2017 AVP CHAMPIONSHIPS
In a tough two-set match, John Hyden and Ryan Doherty take down the reigning champions Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena for the AVP Tour title in Chicago. This was the final tournament of the AVP Tour and it offered more money and AVP points as it was a Gold Series event. Hyden/Doherty took home $22,000 in winnings with 1,200 points added to their AVP total for the year.
In the match, the champions defeated the recent FIVB World Tour champions in straight sets 2-0, (21-19, 21-19).
Throughout the competition, Hyden snagged up the most digs with 79 for an average of 6.58 digs per set, while Doherty was more of a defensive threat up at the net with 19 blocks in the competition for an average of 1.58 blocks per set.
Leading up to the finals, Hyden/Doherty took down Billy Allen/Stafford Slick who fought their way back from the contender’s bracket like Dalhausser/Lucena did after falling to Jermy Casebeer/John Mayer.
The champs have risen! Congrats to @JohnHyden & @RyanDVolley on being named the champs of the #AVPGoldSeries Championships. #AVPStrong pic.twitter.com/IMAmmYNvQl
— The AVP (@avpbeach) September 3, 2017