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Legends Exhibition Brings Mike Dodd, Sinjin Smith, Tim Hovland to AVP Manhattan Beach Open

Aug 16, 2015 11:01AM ● Published by DigMB Staff

Two Manhattan Beach beach volleyball athletes will take to the sand south of the Manhattan Beach Pier in the Manhattan Beach Open Legends exhibition match, held from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Mike Dodd and Steve Obradovich, who call MB their hometown, will play with beach volleyball greats Tim Hovland and Sinjin Smith. Randy Stoklos will coach. 

Dodd won the MB Open for four consecutive years in the 1980s with Hovland. The duo won 5 MB Opens. Obradovich won the MB Open with Chris Marlowe in 1976. Playing with a variety of partners, Smith won the MB Open in 1979, 1980, 1986, 1989. Stoklos was his partner in 1986 and '89. Stoklos also won in 1981.


Manhattan Beach Open Winners 
  • 1960: Mike O’Hara/Mike Bright 
  • 1961: Mike O’Hara/Mike Bright 
  • 1962: Mike O’Hara/Mike Bright 
  • 1963: Mike O’Hara/Mike Bright 
  • 1964: Mike O’Hara/Mike Bright 
  • 1965: Gene Selznick/Ron Lang 
  • 1966: Ron Von Hagen/Ron Lang 
  • 1967: Ron Von Hagen/Ron Lang 
  • 1968: Larry Rundle/Henry Bergmann 
  • 1969: Ron Von Hagen/John Vallely 
  • 1970: Ron Von Hagen/Henry Bergmann 
  • 1971: Bob Clem/Larry Rundle 
  • 1972: Buzz Schwartz/Matt Gage 
  • 1973: Bob Jackson/Fred Zuelich 
  • 1974: Ron Von Hagen/Tom Chamales 
  • 1975: Jim Menges/Greg Lee 
  • 1976: Steve Obradovich/Chris Marlowe 
  • 1977: Jim Menges/Chris Marlowe 
  • 1978: Jim Menges/Greg Lee 
  • 1979: Jim Menges/Sinjin Smith 
  • 1980: Karch Kiraly/Sinjin Smith 
  • 1981: Randy Stoklos/Jim Menges 
  • 1982: Tim Hovland/Mike Dodd 
  • 1983: Tim Hovland/Mike Dodd 
  • 1984: Tim Hovland/Mike Dodd 
  • 1985: Tim Hovland/Mike Dodd 
  • 1986: Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos 
  • 1987: Tim Hovland/Mike Dodd 
  • 1988: Karch Kiraly/Ricci Luyties 
  • 1989: Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos 
  • 1990: Karch Kiraly/Brent Frohoff 
  • 1991: Karch Kiraly/Kent Steffes 
  • 1992: Karch Kiraly/Kent Steffes
Mike Dodd's credentials:
  • CBVA Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame 2000
  • World Volleyball Hall of Fame 2012
  • San Diego State Hall Of Fame 2008
  • AVP Best Defensive Player 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
  • AVP Best Spiker 1989
  • AVP Most Inspirational 1995, 1996, 1997
  • AVP Sportsman of the Year 1994, 1996
  • NCAA All American 1980
  • USAV Nationals MVP 1984
  • Olympic Silver Medalist 1996
  • 5-Time Manhattan Open Winner 1982,83,84,85,87
  • 75 Career Open Victories (60 Hovland, 13 Whitmarsh, 1 Powers, 1 Luyties)
  • Open Winner 17 consecutive years… All Time Record
  • 341 Career Open Tournaments, 231 podium finishes-67%

Mike Dodd, Sinjin Smith, Tim Hovland, and Steve Obradovich in the 2014 AVP MB Open Legends exhibition game. Video: Kris D'Errico.

The Legends of Volleyball match featuring Mike Dodd, Tim Hovland, Steve Obradovich ans Sinjin Volley/ Sinjin Smith was so much fun to watch!!! I've ebeen watching them since 1978!! Loved it!!

Posted by Kris Mackerer D'Errico on Sunday, August 17, 2014

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