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SCHEDULE

2005 Schedule Announcement

Current schedule for the AVP Tour in the year 2005

Date                             Event                                                                             Site

April 01-03  2005 AVP FT. LAUDERDALE OPEN      South Beach Park           Ft. Lauderdale, FLA.    * Cable,FSNet

April 22-24  2005 AVP TEMPE ARIZONA OPEN      Tempe Beach Park          Tempe, ARIZ.              * Cable,FSNet

April 29- May 1 2005 AVP AUSTIN OPEN                Auditorium Shores Park    Austin,TX                      * Cable,FSNet

May 20-22 2005 AVP SANTA BARBARA  OPEN     Santa Barbara, CA                                                 *Cable,FSNet

June 10-12   BUD LITE 2005 AVP SAN DIEGO OPEN  Mariners Point                  San Diego, CA.         * Cable,FSNet

Jun 30-Jul 3  2005 AVP CINCINATI OPEN                                                        Cincinati , OH               ** NBC,Live

July 8-10   BUD LITE 2005  AVP BELMAR OPEN        Belmar Beach                      Belmar, NJ             *Cable,FSNet

July 21-24 BUD LITE 2005 AVP HERMOSA OPEN Hermosa Beach Pier       Hermosa Beach, CA. **LIVE on NBC

Aug 11-14 BUD LITE 2005 AVP HUNTINGTON OPEN Huntington Beach Pier Huntington Beach, CA  * Cable,FSNet

Aug 18-21 BUD LITE 2005AVP MANHATTAN BEACH OPEN Manhattan Bch Pier ,CA               **LIVE on NBCt

Aug 26-28  2005 AVP BOULDER OPEN                                                             Boulder,CO        * Cable,FSNet

September 1-4 BUD LITE 2005 AVP CHICAGO OPEN North Avenue Beach   Chicago, IL           **LIVE on NBC

September 8-10 AQUIFINA 2005 AVP Vegas Shootout  Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV *TAPE on NBC

September 30-Oct 2 PAUL MITCHELL 2005 AVP Hawaiian Best Of Beach Ft.DeRussey Beach, HI **TAPE on NBC


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AVP Professional Men's Beach Volleyball
2005 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 Fox Sports Net


May
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Tempe, AZ Fox Sports Net
Austin, TX Fox Sports Net
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Fox Sports Net


JUNE
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Huntington Beach, CA Fox Sports Net

JULY
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
San Diego, CA Fox Sports Net
Belmar, NJ Fox Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, CA * live on NBC


AUGUST
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Belmar, NJ Fox Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, CA Fox Sports Net

SEPTEMBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Chicago, IL* live on NBC
Las Vegas, NV NBC (tape delayed)
Hermosa Beach, CA Fox Sports Net
Honolulu, HI  NBC (tape delayed)

OCTOBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Chicago, IL Fox Sports Net
Las Vegas, NV Fox Sports Net
Honolulu, HI Fox Sports Net

NOVEMBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Honolulu, HI Fox Sports Net


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The AVP Is Back on NBC nbc_masthead_080200.gif

Five Live/Tape Broadcasts During the 2005 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 Fox Sports Net


May
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Tempe, AZ Fox Sports Net
Austin, TX  Fox Sports Net
 

JUNE
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Huntington Beach, CA Fox Sports Net
Manhattan Beach, CA Fox Sports Net


JULY
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
San Diego, CA Fox Sports Net
Belmar, NJ       Fox Sports Net

AUGUST
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Belmar, NJ Fox Sports Net
Hermosa Beach, CA Fox Sports Net

SEPTEMBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Hermosa Beach, CA Fox Sports Net

OCTOBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Chicago, IL Fox Sports Net
Las Vegas, NV Fox Sports Net
Honolulu, HI Fox Sports Net

NOVEMBER
Event Location Broadcast Date Broadcast Time Network
Honolulu, HI Fox Sports Net

AVP on TV
January 21, 2005


To catch all the Men's and Women's 2005 AVP Nissan Championship Series action make sure to visit Fox Sports Net and check your local listings for viewing times.


New to the AVP this year is OLN televising the Men's and Women's semifinal matches. Check your local listings to catch all the 2005 AVP Nissan Championship Series Semifinal Action on OLN.


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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 2005 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 2004-2005 Off Season

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

A night to remember
Courtesy Of AVP
Doug Strauss
November 8, 2004
Putting the final seal on the 2004 AVP Nissan Series was not the tournament in Santa Barbara in mid-October, but rather, the season-ending awards banquet. That night gave players and fans one last time to see and commemorate the stars of the AVP. A total of 15 awards were given out to the men and women athletes.
Kerri Walsh (left) and Misty May had plenty of reasons to celebrate during the 2004 AVP Nissan Series. 
A relative newcomer to the beach game, Mike Lambert heard his name called more than any other player, as he won three of the postseason awards. Lambert was named the Most Valuable Player, the Best Offensive Player, and part of the men's Team of the Year (along with Karch Kiraly). Lambert played his first seven beach tournaments of his career with six different partners and entered this season with just 13 tournaments under his belt. Without a doubt those six players wish they still had him as a partner.
This season he played in 12 tournaments, and played in the finals of seven of them, the most a player had done since 1998, when the AVP hosted 21 competitions. Impressively, he had done so with three different partners. When his usual partner Kiraly was injured and could not play, he played with former Olympic teammate John Hyden and finished second in Chicago. In the final event of the year in Santa Barbara, he played with Eric Fonoimoana for the first time and they won. In addition, he also actually played in the championship match in Honolulu, after being selected as a partner by the winner of the individual event, Sean Scott. His four wins were the most by anyone this season, and all that added up to his MVP status.
Lambert added Best Offensive Player to his trophy case as well. He also won this in 2002 (along with Rookie of the Year). In 2004, opponents hesitated to serve Lambert because of his offensive prowess. Despite getting fewer attempts because of people avoiding serving him, he ranked 11th in number of kills. The 10 players who logged more kills all had significantly more attempts, as he was second amongst those in kill percentage, recording kills in six out of every 10 attacks.
The partnership of Kiraly / Lambert was the only men's team to win multiple titles in 2004, claiming three titles. Joining forces at the beginning of the year, Kiraly / Lambert also placed second twice and had a pair of thirds, making them the most consistent team. During the season they strung together a 16-match winning streak, the longest on the AVP since 2002. The duo won the season point total as well as the Team of the Year award.
The Outstanding Achievement Award went to Kiraly, who with his three wins extended his total to 147. His win in Las Vegas also bettered his record for being the oldest player to win a volleyball tournament, at 43 years, 10 months, and eight days old, the fifth tourney he has won since turning 40. In fact, since turning 35, Kiraly has won 34 tournaments, which by itself ranks ahead of all but 13 players in history. Making his last two wins all the more impressive was the fact that his shoulder injury prevented him from swinging hard  which his opponents knew  and he still was able to win.
While Lambert was certainly in consideration for the Best Defensive Player as well, this year's award went to Todd Rogers. Rogers was the quintessential back-row player  he had great digs and was also one of the top setters on the Tour. He ranked sixth in number of digs this year, despite missing four tournaments while trying to qualify for the Olympics.
Most Improved Player was awarded to Jake Gibb. This award reflects his tremendous jump in each of the last two years. In 2002, he qualified for one main draw, finishing 25th, and was the 81st-ranked player in terms of points. Last season he moved up to 19th on the points list as he had a best finish of third place. In 2004, Gibb was the third-ranked player on the Tour notching his first career win and playing in the Final Four seven times, and only Kiraly appeared in more.
George Roumain, another former indoor Olympian who is getting his feet wet in the beach game, was named the Rookie of the Year. Roumain, who is 28, had played in just four tournaments over two seasons prior to this year, making him eligible for this award. On Memorial Day weekend, he and Jason Ring won the Huntington Beach event in what was just his eighth beach tournament, becoming the quickest player to win an event in the AVP since at least 1986. Roumain added a pair of thirds and five fifth-place finishes in his first full year on the AVP.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Mike Whitmarsh, who retired this season after a spectacular career. Whitmarsh won 28 times, ranking 15th on the all-time charts, with five different partners plus the 2000 King of the Beach. Competing in the inaugural beach volleyball event in the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996, he and Mike Dodd won a Silver Medal. He was the AVP's 1990 Rookie of the Year, and since first recording a win on the beach in 1992, Whitmarsh won at least one event every year from then until this year, with the exception of 2001. His career earnings of over $1.6 million is eclipsed by just six other players. Whitmarsh and Kiraly are the only players to win a tournament past the age of 40, as his last two wins came once he had reached that age. In 2002, he won in Belmar, his fifth win at that location, and last season he won in Tempe.
Holly McPeak, Misty May and Kerri Walsh each received two awards. McPeak was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award as during the year she became the women's all-time victory leader. She achieved the mark in Manhattan Beach on June 6, logging her 68th win in the Wimbledon of beach volleyball. Following that historic victory, she added titles in the next three AVP events plus one on the FIVB Tour to increase her total to its current tally, 72. She now has double the wins of the next closest active player, Misty May, who has 36 wins.
The Team of the Year was May / Walsh, who won seven of the nine events they played together in this season. While McPeak / Elaine Youngs won the season point total in addition to winning four championships, they were unable to supplant May / Walsh as the team to beat. May / Walsh lost just three matches all season, two to Annett Davis / Jenny Johnson Jordan and one to McPeak / Youngs, while winning 44 matches. They dominated their foes, sweeping 39 of their 47 opponents, and won this award for the second straight season.
Walsh also received her second consecutive Most Valuable Player recognition. When her partner was unable to play due to injury, Walsh picked up Jennifer Meredith and those two placed second in Belmar. In the Best of the Beach event, Walsh placed also second. She compiled a 10-2 record without May, giving her a 54-5 mark for the season. Walsh earned the individual points title this year, as in the 11 tournaments she played in she had seven wins, three seconds and one third-place finish.
May was named as the 2004 Best Offensive Player. Although missing two tournaments due to injury and playing in several others with the lingering effects of an abdominal pull, May finished the year ranked fifth in kills. Perhaps most telling about her effectiveness was the fact that the winner of the Best of the Beach event, Annett Davis, selected May as a partner for the championship.
McPeak took home the Best Defensive Player award, one that she has won the last three years on the AVP Tour and seven times on three different tours in her career. Despite being 35 years old, she manages to touch almost every ball and averaged over 6.25 digs per game, tops on the AVP Tour.
Winning the Most Improved Player award was Jennifer Kessy. Last season she had her two best finishes on the AVP Tour up to that point, getting a pair of seventh places. This year, while playing with Barbra Fontana, she improved to ninth place on the season points list. She had 11 finishes of seventh or better, including advancing to the "Sandy Semis" four times and playing in her first AVP championship.
At 39 years old, Tammy Leibl became assuredly the oldest winner of the Rookie of the Year award. Leibl played on the indoor national team for 10 years, competing in three Olympics. She transitioned to four-person beach volleyball, which she played for four years, but had played in just two doubles events prior to this season. In 2004, Leibl finished 14th on the season point list, with three fifth-place finishes highlighting her year. Playing with three different partners through the year, she lost just five matches to teams seeded below her.
Although the 11 individuals who won awards represent the cream of the crop, many others were definitely worthy of getting the trophies as well. The winners ranged in age from 26 (Kerri Walsh) to 43 (Karch Kiraly), and four of the award recipients were over 35 years old. Congratulations to the 11 winners as well as to all 736 people who played in the 2004 AVP Nissan Series, making this such a terrific season.

U.S. Olympic Committee Honors May and Walsh
USA Volleyball
November 22, 2004
May was announced as the AVP's Best Offensive Player at the 2004 AVP Awards Banquet 
The United States Olympic Committee has named beach volleyball stars Misty May and Kerri Walsh as its October "USOC Team of the Month" for the second year in a row.
May (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Walsh (Saratoga, Calif.), the 2004 Olympic gold medalists, capped an incredible year with a memorable month of October.
On Oct. 17, the duo won the season finale on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour, the Santa Barbara Invitational, with a 14-21, 21-14, 15-13 decision over Olympic bronze medalists Holly McPeak (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Elaine Youngs (El Toro, Calif.) to finish the tournament with a 5-0-match record. In the process, May and Walsh became the winningest women's team in the history of the sport-in just their fourth season-by posting their 31st tournament victory together.
On Oct. 18, May and Walsh were honored by the Women's Sports Foundation as the 2004 Sportswoman Team of the Year in New York City. On Oct. 30, May and Walsh captured Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Team of the Year honors for the second-straight year. Walsh also earned her second-straight AVP Most Valuable Player award, while May was announced as the AVP's Best Offensive Player.

Local Olympians among Walk of Fame honorees
by David Rosenfeld of the Easy Reader
December 2, 2004
Johnette Latreille spikes a set from her partner Jean Brunicardi, who passed away in 2003. The pair won the first three John Shaw Opens, starting in 1966. 
Beach volleyball Olympians Holly McPeak and Kerri Walsh were among the women honored with plaques on the Manhattan Volleyball Walk of Fame during a ceremony at the pier on December 4.
Other honorees included legends Kathy Gregory, Nina Matthies, Karolyn Kirby, Liz Masakayan, and Nancy Reno and current stars Elaine Youngs, Barbara Fontana, Jenny Johnson Jordan, Annett Davis, and Misty May.
The plaques recognize winners of the women's Manhattan Beach Open, dating back to its founding as the John Shaw Open in 1966. Every past winner was been invited.
"It's a little late in coming, but at least we're getting it done," said Charlie Saikley, who helped establish the walk of fame for winners of the men's Manhattan Open eight years ago. "The torch of beach volleyball will be carried by the women."
Saikley was one of the founders of the women's tournament, named after the city's then superintendent of recreation, whom Saikley lobbied for nearly a year before receiving permission to organize the women's tournament.
Saikley, who still works for the city, undertook a similar lobbying effort to get the women's names added to the Walk of Fame.
The early Manhattan tournaments were the first to lower the nets for the women. There were no professional players' organizations and cities throughout California put on their own tournaments with only modest prize money.
The John Shaw Open was held from 1966 to 1986, when it was replaced by the Women's Professional Volleyball Association tournament. The WPVA was disbanded following the 1994 open. As a result women were not represented at the dedication of the Walk of Fame in 1996, which recognized the male winners of every Manhattan Beach open, dating back to 1960.
The women's open was resurrected in 2001 under the umbrella of the city and Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP).
"My fondest volleyball memories are from Manhattan," said Gregory, winner of seven John Shaw Opens between 1969 and 1983. Gregory is now the head coach of the University of California at Santa Barbara's volleyball team, which will compete this week in the national championships in Atlanta.
Matthies, who also won seven Manhattan tournaments in the 70s and 80s, is now the head coach of the women's team at Pepperdine University in Malibu. She said her fondest memories were working with the city recreation department to set up the tournament. Manhattan was a prestigious tournament, she said, because Saikley and others took special care to rake the sand.
"For me it's pretty neat," Matthies said. "I'm really happy for a lot of the women and gals who will get their names down there."

Fonoi in on deal at Dig for Kids night
December 6, 2004
AVP Commissioner Leonard Armato poses with Olympic Bronze Medalist Holly McPeak at the Dig For Kids Winter Wonderland Gala. 
Shortly after bringing home a gold medal from the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Eric Fonoimoana established Dig for Kids. The program offers academic and athletic coaching for less fortunate Southern California elementary school students.
December 4 at Sangria Restaurant on Hermosa Beach's Pier Plaza, Fonoimoana and fellow Dig for Kids' coach Albert Hanneman hosted the annual Dig for Kids Holiday Casino Night. Winners at the tables cashed in their chips for raffle tickets. Raffle items included trips to Mexico and Las Vegas, Dodgers and Red Sox memorabilia and volleyball instruction by Fonoimoana.
Along with Fonoimoana and Hanneman, AVP Stars in attendance at the semi formal event included Holly McPeak, Mike Lambert, Casey Jennings, Matt Fuerbringer, Adam Jewell, and Dain Blanton.
All proceeds helped to raise funds that go toward two 10-week programs to be held this year at Carson High for over 100 students from eight surrounding elementary schools.
"We give the kids two hours of help with school work and home work and an hour of sports training," Fonoimoana said. He and Hanneman are assisted by Hermosa resident Janine Moulton, as well as by fellow AVP players

Find Out How the Pros Spent Christmas
Courtesy Of AVP
December 20, 2004
  As a Beach Volleyball fan, do you prefer Christmas near the sand or Christmas near the snow....? The AVP polled its players before the holidays to see how they felt about the subject and to find out what they had planned for the Holiday Season.

Jeff Nygaard hoped to improve his handyman skills and receive carpentry items on Christmas day, while Eric Fonoimoana says that his New Year's resolution is to "Just Win Baby!" Here are some other fun responses from your favorite AVP stars:

Holly McPeak: Do you prefer Christmas in the Sand, or Christmas in the Snow? "I prefer Christmas in the snow but I have never spent Christmas day in the snow, always the week before or after. We get enough sun all year long!"

Sean Scott: What is your New Year's Resolution going to be? "Don't get blocked by Mike Lambert so much!"

Jenny Johnson Jordan: What do you hope to receive this Holiday Season? "For Christmas I honestly don't need anything. I love to receive gifts that people have made themselves because they are unique and special."

Paul Baxter: What are your plans for the Holidays? "I will be going back home to Minnesota for the Holidays. I plan on spending a week or two in the great white north with family and friends." What do you hope to receive this Holiday season? "I don't really hope to receive anything, but only hope to enjoy some good times with my family and friends that I don't get to see much being out in L.A. Although, in the event that I wake up Christmas Day and some golf equipment happens to show up in my stocking, chances are that I won't be shoving it back up the chimney."

Jeff Nygaard: Do you prefer Christmas in the Sand, or Christmas in the Snow? "Christmas lights in the sand look weird and feel even weirder. Its gotta have snow to have the magical aura of Christmas, man. Coldness too, which necessitates a great big fire in the fire place with a warm beverage of choice."

Elaine Youngs: What are your plans for the Holidays? "I'm celebrating winter solstice here in Colorado instead of Christmas. NO I'm not the Grinch, just want to stay away from the consumerism that has taken hold of most of us."

Casey Jennings: What is your New Year's Resolution going to be? "To read more, drink fewer Bud Lights and more Gatorades." Do you prefer Christmas in the Sand, or Christmas in the Snow? "Christmas in the snow is always the best! Whitttttttteeeeee!! Merry Christmas everybody."

Thanks to all the players for their great responses, and Happy New Year

Selznick,Named USA Volleyball Coach of the Year
USA Volleyball
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 6, 2005)
In conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee, USA Volleyball has recognized the sport's 2004 Coaches of the Year in two categories.
Dane Selznick (El Segundo, Calif.) was named National Coach of the Year, while Andy Read (Garden Grove, Calif.) was selected Developmental Coach of the Year. Selznick helped guide Misty May and Kerri Walsh to the 2004 women's beach volleyball Olympic gold medal. Read served as the head coach of the 2004 USA Boys' Youth National Team that won the gold medal at the NORCECA Championships.
The USOC Coaching Recognition Program works to bring recognition and attention to the contribution coaches make to sport at all levels of athlete development. The sport’s 2004 honorees were chosen using criteria approved by the USOC, evaluating the accomplishments for each during the competition period beginning Jan. 1, 2004.
NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
To the casual beach volleyball fan, coach Dane Selznick was lost in the spotlight of Misty May and Kerri Walsh’s historic gold medal performance at the 2004 Olympic Games last summer in Athens, Greece. But May and Walsh would be the first ones to tell you that Selznick played a huge role not only in their Athens glory but in all of their success in the time leading up to Athens. In addition to the Olympics, the dynamic duo won 10 other tournaments during the year along with a second-place finish (injury forfeit) and a third-place result. Together they posted a season match record of 70-5 (four of the losses were forfeits) and won 141-of-153 sets played (eight forfeits). When May was sidelined by an injury, Selznick helped Walsh and Rachel Wacholder capture the FIVB Austrian Grand Slam with a perfect 6-0 record. On the men’s side, Selznick also coached budding beach stars Casey Jennings, Matt Fuerbringer, Jason Ring, George Roumain, John Hyden and Sean Scott, among others.

AVP RELEASES 2005 NISSAN SERIES SCHEDULE
Courtesy Of AVP
January 20, 2005
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and Commissioner Leonard Armato officially announced its 2005 Nissan Series Schedule on Thursday, January 20th.
The Nissan Series this season includes two new tour stops and $3 million in prize money, doubled from last year and split equally between the men and women.
This season, the AVP will visit 14 cities, including the two newest AVP cities-Cincinnati, Ohio and Boulder, Colorado.
In addition to the new markets, the 2005 Nissan Series will feature increased television coverage... Details will be available in the coming weeks.

2005 Nissan Series Schedule - AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour:

April 1st-April 3rd - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
April 22nd-April 24th - Tempe, Arizona
April 29th-May 1st - Austin, Texas
May 20th-May 22nd - Santa Barbara, California
June 10th-June 12th - San Diego, California
June 30th-July 3rd - Cincinnati, Ohio
July 8th-July 10th - Belmar, New Jersey
July 21st-July 24th - Hermosa Beach, California
August 11th-August 14th - Huntington Beach, California
August 18th-August 21st - Manhattan Beach, California
August 26th-August 28th - Boulder, Colorado
September 1st-September 4th - Chicago, Illinois
September 8th-September 10th - Las Vegas, Nevada
September 30th-October 2nd - Honolulu, Hawaii

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January 21, 2005
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USA Volleyball Announces Nominees for USOC SportsMan, SportsWoman and Team of 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 1, 2005)
Beach volleyball Olympic gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh, two-time Olympian Kevin Barnett and the Paralympic bronze-medal-winning USA women’s sitting volleyball team are among the nominees for the 2004 United States Olympic Committee (USOC) SportsMan, SportsWoman and Team of the Year honors, USA Volleyball announced Tuesday.
The nominees are the 2004 Athletes and Teams of the Year representing Olympic, Pan American and Affiliated Sport Organizations within the U.S. Olympic Movement.
Each year the USOC recognizes the top male and top female athletes and the top team as selected by their respective member organizations. The names of the athletes and teams are placed on ballots used to select the USOC SportsMan, SportsWoman and overall Team of the Year.
Members of the USOC Board of Directors, along with representatives of the national media, participate in the voting to select the USOC SportsMan, SportsWoman and Team of the Year.
Forty-nine males and 49 females, as well as 39 teams, are being honored by the USOC for their athletic accomplishments in 2004.
Honored last year for their accomplishments in 2003 were cyclist Lance Armstrong, figure skater Michelle Kwan and the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team.
The official announcement of the 2004 USOC SportsMan, SportsWoman and Team of the Year will be on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time).
This year for the first time, the USOC allowed National Governing Bodies (NGBs) that represent more than one Olympic sport discipline or that field both Olympic and Paralympic athletes to nominate at least one male athlete, one female athlete and one team in each category. As a result, USA Volleyball nominated selections in each of its three disciplines: beach volleyball, indoor volleyball and sitting volleyball.
USA Volleyball’s nominees for SportsWoman of the Year included Tayyiba Haneef (Indoor/Laguna Hills, Calif.), Kerri Walsh (Beach/Saratoga, Calif.) and Lora Webster (Sitting/Cave Creek, Ariz.).
The organization’s nominees for SportsMan of the Year included Kevin Barnett (Indoor/Naperville, Ill.), Stein Metzger (Beach/Honolulu, Hawaii) and Chris Seilkop (Sitting/DeLand, Fla.).
USAV’s nominees for Team of the Year are Misty May (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (Beach), the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team (Indoor) and the USA Women’s Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team.

2005 'AVP Insider' Training Tips
Courtesy Of AVP & DIG Magazine
February 2, 2005
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HOW TO SET SAUCE
with Karch Kiraly
Setting on the beach is an acquired skill. It takes practice, patience and perseverance. I began my beach career as a hand setter, but resorted to bump-setting as the rules got tighter in the mid '90s. With the looser rules of today's AVP game, I'm back to using my hands almost exclusively. The reward is a more consistent set for my partner. Watch Scott Ayakatubby, Brian Lewis or Canyon Ceman and you'll see them use their hands almost exclusively, dishing out precision sets for the partners.
There are several keys to being a consistent setter on the beach:
1. Move your feet and get to the ball.
2. Set the ball near the bridge of your nose.
3. Keep your hands limber and get as many fingers on the ball as possible.
4. Follow through to the target. Remember to set toward an area and not try to direct the ball to your partner. It's your partner's job to get to the ball.
5. Communicate and find out what type of set your partner likes - high, low, outside, middle, close, back etc. Work on being consistent.
6. Pay attention to the elements out-doors, especially the wind. Adjust accordingly.
Keep practicing, and if you hear somebody referring to you as "butter" or "sauce" you know you got the touch.

Legends of the Game: Steve Obradovich... The Entertainer
Courtesy Of AVP
By Jon Hastings
February 4, 2005
Steve Obradovich has the distinction of being one of Karch Kiraly's favorite all-time players. Not a bad bullet item for a resume. Kiraly wishes OB was still playing. "He's just a crack up on the court," says Kiraly. "He sometimes comes down to the beach to work out with us, and he still cracks me up. He is relentless in terms of getting on and smack-talking his opponents, his teammates, himself. Nobody is a sacred cow to him."
Kiraly regrets being too young in 1976 to see OB win his only Manhattan Open. " I would have loved to see (Chris) Marlowe and OB when they won their Manhattan Open together," he says. "It would have been just a treat to be sitting by the court that whole weekend."
Well, I was there and Karch is right. It was a treat. Anything Orbradovich does is sure to either make you laugh or to piss you off, depending on what seat you're in. I remember officiating one of his games in the early 1980s after losing a first-round match, a sever penalty for losers in old-style opens before the advent of paid refs. OB bent over so often to scream in my face I'm surprised he didn't pull a back muscle.
"I knew you couldn't play, but I thought at least you could ref," he screamed for everybody at East Beach to hear. I wasn't laughing that day.
I was also in Las Vegas in 2003 when OB and Jim Menges lost in the Battle of the Sexes to Elaine Youngs and Holly McPeak. After the humbling loss, the ill-prepared OB said he "set back men's volleyball 10 years" and worried that 20 years of hard work in the game was wasted in 40 minutes. It wasn't.
OB's legacy is intact. His career is a lot like that scene in the movie "Tin Cup" when, after Kevin Costner's character dumps five balls in the water before holing out from 20 yards on the 18th, Renee Russo's character tells him: "Five years from now nobody remembers who won, they'll remember this forever."
OB would have been remembered for his combative style even without 11 career victories, including a world championship with Gary Hooper and that Manhattan Open title. In fact, he was upset last year when Dax Holdren passed him as the left-hander with the most career wins.
Friends know that his competitiveness is only surpassed by his generosity. When he owned the famous Julie's Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, volleyball players had the same flexible bar tab as Norm on Cheers.
In 1987, Sports Illustrated did an article on beach volleyball, and OB was the only player quoted. I still remember it. "Nobody knows where this sport is going, but one thing is for sure  we're all going to die of skin cancer."
At 49, OB is just as tan and vibrant as ever. People still love to be around him, and he still has the powerful shoulders that enabled him to play both football and volleyball at USC. His setting touch isn't as soft, but his style is just as abrasive. Just ask any of the dozen or so guys who join him every week for 18 holes.
A successful business career has afforded his wife Linda and four children (Paige, Piper, Prestin and Pete) the opportunity to live at the posh Laguna Beach gated community of Emerald Bay, where most of his volleyball is confined to monitoring the youth club career of his daughters. In his mind, he can still bring the heavy thunder that used to thrill the crowds and frighten his opponents.
"In my prime I could be out here winning against these guys playing today," says OB, who still attends a few AVP events every year.
He's probably right, but it doesn't really matter. Karch puts it best when he says: "We don't have those types of personalities on the tour any more."
From my seat, that's too bad.

Cupid sets sights on volleyball court
Courtesy Of AVP
By Doug Strauss
February 14, 2005
When it's Valentine's Day, love is in the air. But for some volleyball players, love is on the court. And that can make things very interesting when two people are in this same profession. For example, when tournament time comes around, having your significant other playing next to you, watching you play, and wanting to watch them play.
The man who is fifth in all-time victories, Mike Dodd, and his wife Patty, are the only married couple to win a tournament on the same weekend, doing so five times in their careers. On August 9, 1987, Patty won an event in Hermosa Beach while Mike won in Manhattan Beach. In 1989, the couple repeated the feat four times, but each time the tourneys occurred in different states.
2004 Olympian Dax Holdren and his wife Jen both played professional volleyball for seven overlapping seasons, until Jen quit playing following the 2002 season. In 2001, both Dax and Jen advanced to the finals of the same event (Oceanside, Calif.), however both finished with a second-place finish, denying them a chance to become the first married couple to win the same event in history.
Currently, the bid to be the first married couple to do that rests on the Van Zwietens. Jim Van Zwieten, one of three brothers to play on the AVP Tour, recently married Franci Rard, and both competed throughout the year last season.
Expected to soon join the ranks of married couples playing on the AVP Tour are Casey Jennings and Kerri Walsh, who were engaged last year. Together, the couple has 50 championship appearances, with 34 wins. So when this duo does become husband-wife, they stand a very good chance to mark their names down in the record book for accomplishing the feat of being the first married couple to win the same event.
Of course in addition to married couples, there are many volleyball players who are dating. Two of the more prominent ones are Sean Scott and Rachel Wacholder, who have been going out for about 2 1/2 years. While there are pros and cons to dating a fellow volleyball player, apparently this relationship has been beneficial - both Scott and Wacholder won the first two titles of their careers in 2004.
"For us it's great - we understand each other and we know that while we have to work very hard, we don't make a lot of money," Wacholder said. "The hardest part is I stress out watching him, more than I do for my own matches. But we are both to the point in our careers that if we are both still playing, we don't care if we watch each other. I don't need any more to worry about if I am still in a tournament."
"Dating a volleyball player helps in terms of support," Scott said. "She knows what I have to do on a daily basis in terms of training, diet, sleep, the sacrifices that you have to make. There's a lot of stress because you get money based on how you do that week - there is no guaranteed contract. The one negative is where beach volleyball is financially, although it is coming back. If you date someone who has a steady income, you can plan much more, whether it's about buying a house or whatever."
"It's nice to have him there to talk about things," Wacholder said of playing the same events as her significant other. "He's always been so supportive. We don't pick apart each other's game. A lot of it is a confidence thing, just letting each other know that we have a lot of potential."
These two, like other volleyball players who are dating, still manage to remember that this is a business and they need to treat it as such. "We try and focus on our own tournament first," commented Scott. "Once the tournament starts we do what we need to do to take care of our own game. It's draining and tough to play, and trying to follow the other person is draining as well, so you don't want to overload. Once I am done I can put my energies to cheering her on, and vice versa."
While the togetherness is a good thing come tournament time, it apparently is not as appreciated when it comes to practicing. "We tried to practice with each other but it's hard, it's just not the same," Wacholder said. "We end up bickering some, and we aren't like that in our relationship at all."
When the two have to play events in which the other one is competing in a different tournament, there are again some good parts and some bad parts. "It's nice not to worry about things when he is not there," Wacholder stated, "but I still want to find out he did." Last season Scott was often competing internationally with the FIVB Tour, trying to secure a spot in the Olympics, while Wacholder played in AVP tournaments. She would check the internet to see how his matches overseas were going.
"For me when I am playing overseas and she is not, as soon as I'm done then I try and call her or check the internet to see how she did," Scott said. "It does help to travel together - we can hang out and share time together. Especially when we travel overseas, once we are done it is a little like a vacation. If neither of us do well, then we can console each other. And if we both do well, we can celebrate together."
And for those who may be pondering such a relationship, let Cupid takes its course. "The positives definitely outweigh the negatives," Scott summarized about dating another volleyball player.

New and Improved for Our Fans in 2005!
Courtesy Of AVP
February 15, 2005
Fans, we heard your battle cry for more in 2005 and the AVP has answered. As an AVP Newsletter subscriber you are part of a select group called AVP Insiders. Your AVP.com Insider membership grants you virtual VIP status and access to deep discounts, priority ticket offers, and exclusive player web logs. AVP Insiders may now reap the rewards of AVP.com contests and special offers that can place you behind the scenes of the "world's biggest beach party" like never before:
Presale Tickets: Do you like killer discounts and priority access for tickets to new events? Then as an AVP Newsletter subscriber you have scored! Beginning February 15th, subscribers will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2005 AVP Nissan Series before they go on sale to the public AND they will also receive a $5 discount per ticket on General Admission seats during the exclusive Presale offer period. Premium Level seats (Courtside, Beach Club) are also available at regular price.
Electronic Ticketing: Tired of box office lines or waiting for your tickets to arrive in the mail? Now, immediate gratification - tickets delivered via email, where you can print them out!
All New Merchandise: Get yourself a brand new AVP look. Opening in March is an entirely original AVP Store for 2005. Also for the very first time Wilson AVP Game Balls are available NOW for purchase online at avp.com.
Contests and Auctions: Show your AVP fanaticism and dedication throughout the year by signing up your friends as AVP Insiders, submitting your most exciting beach volleyball experiences for online contests, and contributing to charity. Those with the most spirit will get insider experiences with the players and autographed gear.
Athlete News and Interaction: 2005 will feature Diaries and Blogs of AVP Athletes, as well as information about online instructional clinics and even cross-training tips for indoor players. Check out avp.com today to learn Karch Kiraly's secret to setting...
Fantasy Volleyball: Create the ultimate AVP team through the new AVP Fantasy Volleyball game and score awesome prizes. Sign up begins March 1st!
AVP Real-Time Scoreboard: Interactive application where you can follow every Hit, Dig, and Point& LIVE! Log online during our season opening event in Ft. Lauderdale and check it out. Fan Center: Find new photo galleries, downloadable wallpapers, and games that you can play online and send to your friends& updated monthly

Player Profile -- Getting to Know Adam Jewell
Courtesy of Dig Magazine
By Don Patterson
March 1, 2005
Questions for Adam Jewell
 
Q: Your favorite lefty in any sport?
AJ: Randy Johnson. He's intimidating, wild, and brings it.

Q: Your favorite jeopardy category?
AJ: Famous beaches of the world, Alex, for a thousand.

Q: Who's the winner in the Shaq/Kobe fallout?
AJ: There is no winner in this one. Even the fans are over these guys. Bring back Magic/Kareem

Q: Fact or fiction - Adam Jewell can bring it harder than Randy Stoklos ever could?
AJ: Duh! FACT. I beat him in the Barry Bob 4 Man. Haaa!

Q: Dream job - AVP Commissioner or Laker public address announcer?
AJ: Sorry, Leonard. Your job is too tough. Definitely Laker PA.

Q: More important to the tour - players groveling in the qualifiers or the AVP crew groveling to set up the scene?
AJ: Both play an important role in our growth as a sport, but, no crew, no event. AVP crew, the best in show biz!

Q: The beach legend you wish you could have played with?
AJ: The Mighty Hov! That would be a team filled with Jet Fuel.

Q: Best place to celebrate in the South Bay after a tournament
AJ: Sharkeez. They have been a great sponsor this year.

Q: Your dream sponsor?
AJ: In-N-Out Burger, for obvious reasons.

McPeak looks for continued success
Courtesy of USA Volleyball
March 9, 2005
Women's beach volleyball icon Holly McPeak has graced hundreds of podiums throughout the world during her record-setting and illustrious career, but as she stood on the awards stand in front of a sellout crowd at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre in Athens, Greece, last Aug. 24, the feeling was anything but routine.
Earlier that evening, McPeak and her partner Elaine Youngs made USA Volleyball history when they became the first women's beach team to win an Olympic medal. The duo capped a stellar 2004 campaign by winning the bronze medal match over Natalie Cook and Nicole Sanderson of Australia, 21-18, 15-21, 15-9.
"The Olympic podium in Athens was the highlight of my career for sure," she admitted. "I have worked so hard over my 14-year career. To stand on that podium with the five other best beach volleyball players in the world-all people I care for-it was special."
What made it even more special was the fact that McPeak and Youngs had to really fight to earn their trip to Greece. Athens Olympic gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh began the 2004 season with their tickets to Greece pretty well in hand.
But the USA's second Olympic beach berth, which is based on the FIVB's international points system, was up for grabs. McPeak and Youngs, who struggled the year before, found themselves in a tight battle with Annett Davis and Jennifer Johnson Jordan.
McPeak and Youngs started the 2004 season strong, however, and were able to compile a big enough lead in the points race (3,196-2,816) to clinch that second spot, the trip to Athens, and eventually, a date with the Olympic podium.
"We knew that we underachieved in 2003 and had to find a balance to get our game back," recalled McPeak, the USA's only three-time women's beach Olympian. "Our coach, Liz Masakayan, helped us do that. She found a middle ground for us to work on and she helped work things out between two very competitive and stubborn people. We really focused on peaking at the right time and qualifying for the Olympics. Another key thing was that we both stayed healthy. Annett Davis suffered from back problems and that hurt them a bit."
The Olympic medal was just the icing on an extremely large cake for McPeak, who leads all women in career victories (72), career tournaments played (241) and career prize money won ($1.3 million). She has also posted 45 second-place and 36 third-place finishes in her time on the sand.
To begin 2004 McPeak had 66 career tournament wins and needed just one to tie the record of 67 held by Volleyball Hall of Famer Karolyn Kirby. McPeak tied the record on May 30 when she teamed with Youngs to win the China Open. They won again the next weekend (June 6) at the prestigious Manhattan Beach Open to give McPeak the record-and four more times the rest of the year for good measure.
"Breaking the record was more of a relief than anything," she explained. "Poor EY had to suffer through that with me. It was hard because we struggled in 2003 with only one win and weren't playing our best ball. In 2004, we came back strong and were very consistent. It felt great to break the record. The thing that I am most proud of is that I have been able to win tournaments since 1993, and with a variety of partners. It is now 2005 and I am still fired up to train hard and win!
What is the secret to her successful longevity?
"It is funny but I just think I know my sport and I have lots of experience," McPeak revealed. "I know the game and I know how to get the most of what I have. I am not really the best at anything in particular, but I work hard and always give it my all. It helps that I have had lots of great partners over the years!"
McPeak hopes to have another great partner this season. She parted ways with Youngs following the 2004 season and how hopes that her new teammate, former USC All-American Jennifer Kessy, can help her continue her winning ways. They have been training together since December in preparation for the 2005 season.
McPeak and Kessy made their debut last month in Rio de Janeiro and defeated Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca in a 44-minute exhibition match, 21-16, 21-16, to win the Brazilian Queen of the Beach title.
"Jennifer is a very talented athlete but just needs to get really focused on specific areas of her game to dominate at the highest level," she explained. "I love challenges and I love the hard work involved in getting a player to the level where she can win. Jen can win and will win! I look forward to being a part of it and I will enjoy watching her reach her potential!
"It takes a few months together to find the right chemistry but we started in December because we were both hungry to go," McPeak added. "The rain (in California) hindered some of our training but we have both improved a lot and are looking forward to testing it out in April."
The 2005 AVP Nissan Series kicks off another exciting season in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., April 1-3, the first of 14 tournament stops during the year. McPeak, who has earned the AVP's Best Defensive Player award for three years running (2002, 2003 and 2004), has her sights set on another successful season and will be gunning for the tour's top team in each of the last two years: May and Walsh.
"Kerri and Misty are two exceptional athletes with a great feel for the game," McPeak explained. "They do not have a lot of weaknesses and they put a lot of pressure on their opponents. It has been frustrating not to be able to beat them but I hope that can end soon."
McPeak, who has frustrated her share of opponents in her career, has yet to think seriously about her life after beach volleyball. But don't expect her to stray too far away from the game.
"Broadcasting would be a good option but I would also like to help get the USA beach volleyball program better organized and better supported for the future athletes," she said. "Time will tell."

AVP, USA Volleyball Reach Agreement to Help Grow Beach Game
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 10, 2005)
Courtesy Of USA Volleyball
The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) and USA Volleyball (USAV) have signed a wide-ranging agreement that calls for, among other things, the creation of a Beach Volleyball Council, it was announced Thursday.
The Beach Volleyball Council will be a five-member group comprised of two AVP representatives, two USAV representatives and one elected beach player that will focus on formulating plans and implementing programs with respect to the growth and development of beach volleyball in the United States.
We are delighted to form this strategic partnership between the AVP and USA Volleyball,” said Leonard Armato, Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of the AVP. “Working together, we will ensure that we maximize the potential of developing beach volleyball in the U.S., both at the grassroots level and at the elite level—where we will work to provide our elite U.S. beach volleyball athletes with the support required for them to dominate in world and Olympic competition.
We look forward to exploring opportunities with USAV to further expand this partnership in the future.”
Among the Council’s chief priorities: creating a USA National Beach Volleyball Team and program similar to the current indoor model; assisting USA beach athletes in winning Olympic medals, maintaining sustained competitive success; growing participation in the sport from the grassroots to the high performance levels in the USA; and developing increased financial resources that will be re-invested back into the sport.
The real plus, in my mind, is this partnership that allows us to cooperatively grow the game with the AVP. I am excited by this agreement and I’m optimistic,” said Doug Beal, USA Volleyball’s CEO. “I applaud the leadership of the AVP. We have had a wonderful dialogue with Leonard Armato, Bruce Binkow and a number of others within their organization. They have certainly impressed me with their genuine interest in expanding the sport far beyond the AVP Tour.
The AVP in the last several years has stabilized, has grown and has re-established its very visible position in the sports entertainment marketplace,” Beal added. “If this partnership grows the way we certainly hope it will, it should allow us to reach the whole country and to develop programming at all levels, from the international athlete who is competing for a spot in the Olympic Games down to the grassroots player who just needs to be exposed to the sport.
The BVC will also be tasked to develop a comprehensive promotional plan for the development of the sport at all levels in the USA from grassroots to the Olympic and professional level and to create a high performance plan to provide the training and support necessary for the USA to compete successfully in international beach volleyball competitions.
Beal also pointed out that the United States Olympic Committee is a significant participant in the relationship even though they are not a signing member of the agreement.
Any initiative that is going to be undertaken by the BVC that has any Olympic implication or international implication or funding implication relative to USOC support is going to have significant USOC involvement and will have to be implemented within USOC guidelines and with USOC approval,” he explained

Volleyball is a year-round business
Courtesy Of AVP
by Doug Strauss
March 10, 2005
For the fan of AVP volleyball, April 1 is marked in red on the calendar. That is the date that the 2005 AVP Nissan Series begins, with the season-opening tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. But for the professional beach volleyball players competing, the season begins much earlier.
Unlike most other jobs, these athletes are not paid for showing up, or for just doing their job "adequately." Instead, their pay is directly linked to their performance on that given weekend, so good preparation is a must, and even the slightest differences in what happens during the off-season can result in significant improvements during the competitive season.
The AVP season runs from April to October, and while the players might not compete during the sixth-month period after the last event, it can be argued that tournament results are greatly influenced by the off-season training. Most players will take some time off after the final event of the year, but then when the start of the new year arrives, so does a mind-shift. A shift towards more conscious eating habits occurs as well as emphasizing conditioning and training.
"Once the new year rolls around I am stepping up my workouts," says 2000 Gold Medalist Dain Blanton. "Each and every year I try and get in the best shape I can. I eat pretty clean year-round, so that's not as big a deal." Blanton's workouts consist of about 1-1 ? hours conditioning, a little over an hour on weights, and 2-2 ? hours on the volleyball court  and he does this five or six times a week. About half his time on the court is spent actually playing and the other half he does various drills, usually with three others. "That is the best way to be efficient," Blanton stated.
Angie Akers benefited this past off-season by playing in Australia, winning an event in November with three-time beach Olympian Kerri Pottharst. "The worst thing is getting out of shape then trying to get back in shape," she said. "I put a lot of emphasis on off-season training. I took a whole month off and didn't touch a volleyball, and that's the first time I took that much time off in 15 years. But it was good because I came back with more excitement."
Akers spends two to four hours in the gym, seven hours on the track or in a park working on speed and agility, and 12-15 hours on the court. "My goal is to be prepared to play five matches a day," Akers said. Like others, she watches what she eats as well. "I'm a really healthy eater. I stick to natural foods and not processed, refined or fried foods. Around Christmas time it's a disaster with all the sweets around, but I pretty much watch what I eat all year round."
Some players face challenges in training, such as geography. Last season Paula Roca, a top 20 player, partnered with Gracie Santana-Baeni, who lives in Switzerland in the off-season. "It was a little tough to find the perfect schedule for our training," Roca understated. Therefore, Roca's workout schedule has her spending about 35 hours a week conditioning and weight-training, and just 10 hours on the volleyball court, all of which are spent doing drills. "Dieting is very important," Roca said, "we are what we eat. I have a very strict diet during the season and off season."
Phil Dalhausser was part of the lowest seeded team (16th), along with Nick Lucena, to defeat the top-ranked team of 2004, Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert, when they beat them in Hermosa Beach. Dalhausser works out in a gym for about 1 ? hours from five to six days a week, while playing volleyball four times a week, usually about 3 hours per. "After we play and a team leaves, we do agility drills in the sand," Dalhausser said. "I am trying to eat super-healthy right now. I have a sweet tooth that I have to overcome. Now the focus is on being more healthy  trying to get into playing shape and shedding any extra pounds."
As we approach the beginning of the 2005 AVP Nissan Series, and fans are just starting to get "back into it," remember that these athletes have been getting ready for this year for a long time. Then consider the plight of players on the tour who also have to balance a full-time job, or family, or both, in order to compete week in and week out.

Dane Selznick One of Five Finalists for USOC National Coach of the Year Award
Courtesy Of USA Volleyball
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 14, 2005)
Dane Selznick, who helped guide Misty May and Kerri Walsh to the first Olympic gold medal in USA women’s beach volleyball history last summer, is one of five finalists for the United States Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year Award, it was announced Monday.
The National Coach of the Year Award along with honors for Developmental Coach of the Year, Volunteer Coach of the Year and the "Doc" Counsilman Science Award will be presented May 1 during the USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Banquet at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The other four finalists for the USOC National Coach of the Year include Mike Candrea (Casa Grande, Ariz./USA Softball), April Heinrichs (Gainesville, Va./U.S. Soccer), Yevgeny Marchenko (Plano, Texas/USA Gymnastics) and Eddie Reese (Austin, Texas/USA Swimming).
To the casual beach volleyball fan, Selznick (El Segundo, Calif.) was lost in the spotlight of May and Walsh’s historic gold medal performance at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. But May and Walsh would be the first ones to tell you that Selznick played a huge role not only in their Athens glory but in all of their success in the time leading up to Athens.
In addition to the Olympics, the dynamic duo won 10 other tournaments during the year along with a second-place finish (injury forfeit) and a third-place result. Together they posted a season match record of 70-5 (four of the losses were forfeits) and won 141-of-153 sets played (eight forfeits).
When May was sidelined by an injury, Selznick helped Walsh and Rachel Wacholder capture the FIVB Austrian Grand Slam with a perfect 6-0 record.
Dane has been unbelievable, raved Walsh. I think about it, and he needs to be appreciated and recognized more because he has been such a huge, huge part of our success. Without him, really and truly, we wouldn’t be near as strong. He has really trained us so well.
On the men’s side, Selznick also coached budding beach stars like Casey Jennings, Matt Fuerbringer, Jason Ring, George Roumain and Sean Scott to wins on the AVP pro beach volleyball tour last season.
Selznick, the son of Volleyball Hall of Famer Gene Selznick, has been a pioneer in the beach coaching development in the United States and around the world for more than 12 years. He has trained more than 160 domestic international professionals, including 25 Olympians. He has also worked in the entertainment business for the past 28 years as a technical coordinator and advisor on volleyball-related movies and commercials.

Mr. Volleyball, Gene Selznick, Still Going Strong at 75
Courtesy Of Usa Volleyball
FIVB All-World Gene Selznick (No. 2) Video Clip from 1956 World Championships(.WMV File/4mb)
To call Gene Selznick one of the greatest players in the history of volleyball is a disservice. Selznick was also a great innovator, a wonderful entertainer, an outstanding coach and an outspoken individual who first started playing the game in the sand when he was 18-years-old.
He was a visionary whose efforts to change the way the game was played in the United States met with staunch opposition from the powerful United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) leadership at the time—and led to the only regret he feels about a sport he loves so much.
Mixing his natural physical talents with skills he "copied" from players around the world, Selznick dominated volleyball like no other player during the 1950s and 60s. In 1995, Volleyball magazine called him the "Karch Kiraly of his era."
His list of awards and honors is long and impressive: Volleyball Hall of Fame inductee, 1988; FIVB All-World Team, 1956; USA Volleyball All-Time Great Player, 1982; USA Volleyball 75th Anniversary Men's 1953-77 All-Era Team Most Valuable Player, 2003; USA Volleyball 75th Anniversary Men's 1928-87 Beach All-Era Team selection, 2003; Two-time USVBA Men's Open Player of the Year, 1959 and 1960; Five-time USVBA Men's National Champion; 10-time USVBA Men's Open First-Team All-American.
On the eve of his 75th birthday (Saturday, March 19), Selznick is still very active in volleyball. He coaches the greatest women's beach volleyball player ever, 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Holly McPeak, along with her new partner for the 2005 season, Jennifer Kessy.
"I met Gene in 1996 and he has helped me off and on ever since," recalled McPeak. "He is a busy guy so I grab him when I can get him. We just spent a week in Hawaii training—Gene came with us and really helped Jen on her hitting footwork. I love Gene…I think he has been amazing for our sport and continues to help make me better every day!"
In 2000, he helped McPeak and Misty May qualify for the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, but an abdominal injury to May limited the duo to a fifth-place finish. At the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, he coached Sinjin Smith and Carl Henkel to a near-upset of eventual gold-medal winners Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes as beach volleyball made its debut on the Olympic stage.
"Gene has so much knowledge of the sport and is so good at the footwork aspect of the game," McPeak revealed. "I wish I played for him when I was younger so that I would have developed his style of footwork as my own. Now I have to work extra hard to remember it but when I take my approach like he tells me to, I hit great.
"Gene also likes to challenge his players and make them better," McPeak added. "He sees their potential better than they do and pushes them. Some players have a hard time with this; others excel with that type of input. I love it because he is always pushing me to be better!"
Selznick also coaches girl's club volleyball, tutoring 14, 16 and 18-year-olds for Team Steam in Southern California.
The years have not diminished his quick wit, his sharp mind or his elephant-like memory, but time, Selznick admits, has caught up with him physically.
"I'm not in the greatest shape; I have a bad knee," he said. "Once I get my knee cut off I'll be ready to get in shape again. I am going to do that after the Junior Nationals. In July I am going to have a knee operation and get a new knee. Then I can start playing again. Maybe I can have another 75 years…I don't know."
Selznick started playing beach volleyball in 1948, and the attraction was instantaneous, in more ways than one.
"I liked all sports…but volleyball was much nicer because we played on the beach and there were lots of girls in bathing suits," he recalled with a laugh. "Those other sports didn't have that."
After his first year on the beach, his friends Bernie Holtzman and Manny Saenz introduced him to the indoor game, and for that Selznick is forever grateful.
"They taught me how to play," he admitted. "They were two great players…they were my role models. Bernie, especially, is a wonderful guy and a great promoter of volleyball."
Selznick soon developed into one of the best to ever play beach volleyball in the "early years." A true innovator, he is credited with bringing the "spike" to the beach game. Although other players used to spike the ball occasionally on the beach, Selznick was the first to use it as his main weapon.
His first "Open" tournament win came with Everette "Ev" Keller at the 1950 State Beach Men's Open. Selznick later enjoyed a great deal of sand success with Don McMahon, Holtzman and Ron Lang. With Holtzman and Lang combined, he won nearly 40 events.
When asked to recall the best partners he ever had on the sand, Selznick did not hesitate.
"The best partner, all around volleyball, was Ron Lang," he said quickly. "But the best partner for a lot of fun and everything else was Bernie. Keith Erickson was a wonderful guy to play with too. That was just total fun. Of course, we didn't play for money so we just had a great time. Keith and I, we just laughed our way through most of the tournaments. We just had a great time playing."
When Selznick was asked to name his greatest opponents, he was equally responsive—and detailed.
"Well, you had (Mike) O'Hara and (Mike) Bright," he began. "Bright was exceptional out there. Mike Bright was wonderful. Mike O'Hara was a very good volleyball player. Then you had George Yardley; he was the first guy to score 2,000 points in an NBA season. George could hit that ball about two million miles an hour. So we never served George; we kept the ball away from him and served his brother (laughs).
  "Of course you had Manny Saenz, but he just got old too soon," Selznick added. "Then you had Everette Keller, you had (Ron) Von Hagen, you had Lang…I could go on and on. There was a guy named Bill Stratton from Chicago. He was a pilot and he was a hell of a volleyball player. I copied a lot of his moves. The only reason I did that was because when we played him at the Nationals I couldn't dig him. He came to play on my team, Hollywood, the next year and I just watched everything he did. I said to myself, 'If I can't dig you then you must be a good hitter.' Bill was one hell of a hitter; he was excellent.
"Larry Rundle was wonderful," he continued. "Larry Rundle, to me, was probably one of the most outstanding volleyball players for his size that they ever made. You know, he could jump about 40 inches. He had great hits, a lot of power; he was a hell of a volleyball player. He had great hands. Rundle was maybe 6-feet tall at the most. But the guy was overpowering; he could hit that ball. He could pass it, he could set it; he could do everything. Rundle was superb. It was hard to beat him."
Selznick's most memorable match in the sand was also played in the dark with Lang in "1958 or 1959."
"There was a match that we played against O'Hara and Bright in Laguna Beach, I think it was," he remembered. "It was dark, and they had to put the car lights on to light up the court. O'Hara was trying to intimidate us. He wanted one game because he was getting cramps. We wanted the regular game, which was two-out-of-three in the finals.
"So he tried to intimidate us. He told me: ‘If you play one game you're going to have to play three.' Well, I knew he would never last three games anyway so we just laughed at him. We played the game, and we beat them, of course, because he was cramping up.
"But in those days you had to play in the dark," Selznick added. "The tournaments, they were run much differently then. But it was a lot of fun."
Selznick's most memorable match indoors comes to him as if it were yesterday.
"The Nationals, 1960 in Dallas, Texas," he declared. "We (Westside Jewish Community Center) had to come through the loser's bracket to beat Hollywood YMCA. That was an outstanding game. We started at 8 o'clock at night and got through at 1 in the morning.
"We lost the first game of the finals—we had to play a double final (two out of three)—and then won the next two. Then we lost the first game of the second final and had to come through and win the next two games. I think that was the greatest finals we ever had, really."
In 1953 Selznick represented the United States internationally indoors for the first time and discovered that there were different, and perhaps better, ways to play the game.
"We toured Europe for six weeks, I believe it was," he remembered. "Back then we played the No. 1 team in the world, which was Yugoslavia. It went to a five-game match. Of course in those days they were playing international rules, and we played the 4-2 high sets power. They beat us because the referee was on their side in the fifth game.
"Anyway, it was a great match and we learned a lot of volleyball," Selznick added. "It was very thrilling and exciting because they (other international teams) had a different way of playing volleyball. It was much faster and a better way of playing the game than our game."
Selznick was hooked on the international style of play, and he made every effort to convince the powers that be in the USVBA that the American system of play had been surpassed by the Europeans. For years, he urged the USVBA to consider changing their rules and to adopt the international rules and systems.
But his demands fell on deaf ears, and eventually it cost Selznick his dream of playing on the world's biggest stage: he was left off the 1964 USA men's Olympic volleyball team because of the long-running dispute.
"No matter what anybody else says, this was the way it happened: I was told that if I would stop fighting the committee about international rules, I'm on the Olympic team," Selznick admits. "That was told to me by Harry Wilson, the coach. He said ‘You're on the team if you stop talking about international rules. We're not going to change.' I said ‘Well, I'll just make the team on my ability.' Of course I was wrong because the committee had to choose you."
Despite being one of the only players at the time that had any real international experience, Selznick was snubbed for standing his ground.
"I have regrets, of course…I didn't get to go to the Olympics," he said. "I trained for that. Everything I did was to go to the Olympics. It didn't work out, and that's the biggest thing. And the only reason was because they didn't want to change the rules, which was a stupid reason not to go.
"But that's the only regret I have," Selznick is quick to point out. "Everything else was wonderful in volleyball, and I am still having a great time."
Part of that enjoyment comes from watching his son, Dane, follow in his footsteps, first as a champion beach volleyball player, then as a champion beach volleyball coach. This past summer, Dane saw his team of May and Kerri Walsh win the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Earlier this week, Dane was selected as one of five finalists for the United States Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year.
So did father teach son everything he knows about volleyball?
"I hope I taught him even better than that," the elder Selznick quips. "Dane started playing volleyball when he was two or three years old. He's been playing his whole life. He told me he's giving me half the medal (laughs). I'm glad he won. It was a fun deal to see that. If I can't win, at least he wins. As long as one of us wins, that's OK."
While he has not thoughts of ending his connection to the game anytime soon, Selznick did offer a few thoughts on how he would like to be remembered when he is gone.
"I would like to be remembered as someone who helped change the game in the United States…someone who helped develop the game that we play now in the United States," he revealed. "I would like to be remembered as someone who did something good for volleyball. Maybe some of my ways weren't the best, but I had no other way to do it."

AVP announces the AVP Nissan Championship Series!
Courtesy Of AVP
March 23, 2005
The stakes just got higher - on Wednesday, the AVP officially announced the 2005 AVP Nissan Championship Series where stars of the AVP will "duke it out" for the AVP Championship trophy. The parity on the men's side and Olympic medals on the women's side truly show the Championship Series Crown could belong to anyone.
The AVP Nissan Championship Series consists of five events all televised LIVE on NBC kicking off 4th of July weekend and ending in Chicago Labor Day weekend. The host cities are Cincinnati (Jun 30 - Jul 3), Hermosa Beach (Jul 21-24), Huntington Beach (Aug 11-14), Manhattan Beach (Aug 18-21), and Chicago (Sept 1-4). See AVP TV schedule at avp.com for LIVE broadcast coverage.
Players will earn points throughout the season in a weighted format. Single points are awarded at the Fort Lauderdale, Tempe, Austin, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Belmar and Boulder tournaments. Double points are earned for the first four Nissan Championship Series events and as mentioned, triple points are awarded at the Chicago Championship Open.
"The concept of the AVP Nissan Championship Series is similar to NASCAR's successful campaign around the Chase for the Cup," said Commissioner Leonard Armato. "By awarding more points for the five live broadcasts, the event will be more captivating for our fans and viewers and give incentive to our players."
 

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April 1-3 PAUL MITCHELL 2005 AVP
FT. LAUDERDALE OPEN Ft. Lauderdale,Fla.

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Event Facts
Event Start Date:Friday, April 1, 2005
Prize Money:$175,000
Payout Breakdown:Mens and Womens
1) $20,000.00 2) $14,000.00 3) $8,450.00 3) $8,450.00 5) $5,000.00 5)$5,000.00
7) $3,500.00 7) $3,500.00 9) $2,200.00 9) $2,200.00 9) $2,200.00 9) $2,200.00
13) $1,400.00 13) $1,400.00 13) $1.400.00 13) $1,400.00 17) $550.00 17) $550.00
17) $550.00 17) $550.00 17) $550.00 17) $550.00 17) $550.00 17) $550.00
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:Thursday, March 31st, 2005
Signup Deadline Time:12:00PM
Starting Time:8:00 am Friday ;8:00 am Saturday; 9:00 am Sunday
4/1-3 AVP FORT LAUDERDALE Open - The first stop on the 2005 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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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

2005 AVP NISSAN SERIES
PAUL MITCHELL FT. LAUDERDALE OPEN

Schedule of Events

Register for 2005 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

2005 AVP NISSAN SERIES FORT LAUDERDALE OPEN
Schedule of Events

Friday, April 1st
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 2nd
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 3rd
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
2005 AVP Tour Schedule
Date Event Prize Site Tickets Info
April 1-3 Ft. Lauderdale Open  $175,000 South Beach Park   
April 22-24 Tempe Open  $175,000 Tempe Beach Park    
April 29- May 1 Austin Open   $175,000 Auditorium Shores Park
May 20-22   Santa Barbara Open, California  $175,000
June 10-12 San Diego Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Mariners Point
Jun 30-Jul 3 Cincinnati Open, Ohio  $250,000
July 8-10 Belmar Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Belmar Beach
July 21-24 Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $250,000 Hermosa Beach Pier
Aug 11-14 Bud Light Huntington Beach Open presented by Shark Energy Drink $250,000 Huntington Beach Pier
Aug 18-21 Manhattan Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $250,000 Manhattan Beach Pier
Aug 26-28  Boulder Open, Colorado $175,000
September 1-4 Chicago Open  $375,000 North Avenue Beach   
September 8-10 Aquafina AVP Shootout presented by Bud Light  $200,000 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino   
September 30-Oct2 AVP BEST OF THE BEACH PRESENTED BY PAUL MITCHELL $200,000 Fort DeRussey Beach 
   
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 & Jen Kessey
Elaine Youngs & Rachel Wacholder
Eric Fonoimoana &  Adam Jewel
Kevin Wong & Dain Blanton
Karch Kiraly & Mike Lambert
Kerri Walsh & Misty May
Canyon Ceman & Jason Lee
*Ian Clark will not be attending the Ft. Lauderdale event due to a prior comittment  

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!

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(Format: Double Elimination)

*IAN CLARK NOT PLAYING THIS YEAR'S  2005 AVP FLL OPEN DUE TO PRIOR COMMITMENTS

*IAN CLARK'S RESULTS LAST YEAR'S 2004 FT.LAUDERDALE OPEN

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
$175,000  PAUL MITCHELL 2005 AVP FT. LAUDERDALE  BEACH OPEN - MEN'S ENTRIES
April 1-3, 2005
Men's Main Draw Entries:
2005 AVP Teams at Ft. Lauderdale Beach

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AVP Men's Main Draw Entries and Qualifier Seeds
Men's AVP $87,500 Fort Lauderdale Open
April 1-3, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Jake Gibb Stein Metzger 6 $20,000.00 360.0
2 Dax Holdren Jeff Nygaard 5 $14,000.00 324.0
3 Dain Blanton Kevin Wong 3 $8,450.00 270.0
3 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 8 $8,450.00 270.0
5 Todd Rogers Sean Scott 2 $5,000.00 216.0
5 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 7 $5,000.00 216.0
7 Paul Baxter Jason Ring 9 $3,500.00 180.0
7 Philip Dalhausser Nick Lucena 11 $3,500.00 180.0
9 Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert 1 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Brent Doble John Hyden 10 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Aaron Boss Brian Lewis 13 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Jose Loiola Fred Souza 27, Q4 $2,200.00 144.0
13 Eric Fonoimoana Adam Jewell 4 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Matt Olson Hans Stolfus 16 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Scott Ayakatubby Eduardo Bacil 17 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Matt Heath Ryan Mariano 19 $1,400.00 108.0
17 Canyon Ceman Jason Lee 12 $550.00 72.0
17 Mark Williams Scott Wong 14 $550.00 72.0
17 Albert Hannemann Jim Nichols 15 $550.00 72.0
17 Scott Lane Chad Mowrey 18 $550.00 72.0
17 John Moran David Smith 21 $550.00 72.0
17 Ty Loomis Anthony Medel 23, Q1 $550.00 72.0
17 Xu Qiang Linyin Xu 24 $550.00 72.0
17 David DiPierro Mike DiPierro 29 $550.00 72.0
25 Gaston Macau Andre Melo 20, Q6 $100.00 36.0
25 Steve Grotowski Adam Roberts 22, Q2 $100.00 36.0
25 Scott Hill Dan Mintz 25, Q12 $100.00 36.0
25 Jeff Minc Aaron Wachtfogel 26 $100.00 36.0
25 Adam Johnson Ed Ratledge 28 $100.00 36.0
25 Jim Walls Eric Wurts 30, Q24 $100.00 36.0
25 Pepe Delahoz Brad Torsone 31, Q3 $100.00 36.0
25 Dave Roberson Curtis Rollins 32, Q71 $100.00 36.0
33 David Fischer Jack Quinn Q5 $.00 18.0
33 Jon Thompson Derek Zimmerman Q8 $.00 18.0
33 Brian Corso Jeremie Simkins Q10 $.00 18.0
33 Chris Harger Ran Kumgisky Q11 $.00 18.0
33 Arri Jeschke Ben Koski Q14 $.00 18.0
33 Art Barron Morgan Mainz Q16 $.00 18.0
33 Eddie Stokes Jim Van Zwieten Q18 $.00 18.0
33 Dana Camacho Jeff Carlucci Q20 $.00 18.0
41 Chris Magill Mike Morrison Q9 $.00 12.0
41 Kevin Dake Sonny Knight Q15 $.00 12.0
41 Bivin Sadler Andy Shean Q17 $.00 12.0
41 Casey Brewer Brian Duff Q19 $.00 12.0
41 Corey Glave Scott Kiedaisch Q21 $.00 12.0
41 Jeremy Drescher Derek Martinez Q23 $.00 12.0
41 Alain Baylosis Leon Lucas Q25 $.00 12.0
41 Travis Regner Lucas Wisniakowski Q26 $.00 12.0
41 Damian Kondrotas Justin Phipps Q30 $.00 12.0
41 Eric Burness Jason Wight Q32 $.00 12.0
41 John Braunstein Keith Jones Q34 $.00 12.0
41 Lucas Black Matt Heagy Q36 $.00 12.0
41 Wes Moore Jon Rose Q37 $.00 12.0
41 Jessie Webster Matt Wilkens Q38 $.00 12.0
41 Tyler Lesneski Bill Maik Q43 $.00 12.0
41 Pete Divenere James Fellows Q52 $.00 12.0
57 Steve Delaney Everett Matthews Q7 $.00 8.0
57 Ivan Mercer Chad Wick Q13 $.00 8.0
57 Bartosz Bachorski Mike Dauernheim Q22 $.00 8.0
57 Vince Fierro Luis Sandoval Q27 $.00 8.0
57 Drew Brand Rocky Mayo Q28 $.00 8.0
57 Kevin Craig Ranse Jones Q29 $.00 8.0
57 Greg Boor Mike Szymanski Q31 $.00 8.0
57 Mark Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten Q33 $.00 8.0
57 Chuck Moore Jeff Smith Q35 $.00 8.0
57 Daniel Boeck Jerry Goodlow Q39 $.00 8.0
57 Jason Harris Anthony Sciarpelletti Q40 $.00 8.0
57 Ossie Barreras Tony Epie Q41 $.00 8.0
57 Jason Buckwalter William D'abbene Q42 $.00 8.0
57 Mika Hunkin Trent Turner Q44 $.00 8.0
57 David Holewinski Brian Olsen Q45 $.00 8.0
57 Chris Hammock Adam Rubel Q46 $.00 8.0
57 Paul Lourick Brent Reger Q47 $.00 8.0
57 Robert deAurora Robert Tatro Q49 $.00 8.0
57 Garrett Black Richard Crouse Q51 $.00 8.0
57 Caleb Cook Danny Cook Q53 $.00 8.0
57 Hank Groves Dustin Townsend Q54 $.00 8.0
57 Chris Hinson Joey Shimkonis Q56 $.00 8.0
57 Matt Henderson Noel Khirsukani Q57 $.00 8.0
57 Jason Lefevre John Savage Q60 $.00 8.0
57 Range Larson Brian Post Q63 $.00 8.0
57 Dave Hardin Bob Massee Q64 $.00 8.0
57 Jerod Davis Mike Kinsler Q67 $.00 8.0
57 Drew Colvin Jeremiah Colvin Q68 $.00 8.0
57 Jorge Ferris Carlos Rivera Q70 $.00 8.0
57 Darren Baker Donnell Malone Q74 $.00 8.0
57 Dameon Holmquist Alex Ruiz Q79 $.00 8.0
57 Carlos Machado Luiz Machado Q81 $.00 8.0
89 Jon Mackey Steve Nall Q48 $.00 4.0
89 Jeff Skipper Scott Terry Q50 $.00 4.0
89 Jeremy Ayers Jason Martin Q55 $.00 4.0
89 Jon Stalls Jed Stotsenberg Q58 $.00 4.0
89 Alexandre Andrade Wesley Freitas Q59 $.00 4.0
89 Bobby Jones Marc Lowe Q61 $.00 4.0
89 Michael Jonas Chris Sweat Q62 $.00 4.0
89 Erik Kirstein Josh Peterson Q65 $.00 4.0
89 Gary Gerns John Leake Q66 $.00 4.0
89 Todd Bonnewell Casey Winn Q69 $.00 4.0
89 Jeff Long Douglas Nascimiento Q72 $.00 4.0
89 Brett Becker Joey Middlebrooks Q73 $.00 4.0
89 Mike Kuk Kevin Legg Q75 $.00 4.0
89 Dan Dow Erik Laverdiere Q76 $.00 4.0
89 Reo Sorentino Justin Weeks Q77 $.00 4.0
89 Teddy Cook Donavan Dana Q78 $.00 4.0
89 Alexander Brady Neal Brady Q80 $.00 4.0

Men's AVP $87,500 Fort Lauderdale Open
April 1-3, 2005 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Dave Hardin / Bob Massee (Q64) def. Josh Peterson / Erik Kirstein (Q65) 21-15, 23-21 (0:40)
Match 6: Carlos Machado / Luiz Machado (Q81) def. Jon Mackey / Steve Nall (Q48) 21-16, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 7: Robert deAurora / Robert Tatro (Q49) def. Alexander Brady / Neal Brady (Q80) 21-16, 21-13 (0:32)
Match 10: Chris Hinson / Joey Shimkonis (Q56) def. Brett Becker / Joey Middlebrooks (Q73) by Forfeit
Match 15: Matt Henderson / Noel Khirsukani (Q57) def. Jeff Long / Douglas Nascimiento (Q72) 16-21, 21-15, 15-6 (0:52)
Match 18: Jason Lefevre / John Savage (Q60) def. Todd Bonnewell / Casey Winn (Q69) 21-11, 20-22, 15-8 (0:57)
Match 23: Caleb Cook / Danny Cook (Q53) def. Dan Dow / Erik Laverdiere (Q76) 21-16, 21-18 (0:38)
Match 26: Pete Divenere / James Fellows (Q52) def. Justin Weeks / Reo Sorentino (Q77) 21-16, 18-21, 15-11 (0:55)
Match 31: Drew Colvin / Jeremiah Colvin (Q68) def. Bobby Jones / Marc Lowe (Q61) 21-11, 21-14 (0:31)
Match 34: Jerod Davis / Mike Kinsler (Q67) def. Michael Jonas / Chris Sweat (Q62) 21-18, 18-21, 15-11 (0:59)
Match 39: Garrett Black / Richard Crouse (Q51) def. Donavan Dana / Teddy Cook (Q78) 21-15, 21-10 (0:33)
Match 42: Hank Groves / Dustin Townsend (Q54) def. Mike Kuk / Kevin Legg (Q75) 22-20, 21-18 (0:48)
Match 47: Jorge Ferris / Carlos Rivera (Q70) def. Alexandre Andrade / Wesley Freitas (Q59) by Forfeit
Match 50: Curtis Rollins / Dave Roberson (Q71) def. Jon Stalls / Jed Stotsenberg (Q58) 21-11, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 55: Darren Baker / Donnell Malone (Q74) def. Jeremy Ayers / Jason Martin (Q55) 21-17, 22-20 (0:39)
Match 58: Alex Ruiz / Dameon Holmquist (Q79) def. Jeff Skipper / Scott Terry (Q50) 23-25, 21-16, 15-9 (1:03)
Match 63: Range Larson / Brian Post (Q63) def. Gary Gerns / John Leake (Q66) 21-0, 21-19 (0:25)
Round 2
Match 65: Ty Loomis / Anthony Medel (Q1) def. Dave Hardin / Bob Massee (Q64) 21-15, 21-9 (0:40)
Match 66: Eric Burness / Jason Wight (Q32) def. Mark Van Zwieten / Steve Van Zwieten (Q33) 21-15, 21-10
Match 67: Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q17) def. Carlos Machado / Luiz Machado (Q81) 21-10, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 68: Art Barron / Morgan Mainz (Q16) def. Robert deAurora / Robert Tatro (Q49) 21-0, 21-9 (0:26)
Match 69: Chris Magill / Mike Morrison (Q9) def. Chris Hinson / Joey Shimkonis (Q56) 21-15, 21-11 (0:39)
Match 70: Jim Walls / Eric Wurts (Q24) def. Ossie Barreras / Tony Epie (Q41) 21-19, 21-15 (0:47)
Match 71: Alain Baylosis / Leon Lucas (Q25) def. Jason Harris / Anthony Sciarpelletti (Q40) by Forfeit
Match 72: Jon Thompson / Derek Zimmerman (Q8) def. Matt Henderson / Noel Khirsukani (Q57) 21-16, 21-17 (0:48)
Match 73: David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q5) def. Jason Lefevre / John Savage (Q60) 22-20, 21-13 (0:43)
Match 74: Wes Moore / Jon Rose (Q37) def. Drew Brand / Rocky Mayo (Q28) 21-19, 14-21, 15-13 (1:16)
Match 75: Corey Glave / Scott Kiedaisch (Q21) def. Mika Hunkin / Trent Turner (Q44) 21-18, 22-20 (0:40)
Match 76: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q12) def. Caleb Cook / Danny Cook (Q53) 21-12, 21-18 (0:35)
Match 77: Pete Divenere / James Fellows (Q52) def. Ivan Mercer / Chad Wick (Q13) 21-19, 21-17 (0:47)
Match 78: Dana Camacho / Jeff Carlucci (Q20) def. David Holewinski / Brian Olsen (Q45) 21-9, 21-15 (0:34)
Match 79: Lucas Black / Matt Heagy (Q36) def. Kevin Craig / Ranse Jones (Q29) 21-18, 25-23 (0:57)
Match 80: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (Q4) def. Drew Colvin / Jeremiah Colvin (Q68) 21-6, 21-8 (0:27)
Match 81: Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (Q3) def. Jerod Davis / Mike Kinsler (Q67) 21-15, 21-11 (0:41)
Match 82: Damian Kondrotas / Justin Phipps (Q30) def. Chuck Moore / Jeff Smith (Q35) by Forfeit
Match 83: Casey Brewer / Brian Duff (Q19) def. Chris Hammock / Adam Rubel (Q46) 18-21, 21-13, 15-10 (0:59)
Match 84: Arri Jeschke / Ben Koski (Q14) def. Garrett Black / Richard Crouse (Q51) 21-9, 21-9 (0:33)
Match 85: Chris Harger / Ran Kumgisky (Q11) def. Hank Groves / Dustin Townsend (Q54) 21-10, 21-10 (0:38)
Match 86: Tyler Lesneski / Bill Maik (Q43) def. Bartosz Bachorski / Mike Dauernheim (Q22) 21-13, 25-23 (0:51)
Match 87: Jessie Webster / Matt Wilkens (Q38) def. Vince Fierro / Luis Sandoval (Q27) 21-17, 21-14 (0:48)
Match 88: Gaston Macau / Andre Melo (Q6) def. Jorge Ferris / Carlos Rivera (Q70) 21-15, 21-16 (0:49)
Match 89: Curtis Rollins / Dave Roberson (Q71) def. Steve Delaney / Everett Matthews (Q7) 21-15, 21-8
Match 90: Travis Regner/Lucas Wisniakowski (Q26) def. Daniel Boeck / Jerry Goodlow (Q39) 21-18, 29-31, 15-13 (1:21)
Match 91: Jeremy Drescher/Derek Martinez (Q23)def. Jason Buckwalter/William D'abbene (Q42) 21-18, 18-21, 15-9(1:03)
Match 92: Brian Corso / Jeremie Simkins (Q10) def. Darren Baker / Donnell Malone (Q74) 21-14, 21-9 (0:40)
Match 93: Kevin Dake / Sonny Knight (Q15) def. Alex Ruiz / Dameon Holmquist (Q79) 21-18, 21-11 (0:43)
Match 94: Eddie Stokes / Jim Van Zwieten (Q18) def. Paul Lourick / Brent Reger (Q47) 21-17, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 95: John Braunstein / Keith Jones (Q34) def. Greg Boor / Mike Szymanski (Q31) 21-15, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 96: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q2) def. Range Larson / Brian Post (Q63) 19-21, 21-9, 15-7
Round 3
Match 97: Ty Loomis / Anthony Medel (Q1) def. Eric Burness / Jason Wight (Q32) 21-9, 21-10 (0:37)
Match 98: Art Barron / Morgan Mainz (Q16) def. Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q17) 21-17, 21-16 (0:44)
Match 99: Jim Walls / Eric Wurts (Q24) def. Chris Magill / Mike Morrison (Q9) 21-11, 21-18 (0:46)
Match 100: Jon Thompson / Derek Zimmerman (Q8) def. Alain Baylosis / Leon Lucas (Q25) 21-12, 21-18 (0:46)
Match 101: David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q5) def. Wes Moore / Jon Rose (Q37) 21-12, 23-25, 15-13 (0:57)
Match 102: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q12) def. Corey Glave / Scott Kiedaisch (Q21) 21-11, 21-9 (0:39)
Match 103: Dana Camacho / Jeff Carlucci (Q20) def. Pete Divenere / James Fellows (Q52) 24-22, 21-18 (0:51)
Match 104: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (Q4) def. Lucas Black / Matt Heagy (Q36) 21-10, 21-16
Match 105: Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (Q3) def. Damian Kondrotas / Justin Phipps (Q30) 21-16, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 106: Arri Jeschke / Ben Koski (Q14) def. Casey Brewer / Brian Duff (Q19) 21-15, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 107: Chris Harger / Ran Kumgisky (Q11) def. Tyler Lesneski / Bill Maik (Q43) 24-26, 25-23, 23-21 (1:32)
Match 108: Gaston Macau / Andre Melo (Q6) def. Jessie Webster / Matt Wilkens (Q38) 21-13, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 109: Curtis Rollins / Dave Roberson (Q71) def. Travis Regner / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q26) 21-19, 21-12 (0:49)
Match 110: Brian Corso / Jeremie Simkins (Q10) def. Jeremy Drescher / Derek Martinez (Q23) 21-12, 21-9
Match 111: Eddie Stokes / Jim Van Zwieten (Q18) def. Kevin Dake / Sonny Knight (Q15) 21-18, 28-26 (0:53)
Match 112: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q2) def. John Braunstein / Keith Jones (Q34) 21-18, 21-14 (0:42)
Round 4
Match 113: Ty Loomis / Anthony Medel (Q1) def. Art Barron / Morgan Mainz (Q16) 21-13, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 114: Jim Walls / Eric Wurts (Q24) def. Jon Thompson / Derek Zimmerman (Q8) 21-17, 19-21, 15-9 (1:10)
Match 115: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q12) def. David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q5) 21-15, 21-19 (0:59)
Match 116: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (Q4) def. Dana Camacho / Jeff Carlucci (Q20) 21-12, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 117: Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (Q3) def. Arri Jeschke / Ben Koski (Q14) 21-17, 16-21, 15-13 (1:07)
Match 118: Gaston Macau / Andre Melo (Q6) def. Chris Harger / Ran Kumgisky (Q11) 21-17, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 119: Curtis Rollins / Dave Roberson (Q71) def. Brian Corso / Jeremie Simkins (Q10) 21-16, 9-21, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 120: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q2) def. Eddie Stokes / Jim Van Zwieten (Q18) 21-14, 21-12 (0:36)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1

Match 1: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) def. Curtis Rollins / Dave Roberson (32, Q71) 21-11, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 2: Scott Ayakatubby / Eduardo Bacil (17) def. Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (16) 26-24, 21-11 (0:53)
Match 3: Xu Qiang / Linyin Xu (24) def. Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (9) 21-19, 21-15 (0:48)
Match 4: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (8) def. Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (25, Q12) 24-22, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 5: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (5) def. Adam Johnson / Ed Ratledge (28) 21-17, 19-21, 15-12 (1:01)
Match 6: Canyon Ceman / Jason Lee (12) def. John Moran / David Smith (21) 21-19, 21-14 (0:46)
Match 7: Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (13) def. Gaston Macau / Andre Melo (20, Q6) 21-14, 17-21, 15-12 (1:10)
Match 8: David DiPierro / Mike DiPierro (29) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Adam Jewell (4) 14-21, 21-15, 16-14 (1:02)
Match 9: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (3) def. Eric Wurts / Jim Walls (30, Q24) 21-14, 21-18 (0:46)
Match 10: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (14) def. Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (19) 21-18, 21-14 (0:45)
Match 11: Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (11) def. Adam Roberts / Steve Grotowski (22, Q2) 18-21, 21-11, 15-11 (0:44)
Match 12: Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (6) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (27, Q4) 18-21, 21-14, 15-12 (1:06)
Match 13: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (7) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Jeff Minc (26) 21-16, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 14: Ty Loomis / Anthony Medel (23, Q1) def. Brent Doble / John Hyden (10) 21-15, 16-21, 15-12 (1:03)
Match 15: Albert Hannemann / Jim Nichols (15) def. Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (18) 20-22, 21-18, 15-11 (1:03)
Match 16: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (31, Q3) 15-21, 21-10, 16-14 (1:04)
Round 2
Match 17: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Eduardo Bacil (17) 21-14, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 18: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (8) def. Xu Qiang / Linyin Xu (24) 21-18, 21-19 (0:56)
Match 19: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (5) def. Canyon Ceman / Jason Lee (12) 16-21, 21-13, 15-13 (1:00)
Match 20: Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (13) def. David DiPierro / Mike DiPierro (29) 14-21, 21-12, 15-8
Match 21: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (3) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (14) 21-16, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 22: Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (11) def. Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (6) 21-17, 19-21, 15-12 (0:53)
Match 23: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (7) def. Ty Loomis / Anthony Medel (23, Q1) 21-18, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 24: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. Albert Hannemann / Jim Nichols (15) 21-17, 21-13 (0:38)
Round 3
Match 25: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (8) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) 23-21, 22-20 (0:45)
Match 26: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (5) def. Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (13) 18-21, 21-16, 15-6 (0:58)
Match 27: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (3) def. Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (11) 24-26, 21-13, 15-7 (0:57)
Match 28: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (7) def. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) 21-17, 20-22, 15-11 (1:09)
Round 4
Match 29: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (8) def. Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (5) 23-25, 21-16, 15-8 (1:05)
Match 30: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (3) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (7) 25-23, 14-21, 15-11 (1:10)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1

Match 31: Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (16) def. Curtis Rollins / Dave Roberson (32, Q71) 21-11, 21-2
Match 32: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (9) def. Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (25, Q12) 21-11, 21-12 (0:35)
Match 33: John Moran / David Smith (21) def. Adam Johnson / Ed Ratledge (28) 22-20, 21-18 (0:58)
Match 34: Eric Fonoimoana / Adam Jewell (4) def. Gaston Macau / Andre Melo (20, Q6) 16-21, 21-9, 15-5 (0:53)
Match 35: Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (19) def. Eric Wurts / Jim Walls (30, Q24) 21-13, 21-14 (0:47)
Match 36: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (27, Q4) def. Adam Roberts / Steve Grotowski (22, Q2) 15-21, 21-16, 15-11 (0:52)
Match 37: Brent Doble / John Hyden (10) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Jeff Minc (26) 21-19, 20-22, 15-12 (1:00)
Match 38: Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (18) def. Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (31, Q3) 21-19, 21-12 (0:44)
Round 2
Match 39: Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (16) def. Albert Hannemann / Jim Nichols (15) 17-21, 22-20, 15-9 (1:03)
Match 40: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (9) def. Ty Loomis / Anthony Medel (23, Q1) 17-21, 21-19, 15-12 (1:10)
Match 41: Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (6) def. John Moran / David Smith (21) 21-13, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 42: Eric Fonoimoana / Adam Jewell (4) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (14) 21-18, 20-22, 15-13 (1:12)
Match 43: Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (19) def. David DiPierro / Mike DiPierro (29) 19-21, 21-15, 15-13 (0:53)
Match 44: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (27, Q4) def. Canyon Ceman / Jason Lee (12) 25-23, 22-20 (0:49)
Match 45: Brent Doble / John Hyden (10) def. Xu Qiang / Linyin Xu (24) 21-13, 23-21 (0:45)
Match 46: Scott Ayakatubby / Eduardo Bacil (17) def. Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (18) 24-22, 21-19 (0:54)
Round 3
Match 47: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (9) def. Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (16) 24-22, 18-21, 15-13 (1:05)
Match 48: Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (6) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Adam Jewell (4) 21-12, 21-14 (0:46)
Match 49: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (27, Q4) def. Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (19) 21-14, 21-11 (0:32)
Match 50: Brent Doble / John Hyden (10) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Eduardo Bacil (17) 21-18, 21-19 (0:49)
Round 4
Match 51: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (9) def. Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (13) 21-18, 21-15 (0:46)
Match 52: Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (6) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) 21-14, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 53: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (27, Q4) 27-25, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 54: Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (11) def. Brent Doble / John Hyden (10) 21-15, 21-16 (0:38)
Round 5
Match 55: Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (6) def. Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (9) 21-14, 21-18 (0:46)
Match 56: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) def. Philip Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (11) 21-14, 22-20 (0:48)
Round 6
Match 57: Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (6) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (7) 21-17, 22-20 (0:56)
Match 58: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (5) def. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (2) 21-11, 20-22, 15-10 (1:00)

Semifinals
Match 59: Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (6) def. Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (8) 21-15, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 60: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (5) def. Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (3) 21-18, 21-7 (0:44)

Finals
Match 61: Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (6) def. Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (5) 21-14, 21-13 (0:53) 

2005 Men's Ft.Lauderdale Tournament Champions >> Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb

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                              Stein Metzger                                           Jake Gibb


 
Women's AVP $87,500 Fort Lauderdale Open
April 1-3, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Misty May Kerri Walsh 1 $20,000.00 360.0
2 Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 4 $14,000.00 324.0
3 Jennifer Kessy Holly McPeak 2 $8,450.00 270.0
3 Carrie Busch Nancy Mason 3 $8,450.00 270.0
5 Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 6 $5,000.00 216.0
5 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 8 $5,000.00 216.0
7 Angie Akers Jenny Pavley 5 $3,500.00 180.0
7 Linjun Ji Whenhui You 12 $3,500.00 180.0
9 Tanya Fuamatu Heidi Ilustre 7 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Dianne DeNecochea Liz Masakayan 16 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Saralyn Smith Ann Windes 17 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Nikki Audette Jill Changaris 19 $2,200.00 144.0
13 Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles 9 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Jenelle Koester Ali Wood 11 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Daven Casad-Allison Kimberly Coleman 13 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 26, Q4 $1,400.00 108.0
17 Denise Johns Pat Keller 10 $550.00 72.0
17 Barbara Nyland Alicia Polzin 14 $550.00 72.0
17 Gayle Stammer Wendy Stammer 15 $550.00 72.0
17 Jaimie Lee Heather Lowe 18 $550.00 72.0
17 Kerri Eich Priscilla Lima 20 $550.00 72.0
17 Kelly Rowe Catie Vagneur 24, Q10 $550.00 72.0
17 Ashley Ivy Ella Vakhidova 27, Q11 $550.00 72.0
17 Marla O'Hara Monique Oliver 28, Q12 $550.00 72.0
25 Angela Lewis Beth Van Fleet 21 $100.00 36.0
25 Suzana Manole Diane Pascua 22 $100.00 36.0
25 Mary Baily Julie Romias 23 $100.00 36.0
25 Holly Reisor Karen Reitz 25, Q1 $100.00 36.0
25 Ramona Caouette Amber Willey 29, Q8 $100.00 36.0
25 Tara Burton Sheri Leverrette 30 $100.00 36.0
25 Amber Ramga Lynda Street 31, Q30 $100.00 36.0
25 Meri-de Boyer Cheri Fitzner 32, Q31 $100.00 36.0
33 Jeannette Hecker Natacha Nelson Q6 $.00 18.0
33 Jean Mathews Nicole Midwin Q13 $.00 18.0
33 Carol Killeen Johanna Lehman Q17 $.00 18.0
33 Jennifer Lombardi Kathleen Madden Q18 $.00 18.0
33 Joyce Parker Cindy Phillips Q19 $.00 18.0
33 Kelle Bond Ashley Regner Q24 $.00 18.0
33 Michelle Kyman Krystal McFarland Q26 $.00 18.0
33 Jennifer Holdren Patti Scofield Q28 $.00 18.0
41 Leanne Haarbauer Alicia Zamparelli Q2 $.00 12.0
41 Anne McArthur Sarah White Q3 $.00 12.0
41 Teri Van Dyke Franci Van Zwieten Q5 $.00 12.0
41 Danalee Bragado Bridget Lambert Q7 $.00 12.0
41 Makalani Hovey Tiffany Rodriguez Q9 $.00 12.0
41 Kirstin Olsen Stephanie Roberts Q14 $.00 12.0
41 Jennifer Maastricht Barb Sanson Q15 $.00 12.0
41 Stacey Cole Jeanette Simenson Q16 $.00 12.0
41 Heather Alley Michelle Hart Q20 $.00 12.0
41 Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst Q21 $.00 12.0
41 Ingrid Roosild Dawn Tischauser Q22 $.00 12.0
41 Laura Ratto Jennifer Walker Q23 $.00 12.0
41 Gina Kirstein Shannon Whitehead Q25 $.00 12.0
41 Cynthia Barboza Keao Burdine Q27 $.00 12.0
41 Lisa Gathright Jenny Griffith Q32 $.00 12.0
41 Nancy Cothron Mary Wilson Q36 $.00 12.0
57 Jennifer Blair Melanie Caron Q29 $.00 8.0
57 Lori Armstrong Chara Harris Q33 $.00 8.0
57 Sandra Matthes Cherry Simkins Q34 $.00 8.0
57 Wendy Martin Kim Whitney Q35 $.00 8.0
57 Jessie Cooper Kristi Winters Q37 $.00 8.0
57 Shayna Munson Laura Romeika Q38 $.00 8.0
57 Jeanne Cadd Casy Murdock Q39 $.00 8.0
57 Janett Benoit Michele Rajnochova Q40 $.00 8.0
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57 Oksana Boukhtina Lindsay Sheppard Q42 $.00 8.0
57 Racquel Beson Bonnie Levin Q43 $.00 8.0
 
