July 23, 2010 |
Beach volleyball partnerships can often seem like business deals, a way for each party to benefit from the other. Friendship is not always an outcome — but it was for Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal. "We go out together, we golf together," Gibb said. "We spend our time outside the volleyball arena together and it becomes somewhat of a marriage. I see the kid more than I see my wife sometimes." As in any relationship, the two are having some problems. They will try to work those issues out in a familiar location beginning Saturday at the AVP Long Beach Open.
August 21, 2010 |
Fans lined the edges of the beach volleyball courts, lounging just inches away from players, easy distance for playful banter. "So," one fan began, "are those shorts pink, or salmon?" "Umm … salmon," joked a player, a long thought later. The 50th anniversary of the Manhattan Beach Open, considered the crown jewel of beach volleyball events, was certainly intimate Saturday. It was also old school. No fences, no seating, no international or Assn. of Volleyball Professional rules.
July 23, 2005 |
Rosie's Raiders were as boisterous as usual Friday during the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Hermosa Beach Open, displaying their support of local favorite Sean Rosenthal and partner Larry Witt. But the group of about 50 fans, known to travel with the AVP, so that Rosenthal and Witt are not without backing, was a man short.
June 5, 2010 |
Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser are refreshed, and that could mean that the rest of the men's teams on the AVP Nivea Tour are in for a long season. Coming off what they consider a down year last season, the tour's dominant men's team had a restful off-season and appears to be heading back to the level they reached in winning 15 tournaments — including the Beijing Olympics — in 2008. On Saturday, Rogers and Dalhausser, the top seeded-team, advanced to the final four of the Huntington Beach Open by winning two matches, which shouldn't be a surprise because they haven't lost a match on the AVP Tour this season.
August 25, 2011 |
Manhattan Beach Open officials just want a second chance, that's all. Sure, they know fans, sponsors and players were burned by pro beach volleyball a year ago when the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals shut down its tour and took the sport's credibility with it. But they hope the reincarnation of the sport's crown jewel tournament, which begins Thursday with qualifying rounds and holds its finals Sunday, will be such a smash hit for the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series that the scorned fall back in love.
July 18, 2009 |
Nicole Branagh is 30. Her playing partner on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tour, Elaine Youngs, is 39. Youngs won a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and has won 35 domestic tournaments. Branagh was the tour's rookie of the year in 2005 and has twice been named its most improved player. So, naturally, their first match Friday at the Manhattan Beach Open was against a couple of teenagers.