ST. PETERSBURG — Spectators packed Vinoy Park in anticipation of the final time 2012 Olympic silver medalists Jennifer Kessy and April Ross would play beach volleyball together.
Ross was tabbed by three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings for the 2016 Olympics; Kessy is reducing her schedule to focus on her family.
New Jersey native Ryan Doherty welcomed a new AVP Tour stop to Atlantic City this weekend for the DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitation. The beach volleyball 3X champion travels the world for top level competition, but it has a deeper meaning to compete in his home state on the Jersey Shore, especially post-Hurricane Sandy. At a soaring 7’1” in height, Doherty makes blocking look much too easy.Read More
I have to admit, I didn't know what to expect from the AVP's tour stop in Atlantic City, N.J. I had never been to AC before, nor had most of the players, and it had been 16 years since this part of New Jersey hosted any form of pro beach volleyball. When I checked into the event hotel, the Showboat, the guest services woman looked at my California driver’s license, then said, "Isn't Vegas closer for you?" I gave her a courtesy chuckle and explained why I was in her city, but I’m not going to lie, her question made me a little bit nervous.Read More
Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson cemented their place as equal rivals with No. 1 U.S. team Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser this weekend in Atlantic City after taking their second consecutive AVP title. In Cincinnati, they took the championship match away from underdogs Theo Brunner and Nick Lucena and on a week later followed up with a win over Rosenthal and Dalhausser in the Atlantic City final. One couldn’t even really call the match on stadium court between the Revel and Showboat casinos close. Gibb and Patterson dismissed the duo of Olympians 21-19, 21-15 in a mere 41 minutes.Read More