concerned what you won it in. It's just that you won it and made it to that level, and that level is considered the top of the top.

A lot of people will introduce me now and say: "He won the Gold Medal," and then all of a sudden there's a little more attention. It carries weight like that.

Q: But success hasn't changed you?

A: I don't think so. Obviously, it gives you confidence, and it lets you know what you're capable of doing. Outside of that, I would say I'm pretty much the same guy.

Q: Where do you keep your Gold Medal?

A: It's at home. I try to take it to as many events as I can to share it with other people and with kids. I'd never seen a Gold mMedal before I got mine. I think that's one of the coolest things about it -- sharing it with people.

Q: Ever misplace it or lose track of it in a crowded room?

A: No. But I don't like traveling with it. When I do, it's on me. If I get on a plane, it's in my pocket. There's no insurance on that thing. You can't really replace it.

Q: Are you at all disappointed that now that you and Eric aren't playing together anymore, you won't have a chance to defend the gold with him?

A: It would have been nice to be able to do that. But this is beach volleyball and things happen like that. We played together for five years and had a great run, but (in 2001) things got a little stagnant. It's so hard to reach that high again. And everyone's out to beat you. I think we both knew that we needed to mix it up and change so everything would be fresh again.

Q: You guys parted on good terms, right?

A: Oh, yeah. Eric and I are good friends. There's no bad blood. We would play together again if the opportunity presented itself.

Q: Switching subjects, have you had any memorable dialogue recently with the referees calling your matches?

A: I like to have a rapport with the refs. I never beat them down too hard. If they make an error, I'll let them know. The best thing a ref can do is admit when they missed a call. Some guys will just say: "I missed that one."

Q: What do you say when a ref tells you that?

A: What can you say? "Wake up, this is serious. You can't be missing those." But then there are refs who stick by their bad calls. I have more respect for someone who says, "I made an error." Sometimes you meet afterward with the ref and have a beer and discuss the call. I did that earlier this season.

Q: Really? What was the disagreement?

A: It was a new ref, and I kicked a ball. I was angry at myself for making an error. It wasn't malicious. I didn't kick it at anyone. But he pulled the red card immediately. (After the match) his peers told him: "That's too quick. You go yellow on that and give a warning before you take a point away." But he was new. According to the rule book, a kick is a red. But no veteran ref would have done that unless I was trying to show him up.

Q: You've had some long plane rides this year. Read anything good en route to the International tournaments?

A: "The Alchemist" was really cool. It's based on going after your dream, and it really captures the attention of the reader. I also like to read a lot of sports psychology stuff. I like Dan Millman. He wrote "Way of the Peaceful Warrior," and he has one out now called "Body Mind Mastery."

Q: What have you learned from reading his books?

A: The biggest thing is probably letting go of the outcome and going out there and putting the focus on being the best that you can be. That's the biggest challenge. Last year, there have only been a handful of matches where I think Jeff and I have been beaten. The majority of losses have come on our side.

Q: What should you be thinking about during the heat of a match?

A: Your main focus shouldn't be, "I need to win." Your focus should be on making the next play. It's easy to get caught up in, "If I win this, I can go home. I'm done for the day." But none of that has anything to do with the technical aspect of each point that you're playing. A lot of people think like that. "I have to win this game." If you're thinking that way, you're not going to win. You're holding on too tight. The hardest thing is being in the present moment all the time. I think that's something Eric and I did in the Olympics. We were able to leave the last play behind, whether it was great or bad.

Q: Okay, new topic. Which would you prefer, floor seats at a Lakers' game, or driving a NASCAR?

A: NASCAR, for sure. I got an invite in the mail recently to take the Porsche out on a track. But it was on a tournament day.

Q: In one summer playing with you, would Tiger Woods get his AAA beach rating?

A: Yeah, definitely. I've never seen him play basketball or anything, but he looks like an athlete and he looks like he could adapt. And he's got that competitive fire. That alone is going to take you a long ways.

Q: Worst thing about having a partner from the Midwest?

A: I think it's a breath of fresh air. Jeff is a hard worker, and he's his own person. He's down to earth. Everything's been real good. The thing about Jeff is, he's a real mellow guy on the court, but inside he's got a real strong fire. And most importantly, he's a proven winner.

Q: Who do you most like to beat?

A: I enjoy competing against and beating the best. Karch. Canyon (Ceman) and (Mike) Whitmarsh. Ack (Scott Ayakatubby) and (Brian) Lewis are tough. And playing against Eric is always fun. They all bring out the most in you.

Q: No one that you would single out, though?

A: I'm not going to name names. [Laughs.] There are enough guys out there who want to beat me. I don't need to fuel any more fire.

Q: On a serious note, your father died when you were six. How tough was that for you?

A: The fact that I had two older brothers -- Everett and Kurt -- as role models was very helpful. They both were athletic, and they both played sports. Kurt was really into volleyball and that inspired me to play. I got into club volleyball, then I'd go down to the beach in Laguna during summers. And I had the Boys and Girls Club right down the street from my house. I played sports all the time.

Q: And you've said your mom, Jewell, was a big influence. Was she strict?

A: Not strict, but she made sure we did our chores before we did other things. But she wasn't strict. She gave us a lot of responsibility. When I was in high school, it wasn't like she would say: "Be home at this hour." It was: "Call me by this hour and tell me where you are." We were given the freedom to make responsible choices, and I think that benefited me because I had friends who went crazy as soon as they got away from high school because they had been under wraps the whole time. For me, going to college was cool, but it wasn't like "Let's go get smashed."

Q: You were almost chosen as "The Bachelor" for the TV show. How did that come about?

A: Someone nominated me, and I went along with it. I went to an interview and then there was a second interview and a third interview and it started getting serious. But I wasn't sure if I would do it or not. Because it would change your life. All of a sudden, you're this big celebrity, and you haven't done anything.

Q: What did they ask in the interviews?

A: They wanted to know my background and what kind of women I like and how serious I am about finding a girl and getting married right now. But I think it's hard to find someone in six weeks that you're going to marry.

Q: You were one of the five finalists. Did you get a lot of phone calls after the show aired?

A: It was like wildfire. It's crazy how much power prime time television has. Everybody's watching, even if they tell you they're not. I got a lot of e-mails from women wanting to meet me.

Q: Did you respond?

A: I responded to a few. I got to the point where I just said, send me a picture. You've seen me, it's only fair. I had a good time with it and I met a lot of great people.

Q: Is there any athlete you would rearrange your schedule to watch on TV?

A: I love watching Tiger. If he's in the hunt on a Sunday, I'll watch. It's magical. I really love seeing how a top-notch athlete like Tiger carries himself and adjusts to different conditions. The aura that he has about him -- he's been able to get in people's heads. There are 30 or 40 guys who can dominate on any weekend. And the fact that he's dominated in the field that's out there today is amazing. You hear people say: "We're not afraid of him any more." Just the fact that they're saying that means he's in their heads. He also seems like a classy guy. When you tie that together --sportsmanship, class, respect -- that's what you want in an athlete.

Q: Sounds as if golfers have earned your respect.

A: I didn't appreciate golf nearly as much until I started playing it back in the mid 90s. When I first picked up clubs, I realized how challenging it is. It's pretty awesome what those guys can do. The most challenging part about it is that the ball doesn't move. It's you and the ball. You can't blame anybody else.

Q: Now that you've got a Gold Medal, how strong is your drive to go back and do it again?

A: The fire is still there. No one has ever won two beach volleyball Gold Medals, so that would be huge. But right now, I'm not looking at winning the Gold, I'm looking at making the team. Just like I was in 2000. First things first. But it's in the back of my mind. That would be history, winning two Golds. Karch has won three gold medals (two indoors) but winning two in beach volleyball has never been done. Chasing that gives me just as much fire now as I had in 2000.

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A closer look at Jeff Nygaard
by Olivia Neri
May 18, 2004
Courtesy Of  AVP

Jeff Nygaard started playing volleyball as a high school freshman in Wisconsin thanks to a basketball coach who wanted his players to remain active during the off-season.
 
Jeff Nygaard earned the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's Most Valuable Player Award in 2003. 
The College Years

Nygaard was recruited by UCLA where he earned college volleyball's top freshman award in 1992. During his years at UCLA, Nygaard's accomplishments included:

- First collegiate men's player to receive player-of-the-year honors in two consecutive seasons.

- Ended his career as UCLA's all-time leader in aces (123) and ranks second in blocks (650), kills (1,805) and hitting percentage (.427).

- Led the Bruins to two national championships (1993 and 1995).

- Earned post-season honors all four years at UCLA, including first-team recognition for three years (1993-95).

The National Team

After graduating from UCLA with a degree in English, Nygaard joined the United States National Volleyball Team and participated on two Olympic squads. After seven years on the national team, he stopped enjoying the game and quit volleyball moving back to Los Angeles. Perks to the Professional Lifestyle

There are many perks to being a professional athlete including travel, meeting celebrities, and most importantly, getting paid to do what you love. "I don't think I can narrow it down to just one," Nygaard said.

A recent trip to Brazil allowed Nyggard to find Rio de Janeiro which is now one of his favorite destinations.

The purpose of the trip to South America was to play in the Country versus Country Challenge. The event pitted Nygaard and partner Dain Blanton against Brazil's Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Emanuel Rego. The Americans beat the Brazilians accomplishing something that hadn't been done in two years.

Nygaard's favorite AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour stop is Chicago because, "The food is great and my friends and family get a chance to come and see my play," he said. Nygaard might be far from home when he's playing on the Southern Californian beaches, but he's right at home when in Chicago.

A Love/Hate Relationship

Nygaard has a love/hate relationship with beach volleyball. "I love it when we win," he said.

He hates to lose explaining "If you put in the time and are disciplined, you will have success. It's a simple equation. And if I'm not having fun, I can only blame myself."

Training

Competing as a professional beach volleyball includes a rigorous schedule.

"At the highest level of any sport it looks easy," Nygaard said. "We put a lot of time into making it look that way."

Nygaard and his partner Blanton train on the Santa Monica, Calif. sand, four to five times a week. Their workouts can last up to four hours. Nygaard also trains off the sand, including weightlifting and other various workouts.

A Mental Game

Volleyball is a mental game and Nygaard attributes part of his success to his winning attitude. When you ask him who his top competition is, he answers "Myself."

This winning attitude has helped Nygaard achieve many awards not only in college, but also on the professional circuit. But he is most proud of his "AVP Most Valuable Player 2003 " and "AVP Team of the Year 2003" awards.

This year he has one more goal. Nygaard wants to become an Olympian for a third time, this time representing the United States in beach volleyball. "If Dain and I make it to the Olympics, it will be my biggest achievement," he said.

Other Favorite Things

Nygaard enjoys playing volleyball and spends his free time going to the movies and is currently learning how to cook.

He also volunteers as a coach at UCLA, but a full-time coaching position will have to wait.

"I don't think you can be an effective coach when you are still playing professionally," he said. "Right now my interests lie in personal training and that would get in the way of being a good coach."

Nygaard is pleasantly surprised by his success.

"I never saw myself being a beach volleyball player, especially in the position that I am in."

And that position is as a member of a top men's beach volleyball team.

PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL COMPETITION AT THREE SITES 
Courtesy Of  Tim Simmons
05/24/04

The qualifying process for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games continues this week in Asia for women and Europe for men and the domestic tour in the United States resumes in Huntington Beach, Calif., for both men and women.
The SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, which determines the qualifiers for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games in August, will see the women’s competition return to China for the seventh-straight season with an event in Shanghai while the men compete in the Serbia and Montenegro Open at Buda. Both events will have $180,000 in prize money with qualifying rounds beginning Wednesday (May 23) followed by double-elimination Main Draw play Friday with the medals awarded after Sunday’s finals.

The Nissan AVP Tour stages the first of three-straight weekends of pro beach volleyball action in Southern California with the $125,000 Huntington Beach Open. Qualifying for both men and women will be held Friday with the Main Draw rounds Saturday and Sunday. The domestic tour continues in Manhattan Beach (June 4-6) and San Diego (June 11-13).

Misty May and Kerri Walsh, the No. 1-ranked team in the world, are scheduled to compete in the Huntington Beach women’s bracket after extending their winning streak to 80 matches in winning the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour stop in Rhodes, Greece.

The title was the 14th-straight for May and Walsh, who have won two international and three domestic events this season. The last time May and Walsh dropped a match was last season on July 5 when Ana Paula Connolly and Sandra Pires of Brazil scored a 21-19 and 21-15 win over the Americans in the finals of the Norwegian Open in Stavanger.

With May and Walsh being the top-ranked team on the United States Olympic qualifying list for the 2004 Games, the tandems of Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan and Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs are competing for the second American berth in the beach volleyball competition in Athens.

May and Walsh have compiled 3,900 points from their best eight finishes on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour since January 2003 to top the list. Despite finishing second to May and Walsh in Rhodes after defeating Davis and Johnson Jordan in the semi-finals, McPeak and Youngs dropped to third on the Olympic Qualifying list. Davis and Johnson Jordan now have 2,558 points followed by McPeak and Youngs at 2,554.

Davis and Johnson Jordan used their fourth-place placement in Rhodes to net 252 points to erase an 18-point finish from last season. McPeak and Youngs, who entered last week’s event with a 26-point lead over Davis and Johnson Jordan, netted 324 points for their silver medal finish in Greece to erase a 120-point finish from last season.

All three teams are scheduled to miss a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event Japan due to their participation in the Hermosa Beach AVP stop. The top American teams will return for the final three Olympic qualifying events in Switzerland, Germany and Norway.

Todd Rogers and Sean Scott led the effort for the men’s teams from the United States on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour last week by placing fourth in Lianyungang, China. Rogers and Scott will be joined by the tandems of Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger and Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong in the Serbia and Montenegro Open Main Draw.

Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard, the No. 1-ranked men’s team on the United States Olympic qualifying list, will return to the AVP Nissan Tour this week after placing seventh last week in China to improve their Olympic qualifying total to 2,188 points.

Rogers and Scott are second on the United States Olympic qualifying list with 1,600 points for their best eight finishes since the start of the Olympic-qualifying process in January 2003. Holdren and Metzger, who placed 17th last weekend, rank third on the United States Olympic qualifying list with 1,404 points for five Olympic-qualifying events.

Fonoimoana, who won the gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with Blanton, and Wong still have a chance for the second USA spot as the pair has compiled 746 Olympic qualifying points for five events after placing fifth in Lianyungang, who was hosting China’s first-ever international men’s event.

After the Serbia and Montenegro Open, the teams of Rogers/Scott and Holdren/Metzger will continue their Olympic bids by participating in Portugal while Fonoimoana and Wong are scheduled to return to the domestic tour in San Diego. Other men’s Olympic qualifying events prior to July 11 will be held in Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Germany and Norway.

USA’s May & Walsh Add Greece Title 
Courtesy Of  Tim Simmons 
05/23/04

RHODES, GREECE – After placing ninth and third in their first two visits to this Greek island, the “third-time was the charm” for Misty May and Kerri Walsh here Sunday (May 23) as the world’s top-ranked women’s pro beach volleyball team captured the $180,000 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour title as two teams from the United States competed for a gold medal for the first-time in 14 international events.
With their two wins Sunday, including a 21-17 and 21-13 victory in 34 minutes over sixth-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs in the title match, May and Walsh have now won 80-straight pro beach events enroute to their 14th-straight title. In collecting a $27,000 check for the first-place finish, May and Walsh have now won five titles this season.

McPeak and Youngs won the inaugural women’s Rhodes tournament in 2002 when they defeated Natalie Cook and Kerri Pottharst, the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medallists, in the finale. In an all-Brazilian 2003 final, Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires defeated Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar in the title match.

Due to their participation in a domestic event in San Diego, McPeak and Youngs missed the 2003 Rhodes event. The San Diego win was the last title for McPeak and Youngs, who were seeking their seventh crown together Sunday. McPeak also won her last championship in San Diego as she is within one title of tying Karolyn Kirby’s record 67 pro beach crowns for women.

Despite losing the final, McPeak and Youngs still shared $18,000 for the silver medal finish. May and Walsh have now won the last 12 matches against McPeak and Youngs enroute to a 15-2 career mark against their American rivals. Sunday’s second-place also helped McPeak and Youngs erase placing ninth, fifth and seventh in their last three FIVB starts.

McPeak and Youngs’ last win over May and Walsh was in the finals of a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event in September 2002 at Vitoria, Brazil. The event was also the last time for an All-American gold medal match. Sunday’s final will also mark the 11th-time in 107 “open” FIVB events where two teams from the United States played for an international title.

Both United States women’s teams won their semi-final matches Sunday morning to advance to the finals in the $180,000 event. With Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan also competing in the international “final four” this weekend, it marked the first-time that the United States had three teams in the semi-finals since 2000 (a span of 41 events).

Although finishing fourth this weekend after losing the bronze medal match to second-seeded Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar (23-25, 21-16 and 15-11 in 56 minutes)., Davis and Johnson still moved ahead of McPeak and Youngs on the United States’ Olympic qualifying list. Davis and Johnson split $11,000 for their “final four” finish while the Brazilians shared $14,000.

May and Walsh are the No. 1 ranked team in the world on the Olympic qualifying list with 3,864 points from their best eight finishes on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour since January 2003. Davis and Johnson Jordan now have 2,558 points followed by McPeak and Youngs at 2,554.

May and Walsh opened play Sunday by defeating second-seeded Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar from Brazil 21-16 and 21-18 in a 38-minute semi-final match. May and Walsh have won their last five matches against the Brazilians to improve their mark to 12-7 against Shelda and Adriana.

After losing their first set semi-final set Sunday to Davis and Johnson Jordan 21-15, McPeak and Youngs captured the final two sets 21-19 and 15-10 to win the 53-minute match. The victory also avenged a semi-final loss to Davis and Johnson Jordan two weeks ago on the domestic tour in Austin, Tex. McPeak and Youngs now have a 12-4 mark against Davis and Johnson Jordan as Sunday’s match was the first-time the two teams had met on the international tour.

"We are desperate to go to the Olympic Games, so our semi-final win Sunday was huge for us in terms of the qualification battle between ourselves and Davis and Johnson Jordan. Our biggest focus right now is on reaching the Olympics in Athens, " said McPeak, who entered the weekend with a 26-point lead over their American rivals.

May and Walsh have now won 25 pro beach titles together, including 13 on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. All of Walsh’s titles have been with May, who now has won 30 career tournaments since becoming a full-time beach player in 2000 when she qualified for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with McPeak.

Winners of their last six international starts, including the FIVB World Championships last October in Rio de Janeiro, May and Walsh have also won 40-straight matches on the SWATCH tour. The last time May and Walsh dropped a match was last season on July 5 when Ana Paula Connolly and Sandra Pires of Brazil scored a 21-19 and 21-15 win over the Americans in the finals of the Norwegian Open in Stavanger. Ana Paula and Pires are not competing this weekend along with Australia’s top women’s team of Natalie Cook and Nicole Sanderson.

Both teams have faced May and Walsh in AVP Tour finals this season. McPeak and Youngs dropped April title matches to May and Walsh in Florida and Arizona while Davis and Johnson Jordan were defeated by the top-ranked team in Texas earlier this month. Davis and Johnson Jordan defeated McPeak and Youngs in the Austin semi-finals to snap a six-match losing streak against their AVP rivals.

May and Walsh are scheduled to miss the next two SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events in China and Japan before returning to international for the final three Olympic qualifying events in Switzerland, Germany and Norway. Both the tandems of McPeak/Youngs and Davis/Johnson Jordan are scheduled to compete in Shanghai, China this coming week.

USA’s Rogers & Scott Net China Fourth 
Courtesy Of  Tim Simmons
05/23/04
LIANYUNGANG, CHINA – Despite dropping both of their matches here Sunday (May 23) in the $180,000 SWATCH-FIVB Beach World Tour event, Todd Rogers and Sean Scott helped themselves this weekend in their pursuit of a beach volleyball spot on the 2004 United States Olympic Team for the Athens Games.
Seeded 10th in the Main Draw after qualifying Thursday for the “money” rounds, Rogers and Scott dropped matches to teams from Spain and Brazil Sunday to place fourth and post their best-ever finish on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour together. Playing in their 19th international event together, Rogers and Scott’s previous best placements were fifths.

In addition to earning $11,000 in the third international event of the 2004 season, Rogers and Scott also improved their point total on the United States Olympic qualifying list for the Athens 2004 Games by erasing a 120-point finish from earlier in the process with a 252-point placement this weekend.

Spain captured its first-ever SWATCH-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour gold medal when 22nd-seeded Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera upset top-seeded Emanuel and Ricardo, the 2003 FIVB World Champions, for the second-time this weekend to share the $27,000 first-place prize. Prior to the 15-21, 21-19 and 21-19 gold medal win in 66 minutes Sunday, Bosma and Herrera had defeated the Brazilians 24-22 and 21-19 Saturday to qualify for the semi-finals.

Playing in only their seventh the international event together, the Spaniards placed fifth at the South Africa stop in March for their previous best FIVB placement. Emanuel and Ricardo, who placed first and second in the first two international events this season in Brazil and South Africa, split $18,000 for their silver medal finish. Sunday’s title match setback was the second defeat in eight FIVB finals for Emanuel and Ricardo, who had won six international gold medal matches in a row before losing to fellow Brazilians Tande Ramos and Franco Neto in the South Africa finale.

After defeating fourth-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel of Switzerland Saturday to their first international “final four” berth, Rogers and Scott dropped a semi-final matches to Bosma and Herrera 21-17 and 21-18 in 47 minutes. Pedro Cunha and Pará Ferreira of Brazil ended Rogers and Scott’s Sunday by defeating the Americans 21-10 and 21-17 in a 39-minute bronze medal match.

In an All-Brazilian semi-final, Cunha and Pará dropped a 21-14 and 21-17 decision to top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos in 46 minutes. Cunha and Pará, who had to also qualify for the Main Draw this week like Rogers and Scott, shared $14,000 for their bronze medal finish.

Seeded 22nd in the Main Draw, Cunha and Pará posted a 7-1 mark this week and advanced to the “final four” by also defeating Rogers and Scott Saturday (19-21, 27-25 and 22-20) in the longest match (73 minutes) of the double-elimination event.

“We had a decent draw and we're able to capitalize on it,” said Scott about this week’s competition. “I think the win on the AVP Tour last month helped us mentally. In general, I think the FIVB is tougher due to the travel and the different style of play. The key to our success is siding out, and trying to slow our opponent’s attack and service game. Playing in the qualifier helped us mentally, but physically, my body could do without the extra game.”

Rogers and Scott are second on the United States Olympic qualifying list with 1,600 points for their best eight finishes since the start of the Olympic-qualifying process in January 2003. Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard top the American list and placed seventh this week to improve their Olympic point total to 2,188 points.

Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger, who placed 17th this weekend, rank third on the United States Olympic qualifying list with 1,404 points for five Olympic-qualifying events. Eric Fonoimoana, who won the gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and Kevin Wong still have a chance for the second USA spot as the pair has compiled 746 Olympic qualifying points for five events after placing fifth this weekend.

Currently the No. 1-ranked team on the domestic AVP Tour, Rogers and Scott placed ninth and 17th in the first two SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events in March. Rogers and Scott returned to the domestic tour in April and May to place third, first and second. Scott won his first-ever pro beach title when he teamed with Rogers to capture the AVP event in Tempe, Ariz., April 25. Rogers has won nine pro beach crowns.

The week’s event is the first international tournament for men in China, which has hosted women’s events the past six seasons (Dalian 1998-2000, Maoming 2001-2002 and Lianyungang 2003). China will host another women’s event next week in Shanghai while the men play in the Serbia and Montenegro Open at Budva. Other men’s Olympic qualifying events prior to July 11 will be held in Portugal, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Germany and Norway.

Spaniards Notch First Gold At Men's China Open

Men's China Open 2004 
Lianyungang, May 19-23 
FIVB Press Releases
 
LIANYUNGANG, China, May 23, 2004 - Twelfth seeds Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain upset top seeds and world No. 1 tandem Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego in the final to claim their first SWATCH-FIVB title together at the 2004 Men's China Open here on Sunday.

With the win, Bosma and Herrera shared the $27,000 first-place prize while Ricardo and Emanuel split $18,000 for the silver medal finish.

Bosma and Herrera, who upset Ricardo and Emanuel 24-22 and 21-19 in Saturday's winner's bracket, survived three match points to outlast Ricardo and Emanuel 15-21, 21-19 and 21-19 for their second win in two days over the 2003 FIVB world champions.

"We beat them once yesterday, so we felt we could beat them again," said Bosma before the awarding ceremony. "We kept focused through the match and managed to do some crucial saves and withstand several match points."

Playing before a full capacity crowd of 3,700 at the newly built Lianyungang Stadium, the two tandems split the first two sets, forcing a tiebreaker.

Being up at 14-11 in the third set, Ricardo suddenly lost his momentum. The 2.00-meter Brazilian failed to side out on two consecutive opportunities, allowing the Spaniards overtake the lead at 18-17 and clinch the match in 66 minutes.

"This is our best tournament and we have got our best result," Bosma added. "Lianyungang is a great place and the people are very kind. I really enjoyed the reaction of the audience."

Bosma and Herrera, who teamed up since last season, are playing in their seventh World Tour event together.

It is only the second defeat in eight tries of Emanuel and Ricardo in the finals of FIVB events. They had won six FIVB event title in a row since forming their partnership at the end of the 2002 season before the stunning defeat to compatriots Tande Ramos and Franco Neto in the final of the South Africa Open.

Following the Lianyungang event, the men's SWATCH-FIVB Tour continues with a stop next week in Serbia and Montenegro (May 26-30). Other Olympic qualifying events prior to July 11 will be held in Portugal, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Germany and Norway.
 
Even at 43, he continues to serve
By MARCIA C. SMITH
Orange County Register columnist

This weekend’s Huntington Beach Open might be the last Orange County tour stop for all-time volleyball great Karch Kiraly, who might be in his final season.
He doesn't have to do this.
Gets up at sunrise. Drives 40 miles from his San Clemente home north to Huntington Beach. Kicks off his sandals.
He stands at the center of a roped-off beach volleyball court and takes the last relaxing breath of this Monday morning.
Grabs hold of a 25-pound medicine ball. "Go," his trainer, his torturer, Mike Ringel, says. The watch hands turn as he sprints in 20-second and 50-second bursts, left and right, up and back, leaving paths that look like alphabet letters from above.
Each quicksand step swallows his legs to as high as 5 inches above the ankles in this breathless, maybe senseless race against the coastal wind, the sun that's warming to a slow broil and - how can he forget - age.
He's 43 years old, 44 this November. Most guys pounding volleyballs on the beach are half that age and with the ability that he probably still will have at 105.
He is trying to save his power, his explosiveness, through these new workouts that leave his heart raging like a wild animal's, grabbing and rattling his rib cage, stomping on his lungs.
He runs until his quads have more than a Ben Gay burn going and his legs are crying for mercy and he can swear this stupid ball between his hands has got to be as heavy as something made by Steinway & Sons.
A medicine ball? How could this heal anything? People should call it a poison ball because running with it in this 45-minute killer of a workout leaves his body buckled, lungs begging, tongue dry and knees and shins buried in the beach for what is always his crash-landing conclusion.
The end.
That smiling, sand-stuck-on-sweat finish that leaves him rolling like May thunder.
It's always part pain, part physical strain and part mental gain of knowing he completed a 2,700-calorie-an-hour workout and didn't know whether to laugh, clap or throw up.
He doesn't have to do this.
He doesn't have to work out, much less work, given that 37 years of playing this sport have made him the winningest and richest volleyball player of all time, with his 144 pro beach titles and more than $3 million in prize money.
He could stay home with beautiful wife Janna; ride Razors in the cul de sac with sons Kristian, 15, and Kory, 12; or play a game of chess using his trophies as pawns and rooks and bishops and kings - of the beach.
But the trophies aren't even on display because he wants a "home, not a shrine" to his career, which has lasted long enough to have sweated through the brims and sun-bleached hundreds of his signature hot-pink Speedo hats.
His three Olympic gold medals, two won on the indoor hardwood in 1984 and 1988 and the other on the Atlanta sand in 1996, sit somewhere around the house.
"In a drawer, I think," he said.
He paused.
"Or in the closet."
"Wait - they might be downstairs in a box."
He's still not certain.
"I'll find them, dig them up if I go somewhere to give a talk at a school," he said. "People like to hold them."
He has so much to show and tell as the greatest player in the history of volleyball and certainly among the most accomplished athletes in all of sport.
If there's one volleyball player anyone knows, he would be that player, that blond Californian who dove to get a fist under that floater, chased down that shanked pass, set that ball while lying on his back, got that kill that won that game, that match and everyone's respect.
Two shoulder surgeries have slowed him a bit. So has the wear and tear on the body of millions of bumps, sets and spikes and all the miles run on sand that provides as much traction as a floor of marbles.
His speed, he said, is not what it used to be. His power is slipping a bit too, like sand cupped in a hand.
But enough of the magic remains that he and new partner Mike Lambert took second at the Tempe Open in April.
Lambert, 20, a 6-foot-6 Hawaiian and two-time indoor Olympian making the transition to the beach, learns from the master.
Lambert helps his partner, who needs a menacing presence at the net to take the defensive pressure off him as twilight closes in.
The greatest volleyball player of all time might be making his last trips everywhere, if this turns out to be his final season. He chose not to run around the globe this year to chase Olympic qualifier points for the Athens games.
hat might have been the beginning of the end. Nobody, not even he himself, will know whether this season is his farewell tour until he gets to the 2005 season and realizes he just wants to go to the beach to tan, build castles and fly kites like everyone else.
So this weekend's AVP Nissan Series Huntington Beach Open might turn out to be the last Orange County tour stop of his career and worth attending to honor him.
His most recent victory came last Aug. 17 with partner Brent Doble on these sands at Huntington Beach, these sands where he and Lambert train and where he pushes himself until he's out of breath, out of strength and out of time in a Monday-morning workout that would be too much for anyone except Karch Kiraly.
He doesn't have to do this.
But a true champion has no choice.
 
Diluted Fields for Southland Swing
From the LA Times


By Peter Yoon - May 29, 2004

The AVP tour, minus several of its top teams, stops in Huntington Beach beginning today to kick off a three-week stay in Southern California. But unlike in 2000, when teams that missed AVP tournaments were suspended and fined, the teams missing events this year — all playing overseas in Olympic qualifying tournaments — will not be penalized.

"We will support any players who desire the right to compete for an Olympic spot," AVP Commissioner Leonard Armato said. "We realize it's an important opportunity not only for them but for our sport to get exposure."

Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, the second-ranked women's team, are playing in China. Same with No. 3 Jenny Johnson Jordan and Annett Davis.

That leaves top-ranked Misty May and Kerri Walsh, who have won every AVP tournament they have played. Should they win this week, it would be their 14th consecutive tournament victory, breaking the record set by Liz Masakayan and Karolyn Kirby in 1993-94.

Depth and parity characterize the men's side, with three different winners in three events this year and 10 different winners in the last 12 dating to last year.

And with top-ranked Sean Scott and Todd Rogers, No. 4 Stein Metzger and Dax Holdren and No. 9 Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong all playing in Serbia, the field is even more open than usual.

"It'll make the road a little easier for whoever wins because there aren't as many top teams to contend with," Karch Kiraly said. "But there is so much parity … so it's not going to be easy by any means."


AVP Tournament

• What: Huntington Beach Open

• Where: Huntington Beach Pier

• When: Today-Sunday, matches begin at 9 a.m. Men's final, Sunday, 1:30 p.m.; women's final, Sunday, 2:30 p.m..

• Television: Sunday, 1:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net.

 
Blanton, Nygaard seek men's title
May 28, 2004

Laguna Beach's Dain Blanton and teammate Jeff Nygaard will be in the hunt for the Men's title when the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball's Huntington Beach Open presented by Shark Energy Drink debuts today at the Huntington Beach Pier.

The three day event begins today with a qualifier tournament, continues Saturday with main draw competition and concludes Sunday with Women's and Men's semifinal and finals round matches.

Surf City is the fourth stop on the tour, which is part of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series.

Previous stops included Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tempe, Az. And Austin, Texas.

Misty May and Karri Walsh not only will be out to defend their Women's title, but also attempt to remain undefeated in tournament play.

The two are seeking an unprecedented 16th-straight tournament victory, said Leonard Armato, commissioner of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.

"Everyone who comes out to watch can see history in the making, as well as see the top men's and women's players on the tour," Armato said. "We're looking for the Huntington Beach event to set the tone for the rest of our California tour."

Blanton and Nygaard will play their first match on Saturday.

The duo, which currently is ranked eighth in the 2004 AVP Men's team standings with 558 points, nabbed a third-place finish three weeks ago at the Austin Open in Texas.

The team tied for ninth-place at both the Fort Lauderdale Open and Tempe Open.

"First and foremost, we're trying to get our first win of the year in Huntington," said Blanton, a 2000 Olympic Gold medalist. "We finished strongly last year and we want to pick up that momentum. I think we're playing really well heading into this tournament."

The defending Men's champion was the team of Karch Kiraly and Brent Doble, but the two are not partners in 2004.

Kiraly is teamed with Mike Lambert and Doble is teamed with Ryan Mariano.

Kiraly/Lambert currently are ranked sixth in the Men's team standings with 648 points, while Doble/Mariano are in a five-way team tie at No. 22 with 144 points.

Qualifier matches run today between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.. On Saturday, main draw matches run between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Women's and Men's semifinal matches will begin at 9 a.m., followed at 2 p.m. by the championship final in both divisions.
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Kiraly is teamed with Mike Lambert and Doble is teamed with Ryan Mariano.
Doble is playing with Brain Lewis, for those reading and thinking ..Huh?

Thanks for the heads up,Lifeguard

Beach Volleyball’s Golden Era , Part I
by Kevin Cleary
Karch Kiraly drives the ball straight down against Dane Selznick and Andy Fishburn in the 1980 Manhattan Open. Kiraly and partner Sinjin Smith won 17 of the 21 tournaments they played together in during the 1979 and 1980 seasons. Photo by Robi Hutas

As a wide-eyed teenager, I waited in awe for the finals of the 1977 Manhattan Beach Open. Jim Menges and Chris Marlowe were preparing to play Steve Obradovich and Gary Hooper. A huge crowd with beach chairs gathered around center court. More spectators lined the pier. There was a buzz in the air and beer kegs in the sand. Rather then warm up, the muscular, glistening, bleached blond Hooper leaned against the volleyball net smoking a cigarette. He inhaled deeply, tilted his head upward, and blew a trail of smoke toward the pristine blue sky.

Hooper was arguably the most fanatical workout fiend of his generation. He spent endless hours pumping iron, jump training, running sand dunes and playing practice games. He even included a drill in his routine where he hit 100 straight spikes by himself with a single volleyball. Yet, despite all his preparation, he was smoking a cigarette before the biggest match of his life. The gravity and oddity of that moment are etched in my mind. Anyone with a sense of adventure couldn’t have helped but be drawn to beach volleyball.

The perfect storm
With Gary Hooper and the boys of summer, a special time in beach volleyball had arrived, a period unlike any other, a Golden Era. What made the Golden Era so grand? Great players, a carefree lifestyle, a feeling of community, and an eccentric, cast of characters. Beach Volleyball’s Camelot lasted from 1978 to 1988. However, it took some 30 years for the sport to rise to its mythic level.

In the 1950s beach volleyball transitioned from a recreational game to a sport with intense competition, strong rivalries and phenomenal athletes. A number of players contributed to the sport, but none contributed more to this transition than Ron Von Hagen. The Babe Ruth of beach volleyball played from 1962 to 1978 and was the image the rest of us attempted to emulate when it came to training. Von Hagen was tenacious and meticulous in his preparation and drive to win. He was anything but the Bambino when it came to nutrition and physical fitness. He believed that the road to victory came down to mental warfare: train harder and mentally grind longer than your competition.

In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s the Golden Era was ushered in by the greatest wave of talent in the history of the sport. No other generation has had more of an impact on the game. In the U.S. you could graph the rise and fall of volleyball with the entry, development and departure of this group. They were young, single, talented, immature, confident and free spirited.

This generation had Von Hagen’s philosophy firmly rooted in its psyche. To be competitive, one had to be in phenomenal physical and mental shape. In comparison to today’s matches, which last a maximum of 60 minutes, matches back then lasted up to three hours. In contrast to today’s 32-team main draw, as many as 128 teams entered the main draw of the Manhattan Open and Santa Cruz Open. The sport attracted people with fanatical and extreme personas, guys who really enjoyed pushing their bodies to the limit.

In the beginning, there were no financial incentives, just a passion for the game and competition. Players from this generation have shown incredible resilience to father time, notching Olympic Medals well past their prime and playing and winning AVP tournaments past the ripe old age of 40. Even today, a few are still playing professionally and even winning AVP tournaments.

The Greatest Generation included Karch Kiraly, Sinjin Smith, Randy Stoklos, Mike Dodd, Tim Hovland, Dane Selznick, Andy Fishburn, Jon Stevenson, John Hanley, Brent Frohoff and Scott Ayakatubby. Other prominent players were Andrew Smith, Pat Powers, Tim Walmer, Ricci Luyties, Dan Vrebalovich, Leif Hanson, Kevin Cleary, Mark Eller, Al Janc, Eric Wurts, Scott Frederichsen, Larry Mear and Craig Moothart. All of these players had a minimum of 25 top-five finishes. Others of note were indoor greats Steve Salmons, Bob Ctvrtlik and Dusty Dvorak. Also a part of this generation were volleyball legends Mike Whitmarsh and Steve Timmons, who emerged later on the beach scene.

Lifestyle and feeling of community

The Golden Era thrived in a unique culture and lifestyle. The beach served as a sanctuary for those seeking refuge from conventional living. No rules and a bohemian lifestyle extended adolescence. The prevailing beach ethos was one of the here and now, no planning for tomorrow, no 401k. Going to the beach all day, playing volleyball, surfing and hitting the town at night was a way of life. The players during this generation had a visceral passion for the game and their attitude reflected this enthusiasm. Among the locals they enjoyed rock star status, making them natural ambassadors for the sport. The pros hung out all day with the amateur players, and the beach had a strong sense of community. The scene was youthful, energized and oozed sexuality.

Grassroots tournaments and player participation exploded during this period. The California Beach Volleyball Association doubled the number of events it organized. Novice tournaments drew upwards of 120 teams per weekend. The Florida Beach Volleyball Association had over 200 tournaments during the late ’80. During the summer months, beaches like Marine Avenue in Manhattan Beach (one of the Mecca’s of beach volleyball) had all 10 courts in use, all day, everyday.

A cast of characters

During the Golden Era beach volleyball was infamous for its eccentric and rebellious personalities. Minimal tournament supervision created an ideal setting for these personalities to flourish -- both on and off the sand. Lore and story telling about the lifestyle, personalities, and intense competition shaped a unique mythology for the sport.

There was a circus-like atmosphere at open tournaments. Fans would bury kegs in the sand and camp out Saturday nights to save their spot at center court. Players who were required to referee matches frequently didn’t give their full attention to this task. There were many instances of the referees hitting on beautiful girls in the crowd and missing calls. That’s when the fun really started. An ensuing shouting match would take place before play resumed, hotter than ever.

There were both ends of the social spectrum on the beach, too. The respected and genteel were represented by Karch Kiraly and Andy Fishburn. Kiraly, with his intensity, discipline and strong will to win, was the mirror image of Ron Von Hagen. As the sport’s young ambassador, he made everyone in his presence take beach volleyball seriously. The scholarly Fishburn, a Yale graduate, always conducted himself like a gentlemen.

Beach Volleyball’s Golden Era , Part II
The 1985 Kettle team set the fashion trend and won that year’s Surf Festival Championship. Team members (left to right) Matt Dodd, Kevin Cleary, Joel Jones, Chris Carico, Greg Fontana, Tedd Dodd, Brent Frohoff, Kettle Owner Tom Simms, Chris Warshaw, Robb Stroyke and RK Nyman.

On the flip side were an array of incredibly entertaining individuals whose frivolity added flair to the sport. At the top of this list were Steve “OB” Obradovich and Gary Hooper. They had talent, competitive desire, magnetism, bravado, showmanship and the ability to bounce back from a big Saturday night of partying. Once during a tournament final, OB went into the crowd and strangled fellow tour member Tim Walmer, who was heckling him from the sidelines. Hooper called a timeout in a mixed doubles tournament one sweltering August afternoon to gulp down some ice-cold water, while his parched girlfriend-partner watched. When she leaned forward to get a sip, he retorted in his high-pitched voice, “Not a drop until you start playing better.”

Everybody knew when Tim Hovland showed up. The fans and sponsors loved the guy because he’d party with them Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and still manage to squeeze in a first place finish. The Hov loved to taunt opposing teams: if you were lucky enough to block one of his spikes, he’d reply, “Maybe once, but never twice, just like your sex life.”

The marquee team of Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos would storm into the crowd at the Manhattan Beach Open and get in the face of opposing fans. This team had super sonic hearing or “rabbit ears” and seemed to hear every heckle coming from the spectators.

Craig Freeburg kept the rest of the tour laughing with his bizarre, spontaneous humor. Craig partied like a rock star, defying the laws of nature because the man needed no sleep. His energy level was so high and his attention span so short, he was never able to sit through a movie in its entirety. There were the drivers of the party train in Brent Frohoff and Scott Ayakatubby. No team could play better on less sleep. There was the ultra competitive Tim “The Kid” Walmer, who tore the net down after losing a match, fell to his knees and doggy crawled some 150 yards to the ocean screaming his partner’s name in agony. There was the nutty Eric Moss who showed his disdain for Sinjin Smith by picketing for one week in front of Sinjin’s house. Volleyball in those days was only half the entertainment. The dialogue between players, their interaction with the crowd, and their fiery exchanges with the referees were legendary.

The Shifting Storm: Pro Beach Volleyball Cleans up its Act
Between 1983 and 1988 the environment on the beach underwent a significant change. The professional tour garnered lucrative sponsorship deals and generated millions in prize money. The players organized a union called the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) and demanded a say in the direction of their sport. The tour started imposing stricter regulations, too. It hired referees with whistles, red cards and yellow cards to better control matches. Fines were levied for unsportsmanlike behavior, security was employed to supervise spectators. VIP sections were taped off, bleachers were erected and players were given a large, private tent to relax in between matches.

There was bitter disappointment among diehard Manhattan Open fans when security guards prevented them from burying kegs and camping out overnight around center court. The “come as you are” melting pot was quickly becoming segregated and structured. These changes began to choke volleyball at its very roots.

In 1989, grassroots tournament participation in both California and Florida started to decline. At first the change went unnoticed, but over time, it became more and more apparent that beach volleyball’s feeder system was losing steam. While the number of California events today is about the same as it was in 1989 (around 170 every summer), participation levels have decreased markedly. Novice level tournaments that once had up to 120 teams now average around 20 teams per event. In Florida the number of entries has improved in recent years, but events have declined from a high of 200 to fewer than 40 in 2003. The once thriving Marine Avenue community now has sparse weekday activity.

In contrast, the AVP Tour flourished through 1997, when it declared bankruptcy. Leading up to that year, the tour increased in stature, television coverage, and prize money. Beach Volleyball was a huge success at both the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. There were standing room only crowds, great television ratings, and Gold medals for the Americans.

But could Pro Beach Volleyball continue to succeed without its traditional beach feeder system?

With the infusion of corporate America, beach volleyball’s lifestyle took a back seat to financial considerations, disrupting the delicate balance in the system that created the Golden Era. With the increase in prize money and the change in climate at professional tournaments, the top players became more workmanlike. They budgeted their time, partied less, and developed a more autonomous attitude. Beach volleyball began to attract guys who were wired differently too. The players were more mainstream and centered, with fewer eccentric quirks. As leaders of the beach volleyball community, the top players started spending less time than their forefathers did on the sand playing games, socializing with the locals and passing on their wisdom to a new generation. They never truly embraced the beach volleyball lifestyle.

Instead, they hired personal coaches, organized small private groups, ran a variety of drills for a few hours and then left the beach, similar to the way one works at a traditional job. While this frame of mind may be good for the individual, it wasn’t good for the sport as a whole. It created a diminished buzz on the sand and a negative, trickle down affect on the grassroots, ultimately eroding the very system that nurtured and fed the tour.

There’s little new blood coming out of the cradle of beach volleyball, anymore. Mira Costa High School, which has produced more professional beach volleyball players than any other high school in the world, hasn’t added a new player to the tour since David Swatik and Canyon Ceman, who graduated in 1990. The Santa Monica-Palisades area, another traditional hotbed for beach volleyball, hasn’t produced a top player on the tour since Kent Steffes -- 17 years ago.

Another element that has taken a toll on the beach lifestyle is the rise in beach real estate prices. High rents and property values have pushed out the 20-something leisure class. An additional factor has been the popularity of indoor, club volleyball among teenagers. And finally, the median age on the tour has increased, creating a class of players with more responsibilities and less free time.


Last Bastions of the Golden Era, Part II

Jim Menges spikes a Matt Gage set at defender Gary Hooper in the 1980 Hermosa Open.

Last Bastions of the Golden Era

There are a few tournaments left today that still resonate with the vitality and spirit of the Golden Era, in particular the Estero Beach tournament in Baja, and the Gillis beach tournament in Playa Del Rey. Only one, however, combines all the lifestyle components with an elite class of players and a high level of competition on the court -- the International Surf Festival 6-Man Volleyball Tournament held in Manhattan Beach. This tournament combines all the elements that made the Golden Era so grand -- great players, a feeling of community, a shared lifestyle and some colorful behavior. This tournament has managed to preserve the perfect storm spirit of beach volleyball with no advertising budget and no prize money, only word of mouth.

Tournament director, Charlie Saikley, deserves credit for not capitulating to pressures to tone down the festive culture at this event. It’s also worth noting the imagination and influence of the Kettle team, which sent shockwaves through this tournament 25 years ago. In 1980, Kettle players (now sponsored by Good Stuff) rocked the Hawaiian print, volleyball apparel tradition with bright pink, tailor made shorts, sparkling silver side panels and dingle balls dangling around the players’ legs. They warmed up in bathrobes and listened to loud funk music played from their portable boom box. For some 15 years they played the spirited outcast, taking first place several times along the way. Around 1994 for whatever reason, their concept started spreading in numbers to other teams. Today, nearly every team dresses in costume, has its own camp set up with dance tunes and vivations. With some 200 entries and 10,000 spectators each year, this tournament continues to thrive.
Professional beach volleyball has gotten away from many of the things that made it great. Corporate influence and structure have subdued that free-spirited attitude, so basic to beach life. The sport’s governing body being located in land-locked Switzerland is symbolic of this transformation.
Beach volleyball still has incredible potential if channeled properly. I doubt the sport can replicate that rarified air from the Golden Era, but I do believe that the sport can learn a lot from that
special moment in time.I’m glad I was able to be a part of it.
Kevin Cleary, a former Pro Beach Open winner, was a founder and the first president of the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals). He grew up and still resides in Manhattan Beach. He plans to play in a record 28th Manhattan Open in June.

McPeak, Youngs net gold in All-American finale
USA Volleyball
May 30, 2004
 
SHANGHAI, CHINA -- It took 18 events, but the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's Holly McPeak finally tied Karolyn Kirby as the winningest women's player in pro beach volleyball history on May 30 as she teamed with Elaine Youngs to capture the gold medal in an All-American finale of the $180,000 FIVB World Tour event.
In addition to sharing the $27,000 first-place prize, McPeak and Youngs regained the second spot on the United States' Olympic qualifying list for the 2004 Athens Games from Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan as they defeated their American rivals 21-17 and 21-13 for the gold medal at the fourth international event of the 2004 season.

 
The AVP Pro Beach Vollyeball Tour's Holly McPeak tied the record of 67 career championships with a title in China. 
In tying Kirby's record of 67 pro beach championships, McPeak now owns or shares the three women's career marks for event titles, tournaments played (228) and earnings as she increased her all-time winnings to $1,206,201, including $600,479 domestically and $605,722 internationally

The gold medal finish was McPeak and Youngs' first pro beach title since winning a domestic stop last June in San Diego. During the 18-event span, McPeak and Youngs had played in 10 title matches. In their first 19 pro beach events together, the pair had captured 10 titles, including four in 2002 on the World Tour. McPeak and Youngs' last international title was the 2002 season finale in Vitoria, Brazil.

By advancing to the FIVB championship match, both American tandems erased previous 180-point finishes from their Olympic slates. McPeak and Youngs finished Sunday with 360 points to improve their Olympic qualifying total to 2,734. Davis and Johnson Jordan have now compiled 2,702 points after finishing the event with 324 team points.

The United States' Misty May and Kerri Walsh, who missed this weekend's World Tour event to participate in the AVP Nissan Series event in Huntington Beach, Calif., are the No. 1 ranked team in the world on the Olympic qualifying list with 3,900 points from their best eight finishes on the FIVB World Tour since January 2003.

"We had a great week," said McPeak before the award's ceremony as the match was played in a light rain at the Jinshan Beach Volleyball Complex before an overflowing crowd of 4,000. "Elaine did a lot of blocking in every match, which made my job much easier." Never extended to a three-set match this week, McPeak and Youngs won each set by an average score of 21.0-14.3.

The 34-minute finale also marked the first-time since 1995 that two teams from the United States played for international pro beach volleyball titles in back-to-back events. The gold medal match was also the 17th-time the two teams have played with McPeak and Youngs holding a commanding 13-4 edge. Youngs has now won 25 pro beach titles.

McPeak played a part in the string of successive All-USA international finales in 1995 as she teamed with Nancy Reno to win three-straight FIVB events in Korea, Japan and Portugal. The pair defeated American rivals Kirby and Liz Masakayan in the Korean final before downing Linda Hanley and Angela Rock for the titles in Japan and Portugal.

For McPeak and Youngs, it was their second-straight gold medal match after losing the finale last Sunday to May and Walsh in Rhodes, Greece. For Davis and Johnson Jordan, it is their first appearance in a World Tour title match since July 2000 in France when they defeated Brazil's Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar, who captured the bronze medal Sunday by defeating ninth-seeded Lu Wang and Whenhui You of China 24-22 and 21-17.

The third-seeded McPeak and Youngs, who have now won 11 of their last 12 international matches, advanced to the finals with a 21-16 and 21-15 win over Lu Wang/ You. Davis and Johnson Jordan, who were seeded fourth this week, earned a title shot with a 21-19 and 21-18 win over the top-seeded Shelda and Adriana.

Davis and Johnson Jordan, who split $18,000 for the silver medal finish, avenged a 23-25, 21-16 and 15-11 setback to Shelda and Adriana in last week's bronze medal match in Greece. Davis and Johnson Jordan have now won three of 15 meetings against the Brazilians, including the 2000 win in France and a victory last September in Los Angeles.