Women's AVP $87,500 Fort Lauderdale Open
April 1-3, 2005 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q32) def. Lori Armstrong / Chara Harris (Q33) 21-19, 21-16 (0:51)
Match 6: Kelle Bond / Ashley Regner (Q24) def. Dana Fiume / Sharon Edwards (Q41) 24-22, 14-21, 15-9 (0:59)
Match 7: Gina Kirstein / Shannon Whitehead (Q25) def. Janett Benoit / Michele Rajnochova (Q40) by Forfeit
Match 10: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (Q28) def. Kristi Winters / Jessie Cooper (Q37) 21-13, 17-21, 15-10 (0:53)
Match 15: Nancy Cothron / Mary Wilson (Q36) def. Jennifer Blair / Melanie Caron (Q29) 21-16, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 18: Amber Ramga / Lynda Street (Q30) def. Wendy Martin / Kim Whitney (Q35) 18-21, 21-16, 15-13 (0:56)
Match 22: Ingrid Roosild / Dawn Tischauser (Q22) def. Bonnie Levin / Racquel Beson (Q43) 15-21, 21-15, 15-12 (0:53)
Match 23: Cynthia Barboza / Keao Burdine (Q27) def. Laura Romeika / Shayna Munson (Q38) 21-16, 18-21, 15-12 (0:55)
Match 26: Michelle Kyman / Krystal McFarland (Q26) def. Jeanne Cadd / Casy Murdock (Q39) 21-7, 21-16 (0:35)
Match 27: Laura Ratto / Jennifer Walker (Q23) def. Lindsay Sheppard / Oksana Boukhtina (Q42) 21-7, 21-8 (0:26)
Match 31: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q31) def. Cherry Simkins / Sandra Matthes (Q34) 21-15, 21-6 (0:38)
Round 2
Match 33: Holly Reisor / Karen Reitz (Q1) def. Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q32) 21-12, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 34: Carol Killeen / Johanna Lehman (Q17) def. Stacey Cole / Jeanette Simenson (Q16) 23-21, 15-21, 15-12 (1:02)
Match 35: Kelle Bond / Ashley Regner (Q24) def. Makalani Hovey / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q9) 21-23, 21-15, 15-11 (1:00)
Match 36: Ramona Caouette / Amber Willey (Q8) def. Gina Kirstein / Shannon Whitehead (Q25) 15-21, 21-17, 15-13 (1:04)
Match 37: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (Q28) def. Teri Van Dyke / Franci Van Zwieten (Q5) 15-21, 21-17, 15-6 (0:52)
Match 38: Marla O'Hara / Monique Oliver (Q12) def. Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q21) 21-14, 24-22 (0:45)
Match 39: Jean Mathews / Nicole Midwin (Q13) def. Heather Alley / Michelle Hart (Q20) 21-16, 19-21, 15-11 (1:06)
Match 40: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q4) def. Nancy Cothron / Mary Wilson (Q36) 21-16, 21-12 (0:39)
Match 41: Amber Ramga / Lynda Street (Q30) def. Anne McArthur / Sarah White (Q3) 18-21, 21-15, 15-12 (0:56)
Match 42: Joyce Parker / Cindy Phillips (Q19) def. Kirstin Olsen / Stephanie Roberts (Q14) 21-11, 21-19 (0:41)
Match 43: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q11) def. Ingrid Roosild / Dawn Tischauser (Q22) 21-19, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 44: Jeannette Hecker / Natacha Nelson (Q6) def. Cynthia Barboza / Keao Burdine (Q27) 21-19, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 45: Michelle Kyman / Krystal McFarland (Q26) def. Danalee Bragado / Bridget Lambert (Q7) 19-21, 21-13, 15-12 (1:06)
Match 46: Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagneur (Q10) def. Laura Ratto / Jennifer Walker (Q23) 19-21, 21-16, 15-7 (0:53)
Match 47: Jennifer Lombardi / Kathleen Madden (Q18) def. Jennifer Maastricht / Barb Sanson (Q15) 21-17, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 48: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q31) def. Leanne Haarbauer / Alicia Zamparelli (Q2) 21-17, 21-14 (0:40)
Round 3
Match 49: Holly Reisor / Karen Reitz (Q1) def. Carol Killeen / Johanna Lehman (Q17) 15-21, 21-11, 15-7 (0:54)
Match 50: Ramona Caouette / Amber Willey (Q8) def. Kelle Bond / Ashley Regner (Q24) 21-16, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 51: Marla O'Hara / Monique Oliver (Q12) def. Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (Q28) 21-14, 15-21, 15-9 (0:59)
Match 52: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q4) def. Jean Mathews / Nicole Midwin (Q13) 23-21, 21-10 (0:43)
Match 53: Amber Ramga / Lynda Street (Q30) def. Joyce Parker / Cindy Phillips (Q19) 21-16, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 54: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q11) def. Jeannette Hecker / Natacha Nelson (Q6) 21-14, 21-14 (0:39)
Match 55: Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagneur (Q10) def. Michelle Kyman / Krystal McFarland (Q26) 21-16, 21-14 (0:37)
Match 56: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q31) def. Jennifer Lombardi / Kathleen Madden (Q18) 21-19, 21-12 (0:31)
Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (32, Q31) 21-15, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 2: Liz Masakayan / Dianne DeNecochea (16) def. Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (17) 21-11, 21-13 (0:51)
Match 3: Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagneur (24, Q10) def. Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (9) 22-20, 15-21, 16-14 (0:52)
Match 4: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (8) def. Holly Reisor / Karen Reitz (25, Q1) 21-8, 21-9 (0:35)
Match 5: Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (5) def. Marla O'Hara / Monique Oliver (28, Q12) 21-18, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 6: Whenhui You / Linjun Ji (12) def. Angela Lewis / Beth Van Fleet (21) 21-11, 21-11 (0:36)
Match 7: Daven Casad-Allison / Kimberly Coleman (13) def. Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (20) 19-21, 21-19, 15-12 (0:55)
Match 8: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (4) def. Ramona Caouette / Amber Willey (29, Q8) 21-10, 21-11 (0:30)
Match 9: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Sheri Leverrette / Tara Burton (30) 21-16, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 10: Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (19) def. Barbara Nyland / Alicia Polzin (14) 22-20, 14-21, 15-12 (1:05)
Match 11: Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (11) def. Suzana Manole / Diane Pascua (22) 21-16, 21-13 (0:33)
Match 12: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) def. Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (27, Q11) 21-17, 21-19 (0:36)
Match 13: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (7) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (26, Q4) 21-14, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 14: Pat Keller / Denise Johns (10) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (23) 21-7, 20-22, 15-7 (0:51)
Match 15: Heather Lowe / Jaimie Lee (18) def. Gayle Stammer / Wendy Stammer (15) 21-18, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 16: Holly McPeak / Jennifer Kessy (2) def. Amber Ramga / Lynda Street (31, Q30) 21-9, 21-11 (0:30)
Round 2
Match 17: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Liz Masakayan / Dianne DeNecochea (16) 21-14, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 18: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (8) def. Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagneur (24, Q10) 21-8, 21-9 (0:35)
Match 19: Whenhui You / Linjun Ji (12) def. Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (5) 21-17, 21-14 (0:39)
Match 20: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (4) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Kimberly Coleman (13) 21-8, 21-10 (0:41)
Match 21: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (19) 21-14, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 22: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) def. Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (11) 29-31, 21-19, 15-10 (0:54)
Match 23: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (7) def. Pat Keller / Denise Johns (10) 21-16, 21-14 (0:39)
Match 24: Holly McPeak / Jennifer Kessy (2) def. Heather Lowe / Jaimie Lee (18) 21-15, 21-10 (0:32)
Round 3
Match 25: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (8) 21-11, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 26: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (4) def. Whenhui You / Linjun Ji (12) 21-18, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 27: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) 24-22, 21-23, 16-14 (1:07)
Match 28: Holly McPeak / Jennifer Kessy (2) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (7) 21-13, 21-13 (0:37)
Round 4
Match 29: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (4) 21-19, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 30: Holly McPeak / Jennifer Kessy (2) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) 21-13, 21-13 (0:42)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (17) def. Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (32, Q31) 21-18, 21-9 (0:32)
Match 32: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (9) def. Holly Reisor / Karen Reitz (25, Q1) 20-22, 21-13, 15-13
Match 33: Marla O'Hara / Monique Oliver (28, Q12) def. Angela Lewis / Beth Van Fleet (21) 21-15, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 34: Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (20) def. Ramona Caouette / Amber Willey (29, Q8) 21-17, 21-17 (1:08)
Match 35: Barbara Nyland / Alicia Polzin (14) def. Sheri Leverrette / Tara Burton (30) 21-19, 21-13 (0:29)
Match 36: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (27, Q11) def. Suzana Manole / Diane Pascua (22) 21-16, 12-21, 15-11 (0:46)
Match 37: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (26, Q4) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (23) 21-18, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 38: Gayle Stammer / Wendy Stammer (15) def. Amber Ramga / Lynda Street (31, Q30) 18-21, 21-12, 15-8 (0:44)
Round 2
Match 39: Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (17) def. Heather Lowe / Jaimie Lee (18) 19-21, 21-15, 15-12 (0:54)
Match 40: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (9) def. Pat Keller / Denise Johns (10) 14-21, 21-13, 23-21 (0:51)
Match 41: Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (11) def. Marla O'Hara / Monique Oliver (28, Q12) 21-11, 21-13 (0:31)
Match 42: Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (19) def. Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (20) 19-21, 21-15, 16-14 (0:59)
Match 43: Daven Casad-Allison / Kimberly Coleman (13) def. Barbara Nyland / Alicia Polzin (14) 21-13, 21-15 (0:33)
Match 44: Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (5) def. Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (27, Q11) 21-15, 21-12 (0:33)
Match 45: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (26, Q4) def. Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagneur (24, Q10) 21-17, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 46: Liz Masakayan / Dianne DeNecochea (16) def. Gayle Stammer / Wendy Stammer (15) 21-19, 21-17 (0:44)
Round 3
Match 47: Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (17) def. Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (9) 21-16, 21-19 (0:33)
Match 48: Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (19) def. Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (11) 21-19, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 49: Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (5) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Kimberly Coleman (13) 21-18, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 50: Liz Masakayan / Dianne DeNecochea (16) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (26, Q4) 21-19, 21-10 (0:36)
Round 4
Match 51: Whenhui You / Linjun Ji (12) def. Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (17) 21-19, 21-12 (0:32)
Match 52: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (8) def. Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (19) 28-26, 21-14 (0:47)
Match 53: Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (5) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (7) 21-15, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 54: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) def. Liz Masakayan / Dianne DeNecochea (16) 21-17, 28-26 (0:57)
Round 5
Match 55: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (8) def. Whenhui You / Linjun Ji (12) by Forfeit
Match 56: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) def. Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (5) 21-18, 21-19 (0:38)
Round 6
Match 57: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (8) 21-19, 21-15 (0:39)
Match 58: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (4) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) 19-21, 21-14, 15-13 (0:52)

Semifinals
Match 59: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (3) 21-17, 21-10 (0:40)
Match 60: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (4) def. Holly McPeak / Jennifer Kessy (2) 21-14, 19-21, 15-13 (1:06)

Finals
Match 61: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (4) 21-18, 21-19 (0:53)

2005 Women's Ft.Lauderdale Tournament Champions >> Misty May / Kerri Walsh

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Misty May                                                                                       Kerri Walsh


 
Articles 2005

May & Walsh Only 2004 USA Olympic Beach Volleyball Tandem Together 
Courtesy Of Tim Simmons 
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., March 30, 2005 – Three of the four teams that competed for the United States in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games have “split” for the start of the 2005 Beach Volleyball season as that country’s top players begin their domestic tour.
Only Misty May and Kerri Walsh, the women’s gold medallists in Athens, remain as a team for the opening Association of Volleyball Professionals’ (AVP) Nissan Series event at South Beach Park in Fort Lauderdale.
For the first-time since 2002, Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, the Athens women’s bronze medalists, have new partners. McPeak, a three-time Beach Volleyball Olympian, will be competing with Jennifer Kessy while Youngs will team with Rachel Wacholder. Kessy won a 2001 FIVB challenger event in Thailand with Heather Lowe. Wacholder teamed with Walsh to win two international titles last season in France and Austria when May was sidelined with an abdominal strain.
Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger, who placed fifth in Athens after capturing the silver medal at the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, start the 2005 campaign with Jeff Nygaard and Jake Gibb, respectively. Nygaard teamed with Dain Blanton to place 19th in Athens. Blanton, who won the Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Medal with Eric Fonoimoana, starts the 2005 season with Kevin Wong.
Wong, who placed fifth at the Sydney Games with Rob Heidger, and Fonoimoana finished fourth among United States teams for America’s two men’s Olympic berths in 2004. Todd Rogers and Sean Scott, who finished third behind the Blanton/Nygaard and Holdren/Metzger teams in the Olympic qualifying process, will continue their partnership for the 2005 season.
Karch Kiraly, who teamed with Kent Steffes to win the Atlanta 1996 Olympic gold medal, starts his second-season with Mike Lambert. The 44-year old Kiraly, who missed qualifying for the Sydney Olympics due to a dislocated right shoulder, has won 147 pro Beach Volleyball titles, including three last season with Lambert.
Missing from the women’s competition will be Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, who are skipping the 2005 season. Davis and Johnson Jordan, who placed fifth at the Sydney Olympic Games, finished third among United States teams for America’s two women’s Olympic berths in 2004 behind May/Walsh and McPeak/Youngs.
Qualifying for the weekend’s two main draw brackets is set for Friday as 105 men’s and 67 women’s teams have entered the first of 14 stops on the 2005 AVP Tour that concludes at the end of September in Hawaii.
The AVP will also stage events Tempe, Ariz., and Austin, Tex., prior to the start of the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour in mid-May at Shanghai, China. The international Beach Volleyball Tours for men and women will feature 16 stops each, including 12 mixed gender events.
Highlighting the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will be four grand slam events in Berlin, Norway (Stavanger), Paris and Austria (Klagenfurt). The June 21-26 German stop will be the SWATCH-FIVB World Championships where May and Walsh will be defending their 2003 title won in Rio de Janeiro.
May and Walsh validated their 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Championship by becoming the 2004 Olympic champions to assume the position with Brazil’s Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos as the most recognizable Beach Volleyball teams on the planet.
While Emanuel and Ricardo formed their partnership at the end of the 2002 season, May and Walsh have been playing together since the start of the 2001 season. During this period, May and Walsh have compiled a 90-match winning streak (July 2003 to June 2004) while winning 31 pro Beach Volleyball titles in 51 domestic and international starts together.
May and Walsh have posted a 268-32 match mark together since 2001 while combining to earn $928,215 together. Domestically, May and Walsh have posted an 89-5 record in 19 tournaments with 16 titles and 18 podium placements for $292,075 in earnings.
Highlighted by capturing the Athens 2004 Summer Games’ gold medal by successfully defending their No. 1 Olympic ranking by winning seven-straight matches, May and Walsh climb to the Olympic title also included a 2002 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season points title where they unseated five-time champions Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil.
A pair of former collegiate All-Americans, May (Long Beach State) and Walsh (Stanford) earned their second-straight Olympic appearance after both competed in the Sydney 2000 Games. While May was tying for fifth on Bondi Beach with Holly McPeak in the Beach Volleyball competition, Walsh’s indoor team barely missed a medal by placing fourth.
After Sydney, May and Walsh surpassed Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs as the United States’ top international team during the 2002 season. Since the start of the Athens Olympic qualifying process in 2003, May and Walsh have a 78-6 international match mark together by winning nine of 13 events on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.
Four of the six international defeats since the start of the 2003 season for May and Walsh have been on the sand to teams from Brazil. Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires, the SWATCH team points champions in 2003, posted three wins over the Americans while two-time FIVB World Champions Adriana and Shelda won once. Since 2001, May and Walsh have a 14-7 record against Adriana and Shelda and 5-3 against Ana Paula and Pires.
May and Walsh highlighted their 2003 season by claiming the FIVB World Championships on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro where they defeated Adriana and Shelda in the finals. Adriana and Shelda, who May and Walsh also defeated for the Athens gold medal (21-17 ad 21-11), are also the silver medalists at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and rank as the winningest team ever on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour with 32 international titles together.

Beach volleyball season starts this weekend
Los Angeles Times
Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer // March 30, 2005
Misty May and Kerri Walsh have lost only one match on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series in the last two seasons -- and the team that beat them is taking the year off. But that doesn't mean the Olympic gold medalists are resting easy.
When the AVP season begins this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May and Walsh will face several new alliances designed specifically to knock them off.
Partner swapping is the talk of the men's and women's tours as the AVP kicks off its 14-tournament season. A long list of teams have split up, including three of the four that represented the U.S. in Athens last summer. May and Walsh are the only Olympians sticking together.
"It's going to be tougher this year because there are a lot of new teams out there that we need to deal with and get a feel for," May said. "They know how we play together, but we don't know how they play together. Plus, we know they all want to play their best against us."
May and Walsh have been dominant since teaming up in 2002. They had a 90-match worldwide victory streak and won 15 consecutive tournaments before a midseason loss to Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan last year. At the Olympics, they won gold without losing a game.
Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, the Olympic bronze medalists and a formidable duo during their three-year partnership, have split up, each acknowledging that finishing second on a regular basis was not enough.
McPeak has joined forces with rising star Jen Kessey, the AVP's most improved female last year. Youngs will play with Rachel Wacholder, who won two international tournaments with Walsh when May was injured last season.
"We were consistently the second best," McPeak said of her association with Youngs. "But after three years of struggling against that team, we just felt like, gosh, we need to do something to mix it up."
Davis and Johnson Jordan are starting the season on the sidelines because Johnson Jordan is pregnant. She is due in late June or early July. The team also skipped the 2001 season when both players were pregnant.
Karch Kiraly and AVP most valuable player Mike Lambert, the top men's team last season, are still together, but Olympians Stein Metzger, Dax Holdren, Dain Blanton and Jeff Nygaard all have new partners.
Metzger is playing with Jake Gibb, Holdren and Nygaard will play together and Blanton has teamed with Kevin Wong. All of those new partnerships follow the formula that Lambert and Kiraly used in a tour-best three victories last year: a tall blocking presence at the net coupled with an agile player focused on digging balls.
"Everyone is trying to find the right connection," Blanton said. "The past few years there has been so much parity on the men's side, so I think everyone is trying to find the partner that gives them the edge."
Blanton and Nygaard went 0-3 at the Olympics, and their strained relationship wasn't much of a secret, so their split came as no surprise. Both said the ill feelings have subsided, but that a difference in personalities wouldn't allow them to continue.
"Finding the right chemistry is just as important as the talent," Nygaard said. "The bottom line is that everyone out here is just trying to win and if you think you can upgrade your chances by switching partners, then you have to go for it."
Metzger and Holdren advanced to the Olympic quarterfinals but split up seeking more consistent success. They are both 6 feet 3 and had a difficult time dealing with the 6-8 blockers they often faced.
"It felt like we had to work twice as hard as other teams because we didn't have that net presence," Metzger said. "It's like we were down 0-5 to start each game. I can't tell you how many times we felt like we outplayed a team and lost."
Metzger is now with the 6-7 Gibb and Holdren is with Nygaard, who is 6-8.
Lambert's phone was among the busiest during the off season. At 6-6, he was the most coveted big man because others were unsure of his plans after Kiraly had season-ending shoulder surgery in September.
Lambert said he was flattered but that he would remain loyal to Kiraly, the winningest player in beach volleyball history -- especially after Kiraly took a chance on Lambert entering the 2004 season. Lambert had shoulder surgery in 2003.
"There really wasn't any question," Lambert said. "We have a formula that works and if it ain't broke, then don't fix it. The only question was if he would be healthy for the start of the season."
Kiraly, 44, said rehab went better than expected and that he is close to 100%. "I didn't expect to be feeling this good," he said. "It's nice to know I'll be able to swing without any pain."
Teams have more at stake than they did last season. The schedule includes two additional stops and prize money has doubled, from $1.5 million to $3 million.
There will also be 14 hours of live coverage on NBC, up from 10.5 last year, and 60 hours of coverage on Fox Sports Net. Outdoor Life Network recently signed a deal to broadcast 28 hours of semifinal action.
"It shows that the tour continues to grow and be strong," Kiraly said. "But it also makes it tougher out there. More and more teams are going to be hungry."

A Feast for Fans
March 30,2005
Courtesy Of AVP

The 2005 season has more to offer AVP fans than ever before. There are 5 ALL NEW and very exciting features the AVP will unleash in 2005.

Specifically, fans can catch the AVP on T.V. EVERY WEEKEND April through November. Check actual T.V. listings regularly at avp.com. The AVP coverage is now on OLN which will broadcast a Women's and Men's Semi-Final match from each AVP event in addition to the NBC and Fox Sports Net Final's coverage.

You will also be introduced to a new section on avp.com called The Player's Corner where a "where the players are" snapshot will appear keeping fans informed about AVP athlete's appearances outside of AVP events including presence on T.V., in the news, in your favorite magazines, etc.

Particularly fresh and exciting is a weekly opportunity for fans to communicate directly with the Pros. Launching next week will be a column generated by questions from the fans. Fans will simply go to askthepros@avp.com where AVP athletes will personally answer all of the questions and respond via a column in the Player's Corner section on avp.com.

Monthly, starting April 15th, fans can participate in an online chat with the stars of the AVP. Stay tuned for a chat calendar.

New to the AVP schedule is the addition of two new mid-western markets to the 2005 AVP Tour Schedule. Now fans in Ohio and Colorado, strong volleyball Mecca's, will have the opportunity to be a part of the live action.

Last month we announced pre-sell and ticket discount offers, electronic ticketing, new merchandise, more contests and auctions. Tickets for all events are available now with amazing discount offers on GA tickets for group sales, student and AVPNext/USAV members.

Definitely check out the brand new AVP Store everything is stellar and in stock now! Fantasy fans will be psyched to see the new prizes announced the week of the AVP Tempe Open and AVP Auctions on eBay will debut after the Fort Lauderdale Open.

Check out the links to catch up on the announcement of the 2005 AVP Nissan Championship Series and the new AVP Men's and Women's Teams.

A real feast for AVP fans indeed.


AVP Season Opener this Weekend!
Courtesy Of AVP
March 31, 2005

Live Results and Scoring from Florida

Opening Day of the AVP Nissan Championship Series gets under way April 2nd and 3rd with the AVP Fort Lauderdale Open. Fans can tune into the Finals on Sunday on Fox Sports Net and for the first time, can even watch a Women's and Men's Semi Final on the Outdoor Life Network.
All of the AVP star athletes will be playing including Kerri Walsh, Misty May, Holly McPeak, Mike Lambert and Karch Kraly along with 150 top AVP Pros and former Olympians.
The season will start with quite a bang as this year's top ten teams feature six different women's teams and four newly formed men's partnerships. With new partners in tow-once again, the team to beat is 2004 Olympic Gold Medalists Walsh and May. The dynamic duo went on an 89-0 winning streak last year and took home the first-ever Gold Medal for the U.S. women in Athens.
Last year, seven Men's teams won a Final before a team repeated. There has never been such parity as the roster this year. The prize money has doubled so there's much more on the line this year than pride.

May & Walsh Continue Winning Ways 
Courtesy Of AVP
By Tim Simmons 
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., April 2, 2005 – Three more match wins were added to Misty May and Kerri Walsh’s credit here Saturday during the opening main draw rounds of the first domestic Beach Volleyball event of the 2005 season at South Beach Park.
The women’s gold medalists from the Athens Olympic Games and the reigning SWATCH-FIVB World Champions, May and Walsh have now won their last 15 matches and 24 of their last 25 outings together for a career mark of 271-32, including 92-5 domestically. May and Walsh have won 31 Beach Volleyball with this weekend’s event their 52nd start together since their first tournament in 2001.
Seeded first in the 32-team main draw, May and Walsh face fourth-seeded Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs in their opening match Sunday. Youngs is playing with Wacholder for the first-time after competing the past three seasons with Holly McPeak, who is teamed with Jennifer Kessy for the opening 2005 Association of Volleyball Professionals’ (AVP) Nissan Series event. Wacholder won two SWATCH-FIVB World Tour titles in 2004 with Walsh in France and Austria when May was sidelined with an abdominal strain.
McPeak and Youngs captured the Athens bronze medal with their only setback in the Olympics being to May and Walsh in the semi-finals. Seeded second this weekend, Kessy and McPeak will play third-seeded Carrie Busch and Nancy Mason in their opening match Sunday.
The domestic opener also features a 32-team men’s main draw where top-seeded Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert were upset in the third-round by eighth-seeded Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt 23-21 and 22-20. Kiraly, the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Beach Volleyball gold medalists with Kent Steffes, and Lambert won three events in nine starts together last season with seven podium finishes and $101,125 in combined winnings.
Rosenthal and Witt play fourth-seeded Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard in an opening men’s match Sunday while third-seeded Dain Blanton and Kevin Wong challenge seventh-seeded Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings in another match pitting undefeated teams. Blanton captured the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medal with Eric Fonoimoana after eliminating Wong and Rob Heidger in the competition. Blanton and Nygaard placed 19th in the 2004 Athens Games.
In addition to the eight undefeated teams (four women and four men) from Saturday in the $175,000 event, eight other tandems (four women and four men) advanced to the final rounds where they face elimination matches to open Sunday’s action.
Opening matches in the women’s contender’s bracket has 12th-seeded Linjun Ji/Whenhui You challenging the eighth-seeded Lindquist sisters (Katie and Tracy) and fifth-seeded Angie Akers/Jenny Pavley facing sixth-seeded Tyra Turner/Makare Wilson. In the men’s opening contender’s bracket matches Sunday, sixth-seeded Jake Gibb/Stein Metzger play ninth-seeded Paul Baxter/Jason Ring while second-seeded Todd Rogers/Sean Scott face 11th-seeded Philip Dalhausser/Nick Lucena. Metzger, who finished fifth in the Athens Olympics with Holdren, and Gibb eliminated the 44-year old Kiraly and Lambert 21-14 and 21-18.
The Fort Lauderdale event is the first of 14 stops on the 2005 AVP Tour that concludes at the end of September in Hawaii. The AVP will stage events in Tempe, Ariz., and Austin, Tex., prior to the start of the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour in mid-May at Shanghai, China. The international Beach Volleyball Tours for men and women will feature 16 stops each, including 12 mixed gender events.
Highlighting the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will be four grand slam events in Berlin, Norway (Stavanger), Paris and Austria (Klagenfurt). The June 21-26 German stop will be the SWATCH-FIVB World Championships where May and Walsh will be defending their 2003 title.
May and Walsh claimed the SWATCH-FIVB World Championship on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro where they defeated Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil in the finals. Adriana and Shelda, who May and Walsh also defeated for the Athens gold medal (21-17 and 21-11), are also the silver medalists from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the 1999 and 2001 World Champions and the winningest team ever on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour with 32 international titles together.

May & Walsh Net 32nd Pro Title 
Courtesy Of AVP
By Tim Simmons 
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA., April 3, 2005 – Elaine Youngs is still having trouble defeating Misty May and Kerri Walsh on the Beach Volleyball sands as she and Rachel Wacholder dropped the title match here Sunday to the 2004 Olympic and 2003 World Champions at South Beach Park.
May and Walsh’s 21-18 and 21-19 win in 53 minutes earned the pair their 32nd pro Beach Volleyball title together since 2001 and came before the men’s title match where 2004 Athens Olympic partners Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger faced each other with different teammates in the for the opening 2005 Association of Volleyball Professionals’ (AVP) Nissan Series event.
Seeded sixth in the 32-team men’s main draw, Metzger and Jake Gibb posted a 21-14 and 21-13 in 53 minutes over the fifth-seeded Holdren and Jeff Nygaard for the men's title. Nygaard also competed in the Athens Olympics as he and Dain Blanton finished 19th.
After losing 21-17, 19-21 and 15-13 to 11th-seeded Philip Dalhausser and Nick Lucena in the second-round Saturday, Metzger and Gibb had to win seven-straight matches to claim the title in their first pro Beach Volleyball event together. Metzger has now won five career titles and his first since 2002. Gibb won is first pro title last May in Austin, Tex., with Adam Jewell.
Both of Sunday’s winners netted the $20,000 first-place prizes in the $175,000 event, the first of 14 stops on the 2005 AVP Tour. The AVP will stage events in Tempe, Ariz., and Austin, Tex., prior to the start of the $7.48-million SWATCH-FIVB World Tour in mid-May at Shanghai, China. The international Beach Volleyball Tours for men and women will feature 16 stops each, including 12 mixed gender events.
Highlighting the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will be four grand slam events in Berlin, Norway (Stavanger), Paris and Austria (Klagenfurt). The June 21-26 German stop will be the SWATCH-FIVB World Championships where May and Walsh will be defending their 2003 title claimed on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro where they defeated Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil in the finals.
With two losses Sunday to May and Walsh, Youngs now has a 3-22 against the world’s most recognizable women’s team along with Adriana and Shelda. Youngs’ first 23 matches against May and Walsh was with Holly McPeak as the two teams met in the semi-finals of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games with May and Walsh winning.
Youngs split with McPeak to start the 2005 season as McPeak played this weekend with Jennifer Kessy as the No. 2 seeded team in the 32-team women’s main draw behind May and Walsh. Youngs and Wacholder, who dropped a 21-19 and 21-13 winner’s bracket match Sunday morning to May and Walsh, eliminated Kessy and McPeak 21-14, 19-21 and 15-13 in 66 minutes to advance to the title match.
May and Walsh have now won their last 17 matches and 27 of their last 28 outings together for a career mark of 274-32, including 95-5 domestically. May and Walsh have won 17 of their 32 Beach Volleyball titles domestically as the pair now has won 32- of 39 title matches.
With their six-straight match wins this weekend, May and Walsh have now captured three consecutive Fort Lauderdale titles as they faced McPeak and Youngs in the 2003 and 2004 South Florida titles. Overall, May and Walsh have a 16-0 mark in Fort Lauderdale with $49,000 in combined earnings.
Sunday’s title win could be “labeled” as a homecoming present for May, who was paired in November to Matt Treanor, a backup catcher for the Florida Marlins. The newlyweds used this weekend’s event to look for a home in the Miami-area. Playing in their 52nd pro Beach Volleyball event since their first tournament together in 2001, May and Walsh have now combined to earn $948,216.

Partying with the Pros
April 6, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Hundred Celebrate Opening Day 
The courtyard of the Beach Place was the official hot spot Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale as over 50 AVP Pros and hundreds of fans gathered for the Official AVP Player Party.
Good times were rolling and the Bud Lights were flowing as fans and players alike were grooving to the tunes of a local favorite band called Happy Endings. Everyone was excited about the season kick off and were placing best guesses on who would be taking on who in the Finals Sunday afternoon on Fox Sports Net.
To see the photo gallery from this rocking night just click here! Want to 'Party with the Pros' when the AVP visits your hometown? Well simply click on the preview link next to the event you are attending on the AVP events page.

AVP Launches New Feature-Filled Website
Courtesy Of AVP
April 7, 2005
New features, quicker access, and overall ease of use, makes the new avp.com nothing but fan friendly.
Check out what's new:

Photos: Front page access to the latest photos
News: Updated stories so you're always up to date
Player Profiles: Just one click away from every page
AVP Store: Official AVP gear
Events Page: All tourney info on one page

Check out what's improved:

Fantasy Game: Better prizes - get your entries in now before Tempe
Fan Forums: Best place online to chat with other AVP fans
Newsletter: Insider membership with access to advanced ticket and store discounts?

Check out what's on tap:

Player's Corner: Hear it directly from the players.
Ask the pros: Now email and get the answers you want from top AVP Pros
Ebay Auctions: AVP autographed items guaranteed to be legit
Player Chats: Online sessions with your favorite pros

So sit back and dig in at the new avp.com.
 
Jeff Nygaard on the 2005 AVP Season
Courtesy Of AVP
April 7, 2005
Jeff Nygaard 
I need a vacuum to clean the sand dunes in my shower. I get the Sunday paper to look for sun screen coupons. Getting lower gas mileage during the summer from hauling clung on sand. Aloe Vera bottles by the dozen. My calluses disappearing from the sand pumicing. In my world, these are concrete signs that the AVP is kicking off again.
Training begins anew for the start of the beach season, a seven month foray that demands staying in peak condition for its duration. The off season, idleness lasting for about four weeks, abruptly shifts into three hour lifting/conditioning sessions five days a week on top of three hours of beach drills and games. Stretching, cross-training, plyometrics, running, yoga...this is the average day for me and many other AVP athletes. It is not only our job, but our lifestyle.
It may sound like overkill, but coupling all of these things together gives you a glimpse of what my idea is for being successful on the AVP. After a grueling two-day climb to the finals, having that little extra from your pre-season conditioning is rewarding not only by giving yourself a greater chance to win, but also because you can walk away in good shape and not crawling in pain. When Dain and I won the San Diego event in 2003, on top of being jet lagged from playing in Greece the week before, we had to play nine matches in two days (and all but one match was a three gamer). That equates to 26 games in 17 hours. Believe me, the only reason we won was due to the pre-season workouts we had. Conditioning is a game dimension that tops the list for making it on the AVP. It is a process that continues all year, discipline and devotion from the preseason building phase to the in-season maintenance phase.
And with the amount of talent in the men's draw, tiredness is a quick way to end your weekend. Sure you'll find a great seat on the stage for the finals and time to pack for your flight home...but that is not why we play. Everybody, from the top to the bottom, covets that final match of the weekend. There is not one top American athlete that is satisfied by finishing anything less than first. The AVP is no different.
So who do I think will be the favorite this year? If there is one thing I have learned from playing for 19 years on every level volleyball offers, there is no substitute for the reality of the competition. Can't a hot team win a tournament whether they are the #1 seed or the #32? How many upsets are there in March Madness? Aren't Cinderella teams the best stories in sports? We have a great amount of talent and teams in the Men's Draw, any of which are capable of winning each weekend. If you peak at the right time, you have a chance at a victory. In 2002, Albert Hanneman and I won the Hermosa Beach title and then never made it back to the semi-finals. 2004 was no different yielding eight different winning teams. It is a dog-fight from the first round to the last. Our bracket has us playing final-esque match-ups from the 3rd round game all the way through to the finals. The difference between moving on through the brackets, or not, boils down to one or two points in most games. One good break can spell victory. One bad bounce or lucky touch can end the hunt.
Who do I think will win this year? Come to the beach and find out just like we will.
Jeff Nygaard (Captain's Corner)
PS: Please email me any questions you have at askthepros@avp.com and put my name in the subject line.
 
Matt Fuerbringer: From 2004 to Ft. Lauderdale
Courtesy Of AVP
April 7, 2005
Fuerby!! 
One down, 13 to go. The first AVP event in Ft. Lauderdale finally took place after months of anticipation with mixed results. Casey Jennings, my partner, and I were primed and ready to get back to the finals in Florida but fell to the eventual winners, Jake and Stein, in a close match in which we had a swing to win the second the set. Overall we are pleased with the way we played over the weekend but disappointed that it didn't end with a podium finish. We played well enough to win the tournament at times but fell a little short on Sunday. I needed to block a couple more balls on Sunday to get us in the final four but just couldn't seem to find that blocking zone, which makes wins much easier to come by on our tour. So as you might guess I'll be working on my block quite a bit over the next few weeks and will eagerly await our next event in Tempe, Arizona.
Since this is the first blog session of the year I wanted to let you all know about what I did in the off-season.
This off-season was different than most because I got married in October to my girlfriend of 4 years, Joy Mckienze. We got married in Rosarito, Mexico and then went to Italy and Spain for our honeymoon. It was an amazing couple of weeks and a great way to wind down after the long season. But as soon as I got home my training for this year started.
In November and December I like to do a lot of Yoga, surfing, and joint stabilization lifting. Yoga keeps my mind and body strong and limber. Surfing is what gets me up in the morning. Everyday in the water you can learn something new and you can always push yourself as hard as you want or choose just to have a mellow day in the water spending a lot of the time catching up with your friends. Our normal surf crew includes Mike Lambert, Chris McGee and former AVP stars Wayne Selickson and Lee Legrande.
As for the joint stabilization, I spend a lot of hours strengthening my core, and the muscles around my knees and shoulders. These joints take a lot of abuse during our season so during these early months I like to get them as strong as possible.
In January I start playing at the beach with Casey. This is the time you start seeing people dusting off their volleyballs and hoping for some early spring weather. Though our routine is always changing; January really marks the beginning of our season. I work as hard in January as I do in April, if not harder.
With that said you can imagine how excited we were to get the season started. Everyone on our tour worked really hard this year and was eager to show-off their improved games, and no team was more excited than Casey and I. We've improved in so many areas both physically and mentally and I truly believe that when all is said and done Casey and I are going to have our best year on tour so far.
Well that is it for now. I'll write more next week and let you in on the frustrations of trying to find sponsors and preview the Tempe, AZ tourney.? I will also discuss if Lambo and Karch are still going to be a team.
Anyways thanks for taking a minute to find out more about my life and feel free to write in any questions you might have. Just email the questions to askthepros@avp.com and put my name in the subject line.
Until next time,
Matt Fuerbringer

The Players’ Corner: AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Players Give Insider Access
Courtesy Of (PRLEAP.COM)
On Monday April 11, 2005 the AVP launched The Players’ Corner where AVP Pro Beach Volleyball players will personally write columns on avp.com that share their unique stories on training, competitions, and the lifestyle of an AVP Pro. Perhaps the coolest part for fans is that they can email the pros and get their questions answered. Log on to http://avp.com and visit The Players’ Corner.
Gain access to personal information offered no where else. Find out who got married and where they honeymooned… Learn who hits the waves every morning as part of their training and who hits the yoga mat… Find out the rituals, quirks and patterns that have made AVP Pros the best athletes in the World. Visit The Players’ Corner on avp.com to find out now.
This week top AVP Pros Jeff Nygaard and Matt Fuerbringer are on the clock. Both have posted their first articles breaking down their off-season training, the preparation for the 2005 AVP Nissan Championship Series, and their reaction to AVP Opening Day in Ft. Lauderdale.
Nygaard, a three-time Olympic Volleyball Player who finished in second place in Ft. Lauderdale breaks down the 2005 season, while Fuerbringer, a four-time NCAA All-American who finished fifth in Ft. Lauderdale, talks about high hopes. And YOU can email either one. Just send an email to askthepros@avp.com and make sure to specify either Matt Fuerbringer or Jeff Nygaard in the subject line to have one of these great AVP Pros answer your questions.
So make sure to log on and tune in to http://avp.com this week as Nygaard talks about the AVP Tempe Open and Fuerbringer speaks out on finding sponsors. Plus these top pro may just answer your questions.

AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Announces 2004 Year-End Results
Tuesday April 12, 7:00 am ET
LOS ANGELES, April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPN - News) today announced financial results for the year-ended December 31, 2004 for its wholly owned subsidiary Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. ("AVP"), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball events. For the full year 2004, AVP reported a 69% increase in revenues to $12.3 million as compared to full year 2003 revenues of $7.3 million. Net loss was $(2.9) million, compared to $(3.7) million for the prior year.

    Financial Highlights:
     *  2004 revenues increased 69% to $12.3 million compared to revenues of
        $7.3 million in 2003
     *  2004 sponsorship revenue increased 59% to $9.9 million
     *  Net loss narrowed to $(2.9) million in 2004 from $(3.7) million in
        2003, a 22% improvement
     *  Number of events increased to 12 in 2004 from 10 events in 2003
     *  Broadcasting hours reached a record 50.5 hours in 2004
     *  Average same broadcast ratings increased in 2004 compared to 2003; for
        example, Belmar event ratings were up 27%, Las Vegas ratings were up
        18%
     *  Total event attendance increased to 808,000 in 2004 from 565,000 in
        2003, a 43% increase

"We are pleased with AVP's improved operating performance in 2004," said Leonard Armato, Chief Executive Officer of AVP. "We achieved significant growth in nearly every aspect of our business including number of events, attendance, and television/media exposure. Furthermore, we generated strong sponsorship and advertising support as a result of integrating branded content into AVP competition and lifestyle programming through AVP's proprietary Exclusive Brand Integration ("EBI") System(TM). Given our new status as a public company, we feel that we are well-positioned to leverage our growth in 2004 to further expand our business. We are continuing to successfully build our platform through new sponsorships and extending the reach of our events to the benefit of our shareholders and fan base."
Subsequent to the end of year, AVP completed a private placement and a merger with AVP, Inc. (formerly Othnet, Inc.). As a result of this merger, AVP has become a public company, trading on the OTC bulletin board under the symbol "AVPN.OB."

Summary Results for the Year-Ended December 31, 2004

Sponsorship revenues grew to $9.9 million in 2004, an increase of 59% over 2003 sponsorship revenues. National sponsors receive extensive television exposure and significant on-site promotional opportunities along with the right to affiliate themselves with the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. The increase in sponsorship revenues was due primarily to new agreements with several blue-chip partners. AVP's sponsorship base includes internationally recognized brands such as Nissan, Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi, Gatorade, McDonald's, Wilson and Microsoft. Other revenues include revenues from such activities as event ticket sales and corporate hospitality packages, merchandising, concession rights, licensing, activation services and sanctioning fees. Other revenue grew to $2.4 million in 2004 from $1.1 million in 2003, representing a year-over-year growth of 123%.
Cost of revenues totaled $9.1 million in 2004 related primarily to event production costs for the Company's 12 events. Cost of revenues in 2003 was $6.5 million for 10 events. Marketing and administrative expenses were $5.9 million for 2004, compared to $4.2 million in 2003, reflecting increased advertising and promotion and professional costs associated with growth in the number of events and other business opportunities.
Operating loss for the full year decreased to $(2.7) million in 2004 from $(3.4) million for the full year 2003. With other income/expense of $(178,685) in 2004, net loss narrowed to $(2.9) million in 2004, an improvement from $(3.7) million in 2003. The Company continues to work diligently towards profitability.
Giving effect to the Company's successful private placement completed in February 2005, the Company has approximately $680,000 in long-term debt and $4.8 million in cash and short-term investments available as of March 31, 2005.
"Our focus on integrated sponsorship sales and other previously unexploited revenue sources has allowed us to significantly increase revenues," said Andy Reif, AVP's Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. "We expect to continue to see improvements in our business if we successfully execute on our strategy in the coming year to increase our sponsorship base, our media platform and the number of AVP events."

About AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. ("AVP"), the wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPN - News), is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production of U.S. professional beach volleyball events and marketing and distributing them worldwide. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP will stage 14 events throughout the United States in 2005. All tournaments will be televised live (or same day) on Fox Sports Net, NBC Sports or OLN. Professional beach volleyball is one of the most exciting and fastest growing sports in the United States today. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations concerning matters that are not historical facts. Words such as "projects," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends" and similar words and expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, but cannot assure you that those expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expectations that are disclosed in this press release include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with the conditions of the markets for live events, broadcast television, cable television, Internet, entertainment, professional sports, and licensed merchandise; acceptance of the Company's brands, media and merchandise within those markets; uncertainties relating to litigation; risks associated with producing live events both domestically and internationally; uncertainties associated with international markets; risks relating to maintaining and renewing key agreements, including television distribution agreements; and other risks and factors set forth from time to time in Company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those currently expected or anticipated. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
    All above mentioned trademarks are the property of their respective
owners.

                     AVP PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOUR, INC.
           (formerly Association of Volleyball Professionals, Inc.)
                           Statement of Operations

                                            Year Ended December 31,
                                            2004               2003

     REVENUE
       Sponsorships                      $9,918,117         $6,222,371
       Other                              2,390,888          1,071,757
       TOTAL REVENUE                     12,309,005          7,294,128


     EVENT COSTS                          9,125,829          6,506,613
       Gross Profit                       3,183,176            787,515

     OPERATING EXPENSES
       Marketing                          2,435,124          2,024,572
       Administrative                     3,442,479          2,184,557
       TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE            5,877,603          4,209,129

       OPERATING LOSS                    (2,694,427)        (3,421,614)

     OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
       Interest expense                    (245,870)          (182,396)
       Interest income                       67,185             87,751
       Joint venture loss                        --           (184,712)
       TOTAL OTHER EXPENSE                 (178,685)          (279,357)

       LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES          (2,873,112)        (3,700,971)

     INCOME TAXES                                --                 --

       NET LOSS                         $(2,873,112)       $(3,700,971)

                     AVP PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOUR, INC.
           (formerly Association of Volleyball Professionals, Inc.)
                                Balance Sheet

                                                           December 31,
                                                               2004
     ASSETS
     CURRENT ASSETS
       Cash                                                  $631,933
       Accounts receivable, net of
        allowance for doubtful accounts of $10,000            649,137
       Prepaid expenses                                        26,606
       Deferred commission-related party                      253,339
       TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                                 1,561,015

     PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net                              201,703

     OTHER ASSETS
       Investment in sales-type lease                         628,323
       Other assets                                            42,738
       TOTAL OTHER ASSETS                                     671,061

       TOTAL ASSETS                                        $2,433,779

     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIENCY
     CURRENT LIABILITIES
       Notes payable - related party                       $2,000,000
       Current portion of long-term debt                    1,633,333
       Accounts payable                                        57,157
       Accrued expenses                                       790,368
       Accrued interest                                       316,630
       Accrued officer compensation                            43,208
       Deferred revenue                                       325,050
       TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES                            5,165,746

     OTHER LIABILITIES
       Deferred revenue                                       225,000
       Long-term debt - less current portion                1,100,071
       TOTAL OTHER LIABILITIES                              1,325,071

       TOTAL LIABILITIES                                    6,490,817

     REDEEMABLE SERIES A PREFERRED STOCK                    3,657,600

     COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

     STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIENCY
       Preferred stock $.0001 par value,
        4,950,000 shares authorized,
        no shares issued and outstanding                           --

       Common stock $.0001 par value,
        22,110,000 shares authorized,
        4,443,944 shares issued and outstanding                   444

       Additional paid-in capital                             998,868

     ACCUMULATED DEFICIT                                   (8,713,950)

       TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIENCY                      (7,714,638)

       TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIENCY      $2,433,779

                     AVP PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOUR, INC.
           (formerly Association of Volleyball Professionals, Inc.)
                           Statement of Cash Flows


                                                   Year Ended December 31,
                                                   2004               2003

     CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
       Net loss                                $(2,873,112)       $(3,700,971)
       Adjustments to reconcile net loss
        to net cash flows from operating
        activities:
         Depreciation and amortization of
          property and equipment                    57,561             14,529
         Other amortization                          6,033              8,043
         Amortization of deferred commissions      294,904            609,256
         Allowance for doubtful accounts            10,000                 --
         Amortization of deferred costs          1,352,100            387,500
         Compensation from issuance of
          stock options                                 --              3,809
       Decrease (increase) in operating assets:
         Accounts receivables                     (169,442)          (451,483)
         Investment in and due from
          joint venture                            291,084           (291,084)
         Prepaid expenses                          (26,606)            58,994
         Other assets                               (1,305)           (15,466)
       Increase (decrease) in operating
        liabilities:
         Accounts payable                         (625,052)            35,046
         Accrued expenses                          211,950            305,932
         Accrued officer compensation             (167,625)           210,833
         Accrued interest                          245,871                 --
         Deferred revenue                          275,050           (112,500)

         NET CASH FLOWS FROM
          OPERATING ACTIVITIES                  (1,118,589)        (2,937,562)


     CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES
       Investment in property and equipment       (228,416)           (25,722)
       Investment in sales-type lease               91,215             42,344
       Cash received in acquisition                     --            769,450

         NET CASH FLOWS FROM
          INVESTING ACTIVITIES                    (137,201)           786,072


     CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES
       Proceeds from long-term debt              2,000,000          1,217,238
       Repayment of long-term debt                (183,333)           (80,000)
       Decrease in payable to DMC
        and other related party debt                    --            (65,995)
       Issuance of preferred stock                      --            910,000

         NET CASH FLOWS FROM
          FINANCING ACTIVITIES                   1,816,667          1,981,243


         NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH           560,877           (170,247)

         CASH, BEGINNING OF YEAR                    71,056            241,303

         CASH, END OF YEAR                        $631,933            $71,056


     SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF
      CASH FLOW INFORMATION
       Cash paid during the period for:
       Interest                                    $48,939                $--
       Income taxes                                     --                 --

     SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF NON-CASH
      INVESTING AND FINANCING INFORMATION
       Note payable incurred in connection
        with stock redemption                          $--           $550,000

       Note payable incurred in connection
        with the acquisition of commission rights       --          1,157,499

       Conversion of intercompany payable
        and loan payable to officer and
        stockholder into common stock                   --          1,991,819

       Issuance of preferred stock for
        deferred costs                                  --          1,739,600
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Source: AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.

Jacks get set for auction, Misty
Courtesy Of Times Standard Online
By Ray Hamill
ARCATA -- With less than a week to go before the Humboldt State annual sports auction and dinner, there are still a limited number of tickets available.
This year's event, which is scheduled for Saturday, will be held in the Kate Buchannan Room on campus and will feature guest speaker Misty May, a U.S Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball

At 44, Kiraly still among best on bench
By TIM REYNOLDS
Associated Press
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - He was the youngest guy on the Olympic men's volleyball team in 1984, a fresh-faced and promising youngster whose dominating play helped the United States win its first gold medal. Now 44, Karch Kiraly is the oldest guy on the beach - and still enjoying unparalleled success.
This will be his last season on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Then again, so was last year. And the year before that. He's spent nearly a decade thinking his career was winding down, only to capture a few more titles - and prove he's winning the fight against the sands of time.
"My wife was going through a couple old boxes a few weeks ago and she came across an article that said it was amazing I was doing so well at this age, still having success," Kiraly said. "It was written nine years ago."
Kiraly and his partner, Mike Lambert, won three tournaments in 2004 and were the AVP team of the year. They were seeded No. 1 for the season-opening event in Fort Lauderdale earlier this month, yet were ousted early when Kiraly aggravated a shoulder injury.
His 147 victories and $3.1 million in earnings are the most in beach history. He's the lone American volleyballer to win three Olympic golds; indoor from 1984 and 1988, on the sand in 1996. Before Kiraly, the best U.S. Olympic finish was seventh in 1968.
"He's a phenomenal player, but what's more impressive is he's a phenomenal human being," said Mike Rangel, Kiraly's coach, friend and trainer. "He's so humble. I know a lot of pros in different sports, and believe me, Karch is unique."
That's true in many ways.
Modesty keeps him from prominently displaying awards in his home. He's financially secure, but totes the kids in a minivan. He goes to bed at the same time and home schools his children; instead of giving them a book on Washington, D.C., he scheduled a four-day walking tour around the nation's capitol.
He's also volunteering his time as a spokesman for Youth Without Borders, a group focused on aiding needy children in Tijuana, Mexico, through scholarship programs and refurbishment of child-care centers.
Along the way, he's found time to remain one of the game's best.
"He's the greatest," said Lambert, the reigning tour MVP who turns 31 Thursday. "We'll probably never see another Karch. For me, it's like playing alongside Michael Jordan. I'm still the 14-year-old kid with his poster on my wall."
Kiraly was a four-time All-American, helping UCLA win NCAA titles in 1979, 1981 and 1982. He then led the men's national indoor team, before turning to the beach game.
He teamed with Kent Steffes to win gold in Atlanta at the first Olympic beach tournament.
Steffes, eight years younger than Kiraly, retired in 1999.
Kiraly's still going.
"A lot of the other guys are taller, jump higher, stronger and they hit the ball harder," Kiraly said. "I still relish that challenge of being the oldest guy and still trying to find a way to get it done."
With one bad swing in Fort Lauderdale, Kiraly thought he was done - for good.
In his third match of the tournament, Kiraly took an awkward swipe at the ball and immediately felt pain tearing through his right shoulder - the one that's been surgically repaired three times. He thought the worst.
"The three of us got together and we all cried," Rangel said. "First time I've seen Karch cry. We knew the last game of the day was probably going to be the last time not only Lambo and Karch played together, but the last time Karch would ever play."
They lost that consolation match, said teary good-byes, and Kiraly went home to California. Yet doctors found the problem was just related to some scar tissue, remnants of surgery past.
He's training and will be back for the tour's next event, April 22-24 in Tempe, Ariz.
"I just hoped it was just a bad dream," Lambert said. "And luckily, it turned out to be."
Still, it was a reminder that the end of Kiraly's career is near - even though he still manages to coax his body into surviving Rangel's grueling twice-weekly, 45-minute plyometric workouts. Lesser athletes can't last 10 minutes in a Rangel session; Kiraly never misses one.
"It's the hardest workout he's ever done," Rangel said. "The only guy in his kind of shape would be like a Lance Armstrong. There's not a baseball player that could do this workout, handle the condition Karch is in."
Soon, Lambert's focus will turn toward Beijing and the 2008 Olympics, meaning his playing relationship with Kiraly will likely end. Kiraly will be at those Olympics, but behind a microphone, working as a broadcaster.
Kiraly's place in history is secure. Yet somehow, he's still not completely satisfied.
"Every extra season I get is icing on the cake," Kiraly said, "and I cherish the time I have left."

 Jeff Nygaard: Ft. Lauderdale and Karch's Shoulder
Courtesy Of AVP
April 14, 2005
The season has begun, finally. After what always feels like an excruciatingly long off-season, the AVP in upon us and in full swing again and already, big stories from the first tournament. While not much surprise in who won the women's draw, there is quite a stir from a couple of new teams on the block that might have what it takes to challenge the reigning champs.
Last year, Misty May and Kerri Walsh had such an overwhelming presence that the thought of losing never entered the picture. This year there is a change taking place that will bring some parity to the woman's pool. With a number of top women either already pregnant or deciding to try and become pregnant, there is a big void, and a number of players are going to have a chance to contend they never had before.
Think of it this way. When Tiger Woods came on tour, he was unstoppable and unbeatable. He set records nobody could touch. He was number one for several years. And what happened? He raised the bar higher than anyone thought possible, and people started catching up. All of a sudden, he wasn't winning every tournament, he looked fallible and he dropped to number two.
I predict a similar phenomenon happening with the women's side of things. Misty and Kerri have raised the bar so high as to become the number one in the world...and they deserve it. But they know as well as anybody, people are going to get better and improve, especially against them. There is no better motivator as an athlete than beating the number one team. And I see this year being the break-through year for some potentially great teams, teams that can push back at the Gold Medalists.
Karch Re-Injures Shoulder 
The biggest news from the men's side is the future of Karch Kiraly. As the story goes, after losing Saturday night, he turned to Lambo [Mike Lambert] and told him to find another partner. Can you even imagine that? The greatest of the game telling you that he no longer can keep his end of the bargain. It was an unfathomable admission; one that I think might be Karch indicating that the end is near. For a player who has gone from accomplishing the amazing all his career, going so far as to elicit the response "well, its Karch" whenever he does the next incredible thing, it makes you wonder about the end.
This in turn begs the question: what will happen to the AVP once Karch does stop? I see it this way. When Magic, Larry and Michael all left basketball, these three superstars with all the name recognition, records, rings took with them a lot of the NBA. They left a void open for the new breed to step in and become the stars of tomorrow. And the NBA survived and thrived. But nobody will ever forget those three. Same with the AVP. The AVP will continue on. It will grow stronger. New stars will eventually step into Karch's shoes. But nobody will forget whose shoes they are, and nobody will ever truly be able to fill them.
As for Dax and I, starting off with a 2nd place finish, sets the bar where it should be...in the finals. Battling the parity on the men's side, we started the first five rounds by going three games in each match. And losing the next morning to Rosie/Witt put us around 25 games for the tournament. That's why taking 2nd is a great thing for us. Not only were we able to have success, but we went deep into the physical reserves to last that long, and still had some left over. We proved to ourselves our off-season hard work has afforded us a great physical platform for competition. Now we need to start clicking in terms of offensive rhythm, communication and transition play, and I think the victories will come. Fortunately, losing my wedding band against Canyon/Lee didn't have an adverse effect on our outcome.
So have we peaked yet? Dear God no. The only team that was playing great within themselves was Jake/Stein who won, yet even they dropped their second round game. It's a snake pit every weekend in the men's draw. The team that wins deserves to win.
As for the player shuffle that has already happened from the first tournament, there is a big frothing at the mouth at the thought that Lambo might split with Karch. This will cause a ripple effect throughout the entire bracket from the 3rd place team down. Who Lambo might pick up will cause a monstrous shifting as players scramble to find the perfect fit for the next tourney. I'd say Fonoi is the favorite as they won last year at SB. But Lambo also took 2nd with Hyden in Chicago last year. Then there is also Stein. True, Stein did win in Fort Lauderdale with Jake, but Mike and he are childhood friends who did go to Brazil earlier this year to take the Gold Medalists to the wire. My guess is Fonoi, but we'll see.
Quick mention, how about the semis between Jen/Holly and Rachel/Elaine? That was as much a barnburner as you'll see on tour. Competitive to the end. But how many of you knew that Holly was throwing up the entire match? She was completely drained, but still warrior enough to battle. It was an incredible performance Holly.
Your Questions:

Ben Newton of Melbourne asks,
"What sort of advantage or disadvantage do you see hard court players have coming across to beach as a blocker, like you yourself have done?"
The biggest disadvantage I experienced was reading the hitter and knowing the timing of the shot versus the hit. Indoor, get over as big as you can and as long as you can, sealing off every angle the hitter can use. On the beach, if you jump too early, the good players will read that and shoot right over you. The best hitters can see if you are trying to block the shot and hit the ball on the way up, beating you before you get over the net. Timing is the key.
To email me your question, just email askthepros@avp.com and put my name in the subject line.
Until Next Time,
Jeff Nygaard



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April 22nd-24th AVP 2005 TEMPE OPEN Tempe,Ariz.

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Ian Clark on the flying jump serve in 1998 at the Tuscon,Arizona Avp stop . Ian with then partner Bill Boullianne finished 7th.

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2005 AVP NISSAN SERIES
Tempe Arizona AVP OPEN

Tempe Beach Park
April 22-24
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 22: 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday, April 23: 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday, April 24: 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
$175,000

TOURNAMENT HISTORY
2003 - Men's Defending Champions: Canyon Ceman and Mike Whitmarsh
2003 - Women's Defending Champions: Misty May/Kerri Walsh
2004 - Men's Defending Champions: Todd Rogers and Sean Scott
Sean Scott and Todd Rogers: Sean Scott, playing with partner Todd Rogers, won his first-ever title in a pro beach event against the legendary Karch Kiraly and relative newcomer Mike Lambert. Rogers and Scott arrived in the finals after coming through the contenders' bracket and defeating Jake Gibb and Adam Jewell 21-13, 21-14. Kiraly and Lambert defeated newcomers Jason Ring and George Roumain earlier in the day 21-16, 21-18

2004 - Women's Defending Champions: Misty May/Kerri Walsh
Kerri Walsh and Misty May: The world's top-ranked women's team, May and Walsh, extended their record-setting unbeaten streak by sweeping all five matches at the April 23-25, 2004 AVP Tempe Open. By winning the second stop of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series, the duo can now boast of victories in each of the 10 AVP tournaments they've competed in. The women's final pitted the top two seeds against each other, as May & Walsh and Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs met for the ninth time in an AVP championship match. WHEN
Friday April 22 -- Qualifier
Gates Open 7:45am
When: Saturday April 23 -- Main Draw Competition
Gates Open 7:45am
When: Sunday April 24 -- Men's and Women's Finals
Gates Open 8:00am

WHERE
Tempe Beach Park
54 West Rio Salado, Tempe Az.
South Side of Mill Street Bridge

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

2005 AVP NISSAN SERIES TEMPE OPEN
Schedule of Events

Tickets

Youth Clinic
 
Hotels
 
Play Beach VB

Volunteer
 
Directions & Parking

Register for 2005 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.

2005 AVP NISSAN SERIES TEMPE OPEN

Tickets For All Events

AVP NISSAN SERIES TEMPE OPEN
February 17, 2005

APRIL 22 - 24, 2005
TEMPE, AZ
SEATING SECTION DESCRIPTION
General Admission - Includes access to AVP Event as well as bleacher seating surrounding Stadium Court. All bleacher seating is first-come-first-served.
Courtside Seating - Includes access to AVP Event as well as Premium seating along the sideline / endline at Stadium Court (first five rows beginning at sand level). Seating is provided in chairs with backing and is the perfect way to get up-close and enjoy all of the action of the AVP.
Beach Club - Includes access to AVP event site as well as Premium seating located along the Player sideline at Stadium Court (sand level). Seating provided at round tables with chairs, as well as Courtside seats along the endline. AVP Beach Club ticket holders also receive lunch, snacks and beverages inside of the exclusive Beach Club Tent located along the sideline.

TICKET PRICING DETAILS
Date Event Times General Admission Courtside Seats Beach Club Group GA
Friday, April 22 (Qualifier) 9:00 am - 6:00 pm FREE n/a n/a n/a
Saturday, April 23 9:00 am - 6:30 pm $15 $25 $50 $10
Sunday, April 24 9:00 am - 5:00 pm $15 $25 $50 $10
Stadium opens 30 minutes prior to Event start time
Free General Admission for all children under 12
$5 General Admission with valid Student ID for Day of Event sales
Group General Admission prices valid for groups of 15 or more
No refunds or exchanges

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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 2005 AVP
April 1-3 Ft. Lauderdale Open  $175,000 South Beach Park   
April 22-24 Tempe Open  $175,000 Tempe Beach Park    
April 29- May 1 Austin Open   $175,000 Auditorium Shores Park
May 20-22   Santa Barbara Open, California  $175,000
June 10-12 San Diego Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Mariners Point
Jun 30-Jul 3 Cincinnati Open, Ohio  $250,000
July 8-10 Belmar Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Belmar Beach
July 21-24 Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $250,000 Hermosa Beach Pier
Aug 11-14 Bud Light Huntington Beach Open presented by Shark Energy Drink $250,000 Huntington Beach Pier
Aug 18-21 Manhattan Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $250,000 Manhattan Beach Pier
Aug 26-28  Boulder Open, Colorado $175,000
September 1-4 Chicago Open  $375,000 North Avenue Beach   
September 8-10 Aquafina AVP Shootout presented by Bud Light  $200,000 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino   
September 30-Oct2 AVP BEST OF THE BEACH PRESENTED BY PAUL MITCHELL $200,000 Fort DeRussey Beach 
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!

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Featured Players
Holly McPeak & Jen Kessey
Eric Fonoimoana & Adam Jewell
Kevin Wong & Dain Blanton
Karch Kiraly & Mike Lambert
Kerri Walsh & Misty May
Elaine Youngs & Rachel Wacholder
Jake Gibb &  Stein Metzger
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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Wilson the official volleyball of the AVP!

AVP Fan Parties

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(Format: Double Elimination)

*IAN CLARK NOT PLAYING THIS YEAR'S  2005 AVP TEMPE OPEN DUE TO PRIOR COMMITMENTS
*IAN CLARK'S RESULTS LAST YEAR'S 2004 AVP TEMPE OPEN

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 Entries: 

Men's AVP $87,500 Tempe Open
April 22-24, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Jake Gibb Stein Metzger 2 $20,000.00 360.0
2 Dax Holdren Jeff Nygaard 4 $14,000.00 324.0
3 Paul Baxter Aaron Boss 11 $8,450.00 270.0
3 Mark Williams Scott Wong 17, Q1 $8,450.00 270.0
5 Jason Ring Sean Scott 5 $5,000.00 216.0
5 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 8 $5,000.00 216.0
7 Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert 1 $3,500.00 180.0
7 Jose Loiola Fred Souza 12 $3,500.00 180.0
9 Dain Blanton Kevin Wong 3 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Eric Fonoimoana Adam Jewell 7 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Brent Doble John Hyden 10 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Scott Lane Chad Mowrey 19 $2,200.00 144.0
13 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 6 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Canyon Ceman Jason Lee 13 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Matt Olson Hans Stolfus 18 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Mike DiPierro Anthony Mihalic 23, Q10 $1,400.00 108.0
17 Phil Dalhausser Nick Lucena 9 $650.00 72.0
17 Jim Nichols Ed Ratledge 14 $650.00 72.0
17 Scott Davenport Eli Fairfield 15 $650.00 72.0
17 Scott Ayakatubby Eduardo Bacil 16 $650.00 72.0
17 Albert Hannemann Chad Turner 20, Q3 $650.00 72.0
17 Linyin Xu Qiang Xu 21 $650.00 72.0
17 Ty Loomis Anthony Medel 22, Q5 $650.00 72.0
17 Jeff Minc Aaron Wachtfogel 24 $650.00 72.0
25 Steve Grotowski Adam Roberts Q6 $.00 36.0
25 Gaston Macau Andre Melo Q9 $.00 36.0
25 Scott Hill Dan Mintz Q13 $.00 36.0
25 Brian Corso Adam Johnson Q15 $.00 36.0
29 Matt Heath Ryan Mariano Q2 $.00 18.0
29 John Moran David Smith Q4 $.00 18.0
29 Pepe Delahoz Brad Torsone Q7 $.00 18.0
29 David Fischer Jack Quinn Q8 $.00 18.0
29 Randy Cline Andrew Vazquez Q11 $.00 18.0
29 Steve Delaney Jon Thompson Q12 $.00 18.0
29 Chris Magill Mike Morrison Q14 $.00 18.0
29 Chris Harger Ran Kumgisky Q17 $.00 18.0
37 Morgan Mainz Leonardo Moraes Q16 $.00 12.0
37 Ivan Mercer Chad Wick Q18 $.00 12.0
37 Kevin Dake Sonny Knight Q19 $.00 12.0
37 Arri Jeschke Ben Koski Q20 $.00 12.0
37 Sam Haghighi Tony Pray Q21 $.00 12.0
37 Jon Barnes Leon Lucas Q22 $.00 12.0
37 Eric Adams Rocky Mayo Q23 $.00 12.0
37 Jeff Murrell Jeff Smith Q25 $.00 12.0
37 Scott Kiedaisch Derek Martinez Q26 $.00 12.0
37 Art Barron Mike Szymanski Q28 $.00 12.0
37 Dana Camacho Jeff Carlucci Q30 $.00 12.0
37 Jeff Myers Lucas Wisniakowski Q31 $.00 12.0
37 Eric Burness Jason Wight Q33 $.00 12.0
37 Michael Doucette Steve Hubbard Q36 $.00 12.0
37 Todd Bonnewell Justin Phipps Q38 $.00 12.0
37 Lucas Black Matt Heagy Q41 $.00 12.0
53 Casey Brewer Brian Duff Q24 $.00 8.0
53 Mike Desjardins Esteban Escobar Q27 $.00 8.0
53 Todd Bennett Seth Burnham Q29 $.00 8.0
53 Rico Becker Mike Bruning Q32 $.00 8.0
53 Vince Fierro Luis Sandoval Q34 $.00 8.0
53 Guy Hamilton Jon Mesko Q35 $.00 8.0
53 Timothy Cornelissen Michael DeRaffaele Q37 $.00 8.0
53 David Escarsega Tom Witt Q39 $.00 8.0
53 Jason Lefevre Travis Regner Q40 $.00 8.0
53 Jesse Webster Matt Wilkens Q42 $.00 8.0

Men's AVP $87,500 Tempe Open
April 22-24, 2005 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Jason Wight / Eric Burness (Q33) def. Rico Becker / Mike Bruning (Q32) 21-23, 22-20, 22-20 (1:13)
Match 6: Matt Heagy / Lucas Black (Q41) def. Casey Brewer / Brian Duff (Q24) 21-17, 22-20 (0:39)
Match 7: Jeff Murrell / Jeff Smith (Q25) def. Travis Regner / Jason Lefevre (Q40) by Forfeit
Match 10: Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q28) def. Timothy Cornelissen / Michael DeRaffaele (Q37) 21-18, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 15: Michael Doucette / Steve Hubbard (Q36) def. Todd Bennett / Seth Burnham (Q29) 21-18, 22-20 (0:48)
Match 18: Dana Camacho / Jeff Carlucci (Q30) def. Guy Hamilton / Jon Mesko (Q35) 21-16, 21-14 (0:39)
Match 23: Justin Phipps / Todd Bonnewell (Q38) def. Mike Desjardins / Esteban Escobar (Q27) 22-20, 21-19 (0:49)
Match 26: Scott Kiedaisch / Derek Martinez (Q26) def. Tom Witt / David Escarsega (Q39) 19-21, 21-17, 15-11 (1:13)
Match 27: Eric Adams / Rocky Mayo (Q23) def. Jesse Webster / Matt Wilkens (Q42) 21-13, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 31: Jeff Myers / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q31) def. Vince Fierro / Luis Sandoval (Q34) 26-24, 21-15 (0:54)
Round 2
Match 33: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (Q1) def. Jason Wight / Eric Burness (Q33) 21-15, 21-11 (0:35)
Match 34: Chris Harger / Ran Kumgisky (Q17) def. Morgan Mainz / Leonardo Moraes (Q16) 18-21, 21-17, 18-16 (1:11)
Match 35: Gaston Macau / Andre Melo (Q9) def. Matt Heagy / Lucas Black (Q41) 21-19, 21-17 (0:45)
Match 36: David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q8) def. Jeff Murrell / Jeff Smith (Q25) 21-16, 19-21, 16-14 (1:12)
Match 37: Ty Loomis / Anthony Medel (Q5) def. Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q28) 21-18, 21-11 (0:42)
Match 38: Steve Delaney / Jon Thompson (Q12) def. Sam Haghighi / Tony Pray (Q21) 25-27, 21-19, 15-10 (1:19)
Match 39: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q13) def. Arri Jeschke / Ben Koski (Q20) 22-20, 13-21, 15-11 (1:02)
Match 40: John Moran / David Smith (Q4) def. Michael Doucette / Steve Hubbard (Q36) 21-15, 21-8 (0:34)
Match 41: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (Q3) def. Dana Camacho / Jeff Carlucci (Q30) 21-17, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 42: Chris Magill / Mike Morrison (Q14) def. Kevin Dake / Sonny Knight (Q19) 21-16, 21-14 (0:44)
Match 43: Randy Cline / Andrew Vazquez (Q11) def. Jon Barnes / Leon Lucas (Q22) 21-13, 23-21 (0:47)
Match 44: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q6) def. Justin Phipps / Todd Bonnewell (Q38) 21-15, 21-14 (0:37)
Match 45: Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (Q7) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Derek Martinez (Q26) 21-14, 21-23, 15-10 (1:12)
Match 46: Mike DiPierro / Anthony Mihalic (Q10) def. Eric Adams / Rocky Mayo (Q23) 21-18, 21-13 (0:42)
Match 47: Brian Corso / Adam Johnson (Q15) def. Ivan Mercer / Chad Wick (Q18) 21-16, 21-13
Match 48: Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (Q2) def. Jeff Myers / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q31) 21-6, 21-12 (0:32)
Round 3
Match 49: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (Q1) def. Chris Harger / Ran Kumgisky (Q17) 21-16, 20-22, 15-13 (1:00)
Match 50: Gaston Macau / Andre Melo (Q9) def. David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q8) 21-11, 21-13 (0:41)
Match 51: Ty Loomis / Anthony Medel (Q5) def. Steve Delaney / Jon Thompson (Q12) 21-17, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 52: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q13) def. John Moran / David Smith (Q4) 21-18, 21-19 (0:53)
Match 53: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (Q3) def. Chris Magill / Mike Morrison (Q14) 21-18, 30-28 (1:04)
Match 54: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q6) def. Randy Cline / Andrew Vazquez (Q11) 21-16, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 55: Mike DiPierro / Anthony Mihalic (Q10) def. Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (Q7) 17-21, 21-16, 15-10 (1:08)
Match 56: Brian Corso / Adam Johnson (Q15) def. Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (Q2) 19-21, 21-12, 16-14 (1:07)
Round 4
Match 57: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (Q1) def. Gaston Macau / Andre Melo (Q9) 21-13, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 58: Ty Loomis / Anthony Medel (Q5) def. Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q13) 21-15, 21-12 (0:42)
Match 59: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (Q3) def. Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q6) 19-21, 21-18, 17-15 (0:58)
Match 60: Mike DiPierro / Anthony Mihalic (Q10) def. Brian Corso / Adam Johnson (Q15) 21-14, 23-25, 15-10 (1:03)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (17, Q1) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Eduardo Bacil (16) 18-21, 21-17, 15-10 (1:13)
Match 2: Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (9) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Jeff Minc (24) 21-17, 21-13 (0:41)
Match 3: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (12) def. Linyin Xu / Qiang Xu (21) 21-11, 21-18 (0:38)
Match 4: Canyon Ceman / Jason Lee (13) def. Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (20, Q3) 21-16, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 5: Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (19) def. Jim Nichols / Ed Ratledge (14) 21-18, 21-14 (0:50)
Match 6: Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (11) def. Anthony Medel / Ty Loomis (22, Q5) 23-21, 21-17 (0:54)
Match 7: Brent Doble / John Hyden (10) def. Mike DiPierro / Anthony Mihalic (23, Q10) 21-17, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 8: Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (18) def. Scott Davenport / Eli Fairfield (15) 21-14, 21-11 (0:38)
Round 2
Match 9: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (17, Q1) 21-6, 21-10 (0:30)
Match 10: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (8) def. Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (9) 21-17, 19-21, 15-12 (1:03)
Match 11: Jason Ring / Sean Scott (5) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (12) 21-17, 15-21, 15-13 (1:11)
Match 12: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (4) def. Canyon Ceman / Jason Lee (13) 21-16, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 13: Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (19) def. Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (3) 21-17, 28-26 (0:46)
Match 14: Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (11) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (6) 21-17, 21-15 (0:43)
Match 15: Eric Fonoimoana / Adam Jewell (7) def. Brent Doble / John Hyden (10) 19-21, 21-19, 17-15 (1:04)
Match 16: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (2) def. Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (18) 19-21, 21-16, 15-8 (0:57)
Round 3
Match 17: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (8) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) 21-18, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 18: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (4) def. Jason Ring / Sean Scott (5) 28-30, 23-21, 18-16 (1:14)
Match 19: Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (11) def. Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (19) 21-16, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 20: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (2) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Adam Jewell (7) 21-15, 21-16 (0:46)
Round 4
Match 21: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (4) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (8) 21-16, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 22: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (2) def. Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (11) 21-12, 21-16 (0:47)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 23: Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (18) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Eduardo Bacil (16) 21-15, 23-21 (0:50)
Match 24: Brent Doble / John Hyden (10) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Jeff Minc (24) 21-16, 21-11 (0:35)
Match 25: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (6) def. Linyin Xu / Qiang Xu (21) 21-17, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 26: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (3) def. Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (20, Q3) 21-14, 21-15 (0:39)
Match 27: Canyon Ceman / Jason Lee (13) def. Jim Nichols / Ed Ratledge (14) 21-15, 25-23 (0:56)
Match 28: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (12) def. Anthony Medel / Ty Loomis (22, Q5) 21-15, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 29: Mike DiPierro / Anthony Mihalic (23, Q10) def. Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (9) 21-17, 21-19 (0:38)
Match 30: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (17, Q1) def. Scott Davenport / Eli Fairfield (15) 21-9, 21-14 (0:35)
Round 2
Match 31: Brent Doble / John Hyden (10) def. Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (18) 21-14, 10-21, 15-13 (1:05)
Match 32: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (3) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (6) 11-21, 21-19, 15-11 (0:57)
Match 33: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (12) def. Canyon Ceman / Jason Lee (13) 21-12, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 34: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (17, Q1) def. Mike DiPierro / Anthony Mihalic (23, Q10) 21-17, 21-12 (0:33)
Round 3
Match 35: Jason Ring / Sean Scott (5) def. Brent Doble / John Hyden (10) 13-21, 21-18, 15-12 (0:57)
Match 36: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) def. Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (3) 21-16, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 37: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (12) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Adam Jewell (7) 21-16, 22-20 (0:42)
Match 38: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (17, Q1) def. Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (19) 21-19, 21-17 (0:41)
Round 4
Match 39: Jason Ring / Sean Scott (5) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (1) 21-17, 13-21, 15-13 (1:00)
Match 40: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (17, Q1) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (12) 21-19, 21-19 (0:43)
Round 5
Match 41: Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (11) def. Jason Ring / Sean Scott (5) 19-21, 21-19, 27-25 (1:32)
Match 42: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (17, Q1) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (8) 21-17, 21-15 (0:50)

Semifinals
Match 43: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (4) def. Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (11) 21-18, 21-18 (0:48)
Match 44: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (2) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (17, Q1) 21-19, 21-18 (0:48) 

Finals
Match 45: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (2) def. Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (4) 21-19, 21-16 (1:00)

2005 Men's Tempe,Arizona Tournament Champions >> Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb

  .                                              
                              Stein Metzger                                           Jake Gibb


Women's Results:
Women's AVP $87,500 Tempe Open
April 22-24, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Misty May Kerri Walsh 1 $20,000.00 360.0
2 Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 3 $14,000.00 324.0
3 Jennifer Kessy Holly McPeak 2 $8,450.00 270.0
3 Linjun Ji Whenhui You 7 $8,450.00 270.0
5 Carrie Busch Nancy Mason 4 $5,000.00 216.0
5 Denise Johns Pat Keller 13 $5,000.00 216.0 
7 Angie Akers Jenny Pavley 5 $3,500.00 180.0
7 Dianne DeNecochea Liz Masakayan 8 $3,500.00 180.0
9 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 9 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Tanya Fuamatu Heidi Ilustre 10 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles 11 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Suzana Manole Diane Pascua 22, Q3 $2,200.00 144.0
13 Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 6 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Jenelle Koester Ali Wood 16 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Daven Casad-Allison Kimberly Coleman 17 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Barbara Nyland Alicia Polzin 20 $1,400.00 108.0
17 Gayle Stammer Wendy Stammer 12 $650.00 72.0
17 Jaimie Lee Heather Lowe 14 $650.00 72.0
17 Nikki Audette Jill Changaris 15 $650.00 72.0
17 Saralyn Smith Ann Windes 18 $650.00 72.0
17 Nicole Branagh Kerri Eich 19 $650.00 72.0
17 Ashley Ivy Ella Vakhidova 21, Q9 $650.00 72.0
17 Mary Baily Julie Romias 23, Q5 $650.00 72.0
17 Jennifer Holdren Patti Scofield 24, Q26 $650.00 72.0
25 Jeannette Hecker Valinda Hilleary Q1 $.00 36.0
25 Angela Lewis Beth Van Fleet Q2 $.00 36.0
25 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger Q4 $.00 36.0
25 Marla O'Hara Monique Oliver Q11 $.00 36.0
29 Holly Reisor Karen Reitz Q6 $.00 18.0
29 Leanne Haarbauer Alicia Zamparelli Q8 $.00 18.0
29 Arcadia Berjonneau Tiffany Rodriguez Q15 $.00 18.0
29 Jean Mathews Nicole Midwin Q16 $.00 18.0
29 Nicki Fusco Gina Kirstein Q19 $.00 18.0
29 Jennifer Maastricht Terry Zartman Q20 $.00 18.0
29 Heather Alley Michelle Hart Q21 $.00 18.0
29 Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst Q23 $.00 18.0
37 Lisa Marshall Anne McArthur Q7 $.00 12.0
37 Kelly Rowe Catie Vagneur Q10 $.00 12.0
37 Ramona Caouette Kirstin Olsen Q12 $.00 12.0
37 Natacha Nelson Sarah White Q13 $.00 12.0
37 Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser Q14 $.00 12.0
37 Carol Killeen Johanna Lehman Q17 $.00 12.0
37 Jennifer Lombardi Kathleen Madden Q18 $.00 12.0
37 Stephanie Roberts Cherry Simkins Q22 $.00 12.0
37 Meri-de Boyer Cheri Fitzner Q24 $.00 12.0
37 Michelle Kyman Krystal McFarland Q25 $.00 12.0
37 Kristal Blair Kaili Kimura Q27 $.00 12.0
37 Tara Burton Sheri Leverrette Q28 $.00 12.0
37 Rachel Errthum Laura Ratto Q29 $.00 12.0
37 Cinta Claro Josie Youngblood Q31 $.00 12.0
37 Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q32 $.00 12.0
37 Erica Menzel Angie Simpson Q35 $.00 12.0
53 Lisa Gathright Jenny Griffith Q30 $.00 8.0
53 Christina Hinds Katie Wilkins Q33 $.00 8.0
53 Jessie Cooper Kristi Winters Q34 $.00 8.0
53 Jackie Hatten Andrea Sanchez Q36 $.00 8.0
53 Shannon Christianson Jo Convis Q37 $.00 8.0
53 Bea Graves Misty LaSalvia Q38 $.00 8.0
53 Silvia Bottazzi Manuela Broccolini Q39 $.00 8.0
53 Renee Nygaard Erin Pryor Q40 $.00 8.0

Women's AVP $87,500 Tempe Open
April 22-24, 2005 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q32) def. Katie Wilkins / Christina Hinds (Q33) 21-16, 24-26, 15-12 (1:00)
Match 7: Michelle Kyman / Krystal McFarland (Q25) def. Renee Nygaard / Erin Pryor (Q40) 21-15, 21-11 (0:39)
Match 10: Tara Burton / Sheri Leverrette (Q28) def. Jo Convis / Shannon Christianson (Q37) 21-13, 21-11 (0:38)
Match 15: Rachel Errthum / Laura Ratto (Q29) def. Jackie Hatten / Andrea Sanchez (Q36) 21-12, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 18: Angie Simpson / Erica Menzel (Q35) def. Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q30) 19-21, 22-20, 15-12 (1:08)
Match 23: Kristal Blair / Kaili Kimura (Q27) def. Bea Graves / Misty LaSalvia (Q38) 21-14, 21-16 (0:35)
Match 26: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (Q26) def. Silvia Bottazzi / Manuela Broccolini (Q39) 21-16, 21-14 (0:47)
Match 31: Cinta Claro / Josie Youngblood (Q31) def. Kristi Winters / Jessie Cooper (Q34) 21-11, 21-19 (0:27)
Round 2
Match 33: Jeannette Hecker / Valinda Hilleary (Q1) def. Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q32) 21-9, 21-16 (0:32)
Match 34: Jean Mathews / Nicole Midwin (Q16) def. Carol Killeen / Johanna Lehman (Q17) 21-14, 21-15 (0:41)
Match 35: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q9) def. Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q24) 21-18, 21-9 (0:40)
Match 36: Leanne Haarbauer/Alicia Zamparelli(Q8)def.Michelle Kyman/Krystal McFarland(Q25)15-21, 21-14,16-14 (0:57)
Match 37: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q5) def. Tara Burton / Sheri Leverrette (Q28) 21-12, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 38: Heather Alley / Michelle Hart (Q21) def. Ramona Caouette / Kirstin Olsen (Q12) 21-12, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 39: Jennifer Maastricht / Terry Zartman (Q20) def. Natacha Nelson / Sarah White (Q13) 21-16, 21-16 (0:49)
Match 40: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q4) def. Rachel Errthum / Laura Ratto (Q29) 21-13, 21-17 (0:34)
Match 41: Suzana Manole / Diane Pascua (Q3) def. Angie Simpson / Erica Menzel (Q35) 21-19, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 42: Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q19) def. Joy Akins / Dawn Steinhauser (Q14) 23-21, 21-18 (0:53)
Match 43: Marla O'Hara / Monique Oliver (Q11) def. Stephanie Roberts / Cherry Simkins (Q22) 21-14, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 44: Holly Reisor / Karen Reitz (Q6) def. Kristal Blair / Kaili Kimura (Q27) 21-15, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 45: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (Q26) def. Lisa Marshall / Anne McArthur (Q7) 21-17, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 46: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q23) def. Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagneur (Q10) 19-21, 21-17, 15-10 (0:54)
Match 47: Arcadia Berjonneau/Tiffany Rodriguez (Q15)def Jennifer Lombardi / Kathleen Madden (Q18) 21-7, 21-12 (0:35)
Match 48: Angela Lewis / Beth Van Fleet (Q2) def. Cinta Claro / Josie Youngblood (Q31) 21-19, 21-15 (0:43)
Round 3
Match 49: Jeannette Hecker / Valinda Hilleary (Q1) def. Jean Mathews / Nicole Midwin (Q16) 21-10, 23-21 (0:41)
Match 50: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q9) def. Leanne Haarbauer / Alicia Zamparelli (Q8) 21-18, 21-15 (0:41)
Match 51: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q5) def. Heather Alley / Michelle Hart (Q21) 21-15, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 52: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q4) def. Jennifer Maastricht / Terry Zartman (Q20) 21-14, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 53: Suzana Manole / Diane Pascua (Q3) def. Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q19) 21-17, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 54: Marla O'Hara / Monique Oliver (Q11) def. Holly Reisor / Karen Reitz (Q6) 21-13, 23-21 (0:42)
Match 55: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (Q26) def. Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q23) 21-17, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 56: Angela Lewis / Beth Van Fleet (Q2) def. Arcadia Berjonneau / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q15) 21-19, 21-19 (0:45)
Round 4
Match 57: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q9) def. Jeannette Hecker / Valinda Hilleary (Q1) 21-12, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 58: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q5) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q4) 21-17, 16-21, 15-9 (0:59)
Match 59: Suzana Manole / Diane Pascua (Q3) def. Marla O'Hara / Monique Oliver (Q11) 24-22, 24-22 (0:56)
Match 60: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (Q26) def. Angela Lewis / Beth Van Fleet (Q2) 21-19, 35-33 (1:02)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Daven Casad-Allison / Kimberly Coleman (17) def. Ali Wood / Jenelle Koester (16) 21-15, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 2: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (9) def. Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (24, Q26) 21-13, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 3: Gayle Stammer / Wendy Stammer (12) def. Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (21, Q9) 21-19, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 4: Barbara Nyland / Alicia Polzin (20) def. Denise Johns / Pat Keller (13) 24-26, 21-19, 15-9 (1:00)
Match 5: Nicole Branagh / Kerri Eich (19) def. Heather Lowe / Jaimie Lee (14) 15-21, 21-10, 15-10 (0:43)
Match 6: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (11) def. Suzana Manole / Diane Pascua (22, Q3) 21-12, 21-12 (0:30)
Match 7: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (10) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (23, Q5) 21-15, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 8: Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (18) def. Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (15) 21-16, 24-22 (0:42)
Round 2
Match 9: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Kimberly Coleman (17) 21-7, 21-8 (0:27)
Match 10: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (9) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Liz Masakayan (8) 15-21, 21-15, 15-6 (0:49)
Match 11: Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (5) def. Gayle Stammer / Wendy Stammer (12) 21-16, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 12: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (4) def. Barbara Nyland / Alicia Polzin (20) 21-19, 21-14 (0:35)
Match 13: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (3) def. Nicole Branagh / Kerri Eich (19) 21-10, 21-17 (0:33)
Match 14: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (11) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) 22-20, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 15: Linjun Ji / Whenhui You (7) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (10) 16-21, 21-19, 15-12 (0:53)
Match 16: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (2) def. Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (18) 21-17, 21-10 (0:29)
Round 3
Match 17: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (9) 21-10, 21-12 (0:30)
Match 18: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (4) def. Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (5) 21-11, 21-12 (0:33)
Match 19: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (3) def. Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (11) 21-14, 21-11
Match 20: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (2) def. Linjun Ji / Whenhui You (7) 20-22, 21-15, 15-13 (1:00)
Round 4
Match 21: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (4) 21-16, 21-9 (0:30)
Match 22: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (3) def. Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (2) 21-17, 21-18 (0:43)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 23: Ali Wood / Jenelle Koester (16) def. Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (18) 21-19, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 24: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (10) def. Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (24, Q26) 21-16, 21-16 (0:42)
Match 25: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) def. Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (21, Q9) 21-17, 21-13 (0:33)
Match 26: Denise Johns / Pat Keller (13) def. Nicole Branagh / Kerri Eich (19) 21-11, 25-23 (0:41)
Match 27: Barbara Nyland / Alicia Polzin (20) def. Heather Lowe / Jaimie Lee (14) 21-14, 21-13 (0:34)
Match 28: Suzana Manole / Diane Pascua (22, Q3) def. Gayle Stammer / Wendy Stammer (12) 21-18, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 29: Dianne DeNecochea / Liz Masakayan (8) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (23, Q5) 21-16, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 30: Daven Casad-Allison / Kimberly Coleman (17) def. Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (15) 21-14, 21-18 (0:34)
Round 2
Match 31: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (10) def. Ali Wood / Jenelle Koester (16) 21-16, 21-9 (0:30)
Match 32: Denise Johns / Pat Keller (13) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) 22-20, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 33: Suzana Manole / Diane Pascua (22, Q3) def. Barbara Nyland / Alicia Polzin (20) 21-17, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 34: Dianne DeNecochea / Liz Masakayan (8) def. Daven Casad-Allison / Kimberly Coleman (17) 21-17, 21-18 (0:48)
Round 3
Match 35: Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (5) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (10) 21-19, 21-16 (0:32)
Match 36: Denise Johns / Pat Keller (13) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (9) 21-19, 19-21, 15-13 (0:55)
Match 37: Linjun Ji / Whenhui You (7) def. Suzana Manole / Diane Pascua (22, Q3) 21-18, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 38: Dianne DeNecochea / Liz Masakayan (8) def. Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (11) 21-14, 21-18 (0:45)
Round 4
Match 39: Denise Johns / Pat Keller (13) def. Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (5) 21-18, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 40: Linjun Ji / Whenhui You (7) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Liz Masakayan (8) 21-18, 21-18 (0:44)
Round 5
Match 41: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (2) def. Denise Johns / Pat Keller (13) 19-21, 21-13, 15-8 (0:49)
Match 42: Linjun Ji / Whenhui You (7) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (4) 15-21, 21-16, 15-13 (0:50)

Semifinals
Match 43: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (2) 21-17, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 44: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (3) def. Linjun Ji / Whenhui You (7) 21-13, 21-17 (0:37)
 
Finals
Match 45: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (3) 20-22, 21-18, 15-12 (1:13)
 
2005 Women's Tempe,Arizona Tournament Champions >>Misty May/Kerri Walsh

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           Misty May                                                                              Kerri Walsh


Articles 2005:

Tempe Here We Come!
April 18, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
It will be hot in more ways than one in Tempe, Arizona this weekend. The AVP Nissan Series 3rd Annual Tempe Open is this Saturday and Sunday April 23rd and 24th. History may be in the making this weekend so get your tickets now at AVP.com.
Can't make it to the event? Well, you are covered my friend. Tune in for full coverage of the Men's and Women's finals on Fox Sports Net and as a 2005 bonus, you can now see TV coverage of the Men's and Women's semifinals on OLN. To search TV listings in your area click here.
All of the AVP's biggest stars, including Kerri Walsh and Misty May, will be competing this weekend for $175,000 in cash prizes.
Entering Tempe, the major story is Karch Kiraly's shoulder. Karch will play in Tempe but his future status is unknown. The AVP Men's side is a buzz with speculation that partner Mike Lambert, the reigning AVP MVP, may need a new partner. Log on and stay tuned for the latest coverage.
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2005 AVP Tempe Open
Pro Beach Volleyball Hits the Desert
The second stop on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Nissan Series is Tempe, Arizona April 22 through April 24.
(PRWEB) April 19, 2005 -- The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour hits the hot desert sand April 22 through April 24 in Tempe, Arizona.
Tickets are selling fast so make sure to get yours now at http://avp.com. Can’t make it to the beach, well no worries, the AVP is always on TV. Every AVP event this year will be broadcast. Fox Sports and OLN will bring complete coverage of the Semifinals and Finals action from Tempe. Log on to AVP.com to check your local TV schedule.
The Tempe Open will be a fiercely pitched competitive battle when a 150 of the USA’s best Pro Beach Volleyball Players compete for $175,000 in cash prizes.
The Tempe Open is up for grabs. Misty May and Kerri Walsh will face stiff challenges in the desert. New duo Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder stretched the Olympic Champions in Ft. Lauderdale and haves plans to defeat May and Walsh this weekend. Don't discount Holly McPeak & Jen Kessy, Nancy Mason & Carrie Busch, and Makare Wilson & Tara Harper. Everyone is in the hunt and has their eye on the win!
The rumor mill is in full swing on the AVP Men's side as Karch Kiraly re-injured his shoulder in Ft. Lauderdale. The spectrum of possibilities and chain reactions has everyone the edge of their beach chairs. Could it be true that 2004 AVP MVP and Karch's partner Mike Lambert may soon need a new partner? While Karch is set to play in Tempe, the Volleyball world is watching his every move with anticipation.
Don’t miss a second of the action as AVP Pro Beach Volleyball descends on Tempe, Arizona. Log on to http://avp.com for tickets, TV schedule, AVP Gear, Fantasy Volleyball Game, and the latest AVP Pro Beach Volleyball news and information.

Carving a career from home
Van Zwieten's success a product of his `court' yard
By Sharon Robb
STAFF WRITER
Sun Sentinel
Posted April 19 2005
When your father builds a regulation-size beach volleyball court in the yard, it's a safe bet you're eventually going to take up the game.
Mark Van Zwieten was 3, the second youngest of seven children, when Jim Sr. figured out how much sand (140 tons) and how much time (three months) it would take to build a top-of-the-line court. It stretches from the canal behind the family's Pompano Beach home to the street.
The court has become a source of pride for the Van Zwieten family and starting base for some of the top high school indoor and beach volleyball players, including Mark, a senior at Cardinal Gibbons who is playing a key role in his team's success this year.
The county's top-ranked Redskins are unbeaten (21-0) with four games left in the regular season.
"[My father] is really proud of that court," said Van Zwieten, one of the best players in the state. "I don't think he knew how well it would turn out for everybody."
What would make his final season more perfect is his first trip to the state meet next month at Florida International University. The Redskins are on track after winning two major tournaments -- the Bishop Moore Invitational and this past weekend's Jungle Queen Tournament.
"My dad has played a big part in my volleyball life," Van Zwieten said. "I remember when I was little, we would try setting records how long we could hit the ball back and forth. At first it was 3, then 6 and after a while my mom would give me a prize when I got 50. By the time I was 10, I hit 1,000 a few times, and she stopped with the prizes.
"Having my own court helped me get better through the years. I don't have to go anywhere because everyone comes here to play. Growing up in a family of volleyball players I knew I was going to get a lot of help."
The entire family has been home-schooled by their mom, Karen. Because of a change in state regulations, home-schooled youths are allowed to join high school teams.
Van Zwieten, 17, is following in the footsteps of his older brother Steve, who was the Redskins' team captain in 2002. His oldest brother, Jim Jr., plays volleyball as does his younger brother, Drew.
Van Zwieten has won seven national junior beach championships and has represented the United States in Portugal, Greece, Italy and Thailand in the World Junior Championships. He was featured in the ABC Family series Switched! when he traded roles with a cheerleader in California. He also is taking college courses at Broward Community College's North campus. He recently played the AVP qualifier in Fort Lauderdale.
After losing to Northeast in the district final and missing the state tournament, Van Zwieten, 6 feet 1 and 175 pounds, worked on his speed, strength and leaping ability throughout the offseason. He joined the Cris Carter FAST program in Boca Raton.
"I think I am playing my best volleyball now," Van Zwieten said. "This just might be the year we put it all together."

