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AVP Ends 2010 Season Devastating News

Posted by on Friday, 13 August, 2010


We’re not even sure what to say at this point.

Here’s an excerpt:

The AVP Tour today announced it has closed its doors due to financial hardship, cutting short the 2010 season. AVP ownership is not funding the tour and the AVP has been unsuccessful at finding new investors.
“On behalf of AVP staff we want to express our sincere gratitude to fans, players, partners and sponsors,” said Jason Hodell, AVP CEO. “Words cannot express our profound disappointment.”

View the announcement on the AVP site: AVP suspends operations – 2010 season cut short

Misty May-Treanor and Nicole Branagh for 2010 Season

Posted by on Tuesday, 5 January, 2010
AVP Crocs Tour World Challenge: USA v Brazil

Sep 26 2009
GLENDALE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 26: Misty May-Treanor of USA hits the ball against Brazil during the round 3 match in the AVP Crocs Tour World Challenge at the Westgate City Center on September 26, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Misty May-Treanor announced, on her site, that she will be teaming up with Nicole Branagh for the upcoming 2010 beach volleyball season.

I am very excited about the upcoming year. For those that aren’t aware, Kerri is expecting her second child (Congratulations to her and Casey), so I will be teaming up with Nicole Branagh. Nicole is such a dynamic player, it is going to be fun.

The stage is set and it will be an interesting year on the AVP Tour.

Congratulations to Kerri Walsh on her second child!

Phil Dalhausser Video Spotlight

Posted by on Tuesday, 1 December, 2009

Video Spotlight: Get to Know Phil Dalhausser

Mini Bio:
Dalhausser enjoyed a break-out year in 2006, winning eight AVP tournaments with Todd Rogers along with an FIVB Grand Slam event in Austria. In 2007 the duo collected 11 victories, including the FIVB World Championships, becoming the first American team to win that coveted title. His $220,000 in earnings from the AVP in 2007 was the most for any individual since 1997.

He was named the Most Improved Player by both the AVP and FIVB in 2006, and in a testament to his all-around game, has been selected as the AVP’s Best Offensive Player for the past three straight seasons, the FIVB’s Best Blocker for the past two years as well as the Best Hitter in 2007, and was chosen as the AVP MVP in 2007.

Video and Mini Bio courtesy of AVP

Americans Take Top 2 at the FIVB Phuket Thailand Open

Posted by on Monday, 9 November, 2009
(left to right) Silver medal winners Tyra Turner, Angie Akers, April Ross and Jennifer Kessy

(left to right) Silver medal winners Tyra Turner, Angie Akers, April Ross and Jennifer Kessy. Photo courtesy of FIVB

Jen Kessy and April Ross defeated Angie Akers and Tyra Turner (21-12, 21-17 in 37 minutes) in the finals at the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Phuket Thailand Open to take the Gold. This is the end to a great FIVB Women’s Beach Volleyball season for the Americans.

The match was the seventh FIVB meeting between the two teams with Kessy and Ross taking all 7 matches.

Jen Kessy Video Spotlight

Posted by on Wednesday, 14 October, 2009

Video Spotlight: Get to Know Jen Kessy

Beach Bits:

  • Kessy has been ranked in the AVP’s top 10 in four of the five seasons from 2004-2008.
  • Kessy ended the 2008 AVP season with a win in the individual event and the FIVB season with a pair of victories.
  • In her last five tournaments of 2008, Kessy collected a total of $101,000 in prize money.

Video and Beach Bits courtesy of AVP