Action Heats Up in AVP Manhattan Beach Open
Aug 15, 2015 07:39AM ● Published by DigMB Staff
Photo credit: AVP-Kohjiro Kinno.
Familiar names advanced to Saturday's quarterfinals in the 56th AVP Manhattan Beach Open along with several Manhattan Beach locals who joined the main draw competition thanks to their talent and finesse.
Manhattan Beach resident Corinne Quiggle, 18, qualified with partner Elise Zappia, 18, of Pepperdine and UCLA, respectively, where the college sand players just completed their freshman seasons. They take on name players Nicole Branagh and Jenny Kropp at 9 a.m. today (Saturday, August 15) in contender's bracket play, each team having lost a match.
In the winner's bracket are defending champions Phil Dalhausser, Sean Rosenthal and April Ross and their respective partners, who won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals just a day after having their 2014 AVP Manhattan Beach Open championship plaques unveiled on the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist and MB resident Kerri Walsh Jennings, who celebrates a birthday today and has won the MB Open seven times, is not competing this year due to a dislocated shoulder. The star athlete expects to be back on the sand for competition Tuesday in Long Beach in the World Series of Volleyball.
Walsh Jennings' partner Ross, who is now paired with Jennifer Fopma as the top-seeded women's team, plays today at 10 a.m.
MB's Lane Carico plays with partner Summer Ross at 11 a.m. in the winner's bracket.
On the men's side, Manhattan Beach resident Dalhausser and partner Nick Lucena, the No. 3 seed, sent Curt Toppel of Manhattan Beach and Mark Burik to the contender's bracket Friday. Toppel and Burik take to the sand at 8 a.m. today. Dalhausser/Lucena play at 11 a.m.
2013 AVP MB Open champ Casey Jennings, an MB resident, and partner Billy Kolinske go up against top-seeds Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, who have won two of the first three 2015 AVP Tour events, at 10 a.m. today. Gibb and Patterson are 2016 U.S. Olympic hopefuls.
In another exciting matchup, MB resident Tri Bourne and partner John Hyden play Sean Rosenthal and Theo Brunner at 10 a.m.
Avery Drost of MB and partner Russ Marchewka play in the contender's bracket at 9 a.m.
On Saturday, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., a Kids' Clinic and Parents' Happy Hour will be held.
General admission to the AVP Manhattan Beach Open Presented by Acer is free, and for the first time in the history of the tournament, the AVP will offer an elevated experience in its exclusive VIP Skybox. Offering panoramic views of the shoreline, pier and center court, the beach-chic VIP Skybox seating area includes full hospitality, access to a beer and wine bar, and other amenities. In addition, exclusive VIP Corporate Cabanas offer lounge-style seating from the elevated view.