DiPierro brothers go separate ways
By Sharon Robb
STAFF WRITER
Sun-Sentinel
Posted April 21 2005
After an impressive start at the AVP Nissan Series opener in Fort Lauderdale three weeks ago, brothers Mike and David DiPierro are playing beach volleyball tournaments this weekend on opposite sides of the country.
Mike DiPierro of Pompano Beach will team with A.J. Meholic of Hermosa Beach, Calif., for the AVP's second tour stop, which begins Friday in Tempe, Ariz.
David, an Oakland Park firefighter will team with Jim Van Zwieten of Pompano Beach for this weekend's Florida Beach Volleyball Series on Fort Lauderdale beach.
"I am going to play a couple of tournaments with Mike, depending on my work schedule, but right now I am finishing up paramedic school," David DiPierro said.
The Cardinal Gibbons graduates earned a wild-card entry into the AVP opener. Playing their 12th event together since 2000, the 29th-seeded brothers knocked off No. 4 seeds Eric Fonoi-moana and Adam Jewell 14-21, 21-15, 16-14 in 62 minutes.
David DiPierro said of playing with his brother: "We do make a great team, and beating Fonoi and Adam was great. We lost a couple close ones."
The two-time Bud Light national men's champions plan to play a few AVP and Toyota Series events when David can get the time off from his job.
Also playing in Tempe are Gaston Macau of Miami Beach and Andre Melo of Deerfield Beach and Steve Grotowski of Fort Lauderdale and Adam Roberts of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Former AVP player Eric Wurts, boys' coach at Northeast, and his top player, Keawe Adolpho, are teaming for the Fort Lauderdale tournament.
 
Taking beach volleyball to its highest level
May, Walsh build on Olympic stardom
Jose E. Garcia
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 21, 2005 12:00 AM
Sand never felt that great for the two women.
Professional beach volleyball players Misty May and Kerri Walsh provided the signature celebration of the 2004 Olympics as they embraced and fell to the sand after winning the gold-medal match in Athens. A global stage and primetime viewing audience propelled the two to pop icon status.
"It was one of those spontaneous celebrations that captured the magic of the moment," said Leonard Armato, the commissioner of the Association of Volleyball Professionals. advertisement 
Since that special day, May's and Walsh's schedules have been booked.
It's a price of stardom they welcome, they said. They'll fulfill another commitment this weekend when the AVP Nissan Series makes its annual tour stop in the Valley with the Tempe AVP Open.
Along with striking gold, May got married and Walsh got engaged in 2004. Other than their busy schedules, not much else has changed with the world's top-ranked women's team. But expect more changes to come on the court from the duo, who want to repeat their 2004 gold-medal performance in 2008 in Beijing.
May and Walsh said they strongly believe they haven't peaked. That's difficult to believe after they finished with a 70-5 record last year.
Four of those losses were forfeits.
"Absolutely," said Walsh about wanting to improve. "We can improve in every skill. I have yet to see a perfect game from us. That's apparent because there are so many tough teams. Misty and I have barely scratched the surface."
Walsh is still considered young in beach volleyball years with four seasons under her belt, but that hasn't kept her from towering over the competition.
Walsh, 26, has been voted the AVP's MVP the past two seasons. She was an All-American during her four seasons at Stanford.
"(Walsh) is one of the most feared offensive players because of her range," said the duo's coach, Dane Selznick. "She has the range of a male player. She actually goes over the guys when we practice."
One of those guys she tries to hit over is Casey Jennings, one of the top players on the AVP Tour.
Jennings and Walsh are getting married in December. One of Walsh's goals this weekend is to have Jennings and her win the Tempe AVP Open, since the two haven't won a tournament during the same weekend, she said.
May also wants to reach the finals for her man, Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor. The only way Treanor can see his wife play is if she reaches Sunday's final, which is televised.
May, 27, is the veteran of this championship team. She's got the white hairs to prove it.
May learned her most valuable lesson last year when she decided for the first time not to play through an injury. A strained stomach muscle kept her out of some tournaments before last year's Olympics.
"I've always been stubborn about injuries," May said. "I didn't want to push it for the first time last year. You work so hard with another person that you want to play badly, but I had to say no."
May appeared poised to have another great season during the AVP's first stop this season at Fort Lauderdale this month.
May and Walsh won their 32nd tournament two weeks ago. That tournament almost saw May and Walsh become the overall face of beach volleyball when the iconic Karch Kiraly reinjured his right shoulder.
It was reported that the 44-year-old possibly suffered a career-ending injury, but Kiraly will play this weekend.
Unlike the men, there isn't any parity on the women's side, which May and Walsh dominate.
Whether that is good for the sport or not isn't something over which May and Walsh are going to lose any sleep.
"Misty and I plan on winning in Tempe," Walsh said. "The game is evolving, and every match is more challenging. But we want to stay on top, and leave no doubt that we are No. 1."

Pro spikers hit the sand for volleyball in Tempe 
By Amber Balmer, Tribune
April 21, 2005
Spend a day in the sun watching world-class athletes jump, sweat and get covered in sand when the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour stops at Tempe Beach Park this weekend.
Among those competing will be Olympic gold medalists Misty May, Kerri Walsh, Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana. Tempe will truck in more than 20 tons of sand to create eight beach volleyball courts where a grassy park once stood. This is the third year the city has played host to an AVP tournament.
“We chose Tempe because it is a wonderful town with many connections to sports,” says AVP commissioner Leonard Armato. “It adds to the great lifestyle component of AVP, and the Tempe stop has the potential of becoming one of the best events on the entire tour.”
The stakes have been raised this year, with AVP doubling the total prize money to $3 million. “We wanted to increase the prize money to help our competitors look at (volleyball) as a profession,” Armato says. “The added incentive gives us more respect as a real sport and to help us grow in popularity.”
AVP Beach Volleyball Tournament
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Tempe Beach Park, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway
How much: $15
Info: www.avp.com

Tempe hosts professional beach volleyball
Olympians, tons of sand headed to town lake
by Emilia Arnold  published on Friday, April 22, 2005
David Lukens / THE STATE PRESS 
Kerri Walsh tips the ball over the net during last year's AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour in Tempe. The tour will be played this weekend at the Tempe Beach Park starting today.
More than 150 professional athletes will bump, set and spike on the shores of Tempe Town Lake this weekend for the third annual Association of Volleyball Professionals Tempe Open beach volleyball tournament.
"We're turning Tempe Beach Park into a beach," said Leonard Armato, commissioner of the AVP. Tempe and AVP will dump 20 tons of sand onto existing volleyball courts at the park for the tournament.
Armato said over the course of a weekend the tournament, one of 14 stops on the AVP tour, could draw 50,000 to 75,000 spectators.
The event will attract more than 150 professional athletes, including Olympic medalists Misty May, Kerri Walsh, Dain Blanton, Eric Fonoimoana and Karch Kiraly, Armato said.
The games will be held throughout Tempe Beach Park, closing much of the park to the public during the weekend, said Mark Richwine, Tempe parks and recreation administrator.
Beth Henningsen, a kinesiology sophomore, said she plans to attend the tournament this weekend.
"I'm excited to see what it's all about," she said.
Henningsen said she did not know much about beach volleyball, but she played court volleyball in high school.
"I miss it a lot, so this should be fun," she added.
The tournament runs from 10 a.m. today to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Today's qualifying rounds are free to the public. Saturday and Sunday admission for students is $5 and general admission is $15 per day.
The student admission price is only available at the gate the day of the tournament. General admission tickets can be purchased in advance at www.avp.com or at the tournament ticket booth at Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway beginning today.

Parity reigns on AVP men’s tour 
By Jim Richards, For the Tribune
It was only a few years ago that men’s teams on the AVP Tour would come away with as many as four or five victories per season.
It’s a whole new game now, and Stein Metzger thinks he knows why.
"Ever since 2001 when they took a meter off the court, it made for less of a serving game and more of a blocking game," Metzger said. "The game has kind of moved to that of taller, more athletic players who don’t have to develop their skills quite as much as the smaller players."
Metzger and teammate Blake Gibb will be trying to make it two tour victories in a row this weekend at the AVP Nissan Series Tempe Open at Tempe Beach Park. It took eight tour events in 2004 before anyone managed to win their second tournament. Only star Karch Kiraly (billed as the Michael Jordan of the sport) and teammate Mike Lambert managed to win more than once last season, with three victories.
Parity appears to be at the same high level this season. In the season-opening tour stop in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., three weeks ago, three of the four finalists on the men’s side were new teams. Adding to the scramble, Kiraly reinjured his shoulder, and he and Lambert matched a career-low with a ninth-place finish.
As many as 10 teams could have a shot at the top prize this weekend.
It’s a different story on the women’s side, as Olympic gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh are the headliners and will try to make it two victories in a row. Also in contention will be Olympic bronze medalists Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, who are now playing with different teammates.
AVP Tempe Open What: Pro beach volleyball tour When: Today — 8 a.m.-6 p.m. qualifier; Saturday — 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. main draw; Sunday — 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. main draw
Where: Tempe Beach Park Finals: Women — 2 p.m. Sunday; Men — 3:15 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $15 for daily general admission; $5 with valid student ID; available on site or at www.avp.com

Nissan Series and Care 7 Crisis Response Partner at this weekends Tempe Open
Easy Valley Living
April 22 , 2005 by Editor
The AVP Nissan Series Tempe Open comes to the sands of Tempe Beach Park this weekend where the top 150 athletes will compete including Olympic gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh, Olympic bronze medalists Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs and three-time Olympic gold medal winner Karch Kiraly.
Off the court, AVP Cares, the youth-directed charitable foundation for the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour has selected Care 7 Crisis Response as its charitable partner for the tournament weekend.
The partnership between the two organizations provides beach volleyball fans as well as Tempe residents a number of opportunities to contribute and get involved throughout the weekend. On Friday, the AVP Nissan Series will host a private catered VIP Player Reception party on Center Court where guests will be encouraged to make a charitable donation to Care 7. There will also be a silent auction held in which proceeds will benefit the charity.
An additional silent auction will take place at the tournament site on Saturday where proceeds will benefit Care 7. Throughout the weekend, AVP Cares will promote donations from all of our on-site sponsors. Volunteers will be available with collection boxes by the ticket booth.
The efforts will culminate at Center Court on Sunday when the AVP Commissioner Leonard Armato presents a check to Care 7 in front of a packed stadium on behalf of the AVP.
About CARE 7 CRISIS RESPONSE
CARE 7 is a group of dedicated and professionally trained staff and community members who provide 24-hour on-scene crisis intervention services in Tempe. CARE 7 works in conjunction with Tempe Police Officers and Firefighters. They provide immediate, high quality crisis intervention, emotional support, and referrals. This partnership links Fire and Police with Social Services to provide comprehensive services and follow-up to community members who have been faced with trauma.
About AVPCares
AVPCares is the youth-directed charitable Foundation for the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and is dedicated to supporting community-based initiatives to improve and affect the social development and well being of youth and also the beaches in associated communities. AVPCares enhances initiatives in communities by lending support of AVP athletes to touch lives, raise and contribute charitable donations.

AVP star Gibb took odd route to success
Jose E. Garcia
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 23, 2005 12:00 AM
Jake Gibb said he felt bad when he informed his first professional beach volleyball partner, Adam Jewell, that he had teamed up with another player for the 2005 season.
"Not only was (Jewell) a really a good friend," Gibb said, "I lost a lot of sleep over it. I talked to my wife (Jane) a lot about it. I love the guy, but it's a business, and I have to do what's best for me."
Gibb and volleyball were viewed as an odd couple not too long ago, so it seemed strange when he left one volleyball partner for another. But volleyball and Gibb are now blossoming. advertisement 
Gibb and new partner, veteran Stein Metzger, are among the favorites to win the Association of Volleyball Professionals Tempe Open this weekend. Gibb took an unorthodox route to become one of the game's promising highfliers.
He wasn't raised on the sand. Gibb grew up in a Salt Lake City suburb, Bountiful, where he dreamed of playing for the Utah Jazz.
He didn't play college volleyball. Gibb's first taste of volleyball came when he was 18, playing for an indoor club team.
After finishing his Mormon mission in Costa Rica, Gibb returned to Utah and dominated the local outdoor volleyball scene before moving to beach volleyball's battlegrounds - Southern California - in 2002 with Jane and about $250 in their savings account. Gibb played on the AVP Tour in 2000 and 2001, but earned $775.
A competitive fire that developed while living with 10 older brothers and sisters, and raw talent, kept pushing the 29-year-old.
"With big risks come big rewards," Gibb said.
His 6-foot-7 frame raises one of the game's best blocks, but it's Gibb's ability to move and play like the shorter players that sets him apart.
Gibb finally won his first AVP tournament, the Austin Open, last year with Jewell, defeating Todd Rogers and Sean Scott, who won last year's Tempe Open. The AVP named Gibb the tour's Most Improved Player for his breakout 2004 season.
Switching partners isn't rare in beach volleyball, so when Gibb decided to play with Metzger this season, it came as no surprise.
"It's the first time that I've had a great defensive player (Metzger) behind me," Gibb said. "It's fun coming off the net and seeing a lot of balls popped up."
The first tournament of this season proved that this pair probably made the right decision to join forces.
Gibb and Metzger won the Fort Lauderdale Open two weeks ago and picked up another sponsor, Speedo, in the process.
"The reason why Jake has learned so much so fast is that he's like a sponge," Metzger said. "He doesn't have the ego that you see on this tour. He'll take any suggestions. Every day is a breakthrough for him."
Gibb and Metzger assembled a team of coaches to work with them for the first time this off-season.
One of those coaches was Dr. Markus Elliot, who has a medical degree from Harvard. John Speraw, UC Irvine's men's coach, and Jeff Alzina, who helps coach some of the pro players, also worked with the duo.
Gibb has come a long way since picking up a volleyball for the first time.
"Jake is now the best big man on the tour," Alzina said.

Karch Kiraly Advances with AVP Elite Eight in Tempe
April 23, 2005
AVP fans remain optimistic as a healthy Karch Kiraly advanced today with partner Mike Lambert to the final eight in Tempe.
An enthusiastic crowd packed into Tempe Beach Park today and witnessed some amazing match ups and outcomes.
Misty May and Kerri Walsh continued to dominate while the other top teams battled feverishly to advance.

Here are Sunday's match-ups:

Fuerbringer/Jennings vs. Holdren/Nygaard
Baxter/Boss vs. Gibb/Metzger
Kiraly/Lambert vs. Ring/Scott
Wong/Williams vs. Loiola/Souza

May/Walsh vs. Busch/Mason
Wacholder/Youngs vs. Kessy/McPeak
Johns/Keller vs. Akers/Pavley
You/Ji vs. DeNecochea/Masakayan

Can't make it to the beach? Then catch all the action LIVE on Fox Sports Net and OLN. OLN will cover the Men's and Women's Semifinals while FSN will broadcast the Men's and Women's finals. Click here to check your local listings.

Walsh, May advance to AVP semis
Kiraly, Lambert suffer loss
Jose E. Garcia
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 24, 2005 12:00 AM
Boy, was it hot.
That goes for the weather, the crowd and Saturday's professional beach volleyball action at Tempe Town Lake. The Association of Volleyball Professionals opened its gates to a tamed crowd that wasn't as rowdy as the Saturday bunch that appeared at the Tempe Open three years ago, when the AVP came back to the Valley.
"They were crazier two years ago," said the tour's announcer, Chris "Geeter" McGee. "But this is still one of the best stops on the tour. They are just waiting to go crazy (today)." advertisement 
Today marks the end of the three-day tournament with the men and women's championship matches.
Blame the hot rays for keeping Saturday's crowd subdued this time. Folks at stadium court kept cool by fanning themselves with the yellow-colored fans that were handed out.
So many fans were being used at one point that it sounded like bees were buzzing around. To relieve the sting of the heat, fans were either drinking water or beer.
"It gets so hot in Arizona that I'm surprised more people aren't passing out with the amount of beer people drink," Misty May said last week.
May and partner Kerri Walsh are the Tempe Open's two-time defending champions.
The gold-medal winners of the 2004 Olympics appear headed to their third Tempe Open final after dominating their opponents on Saturday.
It took May and Walsh 57 minutes to beat two teams to earn a spot in today's morning semifinals. After they were done with their matches, the popular duo, which is starting to fill the void that Mia Hamm left when she retired, sat down to sign autographs.
The two quick victories also allowed Walsh to watch her fiancé, Casey Jennings, and his partner, Matt Fuerbringer, pull off the biggest upset of the day.
Jennings and Fuerbringer, who were seeded eighth, defeated the top seeded team, Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert, to advance to today's semifinals. Walsh said last week that one of her goals this weekend is to have Jennings and her win the same tournament for the first time.
Kiraly and Lambert had to defeat Dain Blanton and Kevin Wong in the contender's bracket to make it to today. Kiraly's right shoulder didn't show any side effects after he re-injured it two weeks ago.
The second-seeded team of Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger was almost upset in the first match, but won in three games and will play in today's semifinals.
This tournament is offering $175,000 in prize money. With the popularity of beach volleyball on the rise again, the prize money increased almost 80 percent this season from last year.
The AVP signed a TV deal with Chinese television for the first time, and for the first time two Chinese women, Whenhui You and partner Linjun Ji, are participating on the tour. Whenhui and Linjun almost defeated the second-seeded team of Holly McPeak, who won a bronze medal in 2004, and partner Jennifer Kessy in three games in Saturday's quarterfinals.
"There were some positive ripple effects for the sport after the Olympics," said AVP Commissioner Leonard Armato.
Arizona beach players, however, won't get to share some of that spotlight today as the Arizona players who entered the tournament failed to advance to the final day.
The fans that didn't leave Saturday finally received a break from the sun when some afternoon clouds rolled in.
Why didn't they show up earlier?

Repeats Rule Tempe: Same Teams but not the Same Game
Courtesy Of AVP
April 24, 2005
The pre-season talk of the tour was all about the parity on the men's side and whether any of the new women's teams would give Misty May and Kerri Walsh a run for their prize money.
Today in Tempe, Arizona, Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb powered their way through an exciting Men's Final and captured their second victory of the season. With a straight set win over Jeff Nygaard and Dax Holdren, Metzger and Gibb are setting the bar high on the men's side in 2005.
Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs pushed the "Golden Girls" further and harder than any competitors in 2004 or in 2005. May and Walsh did get that run for the prize money and were vigorously challenged throughout three consecutive point for point games. Although they dropped the first set, they rallied to defeat Youngs and Wacholder for the Tempe Title.
The AVP is off to Texas next weekend for the Austin Open. Get your tickets right now at AVP.com. Can't make it to the beach? Then catch all the action LIVE on Fox Sports Net and OLN.

Familiar duos win Tempe Open 
By Jim Richards, For the Tribune
AVP veteran Stein Metzger saw the landscape changing in professional beach volleyball and decided he needed a bigger teammate.
Through two weeks of the 2005 AVP Nissan Series, his decision looks like a stroke of genius.
In a season full of new teams and new players that have brought more parity, Metzger and teammate Jake Gibb captured their second tour victory in as many events with a 21-19, 21-16 win over Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard in the men’s final of the Tempe Open on Sunday at Tempe Beach Park.
The women’s side doesn’t boast quite the parity as the men because of the dominance of U.S. Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May.
And to nobody’s surprise, the sport’s top duo also captured their second tour title this season, coming from a game down to defeat Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder, 20-22, 21-18, 15-13 in their final.
Gibb, 29, who never touched a volleyball until he was 21, wrestled with Metzger shortly after the title-game victory, yelling, "Way to get dirty for me, partner."
But it was Metzger, an Olympian, who couldn’t say enough about his new teammate.
"Jake is like the real estate market — it keeps going up," said Metzger, who replaced the 6-foot-3 Holdren with the 6-7 Gibb following a fifth-place finish in the Olympics a year ago. "In this game, it takes a while to get good. You don’t just do it overnight, so what Jake’s done is actually quite special."
Metzger decided to go for added size after noticing the sport had turned more to power from finesse since recent rule changes shrunk the size of the playing area.
Metzger-Gibb also defeated Holdren-Nygaard in the Fort Lauderdale Open championship three weeks ago. Walsh-May did the same to Youngs-Wacholder in the season opener as well.
And Walsh and May did it by picking up the intensity after falling a game down.
"We started playing our game, got the lead, and the momentum changed and we started playing like Kerri and Misty," May said. "Kerri carried the caboose. She was the engine."
Said Walsh: "They were playing great, but it was our fault."
Youngs, who was teamed with mega-star Holly McPeak and captured the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics, now has fallen to Walsh-May 15 times in finals play without a win.
For the second consecutive event, Youngs gained the satisfaction of defeating McPeak and her new teammate, Jennifer Kessy, in Sunday’s winner’s bracket.
"I’m at the point in my career where I’ve been to a lot of finals and I expect to be there every weekend," Youngs said."I want to win one of these really badly. I thought today was our day."



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April 29th- May 1st 2005 AVP $175,000 AUSTIN OPEN
Auditorium Shores Park - Austin,TX
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Event Info:
The AVP Nissan Series returns to the city of Austin . 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 & Rachel Wacholder.

Men's AVP $87,500 Austin Open
April 29-May 1, 2005 

The 2005 AVP Austin Open starts April 29 and runs through May 1. Click here to buy tickets, get directions, read about past winners, local players and the top AVP Pros playing in Austin.

The Austin Chronicle is giving away free tickets. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for your chance to win FREE Austin Open Tickets! 


Austin Open
Auditorium Shores Park, April 29th - May 1st

What: AVP 2005 Nissan Series Austin Open

Where: Auditorium Shores Park
Where: 950 West Riverside Drive, Austin

When: Friday April 29 -- Qualifier
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When: Saturday April 30 -- Main Draw Competition
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When: Sunday May 1 -- Men's and Women's Finals
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Top AVP Women to watch:
Kerri Walsh - 2003, 2004 AVP MVP; 2004 Gold Medalist; Undefeated in 2005
Misty May - 2004 AVP Best Offensive Player; 2004 Gold Medalist; Undefeated in 2005
Elaine Youngs - 2002 AVP MVP; 2004 Bronze Medalist
Rachel Wacholder - AVP All-Star; 2 FIVB Titles in 2004
Holly McPeak - 2004 Bronze Medalist; 72 AVP Titles
Jen Kessy - AVP All-Star; AVP Most Improved Player 2004

Top AVP Men to watch:
Stein Metzger - 2004 Olympian; 5 AVP Titles
Jake Gibb - 4 AVP Titles; 2004 AVP Most Improved Player
Mike Lambert - 2004 AVP MVP & Best Offensive Player
Karch Kiraly - 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist; 6-time AVP MVP
Jeff Nygaard - 3-time Olympian; 2003 AVP MVP
Dax Holdren - 2004 Olympian; 12 AVP Titles

Top Local Players to watch:
Men: Riley Salmon, Randy Meador, Dale Davis
Women: Ashley Regner, Melissa Karwowski, Ella Vakhidova, Holly Reisor

Past Glory
Kerri Walsh and Misty May: May & Walsh continued many of their impressive streaks: On the AVP Tour, they won their 11th straight tournament, 54th straight match (the last 23 of which have been sweeps), and 48th straight game. Overall (including international play), they won their 13th consecutive tournament, 74th straight match (last loss was July 5, 2003), and 36th straight game. During their partnership since the beginning of 2001, the duo has won 24 of the 41 tournaments played together. On American soil, the pair has been even more dominant, winning all 13 tournaments (their only two match losses came on the same day, April 22, 2001).

Adam Jewell and Jake Gibb: Jewell & Gibb emerged with their first victory. In Austin, though, it appeared Gibb and Jewell were doing more teaching than learning, as they defeated five of the top, seven seeded teams, four of them in sweeps. The 28-year-old Gibb, who did not start playing volleyball until the age of 21, has progressed very quickly. In his first three years with the AVP he only qualified for four out of 14 events. These last two seasons, though, have shown a marked improvement as he has now tallied two thirds, a fifth and a seventh in addition to his win in Austin.

FRIDAY NIGHT FESTIVITIES
Don't miss Austin's Funkiest Happy Hour as George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic set the tone for the AVP Austin Open Friday Night, April 29. Gates open at 5pm. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased online or at the gates.

SATURDAY NIGHT FESTIVITIES
Three bands willl rule the stage on Saturday Night. Catch Cruiserweight, The Real Heroes, and I Love You But I Chosen Darkness at the AVP Austin Open Beach. Gates open at 6:30. Tickets are just $8 and can be purchased online or at the gates.

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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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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Event Dates
2005 AVP Tour Schedule
Date Event Prize Site Tickets Info
April 1-3 Ft. Lauderdale Open  $175,000 South Beach Park   
April 22-24 Tempe Open  $175,000 Tempe Beach Park    
April 29- May 1 Austin Open   $175,000 Auditorium Shores Park
May 20-22   Santa Barbara Open, California  $175,000
June 10-12 San Diego Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Mariners Point
Jun 30-Jul 3 Cincinnati Open, Ohio  $250,000
July 8-10 Belmar Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Belmar Beach
July 21-24 Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $250,000 Hermosa Beach Pier
Aug 11-14 Bud Light Huntington Beach Open presented by Shark Energy Drink $250,000 Huntington Beach Pier
Aug 18-21 Manhattan Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $250,000 Manhattan Beach Pier
Aug 26-28  Boulder Open, Colorado $175,000
September 1-4 Chicago Open  $375,000 North Avenue Beach   
September 8-10 Aquafina AVP Shootout presented by Bud Light  $200,000 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino   
September 30-Oct2 AVP BEST OF THE BEACH PRESENTED BY PAUL MITCHELL $200,000 Fort DeRussey Beach

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(Format: Double Elimination)

*IAN CLARK NOT PLAYING THIS YEAR'S  2005 AVP AUSTIN OPEN DUE TO PRIOR COMMITMENTS
*IAN CLARK'S RESULTS LAST YEAR'S 2004 AVP AUSTIN OPEN

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 $87,500 Austin Open
April 29-May 1, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Phil Dalhausser Nick Lucena 10 $20,000.00 360.0
2 Jake Gibb Stein Metzger 1 $14,000.00 324.0
3 Dax Holdren Jeff Nygaard 2 $8,450.00 270.0
3 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 6 $8,450.00 270.0
5 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 8 $5,000.00 216.0
5 Brent Doble John Hyden 12 $5,000.00 216.0
7 Karch Kiraly Mike Lambert 3 $3,500.00 180.0
7 Dain Blanton Kevin Wong 4 $3,500.00 180.0
9 Eric Fonoimoana Adam Jewell 7 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Paul Baxter Aaron Boss 9 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Jose Loiola Fred Souza 11, Q1 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Mark Williams Scott Wong 13 $2,200.00 144.0
13 Jason Ring Sean Scott 5 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Scott Lane Chad Mowrey 16 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Matt Olson Hans Stolfus 17 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Albert Hannemann Chad Turner 20, Q2 $1,400.00 108.0
17 Scott Ayakatubby Eduardo Bacil 14 $650.00 72.0
17 Canyon Ceman Jason Lee 15 $650.00 72.0
17 Matt Heath Ryan Mariano 18, Q3 $650.00 72.0
17 Jim Nichols Ed Ratledge 19 $650.00 72.0
17 Linyin Xu Qiang Xu 21 $650.00 72.0
17 Reid Priddy Todd Rogers 22 $650.00 72.0
17 Jeff Minc Aaron Wachtfogel 23 $650.00 72.0
17 Brian Corso Adam Johnson 24, Q13 $650.00 72.0
25 Steve Grotowski Adam Roberts Q5 $.00 36.0
25 Mike DiPierro Anthony Mihalic Q6 $.00 36.0
25 Pepe Delahoz Brad Torsone Q7 $.00 36.0
25 Travis Regner Lucas Wisniakowski Q24 $.00 36.0
29 John Moran David Smith Q4 $.00 18.0
29 Scott Hill Dan Mintz Q11 $.00 18.0
29 Chris Magill Mike Morrison Q12 $.00 18.0
29 Kevin Dake Sonny Knight Q14 $.00 18.0
29 Bivin Sadler Andy Shean Q16 $.00 18.0
29 Jeff Murrell Jeff Smith Q18 $.00 18.0
29 Mike Bruning Mike Desjardins Q23 $.00 18.0
29 Daniel Lindsey Austin Rester Q40 $.00 18.0
37 Gaston Macau Andre Melo Q8 $.00 12.0
37 David Fischer Jack Quinn Q9 $.00 12.0
37 Ben Koski Jon Thompson Q10 $.00 12.0
37 Jeff Carlucci Randy Cline Q15 $.00 12.0
37 Jon Barnes Leon Lucas Q17 $.00 12.0
37 Casey Brewer Brian Duff Q19 $.00 12.0
37 Esteban Escobar Aaron Steele Q20 $.00 12.0
37 Mike Szymanski Jason Wight Q21 $.00 12.0
37 Scott Kiedaisch Tom Witt Q22 $.00 12.0
37 Scott Faust Rocky Mayo Q26 $.00 12.0
37 Timothy Cornelissen Dustin Townsend Q29 $.00 12.0
37 Corey Glave Mark Kirunchyk Q30 $.00 12.0
37 Drew Brand Matt Wilkens Q31 $.00 12.0
37 Colin Kaslow Tim Wooliver Q33 $.00 12.0
37 Garrett Black Richard Crouse Q37 $.00 12.0
37 Steve Lauvenberg Randy Meador Q38 $.00 12.0
53 Guy Hamilton Jon Mesko Q25 $.00 8.0
53 Joey Middlebrooks Justin Phipps Q27 $.00 8.0
53 Paul Lourick Derek Martinez Q28 $.00 8.0
53 Pete DiVenere James Fellows Q32 $.00 8.0
53 Jason Harris Nick Harris Q34 $.00 8.0
53 David Holewinski Brian Olsen Q35 $.00 8.0
53 Jason Lefevre John Savage Q36 $.00 8.0
53 Robert deAurora Aaron Moore Q39 $.00 8.0
53 Steve Hinds Tom Lovelace Q41 $.00 8.0

Men's AVP $87,500 Austin Open
April 29-May 1, 2005 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Tim Wooliver / Colin Kaslow (Q33) def. Pete DiVenere / James Fellows (Q32) 21-17, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 6: Travis Regner / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q24) def. Tom Lovelace / Steve Hinds (Q41) 21-19, 22-20 (0:52)
Match 7: Daniel Lindsey / Austin Rester (Q40) def. Guy Hamilton / Jon Mesko (Q25) 21-13, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 10: Garrett Black / Richard Crouse (Q37) def. Paul Lourick / Derek Martinez (Q28) 19-21, 21-13, 15-10 (0:56)
Match 15: Timothy Cornelissen / Dustin Townsend (Q29) def. Jason Lefevre / John Savage (Q36) 21-17, 22-24, 15-5 (0:59)
Match 18: Corey Glave / Mark Kirunchyk (Q30) def. Brian Olsen / David Holewinski (Q35) by Forfeit
Match 23: Randy Meador/Steve Lauvenberg(Q38)def. Joey Middlebrooks / Justin Phipps (Q27) 21-19, 20-22, 15-13 (1:05)
Match 26: Scott Faust / Rocky Mayo (Q26) def. Robert deAurora / Aaron Moore (Q39) 21-15, 21-14 (0:42)
Match 31: Drew Brand / Matt Wilkens (Q31) def. Jason Harris / Nick Harris (Q34) by Forfeit
Round 2
Match 33: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (Q1) def. Tim Wooliver / Colin Kaslow (Q33) 21-16, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 34: Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q16) def. Jon Barnes / Leon Lucas (Q17) 16-21, 21-19, 15-12 (1:00)
Match 35: Travis Regner / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q24) def. David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q9) 20-22, 21-14, 15-11 (1:07)
Match 36: Daniel Lindsey / Austin Rester (Q40) def. Gaston Macau / Andre Melo (Q8) 26-24, 22-20 (0:52)
Match 37: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q5) def. Garrett Black / Richard Crouse (Q37) 21-15, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 38: Chris Magill / Mike Morrison (Q12) def. Mike Szymanski / Jason Wight (Q21) 21-17, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 39: Brian Corso / Adam Johnson (Q13) def. Esteban Escobar / Aaron Steele (Q20) 21-12, 21-8 (0:42)
Match 40: John Moran / David Smith (Q4) def. Timothy Cornelissen / Dustin Townsend (Q29) 21-12, 21-19 (0:43)
Match 41: Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (Q3) def. Corey Glave / Mark Kirunchyk (Q30) 21-12, 21-9 (0:38)
Match 42: Kevin Dake / Sonny Knight (Q14) def. Casey Brewer / Brian Duff (Q19) 21-17, 29-27 (0:40)
Match 43: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q11) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Tom Witt (Q22) 21-9, 23-21 (0:44)
Match 44: Mike DiPierro / Anthony Mihalic (Q6) def. Randy Meador / Steve Lauvenberg (Q38) 21-16, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 45: Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (Q7) def. Scott Faust / Rocky Mayo (Q26) 16-21, 21-15, 15-8 (1:07)
Match 46: Mike Bruning / Mike Desjardins (Q23) def. Ben Koski / Jon Thompson (Q10) 25-27, 21-17, 15-11 (1:10)
Match 47: Jeff Murrell / Jeff Smith (Q18) def. Jeff Carlucci / Randy Cline (Q15) 20-22, 21-15, 15-7 (1:10)
Match 48: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (Q2) def. Drew Brand / Matt Wilkens (Q31) 21-15, 21-15 (0:46)
Round 3
Match 49: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (Q1) def. Bivin Sadler / Andy Shean (Q16) 21-17, 21-18 (0:38)
Match 50: Travis Regner / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q24) def. Daniel Lindsey / Austin Rester (Q40) 22-20, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 51: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q5) def. Chris Magill / Mike Morrison (Q12) 22-20, 19-21, 15-10 (1:15)
Match 52: Brian Corso / Adam Johnson (Q13) def. John Moran / David Smith (Q4) 25-23, 21-19 (1:04)
Match 53: Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (Q3) def. Kevin Dake / Sonny Knight (Q14) 21-16, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 54: Mike DiPierro / Anthony Mihalic (Q6) def. Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q11) 21-15, 18-21, 15-13 (1:03)
Match 55: Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (Q7) def. Mike Bruning / Mike Desjardins (Q23) 21-18, 21-18 (0:51)
Match 56: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (Q2) def. Jeff Murrell / Jeff Smith (Q18) 21-19, 21-16 (0:48)
Round 4
Match 57: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (Q1) def. Travis Regner / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q24) 21-11, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 58: Brian Corso / Adam Johnson (Q13) def. Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q5) 21-18, 18-21, 17-15 (1:08)
Match 59: Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (Q3) def. Mike DiPierro / Anthony Mihalic (Q6) 17-21, 21-16, 15-11 (1:00)
Match 60: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (Q2) def. Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (Q7) 21-19, 21-15 (0:45)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (17) def. Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (16) 21-18, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 2: Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (9) def. Adam Johnson / Brian Corso (24, Q13) 21-16, 21-18 (0:49)
Match 3: Brent Doble / John Hyden (12) def. Linyin Xu / Qiang Xu (21) 21-12, 21-17 (0:50)
Match 4: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (13) def. Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (20, Q2) 21-17, 18-21, 15-11
Match 5: Jim Nichols / Ed Ratledge (19) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Eduardo Bacil (14) 18-21, 22-20, 20-18
Match 6: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (11, Q1) def. Todd Rogers / Reid Priddy (22) 17-21, 21-17, 15-13 (0:55)
Match 7: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (10) def. Jeff Minc / Aaron Wachtfogel (23) 21-17, 21-19 (0:36)
Match 8: Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (18, Q3) def. Canyon Ceman / Jason Lee (15) 19-21, 21-18, 15-11 (0:55)
Round 2
Match 9: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (17) 21-12, 18-21, 15-13 (0:51)
Match 10: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (8) def. Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (9) 21-16, 25-27, 15-7 (1:05)
Match 11: Brent Doble / John Hyden (12) def. Jason Ring / Sean Scott (5) 21-19, 21-11 (0:57)
Match 12: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (4) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (13) 21-18, 19-21, 19-17 (1:10)
Match 13: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (3) def. Jim Nichols / Ed Ratledge (19) 21-18, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 14: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (6) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (11, Q1) 21-19, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 15: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (10) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Adam Jewell (7) 21-17, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 16: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (18, Q3) 21-12, 27-25 (0:44)
Round 3
Match 17: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (8) 23-21, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 18: Brent Doble / John Hyden (12) def. Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (4) 25-23, 21-11 (0:45)
Match 19: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (6) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (3) 27-25, 21-19 (0:50)
Match 20: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (10) 21-18, 22-20 (0:40)
Round 4
Match 21: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Brent Doble / John Hyden (12) 21-15, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 22: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (6) 21-19, 16-21, 18-16 (1:05)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 23: Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (16) def. Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (18, Q3) 21-18, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 24: Adam Johnson / Brian Corso (24, Q13) vs. Eric Fonoimoana / Adam Jewell (7)
Match 25: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (11, Q1) def. Linyin Xu / Qiang Xu (21) 21-16, 20-22, 15-10 (0:58)
Match 26: Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (20, Q2) def. Jim Nichols / Ed Ratledge (19) 17-21, 21-11, 15-10 (0:54)
Match 27: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (13) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Eduardo Bacil (14) 19-21, 21-13, 15-11 (1:13)
Match 28: Jason Ring / Sean Scott (5) def. Todd Rogers / Reid Priddy (22) 21-16, 16-21, 15-13
Match 29: Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (9) def. Jeff Minc / Aaron Wachtfogel (23) 21-19, 21-18 (0:38)
Match 30: Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (17) def. Canyon Ceman / Jason Lee (15) 24-26, 24-22, 15-11 (1:08)
Round 2
Match 31: Eric Fonoimoana / Adam Jewell (7) def. Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (16) 21-14, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 32: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (11, Q1) def. Albert Hannemann / Chad Turner (20, Q2) 21-19, 21-16 (0:35)
Match 33: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (13) def. Jason Ring / Sean Scott (5) 23-21, 21-14 (0:47)
Match 34: Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (9) def. Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (17) 21-16, 21-16 (0:45)
Round 3
Match 35: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (4) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Adam Jewell (7) 21-14, 16-21, 15-13 (0:58)
Match 36: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (8) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (11, Q1) 21-19, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 37: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (10) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (13) 21-17, 20-22, 17-15 (1:02)
Match 38: Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (3) def. Paul Baxter / Aaron Boss (9) 21-9, 21-19 (0:39)
Round 4
Match 39: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (8) def. Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (4) 21-18, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 40: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (10) def. Karch Kiraly / Mike Lambert (3) 21-18, 21-18 (0:40)
Round 5
Match 41: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (6) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (8) 26-24, 21-15 (0:48)
Match 42: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (10) def. Brent Doble / John Hyden (12) 24-22, 21-18 (0:40)

Semifinals
Match 43: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (6) 21-19, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 44: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (10) def. Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) 21-15, 20-22, 15-12 (0:57)

Finals
Match 45: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (10) def. Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) 19-21, 21-16, 18-16 (1:18) 

2005 Men's AVP Austin,TX Tournament Champions >>Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser
    
                                                                                                                                                                       Nick Lucena                                  Phil  Dalhausser

                          
                                                                           
Women's AVP $87,500 Austin Open
April 29-May 1, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Misty May Kerri Walsh 1 $20,000.00 360.0
2 Linjun Ji Whenhui You 5 $14,000.00 324.0
3 Jennifer Kessy Holly McPeak 2 $8,450.00 270.0
3 Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 3 $8,450.00 270.0
5 Carrie Busch Nancy Mason 4 $5,000.00 216.0
5 Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 6 $5,000.00 216.0
7 Angie Akers Jenny Pavley 7 $3,500.00 180.0
7 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 9 $3,500.00 180.0
9 Daven Allison Kimberly Coleman 13 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Saralyn Smith Ann Windes 15 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Jennifer Holdren Patti Scofield 22, Q13 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 23, Q2 $2,200.00 144.0
13 Pat Keller Wendy Stammer 8 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Nikki Audette Jill Changaris 14 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Denise Johns Jaimie Lee 16 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Kerri Eich Priscilla Lima 21, Q1 $1,400.00 108.0
17 Tanya Fuamatu Heidi Ilustre 10 $650.00 72.0
17 Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles 11 $650.00 72.0
17 Jenelle Koester Ali Wood 12 $650.00 72.0
17 Heather Lowe Gayle Stammer 17 $650.00 72.0
17 Barbara Nyland Alicia Polzin 18 $650.00 72.0
17 Nicole Branagh Jeannette Hecker 19 $650.00 72.0
17 Suzana Manole Diane Pascua 20 $650.00 72.0
17 Angela Lewis Beth Van Fleet 24, Q3 $650.00 72.0
25 Ashley Ivy Ella Vakhidova Q6 $.00 36.0
25 Kelly Rowe Catie Vagneur Q7 $.00 36.0
25 Lisa Gathright Jenny Griffith Q28 $.00 36.0
29 Mary Baily Julie Romias Q4 $.00 18.0
29 Abby Georgy Alicia Zamparelli Q9 $.00 18.0
29 Danalee Bragado Jennifer Lombardi Q10 $.00 18.0
29 Jean Mathews Nicole Midwin Q14 $.00 18.0
29 Nicki Fusco Gina Kirstein Q15 $.00 18.0
29 Stacey Cole Jeanette Simenson Q16 $.00 18.0
29 Meri-de Boyer Cheri Fitzner Q21 $.00 18.0
29 Michelle Kyman Krystal McFarland Q22 $.00 18.0
29 Tara Burton Sheri Leverrette Q25 $.00 18.0
37 Holly Reisor Karen Reitz Q5 $.00 12.0
37 Marla O'Hara Monique Oliver Q8 $.00 12.0
37 Ramona Caouette Amber Willey Q11 $.00 12.0
37 Leanne Haarbauer Brianna Murray Q12 $.00 12.0
37 Carol Killeen Johanna Lehman Q17 $.00 12.0
37 Jennifer Maastricht Terry Zartman Q18 $.00 12.0
37 Heather Alley Michelle Hart Q19 $.00 12.0
37 Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst Q20 $.00 12.0
37 Kelle Bond Ashley Regner Q23 $.00 12.0
37 Amber Ramga Lynda Street Q24 $.00 12.0
37 Laura Ratto Jennifer Walker Q26 $.00 12.0
37 Melissa Karwowski Wendy Martin Q27 $.00 12.0
37 Erica Menzel Angie Simpson Q30 $.00 12.0
37 Jessie Cooper Kristi Winters Q31 $.00 12.0
37 Renee Nygaard Erin Pryor Q32 $.00 12.0
37 Anne Brito Marietta McElwee Q36 $.00 12.0
53 Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q29 $.00 8.0
53 Kelly Hardy Susan Stuart Q33 $.00 8.0
53 Darcy Arellano Becky Henderson Q34 $.00 8.0
53 Samantha Meador Kelly Smith Q35 $.00 8.0
53 Aimee Richardson Dana Showalter Q37 $.00 8.0
53 Yolanda Munoz Joanna Rathbun Q38 $.00 8.0
53 Megan Dockery Terri Zemaitis-Boumans Q39 $.00 8.0
53 Montana Curtis Lindsay Loxterkamp Q40 $.00 8.0

Women's AVP $87,500 Austin Open
April 29-May 1, 2005 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Renee Nygaard / Erin Pryor (Q32) def. Susan Stuart / Kelly Hardy (Q33) 21-16, 21-10 (0:42)
Match 7: Tara Burton / Sheri Leverrette (Q25) def. Lindsay Loxterkamp / Montana Curtis (Q40) 21-15, 21-10 (0:37)
Match 10: Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q28) def. Aimee Richardson / Dana Showalter (Q37) 21-10, 21-10 (0:34)
Match 15: Anne Brito / Marietta McElwee (Q36) def. Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q29) 21-10, 19-21, 15-12 (1:00)
Match 18: Erica Menzel / Angie Simpson (Q30) def. Samantha Meador / Kelly Smith (Q35) 21-8, 21-19 (0:38)
Match 23: Melissa Karwowski / Wendy Martin (Q27) def. Joanna Rathbun / Yolanda Munoz (Q38) 21-18, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 26: Laura Ratto/Jennifer Walker(Q26)def. Terri Zemaitis-Boumans/Megan Dockery (Q39) 16-21, 21-5, 15-13 (0:51)
Match 31: Jessie Cooper / Kristi Winters (Q31) def. Becky Henderson / Darcy Arellano (Q34) 21-12, 21-16 (0:37)
Round 2
Match 33: Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (Q1) def. Renee Nygaard / Erin Pryor (Q32) 22-20, 21-11 (0:38)
Match 34: Stacey Cole / Jeanette Simenson (Q16) def. Carol Killeen / Johanna Lehman (Q17) 21-16, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 35: Abby Georgy / Alicia Zamparelli (Q9) def. Amber Ramga / Lynda Street (Q24) 21-19, 21-11 (0:37)
Match 36: Tara Burton / Sheri Leverrette (Q25) def. Marla O'Hara / Monique Oliver (Q8) 17-21, 22-20, 15-7 (0:59)
Match 37: Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q28) def. Holly Reisor / Karen Reitz (Q5) 21-18, 22-20 (0:47)
Match 38: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q21) def. Leanne Haarbauer / Brianna Murray (Q12) 21-16, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 39: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (Q13) def. Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q20) 21-12, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 40: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q4) def. Anne Brito / Marietta McElwee (Q36) 21-13, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 41: Angela Lewis / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Erica Menzel / Angie Simpson (Q30) 21-19, 21-12 (0:50)
Match 42: Jean Mathews / Nicole Midwin (Q14) def. Heather Alley / Michelle Hart (Q19) 21-16, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 43: Michelle Kyman/Krystal McFarland(Q22)def. Ramona Caouette/ Amber Willey (Q11) 21-15, 23-25, 15-7 (0:59)
Match 44: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q6) def. Melissa Karwowski / Wendy Martin (Q27) 21-15, 21-18 (0:35)
Match 45: Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagneur (Q7) def. Laura Ratto / Jennifer Walker (Q26) 21-13, 21-16 (0:35)
Match 46: Danalee Bragado / Jennifer Lombardi (Q10) def. Kelle Bond / Ashley Regner (Q23) 21-19, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 47: Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q15) def. Jennifer Maastricht / Terry Zartman (Q18) 21-19, 21-14 (0:50)
Match 48: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q2) def. Jessie Cooper / Kristi Winters (Q31) 21-12, 21-12 (0:37)
Round 3
Match 49: Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (Q1) def. Stacey Cole / Jeanette Simenson (Q16) 21-14, 18-21, 15-6 (0:54)
Match 50: Abby Georgy / Alicia Zamparelli (Q9) def. Tara Burton / Sheri Leverrette (Q25) 22-20, 17-21, 15-12 (1:11)
Match 51: Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q28) def. Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q21) 12-21, 21-19, 18-16 (1:07)
Match 52: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (Q13) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q4) 21-15, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 53: Angela Lewis / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Jean Mathews / Nicole Midwin (Q14) 21-8, 19-21, 15-9 (1:00)
Match 54: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q6) def. Michelle Kyman / Krystal McFarland (Q22) 21-23, 21-12, 15-12 (0:58)
Match 55: Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagneur (Q7) def. Danalee Bragado / Jennifer Lombardi (Q10) 21-10, 21-12 (0:38)
Match 56: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q2) def. Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q15) 21-11, 21-11 (0:38)
Round 4
Match 57: Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (Q1) def. Abby Georgy / Alicia Zamparelli (Q9) 21-18, 21-13 (0:42)
Match 58: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (Q13) def. Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q28) 21-18, 23-21 (0:55)
Match 59: Angela Lewis / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q6) 17-21, 21-18, 15-9 (0:57)
Match 60: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q2) def. Kelly Rowe / Catie Vagneur (Q7) 21-18, 21-10 (0:39)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Heather Lowe / Gayle Stammer (17) def. Denise Johns / Jaimie Lee (16) 13-21, 21-15, 15-13
Match 2: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (9) def. Beth Van Fleet / Angela Lewis (24, Q3) 21-12, 21-19 (0:31)
Match 3: Ali Wood / Jenelle Koester (12) def. Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (21, Q1) 22-20, 21-19
Match 4: Suzana Manole / Diane Pascua (20) def. Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (13) 21-18, 21-23, 15-13
Match 5: Nicole Branagh / Jeannette Hecker (19) def. Jill Changaris / Nikki Audette (14) 21-18, 21-18
Match 6: Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (11) def. Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (22, Q13) 21-19, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 7: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (23, Q2) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (10) 21-19, 21-18 (0:36)
Match 8: Barbara Nyland / Alicia Polzin (18) def. Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (15) 21-12, 21-17 (0:40)
Round 2
Match 9: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Heather Lowe / Gayle Stammer (17) 21-12, 21-16 (0:31)
Match 10: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (9) def. Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (8) 17-21, 21-14, 15-10 (0:49)
Match 11: Linjun Ji / Whenhui You (5) def. Ali Wood / Jenelle Koester (12) 17-21, 21-15, 15-11 (0:41)
Match 12: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (4) def. Suzana Manole / Diane Pascua (20) 21-14, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 13: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (3) def. Nicole Branagh / Jeannette Hecker (19) 21-8, 21-12 (0:32)
Match 14: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) def. Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (11) 21-7, 21-12 (0:28)
Match 15: Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (7) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (23, Q2) 21-17, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 16: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (2) def. Barbara Nyland / Alicia Polzin (18) 21-11, 18-21, 15-9 (0:43)
Round 3
Match 17: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (9) 21-10, 21-11 (0:24)
Match 18: Linjun Ji / Whenhui You (5) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (4) 21-16, 21-18 (0:38)
Match 19: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (3) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) 21-9, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 20: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (2) def. Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (7) 25-23, 21-17 (0:44)
Round 4
Match 21: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Linjun Ji / Whenhui You (5) 21-14, 21-14 (0:31)
Match 22: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (2) def. Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (3) 21-16, 21-17 (0:46)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 23: Denise Johns / Jaimie Lee (16) def. Barbara Nyland / Alicia Polzin (18) 21-23, 21-16, 16-14 (0:47)
Match 24: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (23, Q2) def. Beth Van Fleet / Angela Lewis (24, Q3) 21-17, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 25: Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (21, Q1) def. Courtney Guerra / Brooke Niles (11) 13-21, 21-17, 15-8 (1:01)
Match 26: Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (13) def. Nicole Branagh / Jeannette Hecker (19) 21-15, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 27: Jill Changaris / Nikki Audette (14) def. Suzana Manole / Diane Pascua (20) 14-21, 21-16, 21-19 (1:03)
Match 28: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (22, Q13) def. Ali Wood / Jenelle Koester (12) 21-15, 14-21, 15-9 (0:41)
Match 29: Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (8) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (10) 21-18, 21-16 (0:33)
Match 30: Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (15) def. Heather Lowe / Gayle Stammer (17) 23-21, 21-19 (0:41)
Round 2
Match 31: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (23, Q2) def. Denise Johns / Jaimie Lee (16) 21-19, 17-21, 15-12 (0:56)
Match 32: Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (13) def. Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (21, Q1) 21-15, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 33: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (22, Q13) def. Jill Changaris / Nikki Audette (14) 15-21, 21-13, 15-11 (0:53)
Match 34: Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (15) def. Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (8) 21-19, 21-16 (0:34)
Round 3
Match 35: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (4) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (23, Q2) 21-15, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 36: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (9) def. Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (13) 21-18, 26-24 (0:45)
Match 37: Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (7) def. Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (22, Q13) 21-18, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 38: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) def. Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (15) 21-14, 21-12 (0:36)
Round 4
Match 39: Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (4) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (9) 22-20, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 40: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) def. Angie Akers / Jenny Pavley (7) 21-15, 21-8 (0:38)
Round 5
Match 41: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (3) def. Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason (4) 21-16, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 42: Linjun Ji / Whenhui You (5) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) 24-22, 21-17 (0:40)

Semifinals
Match 43: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (3) 21-9, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 44: Linjun Ji / Whenhui You (5) def. Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (2) 21-18, 21-19 (0:41)

Finals
Match 45: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Linjun Ji / Whenhui You (5) 21-14, 19-21, 15-12 (1:02) 

2005 Women's AVP Austin,TX Tournament Champions >> Misty May/Kerri Walsh

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                      Misty May                                                            Kerri Walsh
 
 
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2005 AVP Austin Open – Don’t Mess with Pro Beach Volleyball in Texas
The third stop on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Nissan Series is Austin, Texas April 29 through May 1.
(PRWEB) April 26, 2005 -- The USA’s best and hottest athletes in all of sports are descending on 79 dump-trucks of sand at Auditorium Shores April 30 and May 1st for the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Austin Open.
Tickets are selling fast so make sure to get yours now at http://avp.com. Can’t make it to the Beach? You don’t have to miss a single play as every AVP event Men’s and Women’s Finals in 2005 will be covered LIVE on Fox Sports Net. You want more? LIVE coverage of the Men’s and Women’s Semi-Finals will be broadcast LIVE on OLN. Log on to AVP.com to check your local listings.
With $175,000 in prize money on the line at the AVP Austin Open, the AVP Pros will be gunning for each other in hopes of cashing the big check. The battle begins on Saturday morning bright and early and the champions will be crowned live on FSN on Sunday.
The Austin Open Finals are up for grabs as several teams gained momentum last weekend in Tempe. Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb are the undefeated team in 2005, narrowly beating Olympians Jeff Nygaard and Dax Holdren in the finals. Three-time gold medalist Karch Kiraly put rumors of retirement on ice as he and partner Mike Lambert battled through the field on Saturday only to fall short on Sunday. All are in contention for the 2005 Austin Open title.
“Golden Girls” Misty May and Kerri Walsh dropped a set, but battled back to defeat Bronze Medalist Elaine Youngs and partner Rachel Wacholder in the Tempe Desert. The new team of Youngs and Wacholder has made it evident to the rest of the AVP Women that May and Walsh can be beat. It’s clear that Bronze Medalist Holly McPeak and Jen Kessy, Nancy Mason and Carrie Busch, and Jen Pavley and Angie Akers will respond and bring their ‘A’ game to Austin.
Grab your sunscreen and head on down to the biggest beach party all year as the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour comes to Austin, Texas. Log on to http://avp.com for tickets, TV Schedule, Official AVP Gear, Fantasy Volleyball Game, and the latest AVP Pro Beach Volleyball news and information.

For Lindquist, life is at the beach
By Patrick Kinmartin
dailytrojan.com
Thursday, April 28, 2005
  Wait, so America's most popular "Dream Job" right now is one that requires wearing a suit every day, the posture of a Buckingham Palace guard and a teeth-gnashing cheek-to-cheek smile that must not waver even though you're trying to prevent yourself from sweating a bucket or two while a light beats down and you have on more makeup than Miss Senior America?
That must be news to Tracy Lindquist, who gives new meaning to dressing down for work, which she puts on a bikini for every morning. And almost daily, she reports to the largest office you've ever seen this side of the Mississippi that doesn't offer a view for one simple reason: It is the view.
Yes, like the dude who gets paid to test drive Lamborghini's for a living, like the coed who is hired to replace Kate Hudson in kissing scenes and the logistics group responsible for measurements of Three Mile Island, Lindquist crosses off the hours in her day by playing beach volleyball. Professionally.
Lindquist, a senior setter on the USC women's volleyball team that went undefeated and captured a national title in 2002, is scheduled to make business trips this summer to, among other places, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Honolulu.
An average day usually means punching the clock - if one should be lying around - in Huntington Beach. But there are those dogged ones like Wednesday, when she had brave traffic to pick up a three-hour shift on Hermosa Beach. Shucks!
"It's definitely glamorous," Lindquist said of a career with benefits that include a bronze look and abs that can't be created for $19.99.
"Just the other day, it was real nice out and I stopped, looked around and thought, 'This is beautiful.'"
Still, there is an uglier side to playing on the AVP Tour (the beach volleyball equivalent of the PGA or NFL), which Lindquist detailed genuinely enough to remove herself from sounding like the hip-hop artist who has to attend just so many music video shoots on a regular basis.
For starters, her salary is earned, literally: She and her playing partner, Katie Lindquist, her older sister, can only make as much money as advancing deep into tournaments allows them to. In short, a weekend filled with struggles equates to a tough loss for the ole' checking account.
To compensate, Lindquist is a part-time substitute teacher for special education programs for preschool through 8th grade. That can cut into time spent on the beach, taking away from Lindquist opportunities in the offseason to prepare for her goal to become a force on the tour.
"If I could play full-time the way the top moneymakers could, that'd be awesome," Lindquist said. "It's just not a possibility right now. I need the money to survive."
Perhaps even tougher for Lindquist is the faultiness of the AVP Tour. Although it is back on the upswing, the AVP went bankrupt in the mid-1990s and still doesn't enjoy the financial security that major professional sports leagues enjoy.
So while a Carson Palmer knows he will be employed for his talents as long as his career lasts, Lindquist can't look 10 years down the line and with a straight face tell people she will be playing on the tour.
"A lot of great players stopped playing altogether (when the AVP filed for bankruptcy)," Lindquist said. "That's weird to think about ... giving up what you love just because of that?"
But hey, as Lindquist has surmised, that's just the way the tide rolls in.
The sport has already taken her to New Zealand and Thailand for the World University Games. She and Katie are also sponsored by an online advertising company in Huntington Beach that pays for their flights to events, and Roxy, a major clothing company that lets them hand-select bikinis and other gear from one of its local warehouses.
"I always thought about doing this as a child," Lindquist said. "Not doing it never really crossed my mind. I grew up believing it would happen."
Let's just call it the making of a dream job.

Volleyball fanatics unite
4/28/2005
By:News 8 Austin Staff 
Some of the best beach volleyball players in the country will be in south Austin this weekend for the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament at Auditorium Shores.
Although Austin’s not quite Hawaii, sand and sun has transformed Auditorium Shores to a beach volleyball wonderland with eight courts set up for players and fans to enjoy.
The only thing we’re missing is some surf over here on the shore, pro beach volleyball player Stein Metzger said.
Stein is one of 150 players competing in the event. Stein said it’s something he’s wanted to do since he was a child helping out at a tournament in Hawaii.
I picked the ball up and tossed it to one of the players and there was sand on the ball and I forgot to shake the sand off the ball and he starts chewing me out because the sand went in his eye. Then here comes Randy Stoklos, one of the greats of all time. He tells the guy, ‘What are you doing chewing this guy out. Get over there.’ The guy tucks his tail in his legs and walks off and Randy looks back to me and winks and I was just like, ‘Oh I’m in volleyball heaven. I so want to play in the MVP tour,” Metzger said.
That’s exactly what Metzger did. So far this weekend, Metzger and his volleyball partner Jake are on a roll.
We’ve won the first two events which is tough on the men’s tour. There is a lot of competition and we’re excited to make a streak and go three in a row.” Metzger said.
The tournament will take place through the weekend with finals on Sunday. On Friday fans can get a free sneak peak. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday range from $15 to $25.

Don't Miss the Austin Open This Weekend
April 28, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Given the eventful start of the 2005 AVP season, AVP Players are anxious to take to the sand and kick off the AVP Austin Open at Auditorium Shores this weekend.
The volleyball community is wondering if these first two event outcomes are flukes or a sign of dynasties and match ups to come. Will the "Golden Girls," Misty May and Kerri Walsh, storm back to dominant form from their narrow win in Tempe or will a new Women's team cash the big check? Have Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb truly broken from the "pack of parity" on the AVP Men's side? Could they be on their way to undefeated record in 2005?
In Tempe, Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder proved that May and Walsh are beatable pushing the duo to three fiercely competitive games. Holly McPeak and Jen Kessy definitely took notice and are eager to claim the number one spot along with a pack of strong AVP Women's teams.
Metzger and Gibb have been the most dominant team on tour this year defeating Jeff Nygaard and Dax Holdren in consecutive Finals. Once again, Metzger and Gibb must beat tough competitors in Nygaard/Holdren, Karch Kiraly/Mike Lambert, and Dain Blanton/Kevin Wong to make it three straight.
Be there to see who goes down and who wins big when the AVP comes to Austin, Texas this weekend. Tickets are still available at avp.com. Student tickets are only $5 bucks!
Can't make it to the beach? Then catch the action LIVE on Fox Sports Net and OLN. FSN will broadcast both the Men's and Women's Finals while OLN will cover the Semi-Finals. Click here to view local listings.

Nancy Mason Joins the Players' Corner
April 29, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Ft. Lauderdale: Wind, Rain and Daylight Savings.
Kicking off the AVP season in Florida is always interesting. You know it's going to be windy and hot, the questions are: HOW windy? HOW hot? A possibility of rain? Then, there's always that darned "daylight savings" thing. The Florida event typically falls on the weekend of "spring forward" and it never fails that someone falls victim. (No matter how many times Al Lau reminds us to move our clocks forward on Saturday night).
Last season, Sean Scott and Todd Rogers came running onto their court for their 8:30 a.m. match at about 8:25. I remember it vividly. Carrie and I were on the court right next to them and you could feel the energy as their opponents warmed-up, wondering what was up and if there would be a match. When Sean and Todd did show, you could tell they hadn't even had time to brush their teeth. Todd's hair was in some style that is probably considered fashionable and Sean was still wiping the sleep out of his eyes. Somehow, they pulled off a victory and moved on to the Semi-Finals.
This year, the message was again lost in translation on the Chinese women's team of You and Ji, who failed to change their clocks and showed up too late to compete. That forfeit on Sunday morning guaranteed the Lindquist sisters of at least a 5th place finish (personal bests) and a shot at the loser of our Winner's Bracket Match against McPeak/Kessy. Are you following me here?
Carrie and I had a great day on Saturday, braving the rain, welcoming the wind and advancing through the Winner's Bracket. We were hoping for a bit of that wind for our match-up with Holly and Jen, but at 8:30 on a Sunday morning in South Florida the only thing moving is the spring-breakers on their way home from their all-nighters.
Wind, or no wind, we never really got it going in that match. I'd like to blame it on the "daylight savings" phantom, but that would be too easy. We just didn't play well.
So, on to meet the Lindquist's, we went. Anyone who has watched Tracy and Katie play, know how scrappy they are and how frustrating it can be on the other side of the net. They pretty much dig everything and they played great that morning. We did, however, advance for yet another Semi-Final match-up with May/Walsh.
Carrie and I, along with our coach, have worked hard in the past months to make the changes to be more effective siding-out against the Gold Medalists. We have always matched up well with them, but had a tendency to give up strings of points that led to our demise (whether it is our errors, or good plays by them.) Our focus is to eliminate those runs and side-out more consistently. We played well in the first match-up of '05, a couple of calls (bad ones, if you ask me) and bounces of the ball went their way and that was the difference in the first set. They stepped it up from there and we were left with another 3rd place finish.
Last season, our goal was to always finish in the top 4, which we did, consistently. This year, our focus is greater. We are aiming for the finals, and nothing less, every weekend. Though we fell short in Florida and were disappointed, we came away with a lot of positives. Most of the changes we made in the off-season involved Carrie doing things that had been out of her comfort zone. She is running up and doing 90% of the blocking, while I'm focusing on being our defender. We have also switched sides (I'm on the left and she's on the right). Carrie has been a left-side player her entire beach career, so moving to the right was a big step. It required a huge commitment and lots of patience. I am really proud of how hard she's worked, and I know things will only get better from here.
In turn, we anticipate bigger and better things in '05 and I look forward to sharing them with you throughout the season.
I would like to thank all of the fans for your tremendous support of the AVP and the players. I am truly lucky to call the beach my office and without you guys, it wouldn't be possible. So, keep your questions coming and I'll do my best to provide you with the insight, tips, and gossip you need to survive as an AVP Fan.
Just email me at askthepros@avp.com and put my name in the subject line

Furby Answers Your Questions
April 29, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Shawn Levoy writes:
Matt, if you had to name 3 teams to look out for as far as sleepers this year, who would make your list?
Hi Shaun,
The three sleeper teams of the year for me would be Anthony Medel and Ty Loomis, Scott Wong and Mark Williams and Canyon Ceman and Jason Lee. Though Canyon, Mark and Scott are well known players, I don't think their teams are expected to do too much this season but believe me these teams can beat anybody. Ty and Anthony are young, athletic, talented players whom can be dangerous when their jump serves are working.
Thanks....Matt
Barry writes:
Hi Matt,
I was wondering what kind of joint stabilization exercises you do for your knees? Are the exercises related to ply metrics, lunges, and squats? Have a great year on tour.
Thanks,
Barry
Hi Barry,
Great question. My joint stabilization exercises are not related to ply metrics but definitely to squats and lunges. I do many exercises on a bosu ball or a blue foam pad which helps you not only work on the big muscles in the leg but also on proprioceptive muscles. Many times knee problems are caused by muscle imbalance in the legs or tight muscles. Thus I try to work all the muscles in my legs evenly and always try to go through a full range of motion. You can stretch your quadriceps all day but if you only go half way down when you are doing squats, you are teaching your body only half of its range of motion. Some of my favorite exercises are front squats, lunges, one legged squats and dead lifts. Remember full range of motion on all the lifts and make sure your knees never go past your toes.
Hope this helps...Matt
Ben K writes:
Hi Matt,
I know you don't remember, but I met you at the Manhattan Beach Open in June 2004 and got nervous and called you Casey and then my cousin to a picture of us. Anyway, I watched you play a few matches in Fort Lauderdale last Saturday and Sunday.
My questions are:
1) How many inches is your vertical?
2) Do you blink or duck your head when you are blocking or are you able to keep your eye of the ball even when it is spiked?
3) When blocking, do you line up on the hitters shoulder and then adjust your arms after jumping?
4) Do you stick to your line or angle block calls or are you always trying to block the ball, wherever it is?
Ben Kaye
Hi Ben,
I do remember that. You should have come up and said hello in Ft. Lauderdale. I might not remember the face at first but I do remember the moment.
Okay let me try to help you with your block.
My vertical indoors, the last time I tested was about 35 inches to answer your first question. I was never a great jumper but never a bad one either.
When I'm blocking I like to front my hitter and then move in with the hitter according to the set and his approach. I then will do my best to line up on his shoulder and jump up with the hitter and press my hands over the net. If I see him doing something I will try to take it with a late move of my hands. If not then I will stay pressed over the net and hope I get him to hit into me or at Casey.
It is very difficult to keep your eyes open during the block but it is very important to learn how to do it. Against the best hitters you must be able to make last minute adjustments and if your eyes are closed you might miss the opportunity to block the ball.
As for your last question I almost always stick with my call. I might yell switch during the point after I see the pass or the set but that I have to yell it early enough to give Casey time to adjust. Now of course there are times when I feel I'm in the groove and I will just take the ball but I usually let Casey know before hand that I'm going for the ball and not an area. Remember you don't always have to block the ball for it to be a successful block and if you start guessing up there you can leave your defender out to dry.
Here are a few more tips. Try to bait the hitter to hit the area that you are going to block...If the set is tight take the ball and let the defender get the shots...Timing and sealing the net are the keys to blocking, not how high you get
Hope these ideas help...Matt
To have Matt answer your questions just email askthepros@avp.com and put Matt's name in the subject line

Austin Round Up
April 30, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Braving early morning rains and frigid weather, the AVP Pros heated up Auditorium Shores and set the stage for key match ups on Sunday.
The weather didn't deter Austin fans who despite the cold, damp conditions, stayed into the 7:00 hour to take in as much of the action as possible.
Early action included number one seed Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb avoid near disaster clawing back to win their opening match in three tight games. Metzger and Gibb will be joined on Sunday by the likes of Karch Kiraly & Mike Lambert, Jeff Nygaard & Dax Holdren, and Dain Blanton & Kevin Wong.
Misty May and Kerri Walsh left little doubt with fans that the Austin Open Championship will go through their way. May and Walsh moved through Saturday's play with ease. Not as much can be said about the two seed, Holly McPeak and Jen Kessy, who were stretched to the limits in both of their Saturday matches. McPeak and Kessy will live to see another day as they prepare for early morning combat against Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder.
Can't make it to Auditorium Shores? Catch the action LIVE on Fox Sports Net and OLN. FSN will bring live coverage of the Finals while OLN will cover the Semi-Finals. Follow LIVE SCORING with point-by-point coverage on avp.com

Davie's Lucena, Dalhausser take first AVP series title
By Sharon Robb
STAFF WRITER
Sun Sentinel
Posted May 2 2005
Former Western player Nick Lucena of Davie and Phil Dalhausser of Ormond Beach won their first title Sunday at the AVP Nissan Series Austin Open.
Lucena and Dalhausser, seeded 10th, knocked off top-seeded Jake Gibb of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Stein Metzger of Manhattan Beach, Calif., 19-21, 21-16, 18-16.
They will split $20,000, their biggest paycheck in the sport.
They are the first East Coast players to win an AVP title since 1997.
The duo worked their way back from the losers' bracket and had to play four matches. They knocked off No. 3 seed and three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly and 2004 AVP Player of the Year Mike Lambert 21-18, 21-18 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, No. 2 seeds Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard fell 21-15, 20-22, 15-12.
"In the back of your mind you dream about winning a tournament," Lucena said. "We just thought to ourselves stay with them and something good will happen. This is humongous, ridiculous, awesome and unbelievable all rolled into one. I can't think straight right now.
"I am so tired but so happy. I didn't see or hear the crowd when a good play happened.
"I just kept my head in the game. I couldn't imagine going through all we did today and not winning. It was such an emotional rollercoaster ride. This is the hardest thing I've ever done."
Even more satisfying was winning his first AVP title in front of his father, Moe.
"I had a horrible tournament last weekend and he came in to lift my spirits," Lucena said.
Gibb and Metzger had won of the first two tournaments of the season at Fort Lauderdale and Tempe, Ariz., and didn't drop a game to take the Austin, Texas, tournament.
Gibbs and Metzger won a close first game before Lucena and Dalhausser, both 25, got into a groove, Lucena said. They had beaten Gibb and Metzger in Fort Lauderdale but finished seventh

Lucena, Dalhausser capture AVP title
SPORTSWIRE
Asbury Park Press 05/2/05
BEACH VOLLEYBALL:
Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser became the first all-East Coast team to win an Association of Volleyball Professionals event Sunday, earning the title at the AVP's $175,000 Austin (Texas) Open. Lucena and Dalhausser, who are from Florida but have been regulars at New Jersey tournaments for several years, beat Stein Metzger of Hawaii and Jake Gibb of California 19-21, 21-16, 18-16 to win the championship. Henry Russell, also from Florida, is the only other East Coast player to have won an AVP event. He teamed with Mark Kerins of California to win an AVP event in Cape Cod, Mass. in 1997

2005 Austin Open: New Contenders are Revealed
May 3, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
New competitive threats were established Sunday at the AVP Austin Open. Both the Men's and Women's Finals featured new teams who not only made powerful debuts, but also took both first-place AVP Teams to three-game matches. To top it off, one of the youngest teams on the AVP Tour came out victorious. Here's what happened and who prevailed.
Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena put an end to Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb's undefeated run with an incredible finish in Austin. Nick and Phil not only entered their first Final but clearly sent a message to the AVP men that there is a new team in town. Nick and Phil dropped the first game 19-21, but smoked Metzger/Gibb to capture the second 21-16. The third game brought the crowd to their feet as there were nine lead changes in the sudden death game.
Nick and Phil won the deciding game 18-16 in over-time and took home the first place prize money check for $20,000.
Clearly on cloud nine, Nick and Phil ecstatic and proud when stating, "beating that powerful team, beating Karch [earlier in the action], it's just incredible."
The Chinese National Team of Linjun Ji and Whenhui You pushed past the number two and three ranked teams of Holly McPeak & Jen Kessy and Elaine Youngs & Rachel Wacholder, to enter their first Final.
Misty May and Kerri Walsh narrowly defeated You and Ji after three matches to capture their third title of 2005. You and Ji stood up strong against the American Duo losing by the slimmest of margins 21-14, 19-21, and 15-12.
The hype surrounding You and Ji's first year on the AVP tour was clearly warranted as the pair put on quite a show for their fans back home as the Finals were televised nationwide in China.
The action and unpredictability of the AVP Tour continues May 21st and 22nd at the 2005 Santa Barbara Open at West Beach. Get your tickets now at AVP.com.
Can't make it to the Santa Barbara Open? Catch the action LIVE on Fox Sports Net and OLN. FSN will broadcast the Men's and Women's Finals, while OLN will cover the featured Semi-Finals.
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AVP  2005 Santa Barbara Open
West Beach , May 20th - 22nd
What: AVP 2005 Nissan Series Santa Barbara Open
Where: West Beach
Where: 201 Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
When: Friday May 20 -- Qualifier 8:00am - 6:00pm
When: Saturday May 21 -- Main Draw Competition 9:00am - 6:00pm
When: Sunday May 22 -- Men's and Women's Finals 8:30am - 5:00pm

Tickets: 
Friday: FREE
Saturday-Sunday: $15/$25/$50 Reserved
General Admission is free all days.

Top Local Players to watch:
Men: Karch Kiraly, Todd Rogers
Women: Misty May, Kerri Walsh

Past Glory
Kerri Walsh and Misty May: On the women's side, Misty May & Kerri Walsh became the United States' all-time winningest duo with their 31st career win together. In the championship match, Holly McPeak & Elaine Youngs were leading 9-8 when May & Walsh went on a 7-2 run to take control of the game. A lot of their success in that first set came because of McPeak's accurate passes which allowed Youngs to go over on too frequently. The 21-14 score marked the worst loss for May & Walsh all season long. Early in the second game, Youngs injured her left ankle when coming down on Walsh's foot, but she quickly shook it off. Shortly thereafter, she needed to tape it for additional support. The score was tied 4-4 in game two when May & Walsh went on an 8-1 run. The two teams traded points following that, and May & Walsh won 21-14. In the third game, May & Walsh had a pair of three-point runs early, but McPeak & Youngs fought back to tie it 13-13 before falling 15-13. The win by May & Walsh was the 17th in a row in the series excluding a forfeited match in Hermosa Beach in July.

Eric Fonoimoana and Mike Lambert: In each of the last three seasons, there has been one team that has won a tournament while playing together for the first time, and Fonoimoana has been on all three of them. In 2002, Fonoimoana teamed up with Dax Holdren to win the event in Huntington Beach in the first of their five wins together. Then in 2003 he played with Kevin Wong for the first time, winning the Manhattan Beach Open, one of two titles that duo won together. This year he waited until the last event of the 2004 AVP Nissan Series to repeat that accomplishment. Only two other first-time tandems have won in their initial outing within the past five years, and those happened in 1999 and 2001. Lambert had three blocks early in game two to set the tone, as his team jumped out to a 7-2 lead. Rogers & Scott chipped away at the lead but could not get closer than two points as Fonoimoana & Lambert won 21-17 to claim the title. Lambert finished with eight blocks and equally as important, forced the number one seeds into 13 hitting errors in the match.

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Event Dates
2005 AVP Tour Schedule
Date Event Prize Site Tickets Info
April 1-3 Ft. Lauderdale Open  $175,000 South Beach Park   
April 22-24 Tempe Open  $175,000 Tempe Beach Park    
April 29- May 1 Austin Open   $175,000 Auditorium Shores Park
May 20-22   Santa Barbara Open, California  $175,000
June 10-12 San Diego Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Mariners Point
Jun 30-Jul 3 Cincinnati Open, Ohio  $250,000
July 8-10 Belmar Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Belmar Beach
July 21-24 Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $250,000 Hermosa Beach Pier
Aug 11-14 Bud Light Huntington Beach Open presented by Shark Energy Drink $250,000 Huntington Beach Pier
Aug 18-21 Manhattan Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $250,000 Manhattan Beach Pier
Aug 26-28  Boulder Open, Colorado $175,000
September 1-4 Chicago Open  $375,000 North Avenue Beach   
September 8-10 Aquafina AVP Shootout presented by Bud Light  $200,000 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino   
September 30-Oct2 AVP BEST OF THE BEACH PRESENTED BY PAUL MITCHELL $200,000 Fort DeRussey Beach

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Men's AVP $87,500 Santa Barbara Open
May 20-22, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed
MEN:
Jake Gibb Stein Metzger 1
Dax Holdren Jeff Nygaard 2
Dain Blanton Kevin Wong 3
Phil Dalhausser Nick Lucena 4
Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 5
Eric Fonoimoana Mike Lambert 6
Adam Jewell Karch Kiraly 7
Paul Baxter Jason Ring 8
Todd Rogers Sean Scott 9
Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 10
Brent Doble John Hyden 11
Jose Loiola Fred Souza 12
Aaron Boss Brian Lewis 13
Mark Williams Scott Wong 14
Matt Olson Hans Stolfus 15
Scott Ayakatubby Albert Hannemann 16
Canyon Ceman Chad Turner 17
Matt Heath Ryan Mariano 18
Scott Davenport John Moran
Mike Morrison Jim Nichols
David Fischer Ed Ratledge
Anthony Mihalic Chad Mowrey
Ty Loomis Anthony Medel
Jeff Minc Aaron Wachtfogel
Jason Lee Reid Priddy Q1
Steve Grotowski Adam Roberts Q2
David Smith Brad Torsone Q3
Pepe Delahoz Andre Melo Q4
Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano Q5
Brian Corso Adam Johnson Q6
Scott Hill Dan Mintz Q7
Chris Harger Jack Quinn Q8
Chris Magill Jon Thompson Q9
Mike Bruning Said Souikane Q10
Chad Convis Andrew Vazquez Q11
Eric Adams Tony Pray Q12
Kevin Dake Sonny Knight Q13
Ran Kumgisky Matt Prosser Q14
Leon Lucas Justin Phipps Q15
Bivin Sadler Jason Wight Q16
Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins Q17
Jeff Murrell Jeff Smith Q18
Ben Koski Michael Rupp Q19
Mike Desjardins Morgan Mainz Q20
Travis Regner Lucas Wisniakowski Q21
Brian Duff Scott Faust Q22
John Braunstein JP Calderon Q23
Jon Barnes Todd Bennett Q24
Todd Hart Ivan Mercer Q25
Art Barron Mike Szymanski Q26
Guy Hamilton Jon Mesko Q27
Seth Burnham Luis Sandoval Q28
John Mayer Sean Rooney Q29
Casey Brewer Eric Burness Q30
Timothy Cornelissen Dustin Townsend Q31
Lucas Black Matt Heagy Q32
Scott Kiedaisch Mark Kirunchyk Q33
Jeff Myers Peter Tourigny Q34
Santana Aker Derek Martinez Q35
Michael Doucette Steve Hubbard Q36
Mark Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten Q37
Yariv Lerner Tom Slauterbeck Q38
Drew Brand Matt Wilkens Q39
Garrett Black Jason Lefevre Q40
Vince Fierro Tanner Morris Q41
Coley Kyman Bobby Samuelson Q42
Lucas Galmarini Jeff Pheffer Q43
Josh Goodman Peter Pua Q44
Robert deAurora Aaron Moore Q45
Matt Osbourn Jeremy Sanders Q46
Ihor Akinshyn Danko Iordanov Q47
Jason Harris Dave Johnson Q48
Connor Hastings Andy Northness Q49
Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q50
Shane Cervantes Arri Jeschke Q51
Brian Genthe Harold Johnson Q52
Steve Lauvenberg John Savage Q53
Dan Newman Tim Ryan Q54
Paul Lourick Eric Roberts Q55
Blake Cantrell Tim Nestlerode Q56
Jake Blair Guilherme Leite Q57
Nick Ellis Jed Stotsenberg Q58
Gabe Burt Brad Powell Q59
Shawn Coates Brian Post Q60
Nick Barron Alex Lynch Q61
Corin Bemus Gabe Gardner Q62
Shigetomo Sakugawa Jon Stalls Q63
Aaron Mansfield Donal McGraw Q64
Craig Donen Justin Romain Q65
Jason Baker Justin Wallis Q66
Mike Placek Tye Thoreson Q67
Samuel Brown Cody Loggins Q68
Nate Michael Will Paulson Q69
Owen McKibbin Tony Zapata Q70

FRIDAY RESULTS


Men's AVP $175,000 Santa Barbara Open
May 20-22, 2005

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Aaron Mansfield / Donal McGraw (Q64) def. Craig Donen / Justin Romain (Q65) 16-21, 24-22, 15-13 (1:03)
Match 18: Nate Michael / Will Paulson (Q69) def. Shawn Coates / Brian Post (Q60) 21-18, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 31: Nick Barron / Alex Lynch (Q61) def. Cody Loggins / Samuel Brown (Q68) 21-14, 21-10 (0:38)
Match 34: Corin Bemus / Gabe Gardner (Q62) def. Tye Thoreson / Mike Placek (Q67) 21-18, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 47: Tony Zapata / Owen McKibbin (Q70) def. Gabe Burt / Brad Powell (Q59) 21-17, 21-14 (0:47)
Match 63: Shigetomo Sakugawa / Jon Stalls (Q63) def. Jason Baker / Justin Wallis (Q66) 21-6, 21-6 (0:28)
Round 2
Match 65: Jason Lee / Reid Priddy (Q1) def. Aaron Mansfield / Donal McGraw (Q64) 21-15, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 66: Lucas Black / Matt Heagy (Q32) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Mark Kirunchyk (Q33) 0-21, 22-20, 17-15 (0:42)
Match 67: Rocky Mayo / Jeremie Simkins (Q17) def. Jason Harris / Dave Johnson (Q48) 21-9, 21-10 (0:32)
Match 68: Bivin Sadler / Jason Wight (Q16) def. Connor Hastings / Andy Northness (Q49) 21-17, 21-17 (0:47)
Match 69: Blake Cantrell / Tim Nestlerode (Q56) def. Chris Magill / Jon Thompson (Q9) 21-19, 21-15 (0:57)
Match 70: Jon Barnes / Todd Bennett (Q24) def. Vince Fierro / Tanner Morris (Q41) 21-15, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 71: Todd Hart / Ivan Mercer (Q25) def. Garrett Black / Jason Lefevre (Q40) 21-17, 13-21, 15-9 (1:00)
Match 72: Jake Blair / Guilherme Leite (Q57) def. Chris Harger / Jack Quinn (Q8) 21-17, 18-21, 16-14 (1:05)
Match 73: Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q5) def. Nate Michael / Will Paulson (Q69) 21-11, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 74: Seth Burnham / Luis Sandoval (Q28) def. Mark Van Zwieten / Steve Van Zwieten (Q37) 21-16, 21-8 (0:42)
Match 75: Travis Regner / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q21) def. Josh Goodman / Peter Pua (Q44) 21-12, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 76: Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q12) def. Steve Lauvenberg / John Savage (Q53) 21-14, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 77: Kevin Dake / Sonny Knight (Q13) def. Brian Genthe / Harold Johnson (Q52) 21-12, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 78: Mike Desjardins / Morgan Mainz (Q20) def. Robert deAurora / Aaron Moore (Q45) 21-15, 21-14 (0:36)
Match 79: Michael Doucette / Steve Hubbard (Q36) def. John Mayer / Sean Rooney (Q29) 16-21, 21-19, 15-11 (1:01)
Match 80: Pepe Delahoz / Andre Melo (Q4) def. Nick Barron / Alex Lynch (Q61) 19-21, 21-14, 15-9 (0:59)
Match 81: David Smith / Brad Torsone (Q3) def. Corin Bemus / Gabe Gardner (Q62) 23-21, 21-19 (0:52)
Match 82: Casey Brewer / Eric Burness (Q30) def. Santana Aker / Derek Martinez (Q35) 21-19, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 83: Ben Koski / Michael Rupp (Q19) def. Matt Osbourn / Jeremy Sanders (Q46) 21-12, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 84: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q14) def. Shane Cervantes / Arri Jeschke (Q51) 21-19, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 85: Chad Convis / Andrew Vazquez (Q11) def. Dan Newman / Tim Ryan (Q54) 21-12, 21-16 (0:46)
Match 86: Lucas Galmarini / Jeff Pheffer (Q43) def. Brian Duff / Scott Faust (Q22) 21-19, 17-21, 15-9 (1:06)
Match 87: Guy Hamilton / Jon Mesko (Q27) def. Yariv Lerner / Tom Slauterbeck (Q38) 21-14, 22-20 (0:40)
Match 88: Brian Corso / Adam Johnson (Q6) def. Tony Zapata / Owen McKibbin (Q70) 21-19, 21-18
Match 89: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q7) def. Nick Ellis / Jed Stotsenberg (Q58) 25-23, 21-10 (0:56)
Match 90: Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q26) def. Drew Brand / Matt Wilkens (Q39) 21-18, 20-22, 15-8 (1:02)
Match 91: John Braunstein / JP Calderon (Q23) def. Coley Kyman / Bobby Samuelson (Q42) 23-21, 22-20 (0:50)
Match 92: Mike Bruning / Said Souikane (Q10) def. Paul Lourick / Eric Roberts (Q55) 21-15, 21-16 (0:46)
Match 93: Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q50) def. Leon Lucas / Justin Phipps (Q15) 26-24, 21-19 (0:56)
Match 94: Ihor Akinshyn / Danko Iordanov (Q47) def. Jeff Murrell / Jeff Smith (Q18) 21-10, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 95: Jeff Myers / Peter Tourigny (Q34) def. Timothy Cornelissen / Dustin Townsend (Q31) 21-13, 21-18 (0:50)
Match 96: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q2) def. Shigetomo Sakugawa / Jon Stalls (Q63) 21-15, 24-22
Round 3
Match 97: Jason Lee / Reid Priddy (Q1) def. Lucas Black / Matt Heagy (Q32) 21-14, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 98: Bivin Sadler / Jason Wight (Q16) def. Rocky Mayo / Jeremie Simkins (Q17) 21-15, 21-17 (0:46)
Match 99: Blake Cantrell / Tim Nestlerode (Q56) def. Jon Barnes / Todd Bennett (Q24) 21-13, 21-19 (0:51)
Match 100: Todd Hart / Ivan Mercer (Q25) def. Jake Blair / Guilherme Leite (Q57) 22-20, 21-17 (0:50)
Match 101: Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q5) def. Seth Burnham / Luis Sandoval (Q28) 21-18, 21-18 (0:51)
Match 102: Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q12) def. Travis Regner / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q21) 21-14, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 103: Kevin Dake / Sonny Knight (Q13) def. Mike Desjardins / Morgan Mainz (Q20) 24-26, 21-18, 15-11 (1:15)
Match 104: Pepe Delahoz / Andre Melo (Q4) def. Michael Doucette / Steve Hubbard (Q36) 18-21, 21-15, 15-10 (1:07)
Match 105: Casey Brewer / Eric Burness (Q30) def. David Smith / Brad Torsone (Q3) 22-20, 21-17 (0:50)
Match 106: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q14) def. Ben Koski / Michael Rupp (Q19) 21-17, 20-22, 15-10 (0:59)
Match 107: Chad Convis / Andrew Vazquez (Q11) def. Lucas Galmarini / Jeff Pheffer (Q43) 21-14, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 108: Brian Corso / Adam Johnson (Q6) def. Guy Hamilton / Jon Mesko (Q27) 21-18, 21-8 (0:46)
Match 109: Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q26) def. Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q7) 22-20, 22-20 (0:47)
Match 110: John Braunstein / JP Calderon (Q23) def. Mike Bruning / Said Souikane (Q10) 17-21, 21-16, 18-16
Match 111: Ihor Akinshyn / Danko Iordanov (Q47) def. Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q50) 21-14, 21-17 (0:34)
Match 112: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q2) def. Jeff Myers / Peter Tourigny (Q34) 21-17, 21-14 (0:40)
Round 4
Match 113: Jason Lee / Reid Priddy (Q1) def. Bivin Sadler / Jason Wight (Q16) 21-16, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 114: Blake Cantrell / Tim Nestlerode (Q56) def. Todd Hart / Ivan Mercer (Q25) 21-18, 21-16 (0:54)
Match 115: Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q5) def. Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q12) 21-12, 21-17 (0:48)
Match 116: Pepe Delahoz / Andre Melo (Q4) def. Kevin Dake / Sonny Knight (Q13) 21-16, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 117: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q14) def. Casey Brewer / Eric Burness (Q30) 21-11, 21-14
Match 118: Brian Corso / Adam Johnson (Q6) def. Chad Convis / Andrew Vazquez (Q11) 21-17, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 119: John Braunstein / JP Calderon (Q23) def. Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q26) 21-15, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 120: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q2) def. Ihor Akinshyn / Danko Iordanov (Q47) 19-21, 21-16, 21-19 (1:07)

Men's AVP $87,500 Santa Barbara Open
May 20-22, 2005 

SATURDAY RESULTS


Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Tim Nestlerode / Blake Cantrell (32, Q56) 21-15, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 2: Scott Ayakatubby / Albert Hannemann (16) def. Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (17) 15-21, 22-20, 15-9 (1:02)
Match 3: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (9) def. Adam Roberts / Steve Grotowski (24, Q2) 21-10, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 4: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (8) def. Jeff Minc / Aaron Wachtfogel (25) 21-13, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 5: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Pepe Delahoz / Andre Melo (28, Q4) 23-21, 21-12 (0:48)
Match 6: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (12) def. Scott Davenport / John Moran (21) 19-21, 21-16, 15-10 (0:57)
Match 7: Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (13) def. David Fischer / Ed Ratledge (20) 21-13, 21-15 (0:46)
Match 8: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (4) def. Brian Corso / Adam Johnson (29, Q6) 21-13, 23-21 (0:48)
Match 9: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (3) def. Said Souikane / Mike Bruning (30, Q10) 19-21, 21-19, 15-8 (0:57)
Match 10: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (14) def. Jason Lee / Reid Priddy (19, Q1) 27-25, 21-13 (0:51)
Match 11: Anthony Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (22) def. Brent Doble / John Hyden (11) 21-16, 21-15 (0:50)
Match 12: Eric Fonoimoana / Mike Lambert (6) def. Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (27, Q5) 25-23, 21-18 (0:46)
Match 13: Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (7) def. Jim Nichols / Mike Morrison (26) 21-16, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 14: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (10) def. Ty Loomis / Anthony Medel (23) 26-24, 21-18 (0:50)
Match 15: Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (15) def. Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (18) 19-21, 24-22, 19-17 (1:01)
Match 16: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (31, Q14) 21-14, 21-15 (0:33)
Round 2
Match 17: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Albert Hannemann (16) 21-16, 20-22, 15-10 (0:57)
Match 18: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (9) def. Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (8) 24-22, 21-15 (0:52)
Match 19: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (12) 21-19, 17-21, 15-12 (1:05)
Match 20: Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (13) def. Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (4) 21-19, 15-21, 16-14 (1:12)
Match 21: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (14) def. Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (3) 23-21, 14-21, 17-15 (1:13)
Match 22: Eric Fonoimoana / Mike Lambert (6) def. Anthony Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (22) 21-14, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 23: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (10) def. Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (7) 21-18, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 24: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (15) 19-21, 24-22, 15-10 (1:03)
Round 3
Match 25: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (9) def. Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) 21-15, 21-15 (0:41)
Match 26: Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (13) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) 13-21, 21-15, 15-13 (1:05)
Match 27: Eric Fonoimoana / Mike Lambert (6) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (14) 16-21, 21-17, 15-6 (0:54)
Match 28: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (10) 17-21, 21-17, 15-13 (1:02)
Round 4
Match 29: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (9) def. Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (13) 21-19, 21-16 (0:51)
Match 30: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Mike Lambert (6) 21-18, 23-21 (0:46)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (17) def. Tim Nestlerode / Blake Cantrell (32, Q56) 21-16, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 32: Jeff Minc / Aaron Wachtfogel (25) def. Adam Roberts / Steve Grotowski (24, Q2) 21-19, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 33: Scott Davenport / John Moran (21) def. Pepe Delahoz / Andre Melo (28, Q4) 21-16, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 34: David Fischer / Ed Ratledge (20) def. Brian Corso / Adam Johnson (29, Q6) 21-18, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 35: Jason Lee / Reid Priddy (19, Q1) def. Said Souikane / Mike Bruning (30, Q10) 16-21, 21-15, 22-20 (1:03)
Match 36: Brent Doble / John Hyden (11) def. Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (27, Q5) 21-14, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 37: Ty Loomis / Anthony Medel (23) def. Jim Nichols / Mike Morrison (26) 21-13, 13-21, 15-12 (0:54)
Match 38: Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (18) def. Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (31, Q14) 21-18, 21-16 (0:41)
Round 2
Match 39: Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (15) def. Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (17) 21-14, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 40: Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (7) def. Jeff Minc / Aaron Wachtfogel (25) 21-18, 21-12 (0:41)
Match 41: Anthony Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (22) def. Scott Davenport / John Moran (21) 22-20, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 42: David Fischer / Ed Ratledge (20) def. Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (3) 18-21, 22-20, 15-12 (1:00)
Match 43: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (4) def. Jason Lee / Reid Priddy (19, Q1) 21-15, 23-21 (0:44)
Match 44: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (12) def. Brent Doble / John Hyden (11) 19-21, 21-16, 15-7 (0:55)
Match 45: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (8) def. Ty Loomis / Anthony Medel (23) 21-13, 21-16 (0:42)
Match 46: Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (18) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Albert Hannemann (16) 21-15, 21-17 (0:42)
Round 3
Match 47: Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (15) def. Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (7) 21-19, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 48: Anthony Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (22) def. David Fischer / Ed Ratledge (20) 19-21, 21-18, 17-15 (0:57)
Match 49: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (4) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (12) 15-21, 21-19, 26-24 (1:03)
Match 50: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (8) def. Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (18) 21-16, 21-17 (0:52)
Round 4
Match 51: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (15) 21-19, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 52: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Anthony Mihalic / Chad Mowrey (22) 21-15, 21-13 (0:33)
Match 53: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (4) def. Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (10) 21-11, 21-12 (0:29)
Match 54: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (8) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (14) 20-22, 29-27, 15-13 (1:21)
Round 5
Match 55: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) 21-18, 25-23 (1:04)
Match 56: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (8) def. Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (4) 17-21, 21-17, 15-10 (1:00)
Round 6
Match 57: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Mike Lambert (6) 17-21, 21-19, 15-9 (1:01)
Match 58: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (8) def. Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (13) 13-21, 21-19, 15-12 (1:06)

