Grizzled veterans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena added yet another title to their storied careers, while Summer Ross/Sara Hughes earned their first AVP trophy as a duo at the New York City Gold Series.
The semifinals are set for the New York City Gold Series event with seeds 1, 2, 3 and 5 set to vie for the title in both the men’s and women’s events.
Seeds 1, 2, 3 and 5 picked up two wins a piece to move on to the AVP New York Gold Series quarterfinals on both the men’s and women’s sides.
In a stacked qualifying pool, only four teams per gender advanced through Thursday’s matches into the main draw. Seeds 2, 3, 5 and 9 made it through on the women’s side, while No. 1 qualifier Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan were knocked out. On the men’s side, seeds 1, 2, 4 and 6 advanced, including top seed Ty Loomis/Piotr Marciniak.
adidas today announced multi-year partnerships with 2017 AVP Beach Volleyball Rookie of the Year Alix Klineman.
Brooke Youngquist Sweat, who starred as a member of the FGCU volleyball team from 2004-07 and has since become one of the world’s best beach volleyball players by appearing in the 2016 Rio Olympics, has been selected as a member of the fourth-annual ASUN Conference Hall of Fame class.
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The AVP announced it is adding an eighth stop on its 2018 tour, the Hawaii Invitational on Waikiki Beach, September 14-16.
In November, Alix Klineman was found to have accidentally ingested a banned substance for the 2nd time in her career.
On the other hand, May 5th, 2018 saw volleyball have the two biggest audiences of all original telecasts on ESPN2, including the Huntington Beach Open.
The seedings held as No. 1 Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena and Alix Klineman/April Ross wrapped up the gold medals at the Austin Open, the first AVP Tour event of the year.
AVP Austin Open May 17-20, 2018 Austin, Texas Schedule/Results Live Stats Headlining Sunday’s semifinals of the AVP Austin Open…
The AVP kicked off its 2018 tour season with the first two rounds and first round of contender action on Friday at the Austin Open. Top seeds Dalhausser/Lucena and Ross/Klineman are through to the third round, but several surprise faces are joining them after a day of upsets.
Misty May-Treanor, playing with Kerri Walsh-Jennings, won 3-straight Olympic gold medals in beach volleyball from 2004-2012.
Budinger (above) and his partner Sean Rosenthal won their first match via forfeit, but lost their next two at the Huntington Beach Open.
Defending Olympic Champion Kira Walkenhorst is still on the hunt for her 2018 partner.
Varenhorst has had 4 beach partners in 3 years
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