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Dalhausser, Ross Repeat as AVP Manhattan Beach Open Winners

Aug 17, 2015 07:13AM ● Published by DigMB Staff

April Ross and Jennifer Fopma celebrate their 2015 AVP Manhattan Beach Open championship title. Photo credit: AVP-Kohjiro Kinno.

Manhattan Beach resident and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Phil Dalhausser scored his fifth AVP Manhattan Beach Open title Sunday, playing with Nick Lucena, who laid claim to his fourth AVP title. The duo had not won an AVP event together since May 1, 2005 when they won the AVP Austin Open in Austin, TX.

“We lost 10 years ago in the (AVP Manhattan Beach Open) final," said Dalhausser after the win Sunday. "We got a second chance and that’s why it makes this so sweet,” of his 47th AVP title. “I’m coming, Karch!” he said in reference to now being just three titles shy of tying beach volleyball great Karch Kiraly's record eight MB Open championships.

On Sunday, the Dalhausser/Lucena team defeated Manhattan Beach resident Tri Bourne and partner John Hyden, 21-19, 21-17 in the men’s final. Dalhausser's previous MB Open titles have been won with Todd Rogers from 2006-08 and with Sean Rosenthal in 2014.

Dalhausser and Lucena were the No. 3 seed in the tourney, and this year's win set an AVP record for the longest span of time between AVP wins by the same team (10 years, three months). The duo finished as runners-up a week ago at the AVP Seattle Open, the first time the duo had played together since October of 2005, the same year the tandem was the AVP Manhattan Beach Open runner-up.

On Sunday, too, the taste of victory for 2012 Olympic silver medalist April Ross was a repeat from 2014 when she won the tournament with Kerri Walsh Jennings. This year, however, the victory came with Jennifer Fopma, the two partnering after Walsh Jennings dislocated a shoulder earlier this summer in AVP play.

The top-seeded Ross and Fopma, both of Costa Mesa, downed 2008 U.S. Olympian Nicole Branagh and Jenny Kropp, 21-15, 26-24 for the championship, their second AVP win in as many weeks. Ross has won three of the four tournaments on the 2015 AVP Tour, winning the season-opening AVP New Orleans Open with her normal partner Walsh Jennings.

Ross has been dominant on the AVP Tour, winning 10 of her last 11 AVP tournaments, dating back to 2014, and 19 of her last 24 AVP starts going back to May 2010. She holds 23 AVP titles overall. 

The 2015 championship title earned Fopma her third career AVP title and first plaque on the AVP Manhattan Beach Open Walk of Fame  on the Manhattan Beach Pier. That plaque will be unveiled during next year’s pier ceremony during the 2016 tournament.

Complete main draw brackets and results for the men and women are available online. Click on "Winner's Bracket" and "Contender's Bracket.

The AVP Manhattan Beach Open, the “Wimbledon of beach volleyball,” is the longest-running (since 1960), continuous pro beach volleyball tournament in the United States.

The AVP Tour returns to Chicago for the first time since 2009 with its next stop at the AVP Chicago Open, along Oak Street Beach, from August 27-30. The AVP Chicago Open is the fifth tournament of the 2015 AVP season.

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