Semifinals
Match 59: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (9) def. Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) 21-19, 21-14 (0:52)
Match 60: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (8) 21-19, 21-12 (0:42)

Finals
Match 61: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (9) 21-19, 19-21, 15-9 (1:20) 

2005 Men's Santa Barbara Open Tournament Champions >>Dax Holdren/Jeff Nygaard

  
                             
     Dax Holdren                                               Jeff Nygaard

Men's AVP $87,500 Santa Barbara Open
May 20-22, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Dax Holdren Jeff Nygaard 2 $20,000.00 360.0
2 Todd Rogers Sean Scott 9 $14,000.00 324.0
3 Jake Gibb Stein Metzger 1 $8,450.00 270.0
3 Paul Baxter Jason Ring 8 $8,450.00 270.0
5 Eric Fonoimoana Mike Lambert 6 $5,000.00 216.0
5 Aaron Boss Brian Lewis 13 $5,000.00 216.0
7 Phil Dalhausser Nick Lucena 4 $3,500.00 180.0
7 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 5 $3,500.00 180.0
9 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 10 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Mark Williams Scott Wong 14 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Matt Olson Hans Stolfus 15 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Anthony Mihalic Chad Mowrey 22 $2,200.00 144.0

13 Adam Jewell Karch Kiraly 7 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Jose Loiola Fred Souza 12 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Matt Heath Ryan Mariano 18 $1,400.00 108.0
13 David Fischer Ed Ratledge 20 $1,400.00 108.0
17 Dain Blanton Kevin Wong 3 $550.00 72.0
17 Brent Doble John Hyden 11 $550.00 72.0
17 Scott Ayakatubby Albert Hannemann 16 $550.00 72.0
17 Canyon Ceman Chad Turner 17 $550.00 72.0
17 Jason Lee Reid Priddy 19, Q1 $550.00 72.0
17 Scott Davenport John Moran 21 $550.00 72.0
17 Ty Loomis Anthony Medel 23 $550.00 72.0
17 Jeff Minc Aaron Wachtfogel 25 $550.00 72.0
25 Steve Grotowski Adam Roberts 24, Q2 $100.00 36.0
25 Mike Morrison Jim Nichols 26 $100.00 36.0
25 Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano 27, Q5 $100.00 36.0
25 Pepe Delahoz Andre Melo 28, Q4 $100.00 36.0
25 Brian Corso Adam Johnson 29, Q6 $100.00 36.0
25 Mike Bruning Said Souikane 30, Q10 $100.00 36.0
25 Ran Kumgisky Matt Prosser 31, Q14 $100.00 36.0
25 Blake Cantrell Tim Nestlerode 32, Q56 $100.00 36.0
33 Chad Convis Andrew Vazquez Q11 $.00 18.0
33 Eric Adams Tony Pray Q12 $.00 18.0
33 Kevin Dake Sonny Knight Q13 $.00 18.0
33 Bivin Sadler Jason Wight Q16 $.00 18.0
33 Todd Hart Ivan Mercer Q25 $.00 18.0
33 Art Barron Mike Szymanski Q26 $.00 18.0
33 Casey Brewer Eric Burness Q30 $.00 18.0
33 Ihor Akinshyn Danko Iordanov Q47 $.00 18.0
41 David Smith Brad Torsone Q3 $.00 12.0
41 Scott Hill Dan Mintz Q7 $.00 12.0
41 Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins Q17 $.00 12.0
41 Ben Koski Michael Rupp Q19 $.00 12.0
41 Mike Desjardins Morgan Mainz Q20 $.00 12.0
41 Travis Regner Lucas Wisniakowski Q21 $.00 12.0
41 John Braunstein JP Calderon Q23 $.00 12.0
41 Jon Barnes Todd Bennett Q24 $.00 12.0
41 Guy Hamilton Jon Mesko Q27 $.00 12.0
41 Seth Burnham Luis Sandoval Q28 $.00 12.0
41 Lucas Black Matt Heagy Q32 $.00 12.0
41 Jeff Myers Peter Tourigny Q34 $.00 12.0
41 Michael Doucette Steve Hubbard Q36 $.00 12.0
41 Lucas Galmarini Jeff Pheffer Q43 $.00 12.0
41 Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q50 $.00 12.0
41 Jake Blair Guilherme Leite Q57 $.00 12.0
57 Chris Harger Jack Quinn Q8 $.00 8.0
57 Chris Magill Jon Thompson Q9 $.00 8.0
57 Leon Lucas Justin Phipps Q15 $.00 8.0
57 Jeff Murrell Jeff Smith Q18 $.00 8.0
57 Brian Duff Scott Faust Q22 $.00 8.0
57 John Mayer Sean Rooney Q29 $.00 8.0
57 Timothy Cornelissen Dustin Townsend Q31 $.00 8.0
57 Scott Kiedaisch Mark Kirunchyk Q33 $.00 8.0
57 Santana Aker Derek Martinez Q35 $.00 8.0
57 Mark Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten Q37 $.00 8.0
57 Yariv Lerner Tom Slauterbeck Q38 $.00 8.0
57 Drew Brand Matt Wilkens Q39 $.00 8.0
57 Garrett Black Jason Lefevre Q40 $.00 8.0
57 Vince Fierro Tanner Morris Q41 $.00 8.0
57 Coley Kyman Bobby Samuelson Q42 $.00 8.0
57 Josh Goodman Peter Pua Q44 $.00 8.0
57 Robert deAurora Aaron Moore Q45 $.00 8.0
57 Matt Osbourn Jeremy Sanders Q46 $.00 8.0
57 Jason Harris Dave Johnson Q48 $.00 8.0
57 Connor Hastings Andy Northness Q49 $.00 8.0
57 Shane Cervantes Arri Jeschke Q51 $.00 8.0
57 Brian Genthe Harold Johnson Q52 $.00 8.0
57 Steve Lauvenberg John Savage Q53 $.00 8.0
57 Dan Newman Tim Ryan Q54 $.00 8.0
57 Paul Lourick Eric Roberts Q55 $.00 8.0
57 Nick Ellis Jed Stotsenberg Q58 $.00 8.0
57 Nick Barron Alex Lynch Q61 $.00 8.0
57 Corin Bemus Gabe Gardner Q62 $.00 8.0
57 Shigetomo Sakugawa Jon Stalls Q63 $.00 8.0
57 Aaron Mansfield Donal McGraw Q64 $.00 8.0
57 Nate Michael Will Paulson Q69 $.00 8.0
57 Owen McKibbin Tony Zapata Q70 $.00 8.0
89 Gabe Burt Brad Powell Q59 $.00 4.0
89 Shawn Coates Brian Post Q60 $.00 4.0
89 Craig Donen Justin Romain Q65 $.00 4.0
89 Jason Baker Justin Wallis Q66 $.00 4.0
89 Mike Placek Tye Thoreson Q67 $.00 4.0
89 Samuel Brown Cody Loggins Q68 $.00 4.0


Women's AVP $175,000 Santa Barbara Open
May 20-22, 2005
WOMEN:
Finish Player Partner Seed
Misty May Kerri Walsh 1
Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 2
Jennifer Kessy Holly McPeak 3
Dianne DeNecochea Nancy Mason 4
Carrie Busch Liz Masakayan 5
Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 6
Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 7
Pat Keller Wendy Stammer 8
Samirames Marins Tatiana Minello 9
Angie Akers Nicole Branagh 10
Sarah Straton Ann Windes 11
Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles 12
Tanya Fuamatu Heidi Ilustre 13
Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 14
Daven Allison Kimberly Coleman 15
Jaimie Lee Paula Roca 16
Nikki Audette Jill Changaris 17
Denise Johns Alicia Polzin
Jenelle Koester Ali Wood
Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet
Kerri Eich Priscilla Lima
Angela Lewis Diane Pascua
Barbara Nyland Saralyn Smith
Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger
Leanne Haarbauer Jeannette Hecker Q1
Ashley Ivy Ella Vakhidova Q2
Mary Baily Julie Romias Q3
Jennifer Holdren Patti Scofield Q4
Helen Reale Karen Reitz Q5
Marla O'Hara Catie Vagneur Q6
Lisa Marshall Carrie Wright Q7
Kelly Rowe Sarah White Q8
Abby Georgy Alicia Zamparelli Q9
Arcadia Berjonneau Tiffany Rodriguez Q10
Jean Mathews Nicole Midwin Q11
Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser Q12
Michelle Kyman Amber Willey Q13
Monique Oliver Stephanie Roberts Q14
Nicki Fusco Gina Kirstein Q15
Stacey Cole Jeanette Simenson Q16
Heather Alley Kathleen Madden Q17
Jennifer Maastricht Teri Zartman Q18
Meri-de Boyer Cheri Fitzner Q19
Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst Q20
Amber Ramga Teri Van Dyke Q21
Kirstin Olsen Laura Ratto Q22
Lisa Gathright Jenny Griffith Q23
Kim Goodwin Carol Killeen Q24
Jessie Cooper Jennifer Lombardi Q25
Melissa Karwowski Ashley Regner Q26
Kristal Blair Kaili Kimura Q27
Lucy Han Johanna Lehman Q28
Brittany Hochevar Krystal McFarland Q29
Keao Burdine Chrissie Zartman Q30
Stacy Nicks Barb Sanson Q31
Paige Davis Karen Holman Q32
Barbara Carson Barb Letts Q33
Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q34
Cinta Claro Josie Youngblood Q35
Erica Menzel Angie Simpson Q36
Veronica Sanchez Cherry Simkins Q37
Ella Harley Alyssa Rylander Q38
Renee Nygaard Erin Pryor Q39
Jo Convis Aly Currey Q40
Christina Hinds Katie Wilkins Q41
Tina Damasco Vladia Vignato Q42
K.C. Collins Kelly Yengst Q43
Shannon Christianson Hilde Schjerven Q44
Jackie Hatten Susan Postnikoff Q45
Racquel Beson Bonnie Levin Q46
Silvia Bottazzi Manuela Broccolini Q47
Megan Dockery Terri Zemaitis-Boumans Q48
Carolyn O'Keefe Julie Thomas Q49
Tracy Duffey Janine Laubacher-Cobian Q50
Leilani Kamahoahoa Valerie Pryor Q51
Tina Daly Desiree Partlow Q52
Shayna Breed Kim Collins Q53

 
Women's AVP $87,500 Santa Barbara Open
May 20-22, 2005 
WOMEN'S:
Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Barb Letts / Barbara Carson (Q33) def. Paige Davis / Karen Holman (Q32) 17-21, 21-19, 15-7 (1:14)
Match 3: Heather Alley / Kathleen Madden (Q17) def. Terri Zemaitis-Boumans / Megan Dockery (Q48) 18-21, 21-16, 17-15 (1:08)
Match 4: Carolyn O'Keefe / Julie Thomas (Q49) def. Stacey Cole / Jeanette Simenson (Q16) 21-19, 18-21, 15-13 (0:56)
Match 6: Katie Wilkins / Christina Hinds (Q41) def. Kim Goodwin / Carol Killeen (Q24) 21-15, 21-16 (0:44)
Match 7: Jessie Cooper / Jennifer Lombardi (Q25) def. Jo Convis / Aly Currey (Q40) 21-18, 16-21, 15-11 (0:59)
Match 10: Cherry Simkins / Veronica Sanchez (Q37) def. Lucy Han / Johanna Lehman (Q28) 21-14, 17-21, 16-14 (1:05)
Match 11: Amber Ramga / Teri Van Dyke (Q21) def. Hilde Schjerven / Shannon Christianson (Q44) 21-12, 21-14 (0:35)
Match 12: Joy Akins / Dawn Steinhauser (Q12) def. Kim Collins / Shayna Breed (Q53) 14-21, 21-18, 15-13 (0:54)
Match 13: Michelle Kyman / Amber Willey (Q13) def. Tina Daly / Desiree Partlow (Q52) 21-8, 21-7 (0:29)
Match 14: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q20) def. Susan Postnikoff / Jackie Hatten (Q45) 21-14, 21-7 (0:31)
Match 15: Angie Simpson / Erica Menzel (Q36) def. Brittany Hochevar / Krystal McFarland (Q29) 25-23, 22-20 (0:45)
Match 18: Josie Youngblood / Cinta Claro (Q35) def. Keao Burdine / Chrissie Zartman (Q30) 21-19, 15-21, 16-14 (1:03)
Match 19: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q19) def. Bonnie Levin / Racquel Beson (Q46) 21-15, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 20: Monique Oliver/Stephanie Roberts(Q14)def Leilani Kamahoahoa /Valerie Pryor (Q51) 12-21, 21-18, 16-14 (1:09)
Match 22: Kirstin Olsen / Laura Ratto (Q22) def. Kelly Yengst / K.C. Collins (Q43) 21-19, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 23: Kristal Blair / Kaili Kimura (Q27) def. Alyssa Rylander / Ella Harley (Q38) 21-18, 21-15 (0:32)
Match 26: Melissa Karwowski / Ashley Regner (Q26) def. Renee Nygaard / Erin Pryor (Q39) 18-21, 21-14, 15-7 (1:02)
Match 27: Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q23) def. Tina Damasco / Vladia Vignato (Q42) 21-10, 21-12 (0:36)
Match 29: Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q15) def. Janine Laubacher-Cobian / Tracy Duffey (Q50) 21-12, 21-14 (0:46)
Match 30: Silvia Bottazzi /Manuela Broccolini (Q47)def. Jennifer Maastricht / Teri Zartman (Q18) 16-21, 21-17, 15-13 (1:03)
Match 31: Kristin Ursillo / Noel Frohman (Q34) def. Stacy Nicks / Barb Sanson (Q31) 21-13, 21-14 (0:38)
Round 2
Match 33: Leanne Haarbauer / Jeannette Hecker (Q1) def. Barb Letts / Barbara Carson (Q33) 21-12, 16-21, 15-12 (0:53)
Match 34: Carolyn O'Keefe / Julie Thomas (Q49) def. Heather Alley / Kathleen Madden (Q17) 22-20, 21-19 (0:43)
Match 35: Abby Georgy / Alicia Zamparelli (Q9) def. Katie Wilkins / Christina Hinds (Q41) 21-19, 16-21, 15-12 (0:57)
Match 36: Kelly Rowe / Sarah White (Q8) def. Jessie Cooper / Jennifer Lombardi (Q25) 21-13, 21-17 (0:36)
Match 37: Helen Reale / Karen Reitz (Q5) def. Cherry Simkins / Veronica Sanchez (Q37) 21-16, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 38: Amber Ramga / Teri Van Dyke (Q21) def. Joy Akins / Dawn Steinhauser (Q12) 21-12, 11-21, 15-7 (0:49)
Match 39: Jennifer Fopma /Stacy Rouwenhorst(Q20) def. Michelle Kyman / Amber Willey (Q13) 20-22, 21-15, 15-12 (1:03)
Match 40: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (Q4) def. Angie Simpson / Erica Menzel (Q36) 21-10, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 41: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q3) def. Josie Youngblood / Cinta Claro (Q35) 21-15, 22-24, 15-6 (0:57)
Match 42: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q19) def. Monique Oliver / Stephanie Roberts (Q14) 17-21, 23-21, 17-15 (1:02)
Match 43: Kirstin Olsen / Laura Ratto (Q22) def. Jean Mathews / Nicole Midwin (Q11) 21-17, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 44: Marla O'Hara / Catie Vagneur (Q6) def. Kristal Blair / Kaili Kimura (Q27) 29-27, 21-17 (0:54)
Match 45: Lisa Marshall / Carrie Wright (Q7) def. Melissa Karwowski / Ashley Regner (Q26) 21-19, 11-21, 15-12
Match 46: Lisa Gathright /Jenny Griffith (Q23) def. Arcadia Berjonneau / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q10) 21-19, 15-21, 16-14 (1:03)
Match 47: Silvia Bottazzi / Manuela Broccolini (Q47) def. Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q15) 21-23, 26-24, 17-15 (1:25)
Match 48: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q2) def. Kristin Ursillo / Noel Frohman (Q34) 21-10, 21-15 (0:38)
Round 3
Match 49: Leanne Haarbauer / Jeannette Hecker (Q1) def. Carolyn O'Keefe / Julie Thomas (Q49) 21-12, 21-19 (0:35)
Match 50: Abby Georgy / Alicia Zamparelli (Q9) def. Kelly Rowe / Sarah White (Q8) 13-21, 21-15, 15-7 (0:51)
Match 51: Amber Ramga / Teri Van Dyke (Q21) def. Helen Reale / Karen Reitz (Q5) 24-22, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 52: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (Q4) def. Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q20) 21-17, 21-15 (0:39)
Match 53: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q3) def. Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q19) 21-16, 15-21, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 54: Marla O'Hara / Catie Vagneur (Q6) def. Kirstin Olsen / Laura Ratto (Q22) 23-21, 21-16 (0:46)
Match 55: Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q23) def. Lisa Marshall / Carrie Wright (Q7) 23-21, 21-13 (0:49)
Match 56: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q2) def. Silvia Bottazzi / Manuela Broccolini (Q47) 21-15, 21-18 (0:40)

Women's AVP $87,500 Santa Barbara Open
May 20-22, 2005 
WOMEN'S:
SATURDAY RESULTS

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (32, Q23) 21-8, 21-15 (0:31)
Match 2: Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (17) def. Paula Roca / Jaimie Lee (16) 24-22, 21-17 (0:56)
Match 3: Samirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (9) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (24) 26-24, 21-15 (0:51)
Match 4: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (25, Q2) def. Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (8) 21-0, 21-17 (0:18)
Match 5: Carrie Busch / Liz Masakayan (5) def. Jeannette Hecker / Leanne Haarbauer (28, Q1) 17-21, 21-16, 15-12 (0:50)
Match 6: Brooke Niles / Courtney Guerra (12) def. Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (21) 21-11, 21-15 (0:34)
Match 7: Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (20) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (13) 22-20, 22-24, 15-10 (1:03)
Match 8: Nancy Mason / Dianne DeNecochea (4) def. Abby Georgy / Alicia Zamparelli (29, Q9) 21-12, 21-18 (0:36)
Match 9: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Marla O'Hara / Catie Vagneur (30, Q6) 21-16, 21-9 (0:38)
Match 10: Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (19) def. Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (14) 21-16, 18-21, 18-16 (1:01)
Match 11: Sarah Straton / Ann Windes (11) def. Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (22) 21-11, 19-21, 15-10 (1:00)
Match 12: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (27, Q3) 21-13, 21-7 (0:28)
Match 13: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (7) def. Diane Pascua / Angela Lewis (26) 21-9, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 14: Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (10) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (23) 21-14, 26-24 (0:48)
Match 15: Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (15) def. Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (18, Q4) 17-21, 21-16, 15-12 (0:44)
Match 16: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Amber Ramga / Teri Van Dyke (31, Q21) 21-11, 21-13 (0:32)
Round 2
Match 17: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (17) 23-21, 21-5 (0:32)
Match 18: Samirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (9) def. Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (25, Q2) 21-19, 21-14 (0:34)
Match 19: Carrie Busch / Liz Masakayan (5) def. Brooke Niles / Courtney Guerra (12) 21-10, 21-18 (0:36)
Match 20: Nancy Mason / Dianne DeNecochea (4) def. Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (20) 21-19, 21-14 (0:37)
Match 21: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (19) 21-16, 25-27, 15-10 (0:59)
Match 22: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) def. Sarah Straton / Ann Windes (11) 17-21, 21-17, 15-12 (0:49)
Match 23: Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (10) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (7) 21-16, 26-24 (0:39)
Match 24: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (15) 22-20, 17-21, 15-12 (1:03)
Round 3
Match 25: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Samirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (9) 21-13, 27-25 (0:41)
Match 26: Nancy Mason / Dianne DeNecochea (4) def. Carrie Busch / Liz Masakayan (5) 21-19, 17-21, 15-11 (1:07)
Match 27: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) 21-17, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 28: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (10) 21-16, 21-16 (0:38)
Round 4
Round 4
Match 29: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Nancy Mason / Dianne DeNecochea (4) 21-12, 21-13 (0:34)
Match 30: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) 25-23, 13-21, 15-11 (1:06)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Paula Roca / Jaimie Lee (16) def. Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (32, Q23) 21-11, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 32: Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (8) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (24) 24-22, 21-16 (0:49)
Match 33: Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (21) def. Jeannette Hecker / Leanne Haarbauer (28, Q1) 21-16, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 34: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (13) def. Abby Georgy / Alicia Zamparelli (29, Q9) 21-14, 21-12 (0:33)
Match 35: Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (14) def. Marla O'Hara / Catie Vagneur (30, Q6) 21-18, 21-8 (0:37)
Match 36: Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (22) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (27, Q3) 21-18, 21-23, 20-18 (1:17)
Match 37: Diane Pascua / Angela Lewis (26) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (23) 21-17, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 38: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (18, Q4) def. Amber Ramga / Teri Van Dyke (31, Q21) 21-16, 21-15 (0:37)
Round 2
Match 39: Paula Roca / Jaimie Lee (16) def. Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (15) 19-21, 21-18, 15-12 (1:06)
Match 40: Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (8) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (7) 21-19, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 41: Sarah Straton / Ann Windes (11) def. Barbara Nyland / Saralyn Smith (21) 21-17, 19-21, 15-13 (1:04)
Match 42: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (13) def. Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (19) 21-15, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 43: Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (14) def. Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (20) 21-15, 22-20 (0:38)
Match 44: Brooke Niles / Courtney Guerra (12) def. Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (22) 21-12, 25-23 (0:40)
Match 45: Diane Pascua / Angela Lewis (26) def. Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (25, Q2) 17-21, 23-21, 15-9 (0:57)
Match 46: Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (18, Q4) def. Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (17) 21-15, 21-17 (0:42)
Round 3
Match 47: Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (8) def. Paula Roca / Jaimie Lee (16) 21-13, 20-22, 15-13 (0:55)
Match 48: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (13) def. Sarah Straton / Ann Windes (11) 18-21, 21-14, 15-9 (0:54)
Match 49: Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (14) def. Brooke Niles / Courtney Guerra (12) 21-14, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 50: Diane Pascua / Angela Lewis (26) def. Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (18, Q4) 15-21, 21-10, 15-12 (0:52)
Round 4
Match 51: Carrie Busch / Liz Masakayan (5) def. Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (8) 15-21, 21-11, 15-10 (0:48)
Match 52: Samirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (9) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (13) 21-17, 21-14 (0:34)
Match 53: Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (10) def. Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (14) 21-17, 14-21, 15-10 (0:53)
Match 54: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) def. Diane Pascua / Angela Lewis (26) 21-11, 21-16 (0:39)
Round 5
Match 55: Samirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (9) def. Carrie Busch / Liz Masakayan (5) 17-21, 21-17, 15-5 (0:55)
Match 56: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) def. Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (10) 21-17, 21-18 (0:39)
Round 6
Match 57: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Samirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (9) 21-12, 21-10 (0:38)
Match 58: Nancy Mason / Dianne DeNecochea (4) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (6) 21-18, 23-21 (0:46)

Semifinals
Match 59: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) 21-15, 21-12 (0:45)
Match 60: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Nancy Mason / Dianne DeNecochea (4) 21-18, 21-16 (0:43)

Finals
Match 61: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) 21-12, 21-14 (0:42)

2005 Women's Santa Barbara Open Tournament Champions >>Misty May/ Kerri Walsh
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                             Misty May                                             Kerri Walsh

Women's AVP $87,500 Santa Barbara Open
May 20-22, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Misty May Kerri Walsh 1 $20,000.00 360.0
2 Jennifer Kessy Holly McPeak 3 $14,000.00 324.0
3 Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 2 $8,450.00 270.0
3 Dianne DeNecochea Nancy Mason 4 $8,450.00 270.0
5 Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 6 $5,000.00 216.0
5 Samirames Marins Tatiana Minello 9 $5,000.00 216.0
7 Carrie Busch Liz Masakayan 5 $3,500.00 180.0
7 Angie Akers Nicole Branagh 10 $3,500.00 180.0
9 Pat Keller Wendy Stammer 8 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Tanya Fuamatu Heidi Ilustre 13 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 14 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Angela Lewis Diane Pascua 26 $2,200.00 144.0
13 Sarah Straton Ann Windes 11 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Courtney Guerra Brooke Niles 12 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Jaimie Lee Paula Roca 16 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Jennifer Holdren Patti Scofield 18, Q4 $1,400.00 108.0
17 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 7 $550.00 72.0
17 Daven Allison Kimberly Coleman 15 $550.00 72.0
17 Nikki Audette Jill Changaris 17 $550.00 72.0
17 Jenelle Koester Ali Wood 19 $550.00 72.0
17 Denise Johns Alicia Polzin 20 $550.00 72.0
17 Barbara Nyland Saralyn Smith 21 $550.00 72.0
17 Kerri Eich Priscilla Lima 22 $550.00 72.0
17 Ashley Ivy Ella Vakhidova 25, Q2 $550.00 72.0
25 Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet 23 $100.00 36.0
25 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 24 $100.00 36.0
25 Mary Baily Julie Romias 27, Q3 $100.00 36.0
25 Leanne Haarbauer Jeannette Hecker 28, Q1 $100.00 36.0
25 Abby Georgy Alicia Zamparelli 29, Q9 $100.00 36.0
25 Marla O'Hara Catie Vagneur 30, Q6 $100.00 36.0
25 Amber Ramga Teri Van Dyke 31, Q21 $100.00 36.0
25 Lisa Gathright Jenny Griffith 32, Q23 $100.00 36.0
33 Helen Reale Karen Reitz Q5 $.00 18.0
33 Lisa Marshall Carrie Wright Q7 $.00 18.0
33 Kelly Rowe Sarah White Q8 $.00 18.0
33 Meri-de Boyer Cheri Fitzner Q19 $.00 18.0
33 Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst Q20 $.00 18.0
33 Kirstin Olsen Laura Ratto Q22 $.00 18.0
33 Silvia Bottazzi Manuela Broccolini Q47 $.00 18.0
33 Carolyn O'Keefe Julie Thomas Q49 $.00 18.0
41 Arcadia Berjonneau Tiffany Rodriguez Q10 $.00 12.0
41 Jean Mathews Nicole Midwin Q11 $.00 12.0
41 Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser Q12 $.00 12.0
41 Michelle Kyman Amber Willey Q13 $.00 12.0
41 Monique Oliver Stephanie Roberts Q14 $.00 12.0
41 Nicki Fusco Gina Kirstein Q15 $.00 12.0
41 Heather Alley Kathleen Madden Q17 $.00 12.0
41 Jessie Cooper Jennifer Lombardi Q25 $.00 12.0
41 Melissa Karwowski Ashley Regner Q26 $.00 12.0
41 Kristal Blair Kaili Kimura Q27 $.00 12.0
41 Barbara Carson Barb Letts Q33 $.00 12.0
41 Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q34 $.00 12.0
41 Cinta Claro Josie Youngblood Q35 $.00 12.0
41 Erica Menzel Angie Simpson Q36 $.00 12.0
41 Veronica Sanchez Cherry Simkins Q37 $.00 12.0
41 Christina Hinds Katie Wilkins Q41 $.00 12.0
57 Stacey Cole Jeanette Simenson Q16 $.00 8.0
57 Jennifer Maastricht Teri Zartman Q18 $.00 8.0
57 Kim Goodwin Carol Killeen Q24 $.00 8.0
57 Lucy Han Johanna Lehman Q28 $.00 8.0
57 Brittany Hochevar Krystal McFarland Q29 $.00 8.0
57 Keao Burdine Chrissie Zartman Q30 $.00 8.0
57 Stacy Nicks Barb Sanson Q31 $.00 8.0
57 Paige Davis Karen Holman Q32 $.00 8.0
57 Ella Harley Alyssa Rylander Q38 $.00 8.0
57 Renee Nygaard Erin Pryor Q39 $.00 8.0
57 Jo Convis Aly Currey Q40 $.00 8.0
57 Tina Damasco Vladia Vignato Q42 $.00 8.0
57 K.C. Collins Kelly Yengst Q43 $.00 8.0
57 Shannon Christianson Hilde Schjerven Q44 $.00 8.0
57 Jackie Hatten Susan Postnikoff Q45 $.00 8.0
57 Racquel Beson Bonnie Levin Q46 $.00 8.0
57 Megan Dockery Terri Zemaitis-Boumans Q48 $.00 8.0
57 Tracy Duffey Janine Laubacher-Cobian Q50 $.00 8.0
57 Leilani Kamahoahoa Valerie Pryor Q51 $.00 8.0
57 Tina Daly Desiree Partlow Q52 $.00 8.0
57 Shayna Breed Kim Collins Q53 $.00 8.0

Articles 2005:

Furby is more motivated than ever
May 4, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
In Jeff Nygard's original update he talked about the parity on the tour and how so many men's teams expect to win each tournament. So now we have played three tournaments and not only has the same team won twice, but they lost in the finals of the third event. So how does that leave me feeling after the first three events? HUNGRY! Casey and I have been playing as well as any team on tour yet we only have two fifth place finishes and a third to show for it. I cannot wait until Santa Barbara to prove we are not only one of the best teams on tour, but the best team.
So how do I deal with defeat? I go out and train harder. There is no other choice. I will watch video from the weekend to see what some of the other teams were doing and to evaluate some of the fundamental mechanics of my game. Then I will go down to the beach and train the losses out of my brain. I will work on the parts of my game that might have been exposed in the previous tournament. Then I will get in one gut wrenching total body workout before Austin to let my brain know that my body is ready to go back into the trenches. I will use the losses as motivation during the strenuous workouts but try to push them out of the brain as all my focus shifts to the next tournament.
It is important to learn from your mistakes but even more important to move forward and take advantage of your next opportunity. If you continue to dwell on previous mistakes or losses, you are not giving yourself every possible chance to win the challenge at hand. How many matches has the greatest ever, Karch Kiraly, won that everyone watching was sure he would lose? Countless! How was able to do it? Well no one but he will ever know how Karch comes up with impossible play after impossible play but I can promise you he was not worrying about a cut shot he hit out earlier in the match or a heart breaking defeat in the earlier rounds of the tournament. Karch is always focused at the task at hand and ready to jump on any mistake his opponent makes. All great athletes are wired this way, taking advantage of every opportunity that comes their way. So like Karch and all great athletes I have learned that no matter how difficult the loss is, the only choice you have is to forget about it and move forward, ready to pounce on any little offering your opponent might be kind enough to throw your way.
So after all we just talked about, don't begin judging the teams on our tour quite yet. Remember Lambo and Karch started slowly last year with 7th and 9th place finishes in two of the first three events. Only time will tell if Jake and Stein will dominate the tour or if parity will prevail. You will have to come to the events and see for yourself. Don't forget to watch the great players on our tour and see how they deal with adversity.
Send me your questions at askthepros@avp.com. Just remember to put my name in the subject line.

Jeff Nygaard: Hanging With AVP Fans
May 6, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP 
Jeff is back in the Player's Corner 
My involvement with volleyball has spanned almost 20 years time, and during that tenure, there is always one question asked to which I never have had an answer for..."what makes volleyball so great?"
Over the years, my response has ranged from smart-ass comments like 'the knee-pads' or 'line-judges' to real introspective thoughts that touch on teamwork, dedication and sacrifice. My answers always changed to include the newest experience I had, always morphed to incorporate the so-called wisdom of the ages I learned. And after 20 years time, I finally have a handle. There is one attribute that makes the AVP one of the best sports around...the people. Of course this is a blanket fluff statement that can be construed as a great butt-kissing session, but I mean to qualify this: Volleyball people. From the fans to the players, grassroots and elite level, everybody who participates in the game has a tangible camaraderie that crosses nearly every barrier.
Case in point, flying back from the Tempe Open just yesterday, I sat next to a very nice gentleman who spotted my backpack with volleyball written on it. Striking a conversation, he told me with fatherly pride of his daughter's season and future of looking for a college to continue playing with. And as always with a volleyball conversation, the talk eventually turned to how nice all the parents, players and coaches were. It didn't matter where they came from, rich or poor, high or low, the acceptance and friendliness was always genuine and all encompassing. It is a spirit of teamwork born from the court that extends outward. I competed in baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, track and bowling growing up, and the only friends I remain in touch with are those whom I met playing volleyball.
It is a spirit that brings fans and players together. As volleyball is such a blue-collar sport, walking around an AVP venue has a closeness to the athletes that you cannot find in any other major sport. Let's be honest. We do not sign on with the AVP for bonus packages of $8-$10 million. That will never be the case. We do not come to events through underground parking lots in our rental Porsche. We do not have managers to give us scouting reports and match times. There are no Four Season caterers sucking up to our every whim.
We are one of you. Do you know the reason why there is a huge crowd by the tournament board every weekend, a mixture of fans and players alike? It is because we want to know what is going on too. We have just as much information about the tournament that is happening as the average person. In fact, more often than not, the people who want to watch my next match are the ones who let me know when and where I am scheduled to play. And let me take this a few steps further and clear up some possible misconceptions. When we first arrive at the site, we have no more idea of the layout than the person who walks in with us. We the athletes do not have special locker rooms to shower in. Before and after a match, both teams end up at the same players tent...not separate rooms to cool off and get a grip. We take care of business in the same port-a-potties that the public uses. We make PB & J sandwiches for lunch during the event. We're in charge of getting to the courts on time. We plan and pay for our own flights to the event as well as getting hotel rooms once in the next city. We take taxis to the venue unless we can bum a ride with someone else. When there is a barn-burner of a game to watch, we are the biggest fans ourselves.
And in all seriousness, we wouldn't have it any other way. Personally, as long as the peanut butter is extra-crunchy, life is a thin slice of heaven.
Until Next Time,
Jeff Nygaard
Want to ask me a question? Just email askthepros@avp.com and make sure to put my name in the subject line.

2005 Santa Barbara Open
May 5, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Can Nick and Phil continue their run in SB? 
The 2005 Santa Barbara Open will take place May 21st at West Beach. Tickets are available now at AVP.com.
There are no predictable winners based on the first three AVP Tour stops.
Are Kerri Walsh and Misty May beatable after narrowly escaping with three-game victories in both Austin and Tempe?
Are Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser, who beat Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb in overtime in Austin, the real deal or just a one hit wonder?
Will Karch Kiraly raise his game in front of family and friends in his hometown of Santa Barbara?
There is so much on the line at the Santa Barbara Open that this event cannot be missed. Action gets started Friday with the Qualifier event at 8:00 am, and continues Saturday (9am-6pm) and Sunday (8:30am -6 pm). Tickets are ONLY $5 with a student ID.
Can't make it to the beach? Fox Sports Net will broadcast the Men's and Women's Finals LIVE, while OLN will televise the featured Men's and Women's Semi-Finals. Click here to check local listings.

Nancy Mason is talking AVP Officiating
May 9, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
  Nancy is back in the Player's Corner 
"Are You Kidding Me?"
Whaaaat? No way, Ref! Pleeeaaase! Come on! That's terrible!(my personal favorite).
I could go on and on. These are just a few of the things (other's that I can't print) that the men and women in yellow and black hear throughout an AVP weekend.
I sometimes wonder what motivates these referees to keep coming back and taking the abuse.
Before I go any further, I want to be clear on the amount of respect I have for our refs and for the job they do. (They may be reading this and some already think I'm a pain in the butt :c) What would we be without the loyal officials? Ecstatic! No, no, no...just kidding. Not only do they have to deal with some outrageous reactions from players, they also endure pretty horrendous weather and playing conditions. As players, we have the option to take cover in the player's tent between matches, while they're out there for every single serve of the ball. They are very loyal to our tour and we see the same faces on the stand every weekend. (The majority of the refs travel with the tour just like the players). We are familiar with the tendencies of each ref and know what to expect as we head into a match. Some of them call it really tight and others prefer not to get involved. If you think about it, it's the same as in any sport. Some umps have a more forgiving strike-zone than others. It's not right or wrong, it's just different.
There has been some talk amongst the players, that the refs have been "advised" to "let us play" more this year. No one can confirm this or pinpoint a source, it's just water cooler talk a "he said, she said" type of thing. It makes me wonder what must be going through the officials head at a tight point in a match. A questionable set or dig.let them play on, or get involved. Believe me, I don't envy that position. I bet there are times when they're happy to be up high on the stand and not down at eye level with a furious player. Would you want Loiola or George Romain coming at you, screaming and yelling?
You'd think the women players would be pretty mild mannered and easier handle than the men. Not always the case! I thought EY was going to pull a ref off of the stand after a "questionable" call in Austin last weekend. The call came at a very crucial point in the match. Rach and EY were groveling and getting some points back after falling to an early deficit and EY had a set called, which put a quick end to the come-back. Besides EY's rage, the call was also very unpopular with the crowd. It seems that you guys don't like to see rallies end with the blow of the whistle.
On the other hand, though, I've heard the groans and boos from the galley when a bad set was by the stands. This obviously makes for a no win situation for the official. The problem (as I see it) is that most of the calls regarding setting or overhand digs are already subjective. So, if you start taking into consideration the point in the match when the play happens, it adds a greater degree of subjectivity and things can get out of control.
Another water cooler conversation goes something like, "the better the setter, the higher the standard." Again, I'm not saying it's a stated rule ( I certainly hope it's not), but I have to say that it appears to be the case. You've seen the men set with their hands. It's (don't laugh at me here) really pretty. Their sets come out floating. Their big hands and quick feet allow them to set balls when I wouldn't be caught dead using my hands. Not many women have the hands or the confidence to go for every ball. Carrie (Busch) is really one of the few. She can put her hands on dig that's 20 feet in the air and spinning sideways, and it wouldn't surprise anyone. Problem is, if that set comes out less than 100% perfect, she gets the whistle. It's almost like she is penalized for setting the other 99 balls perfectly. That can't be fair!
As a whole, AVP fans are very knowledgeable. You guys know what's going on out there. You seem to know when to applaud the call, and when to scream "Are you kidding me?" Just keep in mind that our refs are people to and they are going to make some mistakes. Bottom line is, we'd be lost without our officials and even more lost if we didn't have them to complain about. I just wanted to open it up to you guys for discussion. Let me know what you think.
Hopefully, the Commissioner doesn't take this the wrong way and fine me $75,000 for complaining about the officiating!
Until next time,
Nancy (Van Gundy) Mason
Want to ask me a question? Just email askthepros@avp.com and make sure to put my name in the subject line.

Karch and Lambo Split
Courtesy Of AVP
Mike Lambert and Karch Kiraly have officially ended their partnership. Today both announced that they would play with different partners in the 2005 Santa Barbara Open. Lambo has teamed up with 2000 Gold Medalist Eric Fonoimoana while Karch has joined forces with Adam Jewell.
Lambo and Karch's run started at the beginning of the 2004 season and extended through the 2005 Austin Open. Their success included three victories and the honor of 2004 AVP Team of the Year.
Rumors about the split up started at the first event of the season, the Fort Lauderdale Open, when Karch felt a twinge in the shoulder that was operated on during the off-season. Karch then told Lambo to start searching for a new partner.
Lambo and Karch played two more events together in 2005, the Tempe and Austin Open, with their best finish being 7th place in Austin.
"Karch and I kind of talked after the Austin event (May 1) and he kind of hinted that I might be better off trying to find a new partner, because up to that point we had three mediocre results,'' Lambert said Friday. "He was very gentlemanly about it, very classy. He said, 'Listen, I don't want to hold you back. I wouldn't be offended if you go and pick another guy play with.' "
So earlier this week, Lambert, 31, practiced with Jason Ring, Dain Blanton, Reed Priddy and John Hyden. Then he and Fonoimoana had a scrimmage outing in Huntington Beach against Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb, who have won twice and finished second in this year's three tournaments.
"I think it was a reassurance,'' said the 35-year-old Fonoimoana, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist with Blanton. "I had (shoulder) surgery in November and he didn't know if I was good, if I could hit. I told him I could and I guess he wasn't completely convinced until we played against Stein and Jake.''
Kiraly will now team with left-handed power hitter Adam Jewell, Fonoimoana's partner to begin the season.
At 6-foot-6, Lambert is known as the "Hawaiian Curtain'' for his blocking skills. The 6-3 Fonoimoana, the 2002 AVP MVP, is a standout defensively and a solid hitter.
Fonoimoana's play in Wednesday's practice was the deal-closer.
"That's kind of the best measure, getting to scrimmage against the team doing best right now on tour, so if you can find a way do well against those guys, that's a good measure of how you'll be,'' Lambert said. "Basically, if you want to win a tournament, those are the guys you have to beat.''
While Lambert had his choice of players, Fonoimoana didn't consider anyone but Lambert.
"I've got to do whatever I can do to play with him,'' Fonoimoana said of his first thought when Lambert became available.
"That's just the way I think. People asked me what my next option was if Mike didn't work out, and I told them 'I don't know. I'm not worried about that until Mike says no, then I'll worry about it again.' ''
Lambo and Fonoi have a playing history and most notably won the 2004 Santa Barbara Invitational. It seems only appropriate that Lambo and Fonoi have re-upped to defend their title in Santa Barbara May 20-22.
Karch and Jewell have been practicing together in Hermosa Beach over the past week, but have never played together in an AVP event.

Lambert and Kiraly Call It Splits
By Peter Yoon, LA Times Staff Writer
Mike Lambert knew that a partner switch was inevitable, he just didn't think it would happen this soon.
Lambert, the 2004 Assn. of Volleyball Professionals MVP, and beach volleyball legend Karch Kiraly have parted ways because they've been unable to carry over last season's success.
Lambert will play with Eric Fonoimoana next weekend in Santa Barbara and Kiraly will play with Adam Jewell, Fonoimoana's former partner.
Lambert and Kiraly were the AVP's top men's team last year with a tour-best three victories, but in three tournaments this year finished no better than seventh.
"We both came to the same conclusion," Lambert said. "We were having a tough time making final fours. When you aren't having the kind of success you expect, you have to look hard at why that is."
Rumors of a split began when Kiraly, the all-time leader with 147 worldwide beach volleyball victories, aggravated his surgically repaired right shoulder during the season opener in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
It became official when they lost May 1 in Austin, Texas, finishing seventh.
"He was such a gentleman about the whole thing," Lambert said of Kiraly. "He told me, 'I don't want to be the guy holding you back.' "
Their split was probably coming after this season, anyway. Lambert, 31, hopes to play in the 2008 Olympics. Kiraly will be nearly 48 by then and has said it's unlikely he will go through the grueling two-year qualification process.
"I envisioned playing this season with Karch and having success and taking it from there," said Lambert, who worked out with Jason Ring, Dain Blanton and John Hyden before choosing Fonoimoana. "Now I have to start thinking about some other things."

2005 AVP Santa Barbara Open: Pro Beach Volleyball Returns with Major Player Movement
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The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour is back in Santa Barbara for the 2005 Nissan Series Santa Barbara Open May 20 – 22. Log on to AVP.com for tickets and information.
(PRWEB) May 18, 2005 -- The West Coast swing of the AVP season begins as 150 of the World’s Greatest Pro Beach Volleyball players descend on West Beach for the 2005 Santa Barbara Open.
Player swaps lead the headlines as several top teams have split with hopes that new partnerships will bring greater success. Competition will be fierce with $175,000 in prize money up for grabs. Tickets are still available for Santa Barbara so log on now to http://avp.com to get yours.
The AVP Men’s top team in 2004 has split as MVP Mike Lambert and three-time gold medalist Karch Kiraly put an end to their successful run. Lambert has teamed up with 2000 Gold Medalist Eric Fonoimoana. Lambert and Fonoi have played together once before winning the 2004 Santa Barbara Invitational. They will return to Santa Barbara as the reigning champs. Kiraly has found a new running mate in hard-hitting lefty Adam Jewell.
The AVP Women have seen several player swaps as well as two of the top six teams split with hopes of winning in Santa Barbara. All are gunning for 2004 Gold Medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May. Walsh and May are undefeated in 2005, but have been pushed in both the Tempe and Austin Open finals.
New teams feature Nancy Mason & Dianne Denecochea, Carrie Busch & Elizabeth Masakayan, Angie Akers & Nicole Branagh, and Jen Pavley & Heather Lowe. These four new duos will join Jen Kessy & Holly McPeak, and Elaine Youngs & Rachel Wacholder on West Beach as they battle to dethrone May and Walsh
So grab your sunscreen and head on down to the biggest beach party all year as the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour comes to Santa Barbara, California. Can’t make it to the beach? Catch all the action LIVE on Fox Sports Net and OLN. Log on to http://avp.com for tickets, TV Schedule, Official AVP Gear, Fantasy Volleyball Game, and the latest AVP Pro Beach Volleyball news and information.

Top Chinese Team Face Olympic Silver Medallists in Women's Shanghai Jinshan Open
Shanghai  2005   Women's Open
5/17/2005 -  5/21/2005
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SHANGHAI, CHINA, May 18, 2005 - China's top women's Beach Volleyball team did not disappoint their fans here Wednesday by winning their opening two SWATCH-FIVB World Tour matches in the US$400,000 China Shanghai Jinshan Open.
Olympians Jia Tian and Fei Wang scored wins over teams from Austria and Switzerland to advance to a Thursday morning match against FIVB World Champions (1999 and 2001) and two-time Olympic (2000 and 2004) silver medallists Shelda Bedê and Adriana Behar of Brazil.
The ninth-seeded Jia Tian and Fei Wang will be playing the top-seeded Brazilians for the first-time since September 2003 season when the Chinese defeated Shelda and Adriana 17-21, 22-20, 15-11 in the gold medal match in Milan, Italy. The win marked the second of two-straight SWATCH-FIVB World Tour titles for the Chinese, who won their first gold medal together at Bali in August 2003.
"We are excited about our successes today," said the 23-year old Wang Fei, "and we look forward to playing the Brazilians tomorrow. The highlight of our Beach Volleyball career was defeating Shelda and Adriana in Milan where we had to rally to win. The Brazilians had beaten us three times in 2002, so winning in Italy was special since we defeated beach legends."
Wang Fei was "glad to be playing without a knee brace" since her Olympic chances in Athens last August were hampered by a right knee injury that occurred last year at this time in Japan. "I am feeling better now. After Athens, I took time away from competition to rehab my knee. My off-season training sessions were good. I am excited to be back playing against the world's best teams."
Jia Tian and Fei Wang rank 16th on the all-time FIVB team money list ($230,250). Ninth-place finishers at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Jia Tian and Fei Wang have posted four "final four" finishes in 38 previous internationally events together with 23 top nine placements. Shelda and Adriana are the winningest team in SWATCH-FIVB World Tour history with 32 titles in 89 previous international stops with $1,793,215 in earnings and 74 podium placements.
The Brazilian women posted an 9-1 match mark Wednesday as the teams of second-seeded Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa França, fifth-seeded Shaylyn Bedê/Ana Paula Connelly and ninth-seeded Agatha Bedarczuk/Sandra Pires each won two matches to advance to the third-round of the winner's bracket in the double-elimination women's event that concludes Saturday. Renata Ribeiro and Talita Antunes Rocha, who are seeded 13th, split a pair of matches Wednesday. The final two women's teams will competed for the $32,000 first-place prize in the first of 16 women's events on the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour schedule.
Seventh-seeded Stephanie Pohl and Okka Rau of Germany challenge Felisberta Silva and Larissa in the winner's bracket third-round with the victors playing either Bednarczuk/Pires or the Yanchulova sisters (Lina and Petia) of Bulgaria for a spot in Friday's semi-finals. Ana Paula and Shaylyn face 20th-seeded Vasso Karadassiou and Vassiliki Arvaniti of Greece with the victors playing the Jia Tian/Fei Wang and Shelda/Adriana winner for another "final four" berth.
Sixteen other women's teams will open play Thursday morning with elimination matches. The SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event also features men's competition as China hosts its first-ever mixed gender event. The 32-team men's Main Draw starts Thursday. The men's medal matches will be held Sunday at the Shanghai Jinshan Beach Volleyball Venue.
 
Entering the 2005 Santa Barbara Open
May 19, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
In the 21st century, there has not yet been a dominant team on the men's side, as there was through much of the 80s and 90s. To wit, 26 different teams have won the 51 domestic events since the turn of the century. And while there hasn't been any single dominant player either, there has been one city that has a tie to the top players of this decade Santa Barbara, which makes this weekend's stop of the 2005 AVP Nissan Series that much more intriguing.
A quick look at the top five players in terms of domestic wins since the start of 2000 shows Dax Holdren and Eric Fonoimoana with 10 wins apiece. Three players, Karch Kiraly, Todd Rogers and Dain Blanton, are tied with six wins each. All but one of those players has a tie to Santa Barbara, meaning that doing well at the AVP Santa Barbara Open will perhaps carry more importance for these players than other tournaments on the 14-event schedule.
Holdren is from Santa Barbara, and along with his wife, current AVP player Jen Holdren, remain closely tied to the city billing itself as the "American Riviera." Dax was a 2004 Olympian and has played well in his hometown (in all five events he has advanced to the semifinals) but is looking for his first win here. Fonoimoana, the Gold Medalist from the 2000 Olympics, attended Cal-Santa Barbara, and won this event last season when playing with Mike Lambert for the first time. This weekend those two players will be partners attempting to win again in their second outing together.
Kiraly, the all-time wins leader with 147 victories (92 more than the next most active player), is from Santa Barbara and his accomplishments alone would be enough to "carry" this city. He is a three-time Gold Medalist, winning twice indoors before claiming the initial beach volleyball Olympic medal in Atlanta in 1996. Kiraly has won seven of his 10 tournaments in Santa Barbara, with four different partners. That will be important as this weekend he will be playing with a new teammate, Adam Jewell.
Rogers is from Santa Barbara, graduated from UCSB, and currently is an assistant coach with the UCSB men's team. Rogers has played four events in his hometown, placing fourth once and second three times, including last season. Blanton is the sole player on the top-five list that does not have a direct tie to Santa Barbara, but of course his Olympic Gold Medal in 2000 came with Fonoimoana.
This tournament will have a much different feel than the one held here just seven months ago. Last year the final event of the 2004 season offered teams a chance to try out new partnerships, as seven of the 16 men's teams were first-time partnerships. This season, not only does the field expand to 32 teams plus a qualifier, but teams are in the midst of establishing themselves for the remainder of the year.
Three tournaments into this year have produced two winners; Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger and Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena. Gibb / Metzger have lost just two matches this season, and both have come at the hands of Dalhausser / Lucena. Those two teams are on a collision course as they could possibly meet in the winner's bracket semifinals.
On the women's side, the challenge is trying to stop Olympic Gold Medalists Misty May / Kerri Walsh. Beginning with the Athens Games in August of last year, they have won seven consecutive tournaments while dropping just one match in that span. Following their sweep through the international competition to claim the Gold Medal, they won the final three team events on the AVP Tour last season followed with titles in the first three tourneys this season, winning 14 of the 16 matches in straight sets.
Teams have been trying everything to unseat that duo, including changing up successful partnerships in an attempt to find a combination that can be successful against the winningest team in U.S. history. Before the season started, Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, winners of the Bronze Medal in Athens and 16 titles overall, split up as they had not been able to conquer May / Walsh. McPeak now plays with Jennifer Kessy while Youngs is teammate to Rachel Wacholder, who won two international titles with Walsh when May was sidelined with an injury last summer.
"I definitely feel like we are a tougher team than Holly and I were because of Rachel's great offense," Youngs said. "Holly is a great player. But Rachel, you can see she jumps well, sees the court well. She's pretty much impossible to stop."
In the first three events it appeared that the "Colorado Connection" (Youngs is from Durango, Colo. and Wacholder graduated from the University of Colorado) had the best shot at knocking off May / Walsh, even taking the first game in the championship match in Tempe. The only other team to win a game against the top seeds was the Chinese team comprised of Linjun Ji / Whenhui You, that coming in the finals last tournament in Austin.
"Holly and Elaine were a great, great team but I think we got in their heads a little bit," Walsh said. "Rachel and Elaine are a new team so they don't have that against them."
For the AVP Santa Barbara Open, another team split up that was consistently in the semifinals Carrie Busch / Nancy Mason. Nine times since the start of the 2004 season, Busch / Mason earned a podium finish. But now each will try with different partners. Mason is playing with her 2003 partner, Dianne DeNecochea, rekindling a partnership that saw them finish in the top three five times that season including one runner-up finish. Busch meanwhile will play with a new partner, the legendary Liz Masakayan. Her 47 career victories place her fifth on the all-time charts, and she is making a comeback after retiring at the end of the 2003 season.
"It's nice having different teams," May stated. "Teams are going to get stronger and there's different chemistry."
There will also be another new team battling for the title, as a pair of Brazilians are competing this weekend - Tatiana Minello and a youngster, Samirames Marins. Minello has teamed with several of Brazil's top players, including Sandra Pires and Ana Paula Connelly. Minello and Ana Paula defeated May / Walsh two of the five times they met. When Minello and Sandra Pires paired up to win the 2001 Goodwill Games, they broke a 28-match winning streak by that year's top team (Shelda Bede / Adriana Behar). Should Minello face off against May / Walsh, and the Brazilians could potentially meet the Americans in the third round this weekend, May / Walsh at that point would have won 29 consecutive matches.
Two different storylines are developing for the men and women at the AVP Santa Barbara Open, and each one promises to capture the attention of volleyball fans. The setting could not be a more apropos place, as this city has hosted the second-most pro beach volleyball events in U.S. history.
 
It's Not a Shocking Admission Anymore
Beach volleyball event in Santa Barbara charges for tickets now, but its popularity is undimmed.
By Peter Yoon, LA Times Staff Writer
There were plenty of skeptics when the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals put a fence around the courts at West Beach in Santa Barbara and, for the first time on a Southern California beach, charged admission for its Nissan Series event last October.
But the fans showed up — the tournament was sold out — and the tour is back again this weekend, starting with qualifying today.
The AVP charges admission at most of its events, but the California Costal Commission prohibits charging on state beaches between Memorial Day and Labor Day — a major reason the Santa Barbara tournament is taking place just before Memorial Day.
General admission is $15, courtside seats are $25 and beach club admission is $50. Children under 12 get in free and students with identification are charged $5.
"Sure there are people who don't want to pay and I can respect that," said Karch Kiraly, the all-time leader in beach victories. "But the show we put on does have value. You're getting to see people who are the best in the world at what they do."
The revenue gained from charging admission bolsters the prize money, but few are getting rich. Tour champions Misty May and Kerri Walsh each earned less than $75,000 last year. Jeff Nygaard and Dain Blanton, No. 5 on the men's tour, each made less than $30,000.
The total prize money for 14 events this year is $3 million.
"Shaq makes about seven times what our entire tour — men and women — makes," Kiraly said.
"There are a number of beach volleyball players that deserve to be able to make a living without needing a second job."
Kiraly, 44, will play this weekend with Adam Jewell. Mike Lambert, who partnered with Kiraly to form the AVP's top team last season, is reuniting with Eric Fonoimoana. Lambert and Fonoimoana won at Santa Barbara last year while Kiraly was recovering from shoulder surgery.
On the women's side, Nancy Mason and Dianne DeNecochea have re-formed a partnership that advanced to six semifinals in 2003. Carrie Busch and Liz Masakayan are teaming for the first time.

Gibb-Metzger team seeded No. 1 in Santa Barbara Open
The Associated Press
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.
Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger, winners of the first two events on the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour this year, are the No. 1 seeded men's team in this weekend's Santa Barbara Open beach volleyball tournament.
Misty May and Kerri Walsh, who have won their last 27 matches, are the top-seeded women's team.
The tournament at West Beach is the first of five California stops on the AVP Nissan Series tour. The finals in both divisions will be played Sunday afternoon.
There are 188 men and 154 women competing, with several prominent players changing partners. Three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly, a Santa Barbara native, will play with Adam Jewell. Kiraly had been playing with Mike Lambert, who will be paired with Eric Fonoimoana. That pair won the title in Santa Barbara last season in their first tournament as partners.
Dianne DeNecochea and Nancy Mason will reform a 2003 partnership and Carrie Busch and Liz Masakayan will play as partners for the first time in the women's division.
Santa Barbara has been the host of 48 men's tournaments and 28 women's tournaments dating back to 1950. The combined 76 events mark the second-most that any one city has hosted, behind Manhattan Beach's 81 combined tournaments.
The purse for the tournament is $175,000, split equally between men and women
 
AVP SANTA BARBARA OPEN | The field is set
5/21/05
By JOHN ZANT
NEWS-PRESS SENIOR WRITER
LOCALS HOLDREN-SCOFIELD AND CANTRELL-NESTLERODE MAKE TODAY'S MAIN DRAW
TODAY-SUNDAY / WEST BEACH / PLAY STARTS TODAY AT 9 A.M.
It was Q-Day on West Beach for 123 pairs of volleyball players Friday. Sixteen of the teams survived the barrage of spikes under a brilliant sun to qualify for the main draw of the $175,000 AVP Santa Barbara Open.
Among the winners were the Santa Barbara-based teams of Jen Holdren and Patti Scofield, who swept their way to the highest seed (18th in the women's draw) of all the qualifiers; and on the men's side, Dan Fisher-Chris Guigliano and Blake Cantrell-Tim Nestlerode.
They will join the 48 pre-qualified teams to form 32-team brackets for the men's and women's tournaments starting at 9 a.m. today. The nationally televised finals will begin at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.
The rest of the tournament will be double-elimination, but Friday's action was a merciless one-and-done affair. Some teams got barely a half hour of playing time for their $100 entry fee.
But they all came out to the beach with hopes of making it to the big time. It was like going through spring training for a day and finding yourself in a major league game the next day.
Cantrell and Nestlerode, who were seeded 56th out of 70 teams in the men's qualifier, were shocked to be one of the eight that made it through.
"I'm dead tired, and I'll be playing the best team in the world at 9 a.m. tomorrow," said Cantrell, an All-CIF player at Santa Barbara High 10 years ago who finished his college career at UCSB. "I need to drink about three gallons of water just to stay alive."
He expected to be drinking something else Friday night rather than getting ready to face top-seeded Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger in a first-round match today.
Cantrell lost 25 pounds to get in shape for this shot at beach volleyball glory.
"I'm 27 now, I graduated from college five years ago," he said. "I realized this was my last chance to try this. The alternative was getting fatter. So I stopped eating three burritos a day."
Nestlerode, a 6-foot-5 player who came here from Lake Tahoe, appreciated his partner's sacrifice.
"He told me that if we make it to Saturday, he'd give 51 percent of our entry fee back to me," Cantrell said.
They made it by winning three matches, all in straight sets.
"We got really, really lucky," Cantrell said. "The best teams got knocked out of our draw."
Local high school grads Fisher (Dos Pueblos) and Guigliano (Santa Barbara) posted three solid wins. They are seeded 27th in the main draw and will face No. 6 Eric Fonoimoana and Mike Lambert, the winners of last year's AVP tournament here.
Not so lucky was former UCSB player Chad Convis. In the final round of qualifying, he and Andrew Vazquez ran into Adam Johnson, winner of 44 beach tournaments. Johnson, who's coming back from a serious foot injury at the age of 40, advanced with teammate Brian Corso, 21-17 and 21-17.
Ran Kumgisky, a former Israeli national player, and Matt Prosser eliminated local teams Shane Cervantes-Arri Jeschke and Ben Koski-Michael Rupp. Kumgisky-Prosser will face the second-seeded team of Goleta's Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard in today's opening round.
On the women's side, Santa Barbara's Erica Menzel and Angie Simpson pulled out a 25-23, 22-20 victory in their first match, but then they had the misfortune of drawing Holdren and Scofield.
Holdren had just learned that escrow has closed on the house she and her husband Dax have purchased. She and Scofield closed out Menzel and Simpson, 21-10 and 21-15.
"It was hard," Menzel said. "It sucks that two local teams have to play each other in the second round."
Holdren and Scofield succeeded in qualifying for the third straight tournament.
"Sunday, here we come, I hope," said Scofield.
To get there for the first time, she and Holdren will have to be one of the top eight teams after today's eliminations. They will face 15th-seeded Daven Allison, another local player, and Kimberly Coleman to start out.
Other local players in action today include Todd Rogers, who is reunited with Sean Scott after concentrating on his UCSB coaching duties last month. Rogers and Dax Holdren have both played in three championship matches in their hometown -- twice as partners -- but neither has tasted the final victory here.
New Santa Barbara residents Phil Dalhausser-Nick Lucena are seeded fourth after winning the Austin Open three weeks ago. The legendary Karch Kiraly is seeded seventh in his first tournament with partner Adam Jewell.
Olympic champions Misty May-Kerri Walsh, 3-0 in this year's AVP tournaments, top the women's bracket.
Former UCSB stars Courtney Guerra-Brooke Niles are seeded 12th.

Kiraly's mighty swing not juiced
5/18/05
By JOHN ZANT
NEWS-PRESS SENIOR WRITER
A professional athlete turns 40, in a sport that requires a powerful swing, and he defies all expectations by continuing to pound out big hits and setting records.
That could be a description of Barry Bonds . . . or Karch Kiraly.
But the slugging baseball player and the spiking beach volleyball star have little in common besides their alliterative names.
When he takes to the sand Saturday at the AVP Santa Barbara Open, Kiraly will look no more powerful than he did when he won his first beach tournament.
Just about every high-level athlete comes under suspicion for steroid use these days, but Kiraly offers convincing testimony that beach volleyball is clean.
Here are his comments:
"I'll take a drug test anytime, anywhere. I took them almost every day in Atlanta, I took them in Seoul, took them in L.A., everywhere in between. I'm doing it the fair and just way. I'm not cheating my way to play at 44.
"You can look at me, and you can look at pictures, and you can clearly see that I don't have the body that I had at 25. I'm not quite as lean. I'm not quite as muscle-bound. If I looked a lot bigger, I would be suspicious of me too. But you can see the natural aging process is at work on my body, and I'm not doing things to cheat the system and to cheat the natural aging system.
"I was a 33 (waist); it's at 34 now. I don't think I'm jumping as high as I was at 25; if I were I'd be a little suspicious about what I was taking. If I were hitting harder than I was, if I were bigger and more muscle-bound, if you saw my chin jutting out more, saw acne on my back or whatever, you'd have good reason to suspect that I was doing something to cheat. I'm very proud of the fact I'm not going to do that. I never have.
"Look at any of these guys. You might look at George and say yeah, but he has always had that body. It's not like it's changed. You can look at George in high school, and he's always had that body."
(George Roumain, who played at Santa Ynez High, is the AVP's muscle-man. He has not played this year because of a back injury. Reportedly, he hurt himself trying to move a refrigerator. It must have been a big refrigerator.)
"That's what you look at," Kiraly concluded. "The change. Look at old pictures of Barry Bonds. He was thin and wiry and lean. Now you look at him and he's so much bigger and thicker. That makes the average viewer wonder."
Now, about the rumor that's been flying around that Kiraly will retire after this weekend's tournament . . . .
"There's absolutely no truth to it," Kiraly told me Tuesday. "I don't know where it got started."
If it were his intention to retire, Mike Lambert would have wanted to play one last tournament with him this weekend. Instead, Lambert is starting a new partnership with Eric Fonoimoana.
Kiraly has retired from playing in the Olympics because of all the international travelling required to earn qualification points. Lambert, on the other hand, is gearing up to make a run at the 2008 Beijing Games and needs a partner who will go along with him.
But Kiraly will keep playing on the AVP tour, as long as his body holds up -- in its natural state.

To have and to hold: Finding the right partner
5/20/05
By John Zant
NEWS-PRESS STAFF WRITER
AVP SANTA BARBARA OPEN, TODAY, WEST BEACH, 8 A.M.
Beach volleyball is the ultimate sport for couples. The closest thing among other popular sports may be tennis doubles, but that is a sideshow at the big tournaments.
On the sand, it's all about how two people can cooperate, communicate and kill (the volleyball) for the good of the team.
For some players, the search for a perfect partner is never ending. At the AVP Santa Barbara Open starting today, 47 of the men's pairs -- half the 94 entries -- are playing together for the first time. Out of 77 women's teams, 35 of them are newly joined.
It is no coincidence that many of the top players are married. On the job, they have experienced the ups and downs of close relationships.
"We always talk about these partnerships being like marriages," Eric Fonoimoana said. "We're with each other probably more than with our significant others. When things are bad, you've got to figure out what's wrong and you've got to fix it. If you let problems go, they linger. If you don't get along, it'll show. You'll see frustration. It's not healthy."
There is no "until death do us part" in the formation of a beach volleyball team, however. It is just a game, and part of the game is finding the right person at the right time. Only a few partnerships endure more than a year or two.
Fonoimoana, a UCSB grad, had a great two-year run with Dain Blanton. They went on the international tour, barely qualified for the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and proceeded to win the gold medal -- the only tournament they won together. After the Olympics, they split up.
Fonoimoana is teaming up with Mike Lambert this weekend. That is a team to watch. The only other time they played together, they won the AVP tournament at West Beach last October. Now they return to the scene of the triumph, possibly starting a relationship that will carry them to the 2008 Olympics, since Karch Kiraly has cut himself loose from Lambert.
Fonoimoana's Olympic experience, added to Lambert's rare combination of size and agility, certainly make it seem like a match made in heaven.
Lambert said, "The whole point of being a top team is to find someone who's really good, and you're really good, and the sum of you together is greater than your parts: One and one is three. If you have communication, you get along well, you help each other, you better the ball -- all these things are what make a team successful."
One factor that has prompted the breakups of old partnerships is the realization that a team can't win consistently without a giant at the net. That's why the 6-foot-6 Lambert, and the 6-3 Kerri Walsh in the women's game, are so valuable. It's why Santa Barbara's Dax Holdren and Todd Rogers, longtime friends and compatible players, split up and found taller teammates.
"You need somebody 6-6, 6-9, 6-100," Casey Jennings said.
Some teams have been known to excel without being best buddies. Kiraly and Kent Steffes, winners of the first beach Olympic tournament in 1996, were not super chummy.
"It certainly helps to be able to get along well with your partner, but it's not a prerequisite," Kiraly said. "I've seen partners who don't get along very well and don't socialize but still do great. Especially when you go on the international tour, and for five or six straight weeks the two of you are together 24/7, the tension gets magnified. When I was on the U.S. men's team and we had a group of 12 guys, there were days we were angry with each other but it didn't stop us from putting out a great effort."
Tension seems to work when it brings out the competitor in people, and they are able to channel their energy into winning.
"Winning heals everything," Fonoimoana said. "If you're not winning, then you're really in the dumper."
Kiraly and Steffes once won 13 consecutive tournaments -- a streak that was surpassed last year when Misty May and Walsh hit 15 titles in a row -- and that certainly helped them get along.
The streak was also the reason Kiraly wears a pink cap.
"I was trying different colors, and I wore pink when we started winning," Kiraly said.
"I got superstitious, so I stayed with it. I've worn pink ever since."
The message to aspiring beach volleyball pros is: Choose your partners and choose your colors carefully

Low Is a Go in Santa Barbara
Only one of the top five seeded men's teams is unbeaten on first day of beach volleyball event.
By Peter Yoon
LA Times Staff Writer
May 22, 2005
High-profile partner switches were the talk of the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals as the tour opened play Saturday at the Santa Barbara Open, but the new teams did little to change the unpredictability of the men's bracket.
Of the four teams that made it through the first day undefeated at West Beach, only second-seeded Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard are among the top five seeded teams.
Ninth-seeded Todd Rogers and Sean Scott, 13th-seeded Brian Lewis and Aaron Boss and sixth-seeded Mike Lambert and Eric Fonoimoana, one of the new teams this week, joined Holdren and Nygaard as 3-0 teams.
It was a stark contrast to the women's bracket, where the top four seeded teams, including No. 1 Misty May and Kerri Walsh, made it to today's fourth round without a loss. May and Walsh will play No. 4 Dianne DeNecochea and Nancy Mason for a spot in the final four, and second-seeded Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder will face off with third-seeded Holly McPeak and Jennifer Kessy.
"The men's side is just very, very competitive," Fonoimoana said. "You can't cruise out here. From one through 16, there are no cakewalks."
Lambert and Fonoimoana should know. Lambert was the MVP last season when he and Karch Kiraly won a tour-best three tournaments, but after switching partners for this event, he went undefeated on a Saturday for the first time this season. Fonoimoana, who has won at least one domestic tournament for seven straight seasons, made it to Sunday for the first time this year.
"This is a big improvement and something I can be positive about," Lambert said. "But we both know that if you come out flat out here on the men's side, you're done."
Kiraly wasn't as fortunate with his new partner, Adam Jewell. They won their first match but lost their next two and are out of the tournament with a 13th-place finish. It is only the sixth time in Kiraly's 25-year career — 327 events — that he has finished outside the top 10, and the first since Aug. 13, 2000, in Belgium. The last time it happened in a domestic event was 1998.
Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger, the top-seeded men's team, lost to Rogers and Scott, 21-15, 21-15, in the third round, but won their consolation-bracket match and will play Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings today.
Rogers and Scott flew under the radar before this tournament because they haven't played together since finishing fifth April 3 at the season opener in Ft. Lauderdale.
"I think some people forgot about us a little bit," said Rogers, who won at Tempe, Ariz., with Scott last year. "That's OK. I think we reminded them today."



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Qualification Tournaments, June 10th
 · Open qualification tournament
 · single elimination
 · up to 32 teams per gender
 · four teams advance to each main draw

 Main Draws, June 11-12th
 · 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: $87,500 per gender M/W


San Diego Open presented by Bud Light
Mariners Point
June 10-12
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 and three-time Olympic Gold Medallist Karch Kiraly.
Top women's teams include undefeated Misty May & Kerri Walsh, Holly McPeak.

EVENT PURSE:
$175,000

TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
2003 - Men's Defending Champions - Dain Blanton/Jeff Nygaard
2003 - Women's Defending Champions - Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs
2004 -  Men's Defending Champions - Karch Kiraly/Mike Lambert
2004 - Women's Defending Champions - Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs

2004 San Diego Open Champions
Elaine Youngs and Holly McPeak: The women's final was a rematch from the week before, with McPeak & Youngs tallying a sweep over Annett Davis & Jenny Johnson Jordan, 22-20, 21-18. The top seeded-team did not lose a single game in the tournament.

Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert: 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.

WHEN:
Local Qualifier: Friday June 10th 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Main Draw Competition Saturday, June 11th 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Women's and Men's Semi-Finals Sunday, June 12th 8 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Women's and Men's Finals Sunday June 12th 8 a.m - 5:00 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.

Featuring LIVE Musical performances by:

WET BRAIN!

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:
 
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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  Ian Clark played the 2004 Bud Lite AVP SanDiegoBeach Open with Scott Davenport.

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*Ian Clark will not  be playing in this year's 2005 AVP SanDiego Open due to prior commitments
 

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Ian Clark's Results at Last Year's 2004 SanDiego Open

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 $87,500 San Diego Open
Presented by Bud Light
June 10-12, 2005
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
Men's AVP $87,500 San Diego Open
June 10-12, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points
  Dax Holdren Jeff Nygaard 1  
  Jake Gibb Stein Metzger 2  
  Todd Rogers Sean Scott 3  
  Paul Baxter Jason Ring 4  
  Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 5  
  Dain Blanton Kevin Wong 6  
  Phil Dalhausser Nick Lucena 7  
  Eric Fonoimoana Mike Lambert 8  
  Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 9  
  Aaron Boss Brian Lewis 10  
  Brent Doble John Hyden 11  
  Adam Jewell Karch Kiraly 12  
  Mark Williams Scott Wong 13  
  Jose Loiola Fred Souza 14  
  Matt Olson Hans Stolfus 15  
  Scott Lane Chad Mowrey 16  
  Matt Heath Ryan Mariano 17  
  Scott Davenport Mike DiPierro 18  
  Scott Ayakatubby Albert Hannemann 19  
  Jason Lee Reid Priddy 20  
  Canyon Ceman Chad Turner 21  
  David Fischer Ed Ratledge 22  
  Eduardo Bacil Anthony Mihalic 23  
  Ty Loomis Anthony Medel 24  
  Andre Melo Aaron Wachtfogel 25, Q3  
  Steve Grotowski Adam Roberts 26, Q1  
  Mike Morrison Jim Nichols 27, Q2  
  Mike Bruning Said Souikane 28, Q12  
  Ran Kumgisky Matt Prosser 29, Q20  
  Ben Koski Jeff Minc 30, Q6  
  Gaston Macau Eddie Stokes 31, Q7  
  John Mayer Sean Rooney 32, Q40  
33 Brian Corso Pepe Delahoz Q4 18.0
33 Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano Q5 18.0
33 Eric Adams Tony Pray Q11 18.0
33 Gabe Gardner Adam Johnson Q14 18.0
33 Morgan Mainz Leonardo Moraes Q24 18.0
33 Mike Desjardins Ken Lentin Q49 18.0
33 Geoff Cryst Ty Tramblie Q74 18.0
33 Gabe Burt Jeff Taylor Q82 18.0
41 Scott Hill Dan Mintz Q8 12.0
41 Chris Harger Jack Quinn Q9 12.0
41 Bivin Sadler Jason Wight Q17 12.0
41 Eric Burness Chris Magill Q19 12.0
41 Ryan Cronin Kevin Dake Q21 12.0
41 Esteban Escobar Sonny Knight Q22 12.0
41 Jeff Carlucci Steve Delaney Q26 12.0
41 Bartosz Bachorski Mike Dauernheim Q28 12.0
41 John Braunstein JP Calderon Q29 12.0
41 Art Barron Mike Szymanski Q30 12.0
41 Seth Burnham Luis Sandoval Q33 12.0
41 Timothy Cornelissen Dustin Townsend Q34 12.0
41 Jake Blair Jeff Smith Q38 12.0
41 Ihor Akinshyn Danko Iordanov Q42 12.0
41 Guy Hamilton Wayne Matthews Q50 12.0
41 Connor Hastings Andy Northness Q52 12.0
57 Chad Convis Andrew Vazquez Q10 8.0
57 Justin Phipps Jim Van Zwieten Q13 8.0
57 Travis Regner Lucas Wisniakowski Q15 8.0
57 Casey Brewer Brian Duff Q16 8.0
57 Rocky Mayo Jeff Murrell Q18 8.0
57 Jeff Myers Chad Wick Q23 8.0
57 Sam Haghighi Ivan Mercer Q25 8.0
57 Matt Heagy Jason Olive Q27 8.0
57 Jon Barnes Steve Hubbard Q31 8.0
57 Graig Domanski Leon Lucas Q32 8.0
57 Jason King Andy Shean Q35 8.0
57 Scott Kiedaisch Mark Kirunchyk Q36 8.0
57 Paul Lourick Derek Martinez Q37 8.0
57 Arqum Iqbal Jon Mesko Q39 8.0
57 Drew Brand Matt Wilkens Q41 8.0
57 Ryan Fisher Corey Glave Q43 8.0
57 Coley Kyman Bobby Samuelson Q44 8.0
57 Matt Osbourn Jed Stotsenberg Q46 8.0
57 Yariv Lerner Tom Slauterbeck Q51 8.0
57 Rico Becker Tom Witt Q53 8.0
57 Pete DiVenere Bill Maik Q54 8.0
57 Ian Gallagher Brent Reger Q57 8.0
57 Michael Doucette James Hollis Q58 8.0
57 David Holewinski Kevin Legg Q59 8.0
57 Dan Neiman Aaron Steele Q60 8.0
57 Shigetomo Sakugawa Jon Stalls Q63 8.0
57 Nate Michael Will Paulson Q65 8.0
57 Owen McKibbin Tony Zapata Q67 8.0
57 Juan Cadeza Mika Hunkin Q68 8.0
57 Erik Kirstein Josh Petersen Q73 8.0
57 Kane Thanombath Brandon Vegter Q81 8.0
57 Jeff Conover Isaac Kneubuhl Q84 8.0
89 Blake Cantrell Donal McGraw Q45 4.0
89 Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q47 4.0
89 John Caravella Jason Harris Q48 4.0
89 Shane Cervantes Arri Jeschke Q55 4.0
89 Steve Lauvenberg John Savage Q56 4.0
89 Xavier Garcia Jason Lefevre Q61 4.0
89 Brent Keller Vince Zanzucchi Q62 4.0
89 Craig Cromwell Brian Olsen Q64 4.0
89 Dane Jensen Mike Placek Q66 4.0
89 Jon Gubera Jeff Pheffer Q69 4.0
89 Kyle Krauss Brian Post Q70 4.0
89 Nathan Martin Brad Powell Q71 4.0
89 Alan Dawber Hank Groves Q72 4.0
89 Tanner Morris Alex Padilla Q75 4.0
89 Aaron Montgomery Todd Wills Q76 4.0
89 Harold Johnson Scott Warren Q77 4.0
89 Samuel Brown Cody Loggins Q78 4.0
89 Shaun Essert Eric Roberts Q79 4.0
89 Craig Donen Ralph Garcia Q80 4.0
89 Brent Curtis Mike Myrdal Q83 4.0 

2005 AVP Nissan Series $175,000 San Diego Open San Diego, Calif June 10-12, 2005

Men's Qualification Tournament Results (Friday, June 10)
Men's AVP $87,500 San Diego Open
June 10-12, 2005

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Nate Michael / Will Paulson (Q65) def. Craig Cromwell / Brian Olsen (Q64) 21-15, 21-12 (0:38)
Match 6: Kane Thanombath / Brandon Vegter (Q81) def. John Caravella / Jason Harris (Q48) 17-21, 21-11, 15-9 (0:55)
Match 7: Mike Desjardins / Ken Lentin (Q49) def. Ralph Garcia / Craig Donen (Q80) 21-11, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 10: Josh Petersen / Erik Kirstein (Q73) def. Steve Lauvenberg / John Savage (Q56) 21-16, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 15: Ian Gallagher / Brent Reger (Q57) def. Alan Dawber / Hank Groves (Q72) 21-11, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 18: Dan Neiman / Aaron Steele (Q60) def. Jon Gubera / Jeff Pheffer (Q69) 21-17, 21-19 (0:48)
Match 23: Rico Becker / Tom Witt (Q53) def. Aaron Montgomery / Todd Wills (Q76) 21-13, 21-8 (0:38)
Match 26: Connor Hastings / Andy Northness (Q52) def. Harold Johnson / Scott Warren (Q77) 21-19, 21-16 (0:47)
Match 27: Jeff Conover / Isaac Kneubuhl (Q84) def. Blake Cantrell / Donal McGraw (Q45) 21-16, 16-21, 18-16 (0:59)
Match 31: Mika Hunkin / Juan Cadeza (Q68) def. Xavier Garcia / Jason Lefevre (Q61) 21-16, 18-21, 15-11 (0:55)
Match 34: Tony Zapata / Owen McKibbin (Q67) def. Brent Keller / Vince Zanzucchi (Q62) 21-13, 21-12 (0:45)
Match 38: Matt Osbourn / Jed Stotsenberg (Q46) def. Brent Curtis / Mike Myrdal (Q83) 21-19, 21-9 (0:37)
Match 39: Yariv Lerner / Tom Slauterbeck (Q51) def. Cody Loggins / Samuel Brown (Q78) 21-15, 17-21, 15-13 (0:48)
Match 42: Pete DiVenere / Bill Maik (Q54) def. Tanner Morris / Alex Padilla (Q75) 21-12, 21-9 (0:36)
Match 47: David Holewinski / Kevin Legg (Q59) def. Brian Post / Kyle Krauss (Q70) 21-15, 17-21, 15-8 (1:00)
Match 50: Michael Doucette / James Hollis (Q58) def. Brad Powell / Nathan Martin (Q71) 21-19, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 55: Ty Tramblie / Geoff Cryst (Q74) def. Shane Cervantes / Arri Jeschke (Q55) 21-17, 17-21, 15-13 (1:05)
Match 58: Guy Hamilton / Wayne Matthews (Q50) def. Eric Roberts / Shaun Essert (Q79) by Forfeit
Match 59: Gabe Burt / Jeff Taylor (Q82) def. Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q47) 21-13, 21-13 (0:37)
Match 63: Shigetomo Sakugawa / Jon Stalls (Q63) def. Dane Jensen / Mike Placek (Q66) 21-15, 21-16 (0:39)
Round 2
Match 65: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q1) def. Nate Michael / Will Paulson (Q65) 21-18, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 66: Seth Burnham / Luis Sandoval (Q33) def. Graig Domanski / Leon Lucas (Q32) 22-20, 21-19 (0:52)
Match 67: Bivin Sadler / Jason Wight (Q17) def. Kane Thanombath / Brandon Vegter (Q81) 21-9, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 68: Mike Desjardins / Ken Lentin (Q49) def. Casey Brewer / Brian Duff (Q16) 21-15, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 69: Chris Harger / Jack Quinn (Q9) def. Josh Petersen / Erik Kirstein (Q73) 21-17, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 70: Morgan Mainz / Leonardo Moraes (Q24) def. Drew Brand / Matt Wilkens (Q41) 16-21, 21-19, 16-14 (0:59)
Match 71: John Mayer / Sean Rooney (Q40) def. Sam Haghighi / Ivan Mercer (Q25) 21-14, 19-21, 15-7 (0:56)
Match 72: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q8) def. Ian Gallagher / Brent Reger (Q57) 21-17, 21-13 (0:40)
Match 73: Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q5) def. Dan Neiman / Aaron Steele (Q60) 21-15, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 74: Bartosz Bachorski / Mike Dauernheim (Q28) def. Paul Lourick / Derek Martinez (Q37) 23-21, 21-18 (0:55)
Match 75: Ryan Cronin / Kevin Dake (Q21) def. Coley Kyman / Bobby Samuelson (Q44) 21-15, 21-12 (0:40)
Match 76: Mike Bruning / Said Souikane (Q12) def. Rico Becker / Tom Witt (Q53) 21-15, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 77: Connor Hastings / Andy Northness (Q52) def. Justin Phipps / Jim Van Zwieten (Q13) 21-17, 11-21, 15-11 (0:54)
Match 78: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q20) def. Jeff Conover / Isaac Kneubuhl (Q84) 21-16, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 79: John Braunstein / JP Calderon (Q29) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Mark Kirunchyk (Q36) 21-15, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 80: Brian Corso / Pepe Delahoz (Q4) def. Mika Hunkin / Juan Cadeza (Q68) 21-18, 21-10 (0:46)
Match 81: Andre Melo / Aaron Wachtfogel (Q3) def. Tony Zapata / Owen McKibbin (Q67) 21-5, 21-0 (0:15)
Match 82: Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q30) def. Jason King / Andy Shean (Q35) 21-16, 25-23 (0:37)
Match 83: Eric Burness / Chris Magill (Q19) def. Matt Osbourn / Jed Stotsenberg (Q46) 21-19, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 84: Gabe Gardner / Adam Johnson (Q14) def. Yariv Lerner / Tom Slauterbeck (Q51) 14-21, 21-10, 15-8 (0:52)
Match 85: Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q11) def. Pete DiVenere / Bill Maik (Q54) 21-19, 21-19 (0:55)
Match 86: Esteban Escobar / Sonny Knight (Q22) def. Ryan Fisher / Corey Glave (Q43) 21-13, 21-14 (0:39)
Match 87: Jake Blair / Jeff Smith (Q38) def. Matt Heagy / Jason Olive (Q27) 21-17, 21-14 (0:46)
Match 88: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q6) def. David Holewinski / Kevin Legg (Q59) 21-12, 21-11 (0:41)
Match 89: Gaston Macau / Eddie Stokes (Q7) def. Michael Doucette / James Hollis (Q58) 21-17, 18-21, 18-16 (1:10)
Match 90: Jeff Carlucci / Steve Delaney (Q26) def. Arqum Iqbal / Jon Mesko (Q39) 19-21, 21-15, 15-6 (0:54)
Match 91: Ihor Akinshyn / Danko Iordanov (Q42) def. Jeff Myers / Chad Wick (Q23) 21-15, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 92: Ty Tramblie / Geoff Cryst (Q74) def. Chad Convis / Andrew Vazquez (Q10) 15-21, 21-13, 16-14 (1:08)
Match 93: Guy Hamilton/Wayne Matthews(Q50) def. Travis Regner/Lucas Wisniakowski (Q15) 21-19, 17-21, 15-11 (1:04)
Match 94: Gabe Burt / Jeff Taylor (Q82) def. Rocky Mayo / Jeff Murrell (Q18) 21-15, 21-19 (0:48)
Match 95: Timothy Cornelissen / Dustin Townsend (Q34) def. Jon Barnes / Steve Hubbard (Q31) 23-21, 21-17 (0:49)
Match 96: Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (Q2) def. Shigetomo Sakugawa / Jon Stalls (Q63) 21-17, 21-14 (0:40)
Round 3
Match 97: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q1) def. Seth Burnham / Luis Sandoval (Q33) 21-14, 21-17 (0:37)
Match 98: Mike Desjardins / Ken Lentin (Q49) def. Bivin Sadler / Jason Wight (Q17) 18-21, 21-17, 15-10 (0:59)
Match 99: Morgan Mainz / Leonardo Moraes (Q24) def. Chris Harger / Jack Quinn (Q9) 16-21, 21-6, 15-13 (0:58)
Match 100: John Mayer / Sean Rooney (Q40) def. Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q8) 21-18, 17-21, 15-9 (1:05)
Match 101: Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q5) def. Bartosz Bachorski / Mike Dauernheim (Q28) 21-19, 21-13 (0:54)
Match 102: Mike Bruning / Said Souikane (Q12) def. Ryan Cronin / Kevin Dake (Q21) 21-15, 15-21, 15-8 (0:55)
Match 103: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q20) def. Connor Hastings / Andy Northness (Q52) 21-11, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 104: Brian Corso / Pepe Delahoz (Q4) def. John Braunstein / JP Calderon (Q29) 21-19, 21-13 (0:43)
Match 105: Andre Melo / Aaron Wachtfogel (Q3) def. Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q30) 18-21, 21-18, 15-13 (0:57)
Match 106: Gabe Gardner / Adam Johnson (Q14) def. Eric Burness / Chris Magill (Q19) 14-21, 25-23, 15-10 (1:08)
Match 107: Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q11) def. Esteban Escobar / Sonny Knight (Q22) 22-20, 21-17 (0:49)
Match 108: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q6) def. Jake Blair / Jeff Smith (Q38) 21-10, 21-10 (0:35)
Match 109: Gaston Macau / Eddie Stokes (Q7) def. Jeff Carlucci / Steve Delaney (Q26) 21-19, 23-25, 15-9 (1:13)
Match 110: Ty Tramblie / Geoff Cryst (Q74) def. Ihor Akinshyn / Danko Iordanov (Q42) 22-20, 18-21, 15-13 (1:13)
Match 111: Gabe Burt / Jeff Taylor (Q82) def. Guy Hamilton / Wayne Matthews (Q50) 22-20, 21-18 (0:56)
Match 112: Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (Q2) def. Timothy Cornelissen / Dustin Townsend (Q34) 21-18, 21-10 (0:43)
Round 4
Match 113: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q1) def. Mike Desjardins / Ken Lentin (Q49) 21-17, 14-21, 15-8 (0:55)
Match 114: John Mayer / Sean Rooney (Q40) def. Morgan Mainz / Leonardo Moraes (Q24) 21-16, 21-14
Match 115: Mike Bruning / Said Souikane (Q12) def. Dan Fisher / Chris Guigliano (Q5) 21-15, 30-32, 15-5 (0:59)
Match 116: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q20) def. Brian Corso / Pepe Delahoz (Q4) 21-14, 21-12 (0:43)
Match 117: Andre Melo / Aaron Wachtfogel (Q3) def. Gabe Gardner / Adam Johnson (Q14) 21-14, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 118: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q6) def. Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q11) 21-17, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 119: Gaston Macau / Eddie Stokes (Q7) def. Ty Tramblie / Geoff Cryst (Q74) 15-21, 21-17, 17-15 (1:02)
Match 120: Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (Q2) def. Gabe Burt / Jeff Taylor (Q82) 21-16, 20-22, 15-9 (0:58)

Men's AVP $87,500 San Diego Open
June 10-12, 2005

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (1) def. John Mayer / Sean Rooney (32, Q40) 21-17, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 2: Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (16) def. Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (17) 21-19, 14-21, 15-9 (1:01)
Match 3: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (9) def. Anthony Medel / Ty Loomis (24) 21-14, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 4: Eric Fonoimoana / Mike Lambert (8) def. Andre Melo / Aaron Wachtfogel (25, Q3) 21-14, 21-15 (0:33)
Match 5: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Said Souikane / Mike Bruning (28, Q12) 21-13, 21-16 (0:44)
Match 6: Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (21) def. Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (12) 21-18, 21-15 (0:47)
Match 7: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (13) def. Reid Priddy / Jason Lee (20) 16-21, 24-22, 15-10 (1:03)
Match 8: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (4) def. Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (29, Q20) 21-17, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 9: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (3) def. Jeff Minc / Ben Koski (30, Q6) 21-18, 21-15 (0:37)
Match 10: Scott Ayakatubby / Albert Hannemann (19) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (14) 21-19, 15-21, 15-12 (0:53)
Match 11: Brent Doble / John Hyden (11) def. David Fischer / Ed Ratledge (22) 21-15, 21-9 (0:52)
Match 12: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (6) def. Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (27, Q2) 21-11, 21-14 (0:39)
Match 13: Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (7) def. Adam Roberts / Steve Grotowski (26, Q1) 21-15, 21-12 (0:27)
Match 14: Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (10) def. Eduardo Bacil / Anthony Mihalic (23) 23-21, 19-21, 15-9 (1:10)
Match 15: Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (15) def. Scott Davenport / Mike DiPierro (18) 24-22, 19-21, 15-12 (0:58)
Match 16: Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (2) def. Gaston Macau / Eddie Stokes (31, Q7) 21-13, 21-16 (0:38)
Round 2
Match 17: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (1) def. Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (16) 21-23, 21-17, 15-7 (1:00)
Match 18: Eric Fonoimoana / Mike Lambert (8) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (9) 19-21, 21-15, 19-17 (0:59)
Match 19: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (21) 21-13, 25-23 (0:53)
Match 20: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (4) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (13) 17-21, 21-19, 15-13 (1:10)
Match 21: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (3) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Albert Hannemann (19) 21-23, 21-19, 15-9 (1:05)
Match 22: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (6) def. Brent Doble / John Hyden (11) 21-11, 17-21, 16-14 (1:13)
Match 23: Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (7) def. Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (10) 21-16, 17-21, 18-16 (1:01)
Match 24: Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (2) def. Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (15) 21-9, 21-19 (0:39)
Round 3
Match 25: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (1) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Mike Lambert (8) 21-19, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 26: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (4) 22-20, 21-16 (0:50)
Match 27: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (3) def. Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (6) 21-18, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 28: Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (2) def. Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (7) 21-18, 24-22 (0:45)
Round 4
Match 29: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (1) 21-18, 19-21, 15-13 (1:05)
Match 30: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (3) def. Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (2) 23-21, 21-17


Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: John Mayer / Sean Rooney (32, Q40) def. Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (17) 19-21, 21-18, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 32: Anthony Medel / Ty Loomis (24) def. Andre Melo / Aaron Wachtfogel (25, Q3) 21-18, 21-14 (0:37)
Match 33: Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (12) def. Said Souikane / Mike Bruning (28, Q12) 21-18, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 34: Reid Priddy / Jason Lee (20) def. Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (29, Q20) 21-19, 21-17 (0:45)
Match 35: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (14) def. Jeff Minc / Ben Koski (30, Q6) 22-20, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 36: David Fischer / Ed Ratledge (22) def. Mike Morrison / Jim Nichols (27, Q2) 21-16, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 37: Adam Roberts / Steve Grotowski (26, Q1) def. Eduardo Bacil / Anthony Mihalic (23) 16-21, 21-14, 15-13 (0:52)
Match 38: Scott Davenport / Mike DiPierro (18) def. Gaston Macau / Eddie Stokes (31, Q7) 22-20, 21-19 (0:49)
Round 2
Match 39: Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (15) def. John Mayer / Sean Rooney (32, Q40) 21-14, 21-19 (0:38)
Match 40: Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (10) def. Anthony Medel / Ty Loomis (24) 25-23, 21-13 (0:47)
Match 41: Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (12) def. Brent Doble / John Hyden (11) 17-21, 21-18, 15-13 (1:07)
Match 42: Reid Priddy / Jason Lee (20) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Albert Hannemann (19) 21-17, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 43: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (13) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (14) 21-15, 18-21, 15-12 (1:01)
Match 44: Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (21) def. David Fischer / Ed Ratledge (22) 21-18, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 45: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (9) def. Adam Roberts / Steve Grotowski (26, Q1) 21-17, 21-12 (0:33)
Match 46: Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (16) def. Scott Davenport / Mike DiPierro (18) 21-18, 21-17 (0:41)
Round 3
Match 47: Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (15) def. Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (10) 21-18, 18-21, 15-13 (1:08)
Match 48: Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (12) def. Reid Priddy / Jason Lee (20) 21-14, 30-32, 15-13 (1:11)
Match 49: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (13) def. Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (21) 21-11, 21-19 (0:42)
Match 50: Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (9) def. Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (16) 21-18, 21-16 (0:38)
Round 4
Match 51: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (4) def. Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (15) 25-23, 22-20 (0:49)
Match 52: Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (12) def. Eric Fonoimoana / Mike Lambert (8) 22-20, 25-23 (0:42)
Match 53: Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (7) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (13) 16-21, 21-15, 19-17 (1:01)
Match 54: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (6) def. Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt (9) 21-17, 13-21, 15-13 (0:53)
Round 5
Match 55: Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (12) def. Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (4) 21-16, 21-19 (0:53)
Match 56: Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (7) def. Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (6) 18-21, 21-14, 15-12 (0:59)
Round 6
Match 57: Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (2) def. Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (12) 21-16, 17-21, 15-8 (1:00)
Match 58: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (1) def. Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (7) 21-14, 24-22 (0:42)

Semifinals
Match 59: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Stein Metzger / Jake Gibb (2) 14-21, 21-16, 15-8 (0:55)
Match 60: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (3) def. Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (1) 21-19, 21-18 (0:59)

Finals
Match 61: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (5) def. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (3) 21-16, 21-13 (0:56) 

2005 Men's SanDiego Tournament Champions >>Matt Furbringer/Casey Jennings

                               
  Matt Fuerbringer                              Casey Jennings                          

Men's AVP $87,500 San Diego Open
June 10-12, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 5 $20,000.00 360.0
2 Todd Rogers Sean Scott 3 $14,000.00 324.0
3 Dax Holdren Jeff Nygaard 1 $8,450.00 270.0
3 Jake Gibb Stein Metzger 2 $8,450.00 270.0
5 Phil Dalhausser Nick Lucena 7 $5,000.00 216.0
5 Adam Jewell Karch Kiraly 12 $5,000.00 216.0
7 Paul Baxter Jason Ring 4 $3,500.00 180.0
7 Dain Blanton Kevin Wong 6 $3,500.00 180.0
9 Eric Fonoimoana Mike Lambert 8 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 9 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Mark Williams Scott Wong 13 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Matt Olson Hans Stolfus 15 $2,200.00 144.0
13 Aaron Boss Brian Lewis 10 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Scott Lane Chad Mowrey 16 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Jason Lee Reid Priddy 20 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Canyon Ceman Chad Turner 21 $1,400.00 108.0
17 Brent Doble John Hyden 11 $550.00 72.0
17 Jose Loiola Fred Souza 14 $550.00 72.0
17 Scott Davenport Mike DiPierro 18 $550.00 72.0
17 Scott Ayakatubby Albert Hannemann 19 $550.00 72.0
17 David Fischer Ed Ratledge 22 $550.00 72.0
17 Ty Loomis Anthony Medel 24 $550.00 72.0
17 Steve Grotowski Adam Roberts 26, Q1 $550.00 72.0
17 John Mayer Sean Rooney 32, Q40 $550.00 72.0
25 Matt Heath Ryan Mariano 17 $100.00 36.0
25 Eduardo Bacil Anthony Mihalic 23 $100.00 36.0
25 Andre Melo Aaron Wachtfogel 25, Q3 $100.00 36.0
25 Mike Morrison Jim Nichols 27, Q2 $100.00 36.0
25 Mike Bruning Said Souikane 28, Q12 $100.00 36.0
25 Ran Kumgisky Matt Prosser 29, Q20 $100.00 36.0
25 Ben Koski Jeff Minc 30, Q6 $100.00 36.0
25 Gaston Macau Eddie Stokes 31, Q7 $100.00 36.0
33 Brian Corso Pepe Delahoz Q4 $.00 18.0
33 Dan Fisher Chris Guigliano Q5 $.00 18.0
33 Eric Adams Tony Pray Q11 $.00 18.0
33 Gabe Gardner Adam Johnson Q14 $.00 18.0
33 Morgan Mainz Leonardo Moraes Q24 $.00 18.0
33 Mike Desjardins Ken Lentin Q49 $.00 18.0
33 Geoff Cryst Ty Tramblie Q74 $.00 18.0
33 Gabe Burt Jeff Taylor Q82 $.00 18.0
41 Scott Hill Dan Mintz Q8 $.00 12.0
41 Chris Harger Jack Quinn Q9 $.00 12.0
41 Bivin Sadler Jason Wight Q17 $.00 12.0
41 Eric Burness Chris Magill Q19 $.00 12.0
41 Ryan Cronin Kevin Dake Q21 $.00 12.0
41 Esteban Escobar Sonny Knight Q22 $.00 12.0
41 Jeff Carlucci Steve Delaney Q26 $.00 12.0
41 Bartosz Bachorski Mike Dauernheim Q28 $.00 12.0
41 John Braunstein JP Calderon Q29 $.00 12.0
41 Art Barron Mike Szymanski Q30 $.00 12.0
41 Seth Burnham Luis Sandoval Q33 $.00 12.0
41 Timothy Cornelissen Dustin Townsend Q34 $.00 12.0
41 Jake Blair Jeff Smith Q38 $.00 12.0
41 Ihor Akinshyn Danko Iordanov Q42 $.00 12.0
41 Guy Hamilton Wayne Matthews Q50 $.00 12.0
41 Connor Hastings Andy Northness Q52 $.00 12.0
57 Chad Convis Andrew Vazquez Q10 $.00 8.0
57 Justin Phipps Jim Van Zwieten Q13 $.00 8.0
57 Travis Regner Lucas Wisniakowski Q15 $.00 8.0
57 Casey Brewer Brian Duff Q16 $.00 8.0
57 Rocky Mayo Jeff Murrell Q18 $.00 8.0
57 Jeff Myers Chad Wick Q23 $.00 8.0
57 Sam Haghighi Ivan Mercer Q25 $.00 8.0
57 Matt Heagy Jason Olive Q27 $.00 8.0
57 Jon Barnes Steve Hubbard Q31 $.00 8.0
57 Graig Domanski Leon Lucas Q32 $.00 8.0
57 Jason King Andy Shean Q35 $.00 8.0
57 Scott Kiedaisch Mark Kirunchyk Q36 $.00 8.0
57 Paul Lourick Derek Martinez Q37 $.00 8.0
57 Arqum Iqbal Jon Mesko Q39 $.00 8.0
57 Drew Brand Matt Wilkens Q41 $.00 8.0
57 Ryan Fisher Corey Glave Q43 $.00 8.0
57 Coley Kyman Bobby Samuelson Q44 $.00 8.0
57 Matt Osbourn Jed Stotsenberg Q46 $.00 8.0
57 Yariv Lerner Tom Slauterbeck Q51 $.00 8.0
57 Rico Becker Tom Witt Q53 $.00 8.0
57 Pete DiVenere Bill Maik Q54 $.00 8.0
57 Ian Gallagher Brent Reger Q57 $.00 8.0
57 Michael Doucette James Hollis Q58 $.00 8.0
57 David Holewinski Kevin Legg Q59 $.00 8.0
57 Dan Neiman Aaron Steele Q60 $.00 8.0
57 Shigetomo Sakugawa Jon Stalls Q63 $.00 8.0
57 Nate Michael Will Paulson Q65 $.00 8.0
57 Owen McKibbin Tony Zapata Q67 $.00 8.0
57 Juan Cadeza Mika Hunkin Q68 $.00 8.0
57 Erik Kirstein Josh Petersen Q73 $.00 8.0
57 Kane Thanombath Brandon Vegter Q81 $.00 8.0
57 Jeff Conover Isaac Kneubuhl Q84 $.00 8.0
89 Blake Cantrell Donal McGraw Q45 $.00 4.0
89 Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q47 $.00 4.0
89 John Caravella Jason Harris Q48 $.00 4.0
89 Shane Cervantes Arri Jeschke Q55 $.00 4.0
89 Steve Lauvenberg John Savage Q56 $.00 4.0
89 Xavier Garcia Jason Lefevre Q61 $.00 4.0
89 Brent Keller Vince Zanzucchi Q62 $.00 4.0
89 Craig Cromwell Brian Olsen Q64 $.00 4.0
89 Dane Jensen Mike Placek Q66 $.00 4.0
89 Jon Gubera Jeff Pheffer Q69 $.00 4.0
89 Kyle Krauss Brian Post Q70 $.00 4.0
89 Nathan Martin Brad Powell Q71 $.00 4.0
89 Alan Dawber Hank Groves Q72 $.00 4.0
89 Tanner Morris Alex Padilla Q75 $.00 4.0
89 Aaron Montgomery Todd Wills Q76 $.00 4.0
89 Harold Johnson Scott Warren Q77 $.00 4.0
89 Samuel Brown Cody Loggins Q78 $.00 4.0
89 Craig Donen Ralph Garcia Q80 $.00 4.0
89 Brent Curtis Mike Myrdal Q83 $.00 4.0
89 Shaun Essert Eric Roberts Q79 $.00 0.0

Women's AVP $87,500 San Diego Open
June 10-12, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points
  Misty May Kerri Walsh 1  
  Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 2  
  Jennifer Kessy Holly McPeak 3  
  Dianne DeNecochea Nancy Mason 4  
  Samirames Marins Tatiana Minello 5  
  Carrie Busch Liz Masakayan 6  
  Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 7  
  Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 8  
  Angie Akers Nicole Branagh 9  
  Tanya Fuamatu Heidi Ilustre 10  
  Pat Keller Wendy Stammer 11  
  Brooke Niles Sarah Straton 12  
  Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 13  
  Jaimie Lee Paula Roca 14  
  Daven Allison Kimberly Coleman 15  
  Saralyn Smith Ann Windes 16  
  Angela Lewis Diane Pascua 17  
  Denise Johns Alicia Polzin 18  
  Jenelle Koester Ali Wood 19  
  Kerri Eich Priscilla Lima 20  
  Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 21  
  Cheri Fitzner Tammy Leibl 22  
  Ashley Ivy Ella Vakhidova 23, Q2  
  Sharman Mitchell Barbara Nyland 24  
  Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet 25  
  Jeannette Hecker Catie Vagneur 26, Q4  
  Helen Reale Karen Reitz 27, Q9  
  Mary Baily Julie Romias 28, Q3  
  Nicki Fusco Gina Kirstein 29, Q11  
  Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst 30, Q17  
  Meri-de Boyer Gretchen Sanders 31, Q21  
  Angela Rock Tiffany Rodriguez 32, Q26  
33 Lisa Marshall Carrie Wright Q6 18.0
33 Abby Georgy Alicia Zamparelli Q8 18.0
33 Tara Burton Franci Van Zwieten Q10 18.0
33 Erin Byrd Jeanette Simenson Q13 18.0
33 Sheri Leverrette Amber Ramga Q14 18.0
33 Arcadia Berjonneau Stephanie Roberts Q18 18.0
33 Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q32 18.0
33 Gabriela Roney Lenka Urbanova Q60 18.0
41 Jennifer Holdren Patti Scofield Q1 12.0
41 Kelly Rowe Sarah White Q7 12.0
41 Ramona Caouette Amber Willey Q12 12.0
41 Lisa Gathright Jenny Griffith Q15 12.0
41 Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser Q16 12.0
41 Jennifer Lombardi Kirstin Olsen Q19 12.0
41 Michelle Kyman Natacha Nelson Q22 12.0
41 Brittany Hochevar Krystal McFarland Q25 12.0
41 Keao Burdine Chrissie Zartman Q29 12.0
41 Ingrid Roosild Dawn Tischauser Q30 12.0
41 Erica Menzel Angie Simpson Q34 12.0
41 Jessie Cooper Kristi Winters Q37 12.0
41 Stacy Nicks Barb Sanson Q38 12.0
41 Paige Davis Karen Holman Q41 12.0
41 Barbara Carson Barb Letts Q42 12.0
41 Laura Hendrickson Kelly Yengst Q45 12.0
57 Marla O'Hara Holly Reisor Q5 8.0
57 Heather Alley Kathleen Madden Q20 8.0
57 Jennifer Maastricht Cherry Simkins Q23 8.0
57 Laura Ratto Jennifer Walker Q24 8.0
57 Jennifer Lehman Johanna Lehman Q27 8.0
57 Charnette Fair Nicole Midwin Q28 8.0
57 Rachel Errthum Michelle Hart Q31 8.0
57 Carol Hamilton Carol Killeen Q33 8.0
57 Cinta Claro Josie Youngblood Q35 8.0
57 Ashley Regner Klara Zelinka Q36 8.0
57 Christina Hinds Katie Wilkins Q39 8.0
57 Meg Gill Monique Ritter Q40 8.0
57 Renee Nygaard Erin Pryor Q43 8.0
57 Kim Goodwin Jennifer Janszen Q44 8.0
57 Ella Harley Alyssa Rylander Q46 8.0
57 Jo Convis Aly Currey Q47 8.0
57 Tina Damasco Vladia Vignato Q48 8.0
57 Caroline Skacel Jessi Wright Q49 8.0
57 Jackie Hatten Tiffany Verbick Q50 8.0
57 Dana Fiume Jill Leake Q51 8.0
57 Shannon Christianson Susan Postnikoff Q52 8.0
57 Aimee Richardson Dana Showalter Q53 8.0
57 Leilani Kamahoahoa Valerie Pryor Q54 8.0
57 Stephanie Roberts Tiffany White Q55 8.0
57 Sandy Martin Shannon Nelson Q56 8.0
57 Carly Beck Kari Logan Q57 8.0
57 Courtney Huffman Sara Schaub Q58 8.0
57 Jen Gilbert Aurora Salas Q59 8.0
57 Angela McHenry Lauren Mills Q61 8.0                                                           

Women's AVP $87,500 San Diego Open
Presented by Bud Light
June 10-12, 2005 


Women's Qualification Tournament Results (Friday, June 10)

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q32) def. Carol Killeen / Carol Hamilton (Q33) 21-9, 21-14 (0:32)
Match 3: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q17) def. Tina Damasco / Vladia Vignato (Q48) 18-21, 21-9, 15-10 (0:51)
Match 4: Joy Akins / Dawn Steinhauser (Q16) def. Jessi Wright / Caroline Skacel (Q49) 21-16, 21-9 (0:36)
Match 5: Helen Reale / Karen Reitz (Q9) def. Sandy Martin / Shannon Nelson (Q56) 21-9, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 6: Karen Holman / Paige Davis (Q41) def. Laura Ratto / Jennifer Walker (Q24) 21-15, 21-17 (0:47)
Match 7: Brittany Hochevar / Krystal McFarland (Q25) def. Monique Ritter / Meg Gill (Q40) 21-12, 21-14 (0:35)
Match 8: Abby Georgy / Alicia Zamparelli (Q8) def. Carly Beck / Kari Logan (Q57) 21-11, 21-12 (0:39)
Match 9: Lenka Urbanova / Gabriela Roney (Q60) def. Marla O'Hara / Holly Reisor (Q5) 21-18, 21-17 (0:46)
Match 10: Kristi Winters / Jessie Cooper (Q37) def. Charnette Fair / Nicole Midwin (Q28) 21-16, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 11: Meri-de Boyer / Gretchen Sanders (Q21) def. Kim Goodwin / Jennifer Janszen (Q44) 21-14, 22-20 (0:39)
Match 12: Ramona Caouette / Amber Willey (Q12) def. Aimee Richardson / Dana Showalter (Q53) 21-3, 21-14 (0:33)
Match 13: Erin Byrd / Jeanette Simenson (Q13) def. Susan Postnikoff / Shannon Christianson (Q52) 21-10, 21-11 (0:31)
Match 14: Kelly Yengst/Laura Hendrickson (Q45) def. Heather Alley / Kathleen Madden (Q20) 20-22, 21-15, 15-13 (1:10)
Match 15: Keao Burdine / Chrissie Zartman (Q29) def. Ashley Regner / Klara Zelinka (Q36) 21-15, 21-12 (0:32)
Match 16: Jeannette Hecker / Catie Vagneur (Q4) def. Angela McHenry / Lauren Mills (Q61) 21-19, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 18: Ingrid Roosild / Dawn Tischauser (Q30) def. Josie Youngblood / Cinta Claro (Q35) 24-22, 21-11 (0:41)
Match 19: Jennifer Lombardi / Kirstin Olsen (Q19) def. Alyssa Rylander / Ella Harley (Q46) 21-0, 22-20 (0:19)
Match 20: Sheri Leverrette / Amber Ramga (Q14) def. Dana Fiume / Jill Leake (Q51) 13-21, 21-18, 15-12 (0:55)
Match 21: Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q11) def. Leilani Kamahoahoa / Valerie Pryor (Q54) 21-14, 17-21, 17-15 (1:01)
Match 22: Michelle Kyman / Natacha Nelson (Q22) def. Renee Nygaard / Erin Pryor (Q43) 21-17, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 23: Barb Sanson / Stacy Nicks (Q38) def. Jennifer Lehman / Johanna Lehman (Q27) 21-15, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 24: Lisa Marshall / Carrie Wright (Q6) def. Jen Gilbert / Aurora Salas (Q59) 21-12, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 25: Kelly Rowe / Sarah White (Q7) def. Sara Schaub / Courtney Huffman (Q58) 15-21, 22-20, 15-10 (0:51)
Match 26: Angela Rock / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q26) def. Katie Wilkins / Christina Hinds (Q39) 21-12, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 27: Barb Letts / Barbara Carson (Q42) def. Jennifer Maastricht / Cherry Simkins (Q23) 21-19, 21-9 (0:42)
Match 28: Tara Burton / Franci Van Zwieten (Q10) def. Tiffany White / Stephanie Roberts (Q55) 21-8, 21-8 (0:30)
Match 29: Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q15) def. Jackie Hatten / Tiffany Verbick (Q50) 21-10, 21-5 (0:29)
Match 30: Arcadia Berjonneau / Stephanie Roberts (Q18) def. Jo Convis / Aly Currey (Q47) 21-6, 21-19 (0:34)
Match 31: Angie Simpson / Erica Menzel (Q34) def. Rachel Errthum / Michelle Hart (Q31) 21-18, 21-8 (0:35)
Round 2
Match 33: Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q32) def. Jennifer Holdren / Patti Scofield (Q1) 17-21, 21-17, 15-11 (0:56)
Match 34: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q17) def. Joy Akins / Dawn Steinhauser (Q16) 19-21, 21-12, 15-10 (0:54)
Match 35: Helen Reale / Karen Reitz (Q9) def. Karen Holman / Paige Davis (Q41) 21-13, 21-15 (0:45)
Match 36: Abby Georgy / Alicia Zamparelli (Q8) def. Brittany Hochevar / Krystal McFarland (Q25) 21-15, 21-11 (0:35)
Match 37: Lenka Urbanova / Gabriela Roney (Q60) def. Kristi Winters / Jessie Cooper (Q37) 16-21, 21-18, 15-13 (0:55)
Match 38: Meri-de Boyer / Gretchen Sanders (Q21) def. Ramona Caouette / Amber Willey (Q12) 21-16, 21-16 (0:38)
Match 39: Erin Byrd / Jeanette Simenson (Q13) def. Kelly Yengst / Laura Hendrickson (Q45) 23-25, 21-17, 15-8 (0:57)
Match 40: Jeannette Hecker / Catie Vagneur (Q4) def. Keao Burdine / Chrissie Zartman (Q29) 21-18, 21-19 (0:41)
Match 41: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q3) def. Ingrid Roosild / Dawn Tischauser (Q30) 21-10, 21-12 (0:31)
Match 42: Sheri Leverrette / Amber Ramga (Q14) def. Jennifer Lombardi / Kirstin Olsen (Q19) 21-14, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 43: Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q11) def. Michelle Kyman / Natacha Nelson (Q22) 21-19, 21-18 (0:39)
Match 44: Lisa Marshall / Carrie Wright (Q6) def. Barb Sanson / Stacy Nicks (Q38) 21-16, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 45: Angela Rock / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q26) def. Kelly Rowe / Sarah White (Q7) 21-18, 21-19 (0:40)
Match 46: Tara Burton / Franci Van Zwieten (Q10) def. Barb Letts / Barbara Carson (Q42) 21-14, 14-21, 15-8 (0:53)
Match 47: Arcadia Berjonneau / Stephanie Roberts (Q18) def. Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q15) 21-14, 21-17 (0:48)
Match 48: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q2) def. Angie Simpson / Erica Menzel (Q34) 21-16, 22-20 (0:42)
Round 3
Match 49: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q17) def. Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q32) 21-13, 21-19 (0:35)
Match 50: Helen Reale / Karen Reitz (Q9) def. Abby Georgy / Alicia Zamparelli (Q8) 21-18, 5-21, 17-15 (0:55)
Match 51: Meri-de Boyer / Gretchen Sanders (Q21) def. Lenka Urbanova / Gabriela Roney (Q60) 21-19, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 52: Jeannette Hecker / Catie Vagneur (Q4) def. Erin Byrd / Jeanette Simenson (Q13) 21-17, 21-19 (0:47)
Match 53: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q3) def. Sheri Leverrette / Amber Ramga (Q14) 21-8, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 54: Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q11) def. Lisa Marshall / Carrie Wright (Q6) 21-14, 21-19 (0:43)
Match 55: Angela Rock / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q26) def. Tara Burton / Franci Van Zwieten (Q10) 17-21, 21-15, 15-11 (0:57)
Match 56: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q2) def. Arcadia Berjonneau / Stephanie Roberts (Q18) 21-14, 21-18 (0:39)

Women's AVP $87,500 San Diego Open
Presented by Bud Light
June 10-12, 2005


Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Angela Rock / Tiffany Rodriguez (32, Q26) 21-10, 21-10 (0:31)
Match 2: Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (16) def. Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (17) 21-19, 21-23, 15-13 (1:05)
Match 3: Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (9) def. Barbara Nyland / Sharman Mitchell (24) 21-18, 21-16 (0:36)
Match 4: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (8) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (25) 21-17, 21-17 (0:35)
Match 5: Samirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (5) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (28, Q3) 21-14, 21-17 (0:38)
Match 6: Sarah Straton / Brooke Niles (12) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (21) 19-21, 21-12, 15-12 (0:51)
Match 7: Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (20) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (13) 14-21, 21-16, 15-11 (0:41)
Match 8: Nancy Mason / Dianne DeNecochea (4) def. Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (29, Q11) 21-10, 21-17 (0:35)
Match 9: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Stacy Rouwenhorst / Jennifer Fopma (30, Q17) 21-9, 21-9 (0:28)
Match 10: Paula Roca / Jaimie Lee (14) def. Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (19) 21-18, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 11: Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (11) def. Tammy Leibl / Cheri Fitzner (22) 21-15, 22-20 (0:36)
Match 12: Liz Masakayan / Carrie Busch (6) def. Helen Reale / Karen Reitz (27, Q9) 21-8, 21-16 (0:35)
Match 13: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (7) def. Catie Vagneur / Jeannette Hecker (26, Q4) 21-16, 21-12 (0:34)
Match 14: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (10) def. Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (23, Q2) 29-27, 25-23 (0:53)
Match 15: Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (18) def. Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (15) 21-12, 21-13 (0:33)
Match 16: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Meri-de Boyer / Gretchen Sanders (31, Q21) 21-9, 21-12 (0:32)
Round 2
Match 17: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (16) 21-13, 21-7 (0:29)
Match 18: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (8) def. Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (9) 24-26, 21-17, 15-13 (0:52)
Match 19: Samirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (5) def. Sarah Straton / Brooke Niles (12) 17-21, 21-19, 15-12 (0:52)
Match 20: Nancy Mason / Dianne DeNecochea (4) def. Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (20) 21-15, 21-13
Match 21: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Paula Roca / Jaimie Lee (14) 22-24, 21-9, 15-9 (0:53)
Match 22: Liz Masakayan / Carrie Busch (6) def. Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (11) 21-19, 18-21, 16-14 (0:59)
Match 23: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (7) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (10) 22-20, 19-21, 15-6 (0:48)
Match 24: Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (18) def. Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) 23-21, 22-20 (0:50)
Round 3
Match 25: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (8) 21-13, 21-11 (0:27)
Match 26: Samirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (5) def. Nancy Mason / Dianne DeNecochea (4) 21-19, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 27: Liz Masakayan / Carrie Busch (6) def. Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) 21-17, 16-21, 15-11 (0:59)
Match 28: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (7) def. Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (18) 23-21, 21-17 (0:41)
Round 4
Match 29: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Samirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (5) 21-18, 21-11 (0:30)
Match 30: Liz Masakayan / Carrie Busch (6) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (7) 19-21, 21-15, 15-13 (0:59)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (17) def. Angela Rock / Tiffany Rodriguez (32, Q26) 21-16, 21-14 (0:45)
Match 32: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (25) def. Barbara Nyland / Sharman Mitchell (24) 21-19, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 33: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (21) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (28, Q3) 24-26, 21-16, 15-10 (1:05)
Match 34: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (13) def. Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (29, Q11) 21-13, 21-16 (0:37)
Match 35: Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (19) def. Stacy Rouwenhorst / Jennifer Fopma (30, Q17) 21-17, 21-16 (0:33)
Match 36: Tammy Leibl / Cheri Fitzner (22) def. Helen Reale / Karen Reitz (27, Q9) 21-15, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 37: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (23, Q2) def. Catie Vagneur / Jeannette Hecker (26, Q4) 21-19, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 38: Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (15) def. Meri-de Boyer / Gretchen Sanders (31, Q21) 21-15, 21-16 (0:41)
Round 2
Match 39: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (17) 21-13, 21-12 (0:35)
Match 40: Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (10) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (25) 21-17, 19-21, 19-17 (0:55)
Match 41: Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (11) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (21) 16-21, 21-12, 15-12 (0:51)
Match 42: Paula Roca / Jaimie Lee (14) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (13) 28-26, 21-16 (0:55)
Match 43: Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (19) def. Kerri Eich / Priscilla Lima (20) 21-15, 21-14 (0:33)
Match 44: Sarah Straton / Brooke Niles (12) def. Tammy Leibl / Cheri Fitzner (22) 28-26, 21-9 (0:39)
Match 45: Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (9) def. Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (23, Q2) 21-19, 21-18 (0:41)
Match 46: Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (15) def. Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (16) 21-19, 21-16 (0:44)
Round 3
Match 47: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Tanya Fuamatu / Heidi Ilustre (10) 21-15, 21-10 (0:33)
Match 48: Paula Roca / Jaimie Lee (14) def. Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (11) 21-18, 21-17 (0:50)
Match 49: Sarah Straton / Brooke Niles (12) def. Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (19) 21-18, 20-22, 15-12 (1:00)
Match 50: Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (9) def. Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (15) 21-11, 21-14 (0:36)
Round 4
Match 51: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Nancy Mason / Dianne DeNecochea (4) 21-17, 24-22 (0:47)
Match 52: Paula Roca / Jaimie Lee (14) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (8) 18-21, 21-14, 18-16 (1:03)
Match 53: Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (18) def. Sarah Straton / Brooke Niles (12) 17-21, 21-18, 15-12 (0:49)
Match 54: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (9) 19-21, 21-18, 15-7 (0:49)
Round 5
Match 55: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Paula Roca / Jaimie Lee (14) 21-19, 12-21, 15-8 (0:55)
Match 56: Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (18) def. Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) 19-21, 21-17, 15-10 (0:49)
Round 6
Match 57: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (7) 21-17, 21-14 (0:35)
Match 58: Samirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (5) def. Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (18) 21-18, 21-12 (0:36)

Semifinals
Match 59: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) 21-12, 21-15 (0:40)
Match 60: Samirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (5) def. Liz Masakayan / Carrie Busch (6) 21-10, 21-17 (0:38)

Finals
Match 61: Misty May / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Samirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (5) 23-21, 21-19 (0:52)

2005 Women's SanDiego Tournament Champions >>Misty May/Kerri Walsh

 

                                Kerri Walsh & Misty May  


Women's AVP $87,500 San Diego Open
June 10-12, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Misty May Kerri Walsh 1 $20,000.00 360.0
2 Samirames Marins Tatiana Minello 5 $14,000.00 324.0
3 Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 2 $8,450.00 270.0
3 Carrie Busch Liz Masakayan 6 $8,450.00 270.0
5 Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 7 $5,000.00 216.0
5 Denise Johns Alicia Polzin 18 $5,000.00 216.0
7 Jennifer Kessy Holly McPeak 3 $3,500.00 180.0
7 Jaimie Lee Paula Roca 14 $3,500.00 180.0
9 Dianne DeNecochea Nancy Mason 4 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 8 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Angie Akers Nicole Branagh 9 $2,200.00 144.0
9 Brooke Niles Sarah Straton 12 $2,200.00 144.0
13 Tanya Fuamatu Heidi Ilustre 10 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Pat Keller Wendy Stammer 11 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Daven Allison Kimberly Coleman 15 $1,400.00 108.0
13 Jenelle Koester Ali Wood 19 $1,400.00 108.0
17 Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 13 $550.00 72.0
17 Saralyn Smith Ann Windes 16 $550.00 72.0
17 Angela Lewis Diane Pascua 17 $550.00 72.0
17 Kerri Eich Priscilla Lima 20 $550.00 72.0
17 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 21 $550.00 72.0
17 Cheri Fitzner Tammy Leibl 22 $550.00 72.0
17 Ashley Ivy Ella Vakhidova 23, Q2 $550.00 72.0
17 Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet 25 $550.00 72.0
25 Sharman Mitchell Barbara Nyland 24 $100.00 36.0
25 Jeannette Hecker Catie Vagneur 26, Q4 $100.00 36.0
25 Helen Reale Karen Reitz 27, Q9 $100.00 36.0
25 Mary Baily Julie Romias 28, Q3 $100.00 36.0
25 Nicki Fusco Gina Kirstein 29, Q11 $100.00 36.0
25 Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst 30, Q17 $100.00 36.0
25 Meri-de Boyer Gretchen Sanders 31, Q21 $100.00 36.0
25 Angela Rock Tiffany Rodriguez 32, Q26 $100.00 36.0
33 Lisa Marshall Carrie Wright Q6 $.00 18.0
33 Abby Georgy Alicia Zamparelli Q8 $.00 18.0
33 Tara Burton Franci Van Zwieten Q10 $.00 18.0
33 Erin Byrd Jeanette Simenson Q13 $.00 18.0
33 Sheri Leverrette Amber Ramga Q14 $.00 18.0
33 Arcadia Berjonneau Stephanie Roberts Q18 $.00 18.0
33 Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q32 $.00 18.0
33 Gabriela Roney Lenka Urbanova Q60 $.00 18.0
41 Jennifer Holdren Patti Scofield Q1 $.00 12.0
41 Kelly Rowe Sarah White Q7 $.00 12.0
41 Ramona Caouette Amber Willey Q12 $.00 12.0
41 Lisa Gathright Jenny Griffith Q15 $.00 12.0
41 Joy Akins Dawn Steinhauser Q16 $.00 12.0
41 Jennifer Lombardi Kirstin Olsen Q19 $.00 12.0
41 Michelle Kyman Natacha Nelson Q22 $.00 12.0
41 Brittany Hochevar Krystal McFarland Q25 $.00 12.0
41 Keao Burdine Chrissie Zartman Q29 $.00 12.0
41 Ingrid Roosild Dawn Tischauser Q30 $.00 12.0
41 Erica Menzel Angie Simpson Q34 $.00 12.0
41 Jessie Cooper Kristi Winters Q37 $.00 12.0
41 Stacy Nicks Barb Sanson Q38 $.00 12.0
41 Paige Davis Karen Holman Q41 $.00 12.0
41 Barbara Carson Barb Letts Q42 $.00 12.0
41 Laura Hendrickson Kelly Yengst Q45 $.00 12.0
57 Marla O'Hara Holly Reisor Q5 $.00 8.0
57 Heather Alley Kathleen Madden Q20 $.00 8.0
57 Jennifer Maastricht Cherry Simkins Q23 $.00 8.0
57 Laura Ratto Jennifer Walker Q24 $.00 8.0
57 Jennifer Lehman Johanna Lehman Q27 $.00 8.0
57 Charnette Fair Nicole Midwin Q28 $.00 8.0
57 Rachel Errthum Michelle Hart Q31 $.00 8.0
57 Carol Hamilton Carol Killeen Q33 $.00 8.0
57 Cinta Claro Josie Youngblood Q35 $.00 8.0
57 Ashley Regner Klara Zelinka Q36 $.00 8.0
57 Christina Hinds Katie Wilkins Q39 $.00 8.0
57 Meg Gill Monique Ritter Q40 $.00 8.0
57 Renee Nygaard Erin Pryor Q43 $.00 8.0
57 Kim Goodwin Jennifer Janszen Q44 $.00 8.0
57 Ella Harley Alyssa Rylander Q46 $.00 8.0
57 Jo Convis Aly Currey Q47 $.00 8.0
57 Tina Damasco Vladia Vignato Q48 $.00 8.0
57 Caroline Skacel Jessi Wright Q49 $.00 8.0
57 Jackie Hatten Tiffany Verbick Q50 $.00 8.0
57 Dana Fiume Jill Leake Q51 $.00 8.0
57 Shannon Christianson Susan Postnikoff Q52 $.00 8.0
57 Aimee Richardson Dana Showalter Q53 $.00 8.0
57 Leilani Kamahoahoa Valerie Pryor Q54 $.00 8.0
57 Stephanie Roberts Tiffany White Q55 $.00 8.0
57 Sandy Martin Shannon Nelson Q56 $.00 8.0
57 Carly Beck Kari Logan Q57 $.00 8.0
57 Courtney Huffman Sara Schaub Q58 $.00 8.0
57 Jen Gilbert Aurora Salas Q59 $.00 8.0
57 Angela McHenry Lauren Mills Q61 $.00 8.0

Articles 2005

Nancy Mason on Partner Swapping
May 25, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
To send Nancy Mason your questions just email askthepros@avp.com and remember to put Nancy Mason in the subject line.

Hi Nancy,
I am a big fan and hope that your new partner switch will pay off and get you over the hump in 2005. What key traits should one look for in choosing a partner? How do opposites attract? Why did you feel it was necessary to switch partners?
Thanks,
Rick St. Louis

Hi Rick (in St. Louis. Did you know that I am from Belleville? I love the hometown support)
As I wrote last week, one of the biggest factors in my partner switch was physical. I just felt I could potentially have more success with a bigger partner. Nowadays, it's harder for the medium sized players (like myself and Carrie) to match-up with teams with the likes of EY, Walsh, Kessy, etc.
Other things to consider when choosing a partner are chemistry, experience and the level of commitment each of you has made to competing. You don't want to partner up with someone who's just a "weekend warrior" if your goals are to compete at a higher level.
Good chemistry is not always easy to come by. At our level, anyone can step on the court and play pretty well together. When it really matters and starts to show (or disappear) is when you're in a 3 set battle and the score is tight&..How do you feel when you look over at that person? If there is total trust and you feel relaxed, you've found a winner.
Good luck with your search!
Nancy

Hi Nancy,
Since I'm a guy I hope you won't think I'm asking this question with any questionable intent. It's a question that my coed partner and I have discussed many times. On the men's tour the player's attire is generally long baggy shorts and full tank tops seem to be acceptable as well. But on the womens side it's always Bikinis and often it seems like the smaller the better. Now as a guy I'm not complaining but we were wondering if there are dress codes on the women's tour that specifies that you must wear a bikini? And are there specifications on how big or how small they can or must be? If it's cold we've seen women wearing the long spandex outfits but I've never seen a woman wearing just regular old shorts or one piece bathing suits while playing. I realize that bikinis are more suited to the beach but my partner has played in her bikini before and found it uncomfortable at times and also difficult to keep on when diving and rolling around on defense. On one occasion her strap popped completely leaving her to play out the point half exposed trying to keep covered. Do horror stories like that happen regularly on the women's tour? And are the bikinis you wear specially made to be more comfortable and less likely to "slip" or break?
Thanks,
DI and JS Pittsburgh PA

DI and JS,
I certainly don't doubt your intent here. Our "uniforms" are always a topic of debate. I can't really speak for the men and what they deem comfortable. (I don't think many of them are out there in tank tops, though).
As far as a dress code, the AVP requires that each team wear matching bathing suits. They don't have to be exact, but the colors should be close. The AVP management prefers to have us in bathing suits, but they are super lenient when it comes to bad weather.
Once you get used to it, bikinis are very comfortable to play in. It does take some research (trial and error) to find the best style and fit. I have witnessed and experienced a wardrobe malfunction with the top of a bikini. One time is all it takes to make sure it never happens again.
Thanks,
Nancy

Hello Nancy,
It was just announced the Karch and Lambo are splitting up. What is your take? What do you think would happen to the women's side if Misty and Kerri were to split?
Thank You, Shannon Portland

Hi Shannon,
The Karch/Lambo split is big news. My guess would be that Karch was upfront with Mike about the future and where Mike should be heading. Besides being the greatest of all time in the sand, Karch is honorable, respectful and honest. I'm glad he is still going to be out there representing us every weekend.
If Misty and Kerri were to split, it would just add 2 more excellent teams to our mix. People would probably be quick to assume that Kerri would pick up whoever she wanted and continue on winning. But, anyone who's actually competed against them may tell you differently. An easy example is the Queen of the Beach last year where Netty picked up Misty and won the title. Bottom line, they'll both be successful, no matter who they are playing with. That being said, I wouldn't expect to see a split anytime in the near future.
Thanks,
Nancy Mason
Send me your questions at askthepros@avp.com. Just remember to put my name in the subject line.

AVP Men By the Numbers
May 25, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
The 2005 AVP men are learning early on that it is tough to be number 1. Through four tournaments in 2005 the number one seed has only made one final and only two semifinal appearances.
In three of the four tournaments the number one seed has been knocked into the contender's bracket in the third round. In Fort Lauderdale number one seeded Mike Lambert & Karch Kiraly lost to 8th seeded Larry Witt & Sean Rosenthal 23-21, 22-20 in the third round. And in Austin, the 8th seeded Matt Fuerbringer & Casey Jennings beat Lambert & Kiraly 21-18, 21-14 also in the third round.
The third round jinx continued last weekend in Santa Barbara as number one seed Stein Metzger & Jake Gibb fell to the eventual runner-ups and 9th seeded Todd Rogers & Sean Scott 21-15, 21-15.
With the win in Santa Barbara, Jeff Nygaard & Dax Holdren grabbed hold of the top ranking entering the 2005 San Diego Open and hope to put an end to the third round jinx.
If one is the loneliest number, than it take two to make a thing go right...
The number two seed has won two of the four AVP events this year, finished third in Austin, and fifth in Fort Lauderdale. Heading to San Diego Metzger & Gibb will carry the precious second seed.
Gibb & Metzger have put together a great season in the early going as they have won twice, finished second once and third once. A victory in San Diego will guarantee Gibb & Metzger the top spot, the big check and the number one seed jinx.

It's Anyone's Game
Four events deep and it is clear on the Men's side that anyone can win. While there have three different winners, a better view of the equal competition comes with a look at the semifinalists in 2005.
Of the 16 total semifinal slots this season, so far 10 different teams have made an appearance. The Men's field is at least 12 teams deep as 10 of the top 12 teams have made a semifinal.
Arguments could be made that the Men's field is even deeper as the lowest seeded team to reach a semifinal was Scott Wong & Mark Williams in Fort Lauderdale. Williams & Wong made the semis as the 17th seed after qualifying on Friday. Williams & Wong are joined by an 11th seed, a 10th seed, a 9th seed, and two 8th seeds who have reached the semis.
Entering San Diego the Men's field remains wide open. Could new teammates Lambert & Eric Fonoimoana or Kiraly & Adam Jewell earn their first victory? Will Nick Lucena & Phil Dalhausser return to their Austin form? Can Gibb & Metzger continue the second seed success? Or will Nygaard & Holdren end the number one jinx? Tune in and find out.

Furby Muses on Training
May 25, 2005
Courtesy  Of  AVP
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What can I do as a player to get better at digging and blocking? What can I do to improve my jump serve? Right now, I toss the ball going forward for a drop and toss it up with a left spin to make it cut back right. I am right-handed.
Thanks in advance!!! Kenneth

Kenneth you need to find a good coach who can teach you how to play those parts of your game technically correct and then you have to practice endless hours at mastering those skills. So go out there and get a good coach and then concentrate on those new techniques whenever you practice. It might be frustrating at first but after a while it will begin to feel normal and you'll see huge changes in your game.
Keep working hard!
"Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect." John Wooden.
Matt Fuerbringer

Hello Matt,
What is the best way to improve your jumping capabilities? I am 6'3 and am fairly well-rounded but I can't kill the ball the way I feel I should be able to for my height. Two of my friends, one 5'8 and one 6' Can both hit better than I can half the time. Is it more in technique or muscle?
Thanks, Jamie Fitzgerald

Jamie,
You need to improve in both areas if you are not a natural leaper. If you want to jump with guys who were born with hops you are going to have get stronger than them and jump technically perfect. No need to fret though because getting stronger and learning to jump correctly are both very achievable goals. My advice would be to meet with a strength and conditioning coach who works with athletes and specifically jumping athletes or track athletes. Once you meet with them and they evaluate your body and jumping technique it will just be up to you to do the work. Remember everyone can learn to jump higher, so don't get frustrated. Just be ready to work your tail off and be ready to sit back and enjoy as you watch your body soar to new heights.
Good Luck!
Matt

Matt:
It's Chuck from Chuck's Steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Hey, man, thanks again to you and Casey for letting us be groupies at the Fort Lauderdale Open. You guys are really fun to watch. I have a question for you about your off-season workouts. I have trouble with my knees, and I want to strengthen them as much as possible. What routine do you use to target your knees in the off-season? I play May-November, and I have been doing squats and straight-leg lifts for a few months and sweat yoga. I have seen some good results, but I am always looking for pointers. If you have any advice or exercises that you particularly like, shoot 'em over if you don't mind. Thanks and good luck in 2005.
Respect, Chuck

Chuck,
Sounds like you are on the right track. Remember to stretch before and after every work out and make sure those knees are really warm before you jump. Keep working those hamstrings and make sure you are using proper technique on the squats. The only thing I might recommend to you is getting some deep tissue massages on your i.t. bands and quadriceps. It can work wonders and if you mix it with your stretching I think you'll find much better results.
Good luck and keep listening to your body....Matt

Hi Matt,
Beach season training is just starting in upstate NY due to the long winter. Not really an ideal place if you like warm weather, but its home. I read "From 2004 to Tempe" and you said you concentrated on joint stability quite a bit in your training. Any favorites for the ankles? Mine are all worn out from playing too much hard court.
Thanks and Good Luck in San Diego! Eben Meyer

Eben,
The best joint stabilization exercises for the ankles are on a Bosu Ball or I think it is called a Babst board, which is a small wooden disk that has a hole through the center of it in which you can attach different sized hard half plastic balls. Both devices are difficult to stand on and really work the small muscles in the ankle which keep it from twisting. The most common thing to do on this board is to stand on it with only one foot for a minute a time and then switch feet. As you get better you can close your eyes or play catch with someone as you stay balance on the one leg. I think you will find a huge gain in your ankle strength and your overall balance if you perform these exercises regularly.
Hope this helps....Matt
PS Playing in the sand is also great for the ankles.

Good afternoon Matt,
My name is Michael and I live in St. Petersburg, FL. I was wondering what kind of drills do you and Casey normally do when practicing? What do you put the most emphasis on during the drills?
Thanks for taking the time to respond. See ya in Jersey, Chicago and Vegas. Michael

Michael,
When doing drills concentrate on technique. I mean really focus on each rep and make sure each one is with the proper technique. Then when you go out and play, you should just focus on competing hard and staying mentally focused. Remember "Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect." John Wooden So work on the technique when drilling and then when you play you won't have to because it will be a habit.
Hope this helps...Matt

Matt,
I enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to more blogs in the future. Tell me what is the difficulty in finding sponsors? What are you hearing from them regarding why they can't make a commitment to sponsor you or your team? What's the financial commitment in order to sponsor you or your team? We saw you and your partner play in Tempe and won't be surprised when you win a few this year.
Good luck. Wendell L. Tull

Wendell,
The sponsors are starting to get back in the sport slowly but surely. Not many companies are stepping up financially like we would like but at least they are getting back in the game. The key is to show the sponsors that we are helping their company get noticed and giving them good advertisement.
Since on the men's side so many teams are so close it is tough to guarantee a company a certain amount of air time, like Misty and Kerri can do, because no one knows who will be in the finals. Hopefully by the end of this year even more companies will want to be involved and then we can start some bidding wars. That is when the money will be back where we need it to play this sport full time.
Thanks...Matt

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Women finally are finding their place under the sun
They're 'the big ticket' now on the tour
By Colleen Kane
Cincinnati Enquirer staff writer
Beach volleyball veteran Holly McPeak, a bronze medalist at the Athens Olympics, talks Thursday about the upcoming AVP event in Mason.
CINCINNATI OPEN
What: AVP pro beach volleyball tour
When: June 30-July 3
Where: Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason
Tickets: $15 general admission, $25 box seats, $50 VIP seats (1-800-280-2330)
  At 36 years old, Holly McPeak calls herself "the dinosaur" of the women's pro beach volleyball circuit. She remembers the years in the 1990s when the women's game, then played on its own tour, was just a shadow of the men's.
Not anymore.
McPeak was in town Thursday to promote the AVP Tour's Cincinnati Open that will be played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center June 30-July 3. Wearing her 2004 Olympic bronze medal, she did TV, radio and newspaper interviews all morning. She, backed by a stack of posters featuring Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh, was the spokeswoman for the Tour, an indication of the way the women's beach game has emerged with a new popularity.
"It's a whole rebirth of the sport," said McPeak, who has played beach volleyball full time since 1992. "It's so much fun to be a part of. This is the first time the women have gotten this type of exposure and are presented on this type of stage."
When McPeak began playing the beach game, the Women's Professional Volleyball Association was the main women's tour. It competed with the men's AVP Tour, which occasionally featured women's teams for a few years in the early '90s. A few other women's tours and tournaments also popped up throughout the years, but the AVP tour, with Karch Kiraly and company, was the attraction.
Then, the AVP filed for bankruptcy in 1998, and now-AVP commissioner Leonard Armato and his company bought it in 2001. He combined the men's and women's tours, eliminating the competition and offering the two equal prize money, marketing and exposure.
"We always had great female athletes competing, but we never had the management, the marketing, the promotions behind the women in beach volleyball," McPeak said. "And now that we do, we have all this support and our women are on the world stage. ... Women are the big ticket. People come to see Kerri Walsh or Misty May or us, the bronze medalists (with partner Elaine Youngs). It's a big deal."
Armato said that beach volleyball at the Olympics, which featured Walsh and May's gold-medal performance, helped the awareness of the game to skyrocket. Last weekend, the AVP stopped in Santa Barbara, Calif., an event McPeak said was one of the best she has seen in 15 years.
Local promoters hope that interest can translate here.
"Having the women as part of (the Cincinnati) tour stop and all the tour stops on the AVP is a great idea marketing-wise, because I think the recognition of the women is probably higher than the men at this point," local volleyball director John Paul Case said. "It's always been a beach full of muscle guys, but now, the women are outlasting the guys. I'm excited for our (local) girls to get to see them first-hand."
Case is the tournament director for the local AVP Next organization, the grassroots version of the AVP where local players can compete for possible spots in AVP tournaments. It's his challenge, he said, to get indoor players to try the sand game - something that might become easier as the popularity of the women's game continues to grow.
"I have a Web site where I get letters all the time from young girls who are inspired by what we do," McPeak said. "The exposure that Kerri Walsh and Misty May have received winning the gold medal is bringing more and more girls into the sport who are aspiring to play beach."

AVP Women Strive for Happy Homecoming
June 3, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Entering the 2005 San Diego Open two of the top six Women's teams feature players with San Diego ties. Elaine Youngs and Dianne DeNecochea both share a San Diego background, previous success in San Diego and a desire to end Misty May and Kerri Walsh's 2005 undefeated streak in front of family and friends.
EY, who partners with Rachel Wacholder, boasts 30-career wins, the 2004 Olympic Bronze medal and is the reigning San Diego Open Champion. EY moved to San Diego in 1993 as a member of the US National Indoor Volleyball team. She called Leucadia and Encinitas home until 2002.
Asked to describe San Diego, EY declares, "I absolutely love SD and would still live there during the season if not for the fact that the commute is too difficult on my old bones when my partner [Rachel Wacholder] lives in LA. The San Diego fans love the AVP and I've always felt as though it's my home beach. I feel the love from everyone."
In 2004, EY and former partner Holly McPeak defeated Annett Davis & Jenny Johnson Jordan, 22-20, 21-18 for the San Diego crown. EY and McPeak did not lose a single game in the tournament.
This year, EY and Wacholder have two second place finishes and two thirds. In Tempe, EY & Wacholder stretched May & Walsh further than any other team in 2005 losing 20-22, 21-18, and 15-13. EY returns to her former home with one thing in mind, the San Diego Open title.
DeNecochea has called San Diego home for 10 years and currently resides in Bay Park, near Sea World, with her husband and two children. When asked, DeNecochea says, "I have definitely made SD my home. I love living here!"
DeNecochea will play in front of family and friends with new partner Nancy Mason in toe. DeNecochea and Mason will enter San Diego as one of the top six seeds. In 2003, DeNecochea & Mason had their best finish together as they lost in the San Diego Open finals to McPeak & EY 21-17, 21-14.
After a two year split, where Mason teamed up with Carrie Busch and DeNecochea partnered with Liz Mazakayan, DeNecochea & Mason re-upped before the 2005 Santa Barbara Open. Their decision to reunite was immediately rewarded as each had their best finish of the 2005 season, a tie for third place.
As both EY and DeNecochea head into the 2005 San Diego Open, both approach the weekend with lofty goals, high expectations, and the dream of the $20,000 payday that comes with the San Diego Championship.

The gold standard
WALSH HELPS LOCAL YOUTHS
By John Ryan
Mercury News
Winning the gold medal is difficult. Being a gold-medal winner isn't easy, either.
Kerri Walsh, the Mitty and Stanford graduate and 2004 Olympics golden girl, is finding that out. In addition to her schedule on the beach volleyball circuit, she's also doing photo shoots and TV appearances. Friday marked the launch of her Chase the Stars Foundation, with a $5,000 check to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley.
``Pure craziness,'' she said before a ceremony and clinic in East San Jose. ``I need to relearn my time-management skills.''
She's taking on everything this year because she sees the golden opportunity in front of her. Walsh's endorsement contracts include contributions to the foundation (Speedo and Gatorade are gold-medal sponsors), and she has big plans for expanding her work throughout the South Bay. The charity has a spot on her Web site at

http://www.kerriwalsh.com/chasethestars.asp

``This whole area has been so great to me and my family,'' she said. ``From my grandparents on, we're all from here, and we've been spoiled. My whole life has been pretty blessed.''

Q How many programs do you envision helping?
A This is just step No. 1. I have a platform right now, as an Olympic champion, where we can raise money and go out there to all these charities that need some help and some backing. Down the road we might get more specific, but for now we're just trying to help wherever we can.
Q What has been your coolest celebrity moment as ``Kerri Walsh, Olympic gold medalist''?
A Immediately following the Olympics, we flew to the MTV Video Music Awards. We were on the red carpet, which was absolutely insane. We were so out of place. Then we look up and there's Pat Riley, the legendary basketball coach, yelling, ``We love you, we watched all your games.''
My most favorite and most lasting one was Gabrielle Reece, fashion model and great player, married to (surfer) Laird Hamilton. She gave me a call after we won and said, ``Kerri, if you ever need someone to brainstorm with, for advice, whatever, I've been through this.'' She's the epitome of a strong woman.
Q Beach volleyball was the breakout sport of the 2004 Olympics. The bikinis were a big part of that. Does that make you feel self-conscious at all?
A Absolutely not. When I first came out from indoor, getting used to wearing the bikini was a bit odd for me. But once I got my tan and got fit, bikini-ready, I felt really comfortable. I can't imagine playing in anything else.
Q Danica Patrick did a photo spread with FHM. So did some of your fellow Olympians. Other female athletes have been in Maxim and even Playboy. They say ``exposure'' like that is great for their sport. Have you been asked about that?
A I have been asked for magazines like FHM and Maxim. That's just a personal decision. Playboy has never approached me, and I could never go that far. Being an athlete and a woman, you work hard, you look great, you're fit, you're proud of yourself. If you can walk that fine line of not being objectified, that's great.
As far as myself, I am such a terrible poser I have said no. I am fortunate enough that Glamour let me wear Versace.
Q Where's the medal?
A It's with me because I'm going to show it to the kids. But last night I was in a panic trying to find it. I usually have it with me, just in case. It's usually in the bottom of my purse. But last night I had to look through four of five bags, and it was in the last one.
 
Agreement Makes the Liftoff(TM) Energy Drink
the Official Energy Drink of
the AVP Series Through 2007
Along With a Season-Long Sponsorship
of Three Athletes
LOS ANGELES, June 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball
Tour, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC: AVPN), a lifestyle
sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball, and
Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF), have jointly announced a sponsorship agreement
that will make Liftoff(TM), Herbalife's new effervescent energy drink, an
official sponsor of the AVP Nissan Series through the 2007 season.  The AVP
Nissan Series is AVP's national touring series that features more than 150 of
the nation's top male and female professional beach volleyball players.
    As part of the contract, Liftoff(TM) will have a presence at all fourteen
events throughout the 2005 season including the presenting sponsorship of the
AVP Championship Series Opening Weekend and event, which this year is the
Cincinnati Open taking place June 30th through July 3rd.  Liftoff(TM) is
guaranteed stadium and outer-court signage and commercial units during AVP
broadcasts on OLN, NBC and FOX Sports Net.  Liftoff(TM) will also have a
presence within sponsor village, stadium on-court branded sunglass cloth and
the rights to AVP images and footage of athletes through the 2007 season.
    In addition to the company's sponsorship of the AVP Nissan Series,
Herbalife has also signed three AVP athletes, 2004 Olympic bronze medalist
Elaine Youngs, 2004 Olympian Stein Metzger and rising star Jason Ring to a
season-long endorsement.  As part of the endorsement, players will wear the
Liftoff(TM) logo on a hat/visor or armband at all events and take part in
on-site autograph sessions throughout the season.
    "We are extremely excited and optimistic about our new Liftoff(TM)
sponsorship," said Leonard Armato, Chief Executive Officer of AVP.
"Herbalife's Liftoff(TM) is a great partner for us, and our events provide
Herbalife with a perfect platform to launch their dynamic, new product.  We
appreciate that Herbalife has taken an active interest in our athletes and
look forward to finding new ways to grow together in the future."
    "The AVP Nissan Series embodies the energetic spirit of Liftoff," said
Michael O. Johnson, chief executive officer of Herbalife.  "Stein, Elaine and
Jason are perfect representatives for the brand, which is creating a huge
amount of excitement for our distributors around the country."
    For the first-time ever, Liftoff(TM) will present the "Rookie of the Year"
award to both a male and female player at the season-ending banquet and will
give each recipient a $5,000 cash bonus.

    About the AVP
    AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports
entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of
professional beach volleyball events.  AVP operates the industry's most
prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour,
currently sponsored by Nissan and referred to as the AVP Nissan Series, which
was organized in 1983.  Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and
women competitors in the sport, AVP will stage 14 events throughout the United
States in 2005.  All tournaments will be televised live (or same day) on
either Fox Sports Net, OLN or NBC Sports.  Professional beach volleyball is
one of the most exciting and fastest growing sports in the United States
today.  In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States
during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the
first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball.  For more
information, please visit http://www.avp.com.

    About Herbalife
    Herbalife is a global network marketing company that sells weight
management, nutritional supplement and personal care products intended to
support a healthy lifestyle.  Herbalife products are sold in 60 countries
through a network of more than one million independent distributors.  The
company celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala celebration in Atlanta, GA
in April 2005.  In 2004 the company recorded net sales of $1.3 billion.  For
more information visit http://www.herbalife.com. (HLFP)

    All above mentioned trademarks are the property of their respective
owners.

     AT AVP:
     Courtney Leddy                 Amy Cozamanis
     Director of Public Relations   General Information and Investor Inquiries
     (646) 283-2121                 (310) 854-8314
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     AT HERBALIFE
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     Director of Corporate Communications
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     georgef@herbalife.com
 
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour is back in San Diego for the 2005 Nissan Series San Diego Open June 10–12; Pro Beach Volleyball Stars Misty May & Kerri Walsh Enter San Diego Open Undefeated in 2005
NAMC Newswire
LOS ANGELES, CA, (NAMC) - San Diego is the second stop on the AVP’s West Coast swing as 150 of the World’s Greatest Pro Beach Volleyball players descend on Mariners Point for the 2005 San Diego Open.
Olympic Gold Medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh enter San Diego undefeated in 2005. The duo has not lost a match since the 2004 Chicago Open. May & Walsh have won all 24 of their matches in 2005 and have only dropped two games this season. Their current win streak sits at 35 matches. May & Walsh hold the record of 89 consecutive wins set during the 2003 and 2004 season.
Former San Diego local and 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Elaine Youngs and partner Rachel Wacholder will be the second seed and hope to end May & Walsh’s streak. They are joined by Bronze Medalist Holly McPeak & Jen Kessy, Nancy Mason & San Diego local Dianne DeNecochea, and Tyra Turner & Makare Wilson who all hope to wrestle the San Diego crown from May & Walsh.
The AVP Men have seen three winners in four events in 2005. Olympian Stein Metzger & Jake Gibb won in Fort Lauderdale and Tempe, Nick Lucena & Phil Dalhausser won in Austin, and Olympians Jeff Nygaard & Dax Holdren won in Santa Barbara. The competition will be fierce as several Men’s teams are starting to click. Sean Scott & Todd Rogers, 2004 MVP Mike Lambert & 2000 Gold Medalist Eric Fonoimoana, and Matt Fuerbringer & Casey Jennings all have a legitimate shot at the $20,000 winner’s check.
The 2005 San Diego Open will also feature NCAA Player of the Year and National Champ Sean Rooney of Pepperdine University. Rooney will test his skills as he transfers from the indoor hard court to the outdoor elements of the beach. Tune in to see how well the 6’9” phenomenon will perform.
So grab your sunscreen and head on down to the biggest beach party all year as the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour comes to San Diego, California. Can’t make it to the beach? Catch all the action LIVE on Fox Sports Net and OLN. Log on to http://avp.com for tickets, TV Schedule, Official AVP Gear, Fantasy Volleyball Game, and the latest AVP Pro Beach Volleyball news and information.

2005 San Diego Open Preview
June 8, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
On one level, the AVP San Diego Open is a microcosm of the AVP Nissan Series the past few seasons. The variety of men's teams seen in the semifinals in San Diego the last two years equates to all the various partnerships which have won a title on the tour during that span. And one women's team has won both events in San Diego, just as one team has claimed the vast majority of titles on the AVP Nissan Series.
There have been eight different men's teams reach the semifinals the last two years in San Diego. Seven of those teams are among the 16 to have won a tournament since the start of 2003.
This season started out differently for the men, as Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger won the first two tournaments of the year, marking the first time since 1997 that a team had been able to start the season with back-to-back victories. Since then, though, two teams have won their first titles together as a team, Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena and Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard.
Holdren / Nygaard have the dubious honor of being the top seed in this weekend's competition, as they barely edged out Gibb / Metzger, who had been the number one seed for the last two tourneys. The top men's seed has failed to win a double-elimination tournament in 21 straight events, as Eric Fonoimoana / Holdren's win to start the 2003 season was the last time that happened.
While the road to the finals is difficult for any team, it does not get any easier taking the path through the contender's bracket. In fact, just two of the last 11 tournaments have seen a team survive the contender's bracket to win a title, but both of those have happened this season.
In Ft. Lauderdale to begin the season, Gibb / Metzger lost in the second round, then managed to win seven straight matches enroute to the championship. In Austin, Dalhausser / Lucena lost in the third round, then needed five consecutive victories to win their first title.
The AVP San Diego Open has not seen any major team shake-ups which have been prevalent throughout the first four tournaments. The partner switching has contributed to the fact that each of the three teams to win crowns this season have done so for the first time in their partnership histories.
While Holly McPeak / Elaine Youngs have won both times the AVP has played in San Diego the last two years, those two players have switched partners for this season. With their new teammates, McPeak with Jennifer Kessy and Youngs with Rachel Wacholder, their task will be to unseat the top team of Misty May / Kerri Walsh.
May / Walsh, who are competing in San Diego for the first time, have won 33 straight matches. They have won each of the last seven AVP tournaments together plus winning the Gold Medal in the Athens Olympics. No current team playing together has ever won a match against May / Walsh, yet they still have quite a ways to go to reach their record streak of 89 consecutive match wins (on both AVP and FIVB Tours) they established from July 2003 to June 2004.
May / Walsh, who surpassed the $1 million mark in earnings as a team last tournament, can become the all-time leader in career domestic team winnings with a title in San Diego. This is despite the fact that 25 other teams have played at least as many domestic events together as have May / Walsh, who are in their 24th domestic event.
The rest of the women's field will be boosted by the hometown factor of playing in San Diego. While there is just one men's main draw player who currently lives in San Diego, nine women list San Diego as their city of residence.
One San Diego player striving to make her mark in her hometown is San Diego firefighter Angela Rock. Rock ranks 10th all time in domestic wins, and is making a comeback after not playing professionally for the past five years. While she will have to come through the qualifier, she has history on her side as in eight tournaments in San Diego, she has made the semifinals seven times and won twice.
Another San Diego resident, Dianne DeNecochea, is seeded fourth with Nancy Mason. The team reformed their 2003 partnership last tournament, placing third. They are the only team still playing together which has been in the semifinals of one of the 15 events held in San Diego, placing second in the 2003 tournament.
The popularity of the AVP keeps increasing, in terms of attendance, TV viewership, and participation. Both men's and women's teams were turned away due to qualification tournament limitations, as 200 teams signed up to compete this weekend, with 108 men's tandems and 85 women's teams being entered. And after 251 matches are played over the three days, just two teams will end on a winning note.

Olson-Stolfus tandem looks for a strong showing in hometown volleyball tournament
North County Times.com
By: SIMON SAMANO - Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO ---- The script couldn't have been written any better to set up a momentous occasion for Matt Olson and Hans Stolfus. It tells the story of an up-and-coming team that has been flirting all year with winning the big match that would emphatically announce its presence on the AVP professional beach volleyball tour. Doing so would alsoÝbring the two players closer to attaining a shared goal of making beach volleyball their sole means of employment.
Olson and Stolfus have the opportunity again this weekend to make that push to the next level. Only this time, the magnitude is even greater as the first-year duo competes at home in the San Diego Open at Mission Bay Park.
Breaking through in front of their hometown fans would indeed be a sweet sensation for both men.
"I'm really looking forward to it," said Olson, the former La Costa Canyon High standout. "This would be a wonderful opportunity to take that next step, and it would be great to do it in front of the home crowd. My confidence level will be pretty high."
Added Stolfus, a former member of San Diego State's club team: "This is the biggest weekend. Everybody else puts a lot of stock in other tournaments that are double points and double money, but this is the tournament we play for. It's a big deal."
Though Olson and Stolfus haven't finished higher than ninth in four tournaments this year, they have taken matches with two of the best teams on the tour down to the wire.
In the second round of the Austin Open in Texas, Olson and Stolfus went the distance against Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger, winners of the first two tournaments this year and current overall point leaders. Knotted at 13-13 in the decisive third game, mental mistakes in the waning moments cost Olson and Stolfus the match.
Mistakes haunted Olson and Stolfus again in the second round of last month's Santa Barbara Open. After winning the first game against Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard, Olson and Stolfus couldn't close out the second game, which they led 20-18.
Holdren and Nygaard won the third game and eventually the tournament.
"We've been knocking on the door this year with some close matches against some of the top teams," Olson said. "It just hasn't gone our way in the last couple points. We're hoping we can get over the hump this time. It'd be nice to break into the top five or seven."
It's become frustrating to lose the close matches because Olson and Stolfus feel like they're right there on the same level with the top competitors. They know what is holding them down is the inability to focus solely on volleyball. Both men carry full-time jobs on top of training for the AVP tour, which makes it difficult to improve.
"We're losing to guys on the tour who are not working," Stolfus said. "I'm working 32 hours a week, I train every morning and work from 3 to 11. The guys who are winning the tournaments are not doing that."
Olson and Stolfus hope to gain the status of many of their peers, and concentrate only on beach volleyball. For that to happen, they have to win an important match that can propel them to new heights.
There is no better time than the present to help secure a better future.

AVP NOTE---- Following Saturday's AVP action, Kerri Walsh, Misty May, part-time Cardiff resident Elaine Youngs, Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly will appear at the Champions for Starlings event at the Encinitas Community Center. Tickets for the 7 p.m. event are available at the door for $75, and a silent and live auction will be held with all proceeds going to the Starlings Volleyball Club.

Coming off MVP year, 'Lambo' tops marquee
By Nicole Vargas
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
June 10, 2005
  Growing up on the beaches of Hawaii, Mike Lambert remembers he and his buddies dreamed of someday playing like Karch Kiraly or Sinjin Smith.
Those memories play back in his mind when he signs an autograph or meets a new young fan of the sport he loves.
"I remember so clearly being that kid myself," said Lambert, 31, now a pro beach volleyball player on the AVP Tour. "It's so fun to give back and sign an autograph for a kid stoked on beach volleyball."
Proof of Lambert's arrival on the beach volleyball scene can be found in the bright yellow banners along city streets announcing the AVP San Diego Open that begins today at Mariner's Point.
A stellar 2004 season, after which he accepted three of the tour's top honors, has made Lambert the face of the AVP men in 2005.
And the timing couldn't be better, as the sport, still riding the high of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, continues to grow.
"There's so much to be excited about," said Lambert, known as "Lambo" in volleyball circles. "There's a good positive vibe out there and all of us want to see the same thing. We want to keep it going and keep it growing."
But with the added face time comes higher expectations. And with higher expectations comes greater disappointment when they can't be met.
Lambert has found that out the hard way, as the first four tour events have yet to yield a win for the 6-foot-6 Stanford product. "It's a little frustrating," said Lambert, the 2004 tour's Best Offensive Player, Most Valuable Player and part of the AVP Team of the Year with role model-turned partner Kiraly. "This year I had big expectations on how things would go. When you fall short, it's frustrating, definitely."
With a new partner in 2000 Olympic gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana and a renewed focus on what got him there in the first place, Lambert is hoping for a breakthrough soon.
We're both very much on the same page and expecting to win," Lambert said. "Hopefully, it'll be in San Diego."
Unlike the women's side, which is dominated by the Olympic gold medal team of Misty May and Kerri Walsh, the men's game has had three different winners in the first four tour stops.
A No. 1 seed has almost been a jinx, with the top team knocked into the contender's bracket in the third round three times. Twice, it was Lambert and Kiraly on the losing end.
"There's no gimme rounds," said Lambert, who won three tournaments in 2004 with Kiraly but couldn't finish better than seventh with him in the first three events of 2005. "You've got to fight for every point."
After that third event, Kiraly approached Lambert, concerned about the direction they were headed.
"Playing with Karch was so fun on so many levels," Lambert said. "But we started not getting results and we didn't seem like the same team."
Given the nature of beach volleyball and the bond players share on the court, the breakup of a team can easily be compared to the end of a romantic relationship.
Lambert, though, describes Kiraly as a class act and said the two remain friends, talking on the phone when not at tour events. And it has opened the door for Lambert to partner again with Fonoimoana, a 12-year veteran of the AVP and the tour's 2002 MVP.
The pair first played together early last season, winning in Santa Barbara. Meanwhile, Kiraly has paired up with Adam Jewell, Fonoimoana's former partner.
"It just seems like a good match," Lambert said of his 6-3 partner, who played collegiately at UC Santa Barbara.
Of course, it takes time for any new tandem to get on the same page, and the two will play in just their second '05 tour event in San Diego.
But the competitive fire and history of success make Lambert and Fonoimoana optimistic.
Said Lambert: "We're definitely hungry."

Life still a beach for Olympic medalists
Volleyball champions on a two-season roll
By Nicole Vargas
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
June 11, 2005
It was a tackle fit for the NFL, and one of the most memorable celebrations of the 2004 Olympic Games.
When beach volleyball players Misty May and Kerri Walsh embraced in elation after winning the gold medal, it marked the end of the most dominant run the sport had seen from an American team in its short history in the Olympics.
That finale, though, turned out to be less of an ending and more of the beginning of a whirlwind year for May and Walsh, who capped off a dominating run on the AVP Tour in 2004 with the gold in Athens.
With the victory, the two were catapulted to the forefront of their sport, appearing everywhere from Super Bowl commercials playing volleyball in the snow, to Jay Leno's sofa.
The two, who begin play today as the No. 1 women's seed in the AVP San Diego Open at Mariner's Point, will also be honored, along with bronze medalists Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs, at the Champions for Starlings event tonight. Proceeds benefit the Starlings Volleyball Club.
"We've had so much fun," said Walsh, a 6-foot-3 Santa Clara native. "It's such a fantastic time to be a beach volleyball player."

2005 AVP San Diego Open
What: Men's and women's pro beach volleyball
Where: Mariner's Point, Mission Bay Park in San Diego
When: Today, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; tomorrow, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
 
 At the same time, the two have experienced major milestones in their personal lives, like the marriage of May to Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor in November and the engagement of Walsh to fellow beach pro Casey Jennings in October.
The two admit the run has been grueling at times.
"Last year was a long year," said May, a 5-10 three-time All-American at Long Beach State. "It was draining both physically and mentally."
May and Walsh, though, embrace their roles as ambassadors of their game.
"I keep telling people it's a good problem to have," said Walsh of the demanding schedule that has yet to let up. "We're so proud of what we do."
That pride is most evident on the court, where the two have continued their dominance on the AVP Tour in 2005. Last season the pair's record-breaking 89-match winning streak earned them AVP Team of the Year for the second straight year.
This season, the AVP's Golden Girls have dropped just two games in 24 matches, winning all four events they've played.
And they say they aren't yet playing to the level they know they can.
"We've been able to focus really well," said May, 27. "All we can ask is for us to keep improving with each tournament."

Champions
for Starlings
What: A fund-raiser for the Starlings Volleyball Club USA, a nonprofit organization started in San Diego that provides club volleyball opportunities to inner-city and economically disadvantaged girls across the country.
When: Tonight, 7-11:30
Where: Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas.
Tickets: $75.
More information: www.starlings.org
 
Focusing has to be anything but easy for May and Walsh, who continue to ride the post-Olympic wave. For Walsh, being on the red carpet for the MTV Video Music Awards was a treat.
May was invited to throw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game, a day before doing the same at a Florida Marlins game, that time to her husband. May also honed her skills as a driver in the celebrity race at the Long Beach Grand Prix, something she says has made her a new fan of auto racing.
All the demands of their celebrity have made fitting in practices a challenge. But the history the two have, combined with the competitive fire they share, helps keep all four of their feet solidly in the sand.
"For Misty and I, the job falls on us to maintain our priorities and focus on winning," Walsh said. "It's a great, great challenge because the tour has improved every year, and this year is no exception."
Kiraly back in San Diego
His home for years while he trained with the U.S. men's national team, San Diego has always been a special place for Karch Kiraly.
And after winning last year's San Diego Open with then-partner Mike Lambert, Kiraly looks forward to playing this year's AVP event here even more.
"I've always enjoyed playing here," said Kiraly, who at 44 is the oldest active player on the tour. "It's a great place."
Despite shoulder surgery in September that had Kiraly concerned about his offensive game early this season, Kiraly is looking forward to another strong finish, this time with new partner Adam Jewell.
Today's bracket set
Sixteen teams – eight men's and eight women's – advanced from yesterday's qualifier to the main draw.
The biggest surprise came on the women's side, where locals Kristin Ursillo (La Jolla High) and Noel Frohman (USD) upset the qualifier's top-ranked pair of Jennifer Murrell Holdren and Patti Scofield 17-21, 21-17, 15-11 in the qualifying quarterfinals. However, the pair fell one win short of playing today after falling 21-13, 21-19 to Jennifer Fopma and Stacy Rouwenhorst in the final.

2005 San Diego Open: Saturday Recap
Courtesy Of Avp
June 11, 2005
(San Diego, Calif.) - Olympic gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh breezed through the first three rounds and advanced to the semifinals tomorrow of the AVP Nissan Series San Diego Open presented by Bud Light. Packed stands under overcast skies watched as three-time Olympic gold medalist and beach volleyball legend Karch Kiraly lost his opening match earlier in the day, but battled through the contender's bracket and will play in tomorrow's semifinals.
There were several notable upsets on both the men's and women's side. Bronze medalist Holly McPeak and partner Jen Kessy lost to Carrie Busch and Liz Masakayan putting them in the contender's bracket. McPeak's former partner and bronze medalist Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder lost to the 18th-seeded team of Denise Johns and Alicia Polzin. Both Youngs and McPeak won their matches in the contenders' side and will play tomorrow. On the men's side, Eric Fonoimoana and Mike Lambert faced Kiraly and Jewell in an elimination match and were defeated 22-20 and 25-23. Lambert and Kiraly won the tournament together last year.
Tomorrow's match play begins at 8:00 a.m. with the men's and women's semifinals taking place at 11:00 a.m. The men's finals start at 2 pm with the women's to follow. Both will be broadcasted on Fox Sports Net. The semifinals will air on OLN tomorrow from 3-5 pm/ET.

Early loss tests resolve of Youngs-Wacholder tandem
North County Times
By: SIMON SAMANO - Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO ---- Maybe it was the ominous weather with all-day clouds looming over the bay at this time of year that caused the abnormal turn of events Saturday among the upper-echelon teams on the women's side of the AVP San Diego Open's main draw.
In a bracket that normally follows suit among the top-four teams until the semifinals, second-seeded Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder threw everything out of whack in the morning when they were upset in the second round by the No. 18 team of Alicia Polzin and Denise Johns 21-23, 20-22.
The loss immediately put the 35-year-old Youngs, a nine-year veteran of the AVP tour, in the unfamiliar territory of the losers bracket.
"At my age, I never want extra games," said Youngs, a former Cardiff resident who was on the first women's team to win a medal at the Olympics when she and Holly McPeak captured the beach volleyball bronze last summer. "I haven't been in the losers bracket for years. I can't even remember the last time losing in the second round."
Youngs and Wacholder picked themselves up off the sand, though, winning their next three games in the elimination round to advance to today's competition in which they can still claim the championship with three more victories.
Both Youngs and Wacholder attributed the early setback to a growing process.
Though both ladies are experienced tour competitors ---- Wacholder for six years ---- this is the first year they have played as a duo.
"We haven't been improving every week, which is a little disappointing," Youngs said. "We kept putting ourselves in a hole and having to come back. They were playing steady, and we were playing like we were brain dead."
Added Wacholder: "We had a terrible match that we shouldn't have lost, but the more matches we play, I think the better we get."
Youngs and Wacholder played more matches than anticipated on Saturday, improving along the way. They bounced back strong and staved off elimination, winning all three of their losers bracket matches in straight games.
"We made our tournament a lot harder," Wacholder said. "It happens. You either feel (bad) and continue to play bad or you put it behind you and change the day."
Included in Youngs and Wacholder's string of victories was their final match of the day, a win over fourth-seeded Nancy Mason and San Diego resident Dianne DeNecochea, who found themselves in the loser's bracket after losing in the quarterfinals.
Youngs and Wacholder won in straight games (21-17, 24-22), but Mason and DeNecochea tested their resolve by never falling behind more than four points in either game. DeNecochea and Mason almost forced a third game when they had game-point at 20-19 in the second, but Wacholder set up Youngs on the serve for the kill to tie it up at 20-20. The two teams exchanged the next four points until Youngs and Wacholder finally scored consecutive points to seal the win.
"We had to play a really good team in our last match," Wacholder said. "It sucked for both of us to be in that situation, but we took care of business."
For Youngs and Wacholder, the plan is to take things one match at a time.
However, Youngs can't deny that she so badly wants to be the team to defeat Olympic gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh, who haven't lost a match this year in five tournaments and cruised through Saturday's competition.
"I think about it constantly," Youngs said. "I've always visually seen myself beating them and celebrating. It's been that way for a couple years now."
Youngs and Wacholder are 0-for-4 against May and Walsh on this year's tour, stretching their rivals the furthest at April's Tempe Open 22-20, 18-21, 13-15.
AVP NOTE ---- La Costa Canyon graduate Matt Olson and Hans Stolfus of San Diego tied their career-best finish by taking ninth place on Saturday. Seeded 15th entering the tournament, they lost to No. 2 Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger (9-21, 19-21) in the second round, only to win back-to-back matches before being eliminated in their final match of the day.

Top men's seed tested; women's No. 1 coasts
By Nicole Vargas
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
June 12, 2005
Most teams relish the opportunity to enter a tournament seeded No. 1.
But for the men of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, the top billing has proved to be a jinx so far this season.
2004 Olympians Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard nearly learned that the hard way in a second-round battle against Scott Lane and Chad Mowrey in the San Diego Open at Mariner's Point yesterday.
"Once the tournament starts, the seeds get thrown out the window," said Holdren, who paired with Nygaard to win the Santa Barbara Open two weeks ago. "On the guys side, it's really competitive, and if you're the No. 1 seed, you've got 31 teams gunning for you."
Lane and Mowrey, seeded 16th, took the first game 23-21, before Holdren and Nygaard pulled out the final two games 21-17, 15-7.
Holdren says the credit goes to Mowrey and Lane, who he said played outstanding volleyball.
"In hindsight, it's nice to be tested early," said Holdren, who with Nygaard is the third different team to hold the top seed in the season's first five events. "We just try to build on that and keep winning."
While the top-seeded men battled, their counterparts on the women's side, 2004 Olympic gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh, cruised, sweeping all three of their opponents through the double-elimination portion of the bracket.
"Day One sets the momentum," Walsh said. "We always want a good start and work the kinks out on the first day."
May and Walsh did exactly that, putting themselves in contention for their fifth tournament victory of the season with a speedy 21-13, 21-11 third-round victory over sisters Katie (USD) and Tracy Lindquist that lasted just 27 minutes.
Sixteen teams – eight men's and eight women's – will take to the sand today vying for a piece of a $175,000 purse. And while both No. 1 teams advance to today's action with 3-0 records, yesterday's matches resulted in a handful of unexpected finishes in the winners' and contenders' brackets.
Last year's women's champions, 2004 Olympic bronze medalists Elaine Youngs and Holly McPeak, entered the 2005 event matched with different partners and seeded second and third, respectively.
Both, though, ended the day playing into today's action out of the contenders' bracket. Youngs and partner Rachel Wacholder were swept by No. 18 Alicia Polzen and Denise Johns, both of San Diego, in the second round in what turned out to be the biggest upset of the day.
One round later, an ace by veteran Liz Masakayan meant that she and partner Carrie Busch would play today while McPeak and Jennifer Kessy would need to survive the contenders' bracket for the same opportunity.
On the men's side, 2004 San Diego Open champions Karch Kiraly and Mike Lambert met on opposite sides of the net in a contenders' bracket final to decide which would advance with their new partners to today's action.
Lambert and Eric Fonoimoana, who dropped in the third round to Holdren and Nygaard, stayed close to Kiraly and Adam Jewell through both games, even getting their own chance at game point three times in the second game.
But a joust at the net between Lambert and Jewell resulted in a net call on Lambert and a 22-20, 25-23 loss for the 2004 AVP MVP and Fonoimoana, who most recently was partnered with Jewell.

This Couple Is in Sync in San Diego
By Peter Yoon, Times Staff Writer
LA Times
SAN DIEGO — Kerri Walsh had 35 beach volleyball victories with Misty May as her partner, but No. 36 took on an extra-special meaning because she won an Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tournament with her fiance.Well, sort of.
Walsh and May defeated Brazilians Samirames Marins and Tatiana Minello, 23-21, 21-19, in the women's final of the San Diego Open on Sunday at Mariner's Point, and Casey Jennings, who is engaged to Walsh, teamed with Matt Fuerbringer for a 21-16, 21-13 victory over Sean Scott and Todd Rogers in the men's final.
It was the second career victory for Jennings, but the first on the same day as Walsh.
"It's a big day," Walsh said. "The whole time, even before we started, I was feeling pressure that we have to win. I always feel like that, but this was even more special to win on the same day as my fiance."
Walsh sat on the stage and watched the men's final with the type of emotion she puts into her matches. She jumped up and down, cheered Jennings-Fuerbringer points and routinely yelled encouragement.
It may have taken its toll on the 2004 women's most valuable player in the women's final, which occurred after the men's. Walsh acknowledged poor play, and the final match was much closer than expected. May and Walsh had defeated the Brazilians, 21-18, 21-11, earlier.
"I didn't have any legs left," Walsh said.
That's because there was plenty to cheer about. Fuerbringer capped an impressive week with dominant performances in the semifinals and the final. He had a tournament-best 38 blocks in six matches, 13 in the final two. Fuerbringer and Jennings lost only one game in the tournament.
The victory also validated Fuerbringer and Jennings as one of the top teams on tour.
They had lost in the finals six times in two years before they broke through with a victory at Belmar, N.J., last year. This was their first appearance in a final since.
"It's way better this time because it's for real," Jennings said. "I think a lot of people had that [second-place] thing on us, and now it's truly broken. If we get second down the road, it's not going to be as near a big deal as it would have been. We made a point by making it that big of a win and having that big of a deficit. It proved a lot."
Walsh and May, on the other hand, showed that they could win even when not at their best. Marins and Minello, who played the tournament on a wild-card entry and have now joined the AVP full time, frustrated the Olympic gold medalists with tough serving, pinpoint shot-making and scrappy defense.
They employed a little-used strategy of serving mostly to Walsh, who had trouble controlling the ball. Marins and Minello led, 18-16, in the first game before May and Walsh rallied, and the second game was tied at 16-16 before the Brazilians hit balls into the net on two of three points to give May and Walsh a 20-17 lead.
"They seemed to push us, but we seemed to win all the big rallies," May said. "I was excited that we showed fight and we didn't give up."

May and Walsh win eighth straight beach volleyball tournament
SFGate.com
Sunday, June 12, 2005
SAN DIEGO,(AP)
Olympic gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh won their eighth consecutive tournament, beating Brazilians Samirames Marins and Tatiana Minello 23-21, 21-19 Sunday in the finals of the AVP Nissan Series San Diego Open.
May and Walsh defeated bronze medalist Elaine Youngs and partner Rachel Wacholder in the semifinals. Holly McPeak, who teamed with Youngs to win the bronze at Athens, and Jen Kessy were eliminated by the 18th-seeded team of Denise Johns and Alicia Polzin.
In the men's bracket, Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings won their first title of 2005, beating Todd Rogers and Sean Scott 21-16, 21-13.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly placed fifth with new partner Adam Jewell.

Engaged players have reasons to celebrate
NCTimes.com
By: SIMON SAMANO - Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO ---- It was a scene fit for lovers, Kerri Walsh exuberantly locked her fiance, Casey Jennings, in a kiss while tightly clinging to him after Jennings and teammate Matt Fuerbringer won the men's side of the AVP San Diego Open on Sunday at Mariners Point in Mission Bay Park.
Walsh's elation had to be abrupt, though. She and teammate Misty May still had a finals match of their own to deal with.
As it turned out, Walsh's public display of affection was a precursor of what was in store for herself as she and May proceeded to capture the women's championship, marking the first time the soon-to-be newlyweds claimed titles in the same tournament.
Fifth-seeded Jennings and Fuerbringer dismantled No. 3 Todd Rogers and Sean Scott 21-16, 21-13 for their first win on the tour this year.
Top-ranked May and Walsh overcame a stiff effort from Samirames Marins and Tatiana Minello, beating the fifth-ranked Brazilian duo 23-21, 21-19. May and Walsh, the reigning Olympic gold medalists, continued their dominance on this year's AVP tour. They are champions of all five tournaments thus far and winners of 39 straight matches.
"This was a big day," Walsh said of the triumphant afternoon for her and Jennings. "I always like winning, but this one was even more special. Hopefully it's the first time of many more to come."
In the first finals match, Jennings and Fuerbringer were relentless, constantly attacking the net and supplying an infinite amount of pressure. They jumped out to early leads they never surrendered in both games thanks to Jennings' offense (18 kills) and defense (18 digs), which complemented Fuerbringer's defensive dominance (five blocks).
"You can't let them breathe," Jennings said. "The biggest thing we've learned in playing together is that you've got to keep attacking. You can't rest. We had to really finish them off and let them know they had no chance."
Added Fuerbringer: "We played pretty unbelievable today. We just didn't make any mistakes, and there was nothing they could've done today."
Easy victories have become customary for May and Walsh, but nothing was simple about their win over Marins and Minello, who advanced to the finals in just their second tournament on the AVP tour.
Marins and Minello used a balance offense ---- compiling 16 and 15 kills, respectively ---- to hang tough the entire match, while Minello fought off as much of the onslaught as she could from Walsh, who finished with 22 kills.
Minello countered with 23 digs.
"Our hats go off to them," May said. "They pushed us to compete to our maximum."
Added Walsh: "They play Brazilian-style volleyball. They were really aggressive, and it was crafty Brazilian volleyball."
In a tightly contested match, avoiding unforced errors and winning rally points usually makes the difference. Marins and Minello handed May and Walsh points with numerous service errors, while May and Walsh hung on to win all of the rallies.
"I was impressed they pushed us, but we never gave up," May said. "It felt good to be challenged like that. We had a lot of fight in us."
AVP NOTES ---- Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer won the San Diego Open the hard way, going through the gauntlet of facing all four teams ranked ahead of them. They outlasted No. 1 Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard in the quarterfinals, 21-18, 19-21, 15-13. ... Former Cardiff resident Elaine Youngs and teammate Rachel Wacholder finished in third place after falling to Misty May and Kerri Walsh in the semifinals 21-12, 21-15. This marks the fifth time Youngs and Wacholder have lost to May and Walsh in as many attempts this year.

Betrothed be winners in AVP event
By Nicole Vargas
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
June 13, 2005
It was a celebration more expected in the closing scene of a romantic movie than on a beach volleyball court.
But for Casey Jennings and Kerri Walsh, the soon-to-be-married couple had plenty to be happy about at the AVP San Diego Open at Mariner's Point yesterday.
"It's a big day," said Walsh, who like Jennings will split $20,000 in prize money with her partner. "This was even more special to win on the same day as my fiance."
May and Walsh continued their perfect streak in the 2005 season, winning their fifth straight event with a hard-fought 23-21, 21-19 victory over fifth-seeded Samirames Marins and Tatiana Minello.
It followed a win by Jennings and Fuerbringer in the men's final, which saw the pair, seeded fifth, defeat No. 3 Todd Rogers and Sean Scott for their first tournament victory of the season, 21-16, 21-13.
"Right now, we're ecstatic," said Fuerbringer, who hadn't won with Jennings since the 2004 Belmar, N.J., event. "It's an incredible feeling. It's why we do this."
Although Walsh and May finished atop another tournament field with a perfect 12-0 record, the Brazilian pair of Marins and Minello put up a fight that had some wondering if they could hand the AVP's Golden Girls their first loss of the season.
Instead of focusing their serving effort on May, like many other teams do, Marins and Minello pounded Walsh with their fast-moving serves that often skated just above the top of the net.
"I never want to give up points," said Walsh, "but I can't expect good things when I pass like (I did)."
The pressure even prompted some emotion from Walsh, who generally remains more reserved during a match.
But for every well-placed serve and surprising dig by the Brazilians, many of which resulted in long, crowd-pleasing rallies, the 2004 Olympic gold medalists seemed to pick up points when they needed them most.
"I was impressed," May said of the Brazilians, who were playing in just their second AVP event. "They pushed us, but we won all the big rallies."
That was especially important late in the second game, when the American pair broke a 16-16 tie with two kills by Walsh before Marins hit a ball in the net for the 19-16 lead.
The Brazilians would get as close as 20-19 on an ace by Marins, but Walsh closed out the match on the next point by lofting a ball over Marins at the net and into the back corner.
With a handful of the tour's top teams switching partners when the results weren't there, the win couldn't have come at a better time for Jennings and Fuerbringer.
"We've been together three years, and it seems like everyone knows our game," Jennings said. "But our steadiness and persistence paid off. I'm happy Mike and I persevered."
The payoff came with wins over all three of the tournament's top seeds, including No. 1 Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard in the winners bracket quarterfinals and No. 2 Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger in the semifinals.