Competing in their 70th event together, Davis and Johnson Jordan were also seeking their first pro beach championship since 2002 when they captured back-to-back domestic events in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Chicago. Overall, the pair has won eight pro titles with two international wins in Portugal (1999) and France (2000). On the all-time team earnings list, Davis and Johnson Jordan rank third ($692,045) behind Shelda/Adriana ($1,656,815) and May/Walsh ($802,990). McPeak and Youngs are sixth on that list ($530,565).

May and Walsh are also missing the next FIVB World Tour event in Japan before returning to international play for the final three Olympic qualifying events in Switzerland, Germany and Norway. The McPeak/Youngs and Davis/Johnson Jordan tandems are also scheduled to miss the Japanese event to compete in the AVP Manhattan Beach Open presented by Bud Light with May and Walsh.

After defeating McPeak and Youngs in the Rhodes title match last Sunday along with winning three matches Saturday in Huntington Beach, May and Walsh have now won 83-straight pro beach matches.Combined with three domestic titles in Florida, Arizona and Texas, May and Walsh have now won five titles this season.

Rogers/Scott, Fonoimoana/Wong pace USA effort

BUDVA, SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO -- For the second-straight week, the teams of Todd Rogers/Sean Scott and Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong paced the efforts of the United States' pro beach volleyball teams on the FIVB World Tour by both placing ninth on May 29 after splitting a pair of matches.

The Rogers/Scott and Fonoimoana/Wong tandems each shared the $5,500 by combining to win six of 10 matches in the $180,000 FIVB Beach World Tour event, the fourth stop on the men's event of the 2004 international schedule. Rogers and Scott placed fourth last week in China where Fonoimoana and Wong tied for fifth.

Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger, the third American team in the 32-team main draw, placed 13th after losing a 22-20 and 24-22 elimination match Saturday morning to Fonoimoana and Wong to even the series between the two teams at 1-1. Holdren and Metzger split four matches this week to divide $4,000.

All three teams were continuing their competition on this beach in Southeastern Europe for a spot on the United States Olympic beach volleyball team for the 2004 Athens Games. Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard, the top U.S. team on the Olympic qualification list, skipped the international event to participate this week in the first of three-straight AVP Nissan Series events in Southern California. Blanton won the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medal with Fonoimoana.

Blanton and Nygaard top the American Olympic qualifying list with 2,188 points after placing seventh last week in China for their best international finish this season. Rogers and Scott are second on the United States Olympic qualifying list with 1,624 points for their best eight finishes since the start of the Olympic-qualifying process in January 2003.

Holdren and Metzger, who placed 17th last weekend in China, rank third on the United States Olympic qualifying list with 1,512 points for six Olympic-qualifying events. Fonoimoana and Wong still have a chance for the second American spot as the pair has compiled 890 Olympic qualifying points for their six events.

Seeded 14th in the competition, Rogers and Scott opened play Saturday by ousting 21st-seeded Bjorn Berg and Simon Dahl of Sweden 27-25 and 21-16 before being eliminated 23-21, 21-23 and 15-13 by second-seeded Benjamin Instran and Marcio Araujo of Brazil in 72 minutes. After defeating the seventh-seeded Holdren and Metzger 22-20 and 24-22, the 16th-seeded Fonoimoana and Wong were eliminated by fourth-seeded Patrick Heuscher/Stefan Kobel of Switzerland (21-14 and 21-12).

Following the completion of the Serbia and Montenegro Open where the winning team shares the $27,000 first-place prize, the men's Olympic qualifying continues through July 11 with events scheduled the next five weeks in Portugal, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Germany and Norway to determine the 24 men's teams for the Athens Games.

The teams of Rogers/Scott and Holdren/Metzger have entered in the Portugal event. Rogers and Scott tied for fifth last year in Espinho, which is hosting its 10th FIVB World Tour men's event. Metzger teamed with Wong to win the 2002 Portugal event.

The Swing begins
By Doug Strauss
May 27, 2004
Courtesy Of AVP  
Following a three-week hiatus, the 2004 AVP Nissan Series resumes in full force with three consecutive tournaments in Southern California. First up on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's "California Swing" is the Bud Light Huntington Beach Open presented by Shark Energy Drink, featuring the largest field of the year with 102 men's teams and 65 women's tandems. This competition consists of 32-team main draws for both genders, a change in format from the last couple events.
 
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour's Misty May looks to win a record 15th consecutive beach volleyball title in Huntington Beach, Calif. 
Top-seeded Misty May / Kerri Walsh are hoping to make Huntington Beach the site of a record 15th-consecutive victory as a duo. Their win last weekend in Rhodes, Greece pushed them past the women's mark of 13 by Karolyn Kirby / Liz Masakayan (in 1993-94) and tied them with Greg Lee / Jim Menges' streak of 14 from 1975-76. May / Walsh enter with a winning streak of 80 matches across the FIVB and AVP Tours, and of their 27 matches in 2004, all but one have been sweeps.

Their two biggest foes in the AVP Nissan Series will be notably absent, instead participating in an FIVB event in China where Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs attempt to hold on to their slim lead over Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan, in the battle for the second and final position into the beach volleyball competition at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Should May / Walsh reach the finals in Huntington Beach, a key indicator is the result of the first game. In their 31 title matches, May / Walsh have won the first set 22 times, and each time they have won the match. In the nine championship matches that they lost the first set, they have a 3-6 match record.

Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley, who are playing together for just their fourth time, have earned the second seed with strong showings this season. Arce / McSorley have pulled an upset in the quarterfinals in each tournament this season, only to lose to the top team in the world and later eliminated by one of the two teams who will be overseas. Arce has won four titles in Huntington Beach, tied for the most with McPeak,

In the top half of the seeding list, there are four women's teams making their debut together on the sands of Huntington Beach. Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder, Tammy Leibl / Sarah Straton, Ashley Bowles / Lauren Fendrick and Daven Casad-Allison / Pat Keller are all seeded 13th or better yet are taking the court for the first time together.

Like the women, there are a couple of top men's teams who are competing on the FIVB Tour and will miss the Bud Light Huntington Beach Open. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott, who have won one of the three AVP events and are the only team to appear in the Final Four in each tournament thus far, are playing in Serbia Montenegro. Joining them are the tandems of Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger, who placed third in the last AVP stop in Austin, and Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong.

The top seeds in Huntington are Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt, the winners of the season-opening tournament. Seeded second is Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert. Kiraly, a two-time winner in Huntington, saw his last victory  the record 144th  come on this beach last August with Brent Doble. Kiraly has placed in the top four in each of his four tournaments here.

Jason Ring / George Roumain in three events together have a pair of thirds, which have earned them, appropriately enough, the third seed. Mike Whitmarsh returns from an injury which has kept him from the last two events to rejoin partner Canyon Ceman.

Jake Gibb / Adam Jewell, who won the Austin Open earlier this month, come in seeded eighth but have two things in their favor. First, they are riding their momentum which has seen them improve their finishes from 13th to third to first in the 2004 season. Second, only one team who beat them this year, Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard, is playing in Huntington. They are undefeated against the rest of the field.

Similar to the women, new partnerships have formed for this tournament for the men. Brent Doble / Brian Lewis (seeded seventh), Eduardo Bacil / Eli Fairfield (12th), Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (17th), Chip McCaw / Alika Williams (19th), and David Fischer / Scott Lane (21st) are all teams in the main draw that are playing together for the first time.

That fact and the trends of the first three tournaments of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series tilts the scales in favor of the underdogs in the men's tournament. The composition of the Final Four teams this year has never included more than one top four seed, and each time has had at least one team seeded 12th or lower. Also, the teams advancing to the semifinals from the winner's bracket sport just a 1-5 record, and the one team that did advance to the championship lost that match to a team that fought through the contender's bracket.

The action continues in Southern California as next week a plaque on the Manhattan Pier is at stake in the Manhattan Beach Open, then the following weekend the AVP travels south for the San Diego Open. These three tournaments on consecutive weekends mark the first time that has happened on the AVP Tour since 2000. No duo was able to win back-to-back tournaments during those stretches, which will be the challenge of every team.



Walsh, May continue their unbeaten streak
May 30, 2004
Courtesy Of AVP  
FOR RELEASE: SATURDAY MAY 29, 2004
Beach Volleyball Legend Karch Kiraly Defeats Former Partner in Semi-Finals -May/Walsh Extend Winning Streak to 83-

Huntington Beach, Calif. (May 29, 2004)The AVP Nissan Series returned to its Southern California roots today with the stands packed at the Bud Light Huntington Beach Open presented by Shark Energy Drink. Three-time Olympian Karch Kiraly and his partner Olympian Mike Lambert defeated the newly-formed team of Brent Doble and Brian Lewis 21-16, 21-17. Beach volleyball fans witnessed the defeat on the same beach that saw Doble and Karch win the tournament title last year.

Misty May and Kerri Walsh extended the record-breaking winning streak after three victories today, bringing their winning streak to 83 straight matches. This weekend, the dynamic duo looks to capture their 15th straight tournament victory, setting a new all-time record both nationally and in international competition. May and Walsh will face Olympian Barbara Fontana and Jennifer Kessy in the semifinals tomorrow morning.

Kiraly and Lambert will face rising stars Jason Ring and Olympian George Roumain in the men's semifinals tomorrow morning. In other match-ups, 2000 Olympian Dain Blanton and partner Olympian Jeff Nygaard will face Ft. Lauderdale Open winners Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt

Two of the three top teams on the women's side were absent from today's competition. Four-time MVP Holly McPeak and Olympian Elaine Youngs and Olympians Annett Davis and Jenny Jordan Johnson are currently competing internationally to qualify for the second spot at the Olympics in Athens.

The men's side was also missing some of the top Olympic-contenders including Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger, Tempe Open winners Todd Rogers and Sean Scott and 2000 Olympian Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong.

The new team of Angie Akers and Rachel Wacholder will compete in their first semifinal match tomorrow morning where they will play against Carrie Busch and Nancy Mason.

Sunday's competition starts off with both the men's and women's semifinals beginning at 9:00 a.m. The women's championship match is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. followed immediately by the men's championship match. The tournament will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports Net.

Tournament play begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning south of the Huntington Beach Pier with the women's finals taking place at 2 p.m. and the men's finals directly after. The tournament will also be broadcasted live on FOX Sports Net via satellite.

About the AVP Organized in 1983, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour consists of more than 150 top men and women competitors in the sport of beach volleyball. This year, the AVP will send two men's and 2 women's teams to represent the U.S. at the Olympics in Athens, where Beach Volleyball continues to be one of the hottest sports at the Summer Games. The tour is committed to showcasing some of the world's best male and female athletes competing in one of the most exciting and demanding sports. Each event features a full men's and women's tournament surrounded by the best Beach Party in town! Visit us on the web at www.avp.com

Brazilians Capture Men’s Serbia & Montenegro Open
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons
BUDVA, SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO – After two events of “cashing” second-place checks, top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos regained their gold medal form here Sunday (May 30) in capturing the $180,000 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event for the second title of the 2004 international season.
Following silver medal finishes in South Africa and China, Emanuel and Ricardo returned to the top of podium by defeating third-seeded Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann of Germany 21-18 and 21-19 in 43 minutes to shared the $27,000 first-place prize. The Germans split $18,000 for finishing second.

In March, Emanuel and Ricardo won 2004 SWATCH-FIVB season opener in Brazil before being upset the next weekend in South Africa by fellow country men Tande Ramos and Franco Neto. When the international tour resumed in China last week, the Brazilians were upset by Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain in the finals.

Emanuel has now won 50 pro beach titles in his career, including 43 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour gold medals. The 2003 FIVB World Championships after capturing the crown last October in Rio de Janeiro, Emanuel and Ricardo have now teamed to win seven international titles together. Ricardo, who captured the silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with Ze Marco de Melo, has now won 23 FIVB titles.

For the 29th-time in 151 “open” men’s FIVB events, the “final four” tandems were from four different countries - Brazil, Estonia, Germany and Switzerland. Emanuel and Ricardo defeated Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel 21-14 and 21-16 in Sunday’s first semi-final match Sunday. Dieckmann and Reckermann advanced to the finals with a 21-16 and 21-16 win over 27th-seeded Kristjan Kais and Rivo Vesik of Estonia.

Heuscher and Kobel, who were beaten by Emanuel and Ricardo in the finals in Brazil earlier this season, captured the bronze medal Sunday by defeating Kais and Vesik 21-17 and 21-18. The Swiss shared $14,000 while Kais and Vesik split $11,000 as a team from Estonia advanced to an “open final four” for the first-time on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour stop.

The Estonians, who had to qualify for this week’s Main Draw, best previous finish in an “open” international event was a 13th in March in Salvador, Brazil. Kais and Vesik, who are competing in their 16th international event together, posted a third in a Greece challenger event last season.

For the second-straight week, the teams of Todd Rogers/Sean Scott and Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong paced the United States men’s teams on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. Both tandems placed ninth after being eliminated Saturday to each share a $5,500 check. Rogers and Scott placed fourth last week in China where Fonoimoana and Wong tied for fifth.

Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger, the third American team in the 32-team Main Draw, placed 13th after losing a 22-20 and 24-22 elimination match Saturday morning to Fonoimoana and Wong to even the series between the two teams at 1-1. Holdren and Metzger split four matches this week to split $4,000.

All three teams were continuing their competition on this beach in Southeastern Europe for a spot on the United States Olympic beach volleyball team for the 2004 Athens Games. Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard, the top United States team on the Olympic qualification list, skipped the international event to participate this week in the first of three-straight domestic events in Southern California. Blanton won the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medal with Fonoimoana.

With the Olympic qualifying process for men continuing the Fourth of July weekend, Blanton and Nygaard top the American list with 2,188 points after placing seventh last week in China for their best international finish this season. Rogers and Scott are second on the United States Olympic qualifying list with 1,624 points for their best eight finishes since the start of the Olympic-qualifying process in January 2003.

Holdren and Metzger, who placed 17th last weekend in China, rank third on the United States Olympic qualifying list with 1,512 points for six Olympic-qualifying events. Fonoimoana and Wong still have a chance for the second USA spot as the pair has compiled 890 Olympic qualifying points for their six events.

Following the completion of the Serbia and Montenegro Open where the winning team shares the $27,000 first-place prize, the men’s Olympic qualifying continues through July 11 with events scheduled the next five weeks in Portugal, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Germany and Norway to determine the 24 men’s teams for the Athens Games.

The teams of Rogers/Scott and Holdren/Metzger have entered in the Portugal event. Rogers and Scott tied for fifth in last year in Espinho, which is hosting its 10th SWATCH-FIVB World Tour men’s event. Metzger teamed with Wong to win the 2002 Portugal event.

Walsh, May win 15th straight title as Ring, Roumain win first AVP crown
May 30, 2004
Courtesy Of AVP  
FOR RELEASE: SUNDAY MAY 30, 2004 Rising Stars Ring and Roumain Capture First Victory on the AVP Nissan Series -May/Walsh Extend Winning Streak to 86-
Huntington Beach, Calif. (May 30, 2004)The undefeated team of Misty May and Kerri Walsh extended their record to 86 straight matches and 15 consecutive tournament titles today at the May and Walsh defeated Barbara Fontana and Jennifer Kessy in the finals of the AVP Nissan Series 21-16, 21-15. Earlier in the day, May and Walsh beat the newly-formed team of Angie Akers and Rachel Wacholder 21-15, 21-16.

Packed stands witnessed a first-time tournament title for the up-and-coming team of Jason Ring and George Roumain. The team defeated the first-seeded team of Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt 21-12, 21-16. Ring and Roumain arrived at the finals after defeating three-time Olympian Karch Kiraly and his partner Olympian Mike Lambert 21-17, 17-21, 21-19. This is the first season together for the team who has consistently finished in the top 10 in the three previous AVP Nissan Series tournaments.

Two of the three top teams on the women's side were absent from today's competition. Four-time MVP Holly McPeak and Olympian Elaine Youngs and Olympians Annett Davis and Jenny Jordan Johnson are currently competing internationally to qualify for the second spot at the Olympics in Athens.

The men's side was also missing some of the top Olympic-contenders including Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger, Tempe Open winners Todd Rogers and Sean Scott and 2000 Olympians Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong.

The AVP Nissan Series next tour stop will be the Manhattan Beach Open taking place June 4th-6th south of the Manhattan Beach Pier. The tournament will be broadcasted on Fox Sports Net.

About the AVP Organized in 1983, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour consists of more than 150 top men and women competitors in the sport of beach volleyball. This year, the AVP will send two men's and 2 women's teams to represent the U.S. at the Olympics in Athens, where Beach Volleyball continues to be one of the hottest sports at the Summer Games. The tour is committed to showcasing some of the world's best male and female athletes competing in one of the most exciting and demanding sports. Each event features a full men's and women's tournament surrounded by the best Beach Party in town! Visit us on the web at www.avp.com



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June 4th-6th 2004 $125,000 Michelob Lite

Manhattan Open (Manhattan Beach,CA)
Presented By Bud Lite

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The AVP Nissan Series returns to one of the most celebrated beach volleyball venues-Manhattan Beach, which has hosted more than 47 tournaments since 1960. The city has always been a mainstay for the beach volleyball community and has a number of hometown favorites on the Tour including Holly McPeak, Eric Fonoimoana and more. The city is proud to once again play host to the top 150 competitors in the sport of beach volleyball, including 16 Olympians. These premier competitors will vie for the top places in what promises to be the most compelling season yet as they gear up for the summer Olympics in Athens.

WHO:
Top athletes on the men's side include 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Fonoimoana, Canyon Ceman and three-time Olympic Gold Medallist Karch Kiraly.

Top women's teams include undefeated Misty May & Kerri Walsh, 2000 Olympic team members Jenny Johnson-Jordan & Annett Davis, Holly McPeak.

EVENT PURSE:
$125,000

TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
2003 - Men's Defending Champions - Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong
2003 - Women's Defending Champions - Misty May/Kerri Walsh


WHEN:
Local Qualifier Friday, June 4th 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Main Draw Competition Saturday, June 5th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Women's and Men's Semi-Finals Sunday, June 6th 9 a.m.
Women's and Men's Finals 2 p.m.

OFF-COURT ACTIVITIES:
Fans have the chance to win prizes and get autographs from the AVP pros all weekend! Fans can also check out the Nissan Road Rally and henna tattoos, Aquafina Skills Court and Serving Accuracy Challenge, Xbox Gaming Tent, Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, Halls Fruit Breezers exhibit, Gillette Interactive Area, Sirius Mosh Pit, Earthlink's Block-a-Ball Game and Internet Café and sample Nature Valley granola bars.

Where to play in the area:
South side of the Manhattan Beach Pier
Marine Street
AVPNext sanctioned California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) offers weekend tournaments throughout Southern California. Check out www.cbva.com for more information.
 
Local Legend
Man: Mike Dodd is one of the sport's greatest players. With 74 titles in 343 tournaments, he's ranked fifth in career titles. In the early days of the AVP, Dodd and Tim Hovland formed one of the most formidable teams, taking home 52 titles. Later in his career, Dodd teamed with Mike Whitmarsh for 16 wins and a silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Woman: Sometime this summer, Holly McPeak should become the all-time victory leader in the sport of beach volleyball, surpassing Karolyn Kirby's 67 titles.


Event Schedule


Men's and Women's Qualifier
Outer Courts

Over 120 Men's and Women's teams compete on the outer courts.
Thursday
8:00PM to
6:00PM AVP Men's & Women's Qualifier

Men's and Women's Main Draw
Friday
9:00AM to
6:30PM Men's and Women's Main Draw Competition


Featuring:

Men's Tournament

Casey Jennings & Matt Feurbringer
Karch Kiraly & Mike Lambert
Canyon Ceman & Mike Whitmarsh
Ian Clark & Scott Davenport

Women's Tournament

Jenny Johnson Jordan & Annett Davis
Kerri Walsh & Misty May
Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs
Barbara Fontana & Dianne DeNecochea

AVP TV Schedule for 2004

The AVP is proud to bring you over 10 hours of NBC broadcast coverage and over 40 hours of cable coverage of Fox Sports Net! Check out the television schedule below and be sure to watch all the AVP tournaments throughout the season. All broadcasts are listed in local time unless otherwise specified.*

JUNE

Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network

Huntington Beach, CA  Sat. 5 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sun. 6 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sat. 12 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sun. 14 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sat. 19 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Huntington Beach, CA  Sun. 20 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, CA  Sat. 26 1:00-2:00PM Fox Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, CA  Sun. 27 5:00-6:00PM Fox Sports Net



The 2004 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball schedule is as follows:
April 2-4 Ft. Lauderdale Open  $125,000 South Beach Park   
April 23-25 Tempe Open  $125,000 Tempe Beach Park    
April 30- May 2 Austin Open   $125,000 Auditorium Shores Park   
May 28-30 Bud Light Huntington Beach Open presented by Shark Energy Drink $125,000 Huntington Beach Pier   
June 4-6 Manhattan Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $125,000 Manhattan Beach Pier   
June 11-13 San Diego Open presented by Bud Light  $125,000 Mariners Point   
July 8-11 Belmar Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Belmar Beach   
July 22-25 Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Hermosa Beach Pier   
September 2-5 Chicago Open  $175,000 North Avenue Beach   
September 9-11 Aquafina AVP Shootout presented by Bud Light  $150,000 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino   
September 23-25 AVP'S BEST OF THE BEACH PRESENTED BY PAUL MITCHELL $150,000 Fort DeRussey Beach   10/15-17 Los Angeles Invitational   TBD Home Depot Center Tkt. Quantity:  Order at AVP BEACH CLUB at Above link

Youth Clinic

Thursday
4:00PM to
5:30PM Youth Clinic @ Aquafina Interactive Court 

Free youth clinic for all players under 18. Learn fundamentals and beach strategy. Participants will receive 20 minutes verbal and 90 minutes of hands-on instruction from top AVP Men's and Women's professionals. The 2 hour clinic closes with a question and answer and autograph session.

Sponsor Activities

Nissan
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Be sure to stop by the Nissan display and sign up to win "Crew Club Cab" seats to sit courtside during the Men's and Women's finals.  Test drive the Nissan Road Rally remote control cars and race against your friends and AVP athletes.  Don't forget to pick up a safety kit and other special give-away items - you can even get henna tattoos! 

Bud Light
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Be a part of the Bud Light Party Zone.  Look for Bud Light onsite to find out more information.

Aquafina
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The Aquafina Purity Patrol is coming to the beach with tons of fun activities in the sun.  Compete in the the Aquafina Obstacle Course, Aquafina/ Wilson Speed Serve/ and "Return to Aquafina" hitting challenges.  See how you stand up against AVP Pros and your friends and win cool prizes.

Xbox
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Visit Xbox at the beach and challenge your friends in the latest and greatest Xbox Game titles.  You can be King and sit in Xbox's "King of the Court" seats, the hottest seats on stadium court all weekend long or for the Men's and Women's finals.  You'll be front row in your Xbox visor, t-shirt, tattoo and much more watching the pro beach stars battle for number one.

Paul Mitchell
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Stop by on Saturday for samples and give-aways.  On Sunday, come by for $10 Cut-a-thon and get your hair cut and styled by one of Paul Mitchell's talented stylists.  Profits go to Eric Fonoimoana's "Dig For Kids" Foundation.  You'll walk around the beach looking fantastic, and for a good cause.

ChapStick 
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Take a break from the heat in one of ChapStick's four Fan Lounges equipped with a moisture tent, multiple beach chairs, games, tubes of ChapStick LipMoisturizer and other fun give-aways.  Don't miss your opportunity with Misty May who will be making appearances throughout the weekend for autograph signings and photo opportunities.

Wrigleys
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Long Lasting Flavor, Extra's Got It! Stop By the Wrigley Booth for a free sample of Wrigley's Extra gum.

Nature Valley Granola Bars 
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Whether you're out on the court or watching from up in the stands, Nature Valley Granola Bars are a natural source of energy.  Make sure to stop by the Nature Valley tent to pick up a free sample.  Nature Valley - The Energy Bar Nature Intended. 

Nautica 
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Nautica digs supporting the Manhattan Beach Open as the official clothing on the beach this weekend.  Nautica - Active Sportswear for the California Lifestyle!  Available at Macy'd and Robinsons May.

Gillette
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Come on by the Right Guard and Soft & Dri tent, we've got samples of our new Soft & Dri Power Caps antiperspirant for the girls, and Right Guard Xtreme Power Caps for the guys.

Right Guard. Right to the end of the day!

Soft & Dri. Strong and Beautiful, Just Like You.

Best Buy and LG
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Visit the Best Buy and LG Tent to donate clothes for the local Goodwill store and receive a commemorative event poster. We'll wash the donated items and demo the latest LG washer that is up to 70% more efficient than a standard washer.  Fun includes trivia games and giveaways.

TBA

SHUTTLE INFORMATION 
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Shuttle Pick-up Location
Northrop Grumman parking lot R5M4
Northest corner of Manhattan Beach Blvd and Doolittle Drive
 
Shuttle Drop-off Location
Southwest corner of Manhattan Beach Blvd. and Valley Drive
 
Shuttle Timeline
Thursday, August 7th / 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday, August 8th / 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 9th / 6:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, August 10th, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Local Sponsor Packages
Call AVP 310-426-8000 ask for Denise

Reserved Sand Seating Local Sponsor Package # 1
$500 (Saturday and Sunday Includes):

Reserved Sand Seating Local Sponsor Package #2
$500 (Saturday and Sunday Includes):




Event Schedule
2004 AVP NISSAN SERIES
MANHATTAN BEACH OPEN
Presented by
BUD LIGHT
Schedule of Events
(Tentative and subject to change)
Wednesday, June 2nd
8:00PM AVP Bar Promotion @ Shellback’s (116 Manhattan Beach Blvd.)
Thursday, June 3th
7:00AM – 9:00PM AVP Bar Promotion @ Ercoles (1101 Manhattan Ave.) /Beaches (17 Manhattan Beach
Blvd)
Friday, June 4th
8:00AM – 6:00PM Men’s & Women’s Qualifier Competition
12:00PM – 6:00PM Sponsor Village Open
12:00PM – 6:00PM Nissan Display, Road Rally, & Henna Tattoos
12:00PM – 6:00PM Bud Light Beach Shack
12:00PM – 6:00PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
12:00PM – 6:00PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
12:00PM – 6:00PM JPMS Product Sampling & Product Raffle
12:00PM – 6:00PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” and Listening Zone
12:00PM – 6:00PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
12:00PM – 6:00PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
12:00PM – 6:00PM McDonalds Beach Hut and Surf Challenge
12:00PM – 6:00PM Nature Valley Granola Bar Sampling
12:00PM – 6:00PM Wilson Autograph Ball Raffle
12:00PM – 6:00PM Shark Energy Drink Tiki Bar and Sampling w/ Surfboard Raffle
7:00PM – 9:00PM AVP Bar Crawl @ Hennessy’s & Shellback’s (116 Manhattan Beach Blvd.)
Saturday, June 5th
9:00AM – 6:00PM AVP Men’s & Women’s Main Draw Competition
9:00AM – 6:00PM AVPNext Junior Beach Volleyball tournament (Adjacent to the site)
9:00AM – 6:00PM Sponsor Village Open
9:00AM – 6:00PM Nissan Display, Henna Tattoos, Road Rally & Club Crew Cab Seating
9:00AM – 6:00PM Bud Light Beach Shack & Party Zone Seating Section
9:00AM – 6:00PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
9:00AM – 6:00PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
9:00AM – 6:00PM JPMS Cut-A-Thon (Hair cuts for $15 for Dig For Kids Charity)
9:00AM – 6:00PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” Listening Zone and Stage Seating
9:00AM – 6:00PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
9:00AM – 6:00PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
9:00AM – 6:00PM McDonalds Beach Hut and Surf Challenge
9:00AM – 6:00PM Nature Valley Granola Bar Sampling
9:00AM – 6:00PM Wilson Autograph Ball Raffle
9:00AM – 6:00PM Shark Energy Drink Tiki Bar and Sampling w/ Surfboard Raffle
12:00PM – 6:00PM Special Music Performance by Hope 7 & Friends
7:00PM – 9:30PM AVP Bar Crawl @ Ercoles (1101 Manhattan Ave.) /Beaches (17 Manhattan Beach Blvd)
/Harry O’s (3600 Highland Ave.)

Sunday, June 6th
9:00AM – 5:00PM AVP Men’s & Women’s Main Draw Competition
9:00AM – 5:00PM Sponsor Village Open
9:00AM – 5:00PM Nissan Display, Henna Tattoos, Road Rally & Club Crew Cab Seating
9:00AM – 5:00PM Bud Light Beach Shack & Party Zone Seating Section
9:00AM – 5:00PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
9:00AM – 5:00PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
9:00AM – 5:00PM JPMS Cut-A-Thon (Hair cuts for $15 for Dig For Kids Charity)
9:00AM – 5:00PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” Listening Zone & Stage Seating
9:00AM – 5:00PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
9:00AM – 5:00PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
9:00AM – 5:00PM McDonalds Beach Hut and Surf Challenge
9:00AM – 5:00PM Nature Valley Granola Bar Sampling
9:00AM – 5:00PM Wilson Autograph Ball Raffle
9:00AM – 5:00PM Shark Energy Drink Tiki Bar and Sampling w/ Surfboard Raffle
12:00PM – 3:00PM Special Music Performance by Hope 7 & Friends
1:30 PM Women’s Championship Match
2:30 PM Men’s Championship Match
 
 
How To Get There 
South side of the pier
100 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

From the South: Take the 405 freeway North, exit at Artesia Blvd. and go West. Proceed to Sepulveda (PCH) and go right. Go to Manhattan Beach Blvd. and turn left. Go to end.

From the North: take the 405 freeway South and exit at Inglewood Blvd. Turn right at the end of the off ramp and go to Manhattan Beach Blvd. and turn right again. Go to end.

For shuttle parking: From the 405 freeway, take the Artesia off ramp and go West. Turn right at Peck Road and take the first left into the Mira Costa High School parking lot. Shuttle bus runs approximately every 20 minutes

Tickets
Beach Club Hospitality and Reserved Section Tickets - Buy Now!
  Free  Admission
  General Seating (Stadium Court)
      - 400 Sand Spaces
      - 1600 Bleacher Seats
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How To Get There
  Location South Side of the pier 100 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA Driving: From the South: Take the 405 North, exit at Artesia Blvd. and go West. Proceed to Sepulveda (PCH) and go right. Go to Manhattan beach Blvd. and turn left. Go to end. Parking & Shuttle: From 405 freeway, take the Artesia offramp and go west. Turn right at Peck Road and take the first left into the Mira Costa High School parking lot. Shuttle bus runs approximately every 20 minutes.

  Ian Clark played the 2002 AVP Manhattan Beach Open with Adam Jewel

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          Chad Mowrey,Adam Jewell,Ian Clark                        Adam Jewell's aka "Jedi Jumper"

This year Ian Clark will  play the 2004 AVP Manhattan Beach Open with Scott Davenport

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                              Scott Davenport
                               Photo By Lynn Chu


Bud Lite AVP Manhattan Beach Open 2004

17th -  Ian Clark/Scott Davenport           $400
Match Record: 1Wins-2 Defeats
Winner's Bracket
Round 1

Match 15: Matt Heath / Adam Roberts (15) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (18) 14-21, 21-19, 15-13 (0:59)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1

Match 38: Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (18) def. Casey Patterson / Dennis Roberts (31, Q22) 17-21, 21-19, 15-10 (0:52)
Round 2
Match 46: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (16) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (18) 21-9, 21-19 (0:46)

Last year Ian Clark played the 2003 AVP Manhattan Beach Open with fellow Pepperdine Alumnae
Chip McCaw

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    Chip McCaw-FIVB


HISTORY AVP MANHJATTAN BEACH OPEN

Past Manhattan Beach MEN Winners

Year, Association, Winning team

1960, P&R, Mike Bright/Mike O'Hara
1961, P&R, Mike Bright/Mike O'Hara
1962, P&R, Mike Bright/Mike O'Hara
1963, P&R, Mike Bright/Mike O'Hara
1964, P&R, Mike Bright/Mike O'Hara
1965, P&R, Ron Lang/Gene Selznick
1966, P&R, Ron Lang/Ron Von Hagen
1967, P&R, Ron Lang/Ron Von Hagen
1968, P&R, Henry Bergman/Larry Rundle
1969, P&R, John Vallely/Ron Von Hagen
1970, P&R, Henry Bergman/Ron Von Hagen
1971, P&R, Bob Clem/Larry Rundle
1972, P&R, Matt Gage/Buzz Swartz
1973, P&R, Bob Jackson/Fred Zeulich
1974, P&R, Tom Chamales/Ron Von Hagen
1975, P&R, Greg Lee/Jim Menges
1976, P&R, Chris Marlowe/Steve Obradovich
1977, P&R, Chris Marlowe/Jim Menges
1978, P&R, Greg Lee/Jim Menges
1979, P&R, Jim Menges/Sinjin Smith
1979, P&R, Andy Fishburn/Dane Selznick
1980, P&R, Karch Kiraly/Sinjin Smith
1980, P&R, Karch Kiraly/Sinjin Smith
1981, P&R, Karch Kiraly/Sinjin Smith
1981, P&R, Jim Menges/Randy Stoklos
1982, P&R, Mike Dodd/Tim Hovland
1982, P&R, Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos
1983, P&R, Mike Dodd/Tim Hovland
1984, AVP, Mike Dodd/Tim Hovland
1985, AVP, Mike Dodd/Tim Hovland
1986, AVP, Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos
1987, AVP, Mike Dodd/Tim Hovland
1987, AVP, Mike Dodd/Tim Hovland
1988, AVP, Karch Kiraly/Ricci Luyties
1989, AVP, Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos
1990, AVP, Brent Frohoff/Karch Kiraly
1991, AVP, Karch Kiraly/Kent Steffes
1992, AVP, Karch Kiraly/Kent Steffes
1993, AVP, Karch Kiraly/Kent Steffes
1994, AVP, Adam Johnson/Randy Stoklos
1995, AVP, Adam Johnson/Jose Loiola
1996, AVP, Karch Kiraly/Kent Steffes
1999, AVP, David Swatik/Mike Whitmarsh
2000, AVP, Jose Loiola/Emanuel Rego
2001, AVP, Stein Metzger/Kevin Wong
2002, AVP, Eric Fonoimoanna/Dax Holdren
2003, AVP, Eric Fonoimoana/Kevin Wong
2004, AVP, Karch Kiraly/Mike Lambert

 
Men's AVP $62,500 Manhattan Beach Open
June 4-6, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points
  
1 Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert 4 $14,500.00 360.0
2 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 6 $9,750.00 324.0
3 Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard 3 $5,825.00 270.0
3 Eric Fonoimoana Kevin Wong 9 $5,825.00 270.0
5 Jason Ring George Roumain 1 $3,500.00 216.0
5 Canyon Ceman Mike Whitmarsh 7 $3,500.00 216.0
7 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 2 $2,500.00 180.0
7 Jake Gibb Adam Jewell 8 $2,500.00 180.0
9 John Hyden Andy Witt 5 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Brent Doble Brian Lewis 10 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Paul Baxter Scott Wong 13 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Jake Elliott Jason Lee 20 $1,600.00 144.0
13 Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena 12 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Jim Nichols Matt Olson 16 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Aaron Boss Jose Loiola 17 $1,050.00 108.0
13 David Fischer Scott Lane 21 $1,050.00 108.0
17 Eduardo Bacil Eli Fairfield 11 $400.00 72.0
17 Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge 14 $400.00 72.0
17 Matt Heath Adam Roberts 15 $400.00 72.0
17 Ian Clark Scott Davenport 18 $400.00 72.0
17 Albert Hannemann Chad Turner 19 $400.00 72.0
17 Chip McCaw Alika Williams 22 $400.00 72.0
17 Anthony Medel Brad Torsone 23 $400.00 72.0
17 Ty Loomis Ryan Mariano 24, Q1 $400.00 72.0
25 Jeff Minc Derek Zimmerman 25, Q4 $100.00 36.0
25 David Smith Andrew Vazquez 26 $100.00 36.0
25 Brian Chapman Mike Morrison 27, Q7 $100.00 36.0
25 Matt Prosser Jon Thompson 28, Q14 $100.00 36.0
25 Brian Corso Said Souikane 29, Q12 $100.00 36.0
25 Esteban Escobar Leonardo Moraes 30, Q18 $100.00 36.0
25 Casey Patterson Dennis Roberts 31, Q22 $100.00 36.0
25 Chuck Donlon Chris Young 32, Q72 $100.00 36.0
33 Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano Q2 $.00 18.0
33 Chris Kosty Hans Stolfus Q3 $.00 18.0
33 John Anselmo Anthony Mihalic Q6 $.00 18.0
33 Steve Grotowski Ranse Jones Q10 $.00 18.0
33 Steve Hubbard Jason Wight Q24 $.00 18.0
33 Masui Allen Sonny Knight Q28 $.00 18.0
33 Mark Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten Q45 $.00 18.0
33 Rico Becker Mike Bruning Q48 $.00 18.0
41 Mike DiPierro Jim Van Zwieten Q5 $.00 12.0
41 Chris Harger Justin Phipps Q15 $.00 12.0
41 Seth Burnham Jack Quinn Q19 $.00 12.0
41 Brian Duff Sam Haghighi Q21 $.00 12.0
41 Bivin Sadler Andy Shean Q23 $.00 12.0
41 Todd Bennett Jeff Smith Q25 $.00 12.0
41 Art Barron Sergio Penaloza Q27 $.00 12.0
41 Kurt Gurdal Leon Lucas Q33 $.00 12.0
41 Dhiraj Coats Yariv Lerner Q34 $.00 12.0
41 Andor Gyulai Tom Slauterbeck Q35 $.00 12.0
41 Corey Glave Scott Kiedaisch Q36 $.00 12.0
41 Eric Burness Samuel Rogers Q39 $.00 12.0
41 Mike Desjardins Jeff Hall Q49 $.00 12.0
41 Jason Hodell Peter Tourigny Q52 $.00 12.0
41 Kevin Cleary Joel Jones Q54 $.00 12.0
41 Ryan Haneberg Curt Vaughen Q56 $.00 12.0
57 John Mayer Dan Mintz Q8 $.00 8.0
57 Steve Delaney Everett Matthews Q9 $.00 8.0
57 John Braunstein Ryan Cronin Q11 $.00 8.0
57 Kevin Dake Ran Kumgisky Q13 $.00 8.0
57 Eric Adams Tony Pray Q16 $.00 8.0
57 Ivan Mercer Jeff Murrell Q17 $.00 8.0
57 Jeff Myers Mark Smith Q20 $.00 8.0
57 Michael DeRaffaele Aaron Steele Q26 $.00 8.0
57 Michael Rupp Aaron Wachtfogel Q29 $.00 8.0
57 Jon Barnes Dennis Marlow Q30 $.00 8.0
57 Jason Greenlaw Chad Wick Q31 $.00 8.0
57 Todd Hart Eric Roberts Q32 $.00 8.0
57 Jason King John Michelau Q37 $.00 8.0
57 Michael Doucette James Hollis Q38 $.00 8.0
57 Timothy Cornelissen Brian Genthe Q40 $.00 8.0
57 Charles Cates Arqum Iqbal Q41 $.00 8.0
57 Guy Hamilton Jeremy Harkins Q42 $.00 8.0
57 Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins Q43 $.00 8.0
57 Vince Fierro Jon Mesko Q44 $.00 8.0
57 Greg Boor Alex Lynch Q46 $.00 8.0
57 Mika Hunkin Kevin Jones Q47 $.00 8.0
57 Randy Cline Ryan McGuyre Q55 $.00 8.0
57 Mark Addy Mike Dauernheim Q58 $.00 8.0
57 Joe Boken Cody Cowell Q59 $.00 8.0
57 Jeremy Drescher Derek Martinez Q60 $.00 8.0
57 Eric Christianson Ryan Turner Q62 $.00 8.0
57 John Caravella Luis Sandoval Q63 $.00 8.0
57 Nathan Cummy Michael Johnson Q65 $.00 8.0
57 Coley Kyman Dan Neiman Q68 $.00 8.0
57 Richard O'Keefe Jordan Robinson Q76 $.00 8.0
57 Drew Brand Andrew Zimmerman Q78 $.00 8.0
57 Kanani Leite-Ah Yo Eric Milmont Q79 $.00 8.0
89 Billy Allen Ty Tramblie Q50 $.00 4.0
89 David Escarsega Jon Gubera Q51 $.00 4.0
89 Joshua Cannon Jason Voorhees Q53 $.00 4.0
89 Brain Mihail Travis Regner Q57 $.00 4.0
89 Matt Heagy Matt Shubin Q61 $.00 4.0
89 Gabby Amar JP Calderon Q64 $.00 4.0
89 Justin Deblasio Jason Miller Q66 $.00 4.0
89 Jarett Jensen David Maitlen Q67 $.00 4.0
89 Dragon Ognjanovic Michael Risley Q69 $.00 4.0
89 Tim Fuehrer Jason Harris Q70 $.00 4.0
89 Lucas Galmarni Jeff Pheffer Q71 $.00 4.0
89 Alan Dawber Garnett Scott Q73 $.00 4.0
89 Dan Classen Dan Hecker Q74 $.00 4.0
89 Steven Allas Jeremiah Harrian Q75 $.00 4.0
89 Albert Baker Jodi Pigford Q77 $.00 4.0
89 Chiquito Quintanilla Brent Reger Q80 $.00 4.0
89 James LeMire Keith Levin Q81 $.00 4.0


Men's AVP $62,500 Manhattan Beach Open
June 4-6, 2004 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Michael Johnson / Nathan Cummy (Q65) def. Gabby Amar / JP Calderon (Q64) 21-18, 19-21, 15-13 (1:10)
Match 6: Rico Becker / Mike Bruning (Q48) def. Keith Levin / James LeMire (Q81) 21-9, 21-9 (0:39)
Match 7: Mike Desjardins / Jeff Hall (Q49) def. Brent Reger / Chiquito Quintanilla (Q80) 21-15, 21-14 (0:45)
Match 10: Ryan Haneberg / Curt Vaughen (Q56) def. Garnett Scott / Alan Dawber (Q73) 21-18, 21-11 (0:50)
Match 15: Chris Young / Chuck Donlon (Q72) def. Brain Mihail / Travis Regner (Q57) 21-18, 12-21, 20-18 (1:06)
Match 18: Jeremy Drescher / Derek Martinez (Q60) def. Dragon Ognjanovic / Michael Risley (Q69) 21-14, 21-10 (0:45)
Match 23: Richard O'Keefe / Jordan Robinson (Q76) def. Joshua Cannon / Jason Voorhees (Q53) by Forfeit
Match 26: Jason Hodell / Peter Tourigny (Q52) def. Jodi Pigford / Albert Baker (Q77) 21-11, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 31: Coley Kyman / Dan Neiman (Q68) def. Matt Heagy / Matt Shubin (Q61) 21-16, 21-16 (0:50)
Match 34: Eric Christianson / Ryan Turner (Q62) def. Jarett Jensen / David Maitlen (Q67) 21-19, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 39: Andrew Zimmerman / Drew Brand (Q78) def. David Escarsega / Jon Gubera (Q51) 21-12, 23-21 (0:44)
Match 42: Kevin Cleary / Joel Jones (Q54) def. Steven Allas / Jeremiah Harrian (Q75) 21-18, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 47: Joe Boken / Cody Cowell (Q59) def. Tim Fuehrer / Jason Harris (Q70) 21-12, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 50: Mark Addy / Mike Dauernheim (Q58) def. Jeff Pheffer / Lucas Galmarni (Q71) 16-21, 21-16, 15-9 (1:01)
Match 55: Randy Cline / Ryan McGuyre (Q55) def. Dan Classen / Dan Hecker (Q74) 23-21, 21-17 (0:52)
Match 58: Eric Milmont / Kanani Leite-Ah Yo (Q79) def. Billy Allen / Ty Tramblie (Q50) 21-17, 13-21, 15-12 (0:59)
Match 63: John Caravella / Luis Sandoval (Q63) def. Jason Miller / Justin Deblasio (Q66) 21-18, 21-14 (0:45)

Round 2
Match 65: Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (Q1) def. Michael Johnson / Nathan Cummy (Q65) 21-11, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 66: Kurt Gurdal / Leon Lucas (Q33) def. Todd Hart / Eric Roberts (Q32) 25-23, 21-11 (0:50)
Match 67: Rico Becker / Mike Bruning (Q48) def. Ivan Mercer / Jeff Murrell (Q17) 26-24, 21-12 (0:48)
Match 68: Mike Desjardins / Jeff Hall (Q49) def. Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q16) 24-22, 21-19 (0:56)
Match 69: Ryan Haneberg / Curt Vaughen (Q56) def. Steve Delaney / Everett Matthews (Q9) 21-12, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 70: Steve Hubbard / Jason Wight (Q24) def. Charles Cates / Arqum Iqbal (Q41) 21-17, 21-18 (0:50)
Match 71: Todd Bennett / Jeff Smith (Q25) def. Timothy Cornelissen / Brian Genthe (Q40) 21-14, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 72: Chris Young / Chuck Donlon (Q72) def. John Mayer / Dan Mintz (Q8) 23-21, 21-19 (0:53)
Match 73: Mike DiPierro / Jim Van Zwieten (Q5) def. Jeremy Drescher / Derek Martinez (Q60) 21-12, 21-7 (0:36)
Match 74: Masui Allen / Sonny Knight (Q28) def. Jason King / John Michelau (Q37) 21-17, 21-18 (0:46)
Match 75: Brian Duff / Sam Haghighi (Q21) def. Vince Fierro / Jon Mesko (Q44) 21-18, 21-18 (0:48)
Match 76: Brian Corso / Said Souikane (Q12) def. Richard O'Keefe / Jordan Robinson (Q76) 21-11, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 77: Jason Hodell / Peter Tourigny (Q52) def. Kevin Dake / Ran Kumgisky (Q13) 21-19, 24-22 (0:57)
Match 78: Mark Van Zwieten / Steve Van Zwieten (Q45) def. Jeff Myers / Mark Smith (Q20) 21-23, 21-17, 15-11 (0:59)
Match 79: Corey Glave / Scott Kiedaisch (Q36) def. Michael Rupp / Aaron Wachtfogel (Q29) by Forfeit
Match 80: Jeff Minc / Derek Zimmerman (Q4) def. Coley Kyman / Dan Neiman (Q68) 21-15, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 81: Chris Kosty / Hans Stolfus (Q3) def. Eric Christianson / Ryan Turner (Q62) 21-17, 21-17 (0:51)
Match 82: Andor Gyulai / Tom Slauterbeck (Q35) def. Jon Barnes / Dennis Marlow (Q30) 21-15, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 83: Seth Burnham / Jack Quinn (Q19) def. Greg Boor / Alex Lynch (Q46) 22-24, 21-17, 18-16 (1:08)
Match 84: Matt Prosser / Jon Thompson (Q14) def. Andrew Zimmerman / Drew Brand (Q78) 21-9, 22-20 (0:49)
Match 85: Kevin Cleary / Joel Jones (Q54) def. John Braunstein / Ryan Cronin (Q11) 21-16, 21-19 (0:43)
Match 86: Casey Patterson / Dennis Roberts (Q22) def. Rocky Mayo / Jeremie Simkins (Q43) 21-19, 21-13 (0:45)
Match 87: Art Barron / Sergio Penaloza (Q27) def. Michael Doucette / James Hollis (Q38) 21-17, 23-25, 15-11 (1:03)
Match 88: John Anselmo / Anthony Mihalic (Q6) def. Joe Boken / Cody Cowell (Q59) 21-12, 21-9 (0:30)
Match 89: Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (Q7) def. Mark Addy / Mike Dauernheim (Q58) 22-20, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 90: Eric Burness / Samuel Rogers (Q39) def. Michael DeRaffaele / Aaron Steele (Q26) 21-15, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 91: Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q23) def. Guy Hamilton / Jeremy Harkins (Q42) 21-12, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 92: Steve Grotowski / Ranse Jones (Q10) def. Randy Cline / Ryan McGuyre (Q55) 22-20, 21-18 (0:53)
Match 93: Chris Harger / Justin Phipps (Q15) def. Eric Milmont / Kanani Leite-Ah Yo (Q79) 21-15, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 94: Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (Q18) def. Mika Hunkin / Kevin Jones (Q47) 21-11, 21-11 (0:38)
Match 95: Dhiraj Coats / Yariv Lerner (Q34) def. Jason Greenlaw / Chad Wick (Q31) 21-14, 21-19 (0:40)
Match 96: Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q2) def. John Caravella / Luis Sandoval (Q63) 21-12, 21-11 (0:38)

Round 3
Match 97: Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (Q1) def. Kurt Gurdal / Leon Lucas (Q33) 21-15, 21-12 (0:42)
Match 98: Rico Becker / Mike Bruning (Q48) def. Mike Desjardins / Jeff Hall (Q49) 22-20, 21-18 (1:00)
Match 99: Steve Hubbard / Jason Wight (Q24) def. Ryan Haneberg / Curt Vaughen (Q56) 18-21, 21-10, 15-9 (0:56)
Match 100: Chris Young / Chuck Donlon (Q72) def. Todd Bennett / Jeff Smith (Q25) 21-15, 18-21, 15-13 (1:01)
Match 101: Masui Allen / Sonny Knight (Q28) def. Mike DiPierro / Jim Van Zwieten (Q5) 21-17, 21-19 (0:41)
Match 102: Brian Corso / Said Souikane (Q12) def. Brian Duff / Sam Haghighi (Q21) 19-21, 21-13, 15-10 (1:01)
Match 103: Mark Van Zwieten / Steve Van Zwieten (Q45) def. Jason Hodell / Peter Tourigny (Q52) 21-13, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 104: Jeff Minc / Derek Zimmerman (Q4) def. Corey Glave / Scott Kiedaisch (Q36) 21-11, 21-7 (0:33)
Match 105: Chris Kosty / Hans Stolfus (Q3) def. Andor Gyulai / Tom Slauterbeck (Q35) 21-17, 21-18 (0:47)
Match 106: Matt Prosser / Jon Thompson (Q14) def. Seth Burnham / Jack Quinn (Q19) 21-15, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 107: Casey Patterson / Dennis Roberts (Q22) def. Kevin Cleary / Joel Jones (Q54) 21-15, 20-22, 15-9 (1:01)
Match 108: John Anselmo / Anthony Mihalic (Q6) def. Art Barron / Sergio Penaloza (Q27) 21-12, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 109: Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (Q7) def. Eric Burness / Samuel Rogers (Q39) 21-16, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 110: Steve Grotowski / Ranse Jones (Q10) def. Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q23) 23-21, 21-19 (0:55)
Match 111: Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (Q18) def. Chris Harger / Justin Phipps (Q15) 21-18, 21-15 (0:48)
Match 112: Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q2) def. Dhiraj Coats / Yariv Lerner (Q34) 21-18, 21-13 (0:38)

Round 4
Match 113: Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (Q1) def. Rico Becker / Mike Bruning (Q48) 21-13, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 114: Chris Young / Chuck Donlon (Q72) def. Steve Hubbard / Jason Wight (Q24) 21-16, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 115: Brian Corso / Said Souikane (Q12) def. Masui Allen / Sonny Knight (Q28) 21-8, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 116: Jeff Minc / Derek Zimmerman (Q4) def. Mark Van Zwieten / Steve Van Zwieten (Q45) 21-14, 18-21, 15-12 (0:49)
Match 117: Matt Prosser / Jon Thompson (Q14) def. Chris Kosty / Hans Stolfus (Q3) 21-19, 22-20 (0:53)
Match 118: Casey Patterson / Dennis Roberts (Q22) def. John Anselmo / Anthony Mihalic (Q6) 22-20, 9-21, 15-8 (0:56)
Match 119: Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (Q7) def. Steve Grotowski / Ranse Jones (Q10) 21-17, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 120: Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (Q18) def. Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q2) 10-21, 21-14, 15-10 (0:49)


Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Jason Ring / George Roumain (1) def. Chris Young / Chuck Donlon (32, Q72) 21-12, 21-12 (0:32)
Match 2: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (16) def. Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (17) 21-14, 15-21, 16-14 (0:50)
Match 3: Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (24, Q1) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) 21-17, 25-23 (0:53)
Match 4: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (8) def. Jeff Minc / Derek Zimmerman (25, Q4) 21-13, 21-18 (0:35)
Match 5: John Hyden / Andy Witt (5) def. Jon Thompson / Matt Prosser (28, Q14) 21-11, 26-24 (0:43)
Match 6: Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (12) def. David Fischer / Scott Lane (21) 14-21, 21-11, 15-13 (0:50)
Match 7: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) def. Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (20) 21-15, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 8: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (4) def. Brian Corso / Said Souikane (29, Q12) 21-15, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 9: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (3) def. Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (30, Q18) 21-15, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 10: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (14) def. Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (19) 21-15, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 11: Alika Williams / Chip McCaw (22) def. Eduardo Bacil / Eli Fairfield (11) 22-20, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 12: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (6) def. Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (27, Q7) 21-17, 21-8 (0:41)
Match 13: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (7) def. David Smith / Andrew Vazquez (26) 21-15, 21-9 (0:35)
Match 14: Anthony Medel / Brad Torsone (23) def. Brent Doble / Brian Lewis (10) 10-21, 21-17, 15-13 (1:09)
Match 15: Matt Heath / Adam Roberts (15) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (18) 14-21, 21-19, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 16: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Casey Patterson / Dennis Roberts (31, Q22) 22-20, 21-15 (0:40)

Round 2
Match 17: Jason Ring / George Roumain (1) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (16) 21-15, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 18: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (8) def. Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (24, Q1) 21-16, 20-22, 15-13 (1:03)
Match 19: John Hyden / Andy Witt (5) def. Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (12) 16-21, 22-20, 15-12 (0:59)
Match 20: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (4) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) 21-16, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 21: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (3) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (14) 17-21, 21-19, 20-18 (1:09)
Match 22: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (6) def. Alika Williams / Chip McCaw (22) 21-16, 21-17 (0:46)
Match 23: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (7) def. Anthony Medel / Brad Torsone (23) 22-20, 21-15 (0:46)
Match 24: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Matt Heath / Adam Roberts (15) 22-20, 21-17 (0:34)

Round 3
Match 25: Jason Ring / George Roumain (1) def. Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (8) 22-20, 21-19 (0:50)
Match 26: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (4) def. John Hyden / Andy Witt (5) 19-21, 21-15, 15-10 (1:05)
Match 27: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (6) def. Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (3) 21-15, 21-9 (0:38)
Match 28: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (7) def. Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (2) 24-22, 21-16 (0:47)

Round 4
Match 29: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (4) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (1) 21-19, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 30: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (6) def. Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (7) 21-16, 21-18 (0:56)


Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (17) def. Chris Young / Chuck Donlon (32, Q72) 21-18, 21-17 (0:35)
Match 32: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) def. Jeff Minc / Derek Zimmerman (25, Q4) 21-15, 21-7 (0:33)
Match 33: David Fischer / Scott Lane (21) def. Jon Thompson / Matt Prosser (28, Q14) 18-21, 21-14, 15-10 (1:03)
Match 34: Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (20) def. Brian Corso / Said Souikane (29, Q12) 21-16, 21-19 (0:43)
Match 35: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (19) def. Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (30, Q18) 21-14, 23-21 (0:39)
Match 36: Eduardo Bacil / Eli Fairfield (11) def. Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (27, Q7) 21-19, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 37: Brent Doble / Brian Lewis (10) def. David Smith / Andrew Vazquez (26) 21-15, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 38: Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (18) def. Casey Patterson / Dennis Roberts (31, Q22) 17-21, 21-19, 15-10 (0:52)

Round 2
Match 39: Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (17) def. Matt Heath / Adam Roberts (15) 25-23, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 40: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) def. Anthony Medel / Brad Torsone (23) 21-19, 21-15 (0:57)
Match 41: David Fischer / Scott Lane (21) def. Alika Williams / Chip McCaw (22) 10-21, 21-13, 15-13 (0:56)
Match 42: Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (20) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (14) 19-21, 21-14, 15-11 (0:58)
Match 43: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) def. Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (19) 21-19, 17-21, 17-15 (1:05)
Match 44: Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (12) def. Eduardo Bacil / Eli Fairfield (11) 22-20, 16-21, 15-8 (0:53)
Match 45: Brent Doble / Brian Lewis (10) def. Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (24, Q1) 21-19, 21-17 (0:45)
Match 46: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (16) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (18) 21-9, 21-19 (0:46)

Round 3
Match 47: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) def. Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (17) 21-19, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 48: Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (20) def. David Fischer / Scott Lane (21) 21-15, 21-16 (0:35)
Match 49: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) def. Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (12) 17-21, 21-15, 18-16 (1:02)
Match 50: Brent Doble / Brian Lewis (10) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (16) 23-25, 24-22, 15-9 (1:10)

Round 4
Match 51: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) def. John Hyden / Andy Witt (5) 21-15, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 52: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (8) def. Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (20) 21-6, 21-17 (0:31)
Match 53: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) 21-16, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 54: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (3) def. Brent Doble / Brian Lewis (10) 21-23, 28-26, 15-11 (1:16)

Round 5
Match 55: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) def. Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (8) 21-19, 21-17 (0:48)
Match 56: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (3) def. Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (2) 20-22, 21-19, 15-9 (0:58)

Round 6
Match 57: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) def. Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (7) 21-19, 18-21, 18-16 (1:15)
Match 58: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (3) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (1) 13-21, 21-18, 15-11 (1:01)


Semifinals

Match 59: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (4) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) 22-20, 17-21, 15-13 (1:05)
Match 60: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (6) def. Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (3) 21-15, 21-23, 15-13 (1:10)

Finals

Match 61: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (4) def. Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (6) 21-15, 21-18 (0:45) 

 

2004 Men's Manhattan Beach Tournament Champions >>Karch Kiraly/Mike Lambert

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Karch Kiraly adds #141st AVP Victory in Manhattan       Mike Lambert's 1st AVP Win    .
                       

