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16 MEN'S & EIGHT WOMEN'S TEAMS QUALIFY FOR AVP MANHATTAN BEACH OPEN
MAIN DRAW COMPETITION STARTS FRIDAY WITH NBC TELEVISING FINALS SUNDAY
 
Photo: Ken Delgado
Photo: Ken Delgado
Photo: Ken Delgado
MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIF - The AVP 2002 Michelob Light Manhattan Beach Open, presented by Xbox, started here Thursday (August 8) with 16 men's and eight women's teams advancing from the Qualification Tournaments to Friday's opening Main Draw rounds.

Holly McPeak (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Elaine Youngs (Durango, Colo.), the No. 2-ranked team on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour with three Gold Medal finishes this season, headline the AVP 2002 Michelob Light Manhattan Beach Open.

The $175,000 event will be televised by NBC Sunday from 4-6 p.m. (EDT). It is the first of two national broadcasts for the 2002 AVP Tour. The men's final Sunday will be aired "live" while the women's title match from Saturday will be taped and aired following the men's championship match.

Manhattan Beach will be site for its 46th men's and 22nd women's pro beach volleyball events to rank first as the beach to host the most domestic tournaments. Only San Diego (48) and Santa Barbara (47) have hosted more men's events. Once Thursday women's qualifying starts, Manhattan Beach will tie Hermosa Beach as the site to host the most female stops.

McPeak and Youngs have won all four women's AVP Tour events this season along with capturing FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Gold Medals in Norway, France and Greece. May and Walsh have won the other four international events for women this season in Spain, Switzerland, Canada and last Saturday in Austria.

Overall, McPeak and Youngs have seven titles and $170,415 in shared earnings this season. The pair has won 57 of 60 matches this season. In addition to losing to May and Walsh twice, this season, McPeak and Youngs' only other defeat was to Cook and Pottharst in Switzerland.

The winningest pro beach player in history in terms of money, McPeak has now earned $943,087 in 201 pro beach starts. With FIVB bonus money, she is the only woman to win over $1,000,000 in her career ($1,021,126). McPeak ranks second on overall wins with 63 titles. Karolyn Kirby holds the mark for women at 67.

McPeak and Youngs are scheduled to resume FIVB Tour play August 14-18 in China before returning to the United States for a men's and women's domestic event in Chicago, Ill. (August 23-25). The 2002 women's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour concludes in September with events in Spain (Mallorca, 3-7) and Brazil (Vitoria, 17-22). The men's international tour concludes with stops in Spain (August 7-11 in Cadiz and September 4-8 in Mallorca) and Brazil (October 1-6 in Fortaleza). The AVP Tour concludes for both men and women September 5-8 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The men's 2002 AVP Tour has produced four different winners in the first four events. Eric Fonoimoana (Hermosa Beach, Calif.), the Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Medallists with Dain Blanton, and Dax Holdren (Santa Barbara) won the domestic season opener in Huntington Beach, Calif. (May 26) by defeating Canyon Ceman and Mike Whitmarsh in the finals. Fonoimoana and Holdren have also placed fifth, second and second in the next three AVP events.

Albert Hanneman (Torrance, Calif.) and Jeff Nygaad (Los Angeles, Calif.) captured the second stop in Hermosa Beach, Calif. (June 9) by outlasting Stein Metzger (Honolulu, Hi.) and Kevin Wong (Pearl City, Hi.) 18-21, 29-27 and 27-25 in 100 minutes.

The teams of Brent Doble (Capistrano Beach, Calif.)/Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.) and Ceman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)/Whitmarsh (San Diego, Calif.) won the third and fourth stops on the 2002 AVP Tour by defeating Fonoimoana and Holdren for the titles at Santa Barbara, Calif. (June 16) and Belmar, N. J. (June 30), respectively.

While Fonoimoana and Holdren have been the most consistent team on the AVP Tour, Metzger and Wong have been the top performing United States tandem on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. Metzger and Wong collected Bronze Medals for finishes in Switzerland and Norway before winning the Portugal Open (July 28) to snap a streak of 14-straight Gold Medal placements for teams from South America.