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*These were the results for the last year the AVP Cincinatti Open was held in Ohio in 1998.
*Ian Clark finished 9th with his then partner Bill Boullianne


Men's AVP $50,000 Miller Lite Cincinnati Open
June 19-21, 1998 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings
1 Adam Johnson Karch Kiraly 2 $10,000.00
2 Eduardo Bacil Stein Metzger 12 $5,700.00
3 Eduardo Garrido Andre Gomes 7 $4,040.00
3 Roberto Lopes Franco Neto 9 $4,040.00
5 Dax Holdren Todd Rogers 3 $2,496.00
5 Brian Lewis David Swatik 4 $2,496.00
5 Mark Kerins Kevin Martin 8 $2,496.00
5 Dan Castillo Brent Doble 14 $2,496.00
9 Kent Steffes Mike Whitmarsh 1 $1,030.00
9 Rob Heidger Troy Tanner 5 $1,030.00
9 Bill Boullianne Ian Clark 6 $1,030.00
9 Mark Paaluhi Henry Russell 10 $1,030.00
9 Aaron Boss Albert Hannemann 11 $1,030.00
9 Nick Hannemann Matt Unger 13 $1,030.00
9 Adam Jewell Lee LeGrande 15 $1,030.00
9 Wayne Seligson Bruk Vandeweghe 16 $1,030.00
17 Bryan Ivie Matt Lyles 17 $500.00
17 Scott Davenport Scott Friederichsen 18 $500.00
17 Mike Diehl Leland Quinn 19 $500.00
17 Lance Lyons Justin Perlstrom 20 $500.00
17 Mike Garcia Juan Rodriguez Ibarra 21 $500.00
17 Aaron Smith David Smith 22 $500.00
17 Paul Boyd Sean Scott 23 $500.00
17 John Anselmo Steve Simpson 24 $500.00
17 Paul Baxter Nathan Heidger 25 $500.00
17 Jeff Bellandi Pete Gray 26 $500.00
17 Carlos Machado Curtis Rollins 27 $500.00
17 David Fischer John Hribar 28 $500.00
17 Brett Bumgarner Mike Schroeder 29 $500.00
17 Chad Convis Collin Smith 30 $500.00
17 Jerry Graham Chris Magill 31 $500.00
17 Mark Addy Jon Cummings 32 $500.00

AVP Cincinnati Open Presented By Liftoff June 16, 2005

What:
Cincinnati Open
Where: Lindner Family Tennis Center
5460 Courseview Drive, Mason OH
When: June 30 - July 3

Thursday June 30 -- Qualifier
Gates Open 8am - 6pm

Friday Day July 1 -- Main Draw Competition
Gates Open 8am - 5pm

Friday Night July 1 -- Women's Semis
Gates Open 7pm - 9pm

Saturday Day July 2 -- Women's Finals
Gates Open 9am - 5:30pm

Saturday Night July 2 -- Men's Semis
Gates Open 7pm - 9pm

Sunday July 3 -- Men's Semis & Finals
Gates Open 12:30pm - 5:30pm


LIVE on NBC July 2nd & 3rd at 4:30pm EST

    

The AVP kicks off LIVE summer coverage on NBC starting in Cincinnati. The Women's finals will be broadcasted LIVE on Saturday July 2nd at 4:30pm EST. The Men's finals will be broadcasted LIVE on Sunday July 3rd at 4:30pm EST.

AVP Nissan Championship Series
The AVP Nissan Championship Series consists of five events all televised LIVE on NBC kicking off 4th of July weekend in Cincinnati and ending in Chicago Labor Day weekend.
The stakes are higher as the stars of the AVP will "duke it out" for the AVP Championship trophy awarded in Chicago. Prize money has also increased and in Cincinnati the AVP Players will be competing for the $250,000 purse.

AVP Women: The Streak Continues...
Gold Medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh continued their undefeated season in San Diego and will enter the Cincinnati having not lost a match since Chicago 2004. The duo has only dropped two games this season.

AVP Men: 4 Champs in 5 Tries
Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer became the fourth different winner on tour this season by capturing the San Diego Open. They joined the likes of Stein Metzger & Jake Gibb, Nick Lucena & Phil Dalhausser, and Jeff Nygaard & Dax Holdren.

Event Schedule Dates 2005 AVP
April 1-3 Ft. Lauderdale Open  $175,000 South Beach Park   
April 22-24 Tempe Open  $175,000 Tempe Beach Park    
April 29- May 1 Austin Open   $175,000 Auditorium Shores Park
May 20-22   Santa Barbara Open, California  $175,000
June 10-12 San Diego Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Mariners Point
Jun 30-Jul 3 Cincinnati Open, Ohio  $250,000
July 8-10 Belmar Open presented by Bud Light  $175,000 Belmar Beach
July 21-24 Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $250,000 Hermosa Beach Pier
Aug 11-14 Bud Light Huntington Beach Open presented by Shark Energy Drink $250,000 Huntington Beach Pier
Aug 18-21 Manhattan Beach Open presented by Bud Light  $250,000 Manhattan Beach Pier
Aug 26-28  Boulder Open, Colorado $175,000
September 1-4 Chicago Open  $375,000 North Avenue Beach   
September 8-10 Aquafina AVP Shootout presented by Bud Light  $200,000 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino   
September 30-Oct2 AVP BEST OF THE BEACH PRESENTED BY PAUL MITCHELL $200,000 Fort DeRussey Beach 

Men's AVP $125,000 Cincinnati Open
June 30-July 3, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed
 
Jake Gibb Stein Metzger 1 $.00  
  Dax Holdren Jeff Nygaard 2 $.00  
  Todd Rogers Sean Scott 3 $.00  
  Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 4 $.00  
  Phil Dalhausser Nick Lucena 5 $.00  
  Paul Baxter Jason Ring 6 $.00  
  Dain Blanton Kevin Wong 7 $.00  
  Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 8 $.00  
  Mark Williams Scott Wong 9 $.00  
  Aaron Boss Brian Lewis 10 $.00  
  Adam Jewell Karch Kiraly 11 $.00  
  John Hyden Mike Lambert 12 $.00  
  Brent Doble Eric Fonoimoana 13 $.00  
  Jose Loiola Fred Souza 14 $.00  
  Matt Olson Hans Stolfus 15 $.00  
  Scott Lane Chad Mowrey 16 $.00  
  Canyon Ceman Chad Turner 17 $.00  
  Matt Heath Ryan Mariano 18 $.00  
  Jason Lee Reid Priddy 20 $.00  
  John Mayer Sean Rooney 23, Q11 $.00  
  Ed Ratledge Aaron Wachtfogel 25, Q1 $.00  
  Ben Koski Jeff Minc 27, Q3 $.00  
  Pepe Delahoz Brad Torsone 28, Q4 $.00  
  Gabe Gardner Adam Johnson 30, Q9 $.00  
25 Scott Davenport John Moran 19 $250.00 52.0
25 Scott Ayakatubby Albert Hannemann 21 $250.00 52.0
25 Eduardo Bacil Anthony Mihalic 22 $250.00 52.0
25 Mike DiPierro Jim Nichols 24 $250.00 52.0
25 Steve Grotowski Adam Roberts 26, Q2 $250.00 52.0
25 Ran Kumgisky Matt Prosser 29, Q10 $250.00 52.0
25 Leonardo Moraes Mike Morrison 31, Q12 $250.00 52.0
25 Caleb Cook Danny Cook 32 $250.00 52.0
33 Gaston Macau Eddie Stokes Q5 $.00 24.0
33 David Fischer Jack Quinn Q6 $.00 24.0
33 Scott Hill Dan Mintz Q7 $.00 24.0
33 Eric Adams Tony Pray Q8 $.00 24.0
33 Mike Bruning Jason Wight Q13 $.00 24.0
33 Jim Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten Q14 $.00 24.0
33 Ryan Cronin Kevin Dake Q15 $.00 24.0
33 Jeff Carlucci Steve Delaney Q16 $.00 24.0
41 Corey Glave Scott Kiedaisch Q17 $.00 18.0
41 Lucas Black Matt Heagy Q18 $.00 18.0
41 Drew Brand Casey Brewer Q19 $.00 18.0
41 Mark Fay Peter Goers Q20 $.00 18.0
41 Art Barron Yariv Lerner Q21 $.00 18.0
41 Paul Lourick Justin Phipps Q23 $.00 18.0
41 Wes Moore Jon Rose Q24 $.00 18.0
41 C.J. Denk Robert Jackson Q28 $.00 18.0
41 Brian Kramer Mark Lau Q30 $.00 18.0
41 Mark Lodewyck Claudio Szenasi Q31 $.00 18.0
41 Bryan Gibson Keith Jones Q33 $.00 18.0
41 Ronnie Mahlerwein Ross McLain Q36 $.00 18.0
41 Badger Bergmann Tim Church Q38 $.00 18.0
41 Jerry Dietz Chris Luers Q39 $.00 18.0
41 John Paul Case Mark Donaldson Q40 $.00 18.0
41 Brian Hawkins Joey McDonald Q43 $.00 18.0
57 Joshua Cannon Jeff Murrell Q22 $.00 12.0
57 Robert deAurora Robert Tatro Q25 $.00 12.0
57 Jerry Stevens Dustin Townsend Q26 $.00 12.0
57 Dan Friend Lucas Galmarini Q27 $.00 12.0
57 Kyle Louks Ben Wendt Q29 $.00 12.0
57 Drew Colvin Jeremiah Colvin Q32 $.00 12.0
57 John Elliot Jeremy Harvey Q34 $.00 12.0
57 Steve Plochocki Tom Sorensen Q35 $.00 12.0
57 Eric Armstrong Scott Harris Q37 $.00 12.0
57 Jason Koller Ben Parker Q41 $.00 12.0
57 Jason Cox Keith Schunzel Q42 $.00 12.0
57 Dan Buehring Andrea Duvnjak Q44 $.00 12.0

Men's $125,000 AVP Cincinnati Open
Presented by Liftoff
June 30-July 3, 2005 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Keith Jones / Bryan Gibson (Q33) def. Drew Colvin / Jeremiah Colvin (Q32) 21-12, 21-14 (0:43)
Match 6: Wes Moore / Jon Rose (Q24) def. Jason Koller / Ben Parker (Q41) 22-20, 21-18 (0:59)
Match 7: Mark Donaldson / John Paul Case (Q40) def. Robert deAurora / Robert Tatro (Q25) 21-12, 21-10 (0:45)
Match 10: C.J. Denk / Robert Jackson (Q28) def. Eric Armstrong / Scott Harris (Q37) by Forfeit
Match 11: Art Barron / Yariv Lerner (Q21) def. Dan Buehring / Andrea Duvnjak (Q44) 19-21, 21-15, 15-13 (0:58)
Match 15: Ronnie Mahlerwein / Ross McLain (Q36) def. Kyle Louks / Ben Wendt (Q29) 21-19, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 18: Brian Kramer / Mark Lau (Q30) def. Tom Sorensen / Steve Plochocki (Q35) 21-14, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 22: Joey McDonald / Brian Hawkins (Q43) def. Joshua Cannon / Jeff Murrell (Q22) 21-15, 15-21, 15-13 (1:12)
Match 23: Badger Bergmann / Tim Church (Q38) def. Dan Friend / Lucas Galmarini (Q27) 22-20, 21-13 (0:45)
Match 26: Jerry Dietz / Chris Luers (Q39) def. Jerry Stevens / Dustin Townsend (Q26) 21-13, 21-19 (0:52)
Match 27: Paul Lourick / Justin Phipps (Q23) def. Jason Cox / Keith Schunzel (Q42) 21-18, 17-21, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 31: Mark Lodewyck / Claudio Szenasi (Q31) def. Jeremy Harvey / John Elliot (Q34) 21-16, 22-20 (0:51)
Round 2
Match 33: Ed Ratledge / Aaron Wachtfogel (Q1) def. Keith Jones / Bryan Gibson (Q33) 22-20, 21-16 (0:51)
Match 34: Jeff Carlucci / Steve Delaney (Q16) def. Corey Glave / Scott Kiedaisch (Q17) 21-13, 21-12 (0:42)
Match 35: Gabe Gardner / Adam Johnson (Q9) def. Wes Moore / Jon Rose (Q24) 21-18, 21-17 (0:50)
Match 36: Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q8) def. Mark Donaldson / John Paul Case (Q40) 21-12, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 37: Gaston Macau / Eddie Stokes (Q5) def. C.J. Denk / Robert Jackson (Q28) 21-17, 21-12 (0:45)
Match 38: Leonardo Moraes / Mike Morrison (Q12) def. Art Barron / Yariv Lerner (Q21) 21-12, 21-23, 15-12 (0:59)
Match 39: Mike Bruning / Jason Wight (Q13) def. Mark Fay / Peter Goers (Q20) 21-12, 16-21, 15-13 (0:57)
Match 40: Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (Q4) def. Ronnie Mahlerwein / Ross McLain (Q36) 21-10, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 41: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q3) def. Brian Kramer / Mark Lau (Q30) 21-16, 21-15 (0:53)
Match 42: Jim Van Zwieten / Steve Van Zwieten (Q14) def. Drew Brand / Casey Brewer (Q19) 22-20, 21-18 (1:02)
Match 43: John Mayer / Sean Rooney (Q11) def. Joey McDonald / Brian Hawkins (Q43) 21-7, 21-15 (0:33)
Match 44: David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q6) def. Badger Bergmann / Tim Church (Q38) 21-15, 16-21, 15-11 (1:05)
Match 45: Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q7) def. Jerry Dietz / Chris Luers (Q39) 21-10, 21-18
Match 46: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q10) def. Paul Lourick / Justin Phipps (Q23) 21-18, 21-18 (0:50)
Match 47: Ryan Cronin / Kevin Dake (Q15) def. Lucas Black / Matt Heagy (Q18) 21-18, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 48: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q2) def. Mark Lodewyck / Claudio Szenasi (Q31) 21-17, 21-18 (0:38)
Round 3
Match 49: Ed Ratledge / Aaron Wachtfogel (Q1) def. Jeff Carlucci / Steve Delaney (Q16) 21-16, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 50: Gabe Gardner / Adam Johnson (Q9) def. Eric Adams / Tony Pray (Q8) 21-12, 21-16
Match 51: Leonardo Moraes / Mike Morrison (Q12) def. Gaston Macau / Eddie Stokes (Q5) 21-13, 21-14 (0:45)
Match 52: Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (Q4) def. Mike Bruning / Jason Wight (Q13) 21-17, 21-18 (0:50)
Match 53: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (Q3) def. Jim Van Zwieten / Steve Van Zwieten (Q14) 19-21, 21-13, 15-9 (1:13)
Match 54: John Mayer / Sean Rooney (Q11) def. David Fischer / Jack Quinn (Q6) 21-16, 21-11 (0:38)
Match 55: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q10) def. Scott Hill / Dan Mintz (Q7) 21-19, 15-21, 15-13
Match 56: Steve Grotowski / Adam Roberts (Q2) def. Ryan Cronin / Kevin Dake (Q15) 21-15, 21-17 (0:44)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Danny Cook / Caleb Cook (32) 21-13, 21-11 (0:38)
Match 2: Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (16) def. Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (17) 21-17, 18-21, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 3: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (9) def. Jim Nichols / Mike DiPierro (24) 21-19, 20-22, 15-13 (0:57)
Match 4: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (8) def. Ed Ratledge / Aaron Wachtfogel (25, Q1) 19-21, 21-19, 16-14 (1:02)
Match 5: Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (5) def. Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (28, Q4) 17-21, 21-15, 19-17 (1:04)
Match 6: Mike Lambert / John Hyden (12) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Albert Hannemann (21) 21-18, 21-15 (0:39)
Match 7: Brent Doble / Eric Fonoimoana (13) def. Reid Priddy / Jason Lee (20) 21-18, 21-19 (0:51)
Match 8: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) def. Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (29, Q10) 21-10, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 9: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (3) def. Adam Johnson / Gabe Gardner (30, Q9) 24-22, 21-15 (0:52)
Match 10: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (14) def. Scott Davenport / John Moran (19) 21-15, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 11: Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (11) def. Eduardo Bacil / Anthony Mihalic (22) 21-17, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 12: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (6) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (27, Q3) 21-16, 24-22 (0:46)
Match 13: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (7) def. Adam Roberts / Steve Grotowski (26, Q2) 22-20, 21-17 (0:36)
Match 14: John Mayer / Sean Rooney (23, Q11) def. Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (10) 11-21, 21-15, 15-12 (1:02)
Match 15: Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (15) def. Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (18) 22-20, 18-21, 15-12 (1:05)
Match 16: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Leonardo Moraes / Mike Morrison (31, Q12) 21-13, 21-13 (0:37)
Round 2
Match 17: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (16) 28-26, 21-14 (0:52)
Match 18: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (8) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (9) 21-18, 21-18 (0:41)
Match 19: Mike Lambert / John Hyden (12) def. Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (5) 21-19, 21-15 (0:31)
Match 20: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) def. Brent Doble / Eric Fonoimoana (13) 21-17, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 21: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (3) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (14) 21-16, 24-22 (0:52)
Match 22: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (6) def. Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (11) 16-21, 21-19, 15-12 (1:03)
Match 23: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (7) def. John Mayer / Sean Rooney (23, Q11) 22-20, 21-17 (0:42)
Match 24: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (15) 21-17, 21-16 (0:51)
Round 3
Match 25: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (8) 21-19, 18-21, 15-12 (0:57)
Match 26: Mike Lambert / John Hyden (12) def. Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) 23-21, 21-15 (0:50)
Match 27: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (6) def. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (3) 22-20, 17-21, 17-15 (1:06)
Match 28: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (7) 18-21, 31-29, 15-13 (1:17)
Round 4
Match 29: Mike Lambert / John Hyden (12) def. Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) 21-15, 21-15 (0:39)
Match 30: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (6) 23-21, 21-14 (0:46)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (17) def. Danny Cook / Caleb Cook (32) 21-13, 21-16 (0:32)
Match 32: Ed Ratledge / Aaron Wachtfogel (25, Q1) def. Jim Nichols / Mike DiPierro (24) 21-14, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 33: Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (28, Q4) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Albert Hannemann (21) 21-14, 14-21, 15-10 (1:00)
Match 34: Reid Priddy / Jason Lee (20) def. Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (29, Q10) 21-19, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 35: Adam Johnson / Gabe Gardner (30, Q9) def. Scott Davenport / John Moran (19) 21-18, 23-21 (0:54)
Match 36: Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (27, Q3) def. Eduardo Bacil / Anthony Mihalic (22) 21-19, 15-21, 15-12 (0:50)
Match 37: Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (10) def. Adam Roberts / Steve Grotowski (26, Q2) by Forfeit
Match 38: Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (18) def. Leonardo Moraes / Mike Morrison (31, Q12) 17-21, 21-16, 15-10 (0:54)
Round 2
Match 39: Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (17) def. Matt Olson / Hans Stolfus (15) 21-18, 21-16 (0:48)
Match 40: John Mayer / Sean Rooney (23, Q11) def. Ed Ratledge / Aaron Wachtfogel (25, Q1) 21-23, 22-20, 15-10 (1:02)
Match 41: Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (11) def. Pepe Delahoz / Brad Torsone (28, Q4) 18-21, 21-15, 15-13 (1:08)
Match 42: Reid Priddy / Jason Lee (20) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (14) 19-21, 21-18, 20-18 (1:08)
Match 43: Brent Doble / Eric Fonoimoana (13) def. Adam Johnson / Gabe Gardner (30, Q9) 29-31, 21-18, 15-11 (1:15)
Match 44: Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (5) def. Ben Koski / Jeff Minc (27, Q3) 21-14, 21-16 (0:34)
Match 45: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (9) def. Aaron Boss / Brian Lewis (10) 21-17, 21-19 (0:49)
Match 46: Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (18) def. Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (16) 21-16, 21-19 (0:41)
Round 3
Match 47: Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (17) def. John Mayer / Sean Rooney (23, Q11) 21-17, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 48: Reid Priddy / Jason Lee (20) def. Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (11) 23-21, 26-24 (0:50)
Match 49: Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (5) def. Brent Doble / Eric Fonoimoana (13) 21-16, 21-19 (0:43)
Match 50: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (9) def. Matt Heath / Ryan Mariano (18) 21-18, 25-27, 15-6 (1:02)
Round 4
Match 51: Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) def. Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (17) 21-19, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 52: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (8) def. Reid Priddy / Jason Lee (20) 21-19, 21-19 (0:44)
Match 53: Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (5) def. Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (7) 21-16, 23-21 (0:46)
Match 54: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (9) def. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (3) 14-21, 21-15, 17-15 (1:04)
Round 5
Match 55: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (8) def. Casey Jennings / Matt Fuerbringer (4) 18-21, 21-17, 15-8 (0:57)
Match 56: Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (5) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (9) 14-21, 21-19, 16-14 (0:54)
Round 6
Match 57: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (6) def. Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (8) 21-17, 21-19 (0:47)
Match 58: Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (5) def. Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) 11-21, 23-21, 15-13 (0:57)

Semifinals
Match 59: Mike Lambert / John Hyden (12) def. Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (6) 21-19, 21-11 (0:42)
Match 60: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Phil Dalhausser / Nick Lucena (5) 21-19, 21-14 (0:50)

Finals
Match 61: Mike Lambert / John Hyden (12) def. Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) 17-21, 21-12, 15-10 (1:05)
 
2005 Men's Cincinnati Tournament Champions >>Mike Lambert/John Hyden

         
    Mike Lambert                                                                        John Hyden


Men's $125,000 AVP Cincinnati Open
Presented by Liftoff
June 30-July 3, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 John Hyden Mike Lambert 12 $28,000.00 520.0
2 Dax Holdren Jeff Nygaard 2 $20,000.00 468.0
3 Phil Dalhausser Nick Lucena 5 $12,000.00 390.0
3 Paul Baxter Jason Ring 6 $12,000.00 390.0
5 Jake Gibb Stein Metzger 1 $7,000.00 312.0
5 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 8 $7,000.00 312.0
7 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 4 $5,000.00 260.0
7 Mark Williams Scott Wong 9 $5,000.00 260.0
9 Todd Rogers Sean Scott 3 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Dain Blanton Kevin Wong 7 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Canyon Ceman Chad Turner 17 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Jason Lee Reid Priddy 20 $3,150.00 208.0
13 Adam Jewell Karch Kiraly 11 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Brent Doble Eric Fonoimoana 13 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Matt Heath Ryan Mariano 18 $2,000.00 156.0
13 John Mayer Sean Rooney 23, Q11 $2,000.00 156.0
17 Aaron Boss Brian Lewis 10 $800.00 104.0
17 Jose Loiola Fred Souza 14 $800.00 104.0
17 Matt Olson Hans Stolfus 15 $800.00 104.0
17 Scott Lane Chad Mowrey 16 $800.00 104.0
17 Ed Ratledge Aaron Wachtfogel 25, Q1 $800.00 104.0
17 Ben Koski Jeff Minc 27, Q3 $800.00 104.0
17 Pepe Delahoz Brad Torsone 28, Q4 $800.00 104.0
17 Gabe Gardner Adam Johnson 30, Q9 $800.00 104.0
25 Scott Davenport John Moran 19 $250.00 52.0
25 Scott Ayakatubby Albert Hannemann 21 $250.00 52.0
25 Eduardo Bacil Anthony Mihalic 22 $250.00 52.0
25 Mike DiPierro Jim Nichols 24 $250.00 52.0
25 Steve Grotowski Adam Roberts 26, Q2 $250.00 52.0
25 Ran Kumgisky Matt Prosser 29, Q10 $250.00 52.0
25 Leonardo Moraes Mike Morrison 31, Q12 $250.00 52.0
25 Caleb Cook Danny Cook 32 $250.00 52.0
33 Gaston Macau Eddie Stokes Q5 $.00 24.0
33 David Fischer Jack Quinn Q6 $.00 24.0
33 Scott Hill Dan Mintz Q7 $.00 24.0
33 Eric Adams Tony Pray Q8 $.00 24.0
33 Mike Bruning Jason Wight Q13 $.00 24.0
33 Jim Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten Q14 $.00 24.0
33 Ryan Cronin Kevin Dake Q15 $.00 24.0
33 Jeff Carlucci Steve Delaney Q16 $.00 24.0
41 Corey Glave Scott Kiedaisch Q17 $.00 18.0
41 Lucas Black Matt Heagy Q18 $.00 18.0
41 Drew Brand Casey Brewer Q19 $.00 18.0
41 Mark Fay Peter Goers Q20 $.00 18.0
41 Art Barron Yariv Lerner Q21 $.00 18.0
41 Paul Lourick Justin Phipps Q23 $.00 18.0
41 Wes Moore Jon Rose Q24 $.00 18.0
41 C.J. Denk Robert Jackson Q28 $.00 18.0
41 Brian Kramer Mark Lau Q30 $.00 18.0
41 Mark Lodewyck Claudio Szenasi Q31 $.00 18.0
41 Bryan Gibson Keith Jones Q33 $.00 18.0
41 Ronnie Mahlerwein Ross McLain Q36 $.00 18.0
41 Badger Bergmann Tim Church Q38 $.00 18.0
41 Jerry Dietz Chris Luers Q39 $.00 18.0
41 John Paul Case Mark Donaldson Q40 $.00 18.0
41 Brian Hawkins Joey McDonald Q43 $.00 18.0
57 Joshua Cannon Jeff Murrell Q22 $.00 12.0
57 Robert deAurora Robert Tatro Q25 $.00 12.0
57 Jerry Stevens Dustin Townsend Q26 $.00 12.0
57 Dan Friend Lucas Galmarini Q27 $.00 12.0
57 Kyle Louks Ben Wendt Q29 $.00 12.0
57 Drew Colvin Jeremiah Colvin Q32 $.00 12.0
57 John Elliot Jeremy Harvey Q34 $.00 12.0
57 Steve Plochocki Tom Sorensen Q35 $.00 12.0
57 Eric Armstrong Scott Harris Q37 $.00 12.0
57 Jason Koller Ben Parker Q41 $.00 12.0
57 Jason Cox Keith Schunzel Q42 $.00 12.0
57 Dan Buehring Andrea Duvnjak Q44 $.00 12.0


Women's AVP $125,000 Cincinnati Open
June 30-July 3, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed
 
Misty May-Treanor Kerri Walsh 1 $.00  
  Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 2 $.00  
  Jennifer Kessy Holly McPeak 3 $.00  
  Semirames Marins Tatiana Minello 4 $.00  
  Nancy Mason Jennifer Meredith 5 $.00  
  Carrie Busch Leanne McSorley 6 $.00  
  Brooke Niles Sarah Straton 11 $.00  
  Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson Heidi Ilustre 12 $.00  
9 Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 7 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 8 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl 9 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Ashley Ivy Ella Vakhidova 24, Q7 $3,150.00 208.0
13 Jaimie Lee Paula Roca 13 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 14 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Denise Johns Alicia Polzin 16 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Saralyn Smith Ann Windes 18, Q1 $2,000.00 156.0
17 Angie Akers Nicole Branagh 10 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Pat Keller Wendy Stammer 15 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Daven Allison Kimberly Coleman 17 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Nikki Audette Jill Changaris 19 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Jenelle Koester Ali Wood 20, Q2 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Angela Lewis Diane Pascua 21, Q3 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Jennifer Holdren Priscilla Lima 22, Q5 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 23, Q4 $1,050.00 104.0
25 Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet Q6 $.00 52.0
25 Mary Baily Julie Romias Q8 $.00 52.0
27 Cheri Fitzner Barbara Nyland Q9 $.00 24.0
27 Lisa Gathright Patti Scofield Q10 $.00 24.0
27 Marla O'Hara Holly Reisor Q11 $.00 24.0
27 Abby Georgy Alicia Zamparelli Q12 $.00 24.0
27 Nicki Fusco Gina Kirstein Q13 $.00 24.0
27 Stephanie Roberts Franci Van Zwieten Q14 $.00 24.0
27 Jenny Griffith Tiffany Rodriguez Q15 $.00 24.0
27 Erin Byrd Jeanette Simenson Q16 $.00 24.0
35 Meri-de Boyer Paige Davis Q17 $.00 18.0
35 Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q18 $.00 18.0
35 Jennifer Lehman Johanna Lehman Q19 $.00 18.0
35 Charnette Fair Nicole Midwin Q20 $.00 18.0
35 Lori Armstrong Carin Avery Q21 $.00 18.0
35 Jennifer Blair Melanie Caron Q22 $.00 18.0
35 Katherine Fay Shayna Munson Q23 $.00 18.0
35 Carolyn O'Keefe Julie Thomas Q24 $.00 18.0
35 Chara Harris Mary Wilson Q25 $.00 18.0
35 Sharon Edwards Dana Fiume Q26 $.00 18.0
35 Courtney Huffman Sara Schaub Q27 $.00 18.0
35 Jeni Case Amanda Schuler Q28 $.00 18.0
35 Kimberly Harrison Kathy Sain Q29 $.00 18.0
35 Kelly Gade Erin Pennekamp Q30 $.00 18.0
35 Sheila Gisbrecht Jen Pue-Gilchrist Q32 $.00 18.0
35 Lindsey Kretzmann Sara Redman Q34 $.00 18.0
51 Kelly Garvey Sarah Young Q31 $.00 12.0
51 Angela Gebert Lorelee Smith Q33 $.00 12.0

Women's $125,000 AVP Cincinnati Open

Presented by Liftoff
June 30-July 3, 2005 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Sheila Gisbrecht / Jen Pue-Gilchrist (Q32) def. Angela Gebert / Lorelee Smith (Q33) 21-16, 21-18 (0:43)
Match 31: Lindsey Kretzmann / Sara Redman (Q34) def. Kelly Garvey / Sarah Young (Q31) 21-19, 21-16 (0:41)
Round 2
Match 33: Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (Q1) def. Sheila Gisbrecht / Jen Pue-Gilchrist (Q32) 21-12, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 34: Erin Byrd / Jeanette Simenson (Q16) def. Meri-de Boyer / Paige Davis (Q17) 21-18, 24-26, 17-15 (1:20)
Match 35: Cheri Fitzner / Barbara Nyland (Q9) def. Carolyn O'Keefe / Julie Thomas (Q24) 21-18, 21-18 (0:38)
Match 36: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q8) def. Chara Harris / Mary Wilson (Q25) 21-17, 19-21, 15-8 (1:03)
Match 37: Jennifer Holdren / Priscilla Lima (Q5) def. Jeni Case / Amanda Schuler (Q28) 21-11, 21-12 (0:39)
Match 38: Abby Georgy / Alicia Zamparelli (Q12) def. Lori Armstrong / Carin Avery (Q21) 21-16, 21-13 (0:43)
Match 39: Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q13) def. Charnette Fair / Nicole Midwin (Q20) 21-15, 21-9 (0:38)
Match 40: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q4) def. Kimberly Harrison / Kathy Sain (Q29) 21-15, 21-8 (0:35)
Match 41: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q3) def. Kelly Gade / Erin Pennekamp (Q30) 21-2, 21-5 (0:30)
Match 42: Stephanie Roberts / Franci Van Zwieten (Q14) def. Jennifer Lehman / Johanna Lehman (Q19) 21-16, 21-6 (0:35)
Match 43: Marla O'Hara / Holly Reisor (Q11) def. Jennifer Blair / Melanie Caron (Q22) 21-10, 21-12 (0:36)
Match 44: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q6) def. Courtney Huffman / Sara Schaub (Q27) 21-12, 21-10 (0:40)
Match 45: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q7) def. Sharon Edwards / Dana Fiume (Q26) 21-15, 21-10 (0:42)
Match 46: Lisa Gathright / Patti Scofield (Q10) def. Katherine Fay / Shayna Munson (Q23) 21-15, 21-12 (0:43)
Match 47: Jenny Griffith / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q15) def. Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q18) 15-21, 21-14, 15-13 (0:58)
Match 48: Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (Q2) def. Lindsey Kretzmann / Sara Redman (Q34) 21-17, 21-17 (0:42)
Round 3
Match 49: Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (Q1) def. Erin Byrd / Jeanette Simenson (Q16) 21-14, 21-12 (0:38)
Match 50: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q8) def. Cheri Fitzner / Barbara Nyland (Q9) 21-16, 13-21, 15-10 (0:59)
Match 51: Jennifer Holdren / Priscilla Lima (Q5) def. Abby Georgy / Alicia Zamparelli (Q12) 21-16, 21-19 (0:40)
Match 52: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q4) def. Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q13) 21-13, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 53: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q3) def. Stephanie Roberts / Franci Van Zwieten (Q14) 21-8, 21-10 (0:34)
Match 54: Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q6) def. Marla O'Hara / Holly Reisor (Q11) 22-20, 14-21, 15-13 (1:13)
Match 55: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q7) def. Lisa Gathright / Patti Scofield (Q10) 21-16, 21-16 (0:51)
Match 56: Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (Q2) def. Jenny Griffith / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q15) 21-14, 21-16 (0:57)
Round 4
Match 57: Saralyn Smith / Ann Windes (Q1) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q8) 21-14, 21-11 (0:37)
Match 58: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q4) def. Jennifer Holdren / Priscilla Lima (Q5) 21-16, 21-18 (0:50)
Match 59: Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (Q3) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q6) 21-16, 21-13
Match 60: Ashley Ivy / Ella Vakhidova (Q7) def. Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (Q2) 22-20, 25-23 (0:50)
Round 5
Match 61: Jennifer Holdren / Priscilla Lima (Q5) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q8) 22-20, 21-15 (0:48)
Match 62: Jenelle Koester / Ali Wood (Q2) def. Suzana Manole / Beth Van Fleet (Q6) 21-14, 21-16 (0:46)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (17) def. Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (16) 21-19, 21-19 (0:41)
Match 2: Ella Vakhidova / Ashley Ivy (24, Q7) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (9) 21-19, 14-21, 15-12 (0:52)
Match 3: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (12) def. Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (21, Q3) 21-18, 21-13 (0:38)
Match 4: Jaimie Lee / Paula Roca (13) def. Ali Wood / Jenelle Koester (20, Q2) 21-13, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 5: Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (14) def. Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (19) 21-18, 21-11 (0:36)
Match 6: Brooke Niles / Sarah Straton (11) def. Jennifer Holdren / Priscilla Lima (22, Q5) 21-15, 23-25, 15-11 (0:52)
Match 7: Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (10) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (23, Q4) 21-19, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 8: Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (15) def. Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (18, Q1) 21-16, 21-17 (0:39)
Round 2
Match 9: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (17) 21-15, 21-13 (0:32)
Match 10: Ella Vakhidova / Ashley Ivy (24, Q7) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (8) 22-20, 15-21, 15-11 (0:59)
Match 11: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson /Heidi Ilustre (12) def. Nancy Mason / Jennifer Meredith (5) 16-21, 21-16, 15-12 (0:54)
Match 12: Semirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (4) def. Jaimie Lee / Paula Roca (13) 21-18, 21-13 (0:35)
Match 13: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (14) 21-10, 21-15 (0:34)
Match 14: Carrie Busch / Leanne McSorley (6) def. Brooke Niles / Sarah Straton (11) 21-19, 21-19 (0:49)
Match 15: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (7) def. Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (10) 21-18, 21-14 (0:37)
Match 16: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (15) 21-16, 21-14 (0:39)
Round 3
Match 17: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Ella Vakhidova / Ashley Ivy (24, Q7) 21-11, 21-16 (0:30)
Match 18: Semirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (4) def. Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (12) 21-17, 21-14 (0:38)
Match 19: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Carrie Busch / Leanne McSorley (6) 21-16, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 20: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (7) 21-18, 22-20 (0:44)
Round 4
Match 21: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Semirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (4) 21-15, 21-12 (0:33)
Match 22: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) 21-23, 21-17, 15-12 (1:07)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 23: Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (16) def. Pat Keller / Wendy Stammer (15) 21-19, 21-17 (0:35)
Match 24: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (9) def. Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (10) 21-15, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 25: Brooke Niles / Sarah Straton (11) def. Angela Lewis / Diane Pascua (21, Q3) 21-17, 21-19 (0:34)
Match 26: Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (14) def. Ali Wood / Jenelle Koester (20, Q2) 21-14, 17-21, 15-9 (0:46)
Match 27: Jaimie Lee / Paula Roca (13) def. Nikki Audette / Jill Changaris (19) 22-20, 21-16 (0:42)
Match 28: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Meredith (5) def. Jennifer Holdren / Priscilla Lima (22, Q5) 21-18, 21-16 (0:42)
Match 29: Katie Lindquist /Tracy Lindquist (8)def. Michelle More /Suzanne Stonebarger (23, Q4) 18-21, 21-19, 15-12 (0:55)
Match 30: Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (18, Q1) def. Daven Allison / Kimberly Coleman (17) 16-21, 21-19, 15-12 (1:07)
Round 2
Match 31: Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (9) def. Alicia Polzin / Denise Johns (16) 21-15, 21-19 (0:36)
Match 32: Brooke Niles / Sarah Straton (11) def. Jenny Pavley / Heather Lowe (14) 18-21, 21-19, 15-11 (0:53)
Match 33: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Meredith (5) def. Jaimie Lee / Paula Roca (13) 19-21, 21-10, 16-14 (0:52)
Match 34: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (8) def. Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (18, Q1) 21-16, 21-14 (0:35)
Round 3
Match 35: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (12) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Tammy Leibl (9) 21-18, 17-21, 15-10 (1:05)
Match 36: Brooke Niles / Sarah Straton (11) def. Ella Vakhidova / Ashley Ivy (24, Q7) 21-19, 15-21, 15-8 (0:52)
Match 37: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Meredith (5) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (7) 21-13, 21-14 (0:33)
Match 38: Carrie Busch / Leanne McSorley (6) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (8) 21-13, 21-13 (0:31)
Round 4
Match 39: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (12) def. Brooke Niles / Sarah Straton (11) 22-20, 21-12 (0:34)
Match 40: Carrie Busch / Leanne McSorley (6) def. Nancy Mason / Jennifer Meredith (5) 21-12, 24-22 (0:42)
Round 5
Match 41: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (12) 25-23, 21-19 (0:48)
Match 42: Semirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (4) def. Carrie Busch / Leanne McSorley (6) 22-20, 21-14 (0:44)

Semifinals
Match 43: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) 21-19, 19-21, 15-12 (1:11)
Match 44: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Semirames Marins / Tatiana Minello (4) by Forfeit

Finals
Match 45: Rachel Wacholder / Elaine Youngs (2) def. Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) 17-21, 22-20, 15-13 (1:16)
 
2005 Women's Cincinnati Tournament Champions >>Rachel Wacholder/Elaine Youngs

                   
       Rachel Wacholder                                                           Elaine Youngs

Women's $125,000 AVP Cincinnati Open
Presented by Liftoff
June 30-July 2, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 2 $28,000.00 520.0
2 Misty May-Treanor Kerri Walsh 1 $20,000.00 468.0
3 Jennifer Kessy Holly McPeak 3 $12,000.00 390.0
3 Semirames Marins Tatiana Minello 4 $12,000.00 390.0
5 Carrie Busch Leanne McSorley 6 $7,000.00 312.0
5 Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson Heidi Ilustre 12 $7,000.00 312.0
7 Nancy Mason Jennifer Meredith 5 $5,000.00 260.0
7 Brooke Niles Sarah Straton 11 $5,000.00 260.0
9 Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 7 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 8 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl 9 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Ashley Ivy Ella Vakhidova 24, Q7 $3,150.00 208.0
13 Jaimie Lee Paula Roca 13 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 14 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Denise Johns Alicia Polzin 16 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Saralyn Smith Ann Windes 18, Q1 $2,000.00 156.0
17 Angie Akers Nicole Branagh 10 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Pat Keller Wendy Stammer 15 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Daven Allison Kimberly Coleman 17 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Nikki Audette Jill Changaris 19 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Jenelle Koester Ali Wood 20, Q2 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Angela Lewis Diane Pascua 21, Q3 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Jennifer Holdren Priscilla Lima 22, Q5 $1,050.00 104.0
17 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 23, Q4 $1,050.00 104.0
25 Suzana Manole Beth Van Fleet Q6 $.00 52.0
25 Mary Baily Julie Romias Q8 $.00 52.0
27 Cheri Fitzner Barbara Nyland Q9 $.00 24.0
27 Lisa Gathright Patti Scofield Q10 $.00 24.0
27 Marla O'Hara Holly Reisor Q11 $.00 24.0
27 Abby Georgy Alicia Zamparelli Q12 $.00 24.0
27 Nicki Fusco Gina Kirstein Q13 $.00 24.0
27 Stephanie Roberts Franci Van Zwieten Q14 $.00 24.0
27 Jenny Griffith Tiffany Rodriguez Q15 $.00 24.0
27 Erin Byrd Jeanette Simenson Q16 $.00 24.0
35 Meri-de Boyer Paige Davis Q17 $.00 18.0
35 Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q18 $.00 18.0
35 Jennifer Lehman Johanna Lehman Q19 $.00 18.0
35 Charnette Fair Nicole Midwin Q20 $.00 18.0
35 Lori Armstrong Carin Avery Q21 $.00 18.0
35 Jennifer Blair Melanie Caron Q22 $.00 18.0
35 Katherine Fay Shayna Munson Q23 $.00 18.0
35 Carolyn O'Keefe Julie Thomas Q24 $.00 18.0
35 Chara Harris Mary Wilson Q25 $.00 18.0
35 Sharon Edwards Dana Fiume Q26 $.00 18.0
35 Courtney Huffman Sara Schaub Q27 $.00 18.0
35 Jeni Case Amanda Schuler Q28 $.00 18.0
35 Kimberly Harrison Kathy Sain Q29 $.00 18.0
35 Kelly Gade Erin Pennekamp Q30 $.00 18.0
35 Sheila Gisbrecht Jen Pue-Gilchrist Q32 $.00 18.0
35 Lindsey Kretzmann Sara Redman Q34 $.00 18.0
51 Kelly Garvey Sarah Young Q31 $.00 12.0
51 Angela Gebert Lorelee Smith Q33 $.00 12.0

Articles 2005

Casey & Fuerby with Momentum Entering Cinci
June 23, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Judging by their dominant performance in the San Diego Open, Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer should definitely be a team to look out for as the AVP kicks off its Nissan Championship Series on NBC next week in Cincinnati.
The two put on one of the most dominant performances by a men's team this season in San Diego, losing only two games en route to their second career title and had a five-point margin of victory in all the games they won.
It was quite a turnaround for a team that had only one finish better than fifth since winning for the first time last year in Belmar, and both said that it could be a sign of things to come because Fuerbringer's blocking game became consistently dominant.
"He was humongous, period," Jennings said. "Fuerby just dominated the net more so than anybody I've seen in a longtime and it was awesome."
The 6-foot-7 Fuerbringer has been one of the top big men on tour since his rookie-of-the-year season in 2003, but acknowledged trouble sustaining his net presence over a period of time. That changed in San Diego, he said.
"I think I've been gradually kind of getting there, but it's just been a game here and a game there," he said. "[In San Diego] I put it together for the whole time."
Fuerbringer tallied a tournament-best 38 blocks in six matches, 13 of those came in the semifinals and finals. His net presence made the team nearly invincible in the homestretch of the tournament.
After losing, 14-21, the first game of their semifinal against Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb, Jennings and Fuerbringer won the next two, 21-16, 15-8, then romped to a 21-16, 21-13 victory in the final.
The key, Jennings said, was some coaching from retired big man Mike Whitmarsh.
"We had a little help from Mike Whitmarsh," Jennings said. "Matt took it from there. He meshed some of Whitmarsh's ideas and made his own and then just went out and dominated."
It was an important victory for the team, not just because it turned the season around, but because it validated their first victory last year. Before winning in Belmar, Jennings and Fuerbringer had finished second seven times. They wanted to prove their first win wasn't a fluke.
"Now its broken," Jennings said. "Now it's truly broken. I think we made it a point by having it that big of a win, by having such a big deficit."
Fuerbringer saw another bonus. He was surfing the internet recently and came across a list of career beach volleyball victories. He and Jennings were tied for 76th with one victory.
"I guarantee you that two wins is going to shoot us way up there," he said.

Ex-player Dodd talks a good game
Silver medalist from 1996 Olympics helps promote the sport
By Mike Dyer
Cincinnati Enquirer
Mike Dodd was a silver medalist at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
NBC broadcast partner Karch Kiraly won the gold. Dodd doesn't have hard feelings. Kiraly, 44, is still active on the AVP Tour, and he's only on the air when he's not competing.
"Obviously with Karch's pedigree, a guy like me wants to see him go as far (in tournaments) as humanly possible," Dodd said.
Chris Marlowe (play-by-play), along with Dodd and Kiraly, will broadcast the Cincinnati Open on NBC from the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason on July 2 and July 3 from 4:30-6 p.m.
The women's final is Saturday, and the men's semifinal and final rounds are next Sunday.
Dodd, 48, has been a color analyst on NBC since 1998. He worked the 2004 Athens and 2000 Sydney Olympics after a 17-year playing career in which he won at least one open tournament a year.
"The most enjoyable part is being connected to the sport and to help build it," Dodd said. "I'm lucky enough to analyze it and commune with the players. It's really nice to be somewhat involved."
As a color analyst, Dodd, a Manhattan, Calif., native, said he often hangs around the court before competition to gather storylines.
"If you're not paying attention, you could miss that, and it could be an integral part" of the broadcast, Dodd said.
With Kerri Walsh and Misty May enjoying wide success after winning gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Dodd said it has brought recognition to the sport. An NBC feature segment narrated by James Earl Jones at the Opening Ceremony of the 2004 Games was one of the signs NBC had confidence in Walsh and May to succeed, according to Dodd.
"It has meant the world they've been so good," Dodd said.
Dodd said he is looking forward to being in Cincinnati after playing here in a tournament several years ago. During his playing days, Milwaukee, Chicago and Cleveland were among his stops.
"As a player, I absolutely loved the Midwest," Dodd said. "... It's one of my favorite spots. They have an amazing amount of fans."

California Gleamin'
By Colleen Kane
Cincinnati Enquirer
TELEVISION SCHEDULE
Saturday: 4:30-6 p.m., women's final, live, NBC. Sunday: 4:30-6 p.m., men's final, live, NBC.
Bruce Binkow sells California. He sells the sand and the sun and the beautiful people. He sells all that is cool - or hot, as the correct slang term may be - about beach life.
"We export the California lifestyle. We export fun in the sun," said Binkow, the chief marketing officer for the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour.
This week's port is local. The AVP comes to the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason beginning Thursday, and it brings with it some of the best volleyball players in the world - Olympians such as Karch Kiraly, Misty May and Kerri Walsh.
But more than just the high caliber of competition, the AVP has a broader appeal. It's the laid-back attitude. It's the perfect bodies in little clothing. It's the trendy supporters. It's the California cool that Binkow hopes will make his four-day sales trip to the Midwest successful.
"The sport sells itself," Binkow said. "... It's fantastic on television, and it's absolutely captivating on site. It takes about 10 minutes before somebody in the crowd gets wrapped up in the teams."
The California attitude
Midwesterners Jeff Nygaard and Denise Johns admitted they had concerns when they moved to California to play their sport.
Nygaard, an Olympian from Madison, Wis., had his parents warn him never to leave his laundry unattended at UCLA based on their perceived mistrust of people in Los Angeles. (He did once and returned to find it folded by someone else.) Johns, of Copley, Ohio, was worried her Midwestern morals wouldn't mesh. They've since gotten used to the subtle differences in lifestyle, good and bad. Johns even has grown to love the party atmosphere, the attitude that is at the core of the AVP appeal.
"(An AVP tournament) is very appealing," said Johns, a University of Cincinnati graduate. "It's noisy. There's music. Geeter, the announcer, is hilarious. There's a lot of energy."
Besides volleyball, fans at an AVP event can expect music, games on the sand, a beer garden and interaction with the athletes.
Chris "Geeter" McGee is the eight-year announcer of the AVP, whose job it is to keep the crowd informed and entertained. He calls the games between plays, chats with the crowd and helps run games like tug of war, musical chairs, relay races and the wave between matches. And he gets the venue ready when it's about to be put on national TV, as Cincinnati will be for the men's and women's finals Saturday and Sunday.
"The cue is when I say, 'It's the AVP on NBC!' " McGee said. "I haven't had a place in eight years that doesn't get crazy for the finals."
McGee, who used to play volleyball and also hosts a show called "Dig" on Fox Sports, said he'll often be visited by players in his announcing booth, while a screen on the main court shows clips and bios so fans get to know the players.
It's also common for fans to meet big-name players walking around the venue, and autographs can be easy to come by.
"One of the things that is so great about the AVP is that the players are really tangible to the fans," Johns said.
That is just part of the draw.
The sex appeal
In few other sports are athletes' bodies put on display as they are in beach volleyball, where bikinis and board shorts are the uniforms.
"It's like watching 'Baywatch' without the slow motion," Nygaard said. "It's the best of both worlds: really good-looking people and great athletes."
The athletes are tan from their days on the beach. (Well, for the most part. Wisconsin native Nygaard avoided the beach at first, because "I know what my skin's like. I was going to get fried.") And their bodies are supremely toned - to the point that trainer Mike Rangel said of his trainee, Karch Kiraly: "I would put him up against any athlete in the world as far as conditioning."
McGee said there are so many great bodies on the Tour that he couldn't pick the best, but: "If you were a man, you wouldn't mind looking like that at all. As for the women, there are a lot of great bodies out there; they're not supermodel size zero, they're athletic."
It's all part of the sex appeal of the event, which can leave fans in the crowd fixated and have TV browsers' "clickers come to a screeching halt," Binkow said. And one of the best parts about it for Binkow is that it isn't forced.
"If the commissioner of the LPGA put golfers in bikinis, eyebrows might be raised. But this is not done in an exploitive or premeditated way," Binkow said. "The truth is, if you ask any of the pro players if they would prefer to wear something else, they would say they wouldn't, because of the conditions they play in. The more clothing, the worse it is for them. We have an advantage because it's organic to the sport, but it's sexy at the same time."
That beautiful image also attracts some trendy sponsors.
Selling an image
The AVP, which has a main demographic of 18-34-year-olds, attracts sponsors that share the same image - young, active, fun and healthy.
"They're sponsors that have the desire to reach the same group as we do," Binkow said. "There's been research that shows our fans are fiercely loyal to our sponsors, just under NASCAR."
Nissan is the title sponsor of the AVP's Championship Series, which begins with the Cincinnati Open. Other AVP sponsors include Bud Light, Aquafina, Xbox, Sirius Satellite Radio and Gatorade. And then there are the players' sponsors and endorsements, including Wilson, Speedo, Oakley, Nautica and other "cool" brands.
And the advertising is everywhere at tour stops, including on the players via armbands, temporary tattoos, hats, clothing and sunglasses.
Bill Nielsen, the Director of U.S. Subsidiary for Xbox, said the company is in its fourth season with the AVP because it recognized the opportunity to reach a varied customer group, from young people who come to party to families that want to spend a day in the sun, watching Olympians.
"Our core target is 16- to 24-year-old males, and 16- to 24-year-old males are going to come out and see the girls in bathing suits, the men and women with great bodies," Nielsen said.
E-mail ckane@enquirer.com
Schedule
At the Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason
Thursday - qualifier (8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Friday - main draw (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 7:30-10 p.m.)
Saturday - main draw (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.,
7:30-10 p.m.), women's final at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - main draw (noon-6 p.m.), men's final at 4:30 p.m.
Source AVP.com
Tickets (per session)
$15 general admission - Bleacher seating surrounding Grandstand Court. First come, first served. Also includes access to the seven other courts.
$25 reserved box seats - Located in prime viewing areas. Also includes access to outer courts.
$50 VIP seats - Located under cover with access to VIP lounge. Complimentary light food and beverages will be served. Also includes access to outer courts.
Free admission for children 12-under.
For tickets, call (800) 280-2330 or visit www.mustseeavp.com.
Fan zone
Xbox Gaming Oasis; Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon; Halls Fruit Breezers "Halls of History Exhibit," Shoot the Breeze game and volleyball jump test; Sirius Satellite Radio listening stations; Nature Valley Granola Bars sampling booth; Wilson SpeedZone and guessing game; Liftoff sampling station; Bud Light beer garden, Nissan Road Rally; and Nair Smoothing Effects Tent.
By the numbers
$3 million
Prize money for the season, doubled from last year, with the money split equally between men and women
$20,000
Prize money for the winning team in the first five tournaments
$14,000
Prize money for the runner-up team in the first five tournaments
1983
When the AVP started
1996
Year beach volleyball became an Olympic sport
2
New stops on the Tour, including Cincinnati and Boulder, Colo.
4
Different men's teams that have won titles in the season's first five events
5
AVP tournaments to be broadcast by NBC, starting with the Cincinnati Open
7
Consecutive tournaments won by Misty May and Kerri Walsh
Whither Karch?
Karch Kiraly, he of the 143 career victories and $3 million in winnings, finds himself in an odd place this season - not among the AVP leaders. The 44-year-old volleyball legend, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, was part of the AVP Team of the Year last year with Mike Lambert, winning three titles, but the team split last month after poor finishes in the first three tournaments (ninth, seventh, seventh). Kiraly has been struggling since. He finished fifth with new partner Adam Jewell in the last tournament in San Diego after a 13th-place finish in their first tournament together.
Party with the pros
Tavern Restaurant Group will host the AVP Player Pub Crawl on Saturday. The Pub Crawl will begin at The Polo Grille at 7 p.m., arrive at deSha's American Tavern at 8:30 p.m. and end up at The
Pub at Rookwood Mews around 10 p.m. Approximately 30-35 players are expected to participate in the Pub Crawl, which is open to the public.
The Polo Grille is located in the Deerfield Towne Center at 5035 Deerfield Road in Mason. deSha's American Tavern is located at Harper's Point, 11320 Montgomery Road. The Pub at Rookwood Mews is located at Rookwood Commons, 2692 Madison Road.

Pink hat keeps Kiraly young
Volleyball star still strong at 44
By Colleen Kane
Cincinnati Enquirer
THE PARTNERS OF KARCH KIRALY
Includes AVP Tour, Parks and Recreation, USA Volleyball and FIVB tournaments
Kent Steffes, 1990-1996 117 tournaments, 75 wins
Adam Johnson, 1997-2000, 62 tournaments, 16 wins
Brent Frohoff, 1989-1990, 29 tournaments, 9 wins
Sinjin Smith, 1979-1984, 28 tournaments, 21 wins
Brent Doble, 2000-2003 18 tournaments, 2 wins
Scott Ayakatubby, 1995, 2000, 16 tournaments, 8 wins
Mike Lambert, 2004-2005, 12 tournaments, 3 wins
Ricci Luyties, 1986-1988, 11 tournaments, 1 win
Mike Dodd, 1985-1987, 9 tournaments, 3 wins
Steve Timmons, 1987-1989, 4 tournaments, 1 win
Pat Powers, 1987-1988, 2 tournaments, 1 win
Tim Hovland, 1979, 1986, 2 tournaments, 1 win
John Hanley, 1986, 2 tournaments, 0 wins
Adam Jewell, 2005, 2 tournaments, 0 wins
Peter Ehrman, 1980, 1 tournament, 1 win
Mike Whitmarsh, 1998, 1 tournament, 0 wins
Marco Ortega, 1978, 1 tournament, 0 wins
Don Shaw, 1978, 1 tournament, 0 wins
Rob Heidger, 1995, 1 tournament, 0 wins
Jon Lee, 1978, 1 tournament, 0 wins
Dain Blanton, 1998, 1 tournament, 0 wins
Source: www.bvbinfo.com
KARCH KIRALY FILE
Age: 44
Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Resides: San Clemente, Calif.
Height: 6 foot 2
Career pro wins: 147
Career pro earnings: $3,112,973
Noteworthy: Began pro career in 1978. ... He is the only volleyball player in Olympic history to win three gold medals. He won indoor golds in 1984 and 1988 and the inaugural beach gold in 1996 with Kent Steffes. ... He has partnered with 21 different players during his career but had the most success by far when he teamed with Steffes. The duo won 75 times in 117 tournaments from 1990-96. ... He is a six-time AVP MVP. ... He led UCLA to three NCAA championships (1979, 1981 and 1982) and earned All-American honors all four years.
Sources: AVP.com, bvbinfo.com
It was the 1980s - a time of stone-washed, tapered jeans and feathered bangs and blindingly-fluorescent colors - when the then-growing legend began his trademark fashion statement because of superstition.
Of all his colored hats, Karch Kiraly's hot pink one was worn during a streak of six or seven tournament wins, so he kept it long after the color's style faded. Through fashion cycles the pink hat has planted itself on one side of the volleyball net, all the way up to what Kiraly perceives as a recent rise in the color's popularity again.
"I was laughing with somebody about it (recently): I've become relevant again," he said. "I've been waiting ever since for it to come back."
Kiraly's fashion might not have spanned the decades, but he has.
Kiraly, the three-time Olympic gold medalist, the all-time professional beach volleyball wins leader, and now, at 44, the oldest player on the AVP Tour, will return to Cincinnati Friday in what he has approached as his last season of playing.
Of course, he has approached every season like it was his last for the past eight years, so don't bet on him retiring yet.
"I want to see how far I can push it," said Kiraly, who won both previous Cincinnati AVP tournaments in 1993 and 1994. "It's hard to give a career like this up, when I tell my wife I'm going to the office, and it's the beach. But I'm also looking to see how late is too late, how old is too old."
It doesn't seem it's too late yet.
His body may be past its prime. (He recovered from his third shoulder surgery last fall.) His motivations have changed. (Winning every tournament as he used to is not an option; it's now about the challenge of facing younger players.) His partners have also changed. (He's on his second partner this year because of his struggles.) But there are two things that continue to make him a threat: ageless focus and mental toughness.
"The guy's in phenomenal shape, and he's a mental giant. When you couple the two together, it's a winning combination," beach volleyball Olympian Jeff Nygaard said.
Birth of an athlete
Karch Kiraly, whose given name is Charles, was 6 years old when his father, Dr. Laszlo Kiraly, began to teach him beach volleyball.
Three NCAA championships with UCLA (1979, 1981-1982), two Olympic gold medals in indoor volleyball (1984, 1988), an Olympic gold medal in beach volleyball (1996), six AVP MVP titles, 147 beach volleyball tournament wins, more than $3.1 million in winnings and two FIVB titles as the "Best Player in the World" later, he is beginning to watch his two sons give competitive volleyball a shot.
When they were younger, Kristian, 14, and Kory, 13, never used to think of Kiraly as their father when he put on his pink hat. Kiraly remembers one tournament when the boys were walking by the courts with his wife Janna, saw the man in the pink hat and exclaimed, "Mom, mom! There's Karch Kiraly!" He hasn't been able to draw the same awe from the teenaged versions of his sons as he tries to teach them the game.
"I have the same problem every parent has. No matter what my credentials, they listen to others more than me," Kiraly said.
That's a bit of a difference from the teenagers he guided two decades ago.
Role model
Mike Lambert was 14 years old with a poster of Kiraly on his wall, trying to model his game after the superstar.
"He was the Michael Jordan for all of us young players," Lambert said.
Sixteen years later, Lambert, a two-time indoor Olympian, found himself playing alongside his role model. Kiraly teamed with Lambert last season to win three tournaments and finish second twice. They were named the AVP's Team of the Year.
"Getting the call to play with him, I was like, 'Wow.' It was kind of a dream come true," Lambert said. "... It's one of my best memories volleyball-wise, playing with him at Manhattan Beach, which is like Wimbledon for us. It was my first victory ever. It was so storybook."
Of course, storybooks end.
Changes
It's the body's give and take for choosing one type of volleyball - the indoor game can be hard on the knees, the ankles and the back; the beach game can destroy the shoulders.
Because Kiraly is older, he gets most of the opponents' serves, which means he takes most of his team's swings. While he's had nothing more than an ankle sprain or groin pull, he's now had a shoulder surgery every four years, starting in 1996.
The latest surgery last fall left him struggling to come back at the beginning of this year with Lambert. He even had a scare in the season-opening Fort Lauderdale Open, where he thought his career might be over. It turned out he had just aggravated the repair area, nothing serious. Still, with two ninth places and a seventh in the first three tournaments this year, he gave Lambert an out with their partnership.
"I said, 'I feel like I'm letting you down. I'm pretty sure I'll be playing better in the next month or two. If you have the patience to wait until then, let's keep playing together. If you don't, I respect your decision to play with someone else,' " Kiraly said.
It was an amicable breakup, and Kiraly now partners with Adam Jewell, with whom he finished fifth in San Diego June 12. While he's 19th in individual points this season, he said he's starting to feel like he could get to the level he was at last year.
'So hungry'
Trainer Mike Rangel said he's met Kiraly on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and birthdays for training sessions Kiraly affectionately calls "45 minutes of Hell." He never misses his twice-a-week sessions of 30 minutes of stretching, 45 minutes of plyometrics (exercises where the muscle is stretched before it's contracted) and two and a half hours of intense scrimmaging, which is what Rangel said has him playing better than he has in maybe 10 years.
"I'd put him up against any athlete in the world as far as conditioning," said Rangel, who started working with Kiraly in January 2003 and also trains Lambert, Misty May and Kerri Walsh. "He also has an ability to focus at a higher level unlike any athlete I've ever seen."
Kiraly will be the first to tell you he doesn't jump as high or move as fast as he once did, but his tournament experience and the fact that he's "got the book on everybody," according to Nygaard, are what have kept him around.
"Physically I'm not as strong as I was, but I try to make up for it mentally," Kiraly said. "It's a big challenge, and I relish it, competing with guys half my age."
That drive is what makes the pink hat, no matter how faded or outdated, still an alarming sight.
"In an important game on Sunday, when it's 17-all in the deciding set, that's when he comes alive," Lambert said. "He's like a blooming flower. He just loves those situations. You can see his eyes through his sunglasses, as wide as can be. So hungry."

Volleyball lifts Warren tourism
Weekend tournament to pump green into economy
By Jennifer Edwards
Cincinnati Enquirer
IF YOU GO
The Cincinnati Open, part of the Association of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series, takes place at the Lindner Family Tennis Center Thursday to Sunday.
The location, also the site of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women's Open in August, has a three-year commitment with the AVP, with the option of extending the contract.
Tickets cost $15 general admission; $25 box seats; and $50 VIP.
Tickets are available on site starting Wednesday and now on-line at www.mustseeavp.com. Or, call (800) 280-2330.
MASON - As many as 35,000 visitors are expected to pour into Warren County starting Thursday for a nationally televised sand volleyball tournament, which could pump $3.1 million into the region's economy.
That's based on fans buying tickets to see athletes such as Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May compete, then staying at hotels and spending money at nearby shops, restaurants and tourist attractions such as Paramount's Kings Island.
The Cincinnati Open, part of the Association of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series, begins Thursday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center and runs through Sunday. The four-day event expects to bring 150 of the top sand volleyball players in the world to town. NBC-TV plans to broadcast the women's finals from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and the men's finals from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The location, also the site of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and Women's Open in August, has a three-year commitment with the volleyball association, with the option of extending the contract.
A typical AVP event draws more than 100,000 fans, the majority of whom are 18 to 34 years old. But since this is Warren County's first year as host, organizers are expecting 30,000 to 35,000 attendees.
More than 4,000 tons of sand were trucked in from Michigan for the event. Seven courts will be set up in the tennis center's parking lot. The main attraction will be in the grandstand court.
The economic impact projections were made by the Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau and event producer Reach Event Marketing.
Events such as the volleyball tournament provide a direct boost for Greater Cincinnati's economy and help promote the area to other events looking for a host city, organizers say.
That's especially good news for Warren County, where tourism generates almost $600 million a year and is the county's largest industry. That's a 45 percent increase between 2001 and 2003.
"It's amazing to most people in the state," said Margaret Drexel, spokeswoman for the visitors bureau.
"Since we call ourselves Ohio's largest playground, we back that up with these types of events."
Warren County tourism also is vital to Ohio's economy. According to the latest available economic impact study, from 2003, total visitor spending in Ohio was estimated at $28.5 billion, up almost 24 percent from $23.1 billion in 2001.
Direct taxes from tourism spending generated $1.9 billion in 2003 statewide. The data indicates Ohio tourism has not only returned to pre-2001 levels but has reversed a decade of decline.
More on the horizon
Warren County's appeal for sports tournaments is boosted by attractions such as Kings Island because they give people things to do between events.
More attractions are coming:
By late 2006, Kings Island and Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Resorts plan to bring an indoor water park resort to Mason.
Tourism officials also are studying whether to build a sports complex. A consultant's report on potential economic impact, attendance figures and development costs is due in August.
"We are accessible from two big airports," Drexel said. "We are not out-priced like some major markets are. It's a safe community. People want to come here for family trips and getaways. And, people have worked very hard. We have won out over large destination places who wanted this (tournament)."
If projected attendance figures come true, the Cincinnati Open will generate almost three times as much impact as last year's Olympic archery tournament.
Big party weekend
The Cincinnati Open is part of what local tourism executives are calling Great American Weekend, a mix of fireworks, ballgames, music, motorcycles and festivals.
Great American Weekend is a collaborative effort of the newly formed Regional Tourism Network, which is marketing the events in three states.
The events could have a $51 million economic impact for area businesses. Charities also will benefit.
At least $50,000 from the volleyball tournament money will go toward cancer treatment and research at University Hospital's Barrett Cancer Center. As the tournament grows, more contributions will be made, said Mario Cicchinelli, director of operations for Reach Event Marketing of Blue Ash.
General Electric Transportation, the event's charitable sponsor, bought 3,000 tickets and will send more than 300 volunteers to help at the tournament and to promote breast cancer awareness.
Events planned this summer
More sporting events in Warren County are coming this summer.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links, an amateur golf tournament, tees off July 11 at Shaker Run Golf Course in Lebanon. The winner receives a spot in the Masters Golf Tournament next year.
Then, in August, the annual tennis tournament will take place for women July 16-24 and for men Aug. 12-21. Last year's attendance was 200,535, up 30 percent from 2003 figures, Drexel said.
Just the hotel rooms alone accounted for more than $500,000 in spending, she said.
But not everything is rosy when crowds come to town. Some Mason residents get annoyed with the clogged roads and some worry that traffic jams could be a problem for emergency vehicles.
"We don't have a road system," said longtime resident Charles Beatty, 67, who also was a Mason city councilman in the 1980s.
"We don't have any system that can handle that in an emergency. They need to have some real good plans in place in case there is one."
Mason city leaders say they do.
Event organizers pay for additional police officers to direct traffic and patrol events.
"We are not taking police away from patrolling the city in order to be at this event," said Jennifer Trepal, city spokeswoman. "The sponsoring event pays them so it's also not using taxpayer dollars to support these events with police and fire."
Nearby streets also are open to allow easier traffic flow near the Lindner Family Tennis Center, she said.
And, a few years ago, Mason began putting paramedics on bicycles to get around during the tennis tournament.

2005 AVP Cincinnati Open Presented by Liftoff: Pro Beach Volleyball LIVE on NBC
Courtesy Of AVP
The Cincinnati Open presented by Liftoff is the first stop on the 2005 AVP Nissan Championship Series televised LIVE on NBC. The Women’s Finals will air at 4:30 pm EST on Saturday July 2nd. The Men’s Finals will air at 4:30 pm EST on Sunday July 3rd. Log on to http://AVP.com for more information
Tune in for LIVE coverage as more than 150 of the top professional beach volleyball athletes descend into Cincinnati. The Women’s side features 2004 Olympic gold medal winners Misty May and Kerri Walsh, and 2004 Olympic bronze medal winners Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs. On the men’s side, three-time Olympic gold medal winner Karch Kiraly, AVP MVP Mike Lambert and 2000 Olympic gold medalists Eric Fonoimoana and Dain Blanton.
Golden Girls May and Walsh enter Cincinnati undefeated in 2005. The duo has not lost a match since the 2004 Chicago Open. May and Walsh have won all of their matches in 2005 and having most recently captured the Beach Volleyball World Championship on June 25, 2005. Their current win streak sits at 46 matches. May & Walsh hold the record of 89 consecutive wins set during the 2003 and 2004 season.
The AVP Men have seen four winners in five events in 2005. Olympian Stein Metzger & Jake Gibb won in Fort Lauderdale and Tempe, Nick Lucena & Phil Dalhausser won in Austin, Olympians Jeff Nygaard & Dax Holdren won in Santa Barbara, and Matt Fuerbringer & Casey Jennings captured the San Diego Open.
The competition will be fierce as $250,000 is on the line in Cincinnati in the first of five AVP Championship Series events.
Watch and Win: Catch the action LIVE on NBC for your chance to win a 42” Plasma Television. Log on to http://avp.com for details.
The AVP will be LIVE on NBC throughout the summer. After Cincinnati, the Championship Series continues:
• Hermosa Beach Open - July 23 and 24 at 4:30pm EST.
• Huntington Beach Open - August 13 and 14 at 4:30pm EST.
• Manhattan Beach Open - August 20 and 21 at 4:30pm EST.
• Chicago Open - September 4th at 2pm EST.
Log on to http://avp.com for more information.

AVP Tour Reaching Out to Gay Fans
By Outsports.com
Outsports.com has been chosen as the first publication in an advertising buy targeting gay fans by the Association of Volleyball Professionals Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. While a handful of professional sports teams have advertised in gay publications in the past, Outsports is not aware of a professional league or tour previously advertising in a gay publication based in the U.S.
Keith Dobkowski, director of grassroots marketing for AVP - Pro Beach Volleyball, came up with the idea of direct marketing efforts toward gay people when he came across Outsports.com. As director of grassroots marketing, Dobkowski handles non-traditional online marketing. He says that Outsports.com is consistently a top-15 referring Web site to the AVP Web site, AVP.com. As the tour was looking for ways to promote its summer TV schedule, Dobkowski wanted to try reaching gay men, an audience the AVP hadn’t directly targeted before.
Dobkowski says he got no resistance from Tour executives about the advertising buy. He says the Tour welcomes all of their spectators and fans, regardless of sexual orientation.
“Fans are fans,” Dobkowski says. “If you like sports, California living or the beach, watching our sport is for you.”
Beach volleyball is certainly no stranger to sex in marketing. At the 2004 Olympics, women’s beach volleyball, in which competitors wore bikinis, was marketed heavily toward straight men with sexy images of the players. At Outsports.com, the beach volleyball photo galleries have been some of the most popular galleries in the last six months.
Dobkowski says choosing a picture (right) to use to market to Outsports readers was not difficult. “Our athletes are amazing physical specimens,” he says. “The picture on your site is proof of that.” He adds that playing on the tour all summer long on sand courts in the baking sun with temperatures in the 90s and higher don’t allow for anything but the highest levels of physical conditioning.
The photo chosen for the ad on Outsports.com is that of the bare abs of 6-foot-5 Sean Scott. Not only is Scott the specimen of physical fitness, he’s also tough as nails. In the 2005 San Diego Open two weeks ago, he shattered his hand, breaking it just below his right pinky in the first match on Saturday. Scott played through the pain to not only win that match, but four more, before losing in the finals.
"There aren't any drug users on our tour,” Dobkowski says, “because they wouldn't be able to survive. They're basketball players playing in the sand."
It certainly doesn’t hurt that the AVP features the most skimpily clad athletes this side of water polo. While the women wear bikinis, the men are always shirtless.
The AVP Tour will be on NBC several times this summer, including July 2 and 3, 4:30pm EST. You can find a complete schedule of AVP on NBC at the Tour’s Web site.

Indoor stars find new place in sun
Volleyball players head for the beach, and like it
By Colleen Kane
Cincinnati Enquirer
For Jeff Nygaard, the beach was an acquired taste.
IF YOU GO
The AVP Cincinnati Open is at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason:
Thursday - qualifier (8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Friday - main draw (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 7:30-10 p.m.)
Saturday - main draw (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 7:30-10 p.m.), women's final at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - main draw (noon-6 p.m.), men's final at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets: (513) 336-0825
Jeff Nygaard hated beach volleyball.
The Madison, Wis., native had a very successful indoor volleyball career. He was named the national player of the year twice. He led UCLA to two national championships. He was a two-time indoor Olympian with the U.S. team.
So why switch? He couldn't move in the sand and the wind. His skin was going to get fried in the sun. And two-on-two? What's that about?
Then, one late night after the 2000 Olympics, Nygaard's friend invited him to a midnight game at Santa Monica Pier. And he actually enjoyed himself. In a couple months, there was no turning back.
"I'll never play the indoor game again," Nygaard said.
He is now second with partner Dax Holdren in the standings for the AVP Tour, which comes to town Thursday through Sunday for the Cincinnati Open. He is one of several players who have successfully, and now happily, made the switch from indoor to beach volleyball.
Other former top indoor players include: Kerri Walsh, a four-time All-American at Stanford; Misty May, a two-time national player of the year at Long Beach State; Stein Metzger, half of the top-ranked AVP duo who was a three-time national champion at UCLA; and Mike Lambert, an indoor Olympian in 1996 and 2000. Many of the current AVP players won NCAA championships.
The reasons for choosing one game over the other can be as varied as the players themselves.
There is talent in both indoor and outdoor. Players said that although it's hard to compare the two sets of athletes because of their different skills, many of the current indoor players would do well on the beach, and vice versa.
"The really, really good indoor players would do really well on the beach, but they never will play on the beach because they're so locked into what they do indoors," Lambert said.
There is opportunity and money to play both indoor and beach volleyball professionally.
Most indoor opportunities are abroad. Lambert played in a pro indoor league for four years in Italy, where he said there is more support for the indoor game than for the beach game. The U.S. national teams also play in world tournaments and tours.
Within the United States, the indoor game is obviously tops at the high school and collegiate levels, but the AVP is the top pro volleyball tour in the country.
And with the popularity of beach volleyball at the Olympics and a more secure AVP under current commissioner Leonard Armato, the beach game is gaining ground in the United States, players said.
"The indoor game is more set in stone. There's more funding, more sponsors, more tours," Nygaard said. "But the beach game is catching on like wildfire. There are a lot of good, talented, quality beach players."
Said Lambert: "(The beach game) is alive and thriving in the U.S. It's becoming how it was in its heyday."
For Lambert, a native of Hawaii, the choice to move to beach was easier than Nygaard's move.
"It was like a coming-home party," Lambert said. "It was a transition I always thought I was going to make, and when I did, it was like, 'OK, I'm home.' "
UC graduate Denise Johns, a player on the Tour, picked the beach game for its lifestyle: getting to be outside all day.
"I love the outdoors and being by the beach," said Johns, who grew up in Copley, Ohio. "There also are too many people on the court indoor. I was always worrying about if the girl next to me was going to get the ball. I like it being more individual."
Many of the older players find the sand easier on the body. Nygaard said he knew indoor players to spend hours in the training room and take Advil just to get through their days.
"Everything about your body in indoor hurts," he said.
"Sand is a much more forgiving surface. It's easier on the ankles, knees and back on landings," 44-year-old Karch Kiraly said.
But that doesn't mean it's easy. The hardest part about making the switch to beach is dealing with "the elements" - the sand, sun and wind that can take a lot out of a player.
"When you come out to the beach, it's a whole new set of skills," Lambert said. "You find yourself losing to guys and you think, 'God, I should never lose to that guy.' "
Nygaard said he walked away from his first time playing on the beach completely frustrated. Four years, seven tournament wins and an Olympics on the sand later, that feeling is a memory.
"I've come around to see the light," he said.

A taste of the beach
AVP brings California cool
By Josh Katzowitz
Cincinnati Post
Sean Scott, the Rookie of the Year in 1999, says sex appeal is a key attraction.
When Holly McPeak talks about the current version of the Association of Volleyball Professionals Tour, she speaks about momentum.
She talks about packed stadiums, the beach-like atmosphere and good times. She talks about network TV exposure. She talks about the West Coast culture that midwesterners get to experience.
And, if all of that fails to arouse your appetite, she can discuss Misty May and Kerrie Walsh, the 2004 Olympic gold medallists and the best doubles duo in the world who will be in town this weekend.
It's momentum, she says, and it's coming this weekend to the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.
This not where McPeak and the rest of the AVP were seven years ago when the tour was losing money - eventually filing for bankruptcy - interest was waning, and the sport seemed unsure where it could go.
"I've been through all the ups and downs and all the turmoil," McPeak said. "Now, we're all unified. We're all working for the same results. The AVP has been a huge success."
McPeak is ready to prove it, beginning Thursday and running through Sunday when the tour returns to the area for the first time in seven years with the AVP Cincinnati Open.
On her cell phone Tuesday, she sold her sport convincingly. It's apparent that she believes in the product and the excitement the AVP brings to its fans.
"Our stadiums are packed, people are knowledgeable, and people know when we're coming to town," said McPeak, who combined with Elaine Youngs to win the bronze medal at last year's Olympics and who is the winningest female player in AVP history. "We put on a great show, and it's the best beach volleyball in the world."
In 1998, she couldn't say that with such enthusiasm.
Back then, the players ran the tour, and they struggled with their business model. They tried to increase their prize money, but let relationships with sponsors and TV deals falter. Soon, the AVP was hardly a viable product.
It was off TV and hurtling toward obscurity.
"The tour today has a lot more excitement, a lot more positive energy, and it's just going in a better direction than it was then," said Sean Scott, the 1999 AVP rookie of the year. "The prize money is going up every year. The energy, the outlook is a lot more positive."
That's due, in part, to Leonard Armato, the league's commissioner who bought the AVP in 2001. One of his first goals was to unify the separate men's and women's tours. Get them under one umbrella, he figured, and the problems would begin to solve themselves.
No longer would the men and women have to fight for sponsors. Instead, if sponsors wanted to be associated with beach volleyball, they'd have to come to the unified AVP.
"The men's tour was struggling at the time and on the brink of insolvency," said Armato, who also has managed to get the AVP back onto NBC television. "The women's tour was in the same position. The fewer the competing tours that were out there, the better. In the tennis world, the best events are the ones where women and men play at the same venue. Some people come for the women and some for the men. Some come for both."
That's something else the AVP wants to sell. The tour features attractive men without their shirts and attractive women in bikinis, and the players want you to know about it. They're great athletes, but Scott is quick to admit that the aesthetic value is pretty high as well.
"You get to see the best of both worlds," Scott said. "A husband and wife can go out, and he can look at the girls and she can look at the guys."
And if you're interested in neither, the players try their best to bring a sense of cool California culture. Not that it's an act, McPeak said. Considering most of the top players are from the Golden State, this isn't just California culture. This is the AVP's culture.
"It's what we do," said McPeak, a Manhattan Beach, Calif., native. "It's how we live. We spend our free time on the beach. People in Texas or Cincinnati can't do that. We're bringing our lifestyle to Cincinnati or Chicago, and people love it. You can't get that anywhere else."

Frank's To Heat Up Beach Volleyball Tourneys
June 29, 2005
By Sonia Reyes
NEW YORK -- Frank's RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce will leverage its popularity among volleyball athletes with an exclusive, season-long sponsorship of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour this summer, signing three of the top players as brand endorsers.
The brand also will host the Battle to the Bone wing-eating events at the games, which includes the Belmar Open (July 8-10), the Boulder Open (July 21-24) and the Chicago Open (Sept. 1-4). Wing-eaters will nosh alongside AVP players, who favor the brand's low-cal, low-fat content. All tournaments are televised on either Fox Sports Net or NBC Sports. Wing-eating winners receive product, a RedHot apron and t-shirt, and the kick of having chowed on wings alongside some of the top athletes in volleyball.
  RedHot will sponsor Jennifer Kessy, Sean Scott and Rachel Wacholder, three of the series' top players featured in the games, which will also include RedHot sampling, games, giveaways, and AVP player meet-and-greets and autograph sessions.
"Bringing these hot-wing eating competitions to the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour makes perfect sense and offers the wing-eating contests a whole new level of competitors," said Arti Shah, senior brand manager for RedHot. "Frank's RedHot is synonymous with fun, and happy, active lifestyles, which is why we chose to align ourselves with the exciting sport of beach volleyball.”

AVP Watch & Win: Watch Pro Beach Volleyball LIVE on NBC for a Chance to Win One of Five 42” Plasma T
Courtesy Of AVP
The 2005 AVP Championship Series is LIVE on NBC and Viewers will have multiple chances to win one of five 42” Enhanced Definition Plasma Televisions. Log on to http://AVP.com for contest details.
The Watch & Win contest starts Saturday July 2nd when NBC will televise LIVE coverage of the AVP Cincinnati Open presented by Liftoff at 4:30pm EST. To enter simply watch the LIVE coverage and then log on to AVP.com to answer a few questions on the match that just aired. Questions will be posted on AVP.com at 10am EST on Saturday July 2nd.
The winner will be determined by the most questions answered correctly. In case of a tie, a random drawing will determine the winner. Log on to AVP.com for full contest details and official rules.
LIVE coverage will continue from Cincinnati on Sunday July 3rd at 4:30pm EST on NBC and give viewers a second chance to win one of five 42” Plasma TVs. The AVP will be LIVE on NBC throughout the summer giving you multiple chances to win one of five 42” plasma TVs. After Cincinnati, the AVP Championship Series continues:
• Hermosa Beach Open - July 23 and 24 at 4:30pm EST.
• Huntington Beach Open - August 13 and 14 at 4:30pm EST.
• Manhattan Beach Open - August 20 and 21 at 4:30pm EST.
• Chicago Open - September 4th at 2pm EST.
LIVE coverage of the AVP Championship Series will feature more than 150 of the top professional beach volleyball athletes competing for $1,375,000 in prize money. The Women’s side is highlighted by 2004 Olympic gold medal winners Misty May and Kerri Walsh, and 2004 Olympic bronze medal winners Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs. The men’s side features three-time Olympic gold medal winner Karch Kiraly, AVP MVP Mike Lambert and 2000 Olympic gold medalists Eric Fonoimoana and Dain Blanton.
Golden Girls May and Walsh enter AVP Championship Series undefeated in 2005. The duo has not lost a match since the 2004 Chicago Open. May and Walsh have won all of their matches in 2005 and having most recently captured the Beach Volleyball World Championship on June 25, 2005. Their current win streak sits at 46 matches. May & Walsh hold the record of 89 consecutive wins set during the 2003 and 2004 season.
Log on to http://avp.com for schedule information and contest details.

Area coaches in today’s AVP qualifier
Middletown Journal
MASON — Jeni Case and Amanda Schuler hoped to compete in the main draw of this weekend’s Nissan Series Cincinnati Open.
At the very least, the local pair would have taken home $2,000 and had the experience of playing against the top women on the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour.
But that dream fizzled when the wild card tournament scheduled for June 11-12 at Sports Express was canceled due to lack of interest. The winner would have been granted a direct entry into the main draw.
Now, Case and Schuler have to earn their way into the 24-team field by playing in the single-elimination qualifier tournament, which kicks off at 8 a.m. today at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. The top six teams will be accepted into the main draw.
“I’m just excited to get to play (today),” said Schuler, who coaches Kings High’s girls volleyball team. “I know realistically that we’re probably not going to be making it to Friday, but I just think it’s neat to get to play over there.”
The qualifier field was released Tuesday, and Case and Schuler are seeded 28th out of 34 women’s teams. They play fifth-seeded Jennifer Holdren and Priscilla Lima in their first-round match.
“It’s neat because we’ve never done a qualifier,” said Case, the girls volleyball coach at Lakota East. “I didn’t think we’d get in this one because I know that they’re limited because of the courts (eight). So it’s exciting. I was really disappointed that the wild card didn’t go because that would have been probably a better chance.”
Sixteen teams were needed for the wild card tournament, but the required number fell shy by six. It temporarily dashed the hopes Case and Schuler — expected to be the top seed in the wild card event as the region’s leader in AVPNext points — had of playing in the Cincinnati Open.
“It was the hardest we’ve ever practiced,” Schuler said, “and to have that happen, it was kind of crushing.”
The duo, though, still find themselves with an opportunity to get into the main draw, but will have to win three matches today in order to do that.
“I just want to go out there and play well and see what happens,” Case said. “I’m excited to play over there. I’m not trying to be (negative), but I know that it’s a qualifier and it’s single elimination. If you have one bad game, you’re done.”
Case and Schuler have beaten a team ranked ahead of them — Sharon Edwards and Dana Fiume — but they also are realistic that the chances of advancing to Friday are slim.
“We’re not expected to win a game, (but) I expect to win a game,” Schuler said. “There’s definitely teams in the tournament that we can beat.
“I’m not going to be disappointed if we lose and don’t get to play Friday. I’m fully prepared that probably’s going to happen.”
Schuler said her Junior Olympic and Kings players plan to attend the four-day event, which culminates Sunday at 4:30 p.m. with the men’s final.
“It’s a neat opportunity for Cincinnati to have this here,” said Schuler, who also has tickets. “Hopefully, it will help the younger girls get interested (in sand volleyball). We need a new generation of women to play. It will be an exciting weekend.
“Right now, the women have the bigger names because the guys are taking turns winning tournaments,” she added. “Having the women here is so exciting.”
In the men’s qualification tournament, there are 42 teams vying for eight spots into the 32-team main draw field.
Among that group playing in today’s qualifier are three teams from the Greater Cincinnati area, including Case’s husband, John Paul, who is teamed with Mark Donaldson of Cleveland.
“As it turned out, there were nine local teams trying to get in. We were lucky enough to get in,” said John Paul Case, a Maineville resident. “It will be neat to play against the next level of competition.”
Case and Donaldson are seeded No. 39, and will face 26th-seeded Jerry Stevens and Dustin Townsend in the opening round. They would need to win three matches in order to get into Friday’s main draw.
“We know nothing about them. It will be a learning experience for sure,” Case said. “We’re going into it expecting to win our first-round game and then we’ll see what happens after that. We feel like we got something to gain.”
Ronnie Mahlerwein (Mt. Healthy) and Ross McLain (Lebanon) are seeded 37th, while Jason Koller (Morrow resident and Mason graduate) and Ben Parker (Centerville) are 38th.

Burying 'em in the sand
Nobody is 'even close' to the star tandem
By Colleen Kane
Cincinnati Enquirer
Misty May (left) and Kerri Walsh won their second consecutive world title last week in Berlin. The duo has been unstoppable this year.
MISTY MAY
Age: 27
Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif.
Resides: Long Beach, Calif.
College: Long Beach State
Height: 5 feet 10
Career wins: 42
Career earnings: $688,058
Noteworthy: Began pro career in 1999; teamed with Holly McPeak before Kerri Walsh, placing fifth at the 2000 Olympics; was named the AVP's Best Offensive Player last year; is married to Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor.
KERRI WALSH
Age: 26
Hometown: Santa Clara, Calif.
Resides: Redondo Beach, Calif.
College: Stanford
Height: 6 feet 3
Career wins: 39
Career earnings: $622,858
Noteworthy: Began pro beach career in 2001; won an Olympic gold medal in Athens four seasons after she transitioned from indoor to beach volleyball; was named the AVP MVP for the past two seasons; is engaged to volleyball player Casey Jennings.
DYNAMIC DUO
TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS
May and Walsh made their debut as team on the AVP Tour on April 4, 2003, in Fort Lauderdale, and it wasn't until June 6, 2004, that they lost a match. Their winning streak on the AVP Tour reached 64 consecutive matches and 12 consecutive tournaments before losing. Combining their play on the AVP Tour and international FIVB Tour, May and Walsh won 89 straight matches from July 15, 2003, through June 6, 2004. They also won 15 straight tournament titles.
This season, the duo has won all 28 of its matches on the AVP Tour and has claimed all five titles.
They are the winningest tandem in women's beach volleyball history with 37 titles together on both domestic and international circuits.
Winning the Santa Barbara Open last month pushed their team winnings over $1 million, becoming just the second women's team to accomplish the feat.
They won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and their second consecutive world title in Berlin last week.
They've been called one of the most dominant duos in sports, and with good reason. For the past few years, Misty May and Kerri Walsh haven't just won, they've buried opponents in the sand they play on.
May and Walsh headline the women's field at the AVP Tour's Cincinnati Open, which begins with today's qualifying round at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. They enter the tournament having won nine consecutive tournaments following their gold-medal win at the Athens Olympics in August.
They have strung together 46 consecutive match wins, more than halfway to their record of 89 consecutive wins, which ended in 2004 only after May strained muscles in her abdomen.
"Nobody in this country is even close them," said the duo's trainer, Mike Rangel. "They've got to play their 'B' game to lose internationally, that's how good they are."
On an AVP Tour, where the men's title is wide open every tournament, May and Walsh have been so strong the question has gone from "Will opponents beat them?" to "Will opponents take a game off them?" In 35 matches this year, they've lost two games. They defended their FIVB World Championships title in Berlin last weekend without losing a game.
"Kerri and Misty have been utterly dominant, and they deserve to be," three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly said. "Nobody has been able to do that on the men's side."
Their dominance begs two questions: What makes them so good? And who, if anyone, is going to stop them?
'Rock stars'
AVP marketing director Bruce Binkow said they saw it coming.
In the midst of May and Walsh's record-breaking winning streak from 2003-04, they began to realize what this duo could mean for the popularity of beach volleyball.
"We had been working with NBC really closely to feature them well in advance of the Athens Games, so when they got there, America knew who they were," Binkow said. "They were a golden duo. The ratings went up every time they were on. People might have thought it was just our dumb luck with their sudden rise to fame, but really it was a slow build on our part."
Beach volleyball went from 2 a.m. TV times to one of the highlights of NBC's Olympic coverage. And at the center were May and Walsh, who in the buildup and aftermath have been featured in everything from magazine spreads to a Visa commercial.
"They're great ambassadors of the sport," Rangel said. "They're like rock stars. It's unbelievable when they play on Center Court. I've never seen anything like it, not even with Karch. Nobody's been as popular with the young girls like they are."
Beach volleyball player Casey Jennings, Walsh's fiancée, said people were "pretty relentless" about coming up to him and Walsh following the Olympics but that the fan rush has died down a bit.
"We've grown together," Jennings said. "I'm happy just being able to be a part of it and give her my advice, and I've learned from how she deals with the professional side of it."
May and Walsh said the biggest change since the Olympics has been managing their time. Both are trying to balance volleyball, the corporate world and fan appearances with their relationships (May is married to Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor).
"(Life has changed) hugely, as far as our time is at a premium and the corporate world has taken notice," Walsh said.
But the goals haven't changed.
"More of the same," Walsh said. "The potential Misty and I have is unlimited. Personally, I think we can get so much better."
That hunger to excel has been with the duo from the start.
Winning in their blood
Walsh called May "one of my favorite players growing up." May is only one year older than Walsh, but it was apparent early in her career that she was going to be good.
"She's been winning since she was born," Walsh said.
They both have.
May grew up playing beach volleyball with her father, Butch May, a member of the 1968 men's national team. She also played the indoor game and won an NCAA championship at Long Beach State, where she was a three-time All-American and the 1998 NCAA Athlete of the Year.
"I think what makes Misty so great is she was raised around the game. Everything about volleyball is like second nature to her, like breathing and walking," Rangel said.
"Everybody knew Misty was going to be a great beach volleyball player by age 12. We would see her do things and be like, 'Are you kidding me? She's in high school?' Nobody could believe she was that good that young."
Walsh also came from a family of athletes. Her father, Tim, was a minor-league baseball player, and her mother, Margie, was a two-time volleyball MVP at Santa Clara. Walsh grew to be 6 feet 3 and won an NCAA championship at Stanford, where she was a four-time All-American and also received national player of the year honors.
She continued her indoor career on the U.S. national team and at the Sydney Olympics. While she was helping the U.S. team to a fourth-place finish, May was on the beach, finishing fifth with Holly McPeak. Afterward, both were looking for a change.
In January 2001, they found each other.
The perfect marriage
It didn't take long for the Walsh/May combination to start frustrating opponents.
Walsh is tall and athletic but also "can do everything smaller people can do," May said.
May is a complete player with "an innate sense of the game" and "remarkable" court vision - "strong and savvy and defensively ferocious," Walsh said.
They won their first tournament just more than five months after they started playing together.
"They're such a great combination: Kerri's athleticism and range, Misty's ball control and expertise in the backcourt," said the pair's coach, Dane Selznick. "They have desire and passion and a great relationship with each other on the court. They know how to stay together when things are going wrong. When they give a few points in a game, you rarely see them call timeout because they'll stop it right at that point."
May and Walsh's personalities also seem to complement each other. Friends say May is laid-back, goofy even. Walsh is more intense and sometimes reserved. They are now in their fifth season together, somewhat of an oddity on the current AVP Tour, where players sometimes switch partners multiple times in a season.
"It's their ability to stay together for so long. It's taken a lot of humility on both their parts," Jennings said. "They're constantly trying to better their skills, individually and together."
That close partnership is just one more thing that can intimidate opponents.
"They have this amazing chemistry," said AVP Tour player and UC graduate Denise Johns. "They never make a mistake. It's like they've been playing 20 years together."
Who's got next?
So the question remains, is the world going to beat Walsh and May any time soon?
Selznick sees one way to overcome a healthy Walsh/May combination: serving well enough to throw the pair off balance. He said the Brazilian duo of Samirames Marins and Tatiana Minello served well in the finals of the San Diego Open, where May and Walsh won 23-21, 21-19, one of their closer matches this year.
The Chinese team of Linjun Ji and Whenhui You also had strong serving, Selznick said, and took May and Walsh to three games in Austin, one of two teams to do that this season.
"They have a lot of confidence together as a team. You have to break that confidence," Selznick said. "If you are in a serving frame of mind, you can try to get a few points off of them. A team has to serve tough enough to really get them in trouble. If you don't serve tough and Kerri and Misty are out there playing their game, they're going to win."

