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August 20, 1992 | MIKE REILLEY
Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos have been fined $35,000 each and suspended for one tournament because they skipped last weekend's $100,000 Seal Beach Open pro beach volleyball tournament. The Assn. of Volleyball Professionals' board of directors voted late Tuesday night to fine Smith and Stoklos the tour-record amount and ban them from playing in Santa Cruz this weekend.
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April 2, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
The financially beleaguered Assn. of Volleyball Professionals has been sold to a 37-year-old Irvine native and former executive at a multinational computer technology company, the league announced Monday. Donald Sun, a former executive at the Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Kingston Technology Co., said recently in an interview that he paid $2 million for the pro beach volleyball league, which was previously owned by Nick Lewin, a managing member of DFA PVA II Partners, LLC. Lewin gained control of the AVP in December 2010 when his firm used $3.8 million of debt to buy the tour that in August of that year had shut down and canceled its five remaining events when it had run out of money.
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March 12, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Officials with the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals men's beach tour are planning to start a women's division this season, a move that could jeopardize the future of the Women's Professional Volleyball Assn. tour. The AVP is attempting to sign eight of the top WPVA players to six-year contracts. Sources said the contracts are worth $20,000 to $40,000 per player, depending on their ranking.
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August 25, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
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.
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April 16, 1993 | IRENE GARCIA and BARRY BAUM
Forty-four days after taking over as the executive director of the Women's Professional Volleyball Assn., Flo Bryan has resigned, according to WPVA information director Tim Simmons. Bryan, who is said to have tendered her resignation on Tuesday, refused comment Thursday night. The WPVA board met Thursday in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, the sight of a season-opening $50,000 tournament that is scheduled to begin today. Barbra Fontana, the president of the WPVA, also declined comment.
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April 2, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
The financially beleaguered Assn. of Volleyball Professionals has been sold to a 37-year-old Irvine native and former executive at a multinational computer technology company, the league announced Monday. Donald Sun, a former executive at the Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Kingston Technology Co., said recently in an interview that he paid $2 million for the pro beach volleyball league, which was previously owned by Nick Lewin, a managing member of DFA PVA II Partners, LLC. Lewin gained control of the AVP in December 2010 when his firm used $3.8 million of debt to buy the tour that in August of that year had shut down and canceled its five remaining events when it had run out of money.
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August 31, 1992 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Newport Beach's Steve Timmons could be facing a fine if he decides to return to the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals' beach tour in two weeks. Timmons would be fined a minimum $1,550 for skipping the AVP's Seal Beach Open two weeks ago to compete in the Olympic year '92 tournament in Almeria, Spain, a violation of the tour's players agreement. "I think any kind of fine is stupid," Timmons said Sunday.
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July 17, 1995 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Americans swept the men's and women's titles at the Federation Internationale De Volleyball Championships Sunday in Hermosa Beach. Holly McPeak and Nancy Reno of the United States defeated Brazilians Sandra Pires and Jackie Silva, 12-4, 12-9, in the women's final, and Mike Dodd and Mike Whitmarsh defeated Eric Wurts and Scott Friederichsen, 12-3, 12-3, in an all-American men's final. The finals are best of three to 12 points, with rally scoring in the third game if necessary.
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January 22, 2003 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
An already solid off-season just got a little stronger for the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals. The AVP has expanded its schedule to 10 tournaments, an increase from seven last year, and will also have more tournaments covered by NBC. The tour begins April 4-6 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and ends Sept. 19-21 in Carson with an event that will count toward qualifying for the 2004 Olympics. Three tournaments will be televised by NBC, up from two last year: Manhattan Beach (Aug.
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June 17, 2000 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI
UCLA's Brandon Taliaferro, a four-time All-American setter who played at San Clemente High, and teammate Reid Priddy from Loyola Marymount earned one of eight berths at stake Friday during the qualifying round at the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tournament at Huntington Beach. Taliaferro and Priddy defeated David Smith and David Fischer, the fifth-seeded team for the qualifier, 11-9, 11-8 to advance to today's 32-team, double-elimination main draw of the AVP tournament.