 

History Women's Manhattan Beach

Past Manhattan Beach WOMEN Winners
Year, Association, Winning team

1976, P&R, Kathy Gregory/Miki McFadden
1980, P&R, Linda Hanley/Nina Matthies
1981, P&R, Linda Hanley/Nina Matthies
1983, P&R, Kathy Gregory/Kathy Hanley
1984, P&R, Linda Hanley/Nina Matthies
1985, P&R, Kathy Hanley/Anna Prousalis
1986, P&R, Linda Hanley/Nina Matthies
1987, WPVA, Linda Chisholm/Jackie Silva
1987, WPVA, Linda Chisholm/Jackie Silva
1988, WPVA, Linda Chisholm/Jackie Silva
1989, WPVA, Patty Dodd/Jackie Silva
1989, WPVA, Linda Chisholm/Janice Harrer
1990, WPVA, Karolyn Kirby/Jackie Silva
1991, WPVA, Karolyn Kirby/Angela Rock
1992, WPVA, Marla O'Hara/Dennie Shupryt Knoop
1992, WPVA, Karolyn Kirby/Nancy Reno
1993, AVP, Cammy Ciarelli/Holly McPeak/
1993, WPVA, Karolyn Kirby/Liz Masakayan
1994, AVP, Linda Chisholm/Linda Hanley
1994, WPVA, Karolyn Kirby/Liz Masakayan
2001, AVP, Barbra Fontana/Elaine Youngs
2002, AVP, Annett Davis/Jennifer Johnson Jordan
2003, AVP, Misty May / Kerri Walsh
2004, AVP, Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs


Women's AVP $62,500 Manhattan Beach Open
June 4-6, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points
  
1 Holly McPeak Elaine Youngs 2 $14,500.00 360.0
2 Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan 3 $9,750.00 324.0
3 Misty May Kerri Walsh 1 $5,825.00 270.0
3 Carrie Busch Nancy Mason 5 $5,825.00 270.0
5 Lisa Arce Leanne McSorley 4 $3,500.00 216.0
5 Barbra Fontana Jennifer Kessy 6 $3,500.00 216.0
7 Jennifer Meredith Wendy Stammer 7 $2,500.00 180.0
7 Angie Akers Rachel Wacholder 8 $2,500.00 180.0
9 Tammy Leibl Sarah Straton 10 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 11 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 13 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Tanya Fuamatu Heidi Ilustre 17 $1,600.00 144.0
13 Paula Roca Gracie Santana-Baeni 9 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Tyra Harper Makare Wilson 12 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Ashley Bowles Lauren Fendrick 14 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Alicia Polzin Ali Wood 15 $1,050.00 108.0
17 Daven Casad-Allison Pat Keller 16 $400.00 72.0
17 Kimberly Coleman Julie Sprague 18 $400.00 72.0
17 Barbara Nyland Saralyn Smith 20 $400.00 72.0
17 Erin Galli Franci Rard 21 $400.00 72.0
17 Denise Johns Jenelle Koester 23 $400.00 72.0
17 Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles 24, Q2 $400.00 72.0
17 Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet 27, Q5 $400.00 72.0
17 Jeannette Hecker Valinda Hilleary 30, Q4 $400.00 72.0
25 Jill Changaris Sharman Mitchell 19 $100.00 36.0
25 Anne McArthur Kristen Schritter 22 $100.00 36.0
25 Marla O'Hara Julie Romias 25, Q3 $100.00 36.0
25 Kelly Rowe Catie Vagnuer 26 $100.00 36.0
25 Kerri Eich Sarah White 28, Q9 $100.00 36.0
25 Mary Baily Tiffany Rodriguez 29, Q6 $100.00 36.0
25 Angela Lewis Diane Pascua 31, Q10 $100.00 36.0
25 Erin Byrd Jeanette Simenson 32, Q33 $100.00 36.0
33 Karen Reitz Gretchen Sanders Q7 $.00 18.0
33 Holly Reisor Eleonora Vakhidova Q11 $.00 18.0
33 Danalee Bragado Bridget Lambert Q12 $.00 18.0
33 Arcadia Berjonneau Cherry Simkins Q13 $.00 18.0
33 Leanne Haarbauer Alicia Zamparelli Q14 $.00 18.0
33 Cindy Phillips Teri Van Dyke Q16 $.00 18.0
33 Nicole Midwin Amber Willey Q18 $.00 18.0
33 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger Q25 $.00 18.0
41 Nikki Audette Helen Reale Q1 $.00 12.0
41 Lisa Marshall Ann Windes Q8 $.00 12.0
41 Ramona Caouette Mary Strong Q15 $.00 12.0
41 Jessica Alvarado Lily Kahumoku Q17 $.00 12.0
41 Johanna Lehman Laura Ratto Q19 $.00 12.0
41 Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser Q20 $.00 12.0
41 Katherine Fay Stephanie Roberts Q21 $.00 12.0
41 April Chapple Heather Hafner Q22 $.00 12.0
41 Kaili Kimura Sarah Schroeder Q23 $.00 12.0
41 Antoinette Cocco Jennifer Lombardi Q24 $.00 12.0
41 Keely Eagle Barb Sanson Q27 $.00 12.0
41 Kirstin Olsen Terry Zartman Q29 $.00 12.0
41 Barb Ifejika Jennifer Maastricht Q34 $.00 12.0
41 Paola Rodriguez Stacy Rouwenhorst Q35 $.00 12.0
41 Angela Knopf Patti Scofield Q37 $.00 12.0
41 Claire Robertson Alyssa Rylander Q39 $.00 12.0
57 Anya Adams Jean Mathews Q26 $.00 8.0
57 Michelle Kyman Ashley Regner Q28 $.00 8.0
57 Carol Killeen Kathleen Madden Q30 $.00 8.0
57 Aly Currey Shannon Sneed Q31 $.00 8.0
57 Heather Alley Ingrid Roosild Q32 $.00 8.0
57 Jenn Hoft Gigi Krueger Q36 $.00 8.0
57 Kristal Blair Tina Damasco Q38 $.00 8.0
57 Stephanie Gruner Julie Ryan Q40 $.00 8.0
57 Kristy Kierulff Lindsay Phillips Q41 $.00 8.0
57 Sabrina Pozzi Jennifer Sansone Q42 $.00 8.0
57 Natasha Nguyen Staci Venski Q43 $.00 8.0


 Women's AVP $62,500 Manhattan Beach Open
June 4-6, 2004 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Jeanette Simenson / Erin Byrd (Q33) def. Heather Alley / Ingrid Roosild (Q32) 22-20, 18-21, 15-10 (1:06)
Match 6: Antoinette Cocco / Jennifer Lombardi (Q24) def. Kristy Kierulff / Lindsay Phillips (Q41) 21-18, 21-16 (0:48)
Match 7: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q25) def. Julie Ryan / Stephanie Gruner (Q40) 21-11, 21-6 (0:36)
Match 10: Patti Scofield / Angela Knopf (Q37) def. Michelle Kyman / Ashley Regner (Q28) 17-21, 21-19, 15-10 (0:57)
Match 15: Kirstin Olsen / Terry Zartman (Q29) def. Jenn Hoft / Gigi Krueger (Q36) 21-15, 21-19 (0:54)
Match 18: Stacy Rouwenhorst / Paola Rodriguez (Q35) def. Carol Killeen / Kathleen Madden (Q30) 21-10, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 22: April Chapple / Heather Hafner (Q22) def. Natasha Nguyen / Staci Venski (Q43) 21-8, 21-7 (0:30)
Match 23: Keely Eagle / Barb Sanson (Q27) def. Tina Damasco / Kristal Blair (Q38) 21-18, 22-20 (0:47)
Match 26: Claire Robertson / Alyssa Rylander (Q39) def. Anya Adams / Jean Mathews (Q26) 21-17, 21-14 (0:43)
Match 27: Kaili Kimura / Sarah Schroeder (Q23) def. Sabrina Pozzi / Jennifer Sansone (Q42) 21-10, 21-7 (0:34)
Match 31: Jennifer Maastricht / Barb Ifejika (Q34) def. Aly Currey / Shannon Sneed (Q31) 21-18, 21-13 (0:50)

Round 2
Match 33: Jeanette Simenson / Erin Byrd (Q33) def. Nikki Audette / Helen Reale (Q1) 21-13, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 34: Cindy Phillips / Teri Van Dyke (Q16) def. Jessica Alvarado / Lily Kahumoku (Q17) 8-21, 22-20, 15-8 (0:49)
Match 35: Kerri Eich / Sarah White (Q9) def. Antoinette Cocco / Jennifer Lombardi (Q24) 21-14, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 36: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q25) def. Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (Q8) 21-16, 23-21 (0:50)
Match 37: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q5) def. Patti Scofield / Angela Knopf (Q37) 21-17, 21-14 (0:33)
Match 38: Danalee Bragado / Bridget Lambert (Q12) def. Katherine Fay / Stephanie Roberts (Q21) 21-10, 21-19 (0:38)
Match 39: Arcadia Berjonneau / Cherry Simkins (Q13) def. Joy Akins / Dawn Steinhauser (Q20) 21-13, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 40: Jeannette Hecker / Valinda Hilleary (Q4) def. Kirstin Olsen / Terry Zartman (Q29) 21-12, 21-10 (0:35)
Match 41: Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (Q3) def. Stacy Rouwenhorst / Paola Rodriguez (Q35) 21-23, 21-19, 15-12 (1:02)
Match 42: Leanne Haarbauer / Alicia Zamparelli (Q14) def. Johanna Lehman / Laura Ratto (Q19) 21-12, 21-12 (0:37)
Match 43: Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q11) def. April Chapple / Heather Hafner (Q22) 21-13, 22-24, 15-9 (0:54)
Match 44: Mary Baily / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q6) def. Keely Eagle / Barb Sanson (Q27) 21-12, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 45: Karen Reitz / Gretchen Sanders (Q7) def. Claire Robertson / Alyssa Rylander (Q39) 21-11, 22-20 (0:41)
Match 46: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q10) def. Kaili Kimura / Sarah Schroeder (Q23) 21-11, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 47: Nicole Midwin / Amber Willey (Q18) def. Ramona Caouette / Mary Strong (Q15) 22-20, 21-12 (0:46)
Match 48: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q2) def. Jennifer Maastricht / Barb Ifejika (Q34) 21-16, 21-10 (0:40)

Round 3
Match 49: Jeanette Simenson / Erin Byrd (Q33) def. Cindy Phillips / Teri Van Dyke (Q16) 21-19, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 50: Kerri Eich / Sarah White (Q9) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q25) 15-21, 21-10, 15-8 (0:52)
Match 51: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q5) def. Danalee Bragado / Bridget Lambert (Q12) 21-15, 21-10 (0:38)
Match 52: Jeannette Hecker / Valinda Hilleary (Q4) def. Arcadia Berjonneau / Cherry Simkins (Q13) 21-9, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 53: Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (Q3) def. Leanne Haarbauer / Alicia Zamparelli (Q14) 21-19, 21-11 (0:47)
Match 54: Mary Baily / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q6) def. Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q11) 22-20, 15-21, 19-17 (1:08)
Match 55: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q10) def. Karen Reitz / Gretchen Sanders (Q7) 21-15, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 56: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q2) def. Nicole Midwin / Amber Willey (Q18) 16-21, 21-10, 15-5 (0:48)


Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Jeanette Simenson / Erin Byrd (32, Q33) 21-13, 21-11 (0:34)
Match 2: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (17) def. Pat Keller / Daven Casad-Allison (16) 21-18, 21-11 (0:39)
Match 3: Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (9) def. Brooke Niles / Courtney Guerra (24, Q2) 21-16, 12-21, 15-11 (0:56)
Match 4: Rachel Wacholder / Angie Akers (8) def. Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (25, Q3) 21-13, 21-15 (0:33)
Match 5: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (5) def. Sarah White / Kerri Eich (28, Q9) 21-12, 21-9 (0:35)
Match 6: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (12) def. Erin Galli / Franci Rard (21) 21-18, 21-10 (0:34)
Match 7: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (13) def. Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (20) 21-16, 21-8 (0:33)
Match 8: Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (4) def. Mary Baily / Tiffany Rodriguez (29, Q6) 21-13, 21-10 (0:32)
Match 9: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Valinda Hilleary / Jeannette Hecker (30, Q4) 21-7, 21-12 (0:30)
Match 10: Ashley Bowles / Lauren Fendrick (14) def. Jill Changaris / Sharman Mitchell (19) 24-22, 21-14 (0:47)
Match 11: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (11) def. Kristen Schritter / Anne McArthur (22) 21-14, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 12: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (6) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (27, Q5) 21-9, 21-10 (0:27)
Match 13: Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (7) def. Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagnuer (26) 21-16, 25-23 (0:46)
Match 14: Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (10) def. Denise Johns / Jenelle Koester (23) 21-10, 21-13 (0:31)
Match 15: Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) def. Julie Sprague / Kimberly Coleman (18) 17-21, 21-18, 16-14 (0:56)
Match 16: Elaine Youngs / Holly McPeak (2) def. Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (31, Q10) 21-10, 21-16 (0:36)

Round 2
Match 17: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (17) 21-11, 21-10 (0:30)
Match 18: Rachel Wacholder / Angie Akers (8) def. Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (9) 21-16, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 19: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (5) def. Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (12) 23-21, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 20: Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (4) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (13) 21-9, 19-21, 15-8 (0:49)
Match 21: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Ashley Bowles / Lauren Fendrick (14) 21-13, 21-14 (0:30)
Match 22: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (6) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (11) 21-17, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 23: Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (7) def. Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (10) 14-21, 21-18, 15-9 (0:45)
Match 24: Elaine Youngs / Holly McPeak (2) def. Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) 21-7, 21-16 (0:30)

Round 3
Match 25: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Rachel Wacholder / Angie Akers (8) 21-14, 21-17 (0:37)
Match 26: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (5) def. Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (4) 21-18, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 27: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (6) 25-23, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 28: Elaine Youngs / Holly McPeak (2) def. Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (7) 21-12, 21-16 (0:35)

Round 4
Match 29: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (5) 21-17, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 30: Elaine Youngs / Holly McPeak (2) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) 21-13, 13-21, 15-11 (0:50)


Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Pat Keller / Daven Casad-Allison (16) def. Jeanette Simenson / Erin Byrd (32, Q33) 21-8, 21-8 (0:29)
Match 32: Brooke Niles / Courtney Guerra (24, Q2) def. Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (25, Q3) 21-14, 25-23 (0:40)
Match 33: Erin Galli / Franci Rard (21) def. Sarah White / Kerri Eich (28, Q9) 21-12, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 34: Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (20) def. Mary Baily / Tiffany Rodriguez (29, Q6) 22-20, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 35: Valinda Hilleary / Jeannette Hecker (30, Q4) def. Jill Changaris / Sharman Mitchell (19) 21-19, 21-9 (0:38)
Match 36: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (27, Q5) def. Kristen Schritter / Anne McArthur (22) 21-18, 22-20 (0:49)
Match 37: Denise Johns / Jenelle Koester (23) def. Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagnuer (26) 21-16, 18-21, 15-7 (0:50)
Match 38: Julie Sprague / Kimberly Coleman (18) def. Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (31, Q10) 21-11, 21-8 (0:35)

Round 2
Match 39: Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) def. Pat Keller / Daven Casad-Allison (16) 21-16, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 40: Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (10) def. Brooke Niles / Courtney Guerra (24, Q2) 21-15, 21-18 (0:36)
Match 41: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (11) def. Erin Galli / Franci Rard (21) 21-18, 21-13 (0:31)
Match 42: Ashley Bowles / Lauren Fendrick (14) def. Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (20) 21-13, 21-16 (0:32)
Match 43: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (13) def. Valinda Hilleary / Jeannette Hecker (30, Q4) 21-13, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 44: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (12) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (27, Q5) 21-13, 21-14 (0:32)
Match 45: Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (9) def. Denise Johns / Jenelle Koester (23) 21-19, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 46: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (17) def. Julie Sprague / Kimberly Coleman (18) 21-18, 16-21, 15-12 (0:50)

Round 3
Match 47: Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (10) def. Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) 21-16, 21-19 (0:36)
Match 48: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (11) def. Ashley Bowles / Lauren Fendrick (14) 21-17, 21-19 (0:40)
Match 49: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (13) def. Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (12) 21-17, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 50: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (17) def. Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (9) 21-17, 25-23 (0:44)

Round 4
Match 51: Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (4) def. Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (10) 21-19, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 52: Rachel Wacholder / Angie Akers (8) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (11) 21-19, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 53: Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (7) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (13) 21-14, 18-21, 15-11 (0:56)
Match 54: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (6) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (17) 21-10, 21-13 (0:30)

Round 5
Match 55: Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (4) def. Rachel Wacholder / Angie Akers (8) 21-13, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 56: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (6) def. Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (7) 21-19, 21-12 (0:38)

Round 6
Match 57: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (4) 21-17, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 58: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (5) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (6) 21-18, 21-15 (0:42)

Semifinals
Match 59: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) 21-19, 21-19 (0:36)
Match 60: Elaine Youngs / Holly McPeak (2) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (5) 21-14, 21-19 (0:41)

Finals
Match 61: Elaine Youngs / Holly McPeak (2) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) 21-19, 16-21, 15-12 (1:16)

 

2004 Women's Manhattan Beach Tournament Champions >>Elaine Youngs/Holly McPeak

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   Elaine Youngs                                                                          Holly McPeak
 

                                             


Articles 2004:

Rogers & Scott USA's Hope in Portugal 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons
ESPINHO, PORTUGAL – With the withdrawal of the team of Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger due to injuries, Todd Rogers and Sean Scott will be the only entry for the United States when the Main Draw rounds of the men’s US$180,000 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events begins here Friday (June 4).
The departure of Holdren and Metzger from the Main Draw gives Rogers and Scott an edge in improving their point total on the Olympic beach volleyball qualifying list for the 2004 Athens Games. Rogers and Scott lead Holdren and Metzger by 112 points and need to place seventh or higher this weekend to improve their Olympic point to
tal.

Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard, the No. 1-ranked men’s team on the United States Olympic qualifying list with 2,188 points, will miss the international event to compete this weekend in an AVP Tour event in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Rogers and Scott are second on the United States Olympic qualifying list with 1,624 points for their best eight finishes since the start of the Olympic-qualifying process in January 2003.

Holdren and Metzger, who placed second last October at the FIVB World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have compiled 1,512 points for six FIVB finishes and still must participate in two more SWATCH events to become Olympic-qualified. The pair has finished 17th and 13th the past two weeks in China and Serba and Montenegro, respectively.

Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong still have a chance for the second USA spot as the pair has compiled 890 Olympic qualifying points for their six events. However, the pair is missing the Portugal stop to compete in Manhattan Beach where they joined Misty May and Kerri Walsh as the 2003 men’s and women’s winners, respectively. May and Walsh, who have won 86-straight matches and 15-straight events since last July, are also missing a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event to compete in Manhattan Beach.

The Portugal event has been one of Rogers and Scott’s favorite spots as the pair has posted fifths in Espinho the past two seasons. Seeded 10th this week in the 32-team Main Draw, Rogers and Scott play 23rd-seeded David Klemperer and Niklas Rademacher of Germany in their first match Friday morning.

Win or lose, the Americans will play either seventh-seeded Christoph Dieckmann/Andreas Scheuerpflug of Germany (7) or 26th-seeded Kjell Goranson/Tarjei Skarlund of Norway in their second match Friday. Competing in their fifth SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event this season, Rogers and Scott have placed ninth, 13th, fourth and ninth internationally.

The No. 1-ranked team on the domestic AVP Tour prior to starting a seven-week trip on the international Tour, Rogers and Scott placed third, first and second in the opening AVP Tour stops in Florida, Arizona and Texas. Scott won his first-ever pro beach title when he teamed with Rogers to capture the AVP event in Tempe, Ariz., April 25. Following the Portugal event, Rogers and Scott travel to Puerto Rico followed by events the next three weekends in Switzerland, Germany and Norway.


Learning title role
By Sharon Robb
Staff Writer
Posted June 3 2004

George Roumain broke his biggest volleyball barrier at the AVP Nissan Series $125,000 Huntington Beach (Calif.) Open last weekend near Huntington Beach Pier.

"I told everybody after the tournament that throughout my career I had never won a championship," said the former Douglas and St. Thomas indoor player from Parkland.

"I was always second or third. To take a second or third or to get to the finals is still an accomplishment, but to finally win is just an unbelievable feeling. There is such a difference that I can't explain it."

After two knee operations and shoulder surgery, the 2000 Olympic indoor player teamed with Jason Ring to win their first AVP men's title and biggest paycheck of $14,500.

Playing their first year together on the AVP series, the 28-year-old Roumain, a three-time All-American at Pepperdine, and Ring, a former University of Hawaii player, first knocked off legend Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert 21-17, 17-21, 21-19 in a 78-minute fourth-round match.

"Beating Karch was the ultimate," Roumain said. "I grew up watching the guy and idolizing him. It's like when Michael Jordan steps on the court. To beat him you have to hope he's not at his best. We outplayed Karch, which is the hardest thing to do. We beat him down."

The pair then defeated Olympic gold medalist Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard 21-19, 16-21, 15-12 in the semifinals before defeating Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt 21-12, 21-16 in the men's final.

"We had so many battles out there," Roumain said. "Teams had match point on us several times, and we just came back and stuck together. There were times that I was doubting myself, thinking, I don't even know if we're going to win this game. It was very emotional."

The key, Roumain said, was hiring veteran coach Jack Koberly, a former college coach and player, three weeks ago and not getting "ahead of ourselves and going out to win the tournament in the first match."

Because they have no FIVB points, they are not in contention for a spot on the Olympic team. They lead the AVP points standings with 1,080 and are second in prize money earnings with $28,650. Before Sunday's win, they had two thirds and a seventh place.

Roumain, at 6 feet 7 and 260 pounds, and Ring, with a 47-inch vertical leap, will be a formidable team to beat.

The pair will compete this weekend in the second of three AVP tournaments on the West Coast, along with a large contingent of South Florida players.

"They're going to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come," Rosenthal said. 

A Place in the Sun
Ring and Roumain are basking in the attention of fans as they excel on beach volleyball tour
By Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer

To find Jason Ring and George Roumain during an Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series event, simply follow the crowd.
Fans are drawn to Ring's high-flying, acrobatic style that has earned him the nickname "Hydraulica" and Roumain's imposing 6-foot-7, 260-pound frame that sometimes gets him mistaken for pro wrestler-turned-actor the Rock.
Their unorthodox power game, emotive celebrations and trash talking after particularly well-played points also seem to draw interest. Mostly, however, people flock to Ring and Roumain to see their muscles.
Ring and Roumain are among the most exciting and entertaining players on tour — and among the most successful after winning last week's Huntington Beach Open. They are also two of the most physically developed athletes on tour, which has made them the rising male sex symbols of beach volleyball.

"I have no problem with that," Ring said. "It's funny because a lot of guys say it doesn't really matter. But for us, it matters. We love the attention."

Seeing such massive physiques on the other side of he net can be intimidating, but muscle building isn't among their goals. Ring said he and Roumain hit the gym maybe once every 10 days, just to maintain their shape. Both used to be gym rats, but they have tried to lose some muscle in order to gain quickness.

"We would push each other five days a week, taking the creatine and whatever, but we've both lost about 15 pounds," Ring said. "We were a lot bigger."

They are still big, but raw strength isn't what wins volleyball matches. Ring has cat-like reflexes and chases down many balls other players can't. Roumain is among the most daunting net players in the game and can alter just about any shot coming from the other side.

Still, it's strength and power that define their play.

"George loves hitting, and I love hitting too," Ring said. "We're a pretty good defensive team, but we're all about the offense."

Their similar styles are what brought them together. Ring, a standout at Pierce College and then Hawaii before joining the AVP in 2000, played with 13 partners in four seasons. But as soon as Roumain lumbered onto the beach in Santa Monica in January, he knew No. 14 might be something special.

"He was hitting balls and I was playing defense, and it wasn't a ball that I wanted to dig," Ring said. "I was like, 'I don't want to have to play against this guy all year,' so I asked him if he wanted to play.I like to play a certain style of volleyball. George speaks my language."

Roumain, a two-time NCAA player of the year at Pepperdine in 1997-98, played on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team and then tried a brief professional stint in Europe. But the Olympic team was 0-5 in Sydney and Roumain's heart wasn't into it anymore, so he quit the sport.

For nearly two years he didn't touch a volleyball. He worked in sales for a startup Internet company, then landed a job with a Fortune 500 firm. That's when he started missing the game.

"I had to wear a suit and tie every day for that second job," he said. "I lasted about 2 1/2 weeks."

More comfortable in the spotlight than he is behind a desk, Roumain said he is enjoying volleyball now more than ever before.

"I think a lot of my career I was very, very stressed and tense just wanting to make everything perfect," Roumain said. "But out here, I relax. I play loose. We practice with Jack Johnson blaring out of the stereo. What could be more relaxing than that? It sounds corny, but it works."

During matches, however, the pair is anything but relaxed. Both fiery competitors who despise losing, they play with heartfelt emotion. Their style is entertaining — and successful. Combine that with their good looks and you have superstars in waiting.

"We're trying to build stars and larger-than-life personalities," AVP Commissioner Leonard Armato said. "Those guys think of themselves as entertainers as well as athletes, so it certainly isn't hurting our tour when they have success."

Roumain just does what comes naturally. He's always stared down opponents in the heat of competition, likes to talk trash, and likes it even more when opponents talk trash back. He thrives on crowd reactions and said his worst nightmare is to play when nobody is watching.

"When you make a good play out here and you don't react, the crowd isn't going to react," Roumain said. "Our flex downs are merely just how we celebrate. If it goes to the crowd and the crowd reacts, then we love it. I think they have a good time too."

Especially when they get going with some of their signature big hits. Every once in a while they will hit cut shots and dinks out of necessity, but more often than not their game plan is to keep hitting the ball harder and harder.

"I want a fast arm because I think a fast arm can bail you out of a lot of situations," Ring said. "Swing hard and good things happen. If you get a bad set, swing hard. You can hit fingers, you can hit hands. You disrupt the timing of the other team and it throws everyone off."

Most times it works. And even when it doesn't, people are watching.

A Detour Precedes Olympics
U.S. beach volleyball leaders Nygaard and Blanton aren't only ones taking a risk by skipping qualifying events.
By Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer

Jeff Nygaard has never had a dream about winning an Olympic medal, but that has more to do with his birthday than it does his desire to win one.

"Usually my dreams are kind of nightmarish about me trying to save someone, but that's because I'm a Leo," he said. "I have daydreams about winning the Olympics. I think I could handle that."
 
Nygaard and partner Dain Blanton lead all men's U.S. beach volleyball teams in a close race for two berths in the Athens Olympics. They put Nygaard's daydreams on hold for a few weeks however, choosing to skip Olympic qualifying tournaments last week and this week to play AVP Nissan series events in Southern California.

It was a risky move considering the three other teams still in the chase played in Serbia last week and could have gained ground while Blanton and Nygaard played in Huntington Beach because AVP events don't count toward Olympic qualifying points.

The decision hasn't hurt them so far, however, because none of the other teams finished better than ninth in Serbia and Blanton and Nygaard retained a comfortable lead in the points standings. They have 2,188 points in the complex process. Todd Rogers and Sean Scott are second with 1,624 while Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger are third with 1,512.

Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong have 890 points and still have an outside shot for one of the two berths. There are five qualifying events remaining before the Olympic teams are announced, though all but Rogers and Scott are skipping this week's tournament in Portugal.

"Skipping qualifying events is risky in a sense, but not really," said Blanton, who teamed with Fonoimoana to win a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics. "We have a pretty good lead. If we play well in the remaining events we should be in good shape."

The big event is the Grand Slam in Berlin June 23-27. That tournament is a double-points event so the standings could shuffle. A fifth-place finish in the Grand Slam is worth as much as winning a regular points event.

Olympic qualifying points are based on a team's top eight finishes in international tournaments. If a team plays more than eight events, only the best eight point totals count. Blanton and Nygaard are almost a lock. It would take extraordinary efforts by two of the other teams to sidetrack them.

"Right now we're operating under the assumption that we're going to go," Nygaard said. "Obviously it may be a little narcissistic and maybe counting the chickens before they hatch, but we're going to have some opportunities to get points, especially with Berlin."

Fonoimoana and Wong are defending champions at the AVP's Manhattan Beach Open this weekend and decided to skip the Portugal event even though it means a lost opportunity for points. They haven't given up hopes of making the Olympics, but Fonoimoana acknowledged that their chances are getting slimmer.

"We haven't played very well so we probably don't deserve to represent the U.S.," he said. "It would be a bummer not to go back after winning last time, but if we're not the best team, we shouldn't go."

Metzger and Holdren originally entered the Portugal event, but Metzger injured his elbow so the pair had to pull out at the last minute. They are 112 points behind Rogers and Scott, but they have played only six tournaments, so high finishes in their next two tournaments could go a long way in passing Rogers and Scott.

Holdren and Metzger will add points no matter where they finish in their next two events and will continue to add points after that with any finish of seventh or better. Rogers and Scott have to finish second or better in order to add points.

"It's tough to have to miss an event, but there's still four or five more," Holdren said. "We definitely have an advantage having played only six events, but it's only an advantage if we start taking advantage of the advantage."

A good opportunity for all teams arises next week in Puerto Rico. The European Championships are being played the same week, meaning seven of the top 10 teams in the world rankings will not be there.

"You're going to have an open door path to at least the semis," Nygaard said. "If we let that one go, some teams are going to make up some points so we've got to go to that."  

No New Frills at Manhattan Beach Open
By Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer

Beach volleyball players have long recognized the Manhattan Beach Open as the top event on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series and fans of the sport hold the tournament in high regard.
But what the so-called "Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball" needs to attain true major championship status is growth, something the AVP tour has been pushing for, but city of Manhattan Beach officials have met with lukewarm enthusiasm.
In negotiations with the city for this year's tournament, AVP Commissioner Leonard Armato requested that the city allow additional bleacher seating, a VIP entertainment area that would include alcohol service — a toned-down version of a luxury box — and dates over Labor Day weekend so that NBC could televise the event in the wake of the Olympics.
Instead, the tournament will take place today and Sunday, be broadcast on Fox Sports Net and will have no alcohol service in its VIP area. There will be some additional bleachers on the pier but not as many as the tour hoped.
What it all means is that while the Manhattan Beach Open is a major championship in the minds of many, it resembles any other AVP tournament.
But the Manhattan Beach Open remains the longest-running professional beach volleyball tournament in the country.
"I grew up in Manhattan and all I ever wanted to do was win that tournament," said Eric Fonoimoana, who won a beach volleyball gold medal in the 2000 Olympics and last year won the tournament with partner Kevin Wong. "I always think that it is the major tournament. But is it going to get bigger? That remains to be seen."
The tour wanted to construct larger bleachers surrounding center court, but a municipal code restricts the height of structures on the beach and another forbids obstructing beach views from the coastline bike path and pier. So only two sides of the court will have seating, and there will be about 1,500 fewer seats than Armato requested.
The alcohol service was rejected because of a state law that forbids alcohol on beaches. Armato also requested permission to put on a fireworks show, put a beer garden on the pier and hang promotional banners around the city 30 days in advance of the tournament. All were rejected by the Manhattan Beach City Council.
He also asked for a multiyear deal between the city and the tournament, but the city would not agree to it without a cancellation clause, so the biggest tournament in beach volleyball remains on a year-to-year contract.
"We do not see any value in a multiyear agreement," Manhattan Beach City Manager Geoff Dolan wrote in a letter to Armato last November. "An annual review gives both parties the opportunity to consider necessary or desired modifications."
The Manhattan Beach Open traditionally is played the second weekend in August, but it was moved this year to avoid conflict with the Athens Olympics.
Armato pushed hard for Labor Day weekend, mostly so the tournament could be shown on NBC, but Manhattan Beach officials feared an already crowded holiday weekend at the beach might get out of control with the added activity.

May & Walsh Continue Winning Ways 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons
MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIF. - Eighty-nine and counting!
That is the record number of consecutive match wins for Misty May and Kerri Walsh as the top-ranked women's team on the Olympic qualifying list won three more matches here Saturday (June 5) at the $125,000 Manhattan Beach Open.

Playing in their second-straight domestic event after missing SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events in China last week and this weekend in Japan, the top-seeded May and Walsh defeated the teams of 32nd-seeded JeanetteSimenson/Erin Byrd (21-13 and 21-11), 17th-seeded Tanya Fuamatu/Heidi Ilustre (21-11 and 21-10) and eighth-seeded Rachel Wacholder/Angie Akers (21-14 and 21-17).

Seeking their 16th-straight event title, May and Walsh play fifth-seeded Carrie Busch and Nancy Mason Sunday morning with the winner advancing to the semi-finals of the fifth stop on the 2004 AVP Tour. The last time May and Walsh dropped a match was last July in Greece to Ana Paula Connolly and Sandra Pires of Brazil in the finals of the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event.

May and Walsh have won six this season, including two international events in Brazil and Greece. The domestic titles have been in Florida, Arizona, Texas and last week in Huntington Beach where they defeated Barbra Fontana and Jennifer Kessy in the finals. The current 89-match winning streak includes 48-straight domestic wins, 40-consecutive international victories and one exhibition triumph.

May and Walsh have never been defeated in 63 AVP matches covering 12-plus tournaments since April 2003 when they joined the domestic tour for the first time. Playing in their 44th pro beach event together, the pair will be seeking their 27th pro beach title which would rank fourth on the all-time women's list.

The teams of Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar and Linda Hanley/Nina Matthies share the record with 30 titles each followed by 29 by Karolyn Kirby and Liz Masakayan. Entering Sunday’s final round, May and Walsh have now compiled a 234-27 match mark since forming their partnership in April 2001. The pair has a 69-2 mark for all domestic events with 67-straight wins on USA tour stops.

The teams of Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs and Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, the other two teams competing for the second United States berth in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, also won three matches each Saturday to advance to their Sunday morning meeting in the fourth round of the winner's bracket.

Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard, the United States' top-ranked men's team on the Olympic qualifying list, In the men's competition, won three of four matches Saturday to advance to Sunday’s elimination rounds where they have to two morning matches to advance to the semi-finals. Seeded third in the event, Blanton and Nygaard face second-seeded Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt in their first match Sunday.

AVP Manhattan Beach Open -- A Day of Records
June 6, 2004

Holly McPeak Sets New Record for All-Time Career Victories Legend Karch Kiraly wins his 8th career Manhattan Open May and Walsh streak ends at 89
Manhattan Beach, Calif. (June 6, 2004) --- Two-time Olympian and four-time MVP player Holly McPeak broke the all-time career victory record after defeating Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan 21-19, 16-21, 15-12 in the finals today at the AVP Nissan Series Manhattan Beach Open presented by Bud Light. This also marked the end to the longest win streak in professional beach volleyball history when Jenny Johnson Jordan and Annett Davis defeated Misty May and Kerri Walsh in the women's semifinals.

It was the weekend of records as three-time Olympian Karch Kiraly won his eighth Manhattan Beach Open title with partner Olympian Mike Lambert after defeating Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings 21-15, 21-18 in front of a raucous, standing-room-only Manhattan Beach crowd.

Kiraly's victory on the sand was his 145th title during his career. He continues to be the oldest player on the AVP Tour. It was a first AVP title for Lambert, a new partner to Kiraly as of this season.

The 88-match winning streak of Misty May and Kerri Walsh ended in the semifinals as Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan defeated the previously unbeaten team 21-19, 21-19. May and Walsh had not lost a match since July 2003 in Norway. This was the pair's first upset in the team's two years on the AVP Tour.

On the men's side, Huntington Beach Open winners Jason Ring and George Roumain were undefeated going into today's semifinals and then lost two straight matchesâ¬"the first against Kiraly and Lambert and the second against Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard.

About the AVP Organized in 1983, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour consists of more than 150 top men and women competitors in the sport of beach volleyball. This year, the AVP will send two men's and two women's teams to represent the U.S. at the Olympics in Athens, where Beach Volleyball continues to be one of the hottest sports at the Summer Games. The tour is committed to showcasing some of the world's best male and female athletes competing in one of the most exciting and demanding sports. Each event features a full men's and women's tournament surrounded by the best Beach Party in town! Visit us on the web at www.avp.com

Contact: Courtney Leddy, Alan Taylor Communications for the AVP Nissan Series (646) 283-2121

2004 AVP Nissan Series $125,000 Manhattan Beach Open, presented by Bud Light Manhattan Beach, Calif. June 4 - 6, 2004

Men's Main Draw Tournament Results (Sunday, June 6)

Winner's Bracket, Fourth round Karch Kiraly, San Clemente, Calif. / Mike Lambert, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (No. 4-seeded Main Draw team) def. Jason Ring, Bend, Ore. / George Roumain, Agoura Hills, Calif. (1), 21-19, 21-18 (40 minutes); Matt Fuerbringer, Hermosa Beach, Calif. / Casey Jennings, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (6) def. Canyon Ceman, Los Angeles / Mike Whitmarsh, San Diego (7), 21-16, 21-18 (56).

Consolation Bracket, Fifth round (losers eliminated, place seventh, split $2,500) Eric Fonoimoana, Hermosa Beach, Calif. / Kevin Wong, Venice, Calif. (9) def. Jake Gibb, Fountain Valley, Calif. / Adam Jewell, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (8), 21-19, 21-17 (48); Dain Blanton, Laguna Beach, Calif. / Jeff Nygaard, Los Angeles (3) def. Sean Rosenthal, Redondo Beach, Calif. / Larry Witt, Santa Ynez, Calif. (2), 20-22, 21-19, 15-9 (58).

Consolation Bracket, Sixth round (losers eliminated, place fifth, split $3,500) Fonoimoana / K. Wong (9) def. Ceman / Whitmarsh (7), 21-19, 18-21, 18-16 (75); Blanton / Nygaard (3) def. Ring / Roumain (1), 13-21, 21-18, 15-11 (61).

Semifinals (losers eliminated, place third, split $5,825) Kiraly / Lambert (4) def. Fonoimoana / K. Wong (9), 22-20, 17-21, 15-13 (65); Fuerbringer / Jennings (6) def. Blanton / Nygaard (3), 21-15, 21-13, 15-13 (70).

Championship Match (winners place first, split $14,500; losers place second, split $9,750) Kiraly / Lambert (4) def. Fuerbringer / Jennings (6), 21-15, 21-18 (45).

Women's Main Draw Tournament Results (Sunday, June 6)

Winner's Bracket, Fourth round Misty May, Long Beach, Calif. / Kerri Walsh, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (No. 1-seeded Main Draw team) def. Carrie Busch, El Segundo, Calif. / Nancy Mason, Redondo Beach, Calif. (5), 21-17, 21-14 (38 minutes); Holly McPeak, Manhattan Beach, Calif. / Elaine Youngs, Durango, Colo. (2) def. Annett Davis, Valencia, Calif. / Jenny Johnson Jordan, Tarzana, Calif. (3), 21-13, 13-21, 15-11 (50).

Consolation Bracket, Fifth round (losers eliminated, place seventh, split $2,500) Lisa Arce, Redondo Beach, Calif. / Leanne McSorley, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (4) def. Angie Akers, Long Beach, Calif. / Rachel Wacholder, El Segundo, Calif. (8), 21-13, 21-18 (43). Barbra Fontana, Manhattan Beach, Calif. / Jennifer Kessy, San Diego (6) def. Jennifer Meredith, El Segundo, Calif. / Wendy Stammer, Tigard, Ore. (7), 21-19, 21-12 (38).

Consolation Bracket, Sixth round (losers eliminated, place fifth, split $3,500) Davis / Johnson Jordan (3) def. Arce / McSorley (4), 21-17, 21-19 (37); Busch / Mason (5) def. Fontana / Kessy (6), 21-18, 21-15 (42).

Semifinals (losers eliminated, place third, split $5,825) Davis / Johnson Jordan (3) def. May / Walsh (1), 21-19, 21-19 (36); McPeak / Youngs (2) def. Busch / Mason (5), 21-14, 21-19 (41).

Championship Match (winners place first, split $14,500; losers place second, split $9,750) McPeak / Youngs (2) def. Davis / Johnson Jordan (3), 21-19, 16-21, 15-12 (76).

TOURNAMENT STATS:

WOMEN:

DIGS Jennifer Meredith (5 matches/12 games/83 digs/6.92 Average) Holly McPeak (6 matches/14 games/78 digs/5.57 Average) Leanne McSorley (6 matches/13 games/75 digs/5.77 Average) Jenny Johnson Jordan (7 matches/16 games/66 digs/4.13 Average)

ACES Elaine Youngs (6 matches/14 games/11 aces/0.79 average) Annett Davis (7 mtches/16 games/10 aces/0.63 average) Angie Akers (5 matches/10 games/10 aces/1.00 average)

BLOCKS Elaine Youngs (6 matches/14 games/22 blocks/1.57 average) Jennifer Kessy (6 matches/12 games/18 blocks/1.5 average) Annett Davis (7 matches/16 games/16 blockes/1.0 average)

MEN'S STATS

DIGS Casey Jennings (6 matches/13 games/103 digs/7.92 average) Karch Kiraly (6 matches/14 games/89 digs/6.36 average) Eric Fonoimoana (7 matches/15 games/75 digs/5.00 average)

ACES Kevin Wong (8 matches/18 games/8 aces/0.44 average) Sean Rosenthal (5 matches/11 games/8 aces/0.73 average) Dain Blanton (7 matches/19 games/7 aces/0.37 average) Eric Fonoimoana (8 matches/18 games/7 aces/0.39 average) Matt Fuerbringer (8 matches/13 games/7 aces/0.54 average) Jeff Nygaard (7 matches/19 games/7 aces/0.37 average)

BLOCKS Mike Lambert (6 matches/14 games/35 blocks/2.50 average) Kevin Wong (8 matches/18 games/29 blocks/1.61 average) Matt Fuerbringer (6 matches/13 games/28 blocks/1.32 average)

A Day For Record Watchers 
 
McPeak Sets Women’s Career Title Mark at 68
Davis & Johnson End May & Walsh’s Record Streak
Lambert Wins First Pro Beach Title

Courtesy Of  Tim Simmons
MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIF. – It was a day for record watchers here Sunday (June 6) as Holly McPeak captured her 68th pro beach volleyball title to set the women’s career record for tournament wins as she teamed with Elaine Youngs to win their second-straight event together in as many weeks.

Prior to McPeak and Youngs’ 21-19, 16-21 and 15-12 win in 76 minutes over Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson, the record 15-event and 90-match winning streaks for Misty May and Kerri Walsh ended in the semi-finals of the fifth 2004 AVP Tour stop.

In the men's competition, Mike Lambert won his first pro beach tournament as he teamed with Karch Kiraly, the winningest player of all-time, to capture the prestigous Manhattan Beach title as the pair downed sixth-seeded Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings 21-15 and 21-18. The title was Kiraly's 145th beach crown as he has now earned $3,071,698 in 320 career starts as compared to Lambert's $39,075 for 18 pro beach events.

The third-seeded Davis and Johnson Jordan stopped the remarkable streaks with a 21-19 and 21-19 win in 36 minutes over May and Walsh, world’s top-ranked team on the Olympic qualifying list for the beach volleyball competition for the 2004 Athens Games.

The top-seeded May and Walsh won their opening match Sunday by defeating fifth-seeded Carrie Busch and Nancy Mason 21-17 and 21-14 to advance to their eighth career meeting with Davis and Johnson Jordan, who had never defeated their American rivals.

Prior to Sunday’s setback, May and Walsh last defeat to Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires of Brazil in a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour finale last July in Greece. May and Walsh had won their first six events this season, including two international events in Brazil and Greece, and domestic titles in Florida, Arizona, Texas and last week in Huntington Beach. The 90-match winning streak included 48-straight domestic wins, 40-consecutive international victories and one exhibition triumph.