UC product Johns shooting for big time
By Colleen Kane
Cincinnati Enquirer
From the time Denise Johns was a kid playing volleyball on the shores of a neighborhood lake in Copley, Ohio, she had an inkling it was what she wanted to do later in life.
And so, on her summer vacations from being a student and rower at the University of Cincinnati, she would play in beach volleyball tournaments. When she moved to Atlanta following her UC graduation, she continued to play. Then, two and a half years ago, she moved to California and started focusing her efforts on the AVP Tour.
"I always knew in my heart that's what I wanted to do," Johns said. "It was my dream, so it made (the move) that much easier."
Now, she's finding out the highlights and struggles of trying to turn the sport she loves into her career.
Johns and partner Alicia Polzin come to the Lindner Family Tennis Center today as the 16th-seeded team in the AVP Cincinnati Open. Johns is one of the players on the AVP Tour on the edge of playing beach volleyball recreationally and making it a full-time job, a wall not easily crossed.
For the best players, there's decent money to be won.
Less than halfway through the season, the top-ranked men's duo of Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb has won more than $40,000 apiece. Kerri Walsh and Misty May, the top-ranked women's players, already have raked in $81,000 each. There is a total purse of $250,000 at the Cincinnati stop.But the prize money can drop fast for teams finishing worse than third or fourth place. With two career-best fifth-place finishes, Johns is ranked 19th in points in the standings and has made $6,425 this year, great considering her first two years she made $2,675.
Sponsorships also are a source of income, but the athletes usually need to win some of that prize money to get the sponsors.
"For people like me, making their way up the ranks, it can be hard to make a living," Johns said. "There's not a lot of prize money."
Johns is a project manager for a small architecture firm in San Diego. She's able to make a good living and also take off weekends to play AVP tournaments.
She has secured a travel/expense sponsor from a San Diego real estate firm, and a clothing sponsor in Plastic Clothing.
"Right now, I'm stressed out," said Johns, 26. "I have meetings with sponsors, and my boss is getting mad at me for leaving work. But I make it work. I want to take it to the next level."

Volleyball's best hit the beach
Cincinnati Enquirer
WHEN YOU GO
The AVP Cincinnati Open is at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
Thursday - qualifier (8 a.m.-6 p.m.), free to public
Friday - main draw (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 7:30-10 p.m.)
Saturday - main draw (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 7:30-10 p.m.), women's final at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - main draw (noon-6 p.m.), men's final at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets (per session): $15 general admission, $25 box seats, $50 VIP seats. Call (513) 336-0825.
Olympic gold medalist and reigning world champion Misty May will team with Kerri Walsh in attempt to capture their sixth straight AVP championship this weekend.
The Association of Volleyball Professionals pro beach volleyball tour visits the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason this weekend for the inaugural Nissan Series Cincinnati Open.
More than 150 of beach volleyball's best players are expected to compete for $250,000 in prize money. The women's final (Saturday) and men's final (Sunday) will be televised live on NBC at 4:30 p.m.
Among the athletes slated to compete are beach volleyball legend and three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly, 2004 Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May and Olympic bronze medalists Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs.
"We're offering an incredible value, combining authentic athletic competition with a festival-like environment," AVP commissioner Leonard Armato says.
The women are arguably the biggest draw with May and Walsh, who teamed to win a second consecutive world championship last week in Berlin, headlining the field. They have won all five AVP tournaments this season.
The men's field is a totally different story as four different teams have won titles in the season's first five tournaments. The team of Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb leads the way with two wins.
More than 4,000 tons of sand were trucked in from Michigan for the event. Seven courts will be set up in the tennis center's parking lot. The main attraction will be in the grandstand court.

Duo still getting their digs in
By David Leon Moore, USA TODAY
Not a lot has changed in beach volleyball since Olympic gold medals were handed out last summer in Athens.
That is, Kerri Walsh and Misty May were back on the Today show Wednesday, once again bumping and setting with Katie Couric on a makeshift sand court in Rockefeller Plaza.
And, Walsh and May are still winning.
Oh, there is one thing different. May is now May-Treanor, having married Florida Marlins catcher Matt Treanor in November.
Walsh is getting married, too, planning to wed Casey Jennings, also a beach volleyball star, on Dec. 4.
Other than that, it's more of the same old dominance, and they have no plans on ending their reign on the sand until at least 2008, when they hope to defend their Olympic title in Beijing.
They'll probably lose a tournament sometime between now and then. But when? And to whom?
They've won all five AVP pro beach tournaments this season, plus their only appearance on the international FIVB tour, where they won their second consecutive world championship last week in Berlin.
At the Olympics last year, they won seven consecutive matches, 14 consecutive sets.
From July 2003 to June 2004, they won a record 15 consecutive tournaments and 89 consecutive matches.
They'll try to keep their current streak going this weekend in Cincinnati, where the AVP launches its five-event Nissan Championship Series with a men's and women's tournament.
The women's final will be telecast live at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC, and the men's final will air at 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday.
Walsh and May-Treanor aren't big on talking about their streaks.
"No, we don't like to talk about that," Walsh says. "You get superstitious. You don't want to jinx yourself."
The duo's competition has changed since last year, when the top challenges came from Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs and Jenny Johnson Jordan/Annett Davis.
Johnson Jordan and Davis are each taking the season off to start families.
McPeak and Youngs, the Athens bronze medalists, switched partners after last year, Youngs pairing with Rachel Wacholder and McPeak picking up Jennifer Kessy.
"Everybody's gotten better," May-Treanor says. "It's kind of weird seeing new teams on the other side of the net. It gives us a new look, a different style of play."
But no style and no team has been up to the challenge of defeating Walsh, 26, of Redondo Beach, Calif., and May-Treanor, 27, of Long Beach. In their six tournament wins in 2005, they've won 35 consecutive matches.
The team that people last year were calling the best in the history of women's beach volleyball has, if anything, gotten better.
"We're both excited about how we keep improving," Walsh says.
Says May-Treanor: "This year's like a continuation of last year, except with a lot less pressure. We're just focusing on getting better."
That's a scary thought to their competitors, who have yet to find a way to deal with May-Treanor, 5-9, a gifted natural athlete with savvy instincts for the beach game, and Walsh, 6-2½, a mixture of height and athleticism unmatched in the sport.
At this point, it would seem their only obstacle would be boredom.
"Oh, not at all," Walsh says.
"Life is good, and the AVP is just blowing up. The sport is growing, and we're having a really, really good time.
"Maybe just after the Olympics last year there was a little letdown. But this year, we're on a new track. The Olympics are gone. We have new goals. We want to win this championship series that starts this week.
"These are new baby steps on the way to Beijing, hopefully."

Locals get taste of AVP action
Middletown Journal
Jeni Case and Amanda Schuler always wandered what it would be like to play against veterans on the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour.
Now they know.
The pair of local girls volleyball coaches — seeded 28th in the Nissan Series Cincinnati Open women’s qualifier — fell 21-11, 21-12 to fifth-seeded Jennifer Holdren and Priscilla Lima Thursday morning at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
The top eight men’s teams and top six women’s teams qualify into the main draw, which kicks off today and runs through Sunday.
Holdren and Lima, who have a combined six years of AVP experience, easily dispatched of Case and Schuler, who were playing in their first-ever qualifier, in only 39 minutes.
“I would have liked for us obviously to have done better, but those girls are that much better than us,” said Schuler, who is Kings High’s girls volleyball coach. “They’ve been playing pro for years, and it makes a difference. It’s not your local tournament.”
Holdren and Lima took control right from the get-go, quickly jumping out to a 7-2 lead on consecutive kills by Holdren and never looking back in the first game.
“If we don’t pass the ball to the target, we’re not going to be able to give each other good sets and use our offense,” Schuler said. “We can hit a lot better, but it starts with getting a good pass. Their serves are strong.”
The second game started much the same, but Case’s kill down the middle brought them to within 11-7. Unfortunately, that was as close as they would get, as they were sent home packing in the single-elimination tournament.
“It was what I expected,” said Case, the girls volleyball coach at Lakota East. “But honestly, I thought we did a little bit better than what I thought we were going to. We had some kills on them, and had a few digs.”
Case’s husband, John Paul, advanced to the second round of the men’s qualifier with Lewis Center native Mark Donaldson. The duo, seeded 40th, bowed out against eighth-seeded Eric Adams and Tony Pray 21-12, 21-11.
“We did not serve well, did not pass well, and with a team like that, they’re going to roll over you, which is what happened,” said John Paul Case, a Maineville resident. “I don’t know if we could beat that team or not, but I know we could have played better.”
Case and Donaldson believed their first-round performance was a sign of good things to come. But despite cruising to a 21-12, 21-10 win over 25th-seeded Robert deAurora and Robert Tatro earlier in the day, they failed to carry that momentum to the next round.
“It’s a letdown to play like that,” Case said. “We played well the first match and we thought we had some momentum, but we came out flat the whole second match and never got into a groove. They just took advantage. They’re a good team. They’re an eight seed for a reason.”
Jason Koller (Morrow) and Ben Parker (Centerville) lost their opening match to Wes Moore and Jon Rose 22-20, 21-18.
“We were not aggressive enough,” said Koller, a 1992 graduate of Mason. “Our side-out game was not as aggressive as it should have been. We were just playing tentative.”
Koller and Parker, seeded 41st, were up 20-18 in the first game, but were unable to close it out and couldn’t rebound in the second game against the 24th-seeded squad.
“The wheels fell off there at the end,” said Parker, a 1999 graduate of Centerville. “It was my first qualifier, and I was pretty nervous. I played very reserved, much more reserved than I normally do.”
Ross McLain (Lebanon) and Ronnie Mahlerwein (Cincinnati) won their first match before losing to Pepe Delahoz and Brad Torsone 21-10, 21-14. Chris Luers (Lebanon) and Jerry Dietz (Cincinnati) fell in the second round to Scott Hill and Dan Mintz 21-10, 21-18.
On the women’s side, Sara Redman (Dayton) and Lindsey Kretzmann (Columbus) were defeated in the second round by Jenelle Koester and Ali Wood 21-17, 21-17.
The eight men’s teams that qualified to the main draw were: Ed Ratledge and Aaron Wachtfogel; Gabe Gardner and Adam Johnson; Leonardo Moraes and Mike Morrison; Delahoz and Torsone; Ben Koski and Jeff Minc; John Mayer and Sean Rooney; Ran Kumgisky and Matt Prosser; and Steve Grotowski and Adam Roberts.
The six women’s teams that qualified were: Saralyn Smith and Ann Windes; Holdren and Lima; Michelle More and Suzanne Stonebarger; Angela Lewis and Diane Pascua; Koester and Wood; and Ashley Ivy and Ella Vakhidova.

AVP underdogs don't exit without some fight
Three local teams won first-round matches
By Mike Dyer
Cincinnati Enquirer
Chris Luers knew coming in he was an underdog.
That seemed fine with the 30-year-old Lebanon resident. Luers and Jerry Dietz, of Cincinnati, were one of three local teams that won first-round matches at the AVP Cincinnati Open qualifier Thursday at the Lindner Tennis Family Center in Mason.
Luers and Dietz, seeded No. 39, defeated No. 26 Jerry Stevens and Dustin Townsend, of California, 21-13, 21-19 in the first round.
Then they were the last local team eliminated Thursday as they lost in the second round to No. 7 Scott Hill and Dan Mintz of Los Angeles, 21-10, 21-18.
Luers and Dietz placed third in the AVP wild-card event held at Setters in Anderson earlier this month. It was Luers' first qualifier.
"There are 12 to 15 teams that are in a different class than the rest of the people," said Luers, who owns a construction business.
"The higher-seeded teams just step up. They don't make many mistakes."
Bonnie Mahlerwein and Ross McLain, seeded No. 36, knew all about that.
The pair won its first match and then lost in the second round to No. 4 Pepe Delahoz and Brad Torsone.
McLain said he was disappointed, but that 6-foot-6 Torsone changed the dynamic of the match.
"To be honest, we're not used to playing someone 6-6 or 6-7," McLain said. "No one around here is that big. I didn't feel I played my best game. They kept picking on me and we got off balance a bit in the beginning. They're a great team."
In the 9 a.m. match, Mahlerwein and McLain defeated No. 29 Kyle Louks (Columbus) and Ben Wendt (Galloway). These teams had faced each other several times for indoor competition and knew what to expect.
Mahlerwein and McLain plan to compete in Chicago (Sept. 1-4) and in Fort Lauderdale next spring.
McLain said he learned more about the lifestyle of talented players who traveled to Cincinnati this weekend. For several players in California and Florida, volleyball is their main job. It's not a weekend adventure - like most in Cincinnati playing two or three times a week - trying to qualify at an out-of-town tournament.
John Paul Case and Mark Donaldson, seeded No. 40, defeated No. 25 Robert deAurora and Robert Tatro of St. Simons Island, Ga., 21-12, 21-10 before losing to No. 8 Eric Adams and Tony Pray, 21-12, 21-11.
"We played really well," Case said. "That was our goal, to win one match."
Case, the general manager at Sports Express, began the day at 8 a.m., before playing the second match three hours later.
"If we had played like we did the first match, we would've had a chance," Case said.
Jason Koller (Morrow) and Ben Parker (Centerville), seeded No. 41, lost in the first round to No. 24 West Moore and Jon Rose 22-20, 21-18.
Locals Jeni Case and Amanda Schuler lost to Jennifer Holdren and Priscilla Lima 21-11, 21-12.
"It was fun," Jeni Case said. "I thought I was going to be a little more nervous before (the match) but I really wasn't."
Holdren and Lima, the No. 5 seed, won two more matches and advanced to today's main draw.
"Even on our best day, we wouldn't have beaten them," said Jeni Case, the Lakota East girls' volleyball coach.
Schuler, the Kings coach, had a contingent of her high school players cheering her on and Case, the No. 28-seeded team.
"It was a great experience," Jeni Case said. "Why not play one of the better teams?"
Another local pair, No. 30 Kelly Gade and Erin Pennekamp of Cincinnati, lost to No. 3 Angela Lewis and Diane Pascua, 21-2, 21-5 in the first round.
Lewis and Pascua advanced to today's main draw also.

New teams gel fast in qualifier
But local teams fail to advance
By Colleen Kane
Cincinnati Enquirer
THE AVP CINCINNATI OPEN
At the Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason
Today - main draw begins (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 7:30-10 p.m.)
Saturday - main draw (9 a.m-5:30 p.m., 7:30 -10 p.m.), women's final at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - main draw (noon-6 p.m.), men's final at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets: (513) 336-0825
  Ed Ratledge hasn't had to play in an AVP qualifier in three years. He has always made it straight into the main draw. On Thursday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, he found a return to the qualifier could turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
Ratledge was forced into playing for a spot in this weekend's Cincinnati Open presented by Liftoff because he is playing with a new partner, Aaron Wachtfogel, a rookie who hasn't yet accumulated enough points to get the duo into the main draw.
After joining forces just a week ago in a "big partner shuffle," the pair used Thursday's qualifier to adjust to playing with each other, and it worked out fine.
Ratledge and Wachtfogel, both of California, enter today's main draw as the top qualifier out of eight men's teams that advanced from Thursday's wet qualifying round. Six women's teams also advanced Thursday, but none of the local qualifying teams made it. Out of 28 players who advanced, all but five were from California.
"It worked out for the best. We had to train a little bit today," Ratledge said. "We had to get a little better together. If we didn't have today, I don't think we'd do as well tomorrow."
Ratledge and Wachtfogel defeated Bryan Gibson and Keith Jones 22-20, 21-16 in their first match of the day and followed it with a 21-16, 21-18 defeat of Jeff Carlucci and Steve Delaney. They enter the tournament as the 25th seed and will play eighth-seeded Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt today.
Ratledge, a former national champion at UCLA, is in his fifth season playing on the AVP Tour. This was Wachtfogel's second qualifier this year after earning wild-card spots in four other tournaments. He said usually the qualifiers draw more teams than the 44 entered in the men's bracket here, where space was limited because of only eight playing courts.
Ratledge and Wachtfogel were both pleased with their start together.
"Undefeated as a team, 2-0," Wachtfogel said.
"2-0, that's better than any other team out there right now," Ratledge said, smiling.
That wasn't the only team using the qualifier to work out partner kinks. Jennifer Holdren and Priscilla Lima paired for the first time in competition Thursday.. They lost one match on Thursday but won three others, including defeating locals Jeni Case and Amanda Schuler, to advance to today's main draw. Saralyn Smith and Ann Windes were the top women's qualifiers.
"For the lack of practice we've had, we're playing really well together," Holdren said. "We're both usually in the role of taking more balls, so we've bumped into each other a lot. We bang heads because we're going for the ball, so it's working out those fine little things. I'm excited. I think we have a lot of potential."
Holdren, from California, and Lima, from Louisiana, also started working together just a couple weeks ago. Holdren, who is married to AVP player Dax Holdren, is making a comeback after taking time off to raise their now 8- and 4-year-old sons. She is back playing for the first time since 2002. Her best finish this year is ninth in Austin at the beginning of May.
"I hadn't played much in two years at all. I was just busy with the kids. It's kind of like riding a bike," Holdren said. "... Our goal was to qualify, and we did, so now it's gravy. I think we've gotten better from this morning."

Weather all over place with rain, humidity
AVP Notebook
By Mike Dyer and Colleen Kane
Cincinnati Enquirer
After a hot and humid morning at the AVP Cincinnati Open, thunderstorms washed down on the Lindner Family Tennis Center just before 2 p.m., causing a few delays, though many of the matches were played through the rain, thunder and lightning, posing an added challenge for the players.
"It deflated us at the beginning of the first game," said Lebanon resident Chris Luers, who was eliminated in the tournament's second round Thursday. "The AVP has such a strict schedule, we have to play through stuff. But when it rains like that, I wear contacts, so I either have to wear foggy sunglasses or get raindrops in my eyes."
The skies cleared about an hour later, cooling the courts a bit. Players said they hope the rain takes away some of the humidity.
"I've been telling everyone, 'It's so hot and so humid!' " said qualifier Jen Holdren, of Goleta, Calif. "I think a lot of people are going to have problems because of the weather. You can't prepare for it unless you're here. California is 75 and no humidity, so it's a big change. It just feels like your brain is being squished."
FUN ON A RAINY DAY: The rain sent spectators looking for tents, but they didn't scare away everybody.
Riki Drout and Maria Zint stood with notebooks in hand to collect autographs while waiting for rain to subside. Riki's mother, Kristi Drout, and Maria's mother, Nancy Zint, brought the girls about 20 minutes before the storms started.
"We don't know (any of the players), we just came to watch," Nancy said.
Maria, 11, has played volleyball for three years and will be a sixth-grader at St. Clare school in College Hill. Kristi, who will turn 11 in August, said she is a gymnast, but both enjoyed watching 2004 gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in the Olympics.
BIG SANDBOX: The Lindner Tennis Family Center will have a storage unit next to center court for 4,500 tons of sand to be used the next three years for the AVP tournament. Mario Cicchinelli, a Cincinnati Open promoter, said it will make the sand more accessible than to ship it from Chillicothe.
THUMBS UP: Despite some rain, the atmosphere surrounding the AVP event received rave reviews from players.
"I can't imagine the main court (this weekend) with everyone making noise and the PA announcer getting fired up," said Hyde Park resident and local player Ross McLain. "There is a lot of energy and excitement. People should stand up and notice this event for the next few years."
STANDOUT ON SAND: Former Xavier standout Sara Redman, along with partner Lindsey Kretzmann, won a first-round match in Thursday's qualifier. Redman, whose maiden name is Bachus, was the Atlantic 10 Conference player of the year in 2000 and 2001. Redman, a Seton grad, is a Dayton resident. Kretzmann is from Columbus.

Inside the AVP Cincinnati Open
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The 56 teams (32 men and 24 women) will begin main-draw competition today.
The first session begins at 9 a.m. The second session begins at 7:30 p.m.
Three courts will be used during the night session. Three men's teams and three women's teams will compete. Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor are expected to compete about 9 p.m.
They're No. 1
In Thursday's men's qualifier, No. 1 seed Ed Ratledge, of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Aaron Wachtfogel, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., won two matches to qualify to the main draw.
Qualifier top seed Saralyn Smith, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Ann Windes, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., won three matches to qualify to the women's main draw.
Quote to note
"You don't get that in California - not rain like that - the big, huge drops."
- Jen Holdren,
of Goleta, Calif.,
on Thursday's weather
Tidbits
There are eight volleyball courts at the Lindner Tennis Center, including one on the Grandstand Court.
The Cincinnati wild-card tournament winner, Danny and Caleb Cook, of Tennessee, will play the top-seeded men's team of Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger today.
If University of Cincinnati graduate Denise Johns and partner Alicia Polzin win their first-round match today, they will face top-seeded May-Treanor and Walsh.

Qualifying a tough road for locals
Coast teams rule the sand
By Josh Katzowitz
Cincinnati Enquirer 
MASON, Ohio - Three local beach volleyball teams entered the second round of Thursday's qualification tournament needing two more victories to advance to this weekend's AVP Cincinnati Open's main men's draw.
None of them won another game. Afterward, Chris Luers - a Lebanon, Ohio, native - explained the reason why.
"We made some nice plays, but it's just a matter of consistency," said Luers, who was the No. 39 seed with Jerry Dietz but lost to seventh-seeded Scott Hill and Dan Mintz in the second round of qualifying. "All of these players are either from the West Coast or the East Coast, mostly from the West Coast, and they play four or five days a week. They're so much more consistent. In the first-round match we played really well, and I thought if we carried that on the rest of the day, we had a chance to win some. But you hit a couple balls out, and you get frustrated. Those guys don't do that."
And if Luers and Dietz let their frustrations seep onto the court, Hill and Mintz made them pay.
But Luers and Dietz, who beat 26th-seeded Jerry Stevens and Dustin Townsend in the first round, were not alone.
Indianapolis native Brian Hawkins and Louisville's Joey McDonald won their first-round match but couldn't handle John Mayer and Sean Rooney in the second, while Cincinnatians Ronnie Mahlerwein and Ross McLain won their opening-round match before falling to fourth-seeded Pepe Delahoz and Brad Torsone.
The three local teams were outplayed by teams with bigger players that own more talent and experience. This is the life of a high-seeded beach volleyball team trying to navigate a nearly impossible journey through a tough qualifying tournament.
"You'll make a good play, and they'll make a better one," said Mahlerwein, who played volleyball at Roger Bacon High School. "On average, these guys that aren't from Cincinnati train a lot and play a lot. We might play once a week - if we're lucky. That's the big difference. They play a lot and we don't."
Which leads back to Luers' point on consistency.
"They just don't make any mistakes," Luers said. "They don't hit balls into the tape, and they don't hit balls out. You have to block them and you have to dig them."
Sometimes, that becomes impossibility, especially if the players across the net are some of the best amateurs in the country.
That was where Hawkins and Mc- Donald found themselves Thursday. After gutting out a tough three-game match in the first round, the two were matched against 11th-seeded Mayer and Rooney, two members of the 2005 Pepperdine NCAA championship squad.
The talent between players like Mayer and Rooney and the guys Hawkins and McDonald face in local area tournaments on the weekends is unrivaled.
"It doesn't compare," McDonald said. "Those guys are awesome. I mean, Sean Rooney will be the go-to guy for the U.S. team in the Olympics in 2008. They're just giants. They haven't played a lot of sand volleyball, but they're so big. That's such an advantage."
The local players that lost are no slouches, though.
Most play in local AVPNext tournaments, a circuit that earns them points and seeds for these qualification events. But with the exception of Mahlerwein, who played in the 2003 Chicago Open qualifier, this was the first AVP event in which the local teams competed.
"It's important to go out and play a couple of them, because it increases your seed so much," said Luers, a 30-year-old who owns a construction company. "We were the 39th seed in this tournament, and that makes it so much harder. If we had played three or four qualifiers, maybe we would have been a 14 seed. That would have been a lot more doable."
Even so, he realizes that the eight men's teams and six women's teams who qualified for the main draw, which runs today through Sunday, can't start cruising quite yet.
As good as the top-seeded qualifiers can play, they're usually no match for some of the best beach volleyball players in the world who await them in the main draw.
"The guys they're playing are professionals," Luers said. "They don't have to play the qualifier for a reason."

Friday Recap from the 2005 Cincinnati Open Presented by Liftoff
July 1, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
July 1st, 2005 (Cincinnati, Ohio)-Packed crowds filled the stands to watch as Olympic gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh advance to the semifinals tomorrow morning after defeating Brazilians Samirames Marins and Tatiana Minello at the AVP Nissan Series Cincinnati Open presented by Liftoff ". On the men's side, beach volleyball legend and three-time gold medalist Karch Kiraly and partner Adam Jewell lost to Paul Baxter and Jason Ring landing them in the contender's bracket for more competition tomorrow.
The number-one seeded team of Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger breezed through the first two rounds of the tournament and will face Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt tomorrow morning. San Diego Open winners Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings will face the newly-formed team of John Hyden and Mike Lambert.
In a familiar match-up, former partners Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs faced each other during the night session with a heated battle ending with a win for Youngs and partner Rachel Wacholder 21-23, 21-17, 15-12. The pair advances to tomorrow's semifinals.
This is the first event of the Nissan Championship Series which is comprised of the five biggest beach volleyball tournaments this season. The new format gives players double points for the first four events and the finale will be worth triple points. A champion on both the men's and women's side will be crowned at the Chicago Open on Labor Day weekend. All finals during the Championship Series will be broadcast LIVE on NBC in a consistent time slot of 4:30-6:00 p.m./ET all summer long. The Series continues at the Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light July 21st through 24th.
Tomorrow's match play begins at 9:00 a.m. with the women's final taking place at 4:30 pm and broadcast live on NBC. The tournament holds its second night session tomorrow evening with men's matches from 7:30-9:00 p.m. The men's final will be held on Sunday at 4:30 pm and carried live on NBC.

Olympic duo unstoppable
By John Boyle
Cox News Service
MASON — For the best women’s team in the world, Friday was just another day at the beach.
Top-seeded Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, gold medalists at the 2004 Olympic Games, rolled through three straight matches to move into today’s semifinals of the Association of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series Cincinnati Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
The duo’s third and final triumph of the day — 21-15, 21-12 over the Brazilian team of Semirames Marins and Tatiana Minello — took just 33 minutes in front of a big crowd on the tennis center’s Grandstand Court. May-Treanor and Walsh, who have teamed to win all five AVP Tour stops this season and 11 straight tourneys overall, also made quick work of Daven Allison-Kimberly Coleman and Ashley Ivy-Ella Vakhidova in the first two rounds.
“We want to win but we want to get better with each match,” May-Treanor said. “This is where we were when we left off last year. It felt good.”
Besides winning the gold in Athens last year, the duo also recorded a remarkable 89-match winning streak. That streak was snapped at the Manhattan Beach Open, and another began in September at the Chicago Open.
With Friday victories, that new streak reached 50.
“With the streak last year, we never paid attention to it,” Walsh said. “At the end (of the season) everyone made a big deal about it. We were like, ‘We don’t want to hear about it. You can talk about it, just not around us.’ We were just trying to do our thing. Usually when we do our thing, good things happen.”
That was certainly the case Friday night. The fourth-seeded Brazilians had no answer for the 6-foot-3 Walsh at the net. She had a 3-inch height advantage over Marins, and May-Treanor fed her perfectly all match long. It was certainly an easier outcome than the last meeting between the two teams. May-Treanor and Walsh pulled out a 23-21, 21-19 victory in the finals of the San Diego Open in June.
The difference this time around?
“Passing,” Walsh said. “We set it up really well. We were aggressive and we didn’t make too many unforced errors. It felt like we were in control of the game. But we know if we see them (Saturday), it’ll be a totally different match.”
The loss dropped Marins and Minello into the loser’s bracket. They can still reach today’s 4:30 championship match with two victories. May-Treanor and Walsh will meet a team from the other half of the loser’s bracket at 1:30 p.m. for the right to advance to the finals.
Also advancing in the winner’s bracket Friday night was the team of Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder, who scored a three-set victory (21-23, 21-17, 15-12) over Holly McPeak and Jennifer Kessy.
On the men’s side, seven of the top eight seeds reached the quarterfinals. The lone surprise was the 12th-seeded team of John Hyden and Mike Lambert, who upset the fifth seeds, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, in the second round.
Play resumes at 9 a.m. today at the tennis center.

Winning partnership
Ring, Baxter click to beat Kiraly, Jewell
By Colleen Kane
Enquirer staff writer
  You can think of the AVP Tour as one big, happy family. Or a tall, tan, dysfunctional family, in which partnership marriages and divorces fly about like sand under a diving Karch Kiraly. Partner switches happen monthly, weekly even, with it not uncommon for players to go through two or three partners in a season.
But Paul Baxter and Jason Ring have decided they're going to make their partnership work, for now, and Friday night at the AVP Cincinnati Open, despite a crowd that was not in their favor, they showed how.
After losing their first game to Kiraly and his new partner, Adam Jewell, at center court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, Baxter and Ring fought back against the duo "and the crowd clapping almost solely for Kiraly plays" to win their second-round match 16-21, 21-19, 15-12. It's a way of winning they're getting used to.
"This year, we've played a ton of three-game matches where we lose the first one but we just need to figure things out," Baxter said.
Said Ring, "We have a saying: 'Grind it out.'
"We consider ourselves a blue-collar team. A Midwest boy and an Oregon farmer."
Baxter, who attended Ball State and played tournaments in Cincinnati and Dayton during his summers in college, and Ring have played on and off together for a few years, but with one problem: They both are defensive right-side players.
Because they are both defensive right-side players, Ring and Baxter switched partners after one tournament this year. When that didn't work, they got back together, making it work now for their third tournament in a row.
"The tradeoff is he plays left side and I try to do more of the blocking," Ring said. "We talked about it and said, 'Let's go out and work hard. We're both good volleyball players. Let's figure out ways to win. If somebody beats us in the first game, let's learn instead of getting frustrated.' "
Their best finish was third in Santa Barbara, but they think they might have the stuff this week. They advance to today's winners' bracket Round of 8 to play Todd Rogers and Sean Scott.
Though Kiraly and Jewell didn't have as much luck in their third tournament together and must try to make their way through the losers' bracket, Kiraly's old partner, Mike Lambert, cruised through two matches to advance in the winners' bracket. Lambert was playing for the first time with his third partner this year, John Hyden.
"I like what I saw for sure. (John's) fun to play with, and a lot of times when you have fun, you win," Lambert said. "A good team is going to win, even if you have two OK players, but they play good team ball. ... They're on the same page when a certain thing happens. Those are always things you kind of miss when you find a new partner. But you play through it."
On the women's side Friday night, Olympic bronze medalists Elaine Youngs and Holly McPeak continued through their partner breakup by hitting volleyballs at each other. The former partners split this season after three years and 16 wins together, and on Friday, they met for the fifth time in six AVP tournaments.
Youngs and partner Rachel Wacholder won a tightly contested match 21-23, 21-17, 15-12 over McPeak and Jennifer Kessy to tip the season score in their favor, 3-2.
They advance to the semifinals along with Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor, who beat Brazilians Samirames Marins and Tatiana Minello 21-15, 21-12. The teams will play one of the semifinalists from the losers' bracket today. The women's final will be played at 4:30 p.m.
"I think we were really steady, not a lot of errors," Youngs said. "We're pretty evenly matched, so it's just who makes plays at crucial times. Holly's a winner. She's going to fight and scrap."
UC graduate Denise Johns also played a former partner Friday, defeating Pat Keller in a consolation-round match before being eliminated the next round. Johns and Keller played together the first two tournaments of the season.
"I beat her today, but we have no animosity toward each other," Johns said. "... It's just a matter of what opportunities come your way. You've got to take them if there are better players."

Olympic duo pleases the crowd
May-Treanor, Walsh advance to semifinals
By Mike Dyer and Colleen Kane
Enquirer staff writers
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh did not disappoint.
In front of an estimated 5,000 at their Friday night match at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, May-Treanor and Walsh defeated the Brazilian duo of Samirames Marins and Tatiana Minello 21-15, 21-12 to advance to today's semifinal match.
May-Treanor and Walsh have won 11 consecutive tournaments. They defeated Marins and Minello at the Santa Barbara Open in May.
Walsh said the difference Friday was passing.
"I think we set it up really well," Walsh said. "We left off where we were last year. We were aggressive and we didn't make too many unforced errors. It felt good. It felt like we were in control of the game."
IMPRESSIONS OF CINCINNATI: Walsh and May-Treanor arrived in town Thursday and both said they liked the atmosphere in Mason.
"I like the thunderstorms," May-Treanor said. "They're really cool."
Said Walsh: "The fans are really knowledgeable. There is a huge fan base, and that's really awesome."
JOHNS ELIMINATED: Despite crowd support from friends and family, University of Cincinnati graduate Denise Johns and partner Alicia Polzin were eliminated Friday, finishing in a tie for 13th.
The 16th-seeded Johns and Polzin lost their opening-round match to 17th-seeded Daven Allison and Kimberly Coleman 21-19, 21-19.
"We just didn't wake up," Johns said. "We played slow."
Johns and Polzin woke up in their second match to defeat Johns' former teammate, Pat Keller, and Wendy Stammer in the consolation bracket, but they lost to ninth-seeded Dianne DeNecochea and Tammy Leibl 21-15, 21-19 in a late-afternoon match to be eliminated.
AVP BASH: Tavern Restaurant Group will host the AVP Player Pub Crawl today beginning at The Polo Grille at 7 p.m. It then goes to deSha's American Tavern at 8:30 p.m. and ends at The Pub at Rookwood Mews around 10 p.m. More than 30 players are expected to participate in the event, which is open to the public.
The Polo Grille is located in the Deerfield Towne Center at 5035 Deerfield Road in Mason. deSha's American Tavern is at Harper's Point, 11320 Montgomery Road. The Pub at Rookwood Mews is located at Rookwood Commons, 2692 Madison St.
SPECIALTY EVENTS: This season is the first time since the AVP was reorganized in 2001 that the season will conclude with two specialty tournaments.
In Las Vegas (Sept. 8-10), the event is an individual format. The best five points finishes from the season are used to determine the qualifiers for each of 12 spots for each gender. Players compete in a series of pool-play matches with various partners, and the two with the best records get to choose any eliminated player (except their regular teammate) for the championship match.
Hawaii (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) will be the host for the team competition, as the top eight men's women's teams compete in pool play before a championship match is played. The best six finishes earned as a team this season will be used.
MILESTONES: Several players are within reach of records, including Eric Fonoimoana, who is closing in on becoming the 12th men's player in beach volleyball to top $1 million in career prize money. Fonoimoana is in the contender's bracket and will play at 10 a.m. today. So far he has earned $970,435.
Sisters Katie and Tracy Lindquist are two tournaments from joining the top 10 in domestic tournaments played. The sisters were defeated by Ashley Ivy and Ella Vakhidova Friday.
They're No. 1
Top seeds cruised Friday. Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger defeated Caleb Cook and Danny Cook (winners of the AVP wild-card event at Setters in Anderson) 21-13, 21-11. Gibb and Metzger then beat No. 16 Scott Lane and Chad Mowrey 28-26, 21-14.
Gibb and Metzger regained the No. 1 seed after dropping to second in San Diego last month.
No surprises for women's top seeds Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh as they defeated No. 17 Daven Allison and Kimberly Coleman 21-19, 21-19. They then defeated No. 24 Ashley Ivy and Ella Vakhidova 21-11, 21-16, and No. 4 Semirames Marins and Tatiana Minello 21-15, 21-12.
Today's schedule
For the men, contender's bracket matches begin at 9 a.m. Winner's bracket play begins at 11 a.m. For the women, contender's bracket matches begin at 10:30 a.m.

AVP wants to emulate the success of NASCAR
By Mike Dyer
Enquirer staff writer
The AVP is starting to look a lot like NASCAR.
There is an automobile on center court of the Lindner Tennis Family Center, although it's no Jeff Gordon Chevrolet.
The Nissan Xterra will be awarded on a lease to the winners of the AVP Nissan Championship Series.
The series comprises the five biggest events of the season - all televised live on NBC - and will be worth double championship points. The championship will be decided during the triple-points event at the Chicago Open on Sept. 4. The first seven events on Fox Sports Net were worth single points for the season.
"All we need is an opportunity to be discovered," AVP commissioner Leonard Armato said.
"Once we are discovered, people are compelled to come back and talk about it and spread the news to their friends. We are certainly delighted at the success of Misty (May-Treanor) and Kerri (Walsh), but we also have some other great athletes on tour."
Armato said competitive rivalries and advertising will help make other players known to fans.
"I think that's one of the things that happened with NASCAR," Armato said. "When companies started to use the drivers more, it started to grow the popularity of the sport, because people started looking up to these athletes and it started to make them stars. Then the fans had a rooting interest in who was out on the racetrack. That's what we are trying to develop here."
Armato, 52, is a former agent whose clients included basketball superstars Shaquille O'Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon and boxer Oscar De La Hoya, said the plan is for the AVP to take a "national platform," which might include more events in the Midwest.
"I wouldn't mind having an event in Charleston (W.Va.) or Louisville or Indianapolis," Armato said, "and spread our tentacles even more, because that's how we build critical mass. And I think we are on the road to doing that."
In addition to Cincinnati, the AVP this season will make a new stop in Boulder, Colo., Aug. 26-28.
This season brings a 33 percent increase in broadcast coverage, with the Nissan Series being on more than 60 hours on FSN and 14 hours on NBC.
While Armato, a New York native, said beach volleyball is an American sport (first played in Santa Monica, Calif., in the 1930s), the AVP is estimated to be in 20 countries and recently signed a TV deal with a Chinese network. Estimates say the sport could be seen in 500 million households around the globe.
In 2001, Armato helped purchase the AVP after the Tour filed for bankruptcy in 1998. Seeing labor strife within other major sports, namely the NHL, Armato said he looked again to NASCAR as a business model for management and athletes.
"You have to do it together as a family as opposed to through two polarized groups," Armato said.
The AVP also allows for athletes to own equity in the company. Along with prize money for winning, stock options are awarded, what Armato called a "novel model" in professional sports.
It is estimated about 95 percent of sponsors renew contracts with the AVP. Players are allowed to wear any apparel from companies but are prohibited from wearing company labels that directly conflict with AVP's major sponsors.
"We really do have a great model that addresses the need of our athletes and of our sponsors," Armato said.

NCAA champions make smooth transition to sand
By Josh Katzowitz
Post staff reporter
  MASON, Ohio - When Sean Rooney and John Mayer lived together at Pepperdine last year, they'd sit in their room and talk about the beach. Talk about how they'd like to partner up and try their hand at sand volleyball.
Already, they were successes in the collegiate indoor scene - proven by the 2005 NCAA championship the Waves brought to the Malibu, Calif., school - but they were interested in seeing how well they'd compete in the two-man beach game.
If their play in the AVP Cincinnati Open on Friday was any indication, they're making the transition from indoors to the beach pretty well.
"I had heard it was real tough, so I think I prepared for a tough transition," said the 6-foot-9 Rooney, the national college player of the year. "It is hard, but it's been fun at the same time. But I can't say that it's been too tough."
A day after winning a spot in the main draw by working their way through the qualification tournament, Rooney and Mayer - the No. 23 seed - beat 10th-seeded Aaron Boss and Brian Lewis, 11-21, 21-15, 15-12, in the first round.
It was the first time they were victorious in a winner's bracket opening-round match.
After the first game, "John settled down siding out a little bit, and I finally started playing some defense," Rooney said. "We started playing a lot better, and he was able to kill the ball. That was huge for us."
When matched against seventh-seeded Dain Blanton and Kevin Wong in the second round, the former Pepperdine players performed nearly as well. Though they fell into the consolation bracket with the 22-20, 21-17 loss, the two have left the college game behind for the beach.
Not that Rooney and Mayer ever will forget earning the NCAA title.
"It was incredible," Rooney said. "I don't think there's anything better in college volleyball than beating UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. But we've come out here, and we're having a blast."
TEXAS DUO IMPROVES - Following a 17th-place finish in last month's AVP San Diego Open, Ashley Ivy and Ella Vakhidova went home to Austin, Texas, and started training again. On Thursday and Friday, the extra work paid off.
After qualifying for the main draw with three matches on Thursday, the 24th-seeded Ivy and Vakhidova upset No. 9 Dianne DeNecochea and Tammy Leibl in the first round and No. 8 Katie Lindquist and Tracy Lindquist in the second round Friday to advance to a stadium-court match with Misty May and Kerri Walsh, the world's top team.
"We get into this day and every match is tough," Ivy said. "Everybody can win at any given time. But we went home after San Diego and trained for three weeks straight, and we're starting to put it together."
Though they fell to May and Walsh, 21-11, 21-16, Ivy remained positive after the match.
"Right now, we're scrounging, because we're still playing in the qualifiers the day before these tournaments," she said. "That was the main focus. To play our game, eliminate errors and get out of the qualifier."
THE RUN CONTINUES - May and Walsh, who haven't lost a match on the AVP Tour this year and have been taken to three games only twice, dominated the competition Friday, beating Daven Allison and Kimberly Coleman, 21-15, 21-13; Ivy and Vakhidova; and fourth-seeded Semirames Marins and Tatiana Minello, 21-15, 21-12.
Currently, the reigning Olympic champions are on a 49-match winning streak.
"I thought we played very well," May said. "We want to get better with each match."

Kiraly going strong
Veteran sport's top ambassador
By Josh Katzowitz
Post staff reporter
MASON, Ohio - When Katie Couric referred to Karch Kiraly as the granddaddy of the AVP Tour this week on "The Today Show," Courtney Leddy inwardly groaned.
When Kiraly was reminded of Couric's statement Friday, Leddy, the AVP's director of public relations, immediately went into damage-control mode.
"Karch, by the way, I didn't write that," Leddy said. "I didn't refer to you as the granddaddy."
Kiraly, with a bemused look on his 44-year-old face, didn't seem to care either way. If he has to be the granddaddy of the tour, he'll be the granddaddy. As long as he's performing well and playing to his expectations - somewhat, at least - he'll be whatever the AVP wants him to be.
He's older now; a backhanded compliment on national TV doesn't bother him.
"I'm definitely the oldest player on the tour, man or woman," said Kiraly, a three-time Olympic gold medalist who also is the most successful player in AVP history. "I don't mind being that all. I relish the challenge. But I'm not out here just to be the oldest player on the tour. I'm trying to be as good as I can be."
Kiraly realizes, of course, that he's not as good as he once was.
Before, the San Clemente, Calif., native was one of the best in the world, leading the United States to Olympic indoor volleyball gold medals in 1984 and 1988 and then partnering with Kent Steffes in 1996 to win the inaugural beach volleyball gold medal.
But Kiraly isn't 24 or 28 years old - or even 36, his age when he was victorious in Atlanta. Now, he's dealing with players that - and he's well aware of this - are better than he.
"It's a lot of hard work," said Kiraly, who's a No. 11 seed with Adam Jewell for this weekend's AVP Cincinnati Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. "I can't be the most physical player anymore."
He's certainly in great condition for a 44-year-old. In fact, the six-time tour MVP and the 147-time title winner is in great condition for a 24-year-old.
That, however, doesn't always translate into winning.
He had mixed results Friday, combining with Jewell to beat 22nd-seeded Eduardo Bacil and Anthony Mihalic, 21-17, 21-16, in the first round before losing to No. 6 Paul Baxter and Jason Ring in the second.
Kiraly hasn't won an AVP event since last September after dislocating his shoulder and undergoing surgery. In part, that led to the breakup of last season's top team, Kiraly and Mike Lambert, who was last year's MVP.
"We played the first three events together this year, and I felt like I was letting him down a little bit," said Kiraly, who earned a ninth-place and two seventh-place finishes with Lambert this season. "I wasn't playing at the level I wanted to be at offensively, and I was giving up too many points when the other team served me the ball. I told him, 'I think I'm going to get better and stronger throughout the season as I come back from shoulder surgery, and if you want to have the patience to stick with me, great. If you don't and you want to look for another partner, that's fine too.' He decided he wanted to go with somebody different."
Kiraly isn't used to letting down his partners. He's been too good for too long for that to happen. But as soon as he felt like he wasn't contributing like he should, he made the decision to let Lambert decide his own fate.
"I didn't feel like I was letting him down last year," said Kiraly, who has a fifth-place and 13th-place finish with Jewell thus far. "But I had some tournaments where I felt like I was a level or two below where I wanted to be. I felt bad for him, because he's the MVP of the tour. He should be doing really well in these events. But I didn't feel so bad when he had a new partner and they had the same results as we had before. In the meantime, I feel like I have picked up the level of my game."
There's the answer to the most obvious question of all. How long does Kiraly plan on staying in the game? The response: if he doesn't feel old, if he doesn't feel like a granddaddy, why should he leave?
"I have a great time," Kiraly said. "I get to go to the beach. That's my office. I keep having to pinch myself to make sure that I really get to play a kid's game at the beach. (Last year) we had a great season, and we were the best team on the beach. If you can be the best team on the bench at 43, why not try to be the best team on the beach at 44?"

Johns balances 2 jobs
UC grad finds it hard to be consistent
By Josh Katzowitz
Post staff reporter
  MASON, Ohio - Denise Johns works 40 hours per week at an architecture firm in San Diego. She plays beach volleyball in her spare time.
Alicia Polzin works 40 hours per work in customer service in San Diego. She also plays beach volleyball in her spare time.
The idea of the duo becoming partners - the idea that both of them are working 9-to-5 jobs so they can create for themselves full-time employment on the AVP Tour - just makes sense.
Once before, Johns, a University of Cincinnati graduate, chose architecture over volleyball. This weekend at the AVP Cincinnati Open, she's playing hooky from her architecture firm so she can have a chance to make money at volleyball.
The two seem to be perfect for each other. If only they could find some consistency.
"Both of us work full time, so it's really hard to get our reps in every single day, like everybody else," said Johns, a Copley, Ohio, native. "It's tough. I go straight to the beach after work. We get daylight hours, and that's all I can put in. On the weekends, I just gobble it up."
But, Polzin said, it's never easy. And never enough.
"It's extremely tough, because we're as committed to our jobs as we are to volleyball," Polzin said. "We want to do a good job for them, but we have to take time out to train.
"We have a disadvantage, because the players that are able to do it full time can lift weights more and train more together."
So far, they've been unpredictable.
They went on a magnificent run in last month's San Diego Open, beating second-seeded Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder in the second round and knocking out No. 3 seed Holly McPeak and Jennifer Kessy in the consolation bracket.
They couldn't carry the momentum to Cincinnati, however, losing two of three matches Friday and ending their tournament run early.
"We're kind of an off-and-on team," Johns said. "We're great one day, and the next day we can't even pass the ball. We're still working on the consistency. I'm still a younger player, and Alicia has been playing for a while, so she's been helping me out."
Make no mistake, the 26-year-old Johns isn't that young for this game. It's just that she's a little less experienced than many of her foes.
That's because she didn't play volleyball at UC. Instead, she was a rower.
"I went to one practice to try to walk on the team," Johns said. "The next day, I wanted to go to the next practice, but I had a huge assignment due. I couldn't play volleyball and do architecture at the same time, I figured. I thought my (architecture) career was more important."
Now, she uses that career to help finance her volleyball addiction.
"It set me back, because all the girls who played indoor, they have the technique down," Johns said. "Every time I get coached, the coach is always harping on me. I love rowing, but I definitely should have played volleyball."

May and Walsh lose in final
USA Today
CINCINNATI (AP) — Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs rallied to defeat Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh 17-21, 22-20, 15-13 Saturday in the finals of the AVP Nissan Series Cincinnati Open, snapping their 50-match winning streak.
  May-Treanor and Walsh had won 10 consecutive tournaments. They started off strong, taking the last four points of the first game to take the early lead.
But Youngs responded with 10 kills in the second game to help her team even the match. May-Treanor and Walsh staved off one match point in the final game before Youngs finished them off with a kill.
Youngs had lost 18 consecutive matches to the duo. May-Treanor and Walsh had an 89-match winning streak last year.
Their last loss was a three-game setback to Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson at the AVP Nissan Series Chicago Open on Sept. 4, 2004

12th-seeded Hyden, Lambert advance to semis
Middletown Journal
MASON — John Hyden and Mike Lambert had immediate success the first time they teamed up last year.
They’re looking to go one better in their second go-round as teammates.
Playing together for the first time this year and just the second time overall, Hyden and Lambert, the 12th seed, rolled into the men’s semifinals with a 21-15, 21-15, upset of top-seeded Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb Saturday night in the AVP Cincinnati Open.
“We’re a new team and we’re excited to be playing with each other,” said Lambert, the 2004 AVP MVP. “We’re hungry. All things being equal, the team that’s got a little more hunger, a little more sense of urgency sometimes will make the push.
“These are all good teams but we’ve just been serving a little better, blocking a little better and siding out with more authority. We’re just trying to raise our level.”
The Hyden-Lambert pairing knocked off the tourney’s fifth- (Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena) and fourth-seeded (Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer) teams to reach Saturday night’s match.
In both games, Hyden and Lambert jumped on Metzger and Gibb early and rolled to the win. They grabbed a 4-1 advantage in the opening game and led 8-3 in game No. 2.
“They played amazing,” Gibb said. “They played the best I’ve ever seen them play. If they keep playing like that, they’re going to be tough to beat.”
Hyden and Lambert placed second in last year’s Chicago Open in their only other event as teammates. Hyden filled in for an injured Karch Kiraly that week. The best Hyden and Lambert had done this season with other partners was fifth. They’re guaranteed to better that today. They’ll face a team from the loser’s bracket in today’s single-elimination semifinals.
In Saturday’s other winner’s bracket match, the second-seeded team of Dax Holdren-Jeff Nygaard defeated No. 6 Paul Baxter and Jason Ring 21-19, 21-14 to advance to today’s semis.
The teams of Baxter-Ring, Metzger-Gibb, Sean Rosenthal-Larry Witt and Dalhausser-Lucena also are still alive in the loser’s bracket.

Top seeds come up short in Mason
Middletown Journal
MASON — The streak is over.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh — the world’s best beach volleyball team — saw their string of 50 consecutive victories snapped Saturday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
As the top seed in the Association of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series Cincinnati Open, May-Treanor and Walsh were defeated by second-seeded Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs, 17-21, 22-20, 15-13, in the finals.
“ I knew we were going to do it today,” said Youngs, who captured her 31st career title. “They’re so hard to beat. We have to play our best game, and we did that today.”
The three-game triumph marked the first title Wacholder and Youngs have won together, and in the process, they denied May-Treanor’s and Walsh’s bid for their 11th straight tournament title and march toward a perfect AVP tour season.
In the season’s first five AVP tournaments, Wacholder and Youngs, who split $28,000 in prize money, were bounced by May-Treanor and Walsh, the gold medalists in the 2004 Olympics.
“We just came up short,” May-Treanor said. “We’ve been playing well, and I thought they played very smart. They made less mistakes than we did. It’s a team effort. They made less errors than we did, and that’s where we lost it. You win some, you lose some.
“Everybody speaks about the streak,” she added. “That’s the last of our worries.”
Walsh’s back-to-back unforced errors late in the third game proved critical, as two kill attempts landed wide, giving Wacholder and Youngs two match points at 14-12.
“I’m pretty upset,” said Walsh, who had a .510 hitting percentage (30-of-49). “This is the nature of sports — you win some, you lose some, like Misty said. Obviously, you hate to lose. We will learn from this; I will learn from this. There’s so many things that go into winning. You have bad days.”
Walsh rebounded with a cross-court kill to make it 14-13, but Youngs sealed the win with a kill down the middle.
“I only remember the last point , “ Youngs said. “That last point, (Wacholder) went up and swung at the ball, and Kerri blocked it, but we recovered and she gave me a great set. We were so calm the whole game, but happy.”
And they have every reason to be happy. It was the first time in eight tries that they’ve beaten May-Treanor and Walsh, and Youngs’ streak of 18 consecutive losses (except for a forfeit) to them came to a halt.
“I got that weight lifted today, and I feel 100 pounds lighter,” Youngs said.
May-Treanor and Walsh escaped with a 21-19, 19-21, 15-12 semifinal win over third-seeded Jennifer Kessy and Holly McPeak, while Wacholder and Youngs received the benefit of a forfeit in their semifinal against Semirames Marins and Tatiana Minello.
But despite the extra rest, Wacholder, who claimed her third career title, and Youngs couldn’t close the door on the first game, which saw May-Treanor and Walsh grab the final four points.
“We were right there. It was a tight game,” said Wacholder, who had 18 digs and 18 kills. “I felt since we were that close, we could do it.”
May-Treanor recorded 20 digs and 11 kills, while Walsh had two blocks. The pair had an 89-match winning streak broken last June at the Manhattan Beach Open.

May and Walsh Winning Streak Ended as Youngs and Wacholder Win First Event of AVP Nissan Championship Series
July 2, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
July 2nd, 2005 (Cincinnati, Ohio)-Packed crowds filled the stands to watch as the 50-match winning streak of Olympic gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh ended today after losing to Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs in the finals of the AVP Nissan Series Cincinnati Open presented by Liftoff" taking place at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. The loss also ended May and Walsh's streak of 10 consecutive tournament victories. Prior to today, Elaine Youngs had lost 18 consecutive times to May and Walsh. Last year, May and Walsh went on an 89-match winning streak, one of the longest winning streak in sports history.
Earlier in the day, May and Walsh barely defeated the third-seeded team of bronze medalist Holly McPeak and Jen Kessy 21-19, 19-21, 15-12. Wacholder and Youngs advanced after Brazilians Semirames Marins and Tatiana Minello forfeited due to injury.
The newly formed pair of John Hyden and Mike Lambert defeated Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger 21-15, 21-15. The second-seeded team of Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard defeated Paul Baxter and Jason Ring to advance to the semifinals tomorrow. Three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly and partner Adam Jewell were defeated by Jason Lee and Reid Priddy after landing in the contender's bracket after last nights loss to Paul Baxter and Jason Ring.
This is the first event of the Nissan Championship Series which is comprised of the five biggest beach volleyball tournaments this season. The new format gives players double points for the first four events and the finale will be worth triple points. A champion on both the men's and women's side will be crowned at the Chicago Open on Labor Day weekend. All finals during the Championship Series will be broadcast LIVE on NBC in a consistent time slot of 4:30-6:00 p.m./ET all summer long. The Series continues at the Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light July 21st through 24th.
Tomorrow's match play begins at 12:30 p.m. with the men's semifinals taking place at 2:15 p.m. with the finals at 4:30 p.m. live on NBC

New queens for a day
No. 2 seeds take out Olympic gold medalists
By Colleen Kane
Enquirer staff writer
With one resounding kill, Elaine Youngs ended the streak.
Actually, she ended the streaks, but only one of them left her lying on the sand, thanking the blue sky above Mason as partner Rachel Wacholder crawled on top of her.
It wasn't that they had halted the Olympic gold medalists' 50-match winning streak that left Youngs walking around the volleyball court, her hands on her head, looking shell-shocked.
It wasn't the end to her foes' 10-tournament winning streak that sent her running around, slapping high-fives with anyone who was standing near the Lindner Family Tennis Center's Grandstand Court.
It was that finally, after 18 straight losses to her nemeses, Youngs had cracked the superstar tandem of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, something few teams have been able to do in the past three years.
After losing to the duo in the last six tournaments, Youngs and Wacholder got their revenge Saturday afternoon at the AVP Cincinnati Open, winning 17-21, 22-20, 15-13 for their first victory together.
"I've been carrying that streak of second places to them. ... I got that weight lifted today, and I can't tell you, I feel 100 times lighter," said Youngs, whose losing streak was interrupted by one win by forfeit when May-Treanor was injured last year. "(Coming into this season), I knew they would not win every tournament. I knew we'd beat them in a couple of the finals, so we plan to continue that. But we've got our work cut out for us, because they're going to be (mad)."
In front of an energized crowd, noisily banging together yellow Thunderstix, May-Treanor and Walsh were taken to three sets in a match for only the fourth time this season. The third was earlier Saturday, when they slid by semifinalists Jennifer Kessy and Holly McPeak 21-19, 19-21, 15-12, a close match that could have been the difference-maker in the championship match.
Youngs and Wacholder won their semifinal match by forfeit when Brazilian Tatiana Minello injured her calf early in the first game.
Youngs and Wacholder saw May-Treanor and Walsh struggle as Kessy and McPeak focused their serving on the 6-foot-3 Walsh. That's the opposite of what many teams usually do, because it allows Walsh, who hits kills better, to get the final hit. But this time, it threw the duo off balance.
"We both had this feeling. Especially after watching Holly and Jen play their game against them, I think we saw a little vulnerability in them," Youngs said. "... We saw Kerri Walsh get served a lot of balls and make a lot errors. ... It doesn't happen a lot. Misty usually gets served every ball, so they don't really know how to correct things."
Walsh made a match-high five errors, unusual for a team that is known for its few mistakes. With the score tied at 12 in the third set, she placed two consecutive hits out of bounds, setting up match point. She had a kill on the next point to bring the score to 14-13, but then Youngs sent the ball slamming down through Walsh's block and just out of the reach of May-Treanor.
"Obviously it was a smart strategy," Walsh said. "I was having some problems today, but I think ultimately it's going to make us better. I can work on my passing, Misty can work on her setting, and they'll be in trouble. We'll be even more complete."
Walsh said she felt "sick inside" following the loss.
"Everybody's going to treat this (like) 'Oh my God!' " May-Treanor said. "Tomorrow's a new day. Everybody thinks about the streak, the streak, the streak. That's the last of our worries."
Their new worry just might be Youngs and Wacholder, a duo that is playing together for the first time this season after Youngs and her Olympic bronze medalist partner, McPeak, split following last season.
Youngs, who played with a very intense, business-like McPeak for several years, said it feels great to play with someone who is smiling, jumping and laughing during a match, as Wacholder does. The match was an outlet for Youngs, who dedicated the win to some friends who died Thursday in a helicopter crash in her hometown of Durango, Colo. She said it helped her to stay "happy" during the match, realizing it was just a game.
"It's hard not to get really frustrated when we play (May-Treanor and Walsh), but I think we didn't," Wacholder said. "Even when we were down, we were like, 'OK, move on.' "
And so they did, moving right past the crowd favorites to split their $28,000 winner's check.
"The fans, people, love (May-Treanor and Walsh). You can hear it," Wacholder said.
Said Youngs: "We've got a few fans now, though."

Injury sidelines Brazilian women
They miss out on chance to make 2nd straight final
By Mike Dyer and Colleen Kane
Enquirer staff writers
Tatiana Minello and Semirames Marins lost their chance at a second consecutive final shortly after they started Saturday afternoon.
The Brazilian duo made it only three points into their semifinal match against Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder before having to forfeit because of injury. Minello strained a calf muscle on a dig on the first point and said she knew she would have to stop playing. Youngs and Wacholder were sent to the finals against Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor.
Minello and Marins, who are in their first season on the AVP Tour, had won a losers' bracket matchup earlier in the day to set up the semifinals. They finished in a tie for third place with Holly McPeak and Jennifer Kessy, one place behind their runner-up finish at the San Diego Open to May-Treanor and Walsh.
Minello, sitting with a bag of ice around her calf as she watched a men's losers' bracket match Saturday afternoon, said she hopes to recover from the injury in about three weeks and be back for the Hermosa Beach Open, which begins July 21.
FINAL FOUR: The top four women's seeds advanced to the final four, marking the third time this season that has happened. At the beginning of the season in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the No. 1 seed defeated the No. 4 seed in the finals, while in Santa Barbara the No. 1 seed defeated No. 3. May-Treanor and Walsh won both events.
NBC COVERAGE: The first pro beach volleyball event broadcast live was in 1991, but a six-year hiatus lasted until 2002. There were two events on the network in 2002, three in 2003 and five in 2004 and this season.
PRIDE OF BUCKEYE STATE: Pro beach volleyball tournaments also have been held in Cleveland, Fairborn and Powell. Cleveland hosted 10 men's AVP events from 1988-99. Karch Kiraly won three times during that stretch. The last winners were Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, who won their second title together in 1999. Cleveland also had two women's tournaments (one WPVA, one AVP) with McPeak winning the first tournament there in 1993. The one event in Fairborn was a WPVA event in 1993. That was won by Karolyn Kirby and Liz Masakayan, who were in the midst of a 56-match winning streak - the longest unbeaten streak until May-Treanor and Walsh snapped it last year. Powell hosted two individual WPVA events.
DIGS: There were 44 men's and 34 women's teams entered in the qualifier, along with 24 men's and 18 women's teams seeded directly into the main draw for a total of 120 teams. ... Ashley Ivy and Ella Vakhidova advanced through the qualifier for the fifth time this season, the most of any team. The only time they did not qualify was in Austin, Texas, where both reside. Their ninth-place finish tied for the best finish by a qualifier this season and for their career.
Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson and Heidi Ilustre have played together in 32 domestic tournaments, which ranks 10th best all time. In eleven tournaments, they have finished in ninth place, which was their career best until this weekend. They set a new team standard by finishing fifth.
Brooke Niles had a career-best finish by placing seventh with Sarah Straton. It's just their second tournament, and they improved on a ninth-place finish in their last outing.

Grains of sand
Saturday's women's final - a 17-21, 22-20, 15-13 win by No. 2 seed Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs over top-seeded Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh - was a rematch of the finals in the first two tournaments of the year, won by May-Treanor and Walsh.
The win is the third for Wacholder, 31st for Young and first for the team.
The loss ends the May-Treanor/Walsh streak of 10 consecutive tournament victories.
Wacholder/Youngs had ended each of the first five of their AVP tournaments together with a loss to May-Treanor/Walsh. They have lost only three matches this season to teams other than May-Treanor/Walsh.
Youngs has won a tournament in eight of the past nine years. She had lost 18 consecutive times to May-Treanor/Walsh (except for a forfeited match).
May-Treanor/Walsh had won their past 10 championship matches that went three sets.
The No. 2 seed has won the past four events televised by NBC.
The last time a top-seeded men's team won a double-elimination tournament was the first event in 2003. Since then, the top seed has failed to claim the title in 22 tournaments.
Eric Fonoimoana and Dax Holdren were the last No. 1 team to win, at the 2003 season opener in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
"I think that a No. 1 seed will prevail by the end of this year," said Casey Jennings, part of the fourth-seeded team. "We have eight tournaments left."

Lambert-Hyden knock off No. 1
No. 12 seeds have history of upsets
By Mike Dyer
Enquirer staff writer
  Mike Lambert and John Hyden were hungry.
It showed as the No. 12-seeded team knocked off top-seeded Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger 21-15, 21-15 Saturday night to advance to today's semifinals.
"I think we just came out really strong and aggressive," Lambert said. "We just tried to serve really tough. We were in a nice rhythm."
With the victory, Lambert and Hyden have defeated three teams that have won tournaments this season. Matt Fuerbringer/Casey Jennings (San Diego) and Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (Austin) are the others. Gibb and Metzger won in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Tempe, Ariz., in April.
No. 2 seed Dax Holdren/Jeff Nygaard defeated No. 6 Jason Ring and Paul Baxter 23-21, 21-14 to advance to the semifinals, which are expected to be played at 2:15 p.m. today.
The losers' bracket matches start at 12:30 p.m. The men's final begins at 4:30 p.m.
"It would be a nice thing to say if we could go all the way to the finals and somehow win and say we've beaten everyone who has won a tournament so far," Lambert said.
Being seeded high can be deceptive as Gibb and Metzger found out.
The last time a men's team won an open (double-elimination) tournament was the first event in 2003 in Fort Lauderdale (Eric Fonoimoana and Holdren). Since then, the top seed has failed to claim the title in the past 22 tournaments.
"You can't breeze through anything, even if you are the No. 1 seed," Lambert said.
Lambert is a former partner of volleyball legend Karch Kiraly and still considers him a role model. Hyden is Lambert's third partner.
Kiraly was eliminated when he and Adam Jewell were defeated by No. 20 seed Jason Lee and Reid Priddy in the losers' bracket 23-21, 26-24.
Kiraly took part as a commentator of NBC's broadcast of the women's final Saturday afternoon.
Kiraly, 44, and Jewell finished in 13th place after being seeded No. 11.
Kiraly's last win came with Lambert on Sept. 11, 2004 in the AVP Shootout in Las Vegas when they defeated Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong.
Despite the loss, Kiraly, considered the "Michael Jordan" of the sport, continues to be competitive.
He finished fifth at the San Diego Open in June. Success has come after being named AVP Comeback Player of the Year in 1997.
A three-time Olympic gold medalist, the 6-foot-2 Kiraly has won more than any other player in the history of the sport.
He won previous Cincinnati AVP tournaments in 1993 and 1994.
He won indoor gold medals in 1984 and 1988 and the inaugural beach gold in 1996 with partner Kent Steffes.
He has partnered with 21 players during his career but had won 75 times in 117 tournaments with Steffes from 1990-96. Kiraly is a six-time AVP MVP (1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1998).
In other matches Saturday night, Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt believe they could be peaking at the right moment despite being in the losers' bracket.
The No. 8 seed upset the fourth-seeded Fuerbringer and Jennings 18-21, 21-17, 15-8 to advance to today.
"We blocked pretty well the final two games, so that gave us an edge overall," Rosenthal said.
The California players - Rosenthal, of Manhattan Beach, and Witt, of Santa Ynez - have been together for three years.
In 2003, in their first win at Belmar, N.J., the pair was seeded eighth. Their second victory came in Fort Lauderdale in 2004 when they were seeded sixth.
In the other losers' bracket match late Saturday, Dalhausser and Nick Lucena defeated Mark Williams and Scott Wong 21-14, 19-21, 16-14.

Newly Formed Team of Hyden and Lambert Win First Event of AVP Nissan Championship Series
July 3, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
July 3rd, 2005 (Cincinnati, Ohio)-Crowds of people packed the stands to watch the newly-formed team of John Hyden and Mike Lambert defeated the second-seeded team of Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard in the finals of the AVP Nissan Series Cincinnati Open presented by Liftoff" taking place at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. This was the first win for 2004 MVP Lambert this season after competing with two other partners earlier in the year.
On their road to the finals, Hyden and Lambert defeated each previous tournament winner from this season.
Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger, who have won two tournaments this season, were eliminated earlier in the day after loosing to Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena who finished third this weekend.
This is the first event of the Nissan Championship Series which is comprised of the five biggest beach volleyball tournaments this season. The new format gives players double points for the first four events and the finale will be worth triple points. A champion on both the men's and women's side will be crowned at the Chicago Open on Labor Day weekend. All finals during the Championship Series will be broadcast LIVE on NBC in a consistent time slot of 4:30-6:00 p.m./ET all summer long. The Series continues at the Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light July 21st through 24th.
The next stop of the AVP Nissan Series takes place July 8th through 10th in Belmar, New Jersey. The tournament finals are broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

Hyden, Lambert win men’s title
Middletown Journal
MASON — One of the Association of Volleyball Professionals newest teams met up with one of its most consistent Sunday in the finals of the Nissan Series Cincinnati Open.
The newcomers came out on top.
Teammates for the first time this season and just the second time overall, 12th-seeded John Hyden and Mike Lambert capped a storybook tournament with a 17-21, 21-12, 15-10 triumph over Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
En route to the championship, Hyden and Lambert took out out the five of the top six seeds.
“We’re on top of the world,” said Lambert, who split $28,000 with his partner. “  I’ve always known Johnny as a really good player. He’s probably the most underrated beach player on tour. But no longer. As everyone now knows, he can ball.”
So can Lambert, the reigning MVP of the AVP. After dropping the first game, Lambert, aka the “The Hawaiian Curtain,” took over in game No. 2 with a dominating blocking effort at net. Four of his 12 blocks came in the opening stages of the second game, as he and Hyden grabbed a quick 6-1 lead en route to an easy 21-12 triumph.
“The kid came out in that second game and took over the match,” Hyden said of his partner. “It was amazing. ... It’s a different feeling playing with Mike than anybody else because you can be down six points and you don’t feel like you’re out of it.”
Holdren and Nygaard, the second-seeded team who have advanced to the Final Four in all six events this season, were right back in it in the third and deciding game.
But Hyden and Lambert used a four-point spurt to break an 8-all deadlock and take control. Another block by Lambert was part of the surge.
“You always want to come in being aggressive,” Holdren said. “We’re a hitting team and not really a finesse team. You can try and change your game and shoot the ball around them, but you’ve got to go down with what got you here. Unfortunately, they were better than us today.”
A pair of Nygaard kills and one from Lambert made it 13-10. Hyden then went cross-court for a winner and Lambert clinched the victory with — what else? — a block.
Hyden finished with 18 kills and 10 digs. Nygaard totaled 22 kills but had 14 errors.
Hyden and Lambert advanced to the title match with a 21-19, 21-11 victory over No. 6 Paul Baxter and Jason Ring. Holdren and Nygaard took out Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena (21-19, 21-14) in the semifinals.
When the ball hit the sand for the match-clinching point, Hyden took a celebration lap around the court, giddy to notch his first victory. The title was the fifth for Lambert, who won four last season, three of which came with the legendary Karch Kiraly.
The newly formed squad will look to keep their mojo going next week at the Belmar Open in New Jersey.

Golden girls' 50-game streak ends
By Josh Katzowitz
Post staff reporter
  MASON, Ohio - Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder were not supposed to win the AVP Cincinnati Open on Saturday. They realize this.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are the sport's sweethearts. They are, as Youngs said, "the favorites, the golden girls, all of that." They're the most-recognizable faces of the AVP Tour, the ones you can build an ad campaign around.
Casual fans tuning into a national TV broadcast Saturday afternoon were not watching to see the quick athleticism of Wacholder or the intensity of Youngs. In the postmatch interview, Wacholder wondered how many of her friends watched the match on TV, and she concluded that probably her parents and her grandparents were the only viewers that were decidedly pro-Rachel.
Most everybody else watched to see May-Treanor and Walsh win their 11th consecutive tournament and their 51st straight match. Most everybody else at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on Saturday was there to see the Olympic gold medalists in action.
Youngs and Wacholder weren't supposed to win Saturday, but when the pressure is off and you're having fun in the sand and Walsh and May-Treanor aren't invincible, strange things can happen. Like winning an AVP tournament for the first time as teammates.
"Everyone expects them to win," Wacholder said. "Even the fans. People love them. You can hear it."
Now, though, the streak has ended. The tournament favorites have been banished. The golden girls have been tarnished, albeit minutely.
Hardly anybody expected Youngs and Wacholder, the No. 2-seeded team, to beat the top-ranked duo of Walsh and May-Treanor, 17-21, 22-20, 15-13, in the Cincinnati Open finals. Hardly anybody except Young and Wacholder.
"I knew we were going to beat them," said Youngs, who, with the exception of a forfeited match, had lost to May-Treanor and Walsh 18 consecutive times. "We both had the feeling."
Both realized it earlier Saturday when they watched May-Treanor and Walsh squeak by Jennifer Kessy and Holly McPeak, 21-19, 19-21, 15-12, in the semifinals.
When Kessy and McPeak targeted Walsh for their serves, the 6-foot-3 Redondo Beach, Calif., native didn't pass the ball well. May-Treanor's setting was suspect as well.
So, Youngs and Wacholder targeted Walsh on many of their serves. They played with confidence and without frustration.
"They put a lot of pressure on you," Youngs said. "They play great defense, and they have a giant blocker in Kerry. That's frustrating. But today, it was the opposite. We frustrated Kerry. We got a couple of blocks on her, and she made a couple errors. In that third game, she had a shot that she never misses, and she missed it by three feet."
On this day at least, the pressure on May-Treanor and Walsh seemed a little too much.
"We put more pressure on ourselves and want to perform to the best that we can every day and every hour we're on the court," May-Treanor said. "But these teams have nothing to lose. They can go for it, and if they make a mistake, they make a mistake. They're going to have to hit a lot harder than they normally do; they're going to have to serve a lot harder than they normally do. That's what they have to do to beat us."
For Youngs, the victory wasn't a surprise. Since splitting with McPeak - together the two won the 2004 Olympic bronze medal - and joining with Wacholder, she knew it was a matter of time before they finished a tournament as the winners.
"When we first started playing together, I knew this day would come," Youngs said. "I knew they would not win every tournament, I knew we'd beat them in a couple of the finals. We plan to continue. But we have to work, because they're going to be (mad).
"Rachel is so easy to play with. She jumps around a lot and smiles. It's a delight. This year, I'm playing that way a lot more. It's different than when I was playing with Holly. It was a different, business-like mind-set to the court. That put a lot of pressure on me."
None of that pressure was evident Saturday. The national spotlight and the applause were on May-Treanor and Walsh. On Saturday, the opponents earned a little for themselves.
"They had to work for everything they got, and for once, we were the ones that made it look a little easier," Youngs said. "The smiles on our faces probably showed it."

Beach music in Mason
Underdogs use 'mojo' to win
By Josh Katzowitz
Post staff reporter
Mike Lambert, left, and John Hyden celebrate after scoring a point during the men's finals at the AVP Cincinnati Open Sunday. Lambert and Hyden defeated Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard.
MASON, Ohio - John Hyden was about two weeks into his vacation, and he was certainly enjoying his time off. He hadn't touched a volleyball in forever, and he was eating lots of doughnuts and drinking lots of beer.
Then Mike Lambert called him at 8 a.m., the week of the prestigious Chicago Open last September. Lambert's partner, Karch Kiraly, had begged out of the tournament with a bad back, and Lambert needed a new partner. Lambert was desperate.
"I was like, 'Mike, are you sure?' " Hyden said. "He's like, 'Yeah, everybody else is signed up. It's you, man.' "
Although Hyden was out of shape - "I got served every single ball, and I was dying and sucking wind," he said. "It was terrible" - the two discovered something special. They had as, Lambert said Sunday, a little bit of mojo together.
They'd finish second in Chicago, and though they hadn't played together since, they proved Sunday that when these two join forces they're tough to beat.
"I've always known him as a good player, and he's probably the most underrated beach player on tour," Lambert said. "No longer. Everyone now knows he can ball."
Count second-seeded Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard among the believers. Despite losing the first game, Lambert and Hyden - the No. 12 seeded team - bounced back convincingly in the final two games and earned a 17-21, 21-12, 15-10 victory in the finals of the AVP Cincinnati Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
Now that Hyden is in shape and eating opponents' kill attempts rather than doughnuts, this team has the potential to be scary.
"They've gotten a first and second (place) together, and I think John is the most underrated player on the tour," Holdren said. "And Mike was last year's MVP. I think they're going to be fine."
They were better than fine in the finals.
Despite dropping the first game when Nygaard briefly took over and helped his team to four straight points to seal the 1-0 advantage, Lambert was even better in the final two frames.
On the day, he forced Nygaard into 14 errors while blocking 12 shots. Neither Nygaard nor Holdren could do anything to stop the player nicknamed the "Hawaiian Curtain."
"The kid came out in the second game and took over the match," said Hyden, who recorded 10 digs en route to his first professional championship. "It was amazing. It's a different feeling with Mike than with anybody else, because you can be down by six points and you don't feel like you're out of it. With Mike, you know you have a chance in every single match, no matter how far you're down."
He could see that over the weekend when Lambert, who had a tournament-high 41 blocks, and Hyden had to face some of the toughest teams on the tour.
They beat fifth-seeded Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena in the second round, No. 4 seed Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings in the third round, top-seeded Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger in the quarterfinals and No. 6 seed Paul Baxter and Jason Ring in the semifinals.
That's a pretty tough road to a championship, and after that ledger, being a game down in the finals against the No. 2 seed doesn't seem so daunting.
"We had a good game plan," Lambert said. "We got some good serves on Jeff by serving him short to take away his big approach. When he has a big approach, he's a really hard hitter to stop. We executed that really well. We were able to get a few blocks on him and get a little run going."
That might be understating it a little. In the second game, Lambert and Hyden won six of the first seven points, and in the third game - punctuated by a Lambert block of Nygaard on the final point - they earned seven of the last nine points to win the title.
"If we could get it by the block, we were pretty good," Holdren said. "But (Lambert) was just dominant out there."
With a pretty good partner to boot.
"We're going to get in better and better shape," Lambert said. "Johnny's going to be jumping higher and higher. There's still so much that you learn as a team through time. We're going to start to nailing it down in the coming weeks and the coming months."

Walsh takes blame
By Josh Katzowitz
Post staff reporter
MASON, Ohio - There was no relief in the faces of Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh after the three-game loss to Rachel Wacholder and Elaine Youngs in the AVP Cincinnati Open women's finals on Saturday that ended their 50-match winning streak.
"You win some, you lose some," May-Treanor said. "There are things we can work on. Everybody will be, 'Oh my God.' Everybody talks about the streak, the streak, the streak. That's the least of our worries."
What worried Walsh was her performance.
Though she helped her team win the first game with four straight impressive plays, Walsh was visibly upset after the match was complete. She blamed herself in an interview afterward.
"Misty couldn't do it all by herself," Walsh said. "I'm pretty upset. But that's the nature of sports. We will learn from this. I will learn from this."
A week after winning the world championships in Berlin, May-Treanor and Walsh played well at the Cincinnati Open. But they struggled against Jennifer Kessy and Holly McPeak in the semifinals, and although they won the first game in the finals, they couldn't put Wacholder and Youngs away for good.
"We just came up short," May-Treanor said. "We've been playing well, but they played very smart. They made less mistakes than we did. I thought that was where we lost."
ARMATO PLEASED - AVP commissioner Leonard Armato on Sunday declared his tour's first stop in Cincinnati since 1998 a success. He hopes it can lead to an even bigger tournament next year.
"It's a first-time event that had no equity, and we're very excited with the response," Armato said. "We think we'll get great word of mouth for the future. This has been beyond our expectations."
Though he didn't have attendance figures for the four-day event, he said Saturday's women's final was nearly sold out. The men's final of Mike Lambert and John Hyden vs. Jeff Nygaard and Dax Holdren wasn't as well-attended with an estimated 40 percent of the grandstand seats filled.
But still Armato was happy.
"If you get the local support, the product will be well-received," said Armato, whose tour will return to the Lindner Family Tennis Center for at least the next two years. "We're excited to come back here and make this one of the premier stops on the tour."
YOUNGS DEDICATES VICTORY - Youngs dedicated their win to three Durango, Colo., residents who were killed when a medical helicopter they were riding in crashed last Thursday.
Jim Saler, the pilot, and William Podmayer and Scott Hyslop - both of whom were medical crew members - died in the crash.
"It's a small town, and everybody knows them," said Youngs, a Durango resident. "They're great people, and they're young. We're really lucky to be healthy and happy and to not be going through certain things."

Lambert-Hyden team has the right stuff
By Colleen Kane
Enquirer staff writer
There were times on Sunday at the AVP Cincinnati Open when the player known as the "Hawaiian Curtain" might as well have been a steel wall.
After Mike Lambert and his newest partner, John Hyden, fell behind a game in the men's championship final at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, Lambert came alive at the net, stuffing Jeff Nygaard's and Dax Holdren's shots back in their faces time and again. It's "like hitting into a curtain," his opponents say, and the result was a mighty swing in momentum that gave Lambert and Hyden a 17-21, 21-12, 15-10 win for their first tournament victory as a team.
"The kid came out in that second game and took over the match. It was amazing," said Hyden, who notched his first tour win. "It's a different feeling than playing with anybody else because you can be down six or seven points and you don't even feel like you're out of it. ... With Mike, you know you have a chance in every single match, no matter if you're up or you're down."
Lambert wasn't the MVP of the AVP last year for nothing. But since his partner last year, Karch Kiraly, had offseason shoulder surgery, Lambert has struggled to find the right combination this season. Lambert parted with Kiraly in early May and then paired with Eric Fonoimoana for two tournaments, with a best of fifth place to show for it. The difference this time is that in Hyden, he may have found the right person to back him up - a player both he and Holdren called "the most underrated player on the Tour."
"No more," Lambert added. "... That's what I try to do out there, is get a lot of blocks. But playing with a guy who can then, when the pressure is on us to side out, come through and put the ball away is what makes all the difference."
In their second tournament together and first this season, the duo put away Nygaard and Holdren, the only team on the Tour to have made the final four in each of the last six tournaments. And Lambert and Hyden did it as the 12th seed, tying them with one other duo as the lowest seed to win a double-elimination tournament since 2001. They had to beat all five teams that have won an AVP tournament this year to win.
Lambert and Hyden started Sunday with a 21-19, 21-11 semifinal win over Paul Baxter and Jason Ring. They then led for much of the first game of the final, until Nygaard and Holdren made a late run to win the game.
That's when Lambert turned it on.
He said they started serving short to Nygaard to take away his "big approach" and some of the strength in his hitting. Lambert blocked four hits in the first seven points of the game, pumping his fists and letting out his trademark, crowd-energizing "Yeeeaaah!" He ended the match with a huge block on Nygaard to finish with 12. Nygaard and Holdren finished with a combined 20 errors.
"We're a hitting team, not really a finesse team," Holdren said. "So you can try and change your game and shoot the ball around him, but if that's not your strength, you've got to go down with what got you here, and unfortunately he was better than us today. ... If we could get it by the block, we were pretty good, but he was dominant out there, and fresh."
Lambert and Hyden have known each other since college and became friends when they played on the U.S. National Indoor "B" Team and roomed together at times while playing for the national indoor team in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.
But they never played beach together until last September, when Kiraly pulled out of the Chicago Open because of an injury. Lambert called Hyden, who was done playing for the year and already had started eating doughnuts and drinking beer in what he thought was his offseason.
"I was like, 'Mike, are you sure?' " Hyden said. "If anybody saw that tournament last year, I was completely out of shape. I got served every single ball, and I was dying. I was sucking wind like I've never before. It was terrible."
Terrible turned into a second-place finish in the Chicago event, a result that coupled with this weekend's win bodes well for the duo. Lambert and Hyden are 12-1 together.
"There's still so much you learn as a team with time - different sets, different situations - so we're going to start to nail that down in the coming months and hope to peak at all the big events in August," Lambert said.
As for the next AVP stop in Belmar, N.J.? They took care of that decision in the postmatch interview.
Lambert: "Wanna play together?"
Hyden: "Sure. Let me check my schedule."



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Qualification Tournaments, July 21st
 · Open qualification tournament
 · single elimination
 · up to 32 teams per gender
 · four teams advance to each main draw

 Main Draws, July 22nd-24th
 · 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
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Prize Money: $175,000 per gender M/W

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Ian Clark will be playing this year's 2005 Bud Lite AVP Hermosa Beach Open with Eduardo Bacil...................


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Ian Clark played last  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

Player Article:

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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-Ian Clark's Results from last year's AVP 2004 Hermosa Beach Open

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

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-Ian Clark's Results from this year's AVP 2005 Hermosa Beach Open

17th  - Ian Clark/Eduardo Bacil            $800

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (10) def. Eduardo Bacil / Ian Clark (23) 21-9, 21-18 (0:45)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 37: Eduardo Bacil / Ian Clark (23) def. Pepe Delahoz / John Moran (26, Q2) 21-19, 21-17 (0:58)

Round 2
Match 45: John Hyden / Mike Lambert (9) def. Eduardo Bacil / Ian Clark (23) 21-19, 21-12 (0:42)

-With a match record of (1) win & (2) losses Ian Clark /Eduardo Bacil  finish 17th at the 2005 AVP Hermosa Beach Open

AVP 2005 Hermosa Beach Open

Presented by Bud Light
July 21-24  2005

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.  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.
WHO:
Top athletes on the men's side include 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Dain Blanton and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Karch Kiraly.

Top women's teams include Misty May & Kerri Walsh, Rachel Wacholder & Elaine Youngs, Holly McPeak & Jen Kessey

EVENT PURSE:
$250,000

TOURNAMENT HISTORY:
2003 - Men's Defending Champions - Scott Ayakatubby and Brian Lewis
2003 - Women's Defending Champions - Misty May and Kerri Walsh
2004 - Men's Defending Champions - Eric Fonoimoanna and  Kevin Wong
In a hard fought match-up before a packed stadium crowd, 2000 Olympic gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong defeated Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly and Olympian Mike Lambert 22-20, 21-19 at the 2004 AVP Nissan Series Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light. This was the first tournament the team had won since the Manhattan Beach Open the year before. Fonoimoana and Wong went through the tournament unscathed as they swept all six of their opponents. Kiraly and Lambert took a much harder path, having to fight their way to the finals through the contender's bracket.

2004 - Women's Defending Champions - Holly McPeak and  Elaine Youngs
Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light might have just as well been called the Hollywood Open, given the drama, the surprises and the last minute twists all wrapped up on a stage that was befitting all the attention. Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs won their fourth straight tournament title facing Kerri Walsh and Misty May. These two rivals had met each other 18 times previously, 13 of which were for a title. May & Walsh had the upper hand, having won each of the 13 meetings prior, including all 10 on the 2004 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Their last win on the AVP, in Austin, Texas at the beginning of May 2004, was the spark that started McPeak & Youngs on their win streak -- one that was 22 matches long and consisted of four championships. 

WHEN:
Thursday, July 21st Qualifying Rounds 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Friday, July 22nd Main Draw Competition 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 23rd Men's Finals 1:30 p.m./PT *BROADCAST LIVE ON NBC*
Sunday, July 24th Women's Finals 1:30 p.m./PT *BROADCAST LIVE ON NBC*

LIVE on NBC TV
4:30pm EST on Sat. July 23 & Sun. July 24

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.

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Come out and play!
Hermosa Beach, California will host the world's top
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Event Schedule:

2005 AVP NISSAN SERIES
HERMOSA BEACH OPEN
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Schedule of Events

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Party With The Pros
-Thursday: Patrick Malloy's at the Hermosa Beach Plaza by the pier - KROQ - Where Its At will be there from 5-7 - 50 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach
-Friday: Join the AVP at Sangria at the Hermosa Beach Plaza by the pier - 68 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach

Featuring LIVE Musical performances by:
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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 2005 Hermosa Beach Title.

