Sincere thanks to everyone in Salt Lake City from the AVP.
It’s been nearly 48 hours since our first tournament of the 2013 season wrapped up with April Ross, Jen Kessy, Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal being crowned champions of the AVP Salt Lake City Open, and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t still buzzing with excitement over an amazing event!
The AVP kicked off its five-week tour on Aug. 17-18 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The top-seeded teams won both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) placed first on the men’s side, while Jennifer Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) topped the women’s bracket.
Competition was fierce for both the men and women, where both finals went to three close sets. Dalhausser and Rosenthal defeated Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.), 21-12, 19-21, 15-10. Kessy and Ross outlasted Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.)
The women’s final featured four of Southern California’s finest players in Olympic silver medalists and the tournament’s top seeded team of April Ross (Costa Mesa)/Jen Kessy (San Clemete) and the fifth-seeded team of Lauren Fendrick (Hermosa Beach)/Brittany Hochevar (Hermosa Beach) in the final.
Each time Phil Dalhausser got beaten at the net by his relatively diminutive former partner, he had words for the man with whom he won a beach volleyball gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
"I tell him he’s garbage," Dalhausser joked about the conversations he had with Todd Rogers during the final of the AVP Salt Lake City Open Sunday at Liberty Park. "Tell them we’re going to stuff them next hit or whatever. It’s all in fun, if he gets it by me he’ll say something, probably something pretty lame."