Association of Volleyball Professionals
$175,000 AVP Michelob Light Manhattan Beach Open, presented by Xbox
The Pier, Manhattan Beach, California, August 8-11, 2002

August 8 Men's Qualification Tournament Results

First-round (losers eliminated, place 65th) Chuck Moore, Huntington Beach, Calif./Jim Nichols, Encinitas, Calif. (No. 1 seeded team) def. Steve Anderson, Los Angeles/Rico Gumerz (64), by forfeit
Mark Lee, Valencia, Calif./Lucas Wisniakowski, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (32) def. Greg Boor, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mike Salik, Brooklyn, NY (33), 21-13, 21-18 (42 minutes)
Scott Hill, Los Angeles/Thomas Slauterbeck, Santa Monica, Calif. (17) def. Ed Carrillo/Michael Risley, Los Angeles (48), by forfeit
Jeff Minc, Santa Barbara, Calif.l/Matt Riley, Santa Barbara, Calif. (16) def. Ja Rhome Buckley, Santa Clara, Calif./Eric Roberts, Santa Monica, Calif. (49), 21-13, 21-19 (46)
Mike DiPierro, Pompano Beach, Fla./Jim Van Zwieten, Pompano Beach, Fla. (9) def. Dan Dedekian, Fresno, Calif./Kevin Douty, Fresno, Calif. (56), by forfeit
William Harris, Los Angeles/Mike Rupp, Los Angeles (24) def. Ayinde Alakoye, Los Angeles/Dragan Ognjanovic, Encino, Calif. (41), 21-8, 21-12 (41)
Masui Allen, Anaheim, Calif./Kevin Dake, Irvine, Calif. (25) def. Dana Camacho, Dallas/Michael Fegley, Dallas (40), 23-21, 18-21, 15-9 (72)
Benjamin Lamborn, Corona Del Mar, Calif./Chad Winterhalter, Grandville, Mich. (57) def. Jeff Alzina, Redondo Beach, Calif./Mark Paaluhi, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (8), by forfeit
Ty Loomis, Newport Beach, Calif./Leland Quinn, Newport Beach, Calif. (5) def. James Bizzieri, Chicago/Tim Nash, Oceanside, Calif. (60), 21-5, 21-8 (22)
Yariv Lerner, Venice Beach, Calif./David Bryor, North Hollywood, Calif. (37) def. Santana Aker, Long Beach, Calif./Evan Hook, Huntington Beach, Calif. (28), 21-16, 17-21, 15-11 (56)
Kyle Denitz, Honolulu, Hi./Tory Tukuafu, Honolulu, Hi. (21) def. Joe Boken, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Cody Cowell, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (44), 21-18, 21-14 (45)
Tom Barber, Redondo Beach, Calif./Brian Duff, Redondo Beach, Calif. (12) def. Kevin Burgess, Redondo Beach, Calif./Steven Ijams, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (53), 21-18, 21-18 (52)
Ryan Cronin, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Anthony Mihalic, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (13) def. Kyle Patton, San Diego/Trent Sutton, Lakewood, Colo. (52), 21-11, 21-15 (40)
Jeff Myers, Redondo Beach, Calif./Mark Smith, Redondo Beach, Calif. (45) def. Biven Sadler, San Diego/Andy Shean, San Diego (20), 21-13, 14-21, 15-11 (59)
Ryan Fisher, Costa Mesa, Calif./Jason Greenlaw, Torrance, Calif. (29) def. Gary Barnes, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Scott Foust, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (36), 19-21, 21-14, 15-11 (60)
Douglas Foust, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Chris Young, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (61) def. Jack Quinn, Venice, Calif./Matthew Sokolowski, Redondo Beach, Calif. (4), 21-10, 21-18 (41)
Skyler Dale Davis, Irving, TX/Steve Simpson, Conroe, TX (3) def. Dane Jensen, Encinitas, Calif./Kimo Tuyay, San Diego (62), 21-16, 21-13 (37)
Sean Burke, Ocean Beach, Calif./Saide Souikane, San Diego (35) def. Jonathan Nino/Joe Stollings, Carrollton, TX (30), 21-15, 21-13 (38)
Jeff Murrell, Los Angeles/Sam Haghighi, Los Angeles (19) def. Kevin Cleary, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Joel Jones, Playa Del Ray, Calif. (46), 21-16, 21-14 (46)
Dennis Marlow, Los Angeles/Dan Mintz, Los Angeles (14) def. Ralph Garcia, San Diego/Chris Hicks (51), 21-19, 21-13 (40)
Brett Becker, Sarasota, Fla./Tim Wooliver, Austin, TX (11) def. Sergio Penaloza, Foster City, Calif./Jared Sellers, Foster City, Calif. (54), by forfeit
Scott Kiedaisch, El Segundo, Calif./Daniel Skilins, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (22) def. Ian Gallagher, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Corey Glave, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (43), 21-14, 21-14 (40)
Chris Harger, Calabasas, Calif./Tony Pray, Simi Valley, Calif. (38) def. Richard Boldt, Newport Beach, Calif./Brian MacDonald, Costa Mesa, Calif. (27), 22-24, 21-14, 15-11 (62)
Mike Daniel, Ocean City, Calif./Jacob Gibb, Fountain Valley, Calif. (6) def. Keith Barnett, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Branden Higa, Pacific Palisades, Calif. (59), 21-11, 21-17 (45)
Kevin Craig, Ocean City, Md./Ranse Jones, Virginia Beach, VA (7) def. Clayton Graff, Studio City, Calif./Jeff Hahn, Eupora, Missouri (58), 21-9, 21-13 (37)
Mike Bruning, San Diego/Jeff Smith, San Diego (39) def. Randy Meador, Houston, TX/Derek Zimmerman, New Orleans (26), 25-27, 21-19, 15-7 (70)
Steve Grotowski, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Brian Schoenbaum, Atlanta, GA (42) def. Robert Lorch, Los Angeles/Brett Scharf, Los Angeles (23), 21-19, 15-21, 18-16 (62)
Christopher Guigliano, Santa Barbara, Calif./Donald Suxho, Redondo Beach, Calif. (10) def. Jarett Jensen, Encinitas, Calif./Ryan Mariano, Lake Forest, Calif. (55), 19-21, 23-21, 19-17 (66)
Esteban Escobar, San Diego/Hans Solfus, San Diego (50) def. John Braunstein, Costa Mesa, Calif./Mike Scales, Newport Beach, Calif. (15), 21-13, 21-13 (38)
Jeffrey Hall, San Diego/Matt Olson, Cardiff, Calif. (18) def. Branden Smeltzer, Redondo Beach, Calif./Jesse Webster, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (47), 21-15, 21-10 (38)
Joey Middlebrooks, San Diego/Myron Miller, San Diego (34) def. Mike Desjardins, San Diego/Thomas Mraz, San Diego (31),
Brian Chapman, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Craig Geibel, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (2) def. Vince Fierro, El Segundo, Calif./Luis Sandoval, Santa Monica, Calif. (63), 21-16, 21-12 (40)