McPeak and Youngs, who won last week’s SWATCH-FIVB World Tour stop in China where they also defeated Davis and Johnson Jordan in the finals, shared $14,500 for this week’s title. The second-seeded team women’s team this week, McPeak and Youngs scored a 21-14 and 21-19 win over Busch and Mason to advance to their third-straight event final.

In breaking the tie with Kirby, McPeak now owns all three of the women’s major career marks for event titles, tournaments played (229) and earnings as she increased her all-time winnings to $1,213,451, including $607,729 domestically and $605,722 internationally. In 38 pro beach events together, McPeak and Youngs have now captured 12 titles.

The teams of Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs and Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, the other two teams competing for the second United States berth in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, also won three matches each Saturday to advance to their Sunday morning meeting in the fourth round of the winner's bracket.

In the AVP men’s competition at the Manhattan Beach Pier, Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard, the United States' top-ranked team on the Olympic qualifying list, placed third after dropping a semi-final match to Fuerbringer and Jennings 21-15, 21-23 and 15-13 in 70 minutes.

A Magical Day at the Beach
May-Walsh streak ends, McPeak sets a record and so does Kiraly in Manhattan volleyball.
By Peter Yoon, LA Times Staff Writer

Manhattan Beach provided the perfect setting for a day that will go down as one of the most memorable in beach volleyball.

The seemingly invincible women's pairing of Misty May and Kerri Walsh lost for the first time on U.S. soil in the semifinals of the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series Manhattan Beach Open, but that was only the beginning of the thrill ride Sunday at the Manhattan Beach Pier.
 
Holly McPeak teamed with Elaine Youngs for the women's title and set a record for most career victories with 68. Later, legendary men's player Karch Kiraly, 43, notched career victory No. 145, extending his records for victories and for oldest player to win an AVP event.

It all added to the lore of Manhattan Beach, the mecca of beach volleyball.

"Manhattan Beach brings out the best in everybody," Kiraly said. "You talk to any player and if they were told they could only win one tournament in their whole career, everybody would choose it to be here in Manhattan, so there's extra fire among all the players."

Early Sunday, that fire belonged to Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan. They teamed for a 21-19, 21-19 semifinal victory over May and Walsh, the top-ranked team in the world. It ended a 15-tournament win streak for May and Walsh, and a string of 90 consecutive match victories. The last time May and Walsh failed to win a tournament they entered was July 2003 in Norway. They had been 12 for 12 in AVP tournaments since early 2003.

"I never, ever want to lose, and I hate the feeling I have right now," Walsh said. "But I also kind of feel relief that the streak is over. Ultimately it will make us stronger."

For Davis and Johnson Jordan, it was bittersweet because they ended up losing to McPeak and Youngs, 21-19, 16-21, 15-12, in the final. For McPeak, the milestone win couldn't have come at a better place.

"It was perfect," she said. "I want to win every tournament I enter. I mean the record is in the back of my head, but E.Y. and I have been playing really good volleyball and we wanted to win this tournament; the record is just icing on the cake."

McPeak and Youngs said Saturday they would have liked to be the ones to end May and Walsh's streak, but they were not disappointed it didn't happen.

"They're beatable, and we knew that," McPeak said. "It's an incredible thing that they just did, and I don't think it will ever be done again, but now it's a long season and we have to keep playing."

For Davis and Johnson Jordan, being streak killers wasn't the ultimate goal, but it serves as a confidence booster in their pursuit of making the Olympics.

"We've almost beaten them before, and we know if we play really well, we can beat anyone," Davis said. "It's a great accomplishment, but I think it's more important that we get to the finals and win."

For Kiraly, it was the eighth title of his career at Manhattan Beach, a title he first won in 1980 with Sinjin Smith. Kiraly and Mike Lambert beat Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer, 21-15, 21-18, Sunday.

"It's sweeter because I know I don't have that much longer to play," Kiraly said. "They don't come as often as they did in the '90s, but it's a tougher and deeper field than ever, so this is a great accomplishment."

Making it even sweeter was helping Lambert to his first beach volleyball victory.

"It's just so storybook," Lambert said. "To do it at Manhattan with Karch Kiraly, it's so awesome and so special."

Lambert, Kiraly win in volleyball
Monday, June 7, 2004
ISLE FILE
The Honolulu Advertiser

Punahou graduate Mike Lambert teamed with veteran Karch Kiraly to win his first AVP Tour title yesterday.

Lambert and Kiraly defeated Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings, 21-15, 21-18, to capture the AVP Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Open.

Earlier, Lambert and Kiraly ousted Punahou grad Kevin Wong and Eric Fonoimoana, 22-20, 17-21, 15-13, in the semifinals.

Also, former University of Hawai'i player Jason Ring and George Roumain, who lost to Lambert and Kiraly in a fourth-round match to start the day, were eliminated in the consolation bracket sixth round by Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard.

Meanwhile, Holly McPeak and partner Elaine Youngs edged Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, 21-19, 16-21, 15-12, in the women's final.

It was a tour record 68th pro beach volleyball title for McPeak.

Davis and Johnson Jordan ended the 90-match winning streak of Misty May and Kerri Walsh in the semifinals, 21-19, 21-19.
 
CARIBBEAN, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA & GERMANY BEACH VOLLEYBALL
COMPETITIONS THIS WEEK 

Courtesy Of
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While the AVP Tour will be staging its third of three-straight weeks of events in Southern California, the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour for men returns to the Caribbean for the first-time in eight years when Puerto Rico hosts the world’s best players for another Olympic qualifying event.
The women’s international tour takes a weekend off after events in Greece, China and Japan where three different teams captured tournament titles, including two by tandems from the United States along with Shelda Behar and Adriana Behar of Brazil, who captured Sunday’s event in Japan.

This weekend will also feature the European beach volleyball championships for both men and women in Timmendorfer Strand, Germany. Nikolas Berger and Clemens Doppler of Austria won the 2003 European Championships in Turkey while Stephanie Pohl and Okka Rau of Germany are the defending women’s champions.

After events in the Los Angeles-area, the AVP Tour ends its men’s and women’s Southern California swing in San Diego as Misty May and Kerri Walsh, the top-ranked women’s team on the Olympic qualification list seeks to start another winning streak after seeing their 90-match and 15-event string of successes ended Sunday in Manhattan Beach by Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan in the semi-finals.

The Manhattan Beach stop also featured other noteworthy performances, including Holly McPeak’s 68th pro beach volleyball title to set the career record for tournament wins by a woman. In breaking the title tie with Karolyn Kirby, McPeak now owns all three of the women’s major career marks, including tournaments played (229) and earnings ($1,213,451).

McPeak and Elaine Youngs captured their 12th title together at the Manhattan Beach Pier by defeating Davis and Johnson Jordan in the final. Sunday’s final was the second-straight title match meeting the two teams as McPeak and Youngs defeated their American rivals May 30 in the gold medal match in China.

Karch Kiraly, the winningest player in pro beach history, won his 145th title Sunday in Manhattan as he helped Mike Lambert gain his first beach championship. The Kiraly/Lambert win gave the AVP Tour its fifth different winner in as many men’s events this season.

After being upset in the finals of the China stop May 23, Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil have won the last two SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events in Europe. The South Americans have played in all five men’s international finals this season with wins in Brazil, Serbia and Montenegro, and Sunday in Portugal. Brazilian rivals Franco Neto and Tande Ramos upset Emanuel and Ricardo in South Africa with Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain the winners in China.

After the $180,000 men’s event in Puerto Rico, the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour is scheduled to end the Olympic qualifying process with three-straight events in Europe. All three events in Switzerland, Germany and Norway feature both men’s and women’s competition.

May and Walsh are the No. 1 ranked team in the world on the Olympic qualifying list with 3,900 points from their best eight finishes on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour since January 2003. McPeak and Youngs used the win in China to move into the second spot on the Olympic qualifying list with 2,734 points as compared to Davis and Johnson Jordan’s 2,702 points.

The United States’ top three teams on the Olympic qualifying list will be competing in Puerto Rico starting with Friday’s opening Main Draw rounds featuring a 32-team double-elimination bracket. Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard, who finished third in Manhattan Beach, is No. 1-ranked men’s team on the United States Olympic qualifying list with 2,188 points and will lead the American entries into the Main Draw.

The teams of Todd Rogers/Sean Scott (1,624 points) and Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger (1,512 points) are also entered in the Main Draw. Rogers and Scott placed ninth in Portugal last week and missed an opportunity to add to Olympic qualifying point title as Holdren and Rogers withdrew from the event due to injuries. The Van Zwieten/VanZwieten brothers (James and Stephen) will also be competing for the United States in the Qualification Tournament starting Wednesday.

All three teams are expected to compete in Puerto Rico as Holdren and Metzger still have to play in two more events to become Olympic-qualified. Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong, who still have a chance for the second USA spot as the pair has compiled 890 Olympic qualifying points for their six events, will also compete in the Caribbean event.

A Manhattan to remember
By Doug Strauss
June 8, 2004
Courtesy Of AVP  

Wow! The June 4-6 Manhattan Beach Open presented by Bud Light did not go as expected. Instead, it was better. Much better. Especially if you ask event champions Holly McPeak, Elaine Youngs, Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert. Or if you ask Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, who although not winning the tournament, still accomplished a first in AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour history.
There was only one upset on Sunday in women's action, but it was a huge one. Third-seeded Davis / Johnson Jordan swept Misty May / Kerri Walsh in the semifinals, ending the greatest run in beach volleyball history. Winning for the first time in nine tries against May / Walsh, here's what Davis / Johnson Jordan managed to put to an end:

- An overall (AVP and FIVB) win streak that dated back to July 5, 2003 -- 15 tournaments and 89 matches.

- A perfect AVP slate, with wins in all 12 tournaments and 64 matches since May / Walsh joined the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour in 2003.

- A streak of 66 games won on the two tours, having lost just one game previously this season, in an FIVB tournament in March.

"There was no pressure, no nervousness," Johnson Jordan said. "We were not expected to win that, but we played really well. You have to raise your level of play. They are a phenomenal team and if you don't play your best you don't stand a chance."

In the championship match, Davis / Johnson Jordan met a familiar foe -- McPeak / Youngs. Since the start of 2002, these two teams have squared off against each other 18 times, including earlier that day. McPeak / Youngs held a huge lead in the series, 14-4, but they had split their four bouts in AVP finals.

The first game was extremely tight, with the lead never more than two points for either team. Down 19-18, Elaine Youngs showed her determination to win and avenge the loss to this team in the 2002 Manhattan Beach Open championship. A sideout tied the score, then Youngs dug a ball and smashed a kill to take the lead. On the next play Youngs blocked a shot that sealed game one, 21-19.

The second game featured more runs than sideouts. After two and three point runs by both teams, the score was knotted at 9-9. Davis / Johnson Jordan scored nine of the next 11 points and forced a third game with their 21-16 win. Again, the third game was very close, with the teams tied at 9-apiece. But slowly McPeak / Youngs pulled away and fittingly, McPeak's kill ended the match at 15-12.

The victory made Holly McPeak the all-time career leader in tournament wins (68), breaking the tie with Karolyn Kirby that she had achieved just one week prior in an FIVB event against Davis / Johnson Jordan.

"I couldn't have dreamed of a better place -- my hometown," McPeak said. "'EY' and I want to win everything. The record was icing on the cake."

The men's semifinals saw two great matches -- both went three games, lasted over an hour, and were decided by 15-13 scores. Kiraly / Lambert eliminated Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong while Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings ousted Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard, who were playing their fourth three-game match in a row. Going into the finals two things were guaranteed -- that on the fifth stop of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series there would be a fifth different winner and that at least one player would log his first career victory in the Wimbledon of beach volleyball.

Game one was led throughout by Kiraly / Lambert, who maintained at least a three point lead the majority of the game. A Lambert blast ended the game 21-15. The second game swung back and forth and Fuerbringer / Jennings were poised to force a third game after taking a 17-15 lead. But Kiraly / Lambert ended the contest with a 6-1 run, winning 21-8.

Kiraly has now won eight Manhattan Beach Open titles (and is undefeated in title matches in this prestigious event), having won his first in 1980 when he was just 19 years old. He is now over 43 ½ years old and has again extended his record of being the oldest player to win a tournament. Kiraly upped his career victories to 145, with Mike Lambert being the 13th different partner to win a title with him.

"It never gets old," Kiraly remarked. "My first win at Manhattan Beach was 25 years ago -- they don't come as easy. There is a tougher, deeper, more competitive field now."

Mike Lambert notched his first win in an ideal setting with the greatest player of all-time.

"It is a storybook, winning in Manhattan with Karch Kiraly," Lambert said. "I will really remember and cherish this moment, it's so special."



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June 11-13  BUD LITE 2004 AVP SanDiego OPEN, SanDiego,CA $125,000

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Qualification Tournaments, June 11th
 · Open qualification tournament
 · single elimination
 · up to 32 teams per gender
 · four teams advance to each main draw

 Main Draws, June 12-13th
 · The men's main draw consists of 24 teams
 · 18 pre-seeded teams
 · four (4) teams via the qualification tournament
 · Up to two additional wild card teams
 · (Format: Double Elimination)

 · The women's main draw consists of 16 teams
 · 10 pre-seeded teams
 · four (4) teams via the qualification tournament
 · Up to two additional wild card teams
 · (Format: Double Elimination)

Prize Money: $62,500 per gender M/W


San Diego Open presented by Bud Light
Mariners Point
June 11-13

The AVP Nissan Series returns to the city of San Diego to transform one of its pristine beaches into a volleyball mecca. Legends Karch Kiraly and Sinjin Smith won in 1979. If Kiraly won again, it would make it a quarter-century between wins at a venue. The city is proud to once again play host to the top 150 competitors in the sport of beach volleyball, including 16 Olympians. These premier competitors will vie for the top places in what promises to be the most compelling season yet as they gear up for the summer Olympics in Athens.

Top athletes on the men's side include 2000 Olympic Gold Medalists Eric Fonoimoana, Olympian Mike Whitmarsh and three-time Olympic Gold Medallist Karch Kiraly.
Top women's teams include undefeated Misty May & Kerri Walsh, 2000 Olympic team members Jenny Johnson-Jordan & Annett Davis, Holly McPeak.

EVENT PURSE:
$125,000

TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
2003 - Men's Defending Champions - Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard
2003 - Women's Defending Champions - Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs

WHEN:
Local Qualifier: Friday June 11th 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Main Draw Competition Saturday, June 12th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Women's and Men's Semi-Finals Sunday, June 13th 9 a.m.
Women's and Men's Finals Sunday June 13th 2 p.m.

OFF-COURT ACTIVITIES:
Fans have the chance to win prizes and get autographs from the AVP pros all weekend! Fans can also check out the Nissan vehicle displays and henna tattoos, Bud Light Beer Garden, Aquafina Skills Court and Serving Accuracy Challenge, Xbox Gaming Tent, Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, Halls Fruit Breezers exhibit, Gillette Interactive Area, Sirius Mosh Pit, Earthlink's Block-a-Ball Game and Internet Café and sample Nature Valley granola bars.

Where to play in the area:

AVPNext sanctioned California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) offers weekend tournaments throughout Southern California. Check out www.cbva.com for more information.
South Mission Beach at the Jetty
Cohasset beach courts in South Mission Beach
Top local players to watch:

Men:
Mike Whitmarsh, Eli Fairfield, Sean Scott, Esteban Escobar, Hans Stolfus, Said Souikane
Women:
Elaine Youngs, Saralyn Smith, Sharman Mitchell, Denise Johns, Erin Galli, Barb Nyland,
Liz Pagano, Jenelle Koester, and Alicia Polzin.

Local Legends

Man:
Ricci Luyties- Member of the 1988 USA men's Olympic Gold team. Won seven beach tournaments, including Hermosa Beach with Adam Johnson ('91) and Manhattan Beach with Karch Kiraly ('88). Career earnings total more than $820,000.

Woman:
Karolyn Kirby- One of the greatest beach volleyball players in the sport. Currently holds the record for most tournament wins at 67. Won more than $680,000 in her career. Won a team record 29 tournaments with Liz Masakayan. She was a Tour MVP four times ('90, '91, '93, '94).

Directions:

San Diego, CA Assoc. Volleyball Professionals
Mariners Point
Mission Bay Park
3224 Mariners Way
San Diego, CA 92109

Take the 405 freeway South to the 5 freeway South. Take the Sea
World exit and go past Sea World. Go right at “Ingram Street and
West Mission Bay Drive”. Stay to the right and take the loop (right)
onto Mission Bay Drive. Pass the first light, Quivira Drive, and
proceed to the second light, Mariner’s Way. Turn left into the parking lot.

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Ian Clark played the 2003 Bud Lite AVP SanDiegoBeach Open with fellow Pepperdine Alumnae Chip McCaw finishing 13th

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This year Ian Clark will be playing the 2004 Bud Lite AVP SanDiegoBeach Open with Scott Davenport.

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17th  - Ian Clark/Scott Davenport            $400

Winner's Bracket
Round 1

Match 15: Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (15) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (18) 22-20, 21-23, 16-14 (1:01)

Contender's Bracket

Round 1
Match 38: Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (18) def. Brian Corso / Said Souikane (31, Q6) 21-19, 21-12 (0:38)
Round 2
Match 46: Jason Ring / George Roumain (1) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (18) 23-21, 21-16 (0:42)

*With a match record of  (1) wins and (2) losses Ian Clark/Scott Davenport finish 17th
at the Men's 2004 AVP $62,500 San Diego Open

Men's AVP $62,500 San Diego Open
Presented by Bud Light
June 11-13, 2004
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points

 
Jason Ring George Roumain 1  
  Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert 2  
  Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 3  
  Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 4  
  Jake Gibb Adam Jewell 5  
  Eric Fonoimoana Kevin Wong 6  
  John Hyden Andy Witt 7  
  Canyon Ceman Mike Whitmarsh 8  
  Brent Doble Brian Lewis 9  
  Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena 10  
  Paul Baxter Scott Wong 11  
  Eduardo Bacil Eli Fairfield 12  
  Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge 13  
  Jim Nichols Matt Olson 14  
  Aaron Boss Jose Loiola 15  
  Matt Heath Adam Roberts 16  
  Jake Elliott Jason Lee 17  
  Ian Clark Scott Davenport 18  
  Albert Hannemann Chad Turner 19  
  Chip McCaw Alika Williams 20  
  Anthony Medel Brad Torsone 21  
  Ty Loomis Ryan Mariano 22  
  David Smith Hans Stolfus 23  
  Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano 24  
  Brian Chapman Mike Morrison 25, Q5  
  Jeff Minc Derek Zimmerman 26, Q2  
  John Anselmo Anthony Mihalic 27, Q9  
  Chris Kosty Jon Thompson 28, Q3  
  David Fischer Jack Quinn 29, Q1  
  Brandon Taliaferro Andrew Vazquez 30, Q4  
  Brian Corso Said Souikane 31, Q6  
  Gabby Amar JP Calderon 32, Q58  
33 Steve Delaney Everett Matthews Q8 18.0
33 Kevin Dake Ran Kumgisky Q11 18.0
33 Esteban Escobar Leonardo Moraes Q12 18.0
33 Leon Lucas Justin Phipps Q18 18.0
33 Bivin Sadler Andy Shean Q19 18.0
33 Greg Boor Mike Szymanski Q20 18.0
33 Jeff Myers Mark Smith Q23 18.0
33 Nick Pabarcus Adam Renfree Q48 18.0
41 John Braunstein Kevin Craig Q10 12.0
41 Mark Fay Jim Van Zwieten Q14 12.0
41 Ivan Mercer Jeff Murrell Q15 12.0
41 Mike Bruning Aaron Steele Q21 12.0
41 Todd Bennett Jeff Smith Q22 12.0
41 Mike Daniel Casey Patterson Q24 12.0
41 Matt Osbourn Jessie Webster Q25 12.0
41 Dennis Roberts Curt Vaughen Q26 12.0
41 Jason Hodell Jason Wight Q27 12.0
41 Chris Harger Jason Olive Q28 12.0
41 Torry Tukuafu Chad Wick Q31 12.0
41 Eric Burness Samuel Rogers Q33 12.0
41 Seth Burnham Scott Kiedaisch Q35 12.0
41 Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins Q36 12.0
41 Jon Barnes Jake Blair Q49 12.0
41 Timothy Alessi Travis Regner Q52 12.0
57 John Mayer Dan Mintz Q7 8.0
57 Eric Adams Tony Pray Q13 8.0
57 Jeff Carlucci Aaron Wachtfogel Q16 8.0
57 Art Barron Morgan Mainz Q17 8.0
57 David Escarsega Todd Hart Q29 8.0
57 Andor Gyulai Tom Slauterbeck Q30 8.0
57 Mike Desjardins Ken Lentin Q32 8.0
57 Charles Cates Arqum Iqbal Q34 8.0
57 Brenton Davis Ryan Haneberg Q37 8.0
57 Dhiraj Coats Yariv Lerner Q38 8.0
57 Michael Doucette James Hollis Q39 8.0
57 Eric Christianson Ryan Turner Q40 8.0
57 Chad Convis Brian Duff Q41 8.0
57 Vince Fierro Jon Mesko Q42 8.0
57 Steve Hubbard Robert Padillo Q43 8.0
57 Billy Allen Ty Tramblie Q44 8.0
57 Sonny Knight Tyler McCallan Q45 8.0
57 John Michelau Jed Stotsenberger Q46 8.0
57 Michael DeRaffaele Jeff Rosen Q47 8.0
57 Rico Becker Jason King Q50 8.0
57 Jeremy Drescher Derek Martinez Q51 8.0
57 David Holewinski Kevin Legg Q54 8.0
57 Pat Brown Timothy Cornelissen Q55 8.0
57 John Caravella Luis Sandoval Q56 8.0
57 Kurt Gurdal Monty Tucker Q57 8.0
57 Mika Hunkin Jason Shorb Q60 8.0
57 Phil Isaac Ryan Stuntz Q61 8.0
57 Bradley Bukant Garnett Scott Q62 8.0
57 Dan Classen Dan Hecker Q63 8.0
57 Coley Kyman Dan Neiman Q64 8.0
57 Corey Dudley John Zuffinetti Q70 8.0
57 Chris Brown Kevin Collins Q76 8.0
89 Nathan Cumme Michael Johnson Q53 4.0
89 Ian Gallagher Nguyen Le Q59 4.0
89 Tim Fuehrer Josh Goodman Q65 4.0
89 Kanani Leite-Ah Yo Eric Milmont Q66 4.0
89 Steven Allas Jeremiah Herrian Q67 4.0
89 Craig Eckard Jason Harris Q68 4.0
89 James LeMire Keith Levin Q69 4.0
89 Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q71 4.0
89 Aaron Montgomery Todd Wills Q72 4.0
89 Robert Orantez Brent Reger Q73 4.0
89 Jamaine Harris Kane Thananbath Q74 4.0
89 Chris Glocke Lucas Helms Q75 4.0

2004 AVP Nissan Series $125,000 San Diego Open San Diego, Calif June 11-13, 2004

Men's Qualification Tournament Results (Friday, June 11)
Men's AVP $62,500 San Diego Open
June 11-13, 2004 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Coley Kyman / Dan Neiman (Q64) def. Tim Fuehrer / Josh Goodman (Q65) 21-16, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 10: John Caravella / Luis Sandoval (Q56) def. Brent Reger / Robert Orantez (Q73) 21-18, 15-21, 15-11 (0:57)
Match 15: Kurt Gurdal / Monty Tucker (Q57) def. Aaron Montgomery / Todd Wills (Q72) 21-9, 21-10 (0:33)
Match 18: Mika Hunkin / Jason Shorb (Q60) def. Keith Levin / James LeMire (Q69) 21-11, 21-6 (0:32)
Match 23: Kevin Collins / Chris Brown (Q76) def. Nathan Cumme / Michael Johnson (Q53) 18-21, 21-17, 18-16 (1:13)
Match 31: Phil Isaac / Ryan Stuntz (Q61) def. Jason Harris / Craig Eckard (Q68) 21-15, 21-18 (0:46)
Match 34: Bradley Bukant / Garnett Scott (Q62) def. Steven Allas / Jeremiah Herrian (Q67) 21-14, 21-7 (0:35)
Match 42: David Holewinski / Kevin Legg (Q54) def. Chris Glocke / Lucas Helms (Q75) 21-14, 21-13 (0:45)
Match 47: Corey Dudley / John Zuffinetti (Q70) def. Ian Gallagher / Nguyen Le (Q59) 21-19, 21-10 (0:38)
Match 50: Gabby Amar / JP Calderon (Q58) def. Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q71) 21-15, 24-22 (0:43)
Match 55: Pat Brown / Timothy Cornelissen (Q55) def. Kane Thananbath / Jamaine Harris (Q74) 23-21, 21-15 (0:50)
Match 63: Dan Classen / Dan Hecker (Q63) def. Eric Milmont / Kanani Leite-Ah Yo (Q66) 21-16, 24-22 (0:47)

Round 2
Match 65: David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q1) def. Coley Kyman / Dan Neiman (Q64) 21-18, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 66: Eric Burness / Samuel Rogers (Q33) def. Mike Desjardins / Ken Lentin (Q32) 22-20, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 67: Nick Pabarcus / Adam Renfree (Q48) def. Art Barron / Morgan Mainz (Q17) 21-12, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 68: Jon Barnes / Jake Blair (Q49) def. Jeff Carlucci / Aaron Wachtfogel (Q16) by Forfeit
Match 69: John Anselmo / Anthony Mihalic (Q9) def. John Caravella / Luis Sandoval (Q56) 22-20, 21-14 (0:43)
Match 70: Mike Daniel / Casey Patterson (Q24) def. Chad Convis / Brian Duff (Q41) 21-14, 22-20 (0:48)
Match 71: Matt Osbourn / Jessie Webster (Q25) def. Eric Christianson / Ryan Turner (Q40) 0-21, 21-17, 15-8 (0:36)
Match 72: Steve Delaney / Everett Matthews (Q8) def. Kurt Gurdal / Monty Tucker (Q57) 21-16, 21-10 (0:36)
Match 73: Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (Q5) def. Mika Hunkin / Jason Shorb (Q60) 21-11, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 74: Chris Harger / Jason Olive (Q28) def. Brenton Davis / Ryan Haneberg (Q37) 21-17, 26-24 (0:52)
Match 75: Mike Bruning / Aaron Steele (Q21) def. Billy Allen / Ty Tramblie (Q44) 21-15, 21-18 (0:35)
Match 76: Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (Q12) def. Kevin Collins / Chris Brown (Q76) 21-15, 21-6 (0:30)
Match 77: Timothy Alessi / Travis Regner (Q52) def. Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q13) 22-20, 21-18 (0:47)
Match 78: Greg Boor / Mike Szymanski (Q20) def. Sonny Knight / Tyler McCallan (Q45) 21-16, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 79: Rocky Mayo / Jeremie Simkins (Q36) def. David Escarsega / Todd Hart (Q29) 21-16, 21-18 (0:49)
Match 80: Brandon Taliaferro / Andrew Vazquez (Q4) def. Phil Isaac / Ryan Stuntz (Q61) 21-17, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 81: Chris Kosty / Jon Thompson (Q3) def. Bradley Bukant / Garnett Scott (Q62) 21-10, 21-10 (0:30)
Match 82: Seth Burnham / Scott Kiedaisch (Q35) def. Andor Gyulai / Tom Slauterbeck (Q30) by Forfeit
Match 83: Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q19) def. John Michelau / Jed Stotsenberger (Q46) 21-13, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 84: Mark Fay / Jim Van Zwieten (Q14) def. Jeremy Drescher / Derek Martinez (Q51) 21-14, 17-21, 15-10 (0:52)
Match 85: Kevin Dake / Ran Kumgisky (Q11) def. David Holewinski / Kevin Legg (Q54) 21-15, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 86: Todd Bennett / Jeff Smith (Q22) def. Steve Hubbard / Robert Padillo (Q43) 21-18, 20-22, 16-14 (1:01)
Match 87: Jason Hodell / Jason Wight (Q27) def. Dhiraj Coats / Yariv Lerner (Q38) 24-22, 21-19 (0:48)
Match 88: Brian Corso / Said Souikane (Q6) def. Corey Dudley / John Zuffinetti (Q70) 21-13, 21-12 (0:41)
Match 89: Gabby Amar / JP Calderon (Q58) def. John Mayer / Dan Mintz (Q7) 21-18, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 90: Dennis Roberts / Curt Vaughen (Q26) def. Michael Doucette / James Hollis (Q39) 21-15, 18-21, 15-12 (0:59)
Match 91: Jeff Myers / Mark Smith (Q23) def. Vince Fierro / Jon Mesko (Q42) 19-21, 21-15, 15-11 (0:57)
Match 92: John Braunstein / Kevin Craig (Q10) def. Pat Brown / Timothy Cornelissen (Q55) 21-11, 21-15 (0:41)
Match 93: Ivan Mercer / Jeff Murrell (Q15) def. Rico Becker / Jason King (Q50) 21-14, 17-21, 16-14 (1:00)
Match 94: Leon Lucas / Justin Phipps (Q18) def. Michael DeRaffaele / Jeff Rosen (Q47) 24-22, 21-13 (0:41)
Match 95: Torry Tukuafu / Chad Wick (Q31) def. Charles Cates / Arqum Iqbal (Q34) 21-19, 21-16 (0:47)
Match 96: Jeff Minc / Derek Zimmerman (Q2) def. Dan Classen / Dan Hecker (Q63) 21-9, 21-23, 15-9 (0:50)

Round 3
Match 97: David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q1) def. Eric Burness / Samuel Rogers (Q33) 19-21, 21-18, 15-10 (0:56)
Match 98: Nick Pabarcus / Adam Renfree (Q48) def. Jon Barnes / Jake Blair (Q49) 21-17, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 99: John Anselmo / Anthony Mihalic (Q9) def. Mike Daniel / Casey Patterson (Q24) 21-17, 21-10 (0:36)
Match 100: Steve Delaney / Everett Matthews (Q8) def. Matt Osbourn / Jessie Webster (Q25) 21-17, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 101: Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (Q5) def. Chris Harger / Jason Olive (Q28) 21-17, 12-21, 15-13 (1:01)
Match 102: Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (Q12) def. Mike Bruning / Aaron Steele (Q21) 21-11, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 103: Greg Boor / Mike Szymanski (Q20) def. Timothy Alessi / Travis Regner (Q52) 21-18, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 104: Brandon Taliaferro / Andrew Vazquez (Q4) def. Rocky Mayo / Jeremie Simkins (Q36) 21-12, 17-21, 15-12 (0:55)
Match 105: Chris Kosty / Jon Thompson (Q3) def. Seth Burnham / Scott Kiedaisch (Q35) 21-18, 18-21, 15-6 (0:58)
Match 106: Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q19) def. Mark Fay / Jim Van Zwieten (Q14) 21-19, 14-21, 15-7 (0:48)
Match 107: Kevin Dake / Ran Kumgisky (Q11) def. Todd Bennett / Jeff Smith (Q22) 21-16, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 108: Brian Corso / Said Souikane (Q6) def. Jason Hodell / Jason Wight (Q27) 21-12, 21-19 (0:41)
Match 109: Gabby Amar / JP Calderon (Q58) def. Dennis Roberts / Curt Vaughen (Q26) 14-21, 21-17, 15-8 (0:54)
Match 110: Jeff Myers / Mark Smith (Q23) def. John Braunstein / Kevin Craig (Q10) 21-18, 14-21, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 111: Leon Lucas / Justin Phipps (Q18) def. Ivan Mercer / Jeff Murrell (Q15) 21-19, 21-19 (0:50)
Match 112: Jeff Minc / Derek Zimmerman (Q2) def. Torry Tukuafu / Chad Wick (Q31) 34-32, 21-11 (0:58)

Round 4
Match 113: David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q1) def. Nick Pabarcus / Adam Renfree (Q48) 21-19, 24-26, 15-10 (1:06)
Match 114: John Anselmo / Anthony Mihalic (Q9) def. Steve Delaney / Everett Matthews (Q8) 17-21, 22-20, 15-13 (1:04)
Match 115: Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (Q5) def. Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (Q12) 21-16, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 116: Brandon Taliaferro / Andrew Vazquez (Q4) def. Greg Boor / Mike Szymanski (Q20) 13-21, 21-18, 15-12 (0:50)
Match 117: Chris Kosty / Jon Thompson (Q3) def. Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q19) 22-20, 17-21, 15-12 (0:58)
Match 118: Brian Corso / Said Souikane (Q6) def. Kevin Dake / Ran Kumgisky (Q11) 22-20, 21-17 (0:49)
Match 119: Gabby Amar / JP Calderon (Q58) def. Jeff Myers / Mark Smith (Q23) 24-22, 21-16 (0:47)
Match 120: Jeff Minc / Derek Zimmerman (Q2) def. Leon Lucas / Justin Phipps (Q18) 23-21, 21-12 (0:41)

Men's AVP $62,500 San Diego Open
Presented by Bud Light
June 11-13, 2004

Winner's Bracket
Round 1

Match 1: Jason Ring / George Roumain (1) def. Gabby Amar / JP Calderon (32, Q58) 21-13, 21-16 (0:35)
Match 2: Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (16) def. Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (17) 21-19, 21-18 (0:41)
Match 3: Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (24) def. Brent Doble / Brian Lewis (9) 22-24, 23-21, 16-14 (1:08)
Match 4: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (8) def. Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (25, Q5) 21-15, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 5: Jake Gibb / Adam Jewell (5) def. Chris Kosty / Jon Thompson (28, Q3) 21-15, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 6: Anthony Medel / Brad Torsone (21) def. Eduardo Bacil / Eli Fairfield (12) 21-16, 19-21, 15-10 (0:57)
Match 7: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (13) def. Alika Williams / Chip McCaw (20) 21-19, 21-17 (0:37)
Match 8: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) def. David Fischer / Jack Quinn (29, Q1) 21-11, 18-21, 15-8 (0:52)
Match 9: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) def. Andrew Vazquez / Brandon Taliaferro (30, Q4) 21-10, 22-20 (0:35)
Match 10: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (14) def. Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (19) 21-12, 16-21, 16-14 (0:51)
Match 11: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (11) def. Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (22) 21-19, 21-19 (0:47)
Match 12: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (6) def. John Anselmo / Anthony Mihalic (27, Q9) 21-14, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 13: John Hyden / Andy Witt (7) def. Jeff Minc / Derek Zimmerman (26, Q2) 21-10, 21-14 (0:31)
Match 14: Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (10) def. David Smith / Hans Stolfus (23) 21-18, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 15: Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (15) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (18) 22-20, 21-23, 16-14 (1:01)
Match 16: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) def. Brian Corso / Said Souikane (31, Q6) 21-18, 21-11 (0:35)

Round 2
Match 17: Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (16) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (1) 21-19, 16-21, 15-13 (0:51)
Match 18: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (8) def. Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (24) 18-21, 21-9, 16-14 (0:59)
Match 19: Jake Gibb / Adam Jewell (5) def. Anthony Medel / Brad Torsone (21) 21-19, 21-12 (0:45)
Match 20: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (13) 18-21, 21-13, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 21: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (14) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) 21-19, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 22: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (6) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (11) 17-21, 28-26, 15-9 (1:21)
Match 23: John Hyden / Andy Witt (7) def. Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (10) 21-18, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 24: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) def. Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (15) 22-20, 21-23, 15-7 (0:50)

Round 3
Match 25: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (8) def. Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (16) 21-15, 19-21, 15-11 (0:47)
Match 26: Jake Gibb / Adam Jewell (5) def. Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) 21-17, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 27: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (6) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (14) 21-19, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 28: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) def. John Hyden / Andy Witt (7) 22-24, 21-17, 17-15 (1:04)

Round 4
Match 29: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (8) def. Jake Gibb / Adam Jewell (5) 21-19, 19-21, 15-12 (1:03)
Match 30: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (6) 18-21, 21-17, 17-15 (0:57)



Contender's Bracket
Round 1

Match 31: Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (17) def. Gabby Amar / JP Calderon (32, Q58) 21-16, 21-18 (0:35)
Match 32: Brent Doble / Brian Lewis (9) def. Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (25, Q5) 21-15, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 33: Eduardo Bacil / Eli Fairfield (12) def. Chris Kosty / Jon Thompson (28, Q3) 21-17, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 34: David Fischer / Jack Quinn (29, Q1) def. Alika Williams / Chip McCaw (20) 22-20, 11-21, 15-12 (0:55)
Match 35: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (19) def. Andrew Vazquez / Brandon Taliaferro (30, Q4) 21-17, 25-27, 15-9 (1:01)
Match 36: Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (22) def. John Anselmo / Anthony Mihalic (27, Q9) 21-14, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 37: David Smith / Hans Stolfus (23) def. Jeff Minc / Derek Zimmerman (26, Q2) 21-11, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 38: Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (18) def. Brian Corso / Said Souikane (31, Q6) 21-19, 21-12 (0:38)

Round 2
Match 39: Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (15) def. Jake Elliott / Jason Lee (17) 18-21, 21-16, 15-11 (0:47)
Match 40: Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (10) def. Brent Doble / Brian Lewis (9) 18-21, 21-18, 15-9 (1:00)
Match 41: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (11) def. Eduardo Bacil / Eli Fairfield (12) 21-19, 21-19 (0:53)
Match 42: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) def. David Fischer / Jack Quinn (29, Q1) 21-11, 21-7 (0:30)
Match 43: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (13) def. Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (19) 21-18, 18-21, 15-8 (0:55)
Match 44: Anthony Medel / Brad Torsone (21) def. Ty Loomis / Ryan Mariano (22) 21-19, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 45: David Smith / Hans Stolfus (23) def. Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (24) 21-17, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 46: Jason Ring / George Roumain (1) def. Ian Clark / Scott Davenport (18) 23-21, 21-16 (0:42)

Round 3
Match 47: Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (15) def. Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (10) 19-21, 21-19, 15-13 (0:50)
Match 48: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (11) 21-17, 19-21, 15-9 (0:57)
Match 49: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (13) def. Anthony Medel / Brad Torsone (21) 21-17, 21-12 (0:45)
Match 50: Jason Ring / George Roumain (1) def. David Smith / Hans Stolfus (23) 21-12, 15-21, 15-10 (1:00)

Round 4
Match 51: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) def. Aaron Boss / Jose Loiola (15) 21-13, 21-15 (0:33)
Match 52: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) def. Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (16) 21-14, 21-18 (0:30)
Match 53: John Hyden / Andy Witt (7) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (13) 21-13, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 54: Jason Ring / George Roumain (1) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (14) 21-11, 21-19 (0:39)

Round 5
Match 55: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) def. Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) 21-19, 25-23 (0:47)
Match 56: Jason Ring / George Roumain (1) def. John Hyden / Andy Witt (7) 21-17, 21-19 (0:43)


Round 6
Match 57: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (6) 21-19, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 58: Jake Gibb / Adam Jewell (5) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (1) 21-12, 21-16 (0:40)



Semifinals
Match 59: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) def. Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (8) 21-19, 21-15 (0:34)
Match 60: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) def. Jake Gibb / Adam Jewell (5) 23-21, 21-11 (0:50)


Finals
Match 61: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (2) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) 21-18, 14-21, 15-8 (0:59)


Men's AVP $62,500 San Diego Open
Presented by Bud Light
June 11-13, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
 1 Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert 2 $14,500.00 360.0
2 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 3 $9,750.00 324.0
3 Jake Gibb Adam Jewell 5 $5,825.00 270.0
3 Canyon Ceman Mike Whitmarsh 8 $5,825.00 270.0
5 Jason Ring George Roumain 1 $3,500.00 216.0
5 Eric Fonoimoana Kevin Wong 6 $3,500.00 216.0
7 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 4 $2,500.00 180.0
7 John Hyden Andy Witt 7 $2,500.00 180.0
9 Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge 13 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Jim Nichols Matt Olson 14 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Aaron Boss Jose Loiola 15 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Matt Heath Adam Roberts 16 $1,600.00 144.0
13 Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena 10 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Paul Baxter Scott Wong 11 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Anthony Medel Brad Torsone 21 $1,050.00 108.0
13 David Smith Hans Stolfus 23 $1,050.00 108.0
17 Brent Doble Brian Lewis 9 $400.00 72.0
17 Eduardo Bacil Eli Fairfield 12 $400.00 72.0
17 Jake Elliott Jason Lee 17 $400.00 72.0
17 Ian Clark Scott Davenport 18 $400.00 72.0
17 Albert Hannemann Chad Turner 19 $400.00 72.0
17 Ty Loomis Ryan Mariano 22 $400.00 72.0
17 Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano 24 $400.00 72.0
17 David Fischer Jack Quinn 29, Q1 $400.00 72.0
25 Chip McCaw Alika Williams 20 $100.00 36.0
25 Brian Chapman Mike Morrison 25, Q5 $100.00 36.0
25 Jeff Minc Derek Zimmerman 26, Q2 $100.00 36.0
25 John Anselmo Anthony Mihalic 27, Q9 $100.00 36.0
25 Chris Kosty Jon Thompson 28, Q3 $100.00 36.0
25 Brandon Taliaferro Andrew Vazquez 30, Q4 $100.00 36.0
25 Brian Corso Said Souikane 31, Q6 $100.00 36.0
25 Gabby Amar JP Calderon 32, Q58 $100.00 36.0
33 Steve Delaney Everett Matthews Q8 $.00 18.0
33 Kevin Dake Ran Kumgisky Q11 $.00 18.0
33 Esteban Escobar Leonardo Moraes Q12 $.00 18.0
33 Leon Lucas Justin Phipps Q18 $.00 18.0
33 Bivin Sadler Andy Shean Q19 $.00 18.0
33 Greg Boor Mike Szymanski Q20 $.00 18.0
33 Jeff Myers Mark Smith Q23 $.00 18.0
33 Nick Pabarcus Adam Renfree Q48 $.00 18.0
41 John Braunstein Kevin Craig Q10 $.00 12.0
41 Mark Fay Jim Van Zwieten Q14 $.00 12.0
41 Ivan Mercer Jeff Murrell Q15 $.00 12.0
41 Mike Bruning Aaron Steele Q21 $.00 12.0
41 Todd Bennett Jeff Smith Q22 $.00 12.0
41 Mike Daniel Casey Patterson Q24 $.00 12.0
41 Matt Osbourn Jessie Webster Q25 $.00 12.0
41 Dennis Roberts Curt Vaughen Q26 $.00 12.0
41 Jason Hodell Jason Wight Q27 $.00 12.0
41 Chris Harger Jason Olive Q28 $.00 12.0
41 Torry Tukuafu Chad Wick Q31 $.00 12.0
41 Eric Burness Samuel Rogers Q33 $.00 12.0
41 Seth Burnham Scott Kiedaisch Q35 $.00 12.0
41 Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins Q36 $.00 12.0
41 Jon Barnes Jake Blair Q49 $.00 12.0
41 Timothy Alessi Travis Regner Q52 $.00 12.0
57 John Mayer Dan Mintz Q7 $.00 8.0
57 Eric Adams Tony Pray Q13 $.00 8.0
57 Jeff Carlucci Aaron Wachtfogel Q16 $.00 8.0
57 Art Barron Morgan Mainz Q17 $.00 8.0
57 David Escarsega Todd Hart Q29 $.00 8.0
57 Andor Gyulai Tom Slauterbeck Q30 $.00 8.0
57 Mike Desjardins Ken Lentin Q32 $.00 8.0
57 Charles Cates Arqum Iqbal Q34 $.00 8.0
57 Brenton Davis Ryan Haneberg Q37 $.00 8.0
57 Dhiraj Coats Yariv Lerner Q38 $.00 8.0
57 Michael Doucette James Hollis Q39 $.00 8.0
57 Eric Christianson Ryan Turner Q40 $.00 8.0
57 Chad Convis Brian Duff Q41 $.00 8.0
57 Vince Fierro Jon Mesko Q42 $.00 8.0
57 Steve Hubbard Robert Padillo Q43 $.00 8.0
57 Billy Allen Ty Tramblie Q44 $.00 8.0
57 Sonny Knight Tyler McCallan Q45 $.00 8.0
57 John Michelau Jed Stotsenberger Q46 $.00 8.0
57 Michael DeRaffaele Jeff Rosen Q47 $.00 8.0
57 Rico Becker Jason King Q50 $.00 8.0
57 Jeremy Drescher Derek Martinez Q51 $.00 8.0
57 David Holewinski Kevin Legg Q54 $.00 8.0
57 Pat Brown Timothy Cornelissen Q55 $.00 8.0
57 John Caravella Luis Sandoval Q56 $.00 8.0
57 Kurt Gurdal Monty Tucker Q57 $.00 8.0
57 Mika Hunkin Jason Shorb Q60 $.00 8.0
57 Phil Isaac Ryan Stuntz Q61 $.00 8.0
57 Bradley Bukant Garnett Scott Q62 $.00 8.0
57 Dan Classen Dan Hecker Q63 $.00 8.0
57 Coley Kyman Dan Neiman Q64 $.00 8.0
57 Corey Dudley John Zuffinetti Q70 $.00 8.0
57 Chris Brown Kevin Collins Q76 $.00 8.0
89 Nathan Cumme Michael Johnson Q53 $.00 4.0
89 Ian Gallagher Nguyen Le Q59 $.00 4.0
89 Tim Fuehrer Josh Goodman Q65 $.00 4.0
89 Kanani Leite-Ah Yo Eric Milmont Q66 $.00 4.0
89 Steven Allas Jeremiah Herrian Q67 $.00 4.0
89 Craig Eckard Jason Harris Q68 $.00 4.0
89 James LeMire Keith Levin Q69 $.00 4.0
89 Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q71 $.00 4.0
89 Aaron Montgomery Todd Wills Q72 $.00 4.0
89 Robert Orantez Brent Reger Q73 $.00 4.0
89 Jamaine Harris Kane Thananbath Q74 $.00 4.0
89 Chris Glocke Lucas Helms Q75 $.00 4.0
 



2004 Men's SanDiego Tournament Champions >>Karch Kiraly/Mike Lambert

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Karch Kiraly                                                  Mike Lambert

                                                              

 

Women's AVP $62,500 San Diego Open
Presented by Bud Light
June 11-13, 2004
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
 

  Holly McPeak Elaine Youngs 1  
  Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan 2  
  Carrie Busch Nancy Mason 3  
  Lisa Arce Leanne McSorley 4  
  Barbra Fontana Jennifer Kessy 5  
  Angie Akers Rachel Wacholder 6  
  Jennifer Meredith Wendy Stammer 7  
  Paula Roca Gracie Santana-Baeni 8  
  Tammy Leibl Sarah Straton 9  
  Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 10  
  Tanya Fuamatu Heidi Ilustre 11  
  Tyra Harper Makare Wilson 12  
  Ashley Bowles Lauren Fendrick 13  
  Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 14  
  Alicia Polzin Ali Wood 15  
  Daven Casad-Allison Pat Keller 16  
  Kimberly Coleman Julie Sprague 17, Q2  
  Jenelle Koester Sharman Mitchell 18  
  Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles 19, Q4  
  Helen Reale Kristen Schritter 20, Q5  
  Lisa Marshall Ann Windes 21, Q14  
  Jeannette Hecker Valinda Hilleary 22  
  Holly Reisor Eleonora Vakhidova 23, Q16  
  Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 24, Q22  
25 Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet Q7 36.0
25 Keao Burdine Claire Robertson Q41 36.0
27 Erin Galli Franci Rard Q1 18.0
27 Barbara Nyland Saralyn Smith Q3 18.0
27 Marla O'Hara Julie Romias Q6 18.0
27 Kelly Rowe Catie Vagnuer Q10 18.0
27 Danalee Bragado Nicole Branagh Q18 18.0
27 Karen Helyer Jennifer Maastricht Q20 18.0
27 Erin Byrd Jeanette Simenson Q25 18.0
27 Mary Hegarty Priscilla Lima Q44 18.0
35 Barb Birnbaum Jill Changaris Q8 12.0
35 Mary Baily Tiffany Rodriguez Q9 12.0
35 Karen Reitz Gretchen Sanders Q11 12.0
35 Kerri Eich Sarah White Q12 12.0
35 Angela Lewis Diane Pascua Q13 12.0
35 Jessica Alvarado Arcadia Berjonneau Q15 12.0
35 Leanne Haarbauer Alicia Zamparelli Q17 12.0
35 Nicole Midwin Amber Willey Q19 12.0
35 Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser Q23 12.0
35 Kim Goodwin Carol Killeen Q27 12.0
35 Paola Rodriguez Stacy Rouwenhorst Q29 12.0
35 Jean Mathews Alyssa Rylander Q32 12.0
35 Angela Knopf Patti Scofield Q34 12.0
35 Meri-de Boyer Josie Youngblood Q35 12.0
35 Ashley Regner Karolina Zelinka Q37 12.0
35 Gretchen Duffner Kelly Hickham Q39 12.0
51 Johanna Lehman Laura Ratto Q21 8.0
51 Keely Eagle Barb Sanson Q24 8.0
51 Antoinette Cocco Jennifer Lombardi Q26 8.0
51 Aly Currey Shannon Sneed Q28 8.0
51 Heather Alley Ingrid Roosild Q30 8.0
51 Jenny Griffith Stephanie Roberts Q31 8.0
51 Anya Adams Bridget Lambert Q33 8.0
51 Laura Hendrickson Kelly Yengst Q36 8.0
51 Michelle Kyman Krystal Mcfarland Q38 8.0
51 Kristal Blair Tina Damasco Q40 8.0
51 Jo Convis Barb Letts Q42 8.0
51 Sabrina Pozzi Jennifer Sansone Q43 8.0
51 Natasha Nguyen Staci Venski Q45 8.0
51 Michelle Hart Michele Remus Q46 8.0
51 Shari Leckman Jennifer Walker Q47 8.0
51 Kristin Ursillo Katie Wilkins Q48 8.0

Women's Qualification Tournament Results (Friday, June 11)

Women's AVP $62,500 San Diego Open
June 11-13, 2004 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Jean Mathews / Alyssa Rylander (Q32) def. Bridget Lambert / Anya Adams (Q33) 21-12, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 3: Leanne Haarbauer / Alicia Zamparelli (Q17) def. Kristin Ursillo / Katie Wilkins (Q48) 21-14, 21-12 (0:38)
Match 6: Claire Robertson / Keao Burdine (Q41) def. Keely Eagle / Barb Sanson (Q24) 21-16, 24-22 (0:48)
Match 7: Erin Byrd / Jeanette Simenson (Q25) def. Tina Damasco / Kristal Blair (Q40) 21-12, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 10: Ashley Regner / Karolina Zelinka (Q37) def. Aly Currey / Shannon Sneed (Q28) 21-15, 21-9 (0:39)
Match 11: Mary Hegarty / Priscilla Lima (Q44) def. Johanna Lehman / Laura Ratto (Q21) 21-18, 21-19 (0:49)
Match 14: Karen Helyer / Jennifer Maastricht (Q20) def. Natasha Nguyen / Staci Venski (Q45) 21-14, 21-18 (0:36)
Match 15: Paola Rodriguez / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q29) def. Kelly Yengst / Laura Hendrickson (Q36) 21-13, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 18: Josie Youngblood / Meri-de Boyer (Q35) def. Heather Alley / Ingrid Roosild (Q30) 18-21, 21-19, 15-10 (1:00)
Match 19: Nicole Midwin / Amber Willey (Q19) def. Michelle Hart / Michele Remus (Q46) 21-17, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 22: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q22) def. Sabrina Pozzi / Jennifer Sansone (Q43) 21-8, 21-9 (0:28)
Match 23: Kim Goodwin / Carol Killeen (Q27) def. Michelle Kyman / Krystal Mcfarland (Q38) 18-21, 21-19, 15-8 (1:01)
Match 26: Kelly Hickham / Gretchen Duffner (Q39) def. Antoinette Cocco / Jennifer Lombardi (Q26) 21-18, 21-12 (0:41)
Match 27: Joy Akins / Dawn Steinhauser (Q23) def. Barb Letts / Jo Convis (Q42) 21-14, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 30: Danalee Bragado / Nicole Branagh (Q18) def. Shari Leckman / Jennifer Walker (Q47) 21-12, 21-11 (0:39)
Match 31: Patti Scofield / Angela Knopf (Q34) def. Jenny Griffith / Stephanie Roberts (Q31) 23-21, 21-16 (0:45)

Round 2
Match 33: Erin Galli / Franci Rard (Q1) def. Jean Mathews / Alyssa Rylander (Q32) 26-24, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 34: Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q16) def. Leanne Haarbauer / Alicia Zamparelli (Q17) 22-20, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 35: Claire Robertson / Keao Burdine (Q41) def. Mary Baily / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q9) 14-21, 21-18, 15-12 (0:52)
Match 36: Erin Byrd / Jeanette Simenson (Q25) def. Barb Birnbaum / Jill Changaris (Q8) 19-21, 21-19, 15-10 (0:57)
Match 37: Helen Reale / Kristen Schritter (Q5) def. Ashley Regner / Karolina Zelinka (Q37) 21-9, 20-22, 15-10 (1:02)
Match 38: Mary Hegarty / Priscilla Lima (Q44) def. Kerri Eich / Sarah White (Q12) 21-16, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 39: Karen Helyer / Jennifer Maastricht (Q20) def. Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q13) 21-12, 13-21, 15-13 (0:54)
Match 40: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q4) def. Paola Rodriguez / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q29) 19-21, 21-15, 15-8 (0:48)
Match 41: Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (Q3) def. Josie Youngblood / Meri-de Boyer (Q35) 21-11, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 42: Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (Q14) def. Nicole Midwin / Amber Willey (Q19) 21-19, 21-19 (0:47)
Match 43: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q22) def. Karen Reitz / Gretchen Sanders (Q11) 21-18, 19-21, 15-12 (1:03)
Match 44: Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (Q6) def. Kim Goodwin / Carol Killeen (Q27) 18-21, 21-19, 15-8 (0:55)
Match 45: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q7) def. Kelly Hickham / Gretchen Duffner (Q39) 21-17, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 46: Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagnuer (Q10) def. Joy Akins / Dawn Steinhauser (Q23) 21-16, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 47: Danalee Bragado / Nicole Branagh (Q18) def. Jessica Alvarado / Arcadia Berjonneau (Q15) 21-10, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 48: Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (Q2) def. Patti Scofield / Angela Knopf (Q34) 21-16, 21-16 (0:32)
 

Round 3
Match 49: Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q16) def. Erin Galli / Franci Rard (Q1) 19-21, 21-13, 15-8 (0:49)
Match 50: Claire Robertson / Keao Burdine (Q41) def. Erin Byrd / Jeanette Simenson (Q25) 11-21, 21-18, 15-7 (0:56)
Match 51: Helen Reale / Kristen Schritter (Q5) def. Mary Hegarty / Priscilla Lima (Q44) 21-10, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 52: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q4) def. Karen Helyer / Jennifer Maastricht (Q20) 21-11, 21-9 (0:34)
Match 53: Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (Q14) def. Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (Q3) 22-20, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 54: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q22) def. Marla O'Hara / Julie Romias (Q6) 15-21, 21-15, 16-14 (0:57)
Match 55: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q7) def. Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagnuer (Q10) 19-21, 21-18, 15-9 (1:08)
Match 56: Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (Q2) def. Danalee Bragado / Nicole Branagh (Q18) 21-18, 21-18 (0:42)

Round 4
Match 57: Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q16) def. Claire Robertson / Keao Burdine (Q41) 16-21, 21-12, 15-10 (0:45)
Match 58: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (Q4) def. Helen Reale / Kristen Schritter (Q5) 14-21, 24-22, 17-15 (1:09)
Match 59: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q22) def. Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (Q14) 21-13, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 60: Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (Q2) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q7) 21-18, 21-17 (0:41)

Round 5
Match 61: Helen Reale / Kristen Schritter (Q5) def. Claire Robertson / Keao Burdine (Q41) 22-20, 21-18 (0:47)
Match 62: Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (Q14) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q7) 21-19, 21-19 (0:40) 



Women's AVP $62,500 San Diego Open
Presented by Bud Light
June 11-13, 2004

Winner's Bracket
Round 1

Match 1: Pat Keller / Daven Casad-Allison (16) def. Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (17, Q2) 21-12, 19-21, 15-7 (0:48)
Match 2: Tammy Leibl / Sarah Straton (9) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (24, Q22) 21-11, 21-11 (0:38)
Match 3: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (12) def. Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (21, Q14) 21-17, 21-11 (0:38)
Match 4: Ashley Bowles / Lauren Fendrick (13) def. Kristen Schritter / Helen Reale (20, Q5) 21-14, 15-21, 15-12 (0:57)
Match 5: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (19, Q4) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) 31-29, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 6: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (11) def. Valinda Hilleary / Jeannette Hecker (22) 21-16, 21-16 (0:33)
Match 7: Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (10) def. Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (23, Q16) 21-18, 21-19 (0:35)
Match 8: Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) def. Sharman Mitchell / Jenelle Koester (18) 21-19, 19-21, 16-14 (0:53)


Round 2
Match 9: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (1) def. Pat Keller / Daven Casad-Allison (16) 21-17, 21-12 (0:34)
Match 10: Tammy Leibl / Sarah Straton (9) def. Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (8) 21-18, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 11: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (5) def. Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (12) 19-21, 21-10, 15-11 (0:45)
Match 12: Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (4) def. Ashley Bowles / Lauren Fendrick (13) 21-16, 21-12 (0:33)
Match 13: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (19, Q4) 21-16, 21-19 (0:34)
Match 14: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (11) def. Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (6) 17-21, 21-19, 15-12 (0:51)
Match 15: Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (10) def. Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (7) 23-21, 21-17 (0:37)
Match 16: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (2) def. Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) 21-17, 21-11 (0:35).

