Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings is taking her commitment to making her p1440 volleyball tour, concert and wellness series an international affair one step further, as she will playing the inaugural event in San Jose with Swiss star Anouk Vergé-Dépré.
No. 3 seed Alix Klineman/April Ross claimed their third AVP title of the season and a $25,000 payday by winning the AVP Gold Series Championship in Chicago on Sunday.
As the sun set on Chicago Saturday night, the semifinals field was set for the AVP Gold Series Championships, though the day was ripe with upsets in the contender’s bracket, with No. 18 Terese Cannon/Sarah Sponcil making it all the way back to the semis through five matches.
Opening day in the main draw the AVP Championships in Chicago was riddled with upsets and saw ninth-seeded Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk and No. 10 Brittany Howard/Kelly Reeves advance to the winner’s bracket final four.
AVP Chicago will see 124 teams, including qualifiers, compete on the last stop on the three-event gold series, which features increased points and a $250,000 prize purse.
Kerri Walsh Jennings has not made an official announcement about a new partner, but the three-time Olympic gold medalist teamed up with 2017 USC alumna Kelly Claes for the top podium spot at the NORCECA Women’s Qualifier on Wednesday.
Top seeded Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena closed out a perfect 6-0 week with a 12-21, 22-20, 15-13 win over No. 3 Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb to clinch their fourth AVP Manhattan Beach crown on Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, April Ross/Alix Klineman outlasted Brittany Hochevar/Kelly Claes for the women’s title.
Former partners Brittany Hochevar and Emily Day, who have won the last two Manhattan Beach Open titles together, will be on opposite sides of the court with another title shot on the line on Sunday. Meanwhile, No. 6 Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy crashed the men’s final four playing through the contender’s bracket.
Friday’s AVP Manhattan Beach Open slate marked the return of Tri Bourne, after an 18-month battle with an autoimmune disorder, and also saw the top three seeds in the men’s and women’s brackets stay alive in the winner’s bracket. The No. 5 seeds on both sides also picked up three wins each.
Jose Loiola is the owner of a very successful beach volleyball career that spanned 66 international tournaments, 20 World Tour medals, and an Olympic Games participation in 2000 with legend Emanuel Rego