August 22, 2005 |
For Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb, winning the Manhattan Beach Open wasn't about ending the top-seeded team jinx, proving something in a made-up East Coast-West Coast beach volleyball rivalry or strengthening their grip on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals season points race lead. All of those things were secondary Sunday when they defeated Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, 21-19, 21-10, in the crown jewel of beach volleyball, where making history is the primary spoils for the victors.
August 20, 2005 |
The top two women's teams in beach volleyball arrived at the Manhattan Beach Open in different frames of mind Friday, but left the courts near the Manhattan Beach Pier undefeated after opening day, on course for an anticipated final clash. Top-seeded Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh breezed through three matches, giving up 15 or fewer points in each game as they tried to shake off last week's 21-16, 21-15 loss -- the most lopsided defeat of their four-year tenure as teammates.
August 19, 2005 |
The Manhattan Beach Open begins today with all the pomp befitting the crown jewel of the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals, but it's also shrouded in sadness. This will be the first Manhattan Beach Open played without Charlie Saikley, the "godfather of beach volleyball." Saikley died of cancer in June at 69. "It's going to be really strange this year," said Karch Kiraly, who has won the Manhattan Beach Open a record eight times. "It's not going to feel quite like Manhattan without him.
June 5, 2004 |
Beach volleyball players have long recognized the Manhattan Beach Open as the top event on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series and fans of the sport hold the tournament in high regard. But what the so-called "Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball" needs to attain true major championship status is growth, something the AVP tour has been pushing for, but city of Manhattan Beach officials have met with lukewarm enthusiasm.
June 4, 2004 |
To find Jason Ring and George Roumain during an Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Nissan Series event, simply follow the crowd. Fans are drawn to Ring's high-flying, acrobatic style that has earned him the nickname "Hydraulica" and Roumain's imposing 6-foot-7, 260-pound frame that sometimes gets him mistaken for pro wrestler-turned-actor the Rock. Their unorthodox power game, emotive celebrations and trash talking after particularly well-played points also seem to draw interest.
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September 21, 2003 |
A man barricaded himself alone in a shoe store near the Manhattan Beach pier Saturday evening, causing police to evacuate much of the city's normally lively downtown. Officers from neighboring cities, police sharpshooters and hostage negotiators fanned through the area for several hours. Police Lt. Tony DiGenova said officers got a call shortly after 5 p.m. about a possible robbery at a Skechers store. A man had entered the store and begun talking to an employee, possibly about a job.