Round 3
Match 17: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (1) def. Tammy Leibl / Sarah Straton (9) 21-19, 21-14 (0:39)
Match 18: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (5) def. Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (4) 23-21, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 19: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (11) 21-13, 21-18 (0:53)
Match 20: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (2) def. Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (10) 21-14, 21-17 (0:33)

Round 4
Match 21: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (1) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (5) 21-11, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 22: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (2) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) 21-15, 21-17 (0:40)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1

Match 23: Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) def. Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (17, Q2) 21-15, 14-21, 15-9 (0:46)
Match 24: Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (7) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (24, Q22) 21-15, 19-21, 15-9 (0:48)
Match 25: Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (6) def. Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (21, Q14) 21-15, 21-17 (0:36)
Match 26: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (19, Q4) def. Kristen Schritter / Helen Reale (20, Q5) 21-17, 21-11 (0:41)
Match 27: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) def. Ashley Bowles / Lauren Fendrick (13) 24-22, 15-21, 15-13 (0:58)
Match 28: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (12) def. Valinda Hilleary / Jeannette Hecker (22) 20-22, 21-13, 15-10 (0:44)
Match 29: Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (8) def. Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (23, Q16) 21-15, 21-14 (0:34)
Match 30: Pat Keller / Daven Casad-Allison (16) def. Sharman Mitchell / Jenelle Koester (18) 21-16, 21-19 (0:39)

Round 2
Match 31: Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (7) def. Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) 21-12, 21-19 (0:33)
Match 32: Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (6) def. Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (19, Q4) 21-18, 21-17 (0:35)
Match 33: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (12) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) 21-14, 18-21, 15-11 (0:40)
Match 34: Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (8) def. Pat Keller / Daven Casad-Allison (16) 22-20, 24-22 (0:54)

Round 3
Match 35: Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (4) def. Jennifer Meredith / Wendy Stammer (7) 21-18, 21-10 (0:31)
Match 36: Tammy Leibl / Sarah Straton (9) def. Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (6) 21-17, 20-22, 15-9 (0:49)
Match 37: Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (10) def. Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (12) 18-21, 21-15, 15-8 (0:38)
Match 38: Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (8) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (11) 21-17, 21-19 (0:44)


Round 4
Match 39: Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (4) def. Tammy Leibl / Sarah Straton (9) 21-9, 18-21, 15-13 (0:52)
Match 40: Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (10) def. Paula Roca / Gracie Santana-Baeni (8) 17-21, 21-18, 15-13 (1:01)

Round 5
Match 41: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Lisa Arce / Leanne McSorley (4) 22-20, 20-22, 16-14 (1:00)
Match 42: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (5) def. Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (10) 21-14, 21-12 (0:31)


Semifinals
Match 43: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (1) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) 21-11, 21-18 (0:35)
Match 44: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (2) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (5) 28-26, 21-14 (0:43)


Finals

Match 45: Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs (1) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (2) 22-20, 21-18 (0:51)

Women's AVP $62,500 San Diego Open
Presented by Bud Light
June 11-13, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Holly McPeak Elaine Youngs 1 $14,500.00 360.0
2 Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan 2 $9,750.00 324.0
3 Carrie Busch Nancy Mason 3 $5,825.00 270.0
3 Barbra Fontana Jennifer Kessy 5 $5,825.00 270.0
5 Lisa Arce Leanne McSorley 4 $3,500.00 216.0
5 Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 10 $3,500.00 216.0
7 Paula Roca Gracie Santana-Baeni 8 $2,500.00 180.0
7 Tammy Leibl Sarah Straton 9 $2,500.00 180.0
9 Angie Akers Rachel Wacholder 6 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Jennifer Meredith Wendy Stammer 7 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Tanya Fuamatu Heidi Ilustre 11 $1,600.00 144.0
9 Tyra Harper Makare Wilson 12 $1,600.00 144.0
13 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 14 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Alicia Polzin Ali Wood 15 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Daven Casad-Allison Pat Keller 16 $1,050.00 108.0
13 Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles 19, Q4 $1,050.00 108.0
17 Ashley Bowles Lauren Fendrick 13 $500.00 72.0
17 Kimberly Coleman Julie Sprague 17, Q2 $500.00 72.0
17 Jenelle Koester Sharman Mitchell 18 $500.00 72.0
17 Helen Reale Kristen Schritter 20, Q5 $500.00 72.0
17 Lisa Marshall Ann Windes 21, Q14 $500.00 72.0
17 Jeannette Hecker Valinda Hilleary 22 $500.00 72.0
17 Holly Reisor Eleonora Vakhidova 23, Q16 $500.00 72.0
17 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 24, Q22 $500.00 72.0
25 Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet Q7 $.00 36.0
25 Keao Burdine Claire Robertson Q41 $.00 36.0
27 Erin Galli Franci Rard Q1 $.00 18.0
27 Barbara Nyland Saralyn Smith Q3 $.00 18.0
27 Marla O'Hara Julie Romias Q6 $.00 18.0
27 Kelly Rowe Catie Vagnuer Q10 $.00 18.0
27 Danalee Bragado Nicole Branagh Q18 $.00 18.0
27 Karen Helyer Jennifer Maastricht Q20 $.00 18.0
27 Erin Byrd Jeanette Simenson Q25 $.00 18.0
27 Mary Hegarty Priscilla Lima Q44 $.00 18.0
35 Barb Birnbaum Jill Changaris Q8 $.00 12.0
35 Mary Baily Tiffany Rodriguez Q9 $.00 12.0
35 Karen Reitz Gretchen Sanders Q11 $.00 12.0
35 Kerri Eich Sarah White Q12 $.00 12.0
35 Angela Lewis Diane Pascua Q13 $.00 12.0
35 Jessica Alvarado Arcadia Berjonneau Q15 $.00 12.0
35 Leanne Haarbauer Alicia Zamparelli Q17 $.00 12.0
35 Nicole Midwin Amber Willey Q19 $.00 12.0
35 Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser Q23 $.00 12.0
35 Kim Goodwin Carol Killeen Q27 $.00 12.0
35 Paola Rodriguez Stacy Rouwenhorst Q29 $.00 12.0
35 Jean Mathews Alyssa Rylander Q32 $.00 12.0
35 Angela Knopf Patti Scofield Q34 $.00 12.0
35 Meri-de Boyer Josie Youngblood Q35 $.00 12.0
35 Ashley Regner Karolina Zelinka Q37 $.00 12.0
35 Gretchen Duffner Kelly Hickham Q39 $.00 12.0
51 Johanna Lehman Laura Ratto Q21 $.00 8.0
51 Keely Eagle Barb Sanson Q24 $.00 8.0
51 Antoinette Cocco Jennifer Lombardi Q26 $.00 8.0
51 Aly Currey Shannon Sneed Q28 $.00 8.0
51 Heather Alley Ingrid Roosild Q30 $.00 8.0
51 Jenny Griffith Stephanie Roberts Q31 $.00 8.0
51 Anya Adams Bridget Lambert Q33 $.00 8.0
51 Laura Hendrickson Kelly Yengst Q36 $.00 8.0
51 Michelle Kyman Krystal Mcfarland Q38 $.00 8.0
51 Kristal Blair Tina Damasco Q40 $.00 8.0
51 Jo Convis Barb Letts Q42 $.00 8.0
51 Sabrina Pozzi Jennifer Sansone Q43 $.00 8.0
51 Natasha Nguyen Staci Venski Q45 $.00 8.0
51 Michelle Hart Michele Remus Q46 $.00 8.0
51 Shari Leckman Jennifer Walker Q47 $.00 8.0
51 Kristin Ursillo Katie Wilkins Q48 $.00 8.0

2004 Women's SanDiego Tournament Champions >>Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs

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     Holly McPeak                                 Elaine Youngs

Articles 2004 

Whitmarsh playing final time on his home turf
By: DAVID HAMMEL 
NC Times

The injuries come a little more often these days. So do the good-natured barbs from fellow-grizzled volleyball veteran Karch Kiraly. And Mike Whitmarsh has to be careful what he eats now, lest that offseason 20 pounds he used to add surprise him in midseason.

San Diego's beach volleyball icon is 42 now, nagged by slow-to-heal injuries that plague most men his age but still a factor in a sport dominated by men and women at least a decade younger.

Whitmarsh, a Rancho Santa Fe resident, will play his final pro tournament in his hometown this weekend when the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour makes it annual trip to Mariner's Point in Mission Bay Park for the San Diego Open. The former University of San Diego basketball standout will retire at the end of the 12-tournament season.

 
"This is definitely my last year," said Whitmarsh, who has placed in the top 10 with partner Canyon Ceman in all three tournaments they entered this season. "I'm hoping to make it through the year. I've had a few foot injuries."

At 42, Whitmarsh is less a man playing a kids game than an adult playing a sport associated with carefree youth.

Beach volleyball markets itself largely on the sex appeal of its swimsuit-clad players, but for Whitmarsh it has become a family weekend at the beach. His wife of six years, Cindy, and daughters Jaden, 4, and Kendaell, 8 months, accompany him to as many tournaments as possible, dropping their blanket in the sand and enjoying the atmosphere.

Then there's Kiraly, at 43 the oldest and winningiest player in beach volleyball history. The two jokingly refer to each other as "old man" and "lesser old man."

"We've had the little banter going back and forth about who was going to outlast who," Whitmarsh said. "Looks like I'm going to lose. I almost decided to retire last year but decided this would be the year.

"My wife, Cindy, and the kids love to come out to the tournaments. It just makes for a fun weekend at the beach."

Whitmarsh has earned nearly $1.6 million during those fun weekends at the beach the last 15 years. He has endured countless international tournaments, the rise of the AVP in the mid-1990s, its near collapse late in the decade and its revival within the last three seasons. Only seven men have amassed more winnings than Whitmarsh in the sport's history.

His 1996 Olympic silver medal has been on display at the San Diego Hall of Champions, which currently features Whitmarsh in a beach volleyball exhibit.

But as dedicated as he has been to the sport, Whitmarsh has lasted longer than most in beach volleyball because of the non-volleyball influences in his life, not in spite of them.

His job as a successful real estate developer helped him survive the AVP's lean years. And he probably would have retired years ago if Cindy Whitmarsh, who owns and operates Ultrafit Nutrition in Solana Beach, hadn't convinced him to rework his diet to maintain his weight.

His family also is a factor, as Ceman discovered after the two suffered a heartbreaking loss in the quarterfinals of the Manhattan Beach Open last weekend.

"Ten minutes later, I find him on the beach and he's sitting there watching his daughter play in the sand," Ceman said. "That says he's got his life in perspective, and I think that's another reason why he's been able to last so long."

The injuries, however, have slowed Whitmarsh in recent seasons. He missed last year's San Diego Open with a sprained ankle, and foot injuries have caused him to miss two of the AVP's five tournaments this year. For the past two weeks, he has been unable to practice.

"I was watching a tape from Belmar (N.J.) back in 2002 when we won and he's saying 'I think it's about time for me to hang it up and pass it on to the young guys,' " Ceman said. "And I remember thinking 'What are you saying? You're still on top of your game.' Then last year, he said the same thing, and I thought the same thing.

"Finally, this year I think all the injuries have finally caught up to him, and it's most certain he'll be done. I'm going to miss him."

For May and Walsh, it wasn't about a streak
By Ed Graney
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
June 10, 2004

MANHATTAN BEACH – It ended somewhat inconspicuously here, one of the greatest winning streaks in sports halted in – can you believe it? – the semifinals.

The loss alone is a major upset.

The fact that it didn't come in a championship match is more so.

Try astounding.

Misty May and Kerri Walsh play beach volleyball for a living and it's difficult to convey just how dominant they have been the past 12 months. In a profession in which athletes have been known to sever longstanding partnerships via the coldness of an answering machine, May and Walsh have in a short time created a camaraderie (not to mention standard of excellence) that has proved nearly impossible for others to reach.

"The men's game has much more parity," says Dane Selznick, coach of the May-Walsh duo. "On any given weekend, 8-12 teams could win a 32-team tournament. On the women's side, one team can win. In my mind, everyone else is playing for second. I keep waiting for the competition to get better and have some teams press us."

Three days after he uttered those words, one finally did.

Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan defeated May-Walsh 21-19, 21-19 in a semifinal of the AVP Manhattan Beach Open on Sunday, ending the team's winning streak at 88 matches, spanning 15 tournaments and one year.

"It was an unbelievable thing Misty and I accomplished," said Walsh. "We know that every time we step on the court, we play against some unbelievable athletes. We never take anything for granted. That's life. That's sports. Hopefully, we'll start it back up again."

They will attempt to do so at the San Diego Open, which runs tomorrow through Sunday at Mariners Point. The annals of team sport offer some memorable and imposing winning streaks (Oklahoma football of the 1950s, UCLA basketball of the 1960s and '70s, to name two) and each has its own special story.

So, too, does 88 straight on the beach.

The journey actually commenced during a function sponsored by AT&T at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. That night, two sets of volleyball parents began talking while munching free food and following the Games on countless televisions.

At the time, Walsh was a member of the national indoor team that would lose the bronze-medal match to Brazil. May was in her first season on the beach and teaming with legend Holly McPeak to finish fifth on the Sydney sand.

But the pressures and expectations of competing with a player of McPeak's stature so early in her beach career caused May to seek a new, less experienced partner. So parents chatted and food was consumed and e-mails were exchanged and a dynasty was born.

"I really just wanted to take a step back, learn the beach game at a slower pace and be able to make mistakes," said May, who led Long Beach State to the 1998 national championship. "I didn't want to always have to worry about playing perfectly."

Says McPeak, who after teaming with Elaine Youngs to win the Manhattan event is now the women's all-time leader with 68 career victories: "It was stressful for Misty. She was under the gun from the beginning as we were trying to qualify for the Olympics. I was a little surprised by our split. I really didn't even know it was happening. But that's part of the business.

"Misty and Kerri really have no weaknesses. They can put a ton of pressure on other teams. I think Misty is more mature about handling (pressure) better now. She is more equipped to deal with it. And anyone who ever saw Kerri Walsh play indoors knew she would make an amazing transition to the beach. She is an exceptional athlete."

How exceptional?

Consider: Walsh departed Stanford as one of only two players to be named first-team All-America all four years and was the first Pac-10 player to record 1,500 career kills, 1,200 digs and 500 blocks. She also directed the Cardinal to a national title in 1997 and her team lost to May and the 49ers in that '98 final.

But even though Walsh grew up close to the surf of Santa Cruz, she never ventured outside the gym to display her skills. Never – not once – did she cross the line between hardwood and sand.

"I never stepped foot on the beach to play because I didn't want to look like an idiot, and at first I did," said Walsh. "To be successful on the beach, you basically need a lot of patience. I didn't have that initially."

And today, not three full seasons after making the switch?

"Kerri is the best player in the world," said Selznick. "She is the fastest player on the beach. She is like a racehorse out there. She can (hit) over any block in the world. She's like a guy playing on the women's net."

May is 26 and Walsh is 25 and they are so good because they are so versatile. They don't have to distinguish between blocker and digger. They are fast enough and strong enough and smart enough to use what is now a smaller court to their advantage. They have blended two quiet personalities off the beach into terrific communicators on it, players who often don't need words to relay strategy.

They understand timing, that wind can play more tricks on one serve than an hour of amateur magic. They understand fitness, that if you haven't built enough strength in your sand legs, a ball that is one foot away might as well be a mile. They understand theirs is a sport with a checkered past in terms of financial and fan support, that when you win 88 straight matches and 15 straight tournaments, people will expect you to promote the game to an extent others possibly can't.

They are united in one goal, conceived upon forming this prodigious tandem: "Win the gold medal in Athens," said Walsh. "For us, the Olympics are the pinnacle of our sport."

Even greater, yes, than an 88-match winning streak.

This was May just days before it ended:

"To be honest with you, I have no idea what number we're even at. We don't think about it. If we lose, it's not going to be like, 'Oh no, a streak is over, my life is ruined.' You win some. You lose some. You learn about yourself and life as you go. I couldn't tell you anything about where the (streak) might rank in (sports history). It's never been about that for us."

Which is why, perhaps, it lasted so long.

Marlin catcher, volleyball star May compete in the name of love
BY MIKE BERARDINO
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (KRT) - When Matt Treanor got the news he'd only been waiting to hear all his life, the first person he called was Misty May.

Treanor, the Florida Marlins' new backup catcher, was sobbing on the line. His fiancee, one of the world's top beach volleyball players, was concerned.

``What's wrong, babe?'' May asked.

``I got called up to the big leagues,'' Treanor said, his voice cracking.

At that moment, May couldn't have been any happier had she been on the gold medal stand in Athens, where she will represent the United States at the Olympics this August.

They have only been dating since January, only been engaged since March, when May made a special trip to Jupiter, Fla., to see Treanor during spring training. But their bond already runs deep and strong, a connection forged through shared personal loss and daily sacrifice and dreams of athletic glory.

``The love of my life,'' May calls Treanor, a journeyman who spent 10-plus seasons kicking around the minor leagues.

Treanor will never forget the ``happiness in her voice'' when he broke the news about his long-awaited promotion. May, who has made trips to Albuquerque and Colorado Springs to see Treanor play this season, tried in vain to find a flight to South Florida in time for last week's game against Cincinnati.

Instead, she hurriedly subscribed to the Major League Baseball package on television and threw a Marlins watch party at her Long Beach, Calif., apartment. Treanor's parents attended along with several mutual friends, and the whole place went crazy when Treanor banged out a groundball single in his first big-league at-bat.

Several times between innings, a commercial for an AVP Tour stop in Southern California appeared on the same channel. The spot features May and her formidable partner, Kerri Walsh, and Treanor's parents were going back and forth, watching their son and their future daughter-in-law on the tube.

The same sort of push and pull drives both halves of this new sporting power couple through the endless cycle of workouts, games and travel. Seems Nomar and Mia won't be the only ones seeking a World Series title and Olympic gold this year.

``We both motivate each other,'' says May, who finished fifth at the 2000 Olympics with former partner Holly McPeak. ``I want him to excel, and he wants me to excel. He's never gotten to see me play live yet. I've taken him videos. That's motivation itself. I want to win because I want him to see me (on TV).''

They started to notice each other last winter while working out at the same Orange County gym. May was coming off a relationship and didn't think she was ready to start a new one, but Treanor's buddies kept egging him on to ask her out.

``He was shy,'' May says. ``I was like, `I don't want to date anybody.' But then, you know, he has cute dimples. He's a big teddy bear.''

They learned they had more in common besides their Southern California roots and athletic prowess. Treanor lost his older brother, Michael, two years ago in a tragic shooting. May's mother, Barbara, died of cancer that same year.

May, 26, wears a tattoo on her left shoulder bearing her mother's initials and angel wings. Another tattoo includes her late grandmother's initials and the Roman numeral ``V'' in honor of her favorite number, the one Long Beach State's indoor volleyball program retired after she was a two-time national player of the year.

Butch May, Misty's father, competed for the U.S. volleyball team at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Her late mother was a nationally ranked tennis player.

In Treanor, she has found someone who shares the same drive and commitment all top athletes must exhibit.

``It's just different dating an athlete,'' May says. ``We can work out together. About the time you're saying, `I really don't want to go,' someone's pulling you out the door.''

They also prop each other up after the inevitable disappointments. May doesn't encounter many, but her winning streak ended at 90 matches and 15 events over the weekend. Although they probably won't see each other again until after the Olympics, they talk three times a day, trying somehow to plan their Nov. 13 wedding.

She would love to see him play with the Marlins, but that might not be possible considering how tightly her schedule is packed with international travel on the pro circuit. When Treanor gets a few days off during the All-Star break in July, May will be competing in a tournament in France.

``Every time I go to see him, he doesn't hit well,'' May says. ``He's like, `I stink.' I don't know much about baseball, but even when he is doing poorly in his eyes, I still think he's doing great.''

At 28, Treanor isn't sure how much longer he will play. The two have talked about starting a family, and it's hard to support children on a minor leaguer's salary.

``She doesn't really tell me what to do as far as the game,'' Treanor says, ``but as far as the pat on the back and keeping me mentally focused, she's been great for me. She wants me to fulfill my dream.''

The feeling is mutual.

Swinging into San Diego
By Doug Strauss
June 10, 2004
Courtesy Of AVP

The third and final stop of the "California Swing" takes place at the June 11-13 San Diego Open presented by Bud Light. Last week's Manhattan Beach Open will be a tough act to follow, with Karch Kiraly logging tournament win 145, Holly McPeak becoming the women's all-time leader in victories (68) and Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan handing Misty May / Kerri Walsh their first ever loss on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.
 
Holly McPeak hopes to become a repeat champion at the June 11-13 AVP San Diego Open presented by Bud Light and add to her women's career record 68 pro beach volleyball titles. 
If there was a lesson to be learned in Manhattan Beach, it is that anything is possible, which is what helps makes the event San Diego so intriguing. The unexpected began last week in the qualification tournament, in which a 72nd seed, Chuck Donlon / Chris Young, advanced to the main draw after posting a 4-0 record. That was the lowest seed to advance through a qualifier since those records have been kept (start of the 2001 season).

On Saturday in Manhattan Beach, the men's teams seeded 9th, 10th and 11th all lost in the first round. Coming through the contender's bracket, the defending champions Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong had to upset three teams to get to the semifinals. Third-seeded Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard, who won last year in San Diego, eliminated the top two seeds before being upset themselves for the second time by Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings. And of course with the huge upset on the women's side that saw May / Walsh lose for the first time on the FIVB or AVP Tours since July 2003, last weekend gave hope to every team who competes on the sand. This weekend, May / Walsh will not be competing due to an injury to May.

It has been 10 years since a team successfully defended its title in San Diego. That streak on the men's side will definitely continue as Blanton / Nygaard are competing in Puerto Rico along with Todd Rogers / Sean Scott and Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger.

Pro beach volleyball competitions have been held in San Diego since 1949, and this marks the 50th tournament held here. The player with the most wins here is, not surprisingly, Karch Kiraly. In 12 events, he has placed fifth twice, third once, and has won nine times. That translates into a perfect 9-0 record when he reaches the finals. He has won with four different partners here and will be looking to make it five.

Now the question will be if one of the five teams that have won titles this season can pull a repeat to become the first team to win two this year, or if the AVP will mirror the 2000 season in which the year began with six unique winners in the first six events.

There have been five different match-ups in the 2004 AVP Nissan Series championship bouts thus far, meaning that the TV audiences have yet to see a repeat. There have been six different teams making it into the finals (four of them twice). And only three additional teams have made it into the semifinals.

One of the teams poised to make a breakthrough into the Final Four is John Hyden / Larry Witt. Both were All-Americans in college and played in a combined three Olympics in indoor volleyball. Seeded seventh this week, barring upsets they would meet Kiraly / Mike Lambert in the third round of the winner's bracket. Kiraly / Lambert have to avoid the winners' plague, which has caused all but one event winner to miss getting to the semifinals in the next tournament.

The women's hopes for being the first back-to-back winner in San Diego in the last 10 years rest with McPeak / Youngs, who defeated Nancy Mason / Diane DeNecochea in last season's championship match. In the 14 years the women have played in San Diego, there have been 12 different teams claiming the titles. But the last two winners in competitions in San Diego are the top two seeds this weekend, as Davis / Johnson Jordan won in 2000.

McPeak / Youngs, being the top seeds, are hoping that things "return to normal," as in every women's event since August of 2001 the number one seed has played in the championship, except last week. That event, in Santa Barbara, was won by seventh seeded DeNecochea / Liz Masakayan in what turned out to be Maskayan's 47th and final victory.

Davis / Johnson Jordan hold the dubious distinction of being the only team that has won a title in San Diego but that has also lost in a championship match here. The other 11 teams have all been undefeated in finals. Karolyn Kirby, who resided in San Diego and who until last week was the all-time leader in tournament victories, leads the pack with five wins here. But not far behind is McPeak, who has three wins, all with different partners.

While there are many local favorites, add to the list Tammy Leibl / Sarah Straton, a team seeded ninth this weekend. The pair has taken a seventh and a ninth in their two events together, and will be looking to make their move up the points ladder in San Diego. Leibl, a two-time All American and a three-time indoor Olympian, is an assistant coach at the University of San Diego.

Whitmarsh, 42, still going strong in AVP
By Nicole Vargas
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
June 11, 2004

Volleyball: San Diego Open
  
Mike Whitmarsh isn't afraid to acknowledge it.

Then a 27-year-old professional basketball player in Germany, Whitmarsh found himself spending his four-month hiatus back in the States on the sand volleyball courts of South Mission Beach.

There, along with buddy Randy Turner, the 6-foot-7 Whitmarsh would wait. And wait.

And wait some more.

"Nobody wanted to play with me," Whitmarsh recalled of his early days on the beach, "because I was so bad."

Whitmarsh, though, was willing to be patient.

"I just got hooked," he said.

Fast forward 15 years.

It's a sunny day in Manhattan Beach, and the atmosphere is electric as a capacity crowd gathers to see some of the world's best beach volleyball players in action. Olympic gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana and partner Kevin Wong are finding their last match in the contender's bracket of the Association of Volleyball Professionals' Manhattan Beach Open especially challenging.

After winning the first game 21-19, they drop the second 18-21, and it would be 75 grueling minutes before they would finally win the match, after taking the third game 18-16 over former Stanford player Canyon Ceman and his partner – none other than 1996 Olympic silver medalist Mike Whitmarsh.

"We had some crazy rallies," said Whitmarsh of last weekend's fifth-place match. "We were all too tired to even spike the ball. It was a barn-burner."

Whitmarsh, who turned 42 a month ago, couldn't have dreamed back in his late 20s that he would eventually pursue volleyball professionally, "let alone for 15 years," he said.

After all, he came to the game so late. The top women's tandem in the world, Americans Misty May and Kerri Walsh, are younger right now at 26 and 25, respectively, than Whitmarsh was when he first stepped onto the sand at 27.

"But I still like to be out there playing," he said.

After sitting out last year's AVP tour stop in San Diego with a sprained ankle, Whitmarsh will play in front of his hometown crowd for the first time in six years at this weekend's $125,000 AVP San Diego Open.

"We've had some great tour (stops) in San Diego," said Whitmarsh, whose last visit to San Diego in 1998 produced a win at the Sunkist Open with then-partner Kent Steffes.

And Whitmarsh – the former Monte Vista High and All-West Coast Conference basketball standout at USD – hopes history can repeat at Mariners Point, a place he hopes the AVP makes a permanent stop on its annual tour that goes everywhere from Fort Lauderdale and Chicago to Tempe to Los Angeles.

"Every tournament is packed, wherever we go," Whitmarsh said of the tour's 12 stops. "We need a lot of people out (this weekend) making noise and having fun. It's a perfect way to spend the weekend."

In the last few years, not only have some of the sport's rules changed, but the dynamics of the game have, too.

A smaller court and more relaxed setting rules have made the game, in Whitmarsh's words, "a big man's game that is won or lost at the net."

That has opened the door for a new breed of player that Whitmarsh describes as "younger, bigger, better."

"To see it in person is awesome," Whitmarsh said. "There are great young players around now. The quality of the teams is much better."

In fact, all five of the season's events to date have ended with a different winning team.

And thanks to the sport's inclusion in the Olympics, Whitmarsh says the game has grown globally.

"The rest of the world has gotten really good at volleyball," said Whitmarsh, who says the days of only U.S. and Brazilian players dominating are over. "The Olympics have springboarded that. (The players) are all good, and they're all big."

And yet, even this kind of progress has not allowed the game to pass by some of its veteran players.

"There's still a couple of us dinosaurs out there," said Whitmarsh, the second-oldest player on the tour to 43-year-old Karch Kiraly, who won last week's men's title. "The older guys have banded together, rooting for each other."

Whitmarsh credits his longevity in the sport largely to his wife, Cindy, who has helped him make his lifestyle healthier. She is the owner of Ultrafit Nutrition Systems, which specializes in customized nutrition and fitness consulting.

The tour's setup allows Whitmarsh to drive to many of the events while still maintaining a personal and professional life off the court. The father of two young girls, Whitmarsh is involved in real estate and just built a home for his family in Rancho Santa Fe.

And Whitmarsh, who was voted by his peers the 2003 AVP Role Model of the Year, isn't ready to stop now.

"I still enjoy it," he said. "I'm still having fun, that's the bottom line."

Women's Competition Is No Longer a Slam Dunk
By Peter Yoon, LATimes Staff Writer

A week ago, it was a foregone conclusion that Misty May and Kerri Walsh would win the Olympic gold medal in women's volleyball, but a couple of women's teams have different ideas as they begin play today at the AVP Nissan Series San Diego Open.

Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan defeated May and Walsh in a semifinal last Sunday at Manhattan Beach, ending a 15-tournament win streak by the world's top-ranked team.
 
Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs then defeated Davis and Johnson Jordan in the final.

"I think all of us know how close we are," McPeak said. "Misty and Kerri have just been playing better under pressure. They've been playing good volleyball, but we believe in ourselves."

McPeak and Youngs have been playing the best volleyball lately. They won the San Diego Open last year, and McPeak was within one victory of the all-time women's record. Then they went nearly a year without a title.

The way May and Walsh were going, it didn't look as though McPeak and Youngs would break through, but they won an Olympic qualifying event in China the week before their Manhattan Beach championship. Now, McPeak and Youngs have the longest title streak in the game: two.

"On paper," May and Walsh are going to win the gold, "according to everybody," Youngs said. "But guess what? The last two Olympics, the gold-medal favorites haven't won, so there's still a long way to go on that one."

May and Walsh have withdrawn from the San Diego event because of an injury to May. There are four Olympic qualifying events remaining before the July 11 deadline to qualify. The men's field is watered down slightly this week because three top teams are playing in an Olympic qualifying event in Puerto Rico. Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard, Stein Metzger and Dax Holdren, and Todd Rogers and Sean Scott will miss the San Diego event.

Teams trying for Olympic berths were granted an extra opportunity to accrue points Wednesday when the international volleyball federation (FIVB) moved the Spanish Open to July 6-11 and included women's as well as men's events.

The Spanish Open was originally scheduled for men only in September, after the Olympics. That changed when the Canadian Open was canceled in April because of logistical problems. Now, the Spanish Open will be the last Olympic qualifying event before the qualifying deadline.

"We hope the players can benefit from this opportunity given by the FIVB and the organizer as the race for Olympic spots heats up," Ruben Acosta Hernandez, volleyball federation president, said in a statement.

Teams accumulate Olympic qualifying points based on their best eight finishes in FIVB events. Only two teams from each country qualify, and the extra event could have an impact on the U.S. qualifiers, who are in close races.

May and Walsh have clinched one women's berth. McPeak and Youngs have only a 32-point lead over Davis and Johnson Jordan. Blanton and Nygaard are the top men's team, with 2,188 points. Rogers and Scott are second with 1,624, and Holdren and Metzger third with 1,512.

May-Walsh team will sit out
By NICOLE VARGAS
UNION-TRIBUNE
June 12, 2004

Americans Misty May and Kerri Walsh, who make up the world's top-ranked women's beach volleyball tandem, will not play in the AVP San Diego Open this weekend.
May, 26, pulled an abdominal muscle in a match at the AVP event in Huntington Beach last month.
She played in the AVP tournament last weekend in Manhattan Beach, but decided to sit out the San Diego stop in preparation for next month's AVP stop in New Jersey and the Athens Olympics in August.
Despite having their 88-match winning streak ended last week by Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, May and Walsh, 25, have qualified as one of two U.S. women's teams bound for the Olympics.

Grossmont High grad digging on the beach
By Nicole Vargas
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
June 12, 2004
 
It was a fraternity Brian Corso had been missing since moving from his hometown of San Diego to Los Angeles a few months ago.
At Mariners Point, Corso was surrounded not only by friends and family watching him play his first professional beach volleyball tournament in San Diego, but a host of fellow spikers who, like him, had their sights set on playing in the main draw of the AVP's San Diego Open this weekend.
"It was amazing to see so many San Diego teams here," said Corso, who is playing his first full year on the tour. "That goes to show that San Diego is really stepping up, and that's exciting."
The excitement, though, fizzled as the day went on. Just one woman and three men from San Diego qualified for the main draw from a field that included 23 local women on 16 teams and 37 local men on 21 teams.
One of those three men was Corso, and the 28-year-old Grossmont High graduate was beaming.
"To be one of the few local guys who made it through means that much more," Corso said. "Getting to play on the day that counts – words can't describe the feeling."
Teamed with partner and San Diegan Said Souikane, Corso earned his third main-draw berth in six AVP events and is half of the only homegrown team still playing in the $125,000 tournament.
He will be joined by Kristin Schritter, who will play with Helen Reale of Los Angeles, and Mike Morrison, who will team with Brian Chapman of Manhattan Beach.
Getting there proved to be only half the battle, though, for Corso and Souikane. They drew a first-round match today against volleyball legend Karch Kiraly and partner Mike Lambert.
It will be the second time in two weeks that Corso and Souikane play a first-round match against Kiraly and Lambert, who won last week's Manhattan Beach Open.
But win or lose, Corso said, playing against Kiraly is a great experience. And regardless of his opponent, Corso has a goal on his hometown court.
"Looking in the crowd and seeing all these faces you recognize," he said, "you want to give them something to cheer about."
 
USA’s Holdren & Metzger Earn Puerto Rican “Final Four” Berth 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons 
CAROLINA, PUERTO RICO, June 12, 2004 – With three elimination wins and a little “luck,” Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger were the “big” winners here Saturday as the Americans advanced to the “final four” of the $180,000 Carolina Open.
Prior to the final two teams playing for the $27,000 for the first-place finish, Sunday’s semi-finals will have Holdren and Metzger facing 12th-seeded Pedro Cunha and Pará Ferreira of Brazil and seventh-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina challenging second-seeded Franco Neto and Tande Ramos of Brazil.
Seeded sixth in the 32-team double-elimination Main Draw, Holdren and Metzger scored wins on the sand Saturday over teams Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia to advance to the finals of the elimination bracket where they were awarded a forfeit victory due to an opponent’s illness.
“What a break for us,” said Metzger after learning of his team’s forfeit win over 11th-seeded Andrew Schacht and Joshua Slack of Australia. “We haven’t had a lot of breaks this season, but the forfeit for us was huge for us. In addition to saving us physically from playing another match today, we pick up more points for the Olympic qualifying process.”
With a guaranteed fourth-place finish after gain a berth in the semi-finals, Holdren and Metzger have now added 252 points to their Olympic point total for seven finishes together since January 2003. Holdren and Metzger still need to play in one more SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event before the July 11 deadline to become Olympic-qualified. The pair has amassed 1,764 points for a possible Athens berth.
For eight events, Todd Rogers and Sean Scott have compiled 1,624 points to still rank second on the United States list behind Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard (2,296 points). Once Holdren and Metzger play their first match in the next SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event in Switzerland, they will move into the No. 2 USA spot.
Third-seeded Rogers and Scott placed ninth after dropping a pair of matches Saturday to the teams of Schacht/Slack (21-17 and 21-16) and Blanton/Nygaard (16-21, 21-19 and 22-20). Rogers and Scott, who shared $5,500, needed to place seventh or higher in the Carolina Open to improve their Olympic point total.
The eighth-seeded Blanton and Jeff Nygaard scored two wins in three matches to place seventh and share $7,000. The finish also improved Blanton and Nygaard’s Olympic point total as they erased a previous 72 point effort in Brazil earlier this year with 180 points this weekend.
                 
Age doesn't slow beach volleyball star

By: MICHAEL KLITZING - NCTimes Staff Writer

SAN DIEGO ---- It would seem Karch Kiraly isn't one for looking back. When asked about the last time he won the San Diego Open, the 43-year old beach volleyball legend struggled to even come up with the event's location. It was 1979, after all.

"Oh gosh," he said, attempting to sift through a quarter-century of memories.

"I know it wasn't Mariner's Point ---- maybe Ocean or Mission (Beach)?"

 
It's fitting, really. The way Kiraly has been playing lately, any talk of his career should take place in the present tense.

Kiraly and partner Mike Lambert advanced to the semifinals of the AVP San Diego Open at Mariner's Point on Saturday with three wins. The tandem is still without a loss in the double-elimination tournament.

The No. 2 seeded pair will face the No. 6 seeded team of Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong at 9 this morning.

This most recent success comes on the heels of a victory at the Manhattan Beach Open ---- the first of the season for Kiraly and the first ever on the tour for Lambert.

"I just love playing with Mike," Kiraly said of his first-year partner. "It's a pleasure to play with such a dominant blocker."

Certainly, the new pairing and the San Clemente resident's defiance of age have made it necessary to focus on the here and now. But it would be blasphemous to turn a blind eye to history.

That is what makes Kiraly's recent surge all the more special for the AVP and its fans.

His credentials for greatness are undisputable. He has won a beach volleyball record 145 games. His is the first volleyball player to ever win three Olympic gold medals ---- two for indoor (1984 and 1988) and one for beach (1996).

Playing with an icon has been a thrill for Lambert, 30, who as a teenager, used to shag balls at Kiraly's matches.

"To do this playing with a living legend has been so awesome," Lambert said.

Said AVP CEO Leonard Armato: "(Kiraly) has probably meant more to this sport than anyone in history. He's like our Michael Jordan. His association with the AVP has been critical to the success of the sport."

It would be hard to dispute that last point.

After Armato, the AVP founder, left the organization in 1989, the tour faltered with sponsors and had to file for bankruptcy in 1999. Armato repurchased the AVP in 2000 with hopes of resuscitating the organization, but faced the fact the many of the tour's stars were leaving to play in Europe.

It was Kiraly who helped buck the trend.

"My focus has been and always will be playing in my own country," he said. "I enjoy the lifestyle I have here with my wife and kids, and I love our American fans.

"That's why I'm so glad to see that after going through so many struggles, the tour is coming back so strong right now."

Thanks in no small part to the credence Kiraly provided the tour, Armato has added big name sponsors as well as a pair of national television contracts, allowing prize money to double next season.

Indeed, the AVP has come back strong ---- almost as strong as Kiraly's game these days.
 
Kiraly, Lambert sail into San Diego Open semis

By Nicole Vargas
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
June 13, 2004

They are the ideal combination on the beach.

One is a volleyball legend with decades of experience, widely considered the best to have ever played the game. The other is an established indoor player whose beach stock is rising thanks not only to a devastating block, but a steady, well-placed set.

Together, the combination of Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert has already resulted in a win on the competitive AVP Tour circuit, coming last weekend at Manhattan Beach.

The celebration, though, was short-lived. After all, with five different winners in each of the tour's first five events, the AVP's depth on the men's side tends to punish rather than pay off two weeks in a row.

"There are a lot of (close matches) on the tour," said Kiraly, who at 43 is the oldest player still active on the tour. "There are a lot of good, strong teams."

Kiraly and Lambert learned that firsthand, having to battle their way into the San Diego Open semifinals at Mariners Point. They will play 2000 Olympic gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong at 9 a.m. today, with the men's final immediately following the women's at 2 p.m.

After dropping the first quarterfinals game to former San Diego State player John Hyden and his partner Andy Witt 22-24, Kiraly and Lambert battled to take the last two 21-17, 17-15.

"We wanted to put on a good show," Lambert, 30, said afterward.

And the pair did, moving one step closer to Kiraly's 146th career beach title. This one, though, would be his first in San Diego in 25 years, dating back to his days of playing alongside Sinjin Smith.

Back then, says Kiraly, volleyball was played up and down the Southern California coast, not for a part of a $125,000 purse, but by amateurs and for the love of the game. But Kiraly says he's happy to be part of the evolution to what is now a nationwide professional tour in the AVP.

"I'm glad to see the tour coming back so strong," said the 6-foot-2 Kiraly, a three-time Olympic gold medalist out of UCLA. "I'm very optimistic about the future of this tour."

Much of that optimism is rooted in the play of Kiraly's own partner. Lambert, a 6-6 Stanford grad and Hawaii native, first paired with Kiraly in February after playing professionally in Italy and undergoing shoulder surgery last year.

"He's so good at blocking and making the hitter think twice before hitting a hard shot," Kiraly said. "He really changes what hitters will do. It's a pleasure to play with a dominant blocker like that."

Kiraly said he was also proud to be part of Lambert's first career title last weekend. Won at an event considered the Wimbledon of the sport, Lambert was the first player to get his first victory there since the 1970s, when former Aztec and 1984 gold medalist Chris Marlowe won with teammate Steve Obradovich.

"I'm new to the beach game, but when I see my friends winning, I want to win, too," Lambert said. "A guy like (Kiraly) can show me the way. It's a partnership that's definitely working for the both of us."

Added Kiraly: "It will be the first of many (wins). I just want to keep him on my side of the net."

Ex-Stanford volleyball ace expected to star in Athens

OLYMPIC QUEST
KERRI WALSH
From shy to showtime

Scott Ostler, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, June 13, 2004

The first five years of Kerri Walsh's life, she barely spoke. Her brother Marte, 11 months older, did Kerri's talking for her, like a lawyer.

Through high school, Kerri was exceedingly shy, even in small groups. She would lead your team to the championship in just about any sport, but don't expect her to be a vocal leader, or to inspire teammates with an outward calm.

When Walsh was a high school sophomore at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, her volleyball team played in a tournament against a Southern California team led by Misty May, who was a year older than Kerri and had a huge rep. "It was magical watching her," Walsh said, "She could do anything."

Walsh wanted May's autograph but was too shy to ask, so she sent her teammates to ask May to sign a towel. She signed and tried to give the towel to Walsh, but she fled in embarrassment.

May was puzzled. Now, years later, she has Walsh figured out.

"Kerri's a little crazy in the head," May said.

Crazy good. May and Walsh are partners in crime now. They are the world's best two-woman beach volleyball team, stars of TV commercials, heavy favorites for the gold medal at Athens.

Before losing in the semifinals at the recent Manhattan Beach Open, May and Walsh had won 15 consecutive tournaments on the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) circuit, and 90 consecutive matches.

Along the way, the 6-foot-2 Walsh has overcome most of her shyness. Wearing the tiniest of sponsor-logo'd bikinis, she leaps and dives before huge crowds, live and on TV.

She and May are the darlings of pre-Olympics media hype. TV and magazine camera crews follow them as if their lives were a movie-in-filming, a female version of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Most of Walsh's shyness was rubbed away at Stanford. She is a charming and expressive interviewee now, and lets out her emotions when she plays.

"I'm the cheerleader on the court," Walsh said, "and Misty is very stoic, very driven, doesn't talk much."

This is their fourth season together. In a sport where partnerships are like Hollywood marriages, Walsh and May are the poster children for non- dysfunctionality.

Neither offers profound thoughts on why they mesh so well. Maybe the lack of deep analysis is a key element to their success. They like each other; they kill for each other. End of story.

Even though many experts consider Walsh to be the best sand player in the world, she still sees herself as a junior partner, looks upon May as a mentor. Not to go all Freudian or anything, but that kind of relationship has worked well for Walsh, going back to her childhood.

Walsh's brother always brought Kerri along when he played sports, so she learned to compete with boys a grade older. She played baseball through age 12, the only girl in the league, an all-star, a frail and nervous kid who was strangely calm in the clutch.

"I thought I'd become the first woman in the major leagues," Walsh said.

That was a longshot, but it was obvious early on that she was an exceptional athlete, with A-plus sports genes.

The Walshes play ball. Kerri's dad, Tim, pitched in the A's organization, made it to Triple-A. Tim's father, Red, was also a minor-leaguer; he pitched for the Seals.

Kerri's mom, Margie, was a two-time volleyball MVP at Santa Clara. Margie's sister, Maureen Formico, is the all-time leading basketball scorer at Pepperdine, where her number is retired. Margie's father was one of Santa Clara's all-time great athletes, in football and track.

Kerri's two younger sisters are both volleyball whizzes -- Kelli at Santa Clara, K.C. at Mitty, committed to Loyola Marymount. Marte plays basketball at Cal Poly.

Kerri's parents always coached their kids' teams, but they never pushed. That would have been like pushing boulders downhill.

"I had an ideal childhood in many ways," Kerri said. "I grew up in Scotts Valley, we had a lot of land, and our lives revolved around school and sports. I couldn't avoid playing sports, but I wouldn't have wanted to. It's taken me too far and it's been too good to me, and I've never resented it. My parents always gave me that choice (to play or not), but they would tell me, 'If you want to be great, this is what you have to do.' "

No problem. Give Walsh a basketball drill and she'd wear out the ball. Give her a volleyball footwork drill and she'd wear out the sidewalk.