Featuring:

Men's Tournament
Dax Holdren & Jeff Nygaard
Mike Lambert & John Hyden
Kevin Wong & Dain Blanton
Karch Kiraly & Adam Jewell
Canyon Ceman & Chad Turner
Stein Metzger & Jake Gibb
Ian Clark & Eduardo Bacil

Women's Tournament
Kerri Walsh & Misty May
Elaine Youngs & Rachel Wacholder
Holly McPeak & Jen Kessey
Barbara Fontana & Dianne DeNecochea

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 $125,000 AVP Hermosa Beach Open
Presented by Bud Light
July 21-23, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points
 
Jake Gibb Stein Metzger 1  
  Dax Holdren Jeff Nygaard 2  
  Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 3  
  Phil Dalhausser Nick Lucena 4  
  Todd Rogers Sean Scott 5  
  Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 6  
  Paul Baxter Jason Ring 7  
  Dain Blanton Kevin Wong 8  
  John Hyden Mike Lambert 9  
  Adam Jewell Karch Kiraly 10  
  Mark Williams Scott Wong 11  
  Brent Doble Matt Olson 12  
  Jason Lee Reid Priddy 13  
  Jose Loiola Fred Souza 14  
  Scott Lane Chad Mowrey 15  
  Canyon Ceman Chad Turner 16  
  Scott Ayakatubby Brian Lewis 17  
  Ed Ratledge Aaron Wachtfogel 18  
  John Mayer Sean Rooney 19  
  Ty Loomis Anthony Medel 20  
  Albert Hannemann Anthony Mihalic 21  
  Ben Koski Jeff Minc 22  
  Eduardo Bacil Ian Clark 23  
  David Fischer Scott Hill 24, Q4  
  Scott Davenport Brad Torsone 25  
  Pepe Delahoz John Moran 26, Q2  
  Brian Corso Jim Nichols 27, Q1  
  Ran Kumgisky Matt Prosser 28, Q5  
  John Anselmo David Smith 29, Q6  
  Mike Bruning Said Souikane 30, Q9  
  Jeff Carlucci Chris Magill 31, Q10  
  Art Barron Mike Szymanski 32, Q14  
33 Justin Phipps Billy Strickland Q15 24.0
33 Lucas Black Matt Heagy Q17 24.0
33 JP Calderon Jon Thompson Q20 24.0
33 Todd Hart Ivan Mercer Q21 24.0
33 John Braunstein Eric Burness Q25 24.0
33 Connor Hastings Andy Northness Q43 24.0
33 Shigetomo Sakugawa Jon Stalls Q58 24.0
33 Nate Michael Will Paulson Q62 24.0
41 Andre Melo Dan Mintz Q8 18.0
41 Randy Cline Brian Duff Q19 18.0
41 Kyle Denitz Morgan Mainz Q26 18.0
41 Chris Harger Pedro Leal Q27 18.0
41 Drew Brand Jesse Webster Q29 18.0
41 Erik Gomez Travis Regner Q30 18.0
41 Todd Bennett Jeff Smith Q32 18.0
41 Jeff Murrell Matt Shubin Q34 18.0
41 Arqum Iqbal Jon Mesko Q37 18.0
41 Mike Desjardins Ken Lentin Q41 18.0
41 Mark Fay Peter Goers Q42 18.0
41 Matt Wilkens Dennis Zhukov Q47 18.0
41 Chad Convis Peter Tourigny Q49 18.0
41 Gabe Burt Jeff Taylor Q53 18.0
41 Michael Bleech Vince Fierro Q54 18.0
41 Dennis Marlow Joe Woo Q77 18.0
57 Gabe Gardner Adam Roberts Q3 12.0
57 Leonardo Moraes Mike Morrison Q7 12.0
57 Ryan Cronin Kevin Dake Q11 12.0
57 Jim Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten Q12 12.0
57 Casey Brewer Chad Wick Q13 12.0
57 Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins Q16 12.0
57 Esteban Escobar Sonny Knight Q18 12.0
57 Craig Donen Tony Pray Q22 12.0
57 Jake Blair Jason Wight Q23 12.0
57 Timothy Cornelissen Dustin Townsend Q24 12.0
57 Scott Kiedaisch Mark Kirunchyk Q28 12.0
57 Paul Lourick Brent Reger Q31 12.0
57 Andy Rivera Lucas Wisniakowski Q33 12.0
57 Shane Davis Corey Glave Q35 12.0
57 Guy Hamilton Eric Roberts Q36 12.0
57 Robert deAurora David Holewinski Q38 12.0
57 Danko Iordanov Brian Meckna Q39 12.0
57 Yariv Lerner Tom Slauterbeck Q40 12.0
57 Josh Goodman Luis Sandoval Q44 12.0
57 Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q45 12.0
57 Lucas Galmarini Jon Gubera Q46 12.0
57 Nguyen Le Jeff Myers Q50 12.0
57 Sam Haghighi Dane Pearson Q51 12.0
57 Jeff Alzina Tim Nestlerode Q55 12.0
57 Geoff Cryst Ty Tramblie Q56 12.0
57 David Escarsega Tom Witt Q57 12.0
57 Owen McKibbin Tony Zapata Q60 12.0
57 Reuben Danley Jed Stotsenberg Q61 12.0
57 Mike Kinsler Joey Shimkonis Q63 12.0
57 Dane Jensen Jarett Jensen Q64 12.0
57 Jeff Conover Isaac Kneubuhl Q70 12.0
57 Denny Jackson Janne Peltonen Q81 12.0
89 Shane Cervantes Arri Jeschke Q48 6.0
89 Matt Osbourn Jeremy Sanders Q52 6.0
89 Brian Genthe Vince Zanzucchi Q59 6.0
89 Brent Keller John Michelau Q65 6.0
89 Chris Brown Kevin Cleary Q66 6.0
89 Juan Cabeza Tanner Morris Q67 6.0
89 Nathan Martin Brad Powell Q68 6.0
89 Keith Biele Mika Hunkin Q69 6.0
89 Aaron Davis Aaron Moore Q71 6.0
89 Harold Johnson Scott Warren Q72 6.0
89 Joseph Dykstra Mark Van Zwieten Q73 6.0
89 Jason Downs Robert Karmelich Q74 6.0
89 John Leake Mike Nolan Q75 6.0
89 Daniel Chinh Jerry Stevens Q76 6.0
89 Thom Huggins Brandon Lamb Q78 6.0
89 Richard Krutop Garrett Morrison Q79 6.0
89 Keawe Adolpho C.J. Macias Q80 6.0
89 Brent Crouch Adam Zuffinetti Q82 6.0
89 Jeff Robertson Mike Wilkinson Q83 6.0
89 Sean Met Mike Nichols Q84 6.0
89 Marcin Jagoda Chris Pena Q85 6.0
89 Paul Araiza Russ Marchewka Q86 6.0

Men's $125,000 AVP Hermosa Beach Open
Presented by Bud Light
July 21-23, 2005 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Dane Jensen / Jarett Jensen (Q64) def. John Michelau / Brent Keller (Q65) 21-16, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 6: Denny Jackson / Janne Peltonen (Q81) def. Shane Cervantes / Arri Jeschke (Q48) by Forfeit
Match 7: Chad Convis / Peter Tourigny (Q49) def. Keawe Adolpho / C.J. Macias (Q80) 21-15, 21-13 (0:39)
Match 10: Geoff Cryst / Ty Tramblie (Q56) def. Mark Van Zwieten / Joseph Dykstra (Q73) 26-24, 21-19 (0:59)
Match 15: David Escarsega / Tom Witt (Q57) def. Harold Johnson / Scott Warren (Q72) 21-13, 21-15 (0:50)
Match 18: Owen McKibbin / Tony Zapata (Q60) def. Mika Hunkin / Keith Biele (Q69) 21-11, 21-9 (0:40)
Match 22: Josh Goodman / Luis Sandoval (Q44) def. Marcin Jagoda / Chris Pena (Q85) 21-16, 21-15 (0:51)
Match 23: Gabe Burt / Jeff Taylor (Q53) def. Jerry Stevens / Daniel Chinh (Q76) 21-13, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 26: Dennis Marlow / Joe Woo (Q77) def. Matt Osbourn / Jeremy Sanders (Q52) 21-12, 21-10 (0:34)
Match 27: Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q45) def. Mike Nichols / Sean Met (Q84) 21-11, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 31: Reuben Danley / Jed Stotsenberg (Q61) def. Brad Powell / Nathan Martin (Q68) 21-11, 16-21, 15-13 (0:56)
Match 34: Nate Michael / Will Paulson (Q62) def. Tanner Morris / Juan Cabeza (Q67) 22-20, 21-17 (0:48)
Match 38: Lucas Galmarini / Jon Gubera (Q46) def. Mike Wilkinson / Jeff Robertson (Q83) 21-15, 21-19 (0:52)
Match 39: Sam Haghighi / Dane Pearson (Q51) def. Thom Huggins / Brandon Lamb (Q78) 21-15, 21-7 (0:37)
Match 42: Michael Bleech / Vince Fierro (Q54) def. John Leake / Mike Nolan (Q75) 21-10, 17-21, 15-6 (1:05)
Match 43: Connor Hastings / Andy Northness (Q43) def. Russ Marchewka / Paul Araiza (Q86) 15-21, 23-21, 15-12 (1:06)
Match 47: Jeff Conover / Isaac Kneubuhl (Q70) def. Brian Genthe / Vince Zanzucchi (Q59) 21-13, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 50: Shigetomo Sakugawa / Jon Stalls (Q58) def. Aaron Davis / Aaron Moore (Q71) 21-11, 21-10 (0:33)
Match 55: Jeff Alzina / Tim Nestlerode (Q55) def. Robert Karmelich / Jason Downs (Q74) by Forfeit
Match 58: Nguyen Le / Jeff Myers (Q50) def. Richard Krutop / Garrett Morrison (Q79) 21-23, 21-17, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 59: Matt Wilkens / Dennis Zhukov (Q47) def. Brent Crouch / Adam Zuffinetti (Q82) 21-15, 21-13 (0:42)
Match 63: Mike Kinsler / Joey Shimkonis (Q63) def. Kevin Cleary / Chris Brown (Q66) 21-23, 21-17, 15-13
Round 2
Match 65: Brian Corso / Jim Nichols (Q1) def. Dane Jensen / Jarett Jensen (Q64) 21-16, 21-18 (0:46)
Match 66: Todd Bennett / Jeff Smith (Q32) def. Andy Rivera / Lucas Wisniakowski (Q33) 21-17, 21-16 (0:56)
Match 67: Lucas Black / Matt Heagy (Q17) def. Denny Jackson / Janne Peltonen (Q81) 21-12, 21-2 (0:39)
Match 68: Chad Convis / Peter Tourigny (Q49) def. Rocky Mayo / Jeremie Simkins (Q16) 22-20, 12-21, 15-6 (0:55)
Match 69: Mike Bruning / Said Souikane (Q9) def. Geoff Cryst / Ty Tramblie (Q56) 21-13, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 70: Mike Desjardins / Ken Lentin (Q41) def. Timothy Cornelissen / Dustin Townsend (Q24) 21-14, 19-21, 15-10 (1:08)
Match 71: John Braunstein / Eric Burness (Q25) def. Yariv Lerner / Tom Slauterbeck (Q40) 21-13, 21-17 (0:44)
Match 72: Andre Melo / Dan Mintz (Q8) def. David Escarsega / Tom Witt (Q57) 21-8, 21-8 (0:42)
Match 73: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q5) def. Owen McKibbin / Tony Zapata (Q60) 21-17, 23-21 (0:50)
Match 74: Arqum Iqbal / Jon Mesko (Q37) def. Scott Kiedaisch / Mark Kirunchyk (Q28) 21-18, 21-15 (0:47)
Match 75: Todd Hart / Ivan Mercer (Q21) def. Josh Goodman / Luis Sandoval (Q44) 18-21, 21-17, 16-14 (1:10)
Match 76: Gabe Burt / Jeff Taylor (Q53) def. Jim Van Zwieten / Steve Van Zwieten (Q12) 14-21, 21-19, 15-6 (0:54)
Match 77: Dennis Marlow / Joe Woo (Q77) def. Casey Brewer / Chad Wick (Q13) 21-16, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 78: JP Calderon / Jon Thompson (Q20) def. Jeremy Beck / Dru Gerhard (Q45) 21-18, 19-21, 15-11 (1:03)
Match 79: Drew Brand / Jesse Webster (Q29) def. Guy Hamilton / Eric Roberts (Q36) 21-17, 18-21, 15-8 (1:11)
Match 80: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q4) def. Reuben Danley / Jed Stotsenberg (Q61) 21-19, 21-13 (0:47)
Match 81: Nate Michael / Will Paulson (Q62) def. Gabe Gardner / Adam Roberts (Q3) by Forfeit
Match 82: Erik Gomez / Travis Regner (Q30) def. Shane Davis / Corey Glave (Q35) 21-16, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 83: Randy Cline / Brian Duff (Q19) def. Lucas Galmarini / Jon Gubera (Q46) 21-15, 21-16 (0:52)
Match 84: Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q14) def. Sam Haghighi / Dane Pearson (Q51) 21-13, 18-21, 16-14 (1:01)
Match 85: Michael Bleech / Vince Fierro (Q54) def. Ryan Cronin / Kevin Dake (Q11) 23-21, 20-22, 15-13 (1:26)
Match 86: Connor Hastings / Andy Northness (Q43) def. Craig Donen / Tony Pray (Q22) 21-15, 19-21, 18-16
Match 87: Chris Harger / Pedro Leal (Q27) def. Robert deAurora / David Holewinski (Q38) 21-15, 21-9 (0:37)
Match 88: John Anselmo / David Smith (Q6) def. Jeff Conover / Isaac Kneubuhl (Q70) 21-17, 21-12 (0:46)
Match 89: Shigetomo Sakugawa / Jon Stalls (Q58) def. Leonardo Moraes / Mike Morrison (Q7) 22-20, 17-21, 16-14 (1:09)
Match 90: Kyle Denitz / Morgan Mainz (Q26) def. Danko Iordanov / Brian Meckna (Q39) 21-15, 12-21, 15-11 (1:08)
Match 91: Mark Fay / Peter Goers (Q42) def. Jake Blair / Jason Wight (Q23) 21-19, 21-17 (0:43)
Match 92: Jeff Carlucci / Chris Magill (Q10) def. Jeff Alzina / Tim Nestlerode (Q55) 21-12, 21-10 (0:46)
Match 93: Justin Phipps / Billy Strickland (Q15) def. Nguyen Le / Jeff Myers (Q50) 21-14, 21-13 (0:41)
Match 94: Matt Wilkens / Dennis Zhukov (Q47) def. Esteban Escobar / Sonny Knight (Q18) 21-14, 21-7 (0:39)
Match 95: Jeff Murrell / Matt Shubin (Q34) def. Paul Lourick / Brent Reger (Q31) 14-21, 21-13, 19-17 (1:15)
Match 96: Pepe Delahoz / John Moran (Q2) def. Mike Kinsler / Joey Shimkonis (Q63) 21-12, 21-17 (0:39)
Round 3
Match 97: Brian Corso / Jim Nichols (Q1) def. Todd Bennett / Jeff Smith (Q32) 21-19, 21-17 (0:51)
Match 98: Lucas Black / Matt Heagy (Q17) def. Chad Convis / Peter Tourigny (Q49) 21-19, 21-17 (0:47)
Match 99: Mike Bruning / Said Souikane (Q9) def. Mike Desjardins / Ken Lentin (Q41) 21-18, 21-14 (0:43)
Match 100: John Braunstein / Eric Burness (Q25) def. Andre Melo / Dan Mintz (Q8) 21-16, 17-21, 17-15 (1:06)
Match 101: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q5) def. Arqum Iqbal / Jon Mesko (Q37) 21-13, 21-11 (0:43)
Match 102: Todd Hart / Ivan Mercer (Q21) def. Gabe Burt / Jeff Taylor (Q53) 21-12, 21-16 (0:42)
Match 103: JP Calderon / Jon Thompson (Q20) def. Dennis Marlow / Joe Woo (Q77) 21-16, 22-24, 15-12 (1:05)
Match 104: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q4) def. Drew Brand / Jesse Webster (Q29) 21-15, 23-21 (0:51)
Match 105: Nate Michael / Will Paulson (Q62) def. Erik Gomez / Travis Regner (Q30) 21-18, 22-20 (0:45)
Match 106: Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q14) def. Randy Cline / Brian Duff (Q19) 11-21, 21-15, 15-9 (1:07)
Match 107: Connor Hastings / Andy Northness (Q43) def. Michael Bleech / Vince Fierro (Q54) 21-16, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 108: John Anselmo / David Smith (Q6) def. Chris Harger / Pedro Leal (Q27) 21-15, 17-21, 15-12 (1:08)
Match 109: Shigetomo Sakugawa / Jon Stalls (Q58) def. Kyle Denitz / Morgan Mainz (Q26) 27-25, 21-14 (0:55)
Match 110: Jeff Carlucci / Chris Magill (Q10) def. Mark Fay / Peter Goers (Q42) 21-10, 21-13 (0:49)
Match 111: Justin Phipps / Billy Strickland (Q15) def. Matt Wilkens / Dennis Zhukov (Q47) 22-20, 21-19 (0:50)
Match 112: Pepe Delahoz / John Moran (Q2) def. Jeff Murrell / Matt Shubin (Q34) 21-16, 21-16 (0:54)
Round 4
Match 113: Brian Corso / Jim Nichols (Q1) def. Lucas Black / Matt Heagy (Q17) 22-20, 21-19 (0:49)
Match 114: Mike Bruning / Said Souikane (Q9) def. John Braunstein / Eric Burness (Q25) 21-16, 21-16 (0:40)
Match 115: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (Q5) def. Todd Hart / Ivan Mercer (Q21) 21-11, 21-14 (0:45)
Match 116: David Fischer / Scott Hill (Q4) def. JP Calderon / Jon Thompson (Q20) 21-14, 21-16 (0:41)
Match 117: Art Barron / Mike Szymanski (Q14) def. Nate Michael / Will Paulson (Q62) 21-15, 21-10 (0:42)
Match 118: John Anselmo / David Smith (Q6) def. Connor Hastings / Andy Northness (Q43) 21-13, 21-13 (0:42)
Match 119: Jeff Carlucci / Chris Magill (Q10) def. Shigetomo Sakugawa / Jon Stalls (Q58) 21-18, 21-18 (0:57)
Match 120: Pepe Delahoz / John Moran (Q2) def. Justin Phipps / Billy Strickland (Q15) 21-17, 21-19 (0:44)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Mike Szymanski / Art Barron (32, Q14) 21-9, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 2: Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (16) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (17) 21-15, 18-21, 15-10 (1:10)
Match 3: John Hyden / Mike Lambert (9) def. David Fischer / Scott Hill (24, Q4) 15-21, 21-13, 15-6 (0:51)
Match 4: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (8) def. Scott Davenport / Brad Torsone (25) 21-16, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 5: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (5) def. Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (28, Q5) 21-14, 21-9 (0:40)
Match 6: Brent Doble / Matt Olson (12) def. Albert Hannemann / Anthony Mihalic (21) 19-21, 21-14, 15-9 (1:02)
Match 7: Anthony Medel / Ty Loomis (20) def. Jason Lee / Reid Priddy (13) 22-20, 25-23 (1:07)
Match 8: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (4) def. John Anselmo / David Smith (29, Q6) 26-24, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 9: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) def. Said Souikane / Mike Bruning (30, Q9) 22-20, 21-17 (0:50)
Match 10: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (14) def. John Mayer / Sean Rooney (19) 21-16, 21-19 (0:45)
Match 11: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (11) def. Jeff Minc / Ben Koski (22) 21-12, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 12: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (6) def. Brian Corso / Jim Nichols (27, Q1) 21-19, 21-16
Match 13: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (7) def. Pepe Delahoz / John Moran (26, Q2) 21-18, 21-18 (0:54)
Match 14: Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (10) def. Eduardo Bacil / Ian Clark (23) 21-9, 21-18 (0:45)
Match 15: Aaron Wachtfogel / Ed Ratledge (18) def. Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (15) 21-19, 21-23, 19-17 (1:20)
Match 16: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Jeff Carlucci / Chris Magill (31, Q10) 21-16, 21-14
Round 2
Match 17: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (16) 21-12, 21-13 (0:36)
Match 18: Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (8) def. John Hyden / Mike Lambert (9) 21-16, 21-18 (0:49)
Match 19: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (5) def. Brent Doble / Matt Olson (12) 21-17, 24-22 (0:51)
Match 20: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (4) def. Anthony Medel / Ty Loomis (20) 15-21, 21-16, 15-12 (1:00)
Match 21: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (14) 21-13, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 22: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (6) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (11) 21-14, 21-16 (0:43)
Match 23: Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (7) def. Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (10) 23-21, 15-21, 15-12 (1:14)
Match 24: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Ed Ratledge (18) 20-22, 21-14, 15-13 (1:02)
Round 3
Match 25: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (8) 21-19, 21-8 (0:40)
Match 26: Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (4) def. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (5) 24-22, 13-21, 15-13 (1:01)
Match 27: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (6) def. Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) 18-21, 21-17, 16-14 (1:01)
Match 28: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (7) 21-14, 21-18 (0:44)
Round 4
Match 29: Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) def. Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (4) 21-15, 21-15 (0:41)
Match 30: Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (6) def. Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) 21-18, 21-16 (0:45)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (17) def. Mike Szymanski / Art Barron (32, Q14) 21-14, 21-14 (0:41)
Match 32: Scott Davenport / Brad Torsone (25) def. David Fischer / Scott Hill (24, Q4) 21-19, 18-21, 15-11 (0:55)
Match 33: Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (28, Q5) def. Albert Hannemann / Anthony Mihalic (21) 31-29, 13-21, 15-12 (1:12)
Match 34: Jason Lee / Reid Priddy (13) def. John Anselmo / David Smith (29, Q6) 21-15, 21-15 (0:52)
Match 35: John Mayer / Sean Rooney (19) def. Said Souikane / Mike Bruning (30, Q9) 23-21, 21-9 (0:41)
Match 36: Jeff Minc / Ben Koski (22) def. Brian Corso / Jim Nichols (27, Q1) 22-24, 22-20, 15-10 (1:12)
Match 37: Eduardo Bacil / Ian Clark (23) def. Pepe Delahoz / John Moran (26, Q2) 21-19, 21-17 (0:58)
Match 38: Jeff Carlucci / Chris Magill (31, Q10) def. Scott Lane / Chad Mowrey (15) 21-16, 21-10 (0:40)
Round 2
Match 39: Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (17) def. Aaron Wachtfogel / Ed Ratledge (18) 16-21, 21-11, 15-13 (1:02)
Match 40: Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (10) def. Scott Davenport / Brad Torsone (25) 21-13, 21-15 (0:42)
Match 41: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (11) def. Ran Kumgisky / Matt Prosser (28, Q5) by Forfeit
Match 42: Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (14) def. Jason Lee / Reid Priddy (13) 15-21, 21-16, 17-15 (0:56)
Match 43: Anthony Medel / Ty Loomis (20) def. John Mayer / Sean Rooney (19) 21-19, 21-19 (0:49)
Match 44: Brent Doble / Matt Olson (12) def. Jeff Minc / Ben Koski (22) 21-16, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 45: John Hyden / Mike Lambert (9) def. Eduardo Bacil / Ian Clark (23) 21-19, 21-12 (0:42)
Match 46: Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (16) def. Jeff Carlucci / Chris Magill (31, Q10) 21-11, 21-15 (0:40)
Round 3
Match 47: Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (10) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Brian Lewis (17) 21-14, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 48: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (11) def. Jose Loiola / Fred Souza (14) 21-15, 21-19 (0:37)
Match 49: Brent Doble / Matt Olson (12) def. Anthony Medel / Ty Loomis (20) 21-18, 23-21 (0:54)
Match 50: John Hyden / Mike Lambert (9) def. Canyon Ceman / Chad Turner (16) 21-18, 21-19 (0:42)
Round 4
Match 51: Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (5) def. Adam Jewell / Karch Kiraly (10) 26-24, 21-11 (0:51)
Match 52: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (11) def. Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong (8) 21-12, 21-17 (0:35)
Match 53: Brent Doble / Matt Olson (12) def. Paul Baxter / Jason Ring (7) 21-16, 21-15 (0:44)
Match 54: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) def. John Hyden / Mike Lambert (9) 23-21, 21-17 (0:49)
Round 5
Match 55: Mark Williams / Scott Wong (11) def. Todd Rogers / Sean Scott (5) 21-12, 11-21, 15-7 (1:00)
Match 56: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) def. Brent Doble / Matt Olson (12) 21-23, 21-18, 15-9 (1:18)
Round 6
Match 57: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Mark Williams / Scott Wong (11) 21-18, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 58: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) def. Nick Lucena / Phil Dalhausser (4) 21-17, 21-11 (0:40)

Semifinals
Match 59: Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) def. Jake Gibb / Stein Metzger (1) 21-18, 12-21, 15-13 (1:10)
Match 60: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) def. Larry Witt / Sean Rosenthal (6) 21-18, 25-27, 15-12 (1:18)

Finals
Match 61: Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings (3) def. Dax Holdren / Jeff Nygaard (2) 19-21, 21-16, 15-13 (1:08) 
 

2005 Men's Hermosa Beach Tournament Champions >>Matt Fuerbringer / Casey Jennings

           
Matt Fuerbringer                                  Casey "The Kid" Jennings           

                        

Men's Final Results:

Men's $125,000 AVP Hermosa Beach Open
Presented by Bud Light
July 21-23, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Matt Fuerbringer Casey Jennings 3 $28,000.00 520.0
2 Dax Holdren Jeff Nygaard 2 $20,000.00 468.0
3 Jake Gibb Stein Metzger 1 $12,000.00 390.0
3 Sean Rosenthal Larry Witt 6 $12,000.00 390.0
5 Phil Dalhausser Nick Lucena 4 $7,000.00 312.0
5 Mark Williams Scott Wong 11 $7,000.00 312.0
7 Todd Rogers Sean Scott 5 $5,000.00 260.0
7 Brent Doble Matt Olson 12 $5,000.00 260.0
9 Paul Baxter Jason Ring 7 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Dain Blanton Kevin Wong 8 $3,150.00 208.0
9 John Hyden Mike Lambert 9 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Adam Jewell Karch Kiraly 10 $3,150.00 208.0
13 Jose Loiola Fred Souza 14 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Canyon Ceman Chad Turner 16 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Scott Ayakatubby Brian Lewis 17 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Ty Loomis Anthony Medel 20 $2,000.00 156.0
17 Jason Lee Reid Priddy 13 $800.00 104.0
17 Ed Ratledge Aaron Wachtfogel 18 $800.00 104.0
17 John Mayer Sean Rooney 19 $800.00 104.0
17 Ben Koski Jeff Minc 22 $800.00 104.0
17 Eduardo Bacil Ian Clark 23 $800.00 104.0
17 Scott Davenport Brad Torsone 25 $800.00 104.0
17 Ran Kumgisky Matt Prosser 28, Q5 $800.00 104.0
17 Jeff Carlucci Chris Magill 31, Q10 $800.00 104.0
25 Scott Lane Chad Mowrey 15 $250.00 52.0
25 Albert Hannemann Anthony Mihalic 21 $250.00 52.0
25 David Fischer Scott Hill 24, Q4 $250.00 52.0
25 Pepe Delahoz John Moran 26, Q2 $250.00 52.0
25 Brian Corso Jim Nichols 27, Q1 $250.00 52.0
25 John Anselmo David Smith 29, Q6 $250.00 52.0
25 Mike Bruning Said Souikane 30, Q9 $250.00 52.0
25 Art Barron Mike Szymanski 32, Q14 $250.00 52.0
33 Justin Phipps Billy Strickland Q15 $.00 24.0
33 Lucas Black Matt Heagy Q17 $.00 24.0
33 JP Calderon Jon Thompson Q20 $.00 24.0
33 Todd Hart Ivan Mercer Q21 $.00 24.0
33 John Braunstein Eric Burness Q25 $.00 24.0
33 Connor Hastings Andy Northness Q43 $.00 24.0
33 Shigetomo Sakugawa Jon Stalls Q58 $.00 24.0
33 Nate Michael Will Paulson Q62 $.00 24.0
41 Andre Melo Dan Mintz Q8 $.00 18.0
41 Randy Cline Brian Duff Q19 $.00 18.0
41 Kyle Denitz Morgan Mainz Q26 $.00 18.0
41 Chris Harger Pedro Leal Q27 $.00 18.0
41 Drew Brand Jesse Webster Q29 $.00 18.0
41 Erik Gomez Travis Regner Q30 $.00 18.0
41 Todd Bennett Jeff Smith Q32 $.00 18.0
41 Jeff Murrell Matt Shubin Q34 $.00 18.0
41 Arqum Iqbal Jon Mesko Q37 $.00 18.0
41 Mike Desjardins Ken Lentin Q41 $.00 18.0
41 Mark Fay Peter Goers Q42 $.00 18.0
41 Matt Wilkens Dennis Zhukov Q47 $.00 18.0
41 Chad Convis Peter Tourigny Q49 $.00 18.0
41 Gabe Burt Jeff Taylor Q53 $.00 18.0
41 Michael Bleech Vince Fierro Q54 $.00 18.0
41 Dennis Marlow Joe Woo Q77 $.00 18.0
57 Leonardo Moraes Mike Morrison Q7 $.00 12.0
57 Ryan Cronin Kevin Dake Q11 $.00 12.0
57 Jim Van Zwieten Steve Van Zwieten Q12 $.00 12.0
57 Casey Brewer Chad Wick Q13 $.00 12.0
57 Rocky Mayo Jeremie Simkins Q16 $.00 12.0
57 Esteban Escobar Sonny Knight Q18 $.00 12.0
57 Craig Donen Tony Pray Q22 $.00 12.0
57 Jake Blair Jason Wight Q23 $.00 12.0
57 Timothy Cornelissen Dustin Townsend Q24 $.00 12.0
57 Scott Kiedaisch Mark Kirunchyk Q28 $.00 12.0
57 Paul Lourick Brent Reger Q31 $.00 12.0
57 Andy Rivera Lucas Wisniakowski Q33 $.00 12.0
57 Shane Davis Corey Glave Q35 $.00 12.0
57 Guy Hamilton Eric Roberts Q36 $.00 12.0
57 Robert deAurora David Holewinski Q38 $.00 12.0
57 Danko Iordanov Brian Meckna Q39 $.00 12.0
57 Yariv Lerner Tom Slauterbeck Q40 $.00 12.0
57 Josh Goodman Luis Sandoval Q44 $.00 12.0
57 Jeremy Beck Dru Gerhard Q45 $.00 12.0
57 Lucas Galmarini Jon Gubera Q46 $.00 12.0
57 Nguyen Le Jeff Myers Q50 $.00 12.0
57 Sam Haghighi Dane Pearson Q51 $.00 12.0
57 Jeff Alzina Tim Nestlerode Q55 $.00 12.0
57 Geoff Cryst Ty Tramblie Q56 $.00 12.0
57 David Escarsega Tom Witt Q57 $.00 12.0
57 Owen McKibbin Tony Zapata Q60 $.00 12.0
57 Reuben Danley Jed Stotsenberg Q61 $.00 12.0
57 Mike Kinsler Joey Shimkonis Q63 $.00 12.0
57 Dane Jensen Jarett Jensen Q64 $.00 12.0
57 Jeff Conover Isaac Kneubuhl Q70 $.00 12.0
57 Denny Jackson Janne Peltonen Q81 $.00 12.0
57 Gabe Gardner Adam Roberts Q3 $.00 0.0
89 Matt Osbourn Jeremy Sanders Q52 $.00 6.0
89 Brian Genthe Vince Zanzucchi Q59 $.00 6.0
89 Brent Keller John Michelau Q65 $.00 6.0
89 Chris Brown Kevin Cleary Q66 $.00 6.0
89 Juan Cabeza Tanner Morris Q67 $.00 6.0
89 Nathan Martin Brad Powell Q68 $.00 6.0
89 Keith Biele Mika Hunkin Q69 $.00 6.0
89 Aaron Davis Aaron Moore Q71 $.00 6.0
89 Harold Johnson Scott Warren Q72 $.00 6.0
89 Joseph Dykstra Mark Van Zwieten Q73 $.00 6.0
89 John Leake Mike Nolan Q75 $.00 6.0
89 Daniel Chinh Jerry Stevens Q76 $.00 6.0
89 Thom Huggins Brandon Lamb Q78 $.00 6.0
89 Richard Krutop Garrett Morrison Q79 $.00 6.0
89 Keawe Adolpho C.J. Macias Q80 $.00 6.0
89 Brent Crouch Adam Zuffinetti Q82 $.00 6.0
89 Jeff Robertson Mike Wilkinson Q83 $.00 6.0
89 Sean Met Mike Nichols Q84 $.00 6.0
89 Marcin Jagoda Chris Pena Q85 $.00 6.0
89 Paul Araiza Russ Marchewka Q86 $.00 6.0
89 Shane Cervantes Arri Jeschke Q48 $.00 0.0
89 Jason Downs Robert Karmelich Q74 $.00 0.0

Women's $125,000 AVP Hermosa Beach Open
Presented by Bud Light
July 21-24, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Points
 
Misty May-Treanor Kerri Walsh 1  
  Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 2  
  Jennifer Kessy Holly McPeak 3  
  Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 4  
  Nancy Mason Jennifer Meredith 5  
  Carrie Busch Leanne McSorley 6  
  Semirames Marins Paula Roca 7  
  Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl 8  
  Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 9  
  Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson Heidi Ilustre 10  
  Brooke Niles Sarah Straton 11  
  Angie Akers Nicole Branagh 12  
  Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 13  
  Jaimie Lee Wendy Stammer 14  
  Denise Johns Alicia Polzin 15  
  Saralyn Smith Ann Windes 16  
  Daven Allison Jennifer Holdren 17  
  Pat Keller Jenelle Koester 18  
  Diane Pascua Ali Wood 19  
  Nikki Audette Kerri Eich 20  
  Jill Changaris Patti Scofield 21  
  Ashley Ivy Ella Vakhidova 22  
  Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 23, Q1  
  Angela Lewis Priscilla Lima 24  
  Kelly Rowe Sarah White 25, Q6  
  Barbara Nyland Beth Van Fleet 26, Q3  
  Jeannette Hecker Catie Vagneur 27, Q4  
  Mary Baily Julie Romias 28, Q5  
  Meri-de Boyer Cheri Fitzner 29, Q8  
  Keao Burdine Tiffany Rodriguez 30, Q18  
  Michelle Morse Stephanie Roberts 31, Q23  
  Veronique Boudon Ilga Celmins 32  
33 Lisa Gathright Jenny Griffith Q7 24.0
33 Nicki Fusco Gina Kirstein Q9 24.0
33 Tara Burton Franci Van Zwieten Q11 24.0
33 Brittany Hochevar Monique Oliver Q17 24.0
33 Gabriela Roney Lenka Urbanova Q44 24.0
33 Leilani Kamahoahoa Angela Knopf Q45 24.0
33 Dana Kabashima Vladia Vignato Q51 24.0
33 Christine Pack Kamila Pavlaskova Q63 24.0
41 Lisa Marshall Carrie Wright Q12 18.0
41 Marla O'Hara Holly Reisor Q13 18.0
41 Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst Q15 18.0
41 Joy Akins Dawn Cline Q16 18.0
41 Kirstin Olsen Laura Ratto Q22 18.0
41 Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q24 18.0
41 Heather Alley Carol Killeen Q25 18.0
41 Erin Byrd Jeanette Simenson Q26 18.0
41 Jennifer Maastricht Teri Zartman Q27 18.0
41 Krystal McFarland Erica Menzel Q28 18.0
41 Jessie Cooper Kristi Winters Q29 18.0
41 Marietta McElwee Ashley Regner Q31 18.0
41 Karen Holman Kelly Yengst Q33 18.0
41 Stacy Nicks Barb Sanson Q35 18.0
41 Dana Schilling Caroline Skacel Q46 18.0
41 Sarah Jones Kim Kiefer Q55 18.0
57 Kimberly Coleman Julie Deckert Q2 12.0
57 Helen Reale Karen Reitz Q10 12.0
57 Michelle Kyman Alicia Zamparelli Q14 12.0
57 Jean Mathews Nicole Midwin Q19 12.0
57 Jennifer Lombardi Kathleen Madden Q20 12.0
57 Angie Simpson Amber Willey Q21 12.0
57 Jennifer Lehman Johanna Lehman Q30 12.0
57 Christina Hinds Natacha Nelson Q32 12.0
57 Paige Davis Jennifer Walker Q34 12.0
57 Carolyn O'Keefe Julie Thomas Q36 12.0
57 Shannon Christianson Jackie Hatten Q37 12.0
57 Cherry Simkins Ashanti Taylor Q38 12.0
57 Kim Goodwin Jill Leake Q39 12.0
57 Ella Harley Alyssa Rylander Q40 12.0
57 Dana Morgan Josie Youngblood Q41 12.0
57 Cinta Claro Lauren Mills Q42 12.0
57 Erin Pryor Molly Stark Q43 12.0
57 Carol Hamilton Valerie Pryor Q47 12.0
57 Maggie Philgence Chrissie Zartman Q48 12.0
57 Jeanette Kelder Debbie Ponis Q49 12.0
57 Sandy Martin Shannon Nelson Q50 12.0
57 Montana Curtis Lindsay Loxterkamp Q52 12.0
57 Kali Nelson Susan Postnikoff Q53 12.0
57 Kiah Fiers Alexandra Jupiter Q54 12.0
57 Stephanie Barry Jenna Dykstra Q56 12.0
57 Jennifer Cosco Tiffany Verbick Q57 12.0
57 Renee Cleary Kathleen Cox Q58 12.0
57 Kris Bredehoft Pamela Lubben Q59 12.0
57 Benishe Dillard-Roberts Cheryl Weaver Q60 12.0
57 April Chapple Heather Hafner Q61 12.0
57 Elizabeth Maloney Courtney Mulford Q62 12.0

Women's $125,000 AVP Hermosa Beach Open
Presented by Bud Light
July 21-24, 2005 

Qualifier Bracket
Round 1
Match 2: Karen Holman / Kelly Yengst (Q33) def. Christina Hinds / Natacha Nelson (Q32) 21-13, 18-21, 15-8 (0:57)
Match 3: Brittany Hochevar /Monique Oliver(Q17) def. Maggie Philgence/Chrissie Zartman (Q48) 21-12, 19-21, 15-11 (1:00)
Match 4: Joy Akins / Dawn Cline (Q16) def. Debbie Ponis / Jeanette Kelder (Q49) 21-10, 21-15 (0:46)
Match 5: Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q9) def. Stephanie Barry / Jenna Dykstra (Q56) 21-9, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 6: Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q24) def. Josie Youngblood / Dana Morgan (Q41) 21-15, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 7: Heather Alley / Carol Killeen (Q25) def. Alyssa Rylander / Ella Harley (Q40) 22-24, 21-18, 17-15 (1:14)
Match 8: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q8) def. Tiffany Verbick / Jennifer Cosco (Q57) 21-9, 21-11 (0:30)
Match 9: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q5) def. Cheryl Weaver / Benishe Dillard-Roberts (Q60) 21-14, 21-4 (0:35)
Match 10: Krystal McFarland / Erica Menzel (Q28) def. Jackie Hatten / Shannon Christianson (Q37) 21-10, 21-11 (0:36)
Match 11: Lenka Urbanova / Gabriela Roney (Q44) def. Angie Simpson / Amber Willey (Q21) 21-16, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 12: Lisa Marshall / Carrie Wright (Q12) def. Susan Postnikoff / Kali Nelson (Q53) 21-8, 21-15 (0:38)
Match 13: Marla O'Hara / Holly Reisor (Q13) def. Lindsay Loxterkamp / Montana Curtis (Q52) 21-15, 21-17 (0:47)
Match 14: Angela Knopf / Leilani Kamahoahoa (Q45) def. Jennifer Lombardi / Kathleen Madden (Q20) 28-26, 21-19 (0:57)
Match 15: Jessie Cooper / Kristi Winters (Q29) def. Carolyn O'Keefe / Julie Thomas (Q36) 21-10, 21-17 (0:39)
Match 16: Jeannette Hecker / Catie Vagneur (Q4) def. Heather Hafner / April Chapple (Q61) 21-10, 21-9 (0:36)
Match 17: Barbara Nyland / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Elizabeth Maloney / Courtney Mulford (Q62) 21-12, 21-15 (0:33)
Match 18: Barb Sanson / Stacy Nicks (Q35) def. Jennifer Lehman / Johanna Lehman (Q30) 21-12, 21-12 (0:31)
Match 19: Dana Schilling / Caroline Skacel (Q46) def. Jean Mathews / Nicole Midwin (Q19) 16-21, 21-17, 15-8 (1:04)
Match 20: Vladia Vignato/Dana Kabashima (Q51) def. Michelle Kyman / Alicia Zamparelli (Q14) 17-21, 21-18, 15-13 (1:04)
Match 21: Tara Burton / Franci Van Zwieten (Q11) def. Kiah Fiers / Alexandra Jupiter (Q54) 21-8, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 22: Kirstin Olsen / Laura Ratto (Q22) def. Molly Stark / Erin Pryor (Q43) 21-10, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 23: Jennifer Maastricht / Teri Zartman (Q27) def. Cherry Simkins / Ashanti Taylor (Q38) 17-21, 21-18, 15-10 (1:12)
Match 24: Kelly Rowe / Sarah White (Q6) def. Kris Bredehoft / Pamela Lubben (Q59) 21-13, 22-20 (0:47)
Match 25: Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q7) def. Renee Cleary / Kathleen Cox (Q58) 18-21, 21-14, 15-8 (0:57)
Match 26: Erin Byrd / Jeanette Simenson (Q26) def. Kim Goodwin / Jill Leake (Q39) 21-9, 21-14 (0:33)
Match 27: Michelle Morse / Stephanie Roberts (Q23) def. Cinta Claro / Lauren Mills (Q42) 21-13, 13-21, 15-12 (0:56)
Match 28: Sarah Jones / Kim Kiefer (Q55) def. Helen Reale / Karen Reitz (Q10) 21-19, 21-19 (0:54)
Match 29: Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q15) def. Sandy Martin / Shannon Nelson (Q50) 21-15, 21-10 (0:33)
Match 30: Keao Burdine / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q18) def. Valerie Pryor / Carol Hamilton (Q47) 21-10, 21-8 (0:34)
Match 31: Marietta McElwee / Ashley Regner (Q31) def. Jennifer Walker / Paige Davis (Q34) 21-18, 12-21, 15-9 (0:55)
Match 32: Christine Pack / Kamila Pavlaskova (Q63) def. Kimberly Coleman / Julie Deckert (Q2) 21-14, 13-21, 15-7 (1:02)
Round 2
Match 33: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q1) def. Karen Holman / Kelly Yengst (Q33) 21-6, 21-9 (0:30)
Match 34: Brittany Hochevar / Monique Oliver (Q17) def. Joy Akins / Dawn Cline (Q16) 21-14, 20-22, 15-12 (0:59)
Match 35: Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q9) def. Noel Frohman / Kristin Ursillo (Q24) 21-19, 21-13 (0:41)
Match 36: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q8) def. Heather Alley / Carol Killeen (Q25) 21-14, 21-12 (0:41)
Match 37: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q5) def. Krystal McFarland / Erica Menzel (Q28) 21-10, 21-16 (0:42)
Match 38: Lenka Urbanova / Gabriela Roney (Q44) def. Lisa Marshall / Carrie Wright (Q12) 21-14, 21-18 (0:41)
Match 39: Angela Knopf / Leilani Kamahoahoa (Q45) def. Marla O'Hara / Holly Reisor (Q13) 21-17, 19-21, 15-7 (0:53)
Match 40: Jeannette Hecker / Catie Vagneur (Q4) def. Jessie Cooper / Kristi Winters (Q29) 21-7, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 41: Barbara Nyland / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Barb Sanson / Stacy Nicks (Q35) 21-13, 21-11 (0:40)
Match 42: Vladia Vignato / Dana Kabashima (Q51) def. Dana Schilling / Caroline Skacel (Q46) 24-22, 14-21, 15-13 (0:59)
Match 43: Tara Burton / Franci Van Zwieten (Q11) def. Kirstin Olsen / Laura Ratto (Q22) 21-15, 15-21, 15-11 (0:59)
Match 44: Kelly Rowe / Sarah White (Q6) def. Jennifer Maastricht / Teri Zartman (Q27) 21-11, 21-17 (0:40)
Match 45: Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q7) def. Erin Byrd / Jeanette Simenson (Q26) 21-18, 21-16 (0:45)
Match 46: Michelle Morse / Stephanie Roberts (Q23) def. Sarah Jones / Kim Kiefer (Q55) 24-22, 15-21, 15-8 (1:04)
Match 47: Keao Burdine / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q18) def. Jennifer Fopma / Stacy Rouwenhorst (Q15) 21-14, 21-11 (0:34)
Match 48: Christine Pack / Kamila Pavlaskova (Q63) def. Marietta McElwee / Ashley Regner (Q31) 21-10, 21-13 (0:36)
Round 3
Match 49: Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (Q1) def. Brittany Hochevar / Monique Oliver (Q17) 21-13, 27-25 (0:55)
Match 50: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (Q8) def. Nicki Fusco / Gina Kirstein (Q9) 21-11, 21-19 (0:36)
Match 51: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (Q5) def. Lenka Urbanova / Gabriela Roney (Q44) 21-10, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 52: Jeannette Hecker / Catie Vagneur (Q4) def. Angela Knopf / Leilani Kamahoahoa (Q45) 27-25, 21-17 (0:51)
Match 53: Barbara Nyland / Beth Van Fleet (Q3) def. Vladia Vignato / Dana Kabashima (Q51) 21-14, 21-12 (0:38)
Match 54: Kelly Rowe / Sarah White (Q6) def. Tara Burton / Franci Van Zwieten (Q11) 22-20, 21-14 (0:45)
Match 55: Michelle Morse / Stephanie Roberts (Q23) def. Lisa Gathright / Jenny Griffith (Q7) 21-17, 21-17 (0:47)
Match 56: Keao Burdine / Tiffany Rodriguez (Q18) def. Christine Pack / Kamila Pavlaskova (Q63) 21-19, 21-9 (0:38)

Winner's Bracket
Round 1
Match 1: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Ilga Celmins / Veronique Boudon (32) 21-10, 21-14 (0:33)
Match 2: Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (16) def. Daven Allison / Jennifer Holdren (17) 21-16, 18-21, 15-13 (1:00)
Match 3: Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (9) def. Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (24) 21-16, 24-22 (0:44)
Match 4: Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (8) def. Kelly Rowe / Sarah White (25, Q6) 21-9, 21-16 (0:39)
Match 5: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Meredith (5) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (28, Q5) 21-23, 21-11, 15-9 (0:59)
Match 6: Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (12) def. Jill Changaris / Patti Scofield (21) 21-8, 16-21, 16-14 (0:54)
Match 7: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (13) def. Kerri Eich / Nikki Audette (20) 21-18, 21-18 (0:42)
Match 8: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (4) def. Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (29, Q8) 21-14, 19-21, 16-14 (0:52)
Match 9: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Tiffany Rodriguez / Keao Burdine (30, Q18) 21-14, 21-13 (0:32)
Match 10: Diane Pascua / Ali Wood (19) def. Wendy Stammer / Jaimie Lee (14) 21-17, 21-19 (0:41)
Match 11: Brooke Niles / Sarah Straton (11) def. Ella Vakhidova / Ashley Ivy (22) 22-20, 21-10 (0:44)
Match 12: Carrie Busch / Leanne McSorley (6) def. Jeannette Hecker / Catie Vagneur (27, Q4) 21-16, 21-11 (0:41)
Match 13: Semirames Marins / Paula Roca (7) def. Barbara Nyland / Beth Van Fleet (26, Q3) 20-22, 21-18, 15-10 (1:00)
Match 14: MichelleMore/SuzanneStonebarger(23,Q1)def. TanyaFuamatuAnderson/Heidi Ilustre(10)21-23,21-17,15-12(1:09)
Match 15: Pat Keller / Jenelle Koester (18) def. Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (15) 21-18, 15-21, 15-9 (0:55)
Match 16: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Michelle Morse / Stephanie Roberts (31, Q23) 21-13, 21-10 (0:30)
Round 2
Match 17: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (16) 21-16, 21-7 (0:31)
Match 18: Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (8) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (9) 21-15, 21-19 (0:46)
Match 19: Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (12) def. Nancy Mason / Jennifer Meredith (5) 27-25, 18-21, 15-11 (1:08)
Match 20: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (4) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (13) 21-9, 15-21, 15-13 (1:06)
Match 21: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Diane Pascua / Ali Wood (19) 21-18, 21-10 (0:39)
Match 22: Brooke Niles / Sarah Straton (11) def. Carrie Busch / Leanne McSorley (6) 21-17, 22-20 (0:41)
Match 23: Semirames Marins / Paula Roca (7) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (23, Q1) 15-21, 21-17, 15-9 (0:52)
Match 24: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Pat Keller / Jenelle Koester (18) 21-16, 21-15 (0:36)
Round 3
Match 25: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (8) 18-21, 21-13, 15-4 (0:45)
Match 26: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (4) def. Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (12) 21-13, 21-18 (0:38)
Match 27: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Brooke Niles / Sarah Straton (11) 21-14, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 28: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Semirames Marins / Paula Roca (7) 21-14, 21-16 (0:46)
Round 4
Match 29: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (4) 21-18, 21-14 (0:40)
Match 30: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) 21-15, 23-21 (0:45)

Contender's Bracket
Round 1
Match 31: Daven Allison / Jennifer Holdren (17) def. Ilga Celmins / Veronique Boudon (32) 21-17, 17-21, 15-8 (0:48)
Match 32: Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (24) def. Kelly Rowe / Sarah White (25, Q6) 21-11, 21-8 (0:37)
Match 33: Mary Baily / Julie Romias (28, Q5) def. Jill Changaris / Patti Scofield (21) 19-21, 21-13, 15-11 (0:59)
Match 34: Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (29, Q8) def. Kerri Eich / Nikki Audette (20) 21-23, 21-15, 15-10 (0:51)
Match 35: Wendy Stammer / Jaimie Lee (14) def. Tiffany Rodriguez / Keao Burdine (30, Q18) 21-17, 21-14 (0:31)
Match 36: Ella Vakhidova / Ashley Ivy (22) def. Jeannette Hecker / Catie Vagneur (27, Q4) 21-19, 24-22 (0:47)
Match 37: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (10) def. Barbara Nyland / Beth Van Fleet (26, Q3) 21-18, 21-11 (0:39)
Match 38: Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (15) def. Michelle Morse / Stephanie Roberts (31, Q23) 21-15, 21-9 (0:39)
Round 2
Match 39: Pat Keller / Jenelle Koester (18) def. Daven Allison / Jennifer Holdren (17) 13-21, 21-19, 15-7 (0:50)
Match 40: Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (24) def. Michelle More / Suzanne Stonebarger (23, Q1) 21-14, 15-21, 15-13 (1:05)
Match 41: Carrie Busch / Leanne McSorley (6) def. Mary Baily / Julie Romias (28, Q5) 21-15, 21-12 (0:36)
Match 42: Diane Pascua / Ali Wood (19) def. Meri-de Boyer / Cheri Fitzner (29, Q8) 21-16, 21-15 (0:39)
Match 43: Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (13) def. Wendy Stammer / Jaimie Lee (14) 25-23, 21-17 (0:41)
Match 44: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Meredith (5) def. Ella Vakhidova / Ashley Ivy (22) 21-17, 21-18 (0:40)
Match 45: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (10) def. Katie Lindquist / Tracy Lindquist (9) 21-18, 21-12 (0:36)
Match 46: Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (15) def. Ann Windes / Saralyn Smith (16) 17-21, 21-11, 15-12 (0:52)
Round 3
Match 47: Pat Keller / Jenelle Koester (18) def. Angela Lewis / Priscilla Lima (24) 25-23, 21-18 (0:47)
Match 48: Carrie Busch / Leanne McSorley (6) def. Diane Pascua / Ali Wood (19) 21-14, 21-19 (0:39)
Match 49: Nancy Mason / Jennifer Meredith (5) def. Heather Lowe / Jenny Pavley (13) 21-15, 21-18 (0:44)
Match 50: Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (10) def. Denise Johns / Alicia Polzin (15) 21-16, 21-17 (0:41)
Round 4
Match 51: Pat Keller / Jenelle Koester (18) def. Angie Akers / Nicole Branagh (12) 21-19, 21-14 (0:37)
Match 52: Carrie Busch / Leanne McSorley (6) def. Tammy Leibl / Dianne DeNecochea (8) 19-21, 21-19, 21-19 (1:08)
Match 53: Semirames Marins / Paula Roca (7) def. Nancy Mason / Jennifer Meredith (5) 21-12, 21-15 (0:36)
Match 54: Brooke Niles / Sarah Straton (11) def. Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson / Heidi Ilustre (10) 21-19, 21-17 (0:40)
Round 5
Match 55: Carrie Busch / Leanne McSorley (6) def. Pat Keller / Jenelle Koester (18) 21-14, 21-18 (0:37)
Match 56: Brooke Niles / Sarah Straton (11) def. Semirames Marins / Paula Roca (7) 21-15, 21-17 (0:39)
Round 6
Match 57: Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) def. Carrie Busch / Leanne McSorley (6) 16-21, 21-17, 15-7 (0:58)
Match 58: Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (4) def. Brooke Niles / Sarah Straton (11) 21-15, 22-20 (0:39)

Semifinals
Match 59: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Jennifer Kessy / Holly McPeak (3) 21-18, 21-16 (0:52)
Match 60: Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) def. Tyra Turner / Makare Wilson (4) 21-17, 21-11 (0:49)

Finals
Match 61: Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Elaine Youngs / Rachel Wacholder (2) 21-16, 21-19 (1:11) 

2005 Hermosa Beach Women's Tournament Champions >>Misty May / Kerrie Walsh

                                                                             
              Kerrie Walsh                 &                  Misty May                  

     

 
Women's Final Results:

Women's $125,000 AVP Hermosa Beach Open
Presented by Bud Light
July 21-24, 2005 
Finish Player Partner Seed Winnings Points
1 Misty May-Treanor Kerri Walsh 1 $28,000.00 520.0
2 Rachel Wacholder Elaine Youngs 2 $20,000.00 468.0
3 Jennifer Kessy Holly McPeak 3 $12,000.00 390.0
3 Tyra Turner Makare Wilson 4 $12,000.00 390.0
5 Carrie Busch Leanne McSorley 6 $7,000.00 312.0
5 Brooke Niles Sarah Straton 11 $7,000.00 312.0
7 Semirames Marins Paula Roca 7 $5,000.00 260.0
7 Pat Keller Jenelle Koester 18 $5,000.00 260.0
9 Nancy Mason Jennifer Meredith 5 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Dianne DeNecochea Tammy Leibl 8 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson Heidi Ilustre 10 $3,150.00 208.0
9 Angie Akers Nicole Branagh 12 $3,150.00 208.0
13 Heather Lowe Jenny Pavley 13 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Denise Johns Alicia Polzin 15 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Diane Pascua Ali Wood 19 $2,000.00 156.0
13 Angela Lewis Priscilla Lima 24 $2,000.00 156.0
17 Katie Lindquist Tracy Lindquist 9 $800.00 104.0
17 Jaimie Lee Wendy Stammer 14 $800.00 104.0
17 Saralyn Smith Ann Windes 16 $800.00 104.0
17 Daven Allison Jennifer Holdren 17 $800.00 104.0
17 Ashley Ivy Ella Vakhidova 22 $800.00 104.0
17 Michelle More Suzanne Stonebarger 23, Q1 $800.00 104.0
17 Mary Baily Julie Romias 28, Q5 $800.00 104.0
17 Meri-de Boyer Cheri Fitzner 29, Q8 $800.00 104.0
25 Nikki Audette Kerri Eich 20 $250.00 52.0
25 Jill Changaris Patti Scofield 21 $250.00 52.0
25 Kelly Rowe Sarah White 25, Q6 $250.00 52.0
25 Barbara Nyland Beth Van Fleet 26, Q3 $250.00 52.0
25 Jeannette Hecker Catie Vagneur 27, Q4 $250.00 52.0
25 Keao Burdine Tiffany Rodriguez 30, Q18 $250.00 52.0
25 Michelle Morse Stephanie Roberts 31, Q23 $250.00 52.0
25 Veronique Boudon Ilga Celmins 32 $250.00 52.0
33 Lisa Gathright Jenny Griffith Q7 $.00 24.0
33 Nicki Fusco Gina Kirstein Q9 $.00 24.0
33 Tara Burton Franci Van Zwieten Q11 $.00 24.0
33 Brittany Hochevar Monique Oliver Q17 $.00 24.0
33 Gabriela Roney Lenka Urbanova Q44 $.00 24.0
33 Leilani Kamahoahoa Angela Knopf Q45 $.00 24.0
33 Dana Kabashima Vladia Vignato Q51 $.00 24.0
33 Christine Pack Kamila Pavlaskova Q63 $.00 24.0
41 Lisa Marshall Carrie Wright Q12 $.00 18.0
41 Marla O'Hara Holly Reisor Q13 $.00 18.0
41 Jennifer Fopma Stacy Rouwenhorst Q15 $.00 18.0
41 Joy Akins Dawn Cline Q16 $.00 18.0
41 Kirstin Olsen Laura Ratto Q22 $.00 18.0
41 Noel Frohman Kristin Ursillo Q24 $.00 18.0
41 Heather Alley Carol Killeen Q25 $.00 18.0
41 Erin Byrd Jeanette Simenson Q26 $.00 18.0
41 Jennifer Maastricht Teri Zartman Q27 $.00 18.0
41 Krystal McFarland Erica Menzel Q28 $.00 18.0
41 Jessie Cooper Kristi Winters Q29 $.00 18.0
41 Marietta McElwee Ashley Regner Q31 $.00 18.0
41 Karen Holman Kelly Yengst Q33 $.00 18.0
41 Stacy Nicks Barb Sanson Q35 $.00 18.0
41 Dana Schilling Caroline Skacel Q46 $.00 18.0
41 Sarah Jones Kim Kiefer Q55 $.00 18.0
57 Kimberly Coleman Julie Deckert Q2 $.00 12.0
57 Helen Reale Karen Reitz Q10 $.00 12.0
57 Michelle Kyman Alicia Zamparelli Q14 $.00 12.0
57 Jean Mathews Nicole Midwin Q19 $.00 12.0
57 Jennifer Lombardi Kathleen Madden Q20 $.00 12.0
57 Angie Simpson Amber Willey Q21 $.00 12.0
57 Jennifer Lehman Johanna Lehman Q30 $.00 12.0
57 Christina Hinds Natacha Nelson Q32 $.00 12.0
57 Paige Davis Jennifer Walker Q34 $.00 12.0
57 Carolyn O'Keefe Julie Thomas Q36 $.00 12.0
57 Shannon Christianson Jackie Hatten Q37 $.00 12.0
57 Cherry Simkins Ashanti Taylor Q38 $.00 12.0
57 Kim Goodwin Jill Leake Q39 $.00 12.0
57 Ella Harley Alyssa Rylander Q40 $.00 12.0
57 Dana Morgan Josie Youngblood Q41 $.00 12.0
57 Cinta Claro Lauren Mills Q42 $.00 12.0
57 Erin Pryor Molly Stark Q43 $.00 12.0
57 Carol Hamilton Valerie Pryor Q47 $.00 12.0
57 Maggie Philgence Chrissie Zartman Q48 $.00 12.0
57 Jeanette Kelder Debbie Ponis Q49 $.00 12.0
57 Sandy Martin Shannon Nelson Q50 $.00 12.0
57 Montana Curtis Lindsay Loxterkamp Q52 $.00 12.0
57 Kali Nelson Susan Postnikoff Q53 $.00 12.0
57 Kiah Fiers Alexandra Jupiter Q54 $.00 12.0
57 Stephanie Barry Jenna Dykstra Q56 $.00 12.0
57 Jennifer Cosco Tiffany Verbick Q57 $.00 12.0
57 Renee Cleary Kathleen Cox Q58 $.00 12.0
57 Kris Bredehoft Pamela Lubben Q59 $.00 12.0
57 Benishe Dillard-Roberts Cheryl Weaver Q60 $.00 12.0
57 April Chapple Heather Hafner Q61 $.00 12.0
57 Elizabeth Maloney Courtney Mulford Q62 $.00 12.0

Articles 2005

Misty and Kerri Honored with “Under Armour Undeniable Performance Award” at ESPYs 
By Paul Soriano
USA Volleyball 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Even three star football players are no match for Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh these days. On Wednesday night, May-Treanor and Walsh were announced as the winners of the “Under Armour Undeniable Performance Award” at ESPN’s ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.
The dynamic duo, who are currently in Portugal competing on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, were recognized (by virtue of fan voting) for winning the 2004 Olympic beach volleyball gold medal in Athens, Greece, without losing a single game.
Other nominees included: Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who caught three touchdown passes in a come-from-behind win over rival Michigan State; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens, who returned from a broken leg and racked up nine catches in Super Bowl XXXIX; and David Pollack, the Georgia defensive end who won the Lombardi (best defensive lineman), the Bednarik (best defensive player), and the Hendricks (best defensive end) awards and the Lott (defensive impact player) trophy following the 2004 season.
It was the first ESPY Award for May-Treanor and Walsh.

Quiksilver and AVP Join to Sponsor First-Ever Volleyball Youth Initiative
Monday July 18, 7:00 am ET 
Agreement Makes Quiksilver Official Sponsor of Beach Volleyball Program That Provides AVP Clinics, Camps and Tournaments for Children
LOS ANGELES, July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPN - News), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball, today announced a sponsorship agreement with Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK - News; www.quiksilver.com), the leading boardriding lifestyle company, making Quiksilver the official sponsor of the first-ever AVP Youth Initiative. The AVP Youth Initiative is a program designed to encourage and promote the sport of volleyball among the nation's youth through a series of clinics, camps and tournaments. Quiksilver will sponsor 20 youth events around the country. As part of the sponsorship, Quiksilver will also have co-branded products on-site, including net tapes and on-court signage at each event.
"We are extremely excited to begin a partnership with an industry-leader such as Quiksilver," said Leonard Armato, Chief Executive Officer of AVP. "The apparel company shares in our organization's goals of creating opportunities for our youth to improve their volleyball skills and creating future AVP athletes. We anticipate a successful 2005 and look forward to growing together in the future."
"We are thrilled to partner with the AVP for this youth initiative," said Bob McKnight, CEO, Quiksilver. "The clinics, camps and tournaments are a great way for us to reach the global fans of beach, boardriding and volleyball culture and help them develop their skills in the sand."
About AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc.
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, currently sponsored by Nissan and referred to as the AVP Nissan Series, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP will stage 14 events throughout the United States in 2005. All tournaments will be televised live (or same day) on either Fox Sports Net or NBC Sports. Professional beach volleyball is one of the most exciting and fastest growing sports in the United States today. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.
About Quiksilver
Quiksilver designs, produces and distributes clothing, accessories and related products for youth and develops brands representing a casual, lifestyle-driven culture built upon boardriding heritage. Quiksilver's authenticity is evident in its innovative products, events and retail environments across the globe.
Quiksilver's primary focus is apparel, footwear and related accessories for young men and young women under the Quiksilver, Roxy, DC Shoes, Raisins, Radio Fiji and Island Soul labels. Quiksilver also manufactures apparel, footwear and related accessories for boys (Quiksilver Boys and Hawk Clothing), girls (Roxy Girl, Teenie Wahine and Raisins Girls), men (Quiksilveredition and Fidra) and women (Leilani swimwear), as well as snowboards, snowboard boots and bindings under the Lib Technologies, Gnu, DC Shoes, Roxy and Bent Metal labels. Quiksilver's products are sold throughout the world, primarily in surf shops, skate shops and other specialty stores that provide an authentic retail experience for our customers.

AAU National Championships of Beach Volleyball has International Flair
The 12th AAU Boys National Championships in Hermosa Beach, Calif., drew 107 teams from seven states and two countries. Held on 21 courts near the Hermosa Beach Pier on Sunday, July 17, the doubles beach volleyball competition featured six divisions based on age.
The U19 division was won by brothers from Tel Aviv, Israel, Alon and Oren Alkoby, as the pair defeated locals Joey Dykstra, of Hermosa Beach, and Andy McGuire, of Manhattan Beach, in the finals. Dykstra and McGuire also placed second together in last season's National Championships, but had each won an AAU event this year with a different partner.
While most of the events on the eight-state, 14-event Cobra AAU Junior Volleyball Tour offer a qualifying spot for the prestigious AAU Junior Olympic Games to the winners in the U14 and U17 divisions, this tournament awarded berths to the top four teams in those divisions. The international competition, featuring teams from Canada, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean as well as from across the U.S., requires qualification from various tournaments. The event will be held in New Orleans July 30-August 2.
The winners of the U17 division were a pair of Hawaiians, Jacob Jenkins of Kailua and Riley McKibbin of Honolulu, who won the National Championships for the second straight year. Joining them in qualifying for New Orleans was the second place team of Tony Ciarelli, of Huntington Beach, and Eric Soji, of Honolulu. The third place finishers, Corey Palmer and Phillip Solomon, both from Redondo Beach, had qualified from a previous tournament this season. The fourth place finishers, Rick Cervantes, from Santa Barbara, and Anthony Spittle, from Redondo Beach, also qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics.
Maddison McKibbin, of Honolulu, and Matthew Mirick, of Manhattan Beach, teamed up to win the U15 division. Playing with different partners, Mirick had defeated McKibbon in last year's U14 title match of the National Championships.
Four berths were at stake in the U14 division, and the winners, Thomas Belknap, of Hermosa Beach, and Devon Hatcher, of Los Osos, Calf., claimed their third win of the year on the AAU Tour. Finishing second was a pair of Manhattan Beach residents, Max McFarland, who was a runner-up for the second straight year, along with Ian Satterfield. Brian Miller, of Los Alamitos, and Mike Wilder, of Long Beach, placed third. The fourth place finishers, Vaun Lennon, of Westchester, and Dylan Ramey, of Manhattan Beach, had qualified earlier in the season for New Orleans.
The U12 winners were Andrew Sato of Calabasas, and D.J. White, of Manhattan Beach Winning the U10 division was Keith Arnello, from Hermosa Beach, and Andreas Schmidt, from Redondo Beach
This weekend the juniors will again play in Hermosa Beach, this time next to the top pros in the country on the AVP Tour. The USAV Beach Volleyball Championships will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23. At stake are spots to play in the FIVB World Championships against youngsters from across the globe.
For more information go to http://aaubeach.org
 
From the Hardwood to the Beach
July 19, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Fans of indoor volleyball will quickly recognize his name as a standout player on every level he has competed. Beach volleyball fans, and players alike, will do well to take notice of Sean Rooney as he transitions to the beach game.
Rooney didn't just play on national teams in high school, he was the MVP of his second AAU national championship team. He was the Illinois state player of the year before making Waves in college. At Pepperdine, he was chosen the AVCA Freshman of the year, became just the seventh male to be named All-American all four years, and was the 2005 AVCA Player of the Year. In helping Pepperdine to its first national title in more than 10 years, Rooney was chosen as the MVP of the NCAA Championships.
The road he took seemed to be a perfect track to an indoor career that could possibly take him to the Olympics via the U.S. National Indoor team.
"It definitely has been a thought," Rooney said. "But now on top of that there are new thoughts. Instead of five, six, even eight years indoors and then going to the beach, I'm thinking about what I could do by getting started now playing on the beach. I realize how much fun it is and what a great sport it is."
Playing with his college roommate, John Mayer, the pair played in the qualifier in Santa Barbara and lost their first match. The next event, though, they advanced to the main draw.
"We trained hard before San Diego," Rooney recalled. "It was a war to get in. That was one of the hardest days of volleyball I've had."
Their reward? A first round match-up with the top seeds, Olympians Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard. The duo finished 17th in that tournament and then qualified again in Cincinnati, where they knocked off the 10th-seeded team and finished 13th.
In Belmar, Mayer had a previous commitment so Rooney instead played with Adam Roberts. Despite the fact that Rooney switched sides, the duo took a 13th after defeating ninth-seeded Mark Williams and Scott Wong, who is an assistant coach at Pepperdine.
Now for Hermosa Beach, Mayer is back and the two will find themselves in a new situation  getting to watch the qualifier instead of playing in it. The pair has accumulated just enough points to get seeded directly into the main draw, the next step of progress for them.
"I think about it a lot when I'm off the court," Rooney said about his progress in transitioning to the beach game. "On the court I just want to compete. I've enjoyed the challenge a lot because you are confronted with it right away. In the indoor game, you can hide a weakness for a while. On the beach, you change it or you'll lose."
"I'm having more fun than I ever imagined."

The AVP Men's side: who is Knocking on the Door in Hermosa

July 19, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP
Pressure and tension are evident as the second event of the AVP Championship Series event approaches with the AVP Hermosa Beach Open LIVE on NBC this weekend.
Entering Hermosa Beach, there have been five champions in seven events on the AVP Men's side. Marking the mid-point of the season, the outcome of the Hermosa Beach event will either bare a new season legacy with leading winning team Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb should they take a first or parity will simply prevail and become the 2005 season-long theme.
Metzger / Gibb won the first two tournaments of 2005 defeating Jeff Nygaard and Dax Holdren in both the Fort Lauderdale and Tempe Finals. After a second, two thirds and a fifth place finish, Metzger / Gibb returned to the winners circle in Belmar.
The duo leads the field in points, money earned and wins. Individually, Gibb ranks second on the tour in blocks with 228, trailing only Phil Dalhausser's 241. Metzger leads all players in digs with 563, a incredible 55 more than second ranked Nick Lucena.
While Metzger and Gibb are the midseason favorites for AVP Team of the Year, there is much more at stake here than accolades.
The last two tournaments of the 2005 season, the Aquafina AVP Shootout and the Paul Mitchell AVP Best of the Beach, are invitational events each carrying a $200,000 purse.
The Aquafina AVP Shootout consists of only the top 12 players. The players are ranked based off their five best finishes of 2005 according to points awarded. With the new point system in effect for the 2005 AVP Championship Series, a win in Hermosa would be worth twice as much as a win in a non-Championship Series event. The AVP Championship Finale in Chicago is worth three times as much.
The Paul Mitchell AVP Best of the Beach will pit the top eight teams against one another. Rankings are determined based off a team's six best finishes in regards to points earned. Here too, Hermosa is worth twice as much because it is a part of the AVP Championship Series.
A win in Hermosa by Metzger / Gibb would clinch a spot in both invitational tournaments as well as put the talk of parity on the Men's side to rest.
Back to parity:
Several teams have shaken off their early season rust and are poised for a Hermosa Beach Open run. At the top of that list are Sean Rosenthal / Larry Witt, Dain Blanton / Kevin Wong, and Karch Kiraly / Adam Jewell.
Rosenthal / Witt are coming off their best finish of the season as they narrowly lost to Metzger / Gibb in the Belmar Semifinals, falling 15-13 in the sudden death third game. Rosenthal / Witt have improved their finish in four straight tournaments and hope that Hermosa will bring their third career victory.
Blanton / Wong became new teammates in 2005 and are hitting their stride as they enter Hermosa. Coming off a third place finish in Belmar, the former Olympians look to make an impact in Hermosa.
Is the magic still there? Kiraly / Jewell did not advance past Saturday play in their first few tournaments as partners. However, the duo has been taking top teams to three-game matches and has two fifth place finishes in the last three tournaments. They can't be ruled out.

Challenging the Champs
July 20, 2005
Courtesy Of AVP 
Misty May and Kerri Walsh have established themselves as one of the most dominant teams in sports. Their run from 2003 through the present rivals the greatest streaks in recent sports' history. Over the three year period the duo has won the Olympic Gold Medal, 21 AVP Titles, 11 FIVB Titles and gone on winning streaks of 50 matches and the world record 89 consecutive matches.
However, the 2005 World Champions have been challenged as of late including a stunning loss to Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder in the Cincinnati Open Finals. In the first five events of the season May / Walsh dropped only two of 58 games. In the last two events, Cincinnati and Belmar, May / Walsh lost five of 26 games.
While May / Walsh have jumped right back to their winning form after Cincinnati, having captured both the AVP Belmar Open and the FIVB Portugal Open, it is clear their AVP competition has employed a new strategy when playing against the Gold Medalists.
In the early events of the season, May / Walsh's competition relied solely on serving to May but found out quickly that May consistently sides out. The competitive strategy changed in the San Diego Finals and for the first time in 2005, a team directed the majority of their serves towards Walsh.
The Brazilian team of Mimi Marins and Tati Minello left their soft serves at home and fired powerful serves exclusively to Walsh. The Brazilians forced Walsh to handle the heat and move laterally -- two facets of Walsh's game that had yet to be tested in 2005. San Diego resulted in a narrow victory for May / Walsh 23-21, 21-19, but clearly set the stage for this new strategy.
The first team to take advantage of the new tactic was the duo of Holly McPeak and Jen Kessy in the Cincinnati Semifinals. McPeak / Kessy, who had previously scored more than 17 points against May / Walsh once in 2005, came out swinging. A barrage of over-in-twos and aggressive serves towards Walsh forced a late third game lead for McPeak / Kessy, who eventually fell 15-12.
The same strategy was implemented by Youngs / Wacholder in the Cincinnati Finals. It paid off. Youngs / Wacholder defeated the World Champions 24-26, 21-18 and 15-13, thus ending their 50 match winning streak.
Matt Gage, winner of 28 Pro Beach Volleyball titles during the 1970s and 1980s, says three key elements have led to the resurrection on the Women's side. Gage points directly at "confidence, comfort and aggressive play."
Gage says that teams are finally playing better and believe that they can "play with Misty and Kerri." Early on teams were just playing for second place, but now have the confidence to compete for the title against the Gold Medalists. Gage singles out Wacholder stating that her "execution on passing and setting has improved and therefore so has her confidence."
The comfort levels have increased as well. With several new teams entering the 2005 season, it was anticipated that there would be a growing period to establish comfort and a level of confidence. Now that the season has reached the halfway point, new partners Youngs / Wacholder and McPeak / Kessy have hit their stride. "There is an obvious trust that has exists that was not seen in the early parts of the season."
But the biggest change has been the aggressive play. May had reached an optimal comfort level on siding out. Gage states that teams must continually "attack that level of comfort" to have success against May / Walsh. They have done so by sending power serves at Walsh thus forcing her to set and pass well, while limiting May's side out opportunities.
Teams have applied the over-in-two strategy as well to keep May / Walsh on the defensive. While the over-in-two tactic is not a set play, McPeak / Kessy have consistently integrated it into their repertoire. McPeak's soft hands and incredible lateral range allows Kessy to move closer to the net for the possible over-in-two. This move throws the defense on their heels and often leads to quick side-outs.
The new strategy against May / Walsh will accomplish two competing goals. It will bring short term success for many teams like the Lindquist sisters who in Belmar narrowly lost in three games. And the new strategy will make May / Walsh more dangerous. As the Gold Medalists adjust their games to combat the new aggressive strategy, their game will only improve.

Partners part ways, produce power pairs
By David Leon Moore, USA TODAY
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — Athens was not kind to Stein Metzger during last summer's Olympics. But a year later, the veteran beach volleyball player is on top of the world, or at least on top of the AVP pro beach rankings, as he contentedly munches on a Greek salad at a café in Manhattan Beach.
  Dax Holdren, top, and Stein Metzger show their disappointment after falling to the Swiss in the Athens Olympics last year. 
By Philippe Desmazes, AFP 
"Things," he says, "have worked out better than I could have imagined."
The sands of Greece were equally unforgiving to Dax Holdren, Metzger's former partner. But as he sits on Manhattan Beach's soft sand after a morning workout at the famed Marine Street courts, he couldn't have a warmer glow about him. (Related item: Vet Kiraly still a factor)
"Things," he says, "are going good and getting better."
Of course, making a living with sand between your toes is almost always a good thing. But for Metzger and Holdren, this year has proved to be not only fun but also redemptive.
They wasted no time in splitting up after last year's Olympics, and they've wasted no time in reclaiming their reputations as two of the best all-around players on the beach.
Metzger and his new partner, Jake Gibb, the AVP's latest blocking sensation, are the Nissan Series tour's No. 1-ranked men's duo, winners of three of seven events this season.
Holdren and his new partner, Jeff Nygaard, the 2003 AVP most valuable player, are ranked No. 2, winners of one tournament and three times a runner-up.
They'll be among the favorites this weekend in the AVP's Hermosa Beach Open, separate men's and women's tournaments NBC will televise live Saturday (men's final) and Sunday (women's final).
Stuck together
As Olympic partners last year, Metzger, 32, of Manhattan Beach and Holdren, 32, of Santa Barbara were a mismatched set, two smallish (both 6-3) defensive players forced to play together by a combination of beach volleyball's never-ending soap opera of partner switches and the international volleyball federation's method of qualifying for the Olympics.

   Vet Kiraly, 44, still a factor   
HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. — One of the beach volleyball contenders to watch during this weekend's Hermosa Beach Open can certainly count experience on his side.
He played in his first final at Hermosa 27 years ago.
Twenty-seven years.
Karch Kiraly is now 44. The three-time Olympic gold medalist (1984 and '88 indoors, '96 beach) is the all-time winningest beach pro, with 147 tournament titles.
He won three times last year — at the age of 43, another record.
He struggled early this year recovering from shoulder surgery and, after three tournaments, was dumped by partner Mike Lambert.
But with new partner Adam Jewell, Kiraly has finished fifth twice, including two victories against Lambert.
So, could he win No. 148, and his seventh Hermosa title, this weekend?
"I wouldn't count him out," tour star Dax Holdren says. "Karch is Karch."
Kiraly's first big beach breakthrough came at Hermosa in 1978. As a 17-year-old who had just graduated from high school, he shocked Hermosa onlookers by reaching the final, where he and Marco Ortega lost to then-dominant Jim Menges and Greg Lee.
After the final, as was the custom, everyone adjourned to the Poop Deck, a landmark watering hole.
Kiraly says he had two Cokes.
For most of the next 28 years, Kiraly has been the biggest story in volleyball. But now the big news on the sand is the women's team of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor, the reigning Olympic gold medalists.
Walsh and May-Treanor are so hot that NBC, for the first time in its history of telecasting the sport, will move the men's final from Sunday to Saturday. The women's final, traditionally shown Saturday, takes the prime Sunday spot.
Kiraly wonders how Hermosa's hard-core fans will take to no men's play Sunday.
"The men can't be upset, not the way they performed at Athens (fifth and 19th)," says Kiraly, who will be doing commentary for NBC this weekend (unless, of course, he's in Saturday's final). "Misty and Kerri are the big attraction now."

By David Leon Moore
 
A year before the Olympics, they had been dumped by their previous partners, Metzger by Kevin Wong and Holdren by 2000 gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana.
So, in Athens, seeded 12th, they carried the unofficial nickname "The Dumpees."
To no one's surprise, they didn't win a medal, though their fifth-place finish was better than many expected. Coupled with the surprisingly weak 19th-place effort by Dain Blanton and Nygaard, the U.S. men were a washout after having won gold medals in the previous two Olympics.
Holdren and Metzger knew they had little chance in Athens, acknowledging that each would do much better with a different, bigger partner. But they couldn't switch partners in 2004 because they had all but guaranteed themselves a spot in the Olympics by finishing second together in an unbelievable performance in the World Championships in late 2003, their first international tournament together.
If they had switched partners after that, they would have surrendered all their Olympic qualification points as a team and would have had no shot at getting to the Olympics.
So they were stuck together, like it or not. Off the court, they loved it, growing to be close friends. On the court, it was a constant struggle to match up at the net with teams that, in recent years, almost always have a 6-7 or 6-8 blocker.
Even if they played a near-flawless game, and they sometimes did, one or two big blocks against them could turn a match.
"We were the consummate underdogs," Metzger says. "We got dumped, kicked around. It was us against the world. We had to just strap on our boots and go after it. We didn't feel like we had a whole lot of support from anyone in the volleyball world, including the media.
"That's why we became so close. When you're the underdog, and it seems like everything's against you and you're just battling uphill all the time and the only person you have to rely on is your partner, you become really close."
Even as they tried together to win a medal, they knew their partnership would end after the Olympics.
"We really shouldn't have been playing together," Holdren says. "But I can't be sorry for getting there. We did the best we could, played as well as we could. And I had a great time. I got to bring my wife and kids. It was amazing, walking in the opening ceremonies and all that stuff."
Better this year
Immediately after the closing ceremonies, both started thinking about the 2005 season — and finding a big guy.
They both hit pay dirt. In the 6-7, 29-year-old Gibb, Metzger has a partner who is powerful, athletic and still just learning the game. An oddity in the sport, Gibb never played college volleyball, picking up the game in his backyard in Utah when he was 21.
"I think they used a garden hose for the lines," Metzger says.
In the 6-8, 32-year-old Nygaard, who himself was dumped after the Olympics by Blanton, Holdren has a veteran partner who is playing much better this year after an admittedly poor 2004 season.
This is redemptive for Nygaard, too. "I have a lot of regrets about last year," he says. "Dain and I had the potential to win an Olympic medal, and the bottom line is we just didn't play well."
The first two tournaments this season helped erase a lot of the pain of all involved. Both times Metzger/Gibb and Holdren/Nygaard reached the final, with Metzger/Gibb winning both.
"We'd get to the final and look at each other across the net and say, 'How cool is this?' " Metzger says.
In the fourth tournament of the year, in Holdren's hometown of Santa Barbara, Calif., he and Nygaard won their first tournament together.
Together, Holdren and Metzger battled adversity and forged a great friendship. Apart, they've forged the sport's two best teams.
"If we'd had these two teams at the Olympics, we probably would have had some strong results in Athens," says veteran star Karch Kiraly, a three-time volleyball gold medalist. "I'm happy for them. They're back playing at the level everyone knew they were capable of, just not together."

A day at beach for former Waves duo
Pepperdine products Rooney, Mayer learn ropes on AVP tour
By Sean Martin, Special to the Daily News
Sean Rooney said he wanted a relaxing summer after leading the Pepperdine men's volleyball team to the NCAA championship in May, so he headed to the beach.
He has played this summer on the Association of Volleyball Professionals' tour with former Pepperdine teammate John Mayer, a Thousand Oaks High and Pierce College product.
Rooney said he might make the permanent switch to sand despite a successful indoor career. He was the NCAA Division I-II Player of the Year, is one of four former Waves on the U.S. men's national team roster and will play in a pro indoor league in South Korea in November.
He and Mayer will play Friday through Sunday in the AVP Hermosa Beach Qualifying will be held today.
Rooney and Mayer have played together three times this year after finishing their eligibility at Pepperdine. They were 17th in San Diego in mid-June and 13th in Cincinnati three weeks later.
This is the first tournament in which they've been seeded into the main draw, enabling them to skip qualifying and play Friday with fresh legs.
"They've obviously adapted well," said Pepperdine head coach Marv Dunphy. "It's a different game, because you've got the sun, the sky, a different surface and a different frame of reference. I give them credit for being able to play both games. I just know they're good volleyball players."
Rooney and Mayer have fared well in their young careers because they complement each other on defense, and the former roommates have strong communication skills, Rooney said.
"John's become such a great sideout player, which is the first thing you need in the AVP, otherwise you'll be off the court before you know it," Rooney said. "Also, he's such a good defender, and I'm a big blocker, so him running around in the back row complements me at the net."
Playing beach volleyball has helped the two become better overall players no matter which career paths they choose.
Opponents usually serve the 6-foot-1 Mayer so he will hit on the point, a new role for the player who set for Pepperdine as a junior. That has forced Rooney, one of college volleyball's premier hitters, to improve his setting.
They would not be the first former Pepperdine players to make a successful transition to the beach. Dain Blanton, a member of the Waves' 1992 national championship team, won a gold medal in beach volleyball at the 2000 Olympics and competed at the Athens Games. Pepperdine assistant coach Scott Wong, who played at UCLA, also competes on the AVP tour.
Sean Martin, (818) 713-3607 sean.martin@dailynews.com
HERMOSA BEACH OPEN
Who: Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger (UCLA), winners of three of eight tournaments this season, are the top-ranked men's team. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are the No. 1 women's team in the world with eight victories this season, six on the AVP tour.
Prize money: $250,000.
Where: North of the pier, 100 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach.
When: Today, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
TV: Ch. 4, 1:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.).
Admission: Free.

AVP Pro Beach Volleyball to Host Sponsor Summit at Historic Hermosa Beach Tournament
Thursday July 21, 7:00 am ET 
Over 40 Companies Represented as NBC and OLN Prepare to Broadcast the Men's and Women's AVP Nissan Championship Series Finals and Semi-Finals ~
LOS ANGELES, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AVP, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVPN - News), a lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on professional beach volleyball, will conduct a Sponsor Summit meeting on Friday, July 22nd in Hermosa Beach, California in advance of the AVP Nissan Series Hermosa Beach Open presented by Bud Light. The AVP Nissan Series Hermosa Beach Open is one event of 14 in the 2005 Tour season. Each of the AVP's fifteen national sponsors will be represented and another 30 potential sponsors will be in attendance. The Summit was created to bring together AVP's sponsors, supporters and interested parties once a year for a "State of the AVP" weekend.
AVP's Chief Executive Officer and Tour Commissioner, Leonard Armato, will conduct the meeting and present a detailed outline for the continued growth of AVP. Topics will include the unprecedented rise in popularity for the sport of beach volleyball, the unique opportunity for sponsors to fully integrate into the fabric of the sport in an exclusive and protected environment, and specific plans for the future of the Tour.
Attendees will also hear from legendary LA Times sports editor Bill Dwyer as well as Joe Uva, President and CEO of OMD Worldwide, one of the leading global full-service media planning and buying companies, who will deliver the keynote address on the changing face of sports and media in the 21st century.
Following the Summit, guests will be invited to attend the AVP Nissan Series Hermosa Beach Open, one of the longest-running and most prestigious beach volleyball tournaments in the world. Last year, over 100,000 fans packed the beach to witness the one-of-a-kind action of the elite AVP pro- beach volleyball players.
NBC Sports will continue its coverage of the AVP Nissan Championship Series with a live broadcast featuring the Men's Finals on Saturday, the 23rd at 4:30 pm EDT followed by the Women's Final on Sunday the 24th live at 4:30 pm EDT. Comcast's Outdoor Life Network (OLN) will air coverage of both the Men's and the Women's semi-finals from the weekend as well.
The AVP Nissan Championship Series is made up of the five "majors" on the Tour, Cincinnati, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach, Manhattan Beach and Chicago. Each represents double or triple points and prize money. At the end of the season, for the first time in Tour history, the AVP will crown a champion team for the men's and women's teams.
About the AVP
AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, Inc. is a leading lifestyle sports entertainment company focused on the production, marketing and distribution of professional beach volleyball events. AVP operates the industry's most prominent national touring series, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, currently sponsored by Nissan and referred to as the AVP Nissan Series, which was organized in 1983. Featuring more than 150 of the top American men and women competitors in the sport, AVP will stage 14 events throughout the United States in 2005. All tournaments will be televised live (or same day) on either Fox Sports Net, OLN or NBC Sports. Professional beach volleyball is one of the most exciting and fastest growing sports in the United States today. In 2004, AVP athletes successfully represented the United States during the Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning gold and bronze medals, the first medals won by U.S. women in professional beach volleyball. For more information, please visit www.avp.com.

Taking their shot at the world’s best
By JULIE JAG
Sentinel staff writer
Vero Bouden and Ilga Celmins of Santa Cruz have next.
They’re getting ready to play the best women’s team in the top beach volleyball league at one of the most prominent events of the season.
If the draw works out, they’ll take on Olympic gold medalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh on Center Court at the Association of Volleyball Professionals’ Hermosa Beach Open.
"It’s really unexpected," Bouden said.
Last month, Bouden and Celmins won a qualifying event, the AVP Next tournament, and earned a wild card entry into the main draw of this week’s AVP tournament. It’s not guaranteed that they will meet the top seed — May and Walsh — when play starts Friday. But neither Bouden nor Celmins has any previous AVP experience or AVP points, so they’ll probably be the lowest seed.
"We won’t be able to say until after (Thursday’s) qualifier," said Al Lau, director of player relations for the AVP. "But right now I’m pretty confident that they are going to play Misty and Kerri."
In terms of their chances of survival, it’s like the ant vs. the shoe.
Walsh, who grew up in Scotts Valley, and May have been playing on the pro tour together for three years. At one point they strung together 89 consecutive match wins across the AVP Tour and the international circuit. More recently, they’ve won six of the eight AVP tournaments they’ve entered this year.
That’s not to say Bouden, 33, and Celmins, 40, are shabby. They rank among the top amateur women’s pairs in the state, perhaps in the nation. They won both Extreme Volleyball Players Tour semi-pro tournaments that have been held in Santa Cruz. In addition, the 5-foot-8 Bouden is ranked No. 4 among AAA (one step below AVP) women by the California Beach Volleyball Association. At 5-6, Celmins, who in 1991 spent some time on the pre-AVP Women’s Professional Volleyball Association tour, is No. 24.
Winning the AVP Next wild card tournament was no easy feat, either, especially when just entering the tournament meant stressing out about finding a babysitter for the day to tend to their 1-year-old daughters.
"We had to play really well, and we played well," Celmins said. "Sunday was really tough. We were just so tired, and we kept winning so they said you have to play again. We were like OK, stuff a Balance bar in, get some energy and keep going."
It will probably take more than that to topple May and Walsh. Still, Celmins and Bouden said they’re excited just to have a chance to test themselves against the best.
"Anything would be a win against them," Bouden said. "If we pass them or dig them or make a sideout, anything is like ‘Oh, yeah!’ I would love to do something good against them. Even if we lose, I will be like, ‘OK, we scored a couple of points.’"
And if, by chance, they were to win?
"I would party all night long."

A Sudden Spike in Interest
Wacholder-Youngs team emerges as a rival to May and Walsh, bringing needed intrigue to beach volleyball tour
By Peter Yoon, LA Times Staff Writer
Elaine Youngs arrived home from an Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tournament in Cincinnati three weeks ago and lo and behold, there was no toilet paper.
The bathrooms were fully stocked, but Youngs was worried about the outside of her house. Youngs and Rachel Wacholder had defeated Misty May and Kerri Walsh in Cincinnati and afterward, May had said she and Walsh would get revenge by doing a "T.P." job on Youngs' house.
It was a joke, of course, but it spoke volumes about the rivalry that has developed between the teams this season. May and Walsh had been a seemingly invincible beach volleyball force over the last three years with win streaks of 89 and 50 matches.
But the Wacholder-Youngs victory in Cincinnati and a near-victory over the Olympic gold medalists the following week in Belmar, N.J., signaled the long-awaited arrival of a consistent challenger to the throne of dominance occupied by May and Walsh.
"For so long, Kerri and Misty were so unbeatable," said Youngs, who had been 0 for 18 in her career against May and Walsh before Cincinnati. "How do you deal with that? It's such a mental strain. It's way more mental than it is physical, but now it isn't. We broke that. Now they're worrying about how to beat us."
Cincinnati aside, May, 27, and Walsh, 26, still have the upper hand. They are the top-seeded team in the AVP Hermosa Beach Open, which begins today at the Hermosa Beach Pier; they have defeated Youngs, 35, and Wacholder, 30, in eight of nine meetings this season and needed three games to dispatch them only twice.
But the "Golden Girls" aren't taking anything for granted. They are 1-1 in the last two meetings and had to overcome a 12-10 deficit in Game 3 to win, 15-13, in Belmar. The intensity figures to continue at Hermosa Beach.
"When you play against somebody that much, it gets tense," Walsh said. "Especially since we lost that one time. When we played in Belmar, that's the most passionate, the most heated the games have been. I think both teams were so emotional, so fired up and that's how it's going to be from here on out."
The emergence of Youngs and Wacholder isn't as much of a surprise as the speed with which they have risen. In their first season as partners, they advanced to the finals in the first two tournaments of the season and won their sixth event.
Youngs played with Holly McPeak for the previous three years and the two won a bronze medal at the Athens Olympics. Ultimately, however, bronze wasn't gold and they decided to part ways.
Youngs, among the tour's top blockers, jumped at the chance to pick up Wacholder, a budding defensive star who was looking for a top-level partner. On the surface it seemed like a perfect match and chemistry-wise it made sense, too.
Youngs is a fiery, emotional player known for on-court outbursts and yelling at referees. Wacholder embraces a more laid-back lifestyle, preferring to channel her anger inward. Each has taken a little of the other's personality, which has helped raise their level of play, even though Wacholder said she is sometimes misread.
"I think I've been misunderstood for a long time because I'm nice and shy and on the quieter side when you don't know me," she said. "But I'm as competitive as anyone out there. I just keep it to myself."
Or, she takes it out on the ball. Wacholder has received three yellow cards this year for kicking balls in anger. Youngs hasn't received any.
"I think she probably leads the women's tour in yellow cards," Youngs said. "She's been storming the refs lately too."
Wacholder said playing with Youngs has fueled her emotions some, but playing in matches with trophies on the line has been a far greater influence in her rise in intensity.
"I'm competing in these matches that mean so much more," she said. "I've always had my moments. I'll get mad and scream at myself, but there's so much more on the line now."
Such as trying to take down May and Walsh. The rivalry is welcomed by both teams and the timing for it is perfect. Make no mistake, May and Walsh are the face of beach volleyball. Their dominance and gold-medal performance have put them on the verge of becoming household names.
But their dominance had started to become mundane. They have won dozens of games this season in which they have allowed 15 or fewer points. Some speculated that dominance like that could have eventually turned off fans looking for drama.
"For stars to emerge is a huge benefit for our tour," AVP Commissioner Leonard Armato said. "What Misty and Kerri did was huge for our tour and the next step for growth is a rivalry. The uncertainty of who is going to win is certainly an exciting development."

Men get right to business in Hermosa Open
Qualifying started Thursday because the final is Saturday.
By Phil Collin
DAILY BREEZE
He'll walk down the hill to one of his two hometown tournaments, but unfortunately for Eric Fonoimoana, it will be just for a visit.
The former Mira Costa High star, who fought alongside Kevin Wong to capture the AVP Hermosa Beach Open last year, will only be able to watch this year's edition because he's injured.
But that doesn't mean you'll catch him with a frown on his face.
While the men and women combatants duel in the sun for the $250,000 in prize money and the team points in the Nissan Series, Fonoimoana will watch along with the rest of the fans and hope a strained groin muscle heals in time for him to compete in the Manhattan Open in late August.
And, in the meantime, he'll pass out baby pictures of 3-week-old Tucker Kai, who arrived just in time to help the fiercely competitive Fonoimoana keep his sanity.
"Absolutely,'' he said. "It's a win-win situation at this point. Now I have more time with my son.''
In a switch that has drawn fire from some of the players, the men's final will be contested live on NBC on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., saving Sunday's live broadcast for the women. That means men's qualifying got underway Thursday alongside the Hermosa Pier. The semifinalists will be determined by this afternoon.
When the women square off for the title on Sunday, no one would be surprised to see Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh on one side of the court, considering they've won all but one tournament this year.
Their dominance was ended on July 2 when Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wacholder broke through and defeated May and Walsh for the Cincinnati Open crown. But May and Walsh regained their footing with wins in Belmar, N.J. and last week's FIVB event in Espinho, Portugal.
For the men, it's anyone's guess as the field continues to deepen.
Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger won the first two tournaments of the season, then watched as four different teams won the next four events. Then Metzger and Gibb came back with a victory in Belmar. They enter this weekend's event as the top-seeded team.
In the seedings, they are followed by event winners Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard, Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings and Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena.
Sean Scott and Todd Rogers are seeded fifth, followed by Sean Rosenthal and Larry Witt, Paul Baxter and Jason Ring. Wong and Dain Blanton are seeded eighth.
One combination to look for, though, is Mike Lambert and John Hyden, who will be playing in their third tournament together. They captured the Cincinnati Open, then finished ninth in New Jersey.
"I think the (Cincinnati result) is a good indicator of what we're capable of, and the ninth was kind of a hiccup,'' said Lambert, last year's tour MVP when he played alongside Karch Kiraly. "We toss that aside as kind of an anomaly."

ALL-AMERICAN Hawaii legend Allen returns for youth clinics; UH’s career digs leader
passes on some of the fundamentals that made him an All-American

By Cindy Luis
cluis@starbulletin.com

The three steps to being a good passer in volleyball?
1. Set your base.
2. Get your platform out early.
3. Move your feet like a Samoan crab.

Allen Allen Volleyball Camps
Ages: 18 and under
Cost: $90

Schedule
July 25-26
King Intermediate
Information: Grant Tolentino, 382-8714, or Melvin Mulligan, 371-9953
July 27-28
Pearl City High (limited openings)
Information: Dayne Teves, 375-3705

Register online at www.allenallenvolleyball.com
 
The Allen Allen way of instructing may be somewhat unorthodox, but young players come away with sound fundamentals and a love of the sport.
"I want to give back, help the kids learn and enjoy volleyball," said Allen, in Hawaii this month for a series of youth camps. "I especially like the 10-and-under group, the really young kids. I even had a 3-year-old who was pretty good.
"I love the young kids. They listen, they come in with no bad habits. If they come back (the next year) with bad habits, it's not because of me."
Allen, a Castle High graduate, didn't have many bad habits when becoming the University of Hawaii's first three-time All-American (1987-89). His all-around play shows up in the career statistics, where he is among UH's all-time leaders.
Voted one of the top 50 indoor volleyball players of all time by Volleyball Magazine, Allen still holds the UH record for most digs (739).
His career kill-attempt record of 3,151 stood for 10 years before it was broken by Costas Theocharidis, a four-time All-American.
And no other Warrior has come close to Allen's solo blocks mark of 112 in 307 games. Jason Olive, in 341 games, is a distant second with 84.
The 38-year-old Allen has stayed involved with the sport the past two decades. He had a stint with the U.S. national team -- he was the last player cut from the 1992 Olympic squad -- and missed out on earning a spot in the 2000 Games, representing American Samoa with his younger brother Masui in beach volleyball.
For the past six seasons, Allen has coached women's volleyball at Alliant International University in San Diego. Last year, school officials informed Allen and the rest of the coaches that all nine sports programs were being dropped after the 2006-07 school year.
"I'm not sure what I'm going to do after that," said Allen, a middle and high school reading specialist. "It's pretty hard to recruit when there won't be a team in two years. But I do have m