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Kevin Love loses in pro beach volleyball debut

The Minnesota Timerbwolves star and his partner are eliminated in their first match at the Manhattan Beach Open by the top-seeded team.

August 25, 2011|By Baxter Holmes
  • Kevin Love tries to make a save at the net during his volleyball match at the Manhattan Beach Open on Thursday.
Kevin Love tries to make a save at the net during his volleyball match at the… (Jae Hong / Associated Press )

Former UCLA Bruins star and current Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love made his pro beach volleyball debut Thursday at the Manhattan Beach Open, but it didn't last too long.

Love and his partner, Hans Stolfus, were knocked out in straight sets, 21-16, 21-15, by the top-seeded team in the tournament, Sean Scott and John Hyden.

"It was a very, very good experience," Love said. "I look forward to keep playing."

Scott and Hyden are Olympic hopefuls and took it easy on Love and Stolfus, the lowest-seeded team in the tournament.

Still, the 6-foot-10 Love, who practiced only a few times with Stolfus before the tournament, found a groove by the middle of second set, when he collected three straight kills at one point.

"He's a quick learner," Stolfus said.

Hyden said he would advise Love not to quit his day job, especially because the pay is far better, but with the NBA lockout in force, Love technically doesn't have a day job.

The tournament continues Friday from 8 a.m. until about 7 p.m. with main draw action on 16 courts near the Manhattan Beach Pier.

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