Several beach volleyball players with local ties will be competing in Thursday’s qualifier for the AVP Santa Barbara Open.
The tournament, the sixth of a seven-event tour, runs through Sunday at West Beach.
An added treat for local fans on Thursday will be the completion of the suspended men’s final from St. Petersburg, Fla. Former UCSB star Theo Brunner and Nick Lucena are playing Jake Gibb and Casey Paterson. They were in the second set when a severe thunderstorm hit the area. Gibb-Patterson won the first set.
There was no zinc oxide needed on the final day of the AVP St. Petersburg Open. With heavy rain and wind lashing the Tampa Bay area, the men's final between Theodore Brunner (serving) and partner Nick Lucena and Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson was suspended. The match will resume on Sept. 26 at the AVP tour's next stop, in Santa Barbara, with Gibb and Patterson leading by a set but trailing in the second.
Photograph by Kohjiro Kinno
By Alex Baker
Storms, rains and heavy winds forced the suspension of the men’s final and the cancellation of the women’s final at the AVP St. Petersburg Open.
“Due to severe weather, and to protect the safety of fans, players and staff, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour’s St. Pete Open at Vinoy Park was cut short,” said the AVP in an official statement.