Walsh gets her fire from mom. "She's little, 5-7, but so strong mentally and physically. I wish I could have seen her play volleyball. I watch her play softball, and she is so intense and works so hard and wants to win so bad."

Walsh gets her grace from dad. "He's 6-8 and he has the longest legs in the world, he's just fun to watch when he plays, because there's so much of him and it's beautiful the way he moves."

Walsh was always tallish, which she enjoyed. When she was about nine, a doctor did some calculating, told Kerri she would grow to about 5-8 and told Marte he'd be about 5-10. They both left the doctor's office bawling, heartbroken, their lives ruined. "My dad just told us to drink our milk and sleep with your legs straight so our bones could grow," Kerri said. "It worked, Dad!"

Walsh was a four-year volleyball All-American at Stanford, considered one of the all-time great collegiate players. She was on the 2000 U.S. indoor Olympic team, which placed fourth at Sydney. Walsh played with a painful ankle injury, and the experience was disappointing. She was fried and didn't relish playing pro volleyball in Europe.

Looking for a new outlet, Walsh turned to beach volleyball, which she had never played. May was on the beach circuit and looking for a new partner. May, whose parents, Butch and Barbara, were both beach volleyball stars, was also coming off a medal-less Olympics, she and partner Holly McPeak tying for fifth.

May's version of the early days of the new partnership is that it went well from the start, though it took some work to get in perfect sync. Walsh's version is, of course, much darker.

"I looked like an idiot at first, I really did," Walsh said, wincing at the memory. "I was literally embarrassed to practice in front of other people. I was kind of intimidated by the beach. Weird, huh? It was just a different world.

"I was kind of looking over my shoulder, figuring Misty was going to pick up someone else, and that would be understandable. So I'm not sure if she thought about it, I assume she did, but she decided to stick with me, and I'm very fortunate.

"About two months in, it was looking bleak for me. My mother was, 'Kerri, you could get a 9-to-5 job, that's an option.' I was really struggling. I figured I'd give myself a chance, and it kind of clicked at the end of our first year together."

Tim Walsh says, "Kerri has always been a worry-wart. I knew she'd kick butt. She's so quick and agile for her size, so light on her feet. Big players usually can't set or play defense as well as smaller players, but she's blessed with phenomenal hands."

Now Walsh doesn't have to hit up mom and dad for money to buy practice balls. Sponsors line up to put their logos on her bikini. Her boyfriend, Casey Jennings, plays on the AVP circuit. A gold medal looms. She can get Misty May's autograph any time she wants to. Life is good.

When it comes to kills -- and digs and blocks and sets -- no beach volleyball team in the world has been able to keep up with Kerri Walsh and Misty May.

In profile: Walsh, 25, is 6-foot-2. She's from Saratoga and was a four- time All-American at Stanford. May, 26, is 5-10. She's from Costa Mesa (Orange County) and led Long Beach State to an undefeated NCAA championship season in 1998.

Invincible, almost: Last Sunday, Walsh and May lost 21-19, 21-19 to the team of Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, ending streaks of 15 tournament wins and 90 match victories.

In Athens: U.S. teams are determined by performance on the pro tour. Besides May/Walsh, the other likely U.S. teams are Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs, Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard and Todd Rogers/Sean Scott.

San Diego update
June 13, 2004
Courtesy Of AVP
San Diego (June 12, 2004) -- Two-time Olympian Holly McPeak andOlympian Elaine Youngs won three straight matches today at the AVP Nissan Series San Diego Open presented by Bud Light advancing to the semifinals tomorrow where they will face Barbara Fontana and Jen Kessy.
On the men's side, three-time Olympian Karch Kiraly and Olympian Mike Lambert make a run for their second title of the season after defeating John Hyden and Andy Witt 22-24, 21-17, 17-15 in the quarterfinals.

Last weekend's Manhattan Beach Open was a tournament for beach volleyball veterans with McPeak and Youngs taking home a win and Kiraly and Lambert taking home the title on the men's side.

The title was McPeak's 68th setting a new all-time career victory record originally established by Karolyn Kirby in 1997. Kiraly, a three-time Olympian logged his 148th career victory last weekend as well.

Local San Diego resident and Olympic silver medalist Mike Whitmarsh and Canyon Ceman advanced to the semifinals after defeating Matt Heath and Adam Roberts 21-15, 19-21, 15-11. Rising stars and last weekend's second-place finishers Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings will also compete in tomorrow's semifinal matches.

The top men's teams of Jeff Nygaard/Dain Blanton, Dax Holdren/Stein Metzger and Todd Rogers/Sean Scott were absent from this weekend's tournament playing in an Olympic qualifier in Puerto Rico.

Misty May and Kerri Walsh, currently the number-one ranked women's beach volleyball team are not competing this weekend as May is currently is recovering from a strained abdominal muscle. May and Walsh will be representing the United States in this year's Summer Olympics. The team recently ended an 89-match, 15 tournament winning streak last weekend in Manhattan Beach -- one of the longest running in professional beach volleyball.

Semifinals begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. with the women's finals starting at 2:30 p.m. and the men's following shortly after. Both finals are broadcast live on Fox Sports Net.

Despite Setbacks, USA’s Holdren & Metzger Post Puerto Rico Success 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons 
CAROLINA, PUERTO RICO, June 13, 2004 – Despite losing a pair of matches here Sunday, Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger moved within one event of earning their Olympic qualification as the provisional No. 2 from the United States for the 2004 Athens Games.
By placing fourth in the $180,000 Carolina Open, Holdren and Metzger earned 252 points to increase their Olympic qualifying point total to 1,764. The pair must compete in eight SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events since the start of the process in January 2003 and Holdren and Metzger will play in their eighth international tournament next weekend (June 18-20) in Switzerland.

Seeded sixth in the 32-team Main Draw, Holdren and Metzger shared $11,000 for their fourth-place finish. Carolina Open champions Pedro Cunha and Pará Ferreira of Brazil scored a 21-15, 15-21 and 15-10 win over the Americans, who dropped the bronze medal match to second-seeded Franco Neto and Tande Ramos of Brazil 22-20 and 21-19.

Not since 1990 has a player as young as Cunha has captured a gold medal at a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour “open” event as the young Brazilian teamed with Pará to win the men’s title here Sunday at the Carolina Open. Just three days removed from his 21st birthday, Cunha joined Pará in defeating seventh-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina 21-17 and 35-33 in the 58-minute finale of the US$180,000 event.

With the win, the 12th-seeded Brazilians shared the $27,000 first-place check while Baracetti and Conde left the stadium splitting $18,000 for second-place. Franco and Tande, who lost their semi-final match to the Argentineans, shared $14,000 for third-place.

Brazil’s Andre Lima was the youngest player ever to win an “open” SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event by capturing a July 29, 1990 event in Sete, France with Guilherme Marquez. Lima was only five days younger at Cunha at 20 years, 11 months and 29 days.

With the fourth-place finish, Holdren and Metzger have now added 252 points to their Olympic point total for seven finishes together since January 2003. Holdren and Metzger still need to play in one more SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event before the July 11 deadline to become Olympic-qualified. The pair has amassed 1,764 points for a possible Athens berth.

For eight events, Todd Rogers and Sean Scott have compiled 1,624 points to still rank second on the United States list behind Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard (2,296 points). Blanton and Nygaard placed seventh in the Carolina Open to improve their Olympic-qualifying point total while Rogers and Scott placed ninth to miss a chance to increase their points for Athens.

Legendary Victory
June 13, 2004
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San Diego, California (June 13, 2004) - Three-time Olympian Karch Kiraly and partner Olympian Mike Lambert and two-time Olympian Holly McPeak and partner Olympian Elaine Youngs all took home their second consecutive tournament title this weekend at the AVP Nissan Series San Diego Open presented by Bud Light.
Lambert and Kiraly defeated Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt 21-18, 14-21, 15-8. For Kiraly this weekend in San Diego marked his record-extending 146th win and Lambert's second on the Tour.

Last weekend, McPeak set a new record of 68 for all-time career victories after defeating Olympians Annett Davis and Jennifer Johnson Jordan in the finals. This weekend, McPeak and Youngs defeated Davis and Jordan 22-20, 21-18. McPeak, one of the most celebrated players on the AVP Tour, extended her record to 69 total tournament titles after this weekend.

Earlier in the day, Rosenthal and Witt defeated local San Diego resident Mike Whitmarsh and partner Canyon Ceman in the final four 21-19, 21-15.

After five different winners in the first five events, this championship featured the first winner of the year (Rosenthal and Witt) against last week's winner (Kiraly and Lambert).

The top men's teams of Jeff Nygaard/Dain Blanton, Stein Metzger/Dax Holdren, and Todd Rogers/Sean Scott were absent from this weekend's tournament playing in an Olympic qualifier in Puerto Rico.

Misty May and Kerri Walsh, currently the number-one ranked women's professional beach volleyball team, did not compete this weekend as May is currently recovering from a strained abdominal muscle. May and Walsh will be representing the United States in this year's Summer Olympics. The team recently ended an 89 match, 15 tournament winning streak last weekend in Manhattan Beach - both marks are all-time records.

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2004 AVP Nissan Series $125,000 San Diego Open presented by Bud Light San Diego, Calif. · June 11 - 13, 2004 Men's Main Draw Tournament Results (Sunday, June 13) Winner's Bracket, Fourth round

Canyon Ceman, Los Angeles / Mike Whitmarsh, San Diego (No. 8-seeded Main Draw team) def. Jake Gibb, Fountain Valley, Calif. / Adam Jewell, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (5), 21-19, 19-21, 15-12 (63 minutes); Karch Kiraly, San Clemente, Calif. / Mike Lambert, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (2) def. Eric Fonoimoana, Hermosa Beach, Calif. / Kevin Wong, Venice, Calif. (6), 18-21, 21-17, 17-15 (57). Consolation Bracket, Fifth round (losers eliminated, place seventh, split $2,500)

Sean Rosenthal, Redondo Beach, Calif. / Larry Witt, Santa Ynez, Calif. (3) def. Matt Fuerbringer, Hermosa Beach, Calif. / Casey Jennings, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (4), 21-19, 25-23 (47); Jason Ring, Bend, Ore. / George Roumain, Agoura Hills, Calif. (1) def. John Hyden, Sherman Oaks, Calif. / Andy Witt, Santa Ynez, Calif. (7), 21-17, 21-19 (43). Consolation Bracket, Sixth round (losers eliminated, place fifth, split $3,500)

Rosenthal / L. Witt (3) def. Fonoimoana / K. Wong (6), 21-19, 21-13 (40); Gibb / Jewell (5) def. Ring / Roumain (1), 21-12, 21-16 (40). Semifinals (losers eliminated, place third, split $5,825)

Rosenthal / L. Witt (3) def. Ceman / Whitmarsh (8), 21-19, 21-15 (34); Kiraly / Lambert (2) def. Gibb / Jewell (5), 23-21, 21-11 (50). Championship Match (winners place first, split $14,500; losers place second, split $9,750)

Kiraly / Lambert (2) def. Rosenthal / L. Witt (3), 21-18, 14-21, 15-8 (59). Championship Match Statistic Player Kills Errors Attempts Hit % Digs Blocks Aces Kiraly 22 5 41 .415 11 0 0 Lambert 10 1 17 . 529 0 9 0 Rosenthal 16 3 22 .591 4 1 0 Witt 22 12 47 . .213 7 0 1 Women's Main Draw Tournament Results (Sunday, June 13) Winner's Bracket, Fourth round

Holly McPeak, Manhattan Beach, Calif. / Elaine Youngs, Durango, Colo. (No. 1-seeded Main Draw team) def. Barbra Fontana, Manhattan Beach, Calif. / Jennifer Kessy, San Diego (5), 21-11, 21-16 (37 minutes); Annett Davis, Valencia, Calif. / Jenny Johnson Jordan, Tarzana, Calif. (2) def. Carrie Busch, El Segundo, Calif. / Nancy Mason, Redondo Beach, Calif. (3), 21-15, 21-17 (40). Consolation Bracket, Fourth round (losers eliminated, place seventh, split $2,500)

Lisa Arce, Redondo Beach, Calif. / Leanne McSorley, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (4) def. Tammy Leibl, San Diego / Sarah Straton, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (9), 21-9, 18-21, 15-13 (52); Heather Lowe, Redondo Beach, Calif. / Jenny Pavley, Agoura Hills, Calif. (10) def. Paula Roca, Tierra Verde, Fla. / Gracie Santana-Baeni, Basel, Switzerland (8), 17-21, 21-18, 15-13 (61). Consolation Bracket, Fifth round (losers eliminated, place fifth, split $3,500)

Busch / Mason (3) def. Arce / McSorley (4), 22-20, 20-22, 16-14 (60); Fontana / Kessy (5) def. Lowe / Pavley (10), 21-14, 21-12 (31). Semifinals (losers eliminated, place third, split $5,825)

McPeak / Youngs (1) def. Busch / Mason (3), 21-11, 21-18 (35); Davis / Johnson Jordan (2) def. Fontana / Kessy (5), 28-26, 21-14 (43). Championship Match (winners place first, split $14,500; losers place second, split $9,750)

McPeak / Youngs (1) def. Davis / Johnson Jordan (2), 22-20, 21-18 (51). Championship Match Statistics Player Kills Errors Attempts Hit % Digs Blocks Aces McPeak 13 2 28 .393 13 1 0 Youngs 11 3 24 .333 1 6 1 Davis 8 2 13 .462 8 2 1 Jordan 19 11 42 .190 8 0 0

TOURNAMENT STATS

MEN

DIGS Karch Kiraly (6 matches/16 games/75 digs/4.69 average) Eric Fonoimoana (5 matches/12 games/69 digs/5.75 average) Jason Ring (6 matches/13 games/58 digs/4.46 average) Canyon Ceman (5 matches/13 games/58 digs/4.46 average)

ACES John Hyden (5 matches/11 games/8 aces/0.73 average) Sean Rosenthal (9 matches/20 games/7 aces/0.35 average) Scott Davenport (3 matches/7 games/6 aces/0.86 average) Anthony Medel (4 matches/9 games/6 aces/0.67 average)

BLOCKS Mike Lambert (6 matches/16 games/45 blocks/2.81 average) Chad Turner (3 matches/9 games/38 blocks/4.22 average) George Roumain (7 matches/16 games/36 blocks/2.25 average) Jake Gibb (6 matches/13 games/32 blocks/2.46 average)

WOMEN

DIGS Holly McPeak (5 matches/10 games/70 digs/7.00 average) Tammy Leibl (5 matches/12 games/68 digs/5.67 average) Jenny Pavley (6 matches/14 games/61 digs/4.36 average) Leanne McSorley (5 matches/12 games/58 digs/4.83 average) Barbra Fontana (5 matches/11 games/58 digs/5.27 average)

ACES Heather Lowe (6 matches/14 games/14 aces/1.00 average) Lisa Arce (5 matches/12 games/12 aces/1.00 average) Elaine Youngs (5 matches/10 games/10 aces/1.00 average)

BLOCKS Elaine Youngs (5 matches/10 games/24 blocks/2.40 average) Angie Akers (4 matches/10 games/15 blocks/1.50 average) Jennifer Kessy (5 matches/11 games/14 blocks/1.27 average) Annett Davis (5 matches/10 games/9 blocks/0.90 average)

Kiraly king of sand

Volleyball veteran teams up for another beach win
By Don Norcross 
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
June 14, 2004

Karch Kiraly is still digging in the sand. Still jubilantly jumping up and down, pointing an index finger at his partner. Still wearing that fluorescent pink Speedo cap with the bill flipped up.

 And still winning.

On a sun-splashed, breezy afternoon at Mariners Point, Kiraly, 43, peeled back the pages on the calendar yesterday, teaming with Mike Lambert to win the AVP San Diego Open.

With the 6-foot-6 Lambert blocking like a concrete wall in the final game, Kiraly and Lambert dealt youngsters Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt a 21-18, 14-21, 15-8 defeat.

In the women's final, Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs defeated Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan 22-20, 21-18.

Combined with a victory last weekend at Manhattan Beach, it's the first time since 1999 that Kiraly has won back-to-back tournaments.

"I am pretty amazed," Rosenthal said. "At 43, he's at the top of his game."

Kiraly's total beach victories, a record 146, stretches across four decades (1979-2004) and 13 partners.

Yesterday, Kiraly used his experience as much as his physical skills. Rosenthal, 23, and Witt, 24, both intimidating at the net, beat Kiraly and Lambert the past two times the teams met. In those matches, Kiraly tried attacking at the net against his taller opponents, the ball often caroming back his way.

Yesterday, he went the finesse route. Dinking short cross court. Dinking deep. Pure soft stuff.

"He fixed his problem," Rosenthal said. "That's what a champion does."

The move was part necessity. Kiraly said his right shoulder was sore, but the tactic clearly was also strategic.

"I decided to shoot it around a little bit and see how that worked," Kiraly said. "It seemed to work pretty good, so I decided to stick to it."

Kiraly, who lives in San Clemente, has not won more than one tournament in any year since 1999. As to the key to his two-match winning streak, he pointed at Lambert.

"He is probably the most in-demand partner anybody could have right now," Kiraly said. "A big blocker who sets real well."

Lambert dominated the last game, blocking four points.

Said Rosenthal: "Lambert was just being Lambert."

Besides Kiraly's longevity, one of the most impressive aspects about his feats is the different styles to which he has adapted.

He won when teams scored only when serving, marathon matches that lasted until dusk as fans pointed their cars toward the court, turning on their headlights.

He won when the jump serve was in vogue. He won when the court was made smaller. He won with Sinjin Smith, Kent Steffes and Adam Johnson.

And while Lambert, 30, has carried his weight, he pointed out Kiraly's influence.

"I'm a good blocker and I set OK," Lambert said, "but I hadn't won a tournament until last week. He's teaching me how to win."

The women's final served as a preview to determine who will earn the United States' last Olympic spot. Kerri Walsh and Misty May have locked up the first spot. McPeak and Youngs hold a slim lead over Davis and Johnson Jordan going into the final four FIVB tournaments before the July 22 selection date. Teams score points for the Olympics only in FIVB tournaments.

Give McPeak and Youngs the edge. They have defeated their rivals five straight matches.

"I'm not frustrated," Davis said. "I know we can beat them. It's just a couple of points. It's not like we're getting killed. If we were, it'd be a different story."

McPeak, 35, will be trying to earn her third Olympic berth. While she leads the AVP women with 69 career victories, she has been frustrated at the Olympics, twice finishing fifth. But she's on a role now, winning three straight tournaments with Youngs, the former Leucadia resident.

Said their coach, Liz Masakayan, "You hate to use mushy words like 'trust' and 'faith' but that's exactly what they have in each other right now."

San Diego Features Familiar Winners
 
From  LATimes Staff Reports

SAN DIEGO — The pro beach volleyball trend that started in Manhattan Beach continued Sunday, with the top men's and women's teams repeating their titles of a week before.

Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert took the men's championship, and Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs grabbed the women's crown in the AVP Nissan Series San Diego Open.
 
After five different champions in the men's first five tournaments, the San Diego final featured the first winners of the year (Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt) against the previous week's winners (Kiraly and Lambert).

Kiraly and Lambert kept the upper hand, defeating Rosenthal and Witt, 21-18, 14-21, 15-8.

For Kiraly, it extended his record to 146 wins on the tour. For Lambert, it was his second title.

Earlier, Rosenthal and Witt had defeated San Diego resident Mike Whitmarsh and Canyon Ceman in the semifinals, 21-19, 21-15.

In the women's final, McPeak and Youngs defeated Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, 22-20, 21-18.

For McPeak, it was the 69th title of her career, extending the record she had set June 6 at Manhattan Beach.

The top men's teams of Jeff Nygaard and Dain Blanton, Stein Metzger and Dax Holdren, and Todd Rogers and Sean Scott skipped the San Diego tournament to play in an Olympic qualifier at Puerto Rico. Misty May and Kerri Walsh, the top-ranked women's team, did not compete because May has a strained abdominal muscle.
 
It's business as usual for Kiraly, McPeak

By: MICHAEL KLITZING - Staff Writer NCTimes

SAN DIEGO ---- The world's two most prolific beach volleyball players just added another tally to their unparalleled win totals.

The men's and women's all-time win leaders, Karch Kiraly and Holly McPeak, both made their way to the winner's circle after the finals of the AVP San Diego Open on Sunday at Mariner's Point.

Kiraly notched victory No. 146, teaming with Mike Lambert to knock off No. 3-seeded Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt 21-18, 14-21, 15-8. McPeak, who broke Karolyn Kirby's record with her 68th win last weekend in Manhattan Beach, earned No. 69 as she and Elaine Youngs dispatched Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan 22-20, 21-18.
 
For the 43-year old Kiraly, the win was more than just another accolade ---- it was a sign that the tour's oldest player is still at the top of his game.

"I'm already having the best year with Mike than I've had in four or five years," said Kiraly, who has won two AVP events in a season for the first time since 1999. "From that standpoint alone, why stop?"

This season's pairing with Lambert ---- the tour's most formidable blocker ---- has made Kiraly a consistent title contender once again. In the finals, Lambert showed why.

While Kiraly spent all match playing the finesse game, the 30-year old Hawaiian took control of the contest at the net. Lambert was practically unstoppable in the third set, registering six blocks before Kiraly put the match away with his first emphatic kill of the day.

"(Rosenthal and Witt) were hitting really well and I was having a hard time figuring them out," Lambert said. "At the end, I just started making bigger and later moves. I had a lot of that third game adrenaline, going for the title, and that kind of helped to make big moves."

McPeak and Youngs improved to 5-1 on the tour this season against Davis and Johnson Jordan ---- their closest competition for the final slot on the U.S. Olympic team. While they were able to close out their opponents in the second set, it was a hard-earned victory.

"They were really close games," said Youngs, who came up with a clutch block at match point. "We just made key plays at key times and kept the pressure on them."

Said McPeak: "They played good ball, but the thing you have to do against them is side-out. They put a lot of pressure on us, but we sided out a lot better this week."



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 · Open qualification tournament
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 Main Draws, July 23rd-25th
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Ian Clark will be playing this year's 2004 Bud Lite AVP Hermosa Beach Open with Jason Lee...................


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Ian Clark  played last year's 2003 Bud Lite AVP Hermosa Beach Open with fellow Pepperdine Alumnae.................

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Christian McCaw Bio

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Christian McCaw

For many years, John Hyden and Christian McCaw were two of the stars of the national indoor volleyball team of the USA. Although they finished their career in this kind of volleyball, they took the perfect opportunity to try their luck in beach volleyball. And the US players are successful. Step by step they climb the top of the beach volleyball world and there is no doubt that a new US top team is born.
McCaw said farewell to the national indoor team of  his country after the 2000 Sydney Olympics, while it took one more year for Hyden to quit with the indoor volleyball. He finished his indoor career in the Italian A1-league playing for Palermo, the club that he still gets a part of his salary from.
“The national team broke down,” Hyden said. “There is not enough money anymore, while in our opinion the program is not good enough.” McCaw agreed. “We were not treated like professionals. After six years of indoors it was time for a change. We are both in the late 20’s and playing on the beach is much better for our body”
This year is a learning year for Hyden-McCaw. They never played beach volleyball when they were national team members, simply because there was no time and after the moving of the national training centre from US best beach city San Diego to Colorado Springs in the Rocky Mountains there was also no beach in their neighbourhood. But they both have a small beach volleyball background, because Hyden was raised in San Diego. McCaw is originally from the Mid-Western city of Tulsa Oklahoma where his mother coached the only junior volleyball in the state. But he was graduated at Pepperdine University in Malibu California, the beautiful beach community north of Los Angeles.
“We try to play as much as we can this year,” Hyden said. “Beach Volleyball is a completely different game.” McCaw: “It is very tough to beat teams that are already together for more than ten years. But we are getting closer and closer.” One advantage is that McCaw, former setter, and former outside hitter Hyden played together in the US national team for many years. “Christian knows exactly how he has to set a ball for me,” Hyden analysed.
With the entrance of ‘rookies’ Hyden and McCaw, the concurrence to get a ticket to the 2004 Olympic Games is getting higher and higher in the USA. “Our ultimate goal is to play at the Olympics,” Hyden said. “But it will be tough to get there with so many great US teams in this sport.”
 

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17th  - Ian Clark/Jason Lee            $550

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 11: Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (11) def. Ian Clark / Jason Lee (22) 19-21, 21-12, 15-12 (1:04)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 36: Ian Clark / Jason Lee (22) def. Everett Matthews / Andrew Vazquez (27, Q7) 21-19, 21-18 (0:45)

Round 2
Match 44: Jason Ring / George Roumain (5) def. Ian Clark / Jason Lee (22) 22-20, 21-15 (0:49) 

-With a match record of (1) win & (2) losses Ian Clark / Jason Lee finish 17th at the 2004 AVP Hermosa Beach Open


Men's AVP $87,500 Hermosa Beach Open
Presented By Bud Light at Target/Mervyn's Beach Bash
July22-25, 2004

Men Seeds
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
  Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert 1 $.00  
  Todd Rogers Sean Scott 2 $.00  
  Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 3 $.00  
  Jake Gibb Adam Jewell 4 $.00  
  Jason Ring George Roumain 5 $.00  
  Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard 6 $.00  
  Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 7 $.00  
  Canyon Ceman Mike Whitmarsh 8 $.00  
  Eric Fonoimoana Kevin Wong 9 $.00  
  Dax Holdren Stein Metzger 10 $.00  
  Scott Ayakatubby Brian Lewis 11 $.00  
  John Hyden Andy Witt 12 $.00  
  Paul Baxter Scott Wong 13 $.00  
  Jim Nichols Matt Olson 14 $.00  
  Eduardo Bacil Jose Loiola 15 $.00  
  Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena 16 $.00  
  Aaron Boss Eli Fairfield 17 $.00  
  Brent Doble Ryan Mariano 18 $.00  
  Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge 19 $.00  
  Matt Heath Adam Roberts 20 $.00  
  Albert Hannemann Chip McCaw 21 $.00  
  Ian Clark Jason Lee 22 $.00  
  Scott Lane Anthony Medel 23, Q1 $.00  
  David Smith Hans Stolfus 24, Q2 $.00  
25 Ty Loomis John Moran 25, Q3 $100.00 52.0
25 Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano 26 $100.00 52.0
25 Everett Matthews Andrew Vazquez 27, Q7 $100.00 52.0
25 Gaston Macau Anthony Mihalic 28, Q5 $100.00 52.0
25 Brian Corso Said Souikane 29, Q9 $100.00 52.0
25 Morgan Mainz Dennis Roberts 30, Q13 $100.00 52.0
25 Wayne Seligson Brandon Taliaferro 31, Q43 $100.00 52.0
25 Ryan Lindstrom Jamey Martin 32 $100.00 52.0
33 Brian Chapman Mike Morrison Q8 $.00 26.0
33 Kevin Dake Ran Kumgisky Q14 $.00 26.0
33 Jim Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten Q16 $.00 26.0
33 Eric Adams Sam Haghighi Q18 $.00 26.0
33 Mike Diehl Mark Paaluhi Q21 $.00 26.0
33 Graig Domanski Leon Lucas Q23 $.00 26.0
33 Chris Harger Jason Olive Q27 $.00 26.0
33 John Mayer Sean Rooney Q36 $.00 26.0
41 Jeff Minc Aaron Wachtfogel Q6 $.00 16.0
41 Scott Hill Dan Mintz Q11 $.00 16.0
41 Esteban Escobar Leonardo Moraes Q12 $.00 16.0
41 Brian Duff Tony Pray Q15 $.00 16.0
41 Randy Cline Jeff Murrell Q17 $.00 16.0
41 Bivin Sadler Andy Shean Q19 $.00 16.0
41 Jeff Myers Mark Smith Q20 $.00 16.0
41 Jon Barnes Jon Rose Q24 $.00 16.0
41 Matt Osbourn Jessie Webster Q26 $.00 16.0
41 Jason Greenlaw Chad Wick Q32 $.00 16.0
41 Gaby Amar JP Calderon Q34 $.00 16.0
41 Seth Burnham Andor Gyulai Q35 $.00 16.0
41 Ivan Mercer Jake Wilson Q37 $.00 16.0
41 Vince Fierro Luis Sandoval Q40 $.00 16.0
41 Billy Strickland Ryan Stuntz Q68 $.00 16.0
41 Connor Hastings Andy Northness Q74 $.00 16.0
57 John Braunstein Brad Torsone Q4 $.00 12.0
57 Matt Prosser Jon Thompson Q10 $.00 12.0
57 Ryan Cronin Peter Tourigny Q22 $.00 12.0
57 Todd Bennett Casey Brewer Q25 $.00 12.0
57 Eric Burness Samuel Rogers Q28 $.00 12.0
57 Brenton Davis Ryan Haneberg Q29 $.00 12.0
57 Guy Hamilton Yariv Lerner Q30 $.00 12.0
57 Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins Q31 $.00 12.0
57 Rico Becker Mike Bruning Q33 $.00 12.0
57 Charles Cates Arqum Iqbal Q38 $.00 12.0
57 Jeremy Drescher Derek Martinez Q39 $.00 12.0
57 Timothy Cornelissen Brian Genthe Q41 $.00 12.0
57 Scott Faust Matt Heagy Q42 $.00 12.0
57 Kevin Cleary Joel Jones Q44 $.00 12.0
57 Steven Ho Scott Kiedaisch Q45 $.00 12.0
57 Shane Davis Corey Glave Q46 $.00 12.0
57 Nathan Cumme Michael Johnson Q47 $.00 12.0
57 Joshua Cannon Jason Voorhees Q48 $.00 12.0
57 Zack Pelzel Michael Rupp Q49 $.00 12.0
57 Ossie Barreras Lucas Galmarni Q50 $.00 12.0
57 Dan Classen Dan Hecker Q51 $.00 12.0
57 Ian Gallagher Brent Reger Q52 $.00 12.0
57 Reuben Danley Brent Keller Q53 $.00 12.0
57 John Caravella Matt Shubin Q54 $.00 12.0
57 Dane Jensen Jarett Jensen Q59 $.00 12.0
57 Chris Brown Kevin Collins Q60 $.00 12.0
57 Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q63 $.00 12.0
57 Jeremy Ayers Dave Curran Q65 $.00 12.0
57 Tom Greller Jack Laidlaw Q67 $.00 12.0
57 Danko Iordanov Peter Pua Q71 $.00 12.0
57 Joey Shimkonis Mike Van Dyke Q72 $.00 12.0
57 Dan Newman Tim Ryan Q73 $.00 12.0
89 Rick Colson Brad Powell Q55 $.00 6.0
89 Drew Brand Andrew Zimmerman Q56 $.00 6.0
89 Jeremy Harvey Nathan Harvey Q57 $.00 6.0
89 Dragon Ognjanovic Michael Risley Q58 $.00 6.0
89 Coley Kyman Bobby Samuelson Q61 $.00 6.0
89 Jason Harris Anthony Sciarpalletti Q62 $.00 6.0
89 Tom Chapman Dennis Zhukov Q64 $.00 6.0
89 Richard Arrata Eric Lassier Q66 $.00 6.0
89 Scott Barnett Robert deAurora Q69 $.00 6.0
89 Jeremiah Harrian Todd Hollenbeck Q70 $.00 6.0
89 Jason Downs Robert Karmelich Q75 $.00 6.0

AVP 2004 Hermosa Beach Open

Presented by Bud Light
July 22-25  2004

The AVP Nissan Series returns to one of its favorite spots-Hermosa Beach, where many of the top competitors in the sport practice and challenge local residents. This is the last AVP event before the Olympic Games in Athens. The city is proud to once again play host to the top 150 competitors in the sport of beach volleyball, including 16 Olympians.

These premier competitors will vie for the top finishes in what promises to be the most compelling season yet. In addition to tournament action, the hit program Best Damn Sports Show will be LIVE from Stadium Court on Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. followed by a FREE concert by the popular group Smash Mouth at 5 p.m.

WHO:
Top athletes on the men's side include 2000 Olympic Gold Medalists Eric Fonoimoana, Dain Blanton and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Karch Kiraly.

Top women's teams include Misty May & Kerri Walsh, Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs, Annett Davis & Jenny Johnson Jordan

EVENT PURSE:
$175,000

TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
2003 - Men's Defending Champions - Scott Ayakatubby and Brian Lewis
2003 - Women's Defending Champions - Misty May and Kerri Walsh

WHEN:
Thursday, July 22nd Qualifying Rounds 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Friday, July 23rd Main Draw Competition 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 24th Women's Finals 1:30 p.m./PT *BROADCAST LIVE ON NBC*
Sunday, July 25th Men's Finals 1:30 p.m./PT *BROADCAST LIVE ON NBC*

Where to play in the area:
AVPNext sanctioned California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) offers weekend tournaments throughout Southern California. Check out www.cbva.com for more information.
South side of the Hermosa Beach Pier
16th Street attracts combinations of pros and near pros, but it's best to know a local to help get you in a game.
32nd Street features some good veterans who play some mean four-man.

Local Legend
Man: Matt Gage- 26-time open winner and AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour director, defender of male pride at the 2002 Battle of the Sexes in Las Vegas.
Woman: Sharkie Zartman- 5'4" beach rat who played a decade on the south side of the Hermosa Pier. Her daughter, Chrissie, is a rising beach star who plays libero for UCLA.

Free  Admission
Come out and play!
Hermosa Beach, California will host the world's top
professional beach volleyball . Close to
100,000 spectators will fill the festival grounds as part of a
continuing custom of family fun in the sun.

Event Schedule:

2004 AVP NISSAN SERIES
HERMOSA BEACH OPEN
Presented by
BUD LIGHT
Schedule of Events
(Tentative and subject to change)

Thursday, July 22nd

8:00AM – 6:30PM Men’s & Women’s Qualifier Competition
12:00PM – 5:00PM Sponsor Village Open
12:00PM – 5:00PM Nissan Display, Road Rally, & Henna Tattoos
12:00PM – 5:00PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
12:00PM – 5:00PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
12:00PM – 5:00PM JPMS Product Sampling & Product Raffle
12:00PM – 5:00PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” & Listening Zone
12:00PM – 5:00PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
12:00PM – 5:00PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
12:00PM – 5:00PM Nature Valley Granola Bar Sampling
12:00PM – 5:00PM Right Guard Sample Booth & Foosball Game
12:00PM – 5:00PM Canon Photos w/ AVP Pro’s
12:00PM – 5:00PM Shark Energy Drink Tiki Bar w/ Sampling Surfboard Raffle
12:00PM – 5:00PM McDonalds Beach Hut and Surf Challenge

Friday, July 23rd

9:00AM – 1:00PM AVP Sponsor Summit @ The Beach House
9:00AM – 5:00PM USA Junior Olympics of Beach Volleyball
9:00AM – 6:30PM AVP Men’s & Women’s Main Draw Competition
10:30AM – 6:30PM Sponsor Village Open
10:30AM – 6:30PM Nissan Display, Road Rally, & Henna Tattoos
10:30AM – 6:30PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
10:30AM – 6:30PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
10:30AM – 6:30PM JPMS Product Sampling & Product Raffle
10:30AM – 6:30PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt”, Listening Zone, & VIP Stage Seating
10:30AM – 6:30PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
10:30AM – 6:30PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
10:30AM – 6:30PM Nature Valley Granola Bar Sampling
10:30AM – 6:30PM Wilson Guessing Game & Vegas Trip Raffle
10:30AM – 6:30PM Right Guard Sampling Booth & Foosball Game
10:30AM – 6:30PM Canon Photos w/ AVP Pro’s
10:30AM – 6:30PM Shark Energy Drink Tiki Bar w/ Sampling & Surfboard Raffle
10:30AM – 6:30PM McDonalds Beach Hut and Surf Challenge
1:00PM – 5:00PM Best Damn Sports Show *LIVE* on-site
5:00PM – 6:00PM Smash Mouth Concert @ Center Court *FREE*

Saturday, July 24th

8:00AM – 5:30PM AVP Men’s & Women’s Main Draw Competition
9:00AM – 5:00PM Sponsor Village Open
9:00AM – 5:00PM Nissan Display, Henna Tattoos, Road Rally & Club Crew Cab Seating
9:00AM – 5:00PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
9:00AM – 5:00PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
9:00AM – 5:00PM JPMS Product “Cut-A-Thon” (Haircuts for $15 proceeds go to Dig for Kids Charity)
9:00AM – 5:00PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” Listening Zone and VIP Stage Seating
9:00AM – 5:00PM USA Junior Olympics of Beach Volleyball
9:00AM – 5:00PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
9:00AM – 5:00PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
9:00AM – 5:00PM Nature Valley Granola Bar Sampling
9:00AM – 5:00PM Wilson Guessing Game & Vegas Trip Raffle
9:00AM – 5:00PM Right Guard Sampling Booth & Foosball
9:00AM – 5:00PM Canon Photo’s w/ AVP Pro’s
9:00AM – 5:00PM Shark Energy Drink Tiki Bar w/ Sampling & Surfboard Raffle
9:00AM – 5:00PM McDonalds Beach Hut and Surf Challenge
12:00PM – 5:00PM Special Music Performances by Hope 7 & Friends
1:30PM Women’s Championship Match (*LIVE* on NBC)

Sunday, July 25th

10:00AM – 2:30PM AVP Men’s Main Draw Competition
10:00AM – 2:00PM Sponsor Village Open
10:00AM – 2:00PM Nissan Display, Henna Tattoos, Road Rally & Club Crew Cab Seating
10:00AM – 2:00PM Bud Light Party Zone Seating Section
10:00AM – 2:00PM Aquafina’s AVP Challenge & Serving Accuracy Board
10:00AM – 2:00PM Xbox Interactive Gaming Area
10:00AM – 2:00PM JPMS Cut-A-Thon (Hair cuts for $15 for Dig For Kids Charity)
10:00AM – 2:00PM Sirius “Mosh Pitt” Listening Zone & VIP Stage Seating
10:00AM – 2:00PM Earthlink Internet Café & “Block-A-Ball” Game
10:00AM – 2:00PM Halls Fruit Breezers Halls of History Volleyball Exhibit , “Shoot the Breeze” Game and
Vertical Jump Test
10:00AM – 2:00PM Nature Valley Granola Bar Sampling
10:00AM – 2:00PM Wilson Guessing Game & Vegas Trip Raffle
10:00AM – 2:00PM Right Guard Cool Lounge & Sampling Booth
10:00AM – 2:00PM Canon Photo’s w/ AVP Pro’s
10:00AM – 2:00PM McDonalds Beach Hut and Surf Challenge
10:00AM – 2:00PM Shark Energy Drink Tiki Bar and Sampling w/ Surfboard Raffle
12:15PM – 1:00PM Halls Fruit Breezers Celebrity Volleyball Game to Benefit the Breast Cancer
Research Foundation presented by Wilson (*LIVE* on NBC)
1:30PM Men’s Championship Match (*LIVE* on NBC)

How To Get There:

North side of the pier
100 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

From the South: Take the 405 freeway North, exit at Artesia Blvd. and go West. Proceed to Sepulveda (PCH) and go left. Go to Pier Ave. and turn right. Go to end.

From the North: take the 405 freeway South and exit at Inglewood Blvd. Turn right at the end of the off ramp and go to Manhattan Beach Blvd. and go right again. Proceed to Sepulveda (PCH) and turn left. Go to Pier Ave. and turn right. Go to end.
 
For shuttle parking - From the 405 freeway take the Artesia off ramp and go West. Turn right at Peck Road and take an immediate left into the Mira Costa High School parking lot. Shuttle bus runs approximately every 20 minutes.

Location 100 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
 
Mira Costa High School Shuttle:
Get a FREE Mervyn's Beach Bash 2002 sports bottle by using the free
event parking at Mira Costa High School (on Artesia, East of Pacific
Coast Highway). Shuttle service is available Saturday and Sunday only,
9am-6pm

Driving:
From the South: 405 freeway North to Artesia Blvd., and go west.
Proceed to Sepulveda (PCH) and go left. Go to Pier Ave. and turn
right. Go to end.

From the North: 405 South and exit at Inglewood Blvd. Proceed to
Sepulveda (PCH) and turn left. Go to Pier Ave. and turn right. Go to end.

Tickets
 Hermosa Beach Reserved Tickets-Buy Now

Hermosa Beach Reserved Seats-Beach Club Passes-Buy Now
 
Free  Admission
 
General Seating (Stadium Court)
      - 400 Sand Spaces
      - 1600 Bleacher Seats
 
How To Get There
  
Location 100 Pier Ave.
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 
Driving: From the South: 405 freeway North to Artesia Blvd., and go west. Proceed to Sepulveda (PCH) and go left. Go to Pier Ave. and turn right. Go to end.
From the North: 405 South and exit at Inglewood Blvd. Proceed to Sepulveda (PCH) and turn left. Go to Pier Ave. and turn right. Go to end.

Men's and Women's Qualifier
Outer Courts
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Over 90 Men's and Women's teams compete on the outer courts.

Men's and Women's Main Draw
Stadium & Outer Courts
Friday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm Saturday 9:00 am - 6:30 pm & Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

32 Men's and 24 Women's teams compete for the 2004 Hermosa Beach Title.

Featuring:

Men's Tournament
Kevin Wong & Eric Fonoimoanna
Karch Kiraly & Mike Lambert
Canyon Ceman & Mike Whitmarsh
Stein Metzger & Dax Holdren
Ian Clark & Jason Lee

Women's Tournament
Kerri Walsh & Misty May
Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs
Barbara Fontana & Dianne DeNecochea
Jenny Jordan & Annet Davis


Sponsor Activities


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Be sure to stop by the Nissan display and sign up to win "Crew Club Cab" seats to sit courtside during the Men's and Women's finals.  Test drive the Nissan Road Rally remote control cars and race against your friends and AVP athletes.  Don't forget to pick up a safety kit and other special give-away items - you can even get henna tattoos! 


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Be a part of the Bud Light Party Zone.  Look for Bud Light onsite to find out more information.


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The Aquafina Purity Patrol is coming to the beach with tons of fun activities in the sun.  Compete in the the Aquafina Obstacle Course, Aquafina/ Wilson Speed Serve/ and "Return to Aquafina" hitting challenges.  See how you stand up against AVP Pros and your friends and win cool prizes.


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Visit Xbox at the beach and challenge your friends in the latest and greatest Xbox Game titles.  You can be King and sit in Xbox's "King of the Court" seats, the hottest seats on stadium court all weekend long or for the Men's and Women's finals.  You'll be front row in your Xbox visor, t-shirt, tattoo and much more watching the pro beach stars battle for number one.   

                                                           
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Stop by on Saturday for samples and give-aways.  On Sunday, come by for $10 Cut-a-thon and get your hair cut and styled by one of Paul Mitchell's talented stylists.  Profits go to Eric Fonoimoana's "Dig For Kids" Foundation.  You'll walk around the beach looking fantastic, and for a good cause.

ChapStick 

Take a break from the heat in one of ChapStick's four Fan Lounges equipped with a moisture tent, multiple beach chairs, games, tubes of ChapStick LipMoisturizer and other fun give-aways.  Don't miss your opportunity with Misty May who will be making appearances throughout the weekend for autograph signings and photo opportunities. 

Wrigley's 

Longer lasting flavor - Extra's got it!  Stop by the Wrigley's booth to enjoy delicious Winterfresh gum and have cool fresh breath all weekend long. 

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Look for the Gatorade at all AVP events!

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Wilson the official volleyball of the AVP!

