SAN DIEGO — First the rain came, then the storm hit as the finals of the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series World Championships Sunday at Mariner's Point were clouded in controversy and ended with Mike Dodd and Tim Hovland taking first place in a one-game final.
Dodd and Hovland, the second-seeded team, took home first-place prize money of $9,400 for being the only team without a loss in the double-elimination tournament. They defeated Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos, 15-10, in the finals of the winner's bracket before rain halted play.
At 3:20 p.m., 2 hours 10 minutes after the winners' bracket final, the eight players remaining in the tournament--four in the winners' bracket and four in the losers' bracket--voted 5-3 not to continue playing, prematurely ending a season of 26 tournaments that began in March.
Smith and Stoklos, the top-seeded team, which had won 16 of the tournaments during the series, were awarded second-place money of $4,700. The two other teams, Brent Frohoff-Scott Ayakatubby and John Stevenson-Pat Powers, who would have played in the consolation semifinals, will split the combined third and fourth-place money of $5,700.