AVP Triumph for Manhattan Beach Native Klineman
Aug 20, 2018 09:40AM
● By Jeanne Fratello
Manhattan Beach native Alix Klineman celebrates her victory at the 2018 AVP Gold Series // Manhattan Beach Open. Photo Credit: Mpu Dinani / A-Game Photography
It was a hometown triumph for Manhattan Beach native Alix Klineman, who along with her partner April Ross took home the women's trophy at the AVP Gold Series // Manhattan Beach Open beach volleyball tournament on Sunday.
Klineman and Ross held the crowd on their feat as they closed out defending champion Brittany Hochevar and partner Kelly Claes, 27-25, 17-21, 17-15. This marks Ross's third victory in the tournament, and Klineman's first.
On the men's side, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena emerged victorious - marking Dalhausser's seventh win and Lucena's third.
A win at the tournament means an engraved spot on the Manhattan Beach Pier's Volleyball Walk of Fame - just steps from where Klineman grew up and began playing.
“This is so incredible. We’ve been working so hard. I never thought I’d win this in my hometown,” Klineman.
The AVP event, called the "Super Bowl" of beach volleyball, drew an estimated crowd of 75,000 to Manhattan Beach over the weekend. The tournament, now in its 59th year, features food, music, and world-class beach volleyball action.