Men's AVP $87,500 Hermosa Beach Open
Presented by Bud Light
July 22-25, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points
 
Albert Hannemann Chip McCaw    
  Eduardo Bacil Jose Loiola    
  Jim Nichols Matt Olson    
  Ryan Lindstrom Jamey Martin    
  Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert    
  Scott Ayakatubby Brian Lewis    
  Paul Baxter Scott Wong    
  Todd Rogers Sean Scott    
  Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge    
  Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano    
  Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt    
  Ian Clark Jason Lee    
  Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard    
  Eric Fonoimoana Kevin Wong    
  Canyon Ceman Mike Whitmarsh    
  Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings    
  John Hyden Andy Witt    
  Dax Holdren Stein Metzger    
  Brent Doble Ryan Mariano    
  Nate Michael Will Paulson    
  Aaron Boss Eli Fairfield    
  Jason Ring George Roumain    
  Jake Gibb Adam Jewell    
  Matt Heath Adam Roberts    
  Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena    
  Scott Lane Anthony Medel Q1  
  David Smith Hans Stolfus Q2  
  Ty Loomis John Moran Q3  
  John Braunstein Brad Torsone Q4  
  Gaston Macau Anthony Mihalic Q5  
  Jeff Minc Aaron Wachtfogel Q6  
  Everett Matthews Andrew Vazquez Q7  
  Brian Chapman Mike Morrison Q8  
  Brian Corso Said Souikane Q9  
  Matt Prosser Jon Thompson Q10  
  Scott Hill Dan Mintz Q11  
  Esteban Escobar Leonardo Moraes Q12  
  Morgan Mainz Dennis Roberts Q13  
  Kevin Dake Ran Kumgisky Q14  
  Brian Duff Tony Pray Q15  
  Jim Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten Q16  
  Randy Cline Jeff Murrell Q17  
  Eric Adams Sam Haghighi Q18  
  Bivin Sadler Andy Shean Q19  
  Jeff Myers Mark Smith Q20  
  Mike Diehl Mark Paaluhi Q21  
  Ryan Cronin Peter Tourigny Q22  
  Graig Domanski Leon Lucas Q23  
  Jon Barnes Jon Rose Q24  
  Matt Osbourn Jessie Webster Q26  
  Chris Harger Jason Olive Q27  
  Brenton Davis Ryan Haneberg Q29  
  Guy Hamilton Yariv Lerner Q30  
  Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins Q31  
  Jason Greenlaw Chad Wick Q32  
  Gaby Amar JP Calderon Q34  
  Seth Burnham Andor Gyulai Q35  
  John Mayer Sean Rooney Q36  
  Ivan Mercer Jake Wilson Q37  
  Charles Cates Arqum Iqbal Q38  
  Jeremy Drescher Derek Martinez Q39  
  Vince Fierro Luis Sandoval Q40  
  Scott Faust Matt Heagy Q42  
  Wayne Seligson Brandon Taliaferro Q43  
  Shane Davis Corey Glave Q46  
  Nathan Cumme Michael Johnson Q47  
  Ossie Barreras Lucas Galmarni Q50  
  Dan Classen Dan Hecker Q51  
  Ian Gallagher Brent Reger Q52  
  Reuben Danley Brent Keller Q53  
  John Caravella Matt Shubin Q54  
  Dane Jensen Jarett Jensen Q59  
  Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q63  
  Tom Greller Jack Laidlaw Q67  
  Billy Strickland Ryan Stuntz Q68  
  Danko Iordanov Peter Pua Q71  
  Connor Hastings Andy Northness Q74  
57 Todd Bennett Casey Brewer Q25 12.0
57 Eric Burness Samuel Rogers Q28 12.0
57 Rico Becker Mike Bruning Q33 12.0
57 Timothy Cornelissen Brian Genthe Q41 12.0
57 Kevin Cleary Joel Jones Q44 12.0
57 Steven Ho Scott Kiedaisch Q45 12.0
57 Joshua Cannon Jason Voorhees Q48 12.0
57 Zack Pelzel Michael Rupp Q49 12.0
57 Chris Brown Kevin Collins Q60 12.0
57 Jeremy Ayers Dave Curran Q65 12.0
57 Joey Shimkonis Mike Van Dyke Q72 12.0
57 Dan Newman Tim Ryan Q73 12.0
89 Rick Colson Brad Powell Q55 6.0
89 Drew Brand Andrew Zimmerman Q56 6.0
89 Jeremy Harvey Nathan Harvey Q57 6.0
89 Dragon Ognjanovic Michael Risley Q58 6.0
89 Coley Kyman Bobby Samuelson Q61 6.0
89 Jason Harris Anthony Sciarpalletti Q62 6.0
89 Tom Chapman Dennis Zhukov Q64 6.0
89 Richard Arrata Eric Lassier Q66 6.0
89 Scott Barnett Robert deAurora Q69 6.0
89 Jeremiah Harrian Todd Hollenbeck Q70 6.0
89 Jason Downs Robert Karmelich Q75 6.0
 

Men's AVP $87,500 Hermosa Beach Open

Presented by Bud Light
July 22-25, 2004 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Jeremy Ayers / Dave Curran (Q65) def. Tom Chapman / Dennis Zhukov (Q64) 21-15, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 10: Dan Newman / Tim Ryan (Q73) def. Drew Brand / Andrew Zimmerman (Q56) 27-25, 18-21, 16-14 (1:12)
Match 15: Mike Van Dyke / Joey Shimkonis (Q72) def. Jeremy Harvey / Nathan Harvey (Q57) 21-13, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 18: Chris Brown / Kevin Collins (Q60) def. Scott Barnett / Robert deAurora (Q69) 21-11, 21-18 (0:47)
Match 31: Ryan Stuntz / Billy Strickland (Q68) def. Coley Kyman / Bobby Samuelson (Q61) 19-21, 21-13, 15-10 (1:01)
Match 34: Jack Laidlaw / Tom Greller (Q67) def. Jason Harris / Anthony Sciarpalletti (Q62) 21-13, 21-14 (0:45)
Match 42: John Caravella / Matt Shubin (Q54) def. Robert Karmelich / Jason Downs (Q75) 20-22, 21-17, 15-9 (1:18)
Match 47: Dane Jensen / Jarett Jensen (Q59) def. Jeremiah Harrian / Todd Hollenbeck (Q70) 21-16, 21-12 (0:46)
Match 50: Peter Pua / Danko Iordanov (Q71) def. Dragon Ognjanovic / Michael Risley (Q58) 21-15, 21-13 (0:44)
Match 55: Connor Hastings / Andy Northness (Q74) def. Rick Colson / Brad Powell (Q55) 21-19, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 63: Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q63) def. Richard Arrata / Eric Lassier (Q66) 21-12, 21-13 (0:37)

Round 2
Match 65: Scott Lane / Anthony Medel (Q1) def. Jeremy Ayers / Dave Curran (Q65) 21-9, 21-12 (0:35)
Match 66: Jason Greenlaw / Chad Wick (Q32) def. Rico Becker / Mike Bruning (Q33) 21-11, 21-19 (0:49)
Match 67: Randy Cline / Jeff Murrell (Q17) def. Joshua Cannon / Jason Voorhees (Q48) 22-20, 21-12 (0:52)
Match 68: Jim Van Zwieten / Steve Van Zwieten (Q16) def. Zack Pelzel / Michael Rupp (Q49) 21-16, 17-21, 15-11 (0:58)
Match 69: Brian Corso / Said Souikane (Q9) def. Dan Newman / Tim Ryan (Q73) 21-10, 21-9 (0:31)
Match 70: Jon Barnes / Jon Rose (Q24) def. Timothy Cornelissen / Brian Genthe (Q41) 21-15, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 71: Vince Fierro / Luis Sandoval (Q40) def. Todd Bennett / Casey Brewer (Q25) 21-17, 12-21, 15-12 (1:00)
Match 72: Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (Q8) def. Mike Van Dyke / Joey Shimkonis (Q72) 21-17, 21-19 (0:48)
Match 73: Gaston Macau / Anthony Mihalic (Q5) def. Chris Brown / Kevin Collins (Q60) 21-18, 21-19 (0:48)
Match 74: Ivan Mercer / Jake Wilson (Q37) def. Eric Burness / Samuel Rogers (Q28) 21-16, 21-19 (0:40)
Match 75: Mike Diehl / Mark Paaluhi (Q21) def. Kevin Cleary / Joel Jones (Q44) 21-17, 21-19 (0:48)
Match 76: Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (Q12) def. Reuben Danley / Brent Keller (Q53) 23-25, 21-16, 15-8 (1:03)
Match 77: Morgan Mainz / Dennis Roberts (Q13) def. Ian Gallagher / Brent Reger (Q52) 21-19, 21-15 (0:49)
Match 78: Jeff Myers / Mark Smith (Q20) def. Steven Ho / Scott Kiedaisch (Q45) 21-18, 21-13 (0:45)
Match 79: John Mayer / Sean Rooney (Q36) def. Brenton Davis / Ryan Haneberg (Q29) 21-17, 21-19 (0:47)
Match 80: Ryan Stuntz / Billy Strickland (Q68) def. John Braunstein / Brad Torsone (Q4) 21-18, 13-21, 15-12 (1:06)
Match 81: Ty Loomis / John Moran (Q3) def. Jack Laidlaw / Tom Greller (Q67) 21-14, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 82: Seth Burnham / Andor Gyulai (Q35) def. Guy Hamilton / Yariv Lerner (Q30) 21-12, 16-21, 15-13 (1:11)
Match 83: Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q19) def. Shane Davis / Corey Glave (Q46) 21-13, 21-11 (0:32)
Match 84: Kevin Dake / Ran Kumgisky (Q14) def. Dan Classen / Dan Hecker (Q51) 21-17, 21-18 (0:47)
Match 85: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q11) def. John Caravella / Matt Shubin (Q54) 21-12, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 86: Wayne Seligson / Brandon Taliaferro (Q43) def. Ryan Cronin / Peter Tourigny (Q22) 21-19, 17-21, 15-10 (1:06)
Match 87: Chris Harger / Jason Olive (Q27) def. Charles Cates / Arqum Iqbal (Q38) 21-11, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 88: Jeff Minc / Aaron Wachtfogel (Q6) def. Dane Jensen / Jarett Jensen (Q59) 21-15, 21-16 (0:46)
Match 89: Everett Matthews / Andrew Vazquez (Q7) def. Peter Pua / Danko Iordanov (Q71) 21-15, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 90: Matt Osbourn / Jessie Webster (Q26) def. Jeremy Drescher / Derek Martinez (Q39) 19-21, 21-10, 15-5 (0:52)
Match 91: Graig Domanski / Leon Lucas (Q23) def. Scott Faust / Matt Heagy (Q42) 21-12, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 92: Connor Hastings / Andy Northness (Q74) def. Matt Prosser / Jon Thompson (Q10) 16-21, 21-18, 15-9 (1:01)
Match 93: Brian Duff / Tony Pray (Q15) def. Ossie Barreras / Lucas Galmarni (Q50) 21-18, 21-18 (0:51)
Match 94: Eric Adams / Sam Haghighi (Q18) def. Nathan Cumme / Michael Johnson (Q47) 21-13, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 95: Gaby Amar / JP Calderon (Q34) def. Rocky Mayo / Jeremie Simkins (Q31) 21-16, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 96: David Smith / Hans Stolfus (Q2) def. Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q63) 21-16, 21-13 (0:44)

Round 3
Match 97: Scott Lane / Anthony Medel (Q1) def. Jason Greenlaw / Chad Wick (Q32) 21-11, 21-12 (0:39)
Match 98: Jim Van Zwieten / Steve Van Zwieten (Q16) def. Randy Cline / Jeff Murrell (Q17) 22-20, 22-20 (0:58)
Match 99: Brian Corso / Said Souikane (Q9) def. Jon Barnes / Jon Rose (Q24) 21-13, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 100: Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (Q8) def. Vince Fierro / Luis Sandoval (Q40) 21-17, 21-19 (0:54)
Match 101: Gaston Macau / Anthony Mihalic (Q5) def. Ivan Mercer / Jake Wilson (Q37) 21-13, 21-17
Match 102: Mike Diehl / Mark Paaluhi (Q21) def. Esteban Escobar / Leonardo Moraes (Q12) 25-23, 21-8 (0:46)
Match 103: Morgan Mainz / Dennis Roberts (Q13) def. Jeff Myers / Mark Smith (Q20) 21-9, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 104: John Mayer / Sean Rooney (Q36) def. Ryan Stuntz / Billy Strickland (Q68) 21-18, 23-21 (0:52)
Match 105: Ty Loomis / John Moran (Q3) def. Seth Burnham / Andor Gyulai (Q35) 21-16, 21-16 (0:54)
Match 106: Kevin Dake / Ran Kumgisky (Q14) def. Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q19) 22-20, 21-19 (0:48)
Match 107: Wayne Seligson / Brandon Taliaferro (Q43) def. Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q11) 18-21, 21-18, 15-12 (1:07)
Match 108: Chris Harger / Jason Olive (Q27) def. Jeff Minc / Aaron Wachtfogel (Q6) 21-13, 23-25, 15-13 (1:10)
Match 109: Everett Matthews / Andrew Vazquez (Q7) def. Matt Osbourn / Jessie Webster (Q26) 21-13, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 110: Graig Domanski / Leon Lucas (Q23) def. Connor Hastings / Andy Northness (Q74) 21-17, 21-17 (0:45)
Match 111: Eric Adams / Sam Haghighi (Q18) def. Brian Duff / Tony Pray (Q15) 21-17, 21-11 (0:49)
Match 112: David Smith / Hans Stolfus (Q2) def. Gaby Amar / JP Calderon (Q34) 24-22, 21-18 (0:50)

Round 4
Match 113: Scott Lane / Anthony Medel (Q1) def. Jim Van Zwieten / Steve Van Zwieten (Q16) 21-13, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 114: Brian Corso / Said Souikane (Q9) def. Brian Chapman / Mike Morrison (Q8) 21-13, 21-18 (0:56)
Match 115: Gaston Macau / Anthony Mihalic (Q5) def. Mike Diehl / Mark Paaluhi (Q21) 21-19, 30-32, 15-13 (1:19)
Match 116: Morgan Mainz / Dennis Roberts (Q13) def. John Mayer / Sean Rooney (Q36) 21-17, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 117: Ty Loomis / John Moran (Q3) def. Kevin Dake / Ran Kumgisky (Q14) 21-17, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 118: Wayne Seligson / Brandon Taliaferro (Q43) def. Chris Harger / Jason Olive (Q27) 21-18, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 119: Everett Matthews / Andrew Vazquez (Q7) def. Graig Domanski / Leon Lucas (Q23) 21-18, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 120: David Smith / Hans Stolfus (Q2) def. Eric Adams / Sam Haghighi (Q18) 21-17, 21-11 (0:43)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) def. Ryan Lindstrom / Jamey Martin (32) 21-8, 21-11 (0:30)
Match 2: Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (16) def. Aaron Boss / Eli Fairfield (17) 10-21, 24-22, 15-11 (0:48)
Match 3: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) def. David Smith / Hans Stolfus (24, Q2) 21-16, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 4: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (8) def. Ty Loomis / John Moran (25, Q3) 21-13, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 5: Jason Ring / George Roumain (5) def. Gaston Macau / Anthony Mihalic (28, Q5) 21-11, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 6: Andy Witt / John Hyden (12) def. Albert Hannemann / Chip McCaw (21) 21-12, 16-21, 15-9 (0:58)
Match 7: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) def. Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (20) 19-21, 23-21, 16-14 (1:08)
Match 8: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (4) def. Brian Corso / Said Souikane (29, Q9) 21-12, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 9: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) def. Morgan Mainz / Dennis Roberts (30, Q13) 21-17, 21-11 (0:35)
Match 10: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (19) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (14) 21-17, 17-21, 15-11 (0:59)
Match 11: Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (11) def. Ian Clark / Jason Lee (22) 19-21, 21-12, 15-12 (1:04)
Match 12: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (6) def. Everett Matthews / Andrew Vazquez (27, Q7) 35-33, 21-16 (1:00)
Match 13: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (7) def. Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (26) 21-14, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 14: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (10) def. Scott Lane / Anthony Medel (23, Q1) 21-17, 21-18 (0:46)
Match 15: Eduardo Bacil / Jose Loiola (15) def. Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (18) 21-16, 17-21, 16-14 (1:06)
Match 16: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. Wayne Seligson / Brandon Taliaferro (31, Q43) 21-17, 21-15 (0:44)

Round 2
Match 17: Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (16) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) 16-21, 21-18, 15-9 (0:42)
Match 18: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) def. Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (8) 21-17, 21-18 (0:49)
Match 19: Andy Witt / John Hyden (12) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (5) 25-23, 21-15 (0:54)
Match 20: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (4) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) 25-23, 21-15 (1:02)
Match 21: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (19) 21-15, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 22: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (6) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (11) 21-19, 21-15
Match 23: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (7) def. Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (10) 21-17, 25-23 (0:50)
Match 24: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. Eduardo Bacil / Jose Loiola (15) 21-13, 21-13 (0:47)

Round 3
Match 25: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) def. Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (16) 21-14, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 26: Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (4) def. Andy Witt / John Hyden (12) 21-13, 18-21, 15-12 (1:10)
Match 27: Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (6) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) 23-25, 21-17, 16-14 (1:02)
Match 28: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (7) 21-17, 21-14 (0:50)

Round 4
Match 29: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) def. Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (4) 21-18, 21-18 (0:54)
Match 30: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (6) 21-17, 21-19 (0:52)


Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Aaron Boss / Eli Fairfield (17) def. Ryan Lindstrom / Jamey Martin (32) 21-15, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 32: David Smith / Hans Stolfus (24, Q2) def. Ty Loomis / John Moran (25, Q3) 21-18, 21-19 (0:49)
Match 33: Albert Hannemann/Chip McCaw(21) def. Gaston Macau / Anthony Mihalic (28, Q5) 21-13, 19-21, 15-10 (0:58)
Match 34: Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (20) def. Brian Corso / Said Souikane (29, Q9) 22-20, 24-22 (0:47)
Match 35: Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (14) def. Morgan Mainz / Dennis Roberts (30, Q13) 21-14, 21-14 (0:36)
Match 36: Ian Clark / Jason Lee (22) def. Everett Matthews / Andrew Vazquez (27, Q7) 21-19, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 37: Scott Lane / Anthony Medel (23, Q1) def. Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (26) 20-22, 21-18, 15-10 (0:56)
Match 38: Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (18) def. Wayne Seligson / Brandon Taliaferro (31, Q43) 21-13, 21-14 (0:40)

Round 2
Match 39: Aaron Boss / Eli Fairfield (17) def. Eduardo Bacil / Jose Loiola (15) 19-21, 21-16, 15-11 (0:45)
Match 40: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (10) def. David Smith / Hans Stolfus (24, Q2) 21-10, 15-21, 15-12 (0:57)
Match 41: Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (11) def. Albert Hannemann / Chip McCaw (21) 21-12, 20-22, 31-29 (1:31)
Match 42: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (19) def. Adam Roberts / Matt Heath (20) 21-11, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 43: Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) def. Jim Nichols / Matt Olson (14) 21-17, 21-16 (0:46)
Match 44: Jason Ring / George Roumain (5) def. Ian Clark / Jason Lee (22) 22-20, 21-15 (0:49)
Match 45: Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (8) def. Scott Lane / Anthony Medel (23, Q1) 21-12, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 46: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) def. Brent Doble / Ryan Mariano (18) 21-10, 21-11 (0:43)

Round 3
Match 47: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (10) def. Aaron Boss / Eli Fairfield (17) 21-16, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 48: Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (19) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (11) 21-16, 19-21, 15-10 (1:06)
Match 49: Jason Ring / George Roumain (5) def. Paul Baxter / Scott Wong (13) 21-17, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 50: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) def. Canyon Ceman / Mike Whitmarsh (8) 21-15, 21-19 (0:40)

Round 4
Match 51: Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (10) def. Andy Witt / John Hyden (12) 21-16, 21-23, 15-10 (0:56)
Match 52: Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (16) def. Chad Mowrey / Ed Ratledge (19) 21-16, 17-21, 15-11 (0:55)
Match 53: Jason Ring / George Roumain (5) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (7) 21-23, 21-19, 15-13 (1:17)
Match 54: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (3) 18-21, 22-20, 15-13 (1:01)

Round 5
Match 55: Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (16) def. Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger (10) 21-11, 13-21, 15-11 (0:46)
Match 56: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) def. Jason Ring / George Roumain (5) 21-18, 21-19 (0:50)

Round 6
Match 57: Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (16) def. Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard (6) 21-16, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 58: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) def. Adam Jewell / Jake Gibb (4) 21-16, 21-10 (0:42)

Semifinals
Match 59: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) def. Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (16) 21-16, 21-16 (0:44)
Match 60: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) def. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) 18-21, 23-21, 15-11 (1:14)

Finals
Match 61: Eric Fonoimoana / Kevin Wong (9) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) 22-20, 21-19 (1:10)

   

2004 Men's Hermosa Beach Tournament Champions >>Eric Fonoimoanna / Kevin Wong
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                         Eric Fonoimoanna                                                Kevin Wong

Men's Final Results:

Men's AVP $87,500 Hermosa Beach Open

Presented by Bud Light
July 22-25, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points

1 Eric Fonoimoana Kevin Wong 9 $20,000.00 504.0
2 Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert 1 $14,000.00 452.0
3 Todd Rogers Sean Scott 2 $8,450.00 378.0
3 Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena 16 $8,450.00 378.0
5 Jake Gibb Adam Jewell 4 $5,000.00 304.0
5 Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard 6 $5,000.00 304.0
7 Jason Ring George Roumain 5 $3,500.00 252.0
7 Dax Holdren Stein Metzger 10 $3,500.00 252.0
9 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 3 $2,200.00 200.0
9 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 7 $2,200.00 200.0
9 John Hyden Andy Witt 12 $2,200.00 200.0
9 Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge 19 $2,200.00 200.0
13 Canyon Ceman Mike Whitmarsh 8 $1,400.00 152.0
13 Scott Ayakatubby Brian Lewis 11 $1,400.00 152.0
13 Paul Baxter Scott Wong 13 $1,400.00 152.0
13 Aaron Boss Eli Fairfield 17 $1,400.00 152.0
17 Jim Nichols Matt Olson 14 $550.00 100.0
17 Eduardo Bacil Jose Loiola 15 $550.00 100.0
17 Brent Doble Ryan Mariano 18 $550.00 100.0
17 Matt Heath Adam Roberts 20 $550.00 100.0
17 Albert Hannemann Chip McCaw 21 $550.00 100.0
17 Ian Clark Jason Lee 22 $550.00 100.0
17 Scott Lane Anthony Medel 23, Q1 $550.00 100.0
17 David Smith Hans Stolfus 24, Q2 $550.00 100.0
25 Ty Loomis John Moran 25, Q3 $100.00 52.0
25 Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano 26 $100.00 52.0
25 Everett Matthews Andrew Vazquez 27, Q7 $100.00 52.0
25 Gaston Macau Anthony Mihalic 28, Q5 $100.00 52.0
25 Brian Corso Said Souikane 29, Q9 $100.00 52.0
25 Morgan Mainz Dennis Roberts 30, Q13 $100.00 52.0
25 Wayne Seligson Brandon Taliaferro 31, Q43 $100.00 52.0
25 Ryan Lindstrom Jamey Martin 32 $100.00 52.0
33 Brian Chapman Mike Morrison Q8 $.00 26.0
33 Kevin Dake Ran Kumgisky Q14 $.00 26.0
33 Jim Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten Q16 $.00 26.0
33 Eric Adams Sam Haghighi Q18 $.00 26.0
33 Mike Diehl Mark Paaluhi Q21 $.00 26.0
33 Graig Domanski Leon Lucas Q23 $.00 26.0
33 Chris Harger Jason Olive Q27 $.00 26.0
33 John Mayer Sean Rooney Q36 $.00 26.0
41 Jeff Minc Aaron Wachtfogel Q6 $.00 16.0
41 Scott Hill Dan Mintz Q11 $.00 16.0
41 Esteban Escobar Leonardo Moraes Q12 $.00 16.0
41 Brian Duff Tony Pray Q15 $.00 16.0
41 Randy Cline Jeff Murrell Q17 $.00 16.0
41 Bivin Sadler Andy Shean Q19 $.00 16.0
41 Jeff Myers Mark Smith Q20 $.00 16.0
41 Jon Barnes Jon Rose Q24 $.00 16.0
41 Matt Osbourn Jessie Webster Q26 $.00 16.0
41 Jason Greenlaw Chad Wick Q32 $.00 16.0
41 Gaby Amar JP Calderon Q34 $.00 16.0
41 Seth Burnham Andor Gyulai Q35 $.00 16.0
41 Ivan Mercer Jake Wilson Q37 $.00 16.0
41 Vince Fierro Luis Sandoval Q40 $.00 16.0
41 Billy Strickland Ryan Stuntz Q68 $.00 16.0
41 Connor Hastings Andy Northness Q74 $.00 16.0
57 John Braunstein Brad Torsone Q4 $.00 12.0
57 Matt Prosser Jon Thompson Q10 $.00 12.0
57 Ryan Cronin Peter Tourigny Q22 $.00 12.0
57 Todd Bennett Casey Brewer Q25 $.00 12.0
57 Eric Burness Samuel Rogers Q28 $.00 12.0
57 Brenton Davis Ryan Haneberg Q29 $.00 12.0
57 Guy Hamilton Yariv Lerner Q30 $.00 12.0
57 Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins Q31 $.00 12.0
57 Rico Becker Mike Bruning Q33 $.00 12.0
57 Charles Cates Arqum Iqbal Q38 $.00 12.0
57 Jeremy Drescher Derek Martinez Q39 $.00 12.0
57 Timothy Cornelissen Brian Genthe Q41 $.00 12.0
57 Scott Faust Matt Heagy Q42 $.00 12.0
57 Kevin Cleary Joel Jones Q44 $.00 12.0
57 Steven Ho Scott Kiedaisch Q45 $.00 12.0
57 Shane Davis Corey Glave Q46 $.00 12.0
57 Nathan Cumme Michael Johnson Q47 $.00 12.0
57 Joshua Cannon Jason Voorhees Q48 $.00 12.0
57 Zack Pelzel Michael Rupp Q49 $.00 12.0
57 Ossie Barreras Lucas Galmarni Q50 $.00 12.0
57 Dan Classen Dan Hecker Q51 $.00 12.0
57 Ian Gallagher Brent Reger Q52 $.00 12.0
57 Reuben Danley Brent Keller Q53 $.00 12.0
57 John Caravella Matt Shubin Q54 $.00 12.0
57 Dane Jensen Jarett Jensen Q59 $.00 12.0
57 Chris Brown Kevin Collins Q60 $.00 12.0
57 Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q63 $.00 12.0
57 Jeremy Ayers Dave Curran Q65 $.00 12.0
57 Tom Greller Jack Laidlaw Q67 $.00 12.0
57 Danko Iordanov Peter Pua Q71 $.00 12.0
57 Joey Shimkonis Mike Van Dyke Q72 $.00 12.0
57 Dan Newman Tim Ryan Q73 $.00 12.0
89 Rick Colson Brad Powell Q55 $.00 6.0
89 Drew Brand Andrew Zimmerman Q56 $.00 6.0
89 Jeremy Harvey Nathan Harvey Q57 $.00 6.0
89 Dragon Ognjanovic Michael Risley Q58 $.00 6.0
89 Coley Kyman Bobby Samuelson Q61 $.00 6.0
89 Jason Harris Anthony Sciarpalletti Q62 $.00 6.0
89 Tom Chapman Dennis Zhukov Q64 $.00 6.0
89 Richard Arrata Eric Lassier Q66 $.00 6.0
89 Scott Barnett Robert deAurora Q69 $.00 6.0
89 Jeremiah Harrian Todd Hollenbeck Q70 $.00 6.0
89 Jason Downs Robert Karmelich Q75 $.00 6.0


Women's Final Results:

Women's AVP $87,500 Hermosa Beach Open
Presented by Bud Light
July 22-25, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points

1 Holly McPeak Elaine Youngs 2 $20,000.00 504.0
2 Misty May Kerri Walsh 1 $14,000.00 452.0
3 Barbra Fontana Jennifer Kessy 4 $8,450.00 378.0
3 Carrie Busch Nancy Mason 5 $8,450.00 378.0
5 Angie Akers Rachel Wacholder 7 $5,000.00 304.0
5 Tyra Harper Makare Wilson 11 $5,000.00 304.0
7 Lisa Arce Leanne McSorley 6 $3,500.00 252.0
7 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 14 $3,500.00 252.0
9 Tammy Leibl Sarah Straton 8 $2,200.00 200.0
9 Pat Keller Wendy Stammer 12 $2,200.00 200.0
9 Nicole Branagh Lauren Fendrick 16 $2,200.00 200.0
9 Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles 17 $2,200.00 200.0
13 Annett Davis Jenny Johnson Jordan 3 $1,400.00 152.0
13 Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 9 $1,400.00 152.0
13 Paula Roca Gracie Santana-Baeni 10 $1,400.00 152.0
13 Kimberly Coleman Julie Sprague 19 $1,400.00 152.0
17 Tanya Fuamatu Heidi Ilustre 13 $550.00 100.0
17 Alicia Polzin Ali Wood 15 $550.00 100.0
17 Daven Casad-Allison Jenelle Koester 18 $550.00 100.0
17 Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet 23 $550.00 100.0
17 Danalee Bragado Valinda Hilleary 25, Q5 $550.00 100.0
17 Nikki Audette Jill Changaris 27, Q4 $550.00 100.0
17 Kerri Eich Priscilla Lima 28, Q16 $550.00 100.0
17 Angela Lewis Diane Pascua 29, Q11 $550.00 100.0
25 Sharman Mitchell Saralyn Smith 20 $100.00 52.0
25 Michelle Morse Kristen Schritter 21 $100.00 52.0
25 Denise Johns Karen Reitz 22 $100.00 52.0
25 Leanne Haarbauer Alicia Zamparelli 24, Q9 $100.00 52.0
25 Mary Baily Arcadia Berjonneau 26, Q7 $100.00 52.0
25 Ramona Caouette Makalani Hovey 30, Q15 $100.00 52.0
25 Nicki Fusco Gina Kirstein 31 $100.00 52.0
25 Paola Rodriguez Stacy Rouwenhorst 32, Q19 $100.00 52.0
33 Anne McArthur Helen Reale Q2 $.00 26.0
33 Tiffany Rodriguez Franci Van Zwieten Q6 $.00 26.0
33 Lisa Marshall Ann Windes Q8 $.00 26.0
33 Julie Romias Sarah White Q10 $.00 26.0
33 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger Q12 $.00 26.0
33 Karen Holman Gretchen Sanders Q13 $.00 26.0
33 Barb Ifejika Natacha Nelson Q30 $.00 26.0
33 Keao Burdine Claire Robertson Q33 $.00 26.0
41 Barbara Nyland Marla O'Hara Q1 $.00 16.0
41 Holly Reisor Eleonora Vakhidova Q3 $.00 16.0
41 Kelly Rowe Catie Vagnuer Q14 $.00 16.0
41 Nicole Midwin Amber Willey Q17 $.00 16.0
41 Cindy Phillips Teri Van Dyke Q18 $.00 16.0
41 Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser Q21 $.00 16.0
41 Heather Alley Ingrid Roosild Q22 $.00 16.0
41 Jean Mathews Stephanie Roberts Q23 $.00 16.0
41 Kaili Kimura Jan Resuello Q24 $.00 16.0
41 Jennifer Lombardi Suzanne McReynolds Q29 $.00 16.0
41 Debbie Ponis Laura Ratto Q34 $.00 16.0
41 Angela Knopf Krista Swartzendruber Q37 $.00 16.0
41 Olga Schabbauer Kelly Yengst Q38 $.00 16.0
41 Anya Adams Genise Snyder Q39 $.00 16.0
41 Michelle Kyman Krystal Mcfarland Q40 $.00 16.0
41 Caroline Skacel Jessi Wright Q45 $.00 16.0
57 Keely Eagle Barb Sanson Q20 $.00 12.0
57 Antoinette Cocco Shannon Sneed Q25 $.00 12.0
57 Jennifer Maastricht Kathleen Madden Q26 $.00 12.0
57 Kirstin Olsen Mary Strong Q27 $.00 12.0
57 Kim Goodwin Carol Killeen Q28 $.00 12.0
57 Susan Hughes Sarah Jones Q31 $.00 12.0
57 Tina Damasco Patti Scofield Q32 $.00 12.0
57 Meri-de Boyer Josie Youngblood Q35 $.00 12.0
57 Elena Dan Johanna Lehman Q36 $.00 12.0
57 Gigi Krueger Nadia Ziani Q41 $.00 12.0
57 Sabrina Pozzi Jennifer Sansone Q42 $.00 12.0
57 Kristin Cooper Terry Zartman Q43 $.00 12.0
57 Heather Bassett Jenna Branham Q44 $.00 12.0
57 Brynn Murphy Alyssa Rylander Q46 $.00 12.0
57 Jackie Hatten Erica Schoenberg Q47 $.00 12.0
57 Stephanie Barry Kiah Fiers Q48 $.00 12.0
57 Kristin Ursillo Katie Wilkins Q49 $.00 12.0
57 Michelle Hart Michele Remus Q50 $.00 12.0
57 Erin Dieterle Hilde Schjerven Q51 $.00 12.0
57 Annie Maxwell Erica Menzel Q52 $.00 12.0

Women's AVP $87,500 Hermosa Beach Open
Presented by Bud Light
July 22-25, 2004 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Claire Robertson / Keao Burdine (Q33) def. Tina Damasco / Patti Scofield (Q32) 22-20, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 3: Nicole Midwin / Amber Willey (Q17) def. Stephanie Barry / Kiah Fiers (Q48) 21-13, 19-21, 15-7 (0:42)
Match 4: Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (Q16) def. Kristin Ursillo / Katie Wilkins (Q49) 21-19, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 6: Kaili Kimura / Jan Resuello (Q24) def. Gigi Krueger / Nadia Ziani (Q41) 26-28, 21-18, 15-10 (1:17)
Match 7: Michelle Kyman / Krystal Mcfarland (Q40) def. Antoinette Cocco / Shannon Sneed (Q25) 21-18, 13-21, 17-15 (1:02)
Match 10: Angela Knopf / Krista Swartzendruber (Q37) def. Kim Goodwin / Carol Killeen (Q28) 21-12, 16-21, 15-6 (0:52) Match 11: Joy Akins / Dawn Steinhauser (Q21) def. Heather Bassett / Jenna Branham (Q44) 21-19, 21-11 (0:34)
Match 13: Karen Holman / Gretchen Sanders (Q13) def. Erica Menzel / Annie Maxwell (Q52) by Forfeit
Match 14: Jessi Wright / Caroline Skacel (Q45) def. Keely Eagle / Barb Sanson (Q20) 21-13, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 15: Jennifer Lombardi / Suzanne McReynolds (Q29) def. Johanna Lehman / Elena Dan (Q36) 21-10, 21-19 (0:43)
Match 18: Barb Ifejika / Natacha Nelson (Q30) def. Josie Youngblood / Meri-de Boyer (Q35) 21-13, 23-21 (0:39)
Match 19: Paola Rodriguez / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q19) def. Alyssa Rylander / Brynn Murphy (Q46) 21-12, 21-11 (0:34)
Match 20: Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagnuer (Q14) def. Hilde Schjerven / Erin Dieterle (Q51) 21-15, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 22: Heather Alley / Ingrid Roosild (Q22) def. Terry Zartman / Kristin Cooper (Q43) 21-16, 17-21, 15-11 (1:02)
Match 23: Kelly Yengst / Olga Schabbauer (Q38) def. Kirstin Olsen / Mary Strong (Q27) 16-21, 21-9, 15-8 (1:01)
Match 26: Anya Adams / Genise Snyder (Q39) def. Jennifer Maastricht / Kathleen Madden (Q26) 21-15, 23-25, 15-8 (1:09)
Match 27: Jean Mathews / Stephanie Roberts (Q23) def. Sabrina Pozzi / Jennifer Sansone (Q42) by Forfeit
Match 29: Ramona Caouette / Makalani Hovey (Q15) def. Michelle Hart / Michele Remus (Q50) 23-21, 16-21, 15-11 (1:07)
Match 30: Cindy Phillips / Teri Van Dyke (Q18) def. Jackie Hatten / Erica Schoenberg (Q47) 21-10, 21-14 (0:34)
Match 31: Laura Ratto / Debbie Ponis (Q34) def. Susan Hughes / Sarah Jones (Q31) 21-17, 21-16 (0:41)

Round 2
Match 33: Claire Robertson / Keao Burdine (Q33) def. Barbara Nyland / Marla O'Hara (Q1) 21-16, 23-21 (0:40)
Match 34: Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (Q16) def. Nicole Midwin / Amber Willey (Q17) 21-19, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 35: Leanne Haarbauer / Alicia Zamparelli (Q9) def. Kaili Kimura / Jan Resuello (Q24) 21-18, 21-11 (0:37)
Match 36: Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (Q8) def. Michelle Kyman / Krystal Mcfarland (Q40) 21-14, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 37: Danalee Bragado / Valinda Hilleary (Q5) def. Angela Knopf / Krista Swartzendruber (Q37) 21-11, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 38: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q12) def. Joy Akins / Dawn Steinhauser (Q21) 21-13, 21-15 (0:46)
Match 39: Karen Holman / Gretchen Sanders (Q13) def. Jessi Wright / Caroline Skacel (Q45) 21-15, 21-11 (0:39)
Match 40: Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (Q4) def. Jennifer Lombardi / Suzanne McReynolds (Q29) 21-8, 21-7 (0:34)
Match 41: Barb Ifejika / Natacha Nelson (Q30) def. Holly Reisor / Eleonora Vakhidova (Q3) 25-23, 26-24 (0:52)
Match 42: Paola Rodriguez / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q19) def. Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagnuer (Q14) 19-21, 21-19, 23-21 (1:09)
Match 43: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q11) def. Heather Alley / Ingrid Roosild (Q22) 21-7, 21-6 (0:29)
Match 44: Tiffany Rodriguez / Franci Van Zwieten (Q6) def. Kelly Yengst / Olga Schabbauer (Q38) 21-10, 22-20 (0:40)
Match 45: Mary Baily / Arcadia Berjonneau (Q7) def. Anya Adams / Genise Snyder (Q39) 21-17, 21-14 (0:43)
Match 46: Julie Romias / Sarah White (Q10) def. Jean Mathews / Stephanie Roberts (Q23) 21-9, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 47: Ramona Caouette / Makalani Hovey (Q15) def. Cindy Phillips / Teri Van Dyke (Q18) 18-21, 24-22, 15-12 (1:03) Match 48: Anne McArthur / Helen Reale (Q2) def. Laura Ratto / Debbie Ponis (Q34) 21-13, 21-17 (0:45)

Round 3
Match 49: Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (Q16) def. Claire Robertson / Keao Burdine (Q33) 21-19, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 50: Leanne Haarbauer / Alicia Zamparelli (Q9) def. Lisa Marshall / Ann Windes (Q8) 19-21, 21-19, 15-10 (0:56)
Match 51: Danalee Bragado / Valinda Hilleary (Q5) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q12) 21-11, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 52: Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (Q4) def. Karen Holman / Gretchen Sanders (Q13) 21-18, 20-22, 15-11 (1:07)
Match 53: Paola Rodriguez / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q19) def. Barb Ifejika / Natacha Nelson (Q30) 21-11, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 54: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q11) def. Tiffany Rodriguez / Franci Van Zwieten (Q6) 21-14, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 55: Mary Baily / Arcadia Berjonneau (Q7) def. Julie Romias / Sarah White (Q10) 21-12, 20-22, 15-10 (1:07)
Match 56: Ramona Caouette / Makalani Hovey (Q15) def. Anne McArthur / Helen Reale (Q2) 21-16, 21-19 (0:40)


Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Stacy Rouwenhorst / Paola Rodriguez (32, Q19) 21-12, 21-9 (0:29)
Match 2: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (17) def. Lauren Fendrick / Nicole Branagh (16) 18-21, 21-12, 15-9 (0:42)
Match 3: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) def. Alicia Zamparelli / Leanne Haarbauer (24, Q9) 21-19, 22-24, 15-4 (0:54)
Match 4: Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (8) def. Danalee Bragado / Valinda Hilleary (25, Q5) 21-13, 19-21, 15-7 (0:55)
Match 5: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (5) def. Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (28, Q16) 21-13, 21-17 (0:35)
Match 6: Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (12) def. Michelle Morse / Kristen Schritter (21) 21-8, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 7: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (13) def. Sharman Mitchell / Saralyn Smith (20) 21-18, 21-10 (0:37)
Match 8: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (4) def. Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (29, Q11) 21-15, 21-5 (0:33)
Match 9: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Makalani Hovey / Ramona Caouette (30, Q15) 21-7, 21-8 (0:34)
Match 10: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) def. Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (19) 21-19, 21-10 (0:36)
Match 11: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (11) def. Karen Reitz / Denise Johns (22) 21-17, 21-9 (0:40)
Match 12: Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (6) def. Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (27, Q4) 21-12, 22-20
Match 13: Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (7) def. Arcadia Berjonneau / Mary Baily (26, Q7) 24-22, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 14: Gracie Santana-Baeni / Paula Roca (10) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (23) 21-14, 21-14 (0:39)
Match 15: Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Jenelle Koester (18) 14-21, 21-15, 15-11 (0:45)
Match 16: Elaine Youngs / Holly McPeak (2) def. Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (31) 21-13, 21-8 (0:34)

Round 2
Match 17: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (17) 21-10, 21-9 (0:37)
Match 18: Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (8) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) 18-21, 21-11, 16-14 (0:44)
Match 19: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (5) def. Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (12) 21-17, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 20: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (4) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (13) 18-21, 21-18, 15-10 (0:59)
Match 21: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) 25-23, 24-22 (0:46)
Match 22: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (11) def. Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (6) 19-21, 25-23, 15-8 (1:00)
Match 23: Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (7) def. Gracie Santana-Baeni / Paula Roca (10) 19-21, 21-15, 15-12 (0:49)
Match 24: Elaine Youngs / Holly McPeak (2) def. Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) 21-12, 21-7 (0:31)

Round 3
Match 25: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (8) 21-11, 21-17 (0:36)
Match 26: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (5) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (4) 21-13, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 27: Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (11) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) 12-21, 21-19, 17-15 (0:55)
Match 28: Elaine Youngs / Holly McPeak (2) def. Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (7) 21-12, 21-12 (0:42)

Round 4
Match 29: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (5) 21-15, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 30: Elaine Youngs / Holly McPeak (2) def. Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (11) 21-15, 21-19 (0:44)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Lauren Fendrick / Nicole Branagh (16) def. Stacy Rouwenhorst / Paola Rodriguez (32, Q19) 21-15, 21-18 (0:36)
Match 32: Danalee Bragado / Valinda Hilleary (25, Q5) def. Alicia Zamparelli / Leanne Haarbauer (24, Q9) 21-18, 21-16 (0:46)
Match 33: Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (28, Q16) def. Michelle Morse / Kristen Schritter (21) 21-19, 9-21, 15-12 (0:56)
Match 34: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (29, Q11) def. Sharman Mitchell / Saralyn Smith (20) 21-16, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 35: Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (19) def. Makalani Hovey / Ramona Caouette (30, Q15) 19-21, 21-14, 15-11 (0:51)
Match 36: Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (27, Q4) def. Karen Reitz / Denise Johns (22) 21-19, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 37: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (23) def. Arcadia Berjonneau / Mary Baily (26, Q7) 21-13, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 38: Daven Casad-Allison / Jenelle Koester (18) def. Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (31) 21-16, 21-11 (0:35)

Round 2
Match 39: Lauren Fendrick / Nicole Branagh (16) def. Alicia Polzin / Ali Wood (15) 22-20, 21-10 (0:37)
Match 40: Gracie Santana-Baeni / Paula Roca (10) def. Danalee Bragado / Valinda Hilleary (25, Q5) 14-21, 21-17, 15-10 (1:00)
Match 41: Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (6) def. Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (28, Q16) 21-13, 21-12 (0:37)
Match 42: Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) def. Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (29, Q11) 21-13, 21-6 (0:35)
Match 43: Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (19) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (13) 23-21, 14-21, 15-11 (1:00)
Match 44: Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (12) def. Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (27, Q4) 17-21, 21-15, 16-14 (1:01)
Match 45: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (23) 21-18, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 46: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (17) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Jenelle Koester (18) 21-17, 24-22 (0:35)

Round 3
Match 47: Lauren Fendrick / Nicole Branagh (16) def. Gracie Santana-Baeni / Paula Roca (10) 21-13, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 48: Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (6) def. Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan (3) 19-21, 21-17, 15-12 (1:05)
Match 49: Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (12) def. Kimberly Coleman / Julie Sprague (19) 21-14, 21-7 (0:37)
Match 50: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (17) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (9) 17-21, 23-21, 16-14 (0:57)

Round 4
Match 51: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (4) def. Lauren Fendrick / Nicole Branagh (16) 21-12, 21-15 (0:33)
Match 52: Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (6) def. Sarah Straton / Tammy Leibl (8) 21-18, 21-17 (0:36)
Match 53: Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (7) def. Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (12) 21-17, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 54: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) def. Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (17) 16-21, 21-16, 15-9 (0:56)

Round 5
Match 55: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (4) def. Leanne McSorley / Lisa Arce (6) 20-22, 24-22, 15-7 (0:59)
Match 56: Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (7) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (14) 21-16, 21-11 (0:35)

Round 6
Match 57: Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (4) def. Tyra Harper / Makare Wilson (11) 21-14, 21-16 (0:33)
Match 58: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (5) def. Angie Akers / Rachel Wacholder (7) 21-17, 21-19 (0:42)

Semifinals
Match 59: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Barbra Fontana / Jennifer Kessy (4) 16-21, 21-12, 17-15 (1:02)
Match 60: Elaine Youngs / Holly McPeak (2) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (5) 21-12, 21-12 (0:40)

Finals
Match 61: Elaine Youngs / Holly McPeak (2) def. Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) by Forfeit


2004 Hermosa Beach Women's Tournament Champions >>Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs

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       Holly McPeak                                Elaine Youngs

 
Articles 2004

Cold, hard facts: This pair rocks: Walsh, May aim to strike gold on Athens beach
By Stephen Harris
Boston Herald
Friday, July 16, 2004

In this age of digital special effects, visual illusions are easy to create -- like, for instance, weather conditions that appear frigidly cold but actually are produced with computers and actors working in a cozy studio.
 
     Such was not the case, we are happy to report, when USA Olympic beach volleyball stars Kerri Walsh and Misty May made a television commercial for VISA last winter in California. In the ad, the extremely dedicated pair, clad only in bikinis, is practicing the sport on a frozen, snow-covered beach. When a ball bounces into the surf, they decide which one -- Walsh -- has to jump into the frosty water to get it back.
 
     Digital illusion? Hardly. Just plain ice-cold temperatures.
 
     ``We were shooting for three days at Mammoth, a ski area near Los Angeles, and it was COLD,'' said the 24-year-old Walsh recently, laughing about the memory.
 
     ``They shot the close-ups at Malibu. Then we drove up to Mammoth at about 6 a.m. the next day. It was negative five degrees when we got there. We got our hair and makeup done and it was up to zero degrees. We were told to take off our robes and get down to our Speedos. It was five degrees. It was freezing cold.''
 
     Yet the commercial was seen as an enormous success by those in the beach volleyball universe, whose delightfully entertaining sport rarely gets the attention it deserves. After all, name another sport that features beautiful ocean side venues, a boisterous rock-and-roll atmosphere and a game that demands tremendous athletic ability and stamina. And the itty-bitty swimsuits on some very attractive and fit bodies don't exactly hurt the show.
 
     Ad puts sport in spotlight
 
     ``The commercial was great for our sport,'' said Walsh, a lovely and funny 6-foot-3 Stanford graduate, who has teamed with May to dominate the world the last three years. The pair was ranked No. 1 in the world for 2003, with a 39-0 record.
 
     Yet Walsh and May got more fame from a funny little commercial than with all their success on the sand.
 
     ``As far as visibility goes, I go anywhere -- restaurants, stores, bathrooms -- and people say, `Hey, you're that girl in the commercial. How was the water? Was it freezing?,' '' said Walsh. ``It's been crazy. As far as notoriety for our sport, people love it.
 
     ``All the beach volleyball players are so happy with it. It's kind of let people have an vision of what we do, of the dedication. I know it was in the snow, not the sand, but I think it intrigued people.''
 
     Of greater intrigue to beach volleyball fans right now is the untimely injury that has threatened the Walsh-May pair's status as odds-on favorite to win the gold medal at the upcoming Athens Olympics.
 
     The 25-year-old May suffered a strained abdominal muscle while competing at Huntington Beach, Calif. in late May. The pair skipped one event, then played and won in Switzerland in mid-June. But the 5-foot-9 May aggravated the injury June 23 and had to forfeit a tournament in Berlin. Walsh has played with different partners since, allowing May several weeks to rest the muscle strain.
 
     The pair hopes to reunite later this month for a tourney in Hermosa Beach, Calif. -- a quick tune-up for Athens. In their absence, the U.S. pair of Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs has performed extremely well.
 
     Match made in heaven
 
     It's an unfortunate situation for Walsh and May, who had been nearly unbeatable on both pro volleyball tours, the Association of Volleyball Professionals and the Fedaration Internationale de Volleyball, the last couple of years. They won 12-of-15 AVP events and five of their last seven FIVB stops. In June, they had a remarkable 15-event, 90-match willing streak snapped -- and between them boasted more than $1 million in career prize money.
 
     ``I don't know about perfect,'' said Walsh of their pairing, ``but I think special is the right word. When Misty and I got together in 2001, we were both very new to the sport but we had the same kind of drive and love of the sport. We were both learning the game together, and for the past three years we've really developed a great partnership.''
 
     A key to their success is the height and athleticism of Walsh, the product of a mom who was a volleyball standout and a dad who played minor league baseball. An outside hitter on the 2000 U.S. indoor team that finished fourth at Sydney, Walsh made the switch to the beach look easy.
 
     ``Kerri is very athletic for her height,'' said May. ``Not only can she play at the front, the net position, but she is a great defensive player. So we can share that responsibility, whereas some teams rely on their taller player to play up front most of the time. It takes a load off each other.''
 
     Walsh credits ``passion, dedication and our relationship,'' for the pair's success.
 
     ``We're in this together,'' she said. ``If I'm not playing well I know it and she lets me know in subtle ways. And vice versa. We have a lot of respect for each other. When we're not playing our best we know how to push each others buttons to make us snap out of it.
 
     ``We've had our rough spots, but we fought through them. That's really what brought it to where we are today. We did go through some ups and downs but we did it together. We fought tooth and nail the entire way.''
 
     The toughest fight remains, starting with merely making it to Athens, together, healthy and ready to win the gold.

How far can beach game take you? Try the Olympics LIFE OF RILEY
After getting start in area leagues, U.S. men's player headed to Greece
By EMILY DAVIS
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle
LIFE OF RILEY
From a Clear Creek High School gym and Galveston's Stewart Beach to the U.S. Olympic team, Riley Salmon has traveled the world playing volleyball.

1994-96 -- Played two years at Pierce Junior College in Los Angeles

1996-present -- Played on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball circuit; had four top-20 finishes in 2000.

1999 -- Played for a Serie A2 men's professional team in Italy (Tomei).

2001 -- Played for the U.S. men's national team; played for P.A.O.K., a men's professional team in Greece.

2003 -- Played for a men's professional team in Russia.

2004 -- Team USA qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, by going 6-0 en route to the gold medal in the NORCECA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico, on Jan. 10. ... Scored 10 points on nine kills and one service ace in the championship match.
 
When the U.S. men's national volleyball team beat Russia at Reliant Stadium last month, no one celebrated more than Riley Salmon. It wasn't that his team had defeated one of the world's top programs. Nor was it the fact that it would head into the USA Global Challenge in Austin two days later with firsthand knowledge of how to beat its first-round opponent.

Instead, it was the 3,000 screaming fans -- the most of their summer exhibition tour -- that made Salmon smile.

They were screaming for him.

"Only one word describes the experience of playing in Houston: awesome," said Salmon, who grew up in League City. "It was definitely a hometown feel. Getting to have all of my family there watching me ... friends whom I hadn't seen in a while came out. It was so special."

The three-game series against Russia was Salmon's first appearance in his home state since being selected for the national team in 2001, and Salmon couldn't help but enjoy the full circle his life had made as he slammed the ball from the outside hitter's position at Reliant.

It was just minutes down the road at Clear Creek High School where Salmon was introduced to volleyball at age 16.

Looking for a pickup basketball game at Clear Creek, Salmon was disappointed to find that the school was renovating the court and open gym had been canceled. So he headed to another gym to wait for his friend, who was looking for an extra body before a group could start a volleyball game.

A quick serve, a light pass, and Salmon was hooked.

Weeks later, Salmon was on Stewart Beach in Galveston, playing in Gulf Coast Volleyball Association tournaments. He joined a juniors indoor league and traveled around the state. By the time he was a senior in high school, Salmon had played either indoor or sand volleyball every weekend for two straight years.

"It was a blast to play on the sand," Salmon, 28, said. "I don't want to say that's what I was best at, but being outside and in that atmosphere is really fun. So I'd say that's where I really got a good foundation.

"The sand was perfect for me to fine-tune my indoor game. So (both games) really developed quickly for me at the same time."
Next stop: college
When Salmon graduated from Clear Creek in 1994, he knew he wanted to advance to volleyball's next level. So he packed his bags and headed to the West Coast, where Pierce College in Los Angeles was ready for the 6-6 heavy hitter.

"I'd never really thought about where to go after I graduated, and someone suggested playing in college," Salmon said. "And I thought that sounded like a pretty good idea."

Salmon spent the next two years at the junior college, then moved on to the Association of Volleyball Professional's beach circuit. By 2000, Salmon had four top-20 AVP finishes and had landed a spot on one of Italy's professional men's teams during the beach offseason.

The following year, Salmon moved to Greece and began traveling with one of its professional teams -- and had caught the eye of U.S. men's national coach Doug Beal, who was looking to revamp a struggling American team after a dismal showing in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

In May 2001, Salmon became a member of the U.S. volleyball team.

"The improvements Riley has made on this team have been nothing short of dramatic," Beal said. "He has made some really significant jumps. From really starting out on sand to only playing two years in college, that's just remarkable."


`Different kind of player'
Salmon -- who finished third on the team in scoring (108 points) last season and in kills (167) in his debut year -- is the only U.S. national team member to make the Olympic roster with only junior-college experience.

"Most of our guys have been three- and four-time All-America players," Beal said. "So with him to be where he is now, that just speaks volumes.

"But we knew he was a different kind of player when we got him. And that's exactly what I was looking for when I needed to regroup this team. He brings an intensity and energy that we really needed. He's so emotional on the court. Personality is such a major factor in a team setting, and he's really team-oriented. We just like a lot of what he brings to the court."

So does Salmon.

And as the U.S. team heads to Athens, Greece, for the Olympics from Aug. 13 to Aug. 29, he can't wait to show the world that intensity and give his hometown something to cheer about once more.

"Right now, I feel like I'm at my prime," he said. "I've made a lot of improvements, and this team has made huge steps -- like beating the Russians. That was so huge for us.

"I just like to go in there and bring my game, which is what all great players do. And I work to get better. I like to tell people how I got my start on sand and about only playing two years (in college). It's been a great ride, and I'm having a lot of fun."

Walsh wins in Marseille -- without May
NBC Olympics 2004
Sunday, July 18, 4:27 p.m.

With her regular partner Misty May at home nursing an abdominal strain, American Kerri Walsh teamed with Rachel Wacholder to win the World Series 13 beach volleyball title in breezy Marseille, France on Sunday.
Kerri Walsh and her partner, Misty May, are No. 1 in the women's Olympic qualifying rankings.
Walsh, playing with Wacholder for her second consecutive international tour event, defended the title she won with May last year. Walsh and Wacholder went undefeated in the double elimination tournament and beat compatriots Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan in the final, 21-19, 21-18.
Davis/Jordan, who lost out on an Olympic berth by one place, led in both sets and made Walsh/Wacholder work to earn the victory in the 41-minute match. The first set was tied 11 times before a Walsh block at 15-15 put her team ahead for good.
Late in the second set Davis/Jordan tallied three consecutive points to grab an 18-17 lead. But then the wind carried two of Johnson's shots out of bounds, putting Walsh/Wacholder ahead 19-18. Two blocks by Walsh closed out the match.
It was Walsh's 15th international tour victory and the first without May, her 2004 Olympics partner. For Wacholder, Sunday's title was her first.
"I'm excited. Since I am about the same age of Kerri and Misty, I never thought I would ever win a title," Wacholder said. "(Walsh) is such a great player. She has really adjusted her game to play with me."

Almost an American sweep
The U.S. women came close to securing their second 1-2-3 finish of the year. The Brazilian team of Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca prevented the sweep after rallying to defeat Americans Carrie Busch and Nancy Mason 21-23, 21-9, 17-15 in the bronze-medal match.
The victory marked the second consecutive international medal for the Brazilians, who won last weekend in Mallorca. The fourth-place finish was Busch/Mason's best on the international circuit.

Brazilian men win gold
Brazil's Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Araujo claimed the men's title in Marseille after beating Switzerland's Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel 12-21, 22-20, 15-12 in the final.
Marcio Araujo and his partner, Benjamim, enter Athens as the second-ranked Brazilian team. 
The victory marked Benjamin/Marcio Araujo's eighth victory in nine meetings over the Swiss pair. It was also the first title in six events for Benjamin/Marcio Araujo, who are second on the Olympic qualifying list.
"We struggled early due to injuries and my recovery from an appendix operation in March," Marcio Araujo said.
Heuscher and Kobel, who are fifth on the Olympic list, won their fifth medal on the international tour this year. Their only victory came June 20 in Gstaad, Switzerland.
Argentina's Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde were awarded the bronze medal when Americans Todd Rogers and Sean Scott forfeited the third-place match because of injury. It was the fifth top-three finish of the season for Baracetti/Conde. Rogers/Scott, who finished third in the U.S. race for two Olympic berths, have finished fourth twice this season.