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August 22, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
The two grew up together in the same South Bay city, playing the same sport on the same sun-splashed beaches. Eventually, Aaron Wachtfogel and Sean Rosenthal turned the game into a career, becoming professional beach volleyball players. But their parallel paths never crossed until this year's Manhattan Beach Open, when the Redondo Beach natives played together for the first time. And their inaugural duet paid off, as the two cruised through the Open and won Sunday's men's final with ease, beating Dana Camacho and Billy Strickland, 15-4, with several hundred fans crowded around the court's edges.
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August 13, 2010 | By Laura Myers
The most storied tournament in beach volleyball was in jeopardy on Friday — but only for a few hours. Less than a week before play was set to begin at the 50th Manhattan Beach Open, the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals announced that it is no longer financially viable and canceled the rest of the season. The timing of the AVP announcement meant little time for the city of Manhattan Beach and the California Beach Volleyball Assn. to save the tournament. "I think the most important information to get out to everybody is that the tournament will happen," CBVA President Chris Brown said.
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July 20, 2009 | Bill Brink
Riding atop their fans' shoulders, soaked in sweat and champagne, chants of "Ro-sie!" carrying across the court, Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb lived it up after winning the Manhattan Beach Open on Sunday. Gibb and Rosenthal defeated Matt Olson and Kevin Wong, 21-17, 23-21, in the championship. It was the pair's first win of 2009 and Rosenthal's first Manhattan Beach championship -- Gibb won with Stein Metzger in 2005. "Sometimes it haunts even the best players out here," he said.
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July 19, 2009 | Bill Brink
It took eighth-seeded Brad Keenan and Nick Lucena a while, but they finally beat their former partners. Keenan, who used to play with John Hyden, and Lucena, who partnered with Sean Scott, beat the No. 1-seeded duo, 20-22, 21-17, 17-15, Saturday in the fourth round of the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Manhattan Beach Open. "We didn't beat them [yet] this season and they've been doing well," Lucena said. "We came in with no expectations."
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January 22, 2003 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
An already solid off-season just got a little stronger for the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals. The AVP has expanded its schedule to 10 tournaments, an increase from seven last year, and will also have more tournaments covered by NBC. The tour begins April 4-6 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and ends Sept. 19-21 in Carson with an event that will count toward qualifying for the 2004 Olympics. Three tournaments will be televised by NBC, up from two last year: Manhattan Beach (Aug.
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July 12, 2002 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To see Misty May and Kerri Walsh play, you'll need to book a flight to Klagenfurt, Austria. Or get a hotel room and rent a car in Osaka, Japan. May and Walsh are one of the top U.S. beach volleyball teams--if not the top U.S. team--but they will not play in the U.S. this season.
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July 20, 2009 | Bill Brink
Riding atop their fans' shoulders, soaked in sweat and champagne, chants of "Ro-sie!" carrying across the court, Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb lived it up after winning the Manhattan Beach Open on Sunday. Gibb and Rosenthal defeated Matt Olson and Kevin Wong, 21-17, 23-21, in the championship. It was the pair's first win of 2009 and Rosenthal's first Manhattan Beach championship -- Gibb won with Stein Metzger in 2005. "Sometimes it haunts even the best players out here," he said.
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August 13, 2010 | By Laura Myers
The most storied tournament in beach volleyball was in jeopardy on Friday — but only for a few hours. Less than a week before play was set to begin at the 50th Manhattan Beach Open, the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals announced that it is no longer financially viable and canceled the rest of the season. The timing of the AVP announcement meant little time for the city of Manhattan Beach and the California Beach Volleyball Assn. to save the tournament. "I think the most important information to get out to everybody is that the tournament will happen," CBVA President Chris Brown said.
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June 17, 2000 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI
UCLA's Brandon Taliaferro, a four-time All-American setter who played at San Clemente High, and teammate Reid Priddy from Loyola Marymount earned one of eight berths at stake Friday during the qualifying round at the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tournament at Huntington Beach. Taliaferro and Priddy defeated David Smith and David Fischer, the fifth-seeded team for the qualifier, 11-9, 11-8 to advance to today's 32-team, double-elimination main draw of the AVP tournament.
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August 28, 1999 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This could only happen now, with stock portfolios bulging at the seams and power brokers clapping each other on the back at the end of each day. The Assn. of Volleyball Professionals, that wild and woolly gang of bronzed dudes from the dunes, has been bought by Spencer Trask Securities, a New York venture-capital firm. The AVP has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings with a new owner, a new chief executive and, it says, a new product.
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