May 29, 2004 |
The AVP tour, minus several of its top teams, stops in Huntington Beach beginning today to kick off a three-week stay in Southern California. But unlike in 2000, when teams that missed AVP tournaments were suspended and fined, the teams missing events this year -- all playing overseas in Olympic qualifying tournaments -- will not be penalized. "We will support any players who desire the right to compete for an Olympic spot," AVP Commissioner Leonard Armato said.
May 3, 2008 |
Other than flying a kite, few outdoor activities seem enjoyable once the late-afternoon winds kick up along the Huntington Beach shoreline. Nick Lucena and Sean Scott weren't complaining, however. They took advantage of the unpredictable gusts to post one of the bigger upsets Friday afternoon on the opening day of the Huntington Beach Open beach volleyball tournament. The seventh-seeded pair rallied to defeat second-seeded Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings, 18-21, 21-13, 15-9, to advance to this morning's winner's bracket semifinal against third-seeded John Hyden and Brad Keenan.
July 16, 2000
Second-seeded Misty May and Holly McPeak won two matches Saturday at the FIVB's German Open in Berlin, including a 15-11 victory over third-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan, to reach the semifinals and improve their U.S. Olympic standing. Because Liz Masakayan and Elaine Youngs, from El Toro High, finished 17th after winning only one of three matches Friday, May, from Newport Harbor High, and McPeak moved into second place in the U.S.
September 4, 2006 |
For Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, winning on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tour has become as common as sand on a beach. The top-ranked women's duo did nothing to harm its reputation Sunday when it won the AVP's Cincinnati Open and with it the Crocs Cup for winning the season points title in beach volleyball -- although that title was already wrapped up before this tournament.
July 6, 2000 |
The U.S. Olympic beach volleyball team selection process became a lot more interesting after the Chicago Grand Slam FIVB tournament. The men finished their tournament Sundaywith disappointing ninth-place finishes for San Clemente's Karch Kiraly and Adam Johnson and Eric Fonoimoana and Dain Blanton, formerly of Laguna Beach High. But both teams continued to close in on the top-ranked U.S. team of Rob Heidger and Kevin Wong.
July 17, 2000 |
Misty May and Holly McPeak won their third consecutive tournament title, defeating Tania Gooley and Pauline Manser of Australia, 7-12, 12-2, 12-8, in the final of the FIVB's $150,000 German Open women's beach volleyball tournament Sunday in Berlin. May, formerly of Newport Harbor High and Long Beach State, played with a stomach muscle injury, but she and McPeak still won the final in 1 hour 46 minutes to claim the $26,000 first prize.
May 22, 2000 |
A year from now, when Nancy Reno is sitting on the porch of her dream home in Colorado, she might reflect on what happened at the Santa Monica Open. The 12-year pro beach volleyball veteran, who said Sunday she will retire after this season, might even chuckle at the part she played at the second stop of the newly-created Beach Volleyball America women's tour. Then again, maybe not.
July 8, 2000
Katie and Tracy Lindquist, sisters who went to Ocean View High, teamed up and qualified for the main draw of the Seal Beach Women's Volleyball Open Friday. Katie, who attends the University of San Diego, and Tracy, who goes to USC, will play Danalee Bragado of Redondo Beach and Ali Wood of Long Beach today in the 24-team double-elimination tournament.
August 13, 2004 |
For Misty May, that nagging abdominal strain just won't go away. Not the strain itself. That, she insists, is completely gone as she prepares to team with Kerri Walsh in the 2004 Olympic beach volleyball competition. It's fending off the constant media questions about the strain that has proved to be the bigger strain. "It can get annoying," May said, "but it was to be expected." That it was.