On tap next weekend
The men will travel to Poland for the Mazury Open next weekend, while the international women's tour takes a break before the Klagenfurt Grand Slam in Austria on July 28-Aug. 1.
The top American teams will be in action next weekend at the Association of Volleyball Professionals' (AVP) Hermosa Beach Open in California. The event can be seen live July 24-25, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET on NBC.

Headed to Hermosa
By Doug Strauss
July 21, 2004
Courtesy Of AVP   

Parity and unpredictability have been the dominant characteristics of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series, and the July 22-25 Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light is more than likely to fall into line with that trend.
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball competitors Matt Fuerbringer (left) and Jake Gibb join the rest of the field at the July 22-25 Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light in the quest for a 2004 AVP Nissan Series' championship. 
The last event prior to the Olympic Games in Athens, this AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour event showcases America's best beach volleyball players before four teams take the stage in front of the world to represent the U.S.

In the last decade, the Hermosa Beach Open has been a microcosm of the AVP Tour in recent times. The last 10 men's events in Hermosa Beach have been won by nine different teams, with only Karch Kiraly / Adam Johnson winning twice. Furthermore, no team that has won there is currently playing. In 2003, Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis edged Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings in an exciting three-game match that saw a total of seven match points for both teams before Ayakatubby / Lewis won 22-20 in the third game.

This season, there have been seven events and six different winners. In the last four seasons, there have been 30 team events and 18 unique winning teams. Ten teams have won once while eight have collected multiple titles, led by Eric Fonoimoana / Dax Holdren's five wins.

The only team able to sustain any bit of momentum this season has been Kiraly / Mike Lambert, who won 16 straight matches and a pair of titles before being upended in the semifinals in Belmar in early July. That event, like three others earlier in the year, was won by a team winning for the first time together Fuerbringer / Jennings.

"The level of play on the AVP is so much stronger this year," Fuerbringer said. "Last year it was deep. This year you add in Jason Ring and George Roumain, you get the young guys getting even better, everyone is training harder."

Ring / Roumain return to action following Ring's hand injury which kept him out of the last tournament. The U.S. representatives in Athens are competing against each other domestically for the first time since the event in Austin, Texas as Dain Blanton / Jeff Nygaard and Dax Holdren / Stein Metzger are seeded fifth and ninth respectively.

Like the men, the women have had nine different winners in the last 10 events in Hermosa Beach, with Karolyn Kirby / Liz Masakayan as the repeat winners. In 2003 Misty May / Kerri Walsh defeated Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs after May / Walsh rallied from a 14-12 deficit in the third game to win 16-14.

The difference from the men lies in the recent Tour history. In the past three years, there have been only three teams win an AVP event. May / Walsh have won 12 of those, McPeak / Youngs have nine wins, including the last three straight, and Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan have won a pair of titles.

The women's 2004 season has been a tale of two teams, with the stars of the show the pair of teams that are playing for the U.S. in Athens next month. The year began with May / Walsh continuing their unbeaten streak from last season. The duo won their first 25 matches en route to claiming the first four titles of the year. But McPeak / Youngs have been the hot team of late, winning their last 16 matches and three straight championships.

The field in Hermosa Beach is deep, with 27 of the men's players and 17 of the women's players having won a tournament. However, only three women's teams playing together have won a tournament before -- the three teams having claimed titles in the past three years. While four men's teams have won for the first time together this season, only one women's team, Rachel Wacholder / Walsh, have logged their first victory together, that coming last week in an international event while May recovered from an abdominal injury.

Although it will be difficult to top the exciting finales in the 2003 Hermosa Beach Open, this competition not only features more strong teams, but also gives the U.S. one last look at their Olympic representatives prior to the Athens Games.

Back to the Beach
Walsh and May will be together again at Hermosa
By Peter Yoon, LA Times Staff Writer


Kerri Walsh didn't quite know what to expect when she practiced with Misty May for the first time in almost a month, so she thought they should take it easy.

A few passing drills here, some setting drills there and then call it a day, was about all she had in mind.

The top-ranked women's beach volleyball team in the world had been separated since June 23 because of an abdominal strain that had sidelined May.

So when May showed up for practice Tuesday in Hermosa Beach with a gung-ho attitude, Walsh was a bit taken aback.

"I was a little nervous about how she was going to play, but she was excellent," Walsh said. "She looked great and she played aggressive, just like the same old Misty."

May has spent the last month in physical therapy sessions, rehabilitating a muscle that has bothered her since the end of May and getting fit for the Olympics, which begin Aug. 13 in Athens.

May and Walsh are the favorites for the gold medal and May said she was pretty close to full strength.

"I'm definitely excited," May said. "Athens is the most important thing, so it was good to have a little break to get healed up. But I missed playing. I missed competing. I'm ready to go."

That might be bad news for the rest of the teams playing in the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series Hermosa Beach Open beginning Friday at the Hermosa Beach Pier.

Walsh and "the same old Misty" have won 12 of the 13 AVP tournaments they have entered since 2003. They set a record with 15 consecutive worldwide victories this year and won 90 consecutive matches before losing last month at Manhattan Beach.

Since then, May's abdominal strain has caused quite a disturbance in what was supposed to be a fine-tuning period for the Olympics.

May first felt the injury about two months ago, during an AVP stop in Huntington Beach.

May and Walsh won that tournament, but a week later, with May playing through the pain, they lost a semifinal match at Manhattan Beach, ending their match winning streak. The following week, they withdrew from an AVP tournament in San Diego.

May said she felt OK after the week off, and the team played an international event in Switzerland June 17-19. During their third match, the pain resurfaced. May played through it, and they won.

"I really didn't realize how much it was hurting her," Walsh said. "Looking back, we probably shouldn't have played that tournament."

The next week was a Grand Slam event in Germany. Grand Slams pay more prize money — $43,000 to the winning team — than a regular event ($27,000). So May tried to gut it out, but it turned out to be a mistake.

They won their first match, 21-15, 21-19, but May couldn't continue. They withdrew from the tournament so that May could rest. The money, they decided, was not nearly as important as the gold medal.

"We finally put our foot down," Walsh said. "We were kind of like, 'What are we thinking? We need to be healthy going into Athens. We can't take chances like this.' "

But while May rested, Walsh couldn't sit still. She sat and watched from the sidelines during the tournament in San Diego but decided that wasn't for her.

She teamed with Rachel Wacholder for an international event in Norway from July 1-4, and they finished third. The next week, Walsh paired up with Jennifer Meredith for an AVP event in New Jersey, and they finished second.

At an international tournament in France from July 15-18, Walsh and Wacholder teamed up again and this time they won.

"It was unbelievable," Walsh said. "It was Rachel's first win, so that was so much fun. But it was also very different winning without Misty. I didn't realize how attached to her I was."

Walsh and May have played together for more than three years, so the invisible bond was tough to break even though May remained in the U.S. while Walsh played with Wacholder in Europe.

"I must have called her 'Misty' a million times," Walsh said of Wacholder. "She probably got sick of it."

May and Walsh saw each other only once during their time off, during the AVP stop in New Jersey. They spoke on the phone a couple of times, but other than that went their own ways.

May said that she didn't pay much attention to how Walsh was doing.

"It's so funny," she said. "If you want to know something about what's going on in volleyball, I'm the worst person to ask."

She had plenty to keep her occupied. Strengthening exercises and stretching were only part of her focus. She's also planning a November wedding to Florida Marlin backup catcher Matt Treanor.

"I had some things to take care of," she said.

Those things apparently didn't include much time at the beach. May says that as she prepares for her on-court reunion with Walsh on Friday, she's not nervous about the crowds or being rusty from her layoff. Her biggest concern, she said, is the sun.

"I haven't been in the sun all that much," she said. "I've never been the type to just go lay out at the beach, so I'll be using lots of sunblock."

Walsh is fine with that. She doesn't care whether May is as white as a ghost or as red as a lobster come Sunday afternoon. There's only one thing she's concerned with.

"My partner is back," Walsh said. "I'm just looking forward to getting back in a groove."

Hermosa Beach Open Takes Center Stage
Last AVP event before the Olympics features network TV coverage and a $175,000 purse
By Peter Yoon, LA Times Staff Writer


The Manhattan Beach Open historically has been considered the crown jewel of the AVP Nissan Series, but a schedule quirk caused by next month's Olympics has made the Hermosa Beach Open this year's marquee event.

For the first time since the Austin Open in early May, all of the top players and teams will be present. NBC will broadcast the men's and women's finals live for the first time and the total purse for the event is $175,000 — $50,000 more than Manhattan.
 
"For this year's tour, this is the flagship event," said Leonard Armato, the AVP commissioner. "As far as TV coverage, prize money and depth, this is it."

Manhattan probably will take back its crown next year, but Hermosa is "the chosen event" because it is the final AVP event before the Olympics. All eight Olympians are scheduled to play, a rarity for most of this season because many had scrambled to accumulate points in overseas Olympic qualifying tournaments.

That means that this is the last chance to catch Misty May, Kerri Walsh, Holly McPeak, Elaine Youngs, Stein Metzger, Dax Holdren, Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard before they begin their quests for gold.

"It's going to be pretty exciting," Walsh said. "Everybody is going to be there duking it out."

Two weeks ago, NBC televised only the women's final in the Belmar event, a final that did not include May and Walsh, the top-ranked team in the world, because May was recuperating from an injury. Still, the ratings were up 27% over a similar telecast in a similar time slot with the same lead-in — a NASCAR race — last year.

The pace of the game and natural breaks in play make beach volleyball ideal for television, and athletes who play in bathing suits certainly don't hurt its appeal for viewers.

It also helps the AVP that NBC has a partnership stake in the tour and thus a vested interest in televising the events, which could explain why beach volleyball will be among NBC's top priorities at the Olympics.

NBC will show matches every day from Aug. 14 through the medal matches on Aug. 24 and Aug. 25.

Some will be carried on MSNBC, but the majority will be on the network, including eight days during the prime time slot. Of the 12 days, nine feature live coverage.

"There will be plenty of coverage," said Kathy Connors, manager of communications for NBC Sports. "Beach volleyball was a terrific success in Sydney and will again be a featured attraction in Athens."

Karch Kiraly, who will be the color commentator for NBC during the Olympics, said he had been assigned about five or six matches a day for the first six days. The elimination rounds begin after that.

"They're planning to keep us busy," Kiraly said. "People will get to see almost half of the beach volleyball in this country, which is great."

Beach Volleyball

•  What: Hermosa Beach Open.

•  Where: Hermosa Beach Pier.

•  When: Today-Sunday, main draw. Women's final is Saturday, 1:30 p.m.; men's final is Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

•  2003 men's champions: Scott Ayakatubby and Brian Lewis.

•  2003 women's champions: Misty May and Kerri Walsh.

•  TV: Both finals will be carried live on Channel 4.

Youngs, McPeak plan to put May's health to test
By David Leon Moore, USA TODAY
LOS ANGELES — Inquiring beach volleyball minds want to know ... Just how healthy is Misty May? "That's the million-dollar question right now," says Elaine Youngs, who with her pro beach volleyball partner, Holly McPeak, likely will find out the answer Friday and Saturday in the AVP's Hermosa Beach Open.
 
Holly McPeak, left, and Elaine Youngs have combined to win their last three AVP tournaments
By Holly Stein, AP
USA Today

Youngs and McPeak, along with the duo of May and Kerri Walsh, will represent the USA in women's beach volleyball in the Athens Olympics.

Before June, the Olympic tournament loomed more as a coronation than a competition, as no one, domestically or internationally, seemed able to mount a challenge to the domination of Walsh and May. Then May suffered a nasty injury for a volleyball player — an abdominal strain — that has kept her out for much of the last two months.

During that time, McPeak and Youngs have taken advantage of the opportunity by peaking at seemingly the right time.

They have won the last three AVP tournaments and the last FIVB international tournament they entered.

"We sort of had a plan going into this season when we wanted to peak, when we wanted to play our best," says Youngs, 34, of El Toro, Calif. "Now it's just working out. We're both healthy, and we're both very confident."

Youngs and three-time Olympian McPeak, 35, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., give a lot of credit to former pro beach star Liz Masakayan, whom they hired as their coach this season.

"E.Y. and I are both stubborn and competitive," McPeak says. "It's been nice to have someone in the middle to mediate a little bit. I think that's helped."

No doubt May's injury has helped their cause, too. May and Walsh had won a record 90 consecutive matches and 15 consecutive tournaments over two seasons before, with May playing hurt, they lost to Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan in the semifinals of the AVP Manhattan Beach Open on June 6.

McPeak and Youngs then won the Manhattan final, with McPeak setting a women's record with her 68th career title.

   A day at the beach  
 
This weekend's Hermosa Beach Open will give beach volleyball fans an Olympic preview. More important, the American Olympic team of Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs will get a look at rival Misty May.
May, with partner Kerri Walsh, returns to the sand this weekend after being sidelined for a month with a nasty abdominal injury.

On June 6, May and Walsh had their record winning streak of 90 consecutive matches and 15 consecutive tournaments in two seasons broken in the semifinals of the AVP Manhattan Beach Open.

One winning streak remains. McPeak and Youngs haven't beaten Walsh and May in nearly two years, since winning an FIVB final in September 2002.

Saturday, Walsh and May, the Hermosa Beach defending champions, would like to extend that streak to 14 and show the world they are medal contenders come August.

 Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, NBC
 
 
This weekend in Hermosa should present a pre-Olympics showdown between the two U.S. duos, as May is set to return to action for the first time in a month.

It's a prime opportunity for McPeak and Youngs to clear a psychological hurdle. They haven't beaten Walsh and May in nearly two years, since winning an FIVB final in September 2002. The Walsh/May winning streak against McPeak/Youngs stands at 13.

"I assume we'll play them this week, and I honestly believe if we do, we'll win," Youngs says. "It would get a big monkey off our back."

There will be an even bigger monkey lurking on the sands of Athens. Despite producing a parade of pro beach stars in the last decade, the U.S. women did not win a beach volleyball medal in 1996 in Atlanta, the sport's Olympic debut, or in Sydney in 2000.

Both times McPeak finished fifth, with Nancy Reno in 1996 and May in 2000.

The way the Olympic bracketing is shaping up, it appears Walsh/May and McPeak/Youngs are headed for a semifinal matchup in Athens.

McPeak hopes May is 100% healthy, both this week and at the Olympics.

"I want to beat the best Misty May and the best Kerri Walsh," she says. "Even with an injured Misty May, nothing is going to come easy."

Foothills grad rises to occasion
Priddy earns his spot in Olympic lineup
By Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press
Odeen Domingo
The Arizona Republic
Jul. 23, 2004 12:00 AM

No, this isn't happening.

Sweat dripped off Reid Priddy's skin and onto the hardwood court like rainfall, his hopes of qualifying for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games going with it.

It was the NORCECA Olympic Qualifying championship match in Puerto Rico and the U.S. National Volleyball Team was down 8-5 to Cuba in the deciding fifth game. First to 15 and win by two for a ticket to Athens. One mistake means one point. There is no next year. If Team USA loses, it doesn't just go home, it stays home. Try again in 2008.

But Priddy, a former Mountain Pointe player and 1996 graduate, had waited long enough. He helped Team USA fight from behind to take a 14-13 lead.

On the next play, Cuba's right-side hitter spiked the ball into Priddy and teammate Tom Hoff's waiting arms for the block. The ball fell on Cuba's side of the court. Priddy fell on his knees and on his back.

Hello, Athens.

"I still remember the play," said Priddy, 26, "I was losing my balance and I was lying there for a while. I was relieved it was over. I'm so excited we're going to Athens to do what we've been working for the last four years. People don't understand how hard it is to qualify for the Olympics."

Priddy moved to Chandler with his family from Orlando his sophomore year in high school when Mountain Pointe started a volleyball program under coach Fred Mann. Priddy helped Mann build a dominant volleyball program, winning the state title in its second year of existence. Priddy then played at Loyola Marymount University, where he earned numerous All-America honors before playing professionally in Austria and as a starter on Team USA since 2001.

Priddy, who said he isn't worried about a terrorist threat in Athens, now lives in Colorado Springs, where he trains and practices in the U.S. Olympic headquarters. He said he signed a one-year contract to play professional volleyball in Italy after the Olympics and then there is a good indication he will come back to the States to join the AVP Beach Volleyball Tour.

But right now, his focus is all on Athens.

"I try to keep my mind on if we can play and reach our potential - not necessarily something spectacular but if we play as good as we can play, I'll be incredibly satisfied," Priddy said. "But we are all thinking medal. We're not just playing to get into the Olympics. And we're not just happy to be there. We're playing to win."

Priddy's mother, Sharon, said she still wasn't sure if her son was going to the Olympics after the qualifying victory even though he has been a starter on the national team for three years. But when he was officially named to the team, it became a reality.

"Now you could say he's officially a starter on the team," she said. "Now it's starting to hit. Where are we staying? What are we going to wear? Is it hot over there? It's starting to sink in."

Top Beach Volleyball Team Could Be Knocked Off Perch
Associated Press
Saturday, July 24, 2004; Page D07

Misty May and Kerri Walsh were once unbeatable in beach volleyball, winning 90 consecutive matches and 15 straight tournaments from July 2003 to last spring.
 
The streak ended after May pulled an abdominal muscle. Rivals now sense vulnerability in the world's top-ranked tandem, which will be digging for gold at the Athens Games.

"I don't see an aura of invincibility. I don't think they'll dominate like they have been," said Holly McPeak, who became the sport's winningest female player this summer.

McPeak and partner Elaine Youngs won a duel with 2000 Olympians Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan to earn the second American berth in Athens.

May played through her injury for three weeks in June, then sat out a month to let it heal. The 2000 Olympian said in early July she would rejoin Walsh at a tournament in Hermosa Beach, Calif., in late July.

"I'm just being conservative, playing it safe. We'll be fine," May said as she mingled with beach-goers at Belmar, N.J., a stop on the AVP tour.

But Walsh is a little nervous, fighting the daily urge to call her partner for an update.

"We're invested in each other, so what she's feeling, it affects me," Walsh said. "She puts me at ease when she answers my questions."

With May sidelined and Walsh playing with substitute partners, McPeak and Youngs emerged as medal contenders.

The pair won five tournaments between May 30 and July 10, including a victory over Walsh and Jennifer Meredith in the Belmar championship match.

American women have never won a beach volleyball medal.

Construction Nearly Complete

The unfinished construction of dust-choked venues stood as a symbol of Athens's troubling Olympic delays a few months ago.

Now the last touches are being made on the main Olympic complex. The stadium roof rises like a giant oyster shell. The grounds feature pools of water that shimmer in the night.

At the end of a three-year construction blitz, Olympic organizers are finally silencing the critics. Nearly all venues are ready for the Aug. 13 Opening Ceremonies or very close to completion.

Athens, it appears, has beaten the clock. But at a price.

Delays have left almost no time to test and troubleshoot vital security equipment. Projects to spruce up the city have been scaled back or cut. The unfinished work will be hidden behind huge banners. Ribbons and flags will be used to try to divert attention from the sidewalks that were never smoothed out or the dreary concrete buildings that didn't get fresh paint.

Security Is Operational

A vast network of street cameras, surveillance vans, underwater sensors and a blimp bristling with ultra-sensitive monitors was declared operational three weeks before the Games begin and a day after the Olympic Village opened.

The $312 million surveillance system was supposed to be ready May 28, but there were delays in installation, blamed on construction setbacks at various Olympic venues.

Overall security for the Aug. 13-29 Games is costing three times more than planned. Greece initially was to spend $600 million on security, but that has soared to a record $1.5 billion operation to thwart a possible terrorist attack.

Misty May comes back from muscle pull and plays in top form at AVP Hermosa Beach Open
Friday, July 23, 2004
San Francisco Gate 
HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (AP) --

After being sidelined for a month with an abdominal muscle pull, Misty May combined with Kerri Walsh to win three matches Friday in the early rounds of the AVP Hermosa Beach Open.

May and Walsh, the top seeds, are three wins away from another tournament title.

"It was really awesome to play with Misty again," Walsh said. "She played ridiculous defense today. I expected things to be normal even though we haven't practiced for a while. Misty is one of those players who knows the game so well, so I had full confidence in her coming back. She wasn't hitting 100 percent, but the shots she made were ridiculous."

May and Walsh will be the top-seeded team in the upcoming Athens Olympics.

Second-seeded Elaine Youngs and Holly McPeak also sailed through three early matches.

Third-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan won their first match and then lost to sisters Katie and Tracie Lindquist.

After their 25-23, 24-22 win over Davis and Jordan, the Lindquists lost to Tyra Harper and Makare Wilson. The sisters, however, rallied to beat Courtney Guerra and Brooke Niles and are one of eight teams left going into Saturday's final rounds.

Harper and Wilson already had defeated sixth-seeded Lisa Arce and Leanne McSorley, who then eliminated Davis and Jordan, 19-21, 21-17, 15-12, to reach the final eight.

May and Walsh will face fifth-seeded Carrie Busch and Nancy Mason, while McPeak and Youngs will face Harper and Wilson.

In men's action, Scott Ayakatubby and partner Brian Lewis could not advance after Ayakatubby's nail on his right big toe started to come off. They will resume play Saturday in the contender's bracket against Albert Hannemann and Chip McCaw.

The top-seeded team of Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert lost to No. 16 seeds Philip Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, 21-16, 18-21, 15-9, in the second round and were relegated to the contender's bracket.

No. 5-seeded George Roumain and Jason Ring were also defeated in the second round as John Hyden and Andy Witt scored a 25-23, 21-15 win.

After the Crash
Beach volleyball star Ayakatubby got an indelible lesson in life after a night of drinking and driving ended in relief that no one had died
By Peter Yoon, LA Times Staff Writer

Scott Ayakatubby had driven from Hermosa Beach to El Segundo dozens of times before March 27 but had no idea how he made it those six miles that night without killing himself.

Or somebody else.
 
It was a Saturday and Ayakatubby, 39, a premier professional beach volleyball player, had been drinking before he got in his 3-month-old pickup truck — his prize for topping the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals 2003 season points list — and started toward home.

A few blocks from his destination, he sideswiped a car parked on the side of the street.

Then another. And another, and more.

He ripped side mirrors off some, scraped others and stopped only when he crashed into one hard enough that his truck became disabled. In all, six vehicle owners filed damage reports, but police said more may have been hit.

Ayakatubby wouldn't know. He barely remembers that night, the details lost in a fog of alcohol.

In another way, though, it's a night he will never forget, because it was a slap-in-the-face reminder that alcoholism had killed his father and brother.

"The worst thing that could have happened to me was something alcohol-related," Ayakatubby said. "But it was a learning experience. Alcoholism runs in my family, and I need to deal with me."

Ayakatubby's father, Gary, died four years ago of liver failure attributed to alcohol abuse. His brother, Greg, 40, died last April of complications from a head injury sustained in an alcohol-related fall.

Sitting on Hermosa Beach, between gently breaking waves and a dozen volleyball courts, Ayakatubby seemed at peace with changes he has made since that night.

He says he regularly attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as part of his sentence for driving under the influence. He also says that, aside from an occasional lapse, he has always been able to control his own drinking. March 27, he says, was an isolated incident, a night when moderation slowly became excess and clouded his judgment.

But experts on alcoholism say that when it runs in your family, the risk increases. The DUI worried those close to Ayakatubby, especially having come so close to his brother's death.

"There are times when I'm concerned about him," said Brian Lewis, Ayakatubby's playing partner and his closest friend on the AVP tour. "When he was caught drinking and driving, I thought, 'Wow.' I was hoping Greg's death was going to have a better effect.

"But I know that deep down, Scott has a good heart. I have faith that he will make the right decisions."

Nine months before his death, Greg Ayakatubby, a longtime alcoholic according to Scott, went into a coma after he fell and hit his head during a drunken stupor. He came out of the coma after a few days and eventually returned home but had lost some of his speech and motor skills.

Ayakatubby said he tried his best to take care of his older brother but couldn't be there at all hours and Greg eventually returned to drinking.

One day when Scott went to visit, Greg didn't answer his door. Ayakatubby summoned the landlord, who let him in. His brother had died.

"I've never seen a dead body before," Ayakatubby said. "It was like an empty suitcase laying there."

After Greg's death, Lewis said he noticed a change in his partner. Ayakatubby became more focused, channeling his anguish into volleyball. They won the Hermosa Beach Open in June 2003, a title they are defending this weekend, and ended the season with an AVP-leading 2,538 team ranking points. Ayakatubby's 19 victories in his career are 17th on the all-time list and his $925,645 in earnings are 12th. Karch Kiraly, beach volleyball's winningest player, once called Ayakatubby the best volleyball player he'd seen.

Lewis agrees: "He is probably one of the most gifted players ever to play. If you were to create a prototype player as far as all-around skills, he would be it."

Away from volleyball, Ayakatubby keeps to himself. Born and raised in Hermosa Beach, he sticks primarily with friends from the neighborhood rather than hanging out with other AVP players. Lewis is one of the few players with whom Ayakatubby spends time.

The third-oldest player on the tour behind Kiraly and Mike Whitmarsh, Ayakatubby embodies the laid-back beach scene, recalling that he wanted to become a beach volleyball player from about the time he was 6. His uncle, Matt Gage, was a 28-time professional tournament winner in the 1970s and '80s.

"I never thought about doing anything else," Ayakatubby said. "I love being out here on the beach. I love being sandy and sweaty."

After his drunk-driving incident, Ayakatubby moved back to Hermosa Beach, where he is known as much for the accident as he is for his athletic skills.

"Some people around here just treat me like I'm a child molester or something," Ayakatubby said. "I'll be walking down the strip and I'll see them grab the kids and be like 'There's that guy.' "

Ayakatubby refused to have a breath or blood test taken the night of his arrest, so there is no record of his intoxication level, but he acknowledged that he was "pretty drunk." However, he doesn't understand why getting caught makes him an outcast.

"How many people can look in the mirror and say they've never driven when they shouldn't have?" Ayakatubby said. "We've all done it. The smart ones realize that's not the way to go, and they don't do it again. I'll never drink and drive again."

Not driving is out of his hands for at least another month. His license was suspended for 90 days as part of his sentence.

Not drinking is the hard part. To help, he thinks of his mother, Pam, who has already lost a husband and one son to alcohol. She couldn't be contacted for this story, but Ayakatubby's uncle spoke for the family when he said he was "shocked, saddened, worried," by Scott's drinking-and-driving incident.

Drinking is part of the AVP lifestyle. Beer companies have, for years, been major sponsors of the tour. Ayakatubby said that players, while not required to drink, are encouraged to attend pre- and post-tournament sponsor parties.

"Years ago, they would have an ice chest full of beers for us and whoever lost that day and was out would start drinking and partying," Ayakatubby said. "But it's not like I ever partied more than some of the other players."

As for the night of March 27, he says he remembers the police arriving — and the door closing on his jail cell. What he doesn't remember is crashing into parked cars.

"Every day I think that I'm so lucky that I didn't kill somebody," he said. "I don't know how I could live with that or deal with that."

Ayakatubby was originally charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of a controlled substance and hit and run. That was reduced to DUI and three counts of misdemeanor hit and run. A judge sentenced him to three years of summary probation, 48 hours of DUI classes, 12 AA classes and a $1,600 fine.

He also paid for the damage he caused.

"It took me like a week to come out of my house because I was so ashamed and embarrassed," Ayakatubby said.

Now, he said, he hopes to serve as an example.

"I just hope people can look at my situation and just kind of open their eyes to the fact that I was so lucky that I didn't kill anybody and so lucky I didn't hurt myself," he said. "That could have happened so easy."
 
Time Off Doesn't Hurt May-Walsh at Hermosa
By Peter Yoon, LA Times Staff Writer

Misty May and Kerri Walsh played together for the first time in a month, but it was business as usual Friday for the world's top-ranked women's beach volleyball team.

May and Walsh cruised through the first day of the Hermosa Beach Open, an Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series event, with three victories and advanced to today's fourth round.
 
The good start was important because it was May's first competition since June 23. She has been resting and rehabilitating a strained abdominal muscle.

"We were a little rusty, but overall we played really well," Walsh said. "Misty was a little frustrated because she wants to be pounding the ball, but that will come."

They didn't need it Friday. They defeated Paola Rodriguez and Stacy Rouwenhorst, 21-12, 21-9, in the first round; Courtney Guerra and Brooke Niles, 21-10, 21-9, in the second round and Tammy Leibl and Sarah Straton, 21-11, 21-17, in the third. Their longest match lasted 37 minutes. Their team chemistry "was great," Walsh said. "We didn't skip a beat."

May and Walsh will play fourth-seeded Barb Fontana and Jennifer Kessey today with a spot in the final four on the line.

Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, who will join May and Walsh as U.S. representatives in the Olympics next month, also had first-day success. They did not give up more than 13 points in any of their three victories.

They will play Tyra Harper and Markare Wilson for a berth in the final four. Today's women's final has been moved up half an hour to 1 p.m.

Third-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan suffered the biggest upsets of the day on the women's side. They were eliminated after losing, 25-23, 24-22, to sisters Katie and Tracy Lindquist in the second round and then 19-21, 21-17, 15-12 to Lisa Arce and Leanne McSorley in the third round.

In the men's tournament, top-seeded Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert lost their second-round match, 16-21, 21-18, 15-9, to Philip Dalhausser and Nick Lucena. Kiraly has not fully recovered from a dislocated shoulder he incurred two weeks ago at a tournament in New Jersey.

The men's Olympic teams had mixed results. Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard made it through their two matches unscathed — knocking off defending champions Scott Ayakatubby and Brian Lewis, 21-19, 21-15 — but, like Lewis and Ayakatubby, Stein Metzger and Dax Holdren must play through the contenders' bracket after a 21-17, 25-23 loss to Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer.

May's return a success in Hermosa Beach
May- Walsh back to old form, work way into semis at AVP event.
Press Telegram
By Staff and wire reports

A monthlong hiatus was apparently plenty for Misty May.
The former Long Beach State star didn't seem to suffer the abdominal injury that kept her out since June 23. She teammed with longtime partner Kerri Walsh to win their three matches by straight games at the AVP Hermosa Beach Open on Friday.

The Olympic-bound duo are on track to face the other team representing the U.S. in Athens, Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, in the final today at 1 p.m.

The health of May was the biggest topic of discussion entering the tournament. May first injured herself at the Huntington Beach Open in late May.

A week later, May's injury flared up again at the Manhattan Beach Open. The duo ended up losing Anett Davis and Jenny Johnson in the semis. They had won 90 consecutive matches and 15 consecutive tourney through two AVP seasons.

They played in two international tournaments before May decided to shut it down for a few weeks to allow herself some time to heal.

May-Walsh began Friday by dispatching Long Beach's Paola Rodriguez and Cypress' Stacy Rouwenhorst, 21-12, 21-9 in 29 minutes.

They needed only eight minutes more to win in straight games, sending Courtney Guerra and Brooke Niles to the contender's bracket. In the quarters, May- Walsh defeated Tammy Leibl and Sarah Straton, 21-11, 21-17.

Meanwhile, McPeak-Youngs also breezed through their first three matches without surrendering a game. They will face Tyra Harper and Makare Wilson in the semis.

May-Walsh will face Carrie Busch and Nancy Mason in the semifinals. The semifinal matches will be played sometime this morning.

May/Walsh forfeit final at Hermosa Beach Open
NBC Olympics
Saturday, July 24, 6:34 p.m.

Misty May, still not fully recovered from an abdominal strain, pulled out of the Association of Volleyball Professionals' (AVP) Hermosa Beach Open on Saturday prior to the final, where she and Kerri Walsh were to face compatriots and fellow 2004 Olympians Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs.

American Misty May suffered an abdominal strain at the Huntington Beach Open in late May.

After enduring a 62-minute, 16-21, 21-12, 17-15 semifinal win over Barbra Fontana and Jennifer Kessy, May/Walsh -- who will be the No. 1-seed at next month's Athens Games -- made a joint decision to forfeit the final. May said the decision was based both on her health status and the need to prevent further injury prior to the Olympics.

"If this was the Olympics here in Hermosa right now, I would have pushed through and I'd guarantee our team would win a gold medal," said May.

May has exactly three weeks to recover before the Athens tournament begins Aug. 14. In her favor is the 12-day Olympic tournament format, which should allow May more time to recover between matches. May/Walsh played five matches in two days at Hermosa Beach.

"It was probably stupid for us to try to play this weekend," Walsh said.

The injury will keep May from traveling to Austria for next weekend's international tour (FIVB) event, the last before Athens. Walsh will play with Rachel Wacholder next weekend, the same partner she won an international tournament in Marseille, France, with last weekend.

If May is not able to perform at the Olympics, Walsh has the option to choose a substitute partner to play with in Athens, but the 6-foot-2 Stanford graduate is confident her 2003 World Championship partner will be healthy.

"Misty May is to me the best player in the world, and Misty at 80 percent is better than 90 percent of the people out there, and I know when we get to the Olympics she's going to bust her butt, she's going to give her all for this," Walsh said. "I want to play with Misty. She's my partner; we will be together in Athens to win the gold medal."

The Hermosa Beach Open marked May's first tournament appearance in four weeks. She originally suffered the abdominal strain at the AVP's Huntington Open in late May, and re-injured the muscle at the international tour's Berlin Open on June 23.

Past gold medalists battle in Hermosa
The men's Hermosa championship was dominated by former Olympic gold medalists as 2000 champion Eric Fonoimoana and partner Kevin Wong defeated 1996 champion Karch Kiraly and his partner, Mike Lambert, 22-20, 21-19 in Sunday's final.

The victory gave Fonoimoana/Wong their second tournament win as a team and their first this season. The last title the duo won was at last season's Manhattan Beach Open.

For Lambert and Kiraly, who was playing with a sore shoulder he dislocated at the Belmar Open July 11, Sunday's final was the fourth championship match the AVP's top-ranked men's team has participated in this season.

2004 Olympians Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard placed fifth in the tournament while compatriots Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger finished seventh.

Brazilians dominate in Poland
In an all-Brazilian final, Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos defeated compatriots Franco Neto and Tande Ramos 21-18, 21-16 to capture the international tournament title in Stare Jablonki, Poland on Sunday.

The title marked the fifth tournament title for Emanuel/Ricardo this season and their 10th overall. However, the win did not come easy for the world's top-ranked team. After losing a match on Friday Emanuel/Ricardo needed to win seven straight matches to claim gold.

"This win was a little more special for us since we had to play so many matches," Emanuel said. "After losing Friday, we just concentrated on the next match. Any time you have to come from that far back in the elimination bracket, you have to have a lot of focus."

Poland was the first tournament Ricardo/Emanuel participated in together since the Mallorca tournament in early July as Ricardo was sidelined last weekend with a sprained ankle.

Injured May drops out of AVP Hermosa Beach; McPeak-Youngs win by default

San Francisco Gate
Saturday, July 24, 2004
HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (AP) --

Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs were declared winners by default of the AVP Hermosa Beach Open on Saturday after the top-seeded team of Misty May and Kerri Walsh was forced to withdraw due to May's recurring abdominal injury.

The decision to withdraw was precautionary.

"She said the pain was a little lower this time," Walsh told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. "Misty is the ultimate competitor, and she didn't want to feel like a wuss by not playing. But we probably shouldn't have played."

The injury, a strained stomach muscle, also forced May to drop out of an event in late June. The Hermosa Beach Open was May's first tournament since she was injured. The May-Walsh team lost the first game in three of the five matches they played, but rallied to beat Barbara Fontana and Jennifer Kessy in the semifinals, 16-21, 21-12, 17-15.

May and Walsh have already earned a berth in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, which begin in three weeks.

May has a history of playing hurt. She qualified for the Olympics four years ago despite a severe shoulder injury that forced her in one match to serve underhand.

"I think she'll play," McPeak said. "She's worked too hard. She's not going to let an injury keep her from the Olympics, and she's proven she can play through pain."

Olympics a May-be
By Tom Hoffarth
L.A. Daily NewsStaff Writer

HERMOSA BEACH -- The sun finally broke through, the music rattled through the giant speakers, the winds coming off the shoreline whipped the advertising banners atop the giant portable stands and the crowd started banging together Thunder Stix.

But when the NBC cameras pointed toward the center court sand for the women's final of the tradition-rich AVP Hermosa Beach Open on Saturday afternoon, something was amiss.

Misty May? Anyone seen her?

Or, even worse, does this mean no Olympics?

The followers of beach volleyball already know that May, the former Long Beach State standout, has been battling a very sore abdominal strain the last few weeks after qualifying with partner Kerri Walsh as one of the two women's teams that will represent the U.S. next month in Athens.

May and Walsh, who've been apart the last few weeks, entered and played five matches in the Hermosa Beach Open on Friday and Saturday, eventually gutting out a three-game semifinal victory. That meant they qualified for the televised final against rivals Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, the other women's beach duo heading to Greece.

But just before the final was to start, AVP commissioner Leonard Armato had his ear pressed to his cell phone, with that look that something was going wrong.

As the time came for the match to start, Walsh took the court and started warming up with Rachel Wacholder, who was last seen losing with partner Angie Akers in a third-place match. Walsh and Wacholder won an event together last week in France.

This couldn't be good. Not for TV. Not for the tournament. Especially not for the future of U.S. women's beach volleyball, which has yet to win a medal of any kind in the two previous Summer Olympics where it has been an official sport.

Is it time to panic for May? Maybe, maybe not.

By the time reporters tried to reach her, May had already left the beach, issuing only a statement that she had aggravated the injury and, as a precaution, decided not to continue.

In a TV interview that aired later during the match, May admitted: "If this was the Olympics here in Hermosa right now, I would have pushed through and I'd guarantee our team would win a gold medal. But it's not, so I have to prepare for two weeks down the road."

Walsh and Wacholder played admirably in what was a meaningless 18-21, 21-17, 15-10 loss to McPeak and Youngs -- a match that was actually an exhibition for the assembled beach combers (who weren't told of the arrangement, so as not to cause any disappointment) as well as for NBC, which had an hour-and-a-half to fill. May's injury meant she and Walsh had to forfeit.

After the TV show, Walsh ran the range of emotions as she spoke about her future in Athens.

"I don't want to think about (not playing with May); it scares me," said Walsh, the 6-foot-3 former Stanford star. "God forbid, we have to make a decision two days before the (Summer Games) competition starts."

And if forced to, Walsh has a choice of four FIVB-approved alternates. She firmly said she'll take Annett Davis, who, with Jenny Johnson-Jordan, competed in the 2000 Games in Sydney. She's already told Davis to be ready.

"But (May) will be OK," Walsh said, trying to convince everyone.

McPeak understands what Walsh is going through. The AVP's all-time leading winner and a favorite with Youngs to win gold in Athens, missed out on grabbing a medal in the last two Olympics because of injuries to partners -- including May, again with an abdominal strain, in 2000.

"She can play hurt better than most can play healthy," said McPeak of May, who she finished fifth with in Sydney. "She's unbelievable."

But as much as McPeak and Youngs selfishly want to win that first Olympic medal for their sport, they've adopted a one-for-all mentality. Two medals for the American gals are better than one.

"We want the best teams possible representing this country," said Youngs, "and that's still a possibility."

All depends on what May's gut tells her in the next few weeks.



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Sept 2nd-5th  2004  AVP CHICAGO OPEN Chicago, IL $150,000
presented by McDonalds

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Men's AVP $75,000 Chicago Open presented by McDonalds
September 2-5, 2004

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Chicago Open presented by McDonald's
North Avenue Beach
September 2-5
 
The AVP Nissan Series heats up the beaches of Chicago this Labor Day weekend when the top 150 athletes in the sport of beach volleyball compete at the famous North Avenue Beach. The city has been a consistent stop on the AVP Tour, hosting a tournament almost every year since 1983. This event is the first chance for fans to welcome home the eight beach volleyball Olympians that represented the USA in the Athens.

WHO:
Top athletes on the men's side include 2000 Olympic Gold Medalists Eric Fonoimoana, Dain Blanton and three-time Olympic Gold Medallist Karch Kiraly.
Top women's teams include Misty May & Kerri Walsh, Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs, Annett Davis & Jenny Johnson Jordan

EVENT PURSE:
$150,000

TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
2003 - Men's Defending Champions - Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard
2003 - Women's Defending Champions - Misty May and Kerri Walsh

WHEN:
Thursday, September 2nd Qualifying Rounds 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Friday, September 3rd Main Draw Competition 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 4th Main Draw Competition 9 a.m - 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 5th Women's Final 11:30 a.m. *BROADCAST LIVE ON NBC*
Men's Finals 1:30 p.m./PT *BROADCAST LIVE ON NBC*

Venue Address:
North Avenue Beach
1603 N. Lakeshore Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

Parking Information
Chicago Historical Society
1730 N. Stockton Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

5 - 10 minute walk to the site

Where to play in the area:

When it comes to beach volleyball, the local city government in Chicago provides unconditional support. The Chicago Park District maintains more than 200 courts along Lake Michigan for play that ranges from barbecue level to pro.
North Avenue Beach, location of the AVP tournaments, has 40 courts and is the best shot for visitors who think they have some serious game.
Montrose Beach, where the old guys like to square off, is more receptive to all levels.

Top local players to watch:

Men:
Dan Schultz and Derrick Boyle from Loyola Chicago; Todd Reimer and Todd Garownski from Milwaukee are high up the local rankings; ex-FIVB Tour player Bartroz Bachorski from Poland may also be in the draw.
Women: Kelly Hickam and Gretchen Duffner from St. Louis form one of the best tandems in the Midwest; Sherry Jackson (Chicago) is also one of the top players in the Midwest.

Past Glory:

Men:
Randy Stoklos won five times in Chicago, four with Sinjin Smith and once with Brian Lewis. Karch Kiraly is one back with four Windy City wins, but this is also where Karch earned his record breaking 140th career tournament victory. Surprisingly, he also has a sour memory. Kiraly and Kent Steffes lost to Daniel Cardenas and Chris Hannemann in 1993 in the tournament's first round.
Women:
Holly McPeak is the biggest winner. She notched wins with Linda Chisholm, Cammy Ciarelli and Nancy Reno. McPeak also got third with Gabrielle Reece in 1999, which was the model/actress/golfer's best career finish

Men's and Women's Qualifier

Outer Courts
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Registration begins at 7:00 am.

Over 90 Men's and Women's teams compete on the outer courts.

Men's and Women's Main Draw
Stadium & Outer Courts
Friday & Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm;
Sunday 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
 
Women's Final Sunday 2:00pm
Men's Final, Sunday 4:30pm (LIVE on NBC)


32 Men's and 24 Women's teams compete for the 2004 Chicago Title.

Featuring:

Men's Tournament
Kevin Wong & Eric Fonoimoana
John Hyden & Mike Lambert
Stein Metzger & Dax Holdren

Women's Tournament
Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs
Jenny Johnson Jordan & Annett Davis
Misty May & Kerri Walsh

Event Schedule

Thursday
8:00AM to
5:00PM AVP Qualifier
Friday
9:00AM to
5:00PM Men's & Women's Main Draw Competition
Saturday
9:00AM to
1:30PM Men's & Women's Main Draw Competition
1:30PM Women's Championship Match
3:00PM Men's Main Draw Continues
Sunday
9:00AM to
1:00PM Men's Main Draw Competition
1:30PM Men's Championship Match 

Tickets
Free  Admission
General Seating (Stadium Court)
      - 400 Sand Spaces
      - 1600 Bleacher Seats
 
Local Sponsor Packages Available
Call AVP 310-426-8000 ask for Denise

How To Get There

Location: North Ave. Beach @ Lakeshore Dr.
 
Driving: From O'Hare airport take the Kennedy Expressway East (about 10 miles). Take the Fullerton Ave/ 2400 N. exit (number 47A). Keep left at the fork in the ramp. Merge onto W. Fullerton Ave - W. Fullerton becomes Fullerton Parkway. Take US - 41 Ramp. Merge onto Notrh Lake Shore Dr. Take the IL - 64/La Salle Dr. ramp towards North Ave. keep left at the fork to go on N. Lake Shore Dr

Sponsor Activities:

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Be sure to stop by the Nissan display and sign up to win "Crew Club Cab" seats to sit courtside during the Men's and Women's finals.  Test drive the Nissan Road Rally remote control cars and race against your friends and AVP athletes.  Don't forget to pick up a safety kit and other special give-away items - you can even get henna tattoos!

Bud Light
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Be a part of the Bud Light Party Zone.  Look for Bud Light onsite to find out more information.

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The Aquafina Purity Patrol is coming to the beach with tons of fun activities in the sun.  Compete in the the Aquafina Obstacle Course, Aquafina/ Wilson Speed Serve/ and "Return to Aquafina" hitting challenges.  See how you stand up against AVP Pros and your friends and win cool prizes.

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Visit Xbox at the beach and challenge your friends in the latest and greatest Xbox Game titles.  You can be King and sit in Xbox's "King of the Court" seats, the hottest seats on stadium court all weekend long or for the Men's and Women's finals.  You'll be front row in your Xbox visor, t-shirt, tattoo and much more watching the pro beach stars battle for number one.

Paul Mitchell
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Stop by on Saturday for samples and give-aways.  On Sunday, come by for $10 Cut-a-thon and get your hair cut and styled by one of Paul Mitchell's talented stylists.  Profits go to Eric Fonoimoana's "Dig For Kids" Foundation.  You'll walk around the beach looking fantastic, and for a good cause.

ChapStick 
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Take a break from the heat in one of ChapStick's four Fan Lounges equipped with a moisture tent, multiple beach chairs, games, tubes of ChapStick LipMoisturizer and other fun give-aways.  Don't miss your opportunity with Misty May who will be making appearances throughout the weekend for autograph signings and photo opportunities.

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***Ian Clark will not be playing in this years AVP Chicago Open of 2004 due to a prior commitment,
      below are posted his results from last years 2003 event.

Nissan US Championships of Beach Volleyball  Chicago Open 2003
17th -  Ian Clark/Chip McCaw           $ 500
Match Record:1Win-2Defeats
Winner's Bracket, First-round
Match 7: Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) def. Aaron Boss / Alika Williams (13) 21-19, 21-19 (50 Min.)

Winner's Bracket, Second-round
Match 20: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (4) def. Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) 22-20, 21-16 (40 Min.)

Loser's Bracket, Second round (losers eliminated, place 17th, split $500)
Match 43: Nick Lucena / Philip Dalhausser (30, Q7) def. Ian Clark / Chip McCaw (20) 17-21, 21-18, 15-13 (52 Min.) .
HISTORY

Past Chicago Men's Champions (20 events)
Year, Winning team
1983, Mike Dodd/Tim Hovland
1984, Mike Dodd/Tim Hovland
1985, Mike Dodd/Tim Hovland
1986, Randy Stoklos/Sinjin Smith
1987, Randy Stoklos/Sinjin Smith
1988, Pat Powers/Jon Stevenson
1989, Randy Stoklos/Sinjin Smith
1990, Randy Stoklos/Sinjin Smith
1991, Karch Kiraly/Kent Steffes
1992, Karch Kiraly/Kent Steffes
1993, Brian Lewis/Randy Stoklos
1994, Karch Kiraly/Kent Steffes
1995, Scott Ayakatubby/Karch Kiraly
1996, Adam Johnson/Jose Loiola
1997, Jose Loiola/Kent Steffes
1998, Kent Steffes/Mike Whitmarsh
1999, Adam Johnson/Karch Kiraly
2000, Dax Holdren/Todd Rogers
2000, Jose Loiola/Emanuel Rego (FIVB)
2002, Eric Fonoimoanna/Dax Holdren
2003, Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard
2004, Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard


Past Chicago Beach Women's Champions (11 events)
Year, Winning team
1984, Linda Hanley/Dale Keough
1985, Nancy Cothron/Donna Townsend
1986, Linda Hanley/Nina Matthies
1987, Linda Chisholm/Jackie Silva
1993, Holly McPeak/Linda Chisholm
1994, Holly McPeak/Cammy Ciarelli
1996, Holly McPeak/Nancy Reno
1997, Liz Masakayan/Elaine Youngs
1999, Liz Masakayan/Elaine Youngs
2000, Misty May/Holly McPeak (FIVB)
2002, Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan
2003, Misty May/Kerri Walsh
2004, Misty May/Kerri Walsh

 

2004 AVP Nissan Series
$150,000 Chicago Open Presented by McDonalds
Chicago, Ill.
September 2nd-5th, 2004

Men's Main Draw Entries (Main Draw seed, Qualifying Seed)

Men's AVP $75,000 Chicago Open presented by McDonalds
September 2-5, 2004 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points
  Todd Rogers Sean Scott 1  
  Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 2  
  Dain Blanton Jeff Nygaard 3  
  Eric Fonoimoana Kevin Wong 4  
  Jake Gibb Adam Jewell 5  
  Jason Ring George Roumain 6  
  Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 7  
  John Hyden Mike Lambert 8  
  Dax Holdren Stein Metzger 9  
  Paul Baxter Scott Wong 10  
  Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena 11  
  Scott Ayakatubby Brian Lewis 12  
  Jim Nichols Matt Olson 13  
  Aaron Boss Eli Fairfield 14  
  Chad Mowrey Ed Ratledge 15  
  Brent Doble Ryan Mariano 16  
  Eduardo Bacil Scott Lane 17  
  Scott Davenport Jason Lee 18  
  Albert Hannemann Chip McCaw 19  
  Adam Roberts Chad Turner 20  
  Matt Heath Ty Loomis 21  
  David Smith Hans Stolfus 22  
  Chris Guigliano Brad Torsone 23, Q1  
  John Moran Brian Soldano 24, Q2  
  Jeff Minc Aaron Wachtfogel 25, Q5  
  Canyon Ceman Mark Williams 26  
  Anthony Mihalic Evan Silberstein 27, Q6  
  Mike DiPierro Steve Grotowski 28  
  Ryan Cronin Andrew Vazquez 29, Q7  
  Chris Magill Mike Morrison 30, Q8  
  Ivan Mercer Chad Wick 31, Q13  
  Bartosz Bachorski Mike Dauernheim 32, Q30  
33 Kevin Dake Tony Pray Q9 22.0
33 Randy Cline Leon Lucas Q10 22.0
33 John Goings Jim Van Zwieten Q11 22.0
33 Eric Adams Ryan Haneberg Q12 22.0
33 Bivin Sadler Andy Shean Q14 22.0
33 Chris Harger Jason Olive Q15 22.0
33 Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins Q17 22.0
33 Danko Iordanov Peter Pua Q29 22.0
41 David Fischer Jack Quinn Q3 14.0
41 Gaston Macau Andre Melo Q4 14.0
41 Esteban Escobar Guy Hamilton Q18 14.0
41 Gaby Amar JP Calderon Q19 14.0
41 Corey Glave Scott Kiedaisch Q20 14.0
41 Joe Boken Jon Mesko Q25 14.0
41 Santana Aker Derek Martinez Q27 14.0
41 Daniel Boeck Peter Devenere Q28 14.0
41 Coley Kyman Bobby Samuelson Q31 14.0
41 Lucas Galmarni Mike Stowell Q32 14.0
41 Timothy