Second-round (winners advance to Main Draw; losers eliminated, place 49th)
Moore/Nichols (1) def. Lee/Wisniakowski (32), 21-16, 21-17 (43)
Minc/Riley (16) def. Hill/Slauterbeck (17), 21-16, 21-19 (42)
Harris/Rupp (24) def. DiPierro/Van Zwieten (9), 21-16, 21-18 (49)
Allen/Dake (25) def. Lamborn/Winterhalter (57), 21-12, 21-8 (34)
Loomis/Quinn (5) def. Lerner/Pryor (37), 21-14, 21-12 (37)
Denitz/Tukuafu (21) def. Barber/Duff (12), 21-15, 21-17 (48)
Cronin/Mihalic (13) def. Myers/M.Smith (45), 21-16, 21-9 (37)
Foust/Young (61) def. Fisher/Greenlaw (29), 21-17, 21-14 (42)
Davis/Simpson (3) def. Burke/Souikane (35), 21-18, 21-13 (43)
Murrell/Haghighi (19) def. Marlow/Mintz (14), 21-16, 21-15 (43)
Becker/Wooliver (11) def. Kiedaisch/Skilins (22), 21-8, 21-18 (28)
Harger/Pray (38) def. Daniel/Gibb (6), 13-21, 21-13, 15-12 (62)
Craig/Jones (7) def. Bruning/Smith (39), 21-16, 21-19 (50)
Guigliano/Suxho (10) def. Grotowski/Schoenbaum (42), 21-12, 21-16 (41)
Hall/Olson (18) def. Escobar/Solfus (50), 21-16, 21-19 (40)
Chapman/Geibel (2) def. Middlebrooks/Miller (34), 21-14, 21-17 (46)

August 8 Women's Qualification Tournament Results

First Round (losers eliminated, place 49th)
Mary Baily, Calabasas, Calif./Jenelle Koester, San Diego (No. 16-seeded Qualification Tournament team) def. Maggie Philgence, Santa Monica, Calif./Ashanti Taylor, Long Beach, Calif. (17), 21-15 and 21-19 (44 minutes);
Jessica Alvarado, Fountain Valley, Calif./Danielle Shinn, Huntington Beach, Calif. (9) def. Gretchen Sanders, San Diego/Kelly Yengst, Capistrano Beach, Calif. (24), 21-15, 18-21 and 16-14 (60);
Kirsten Niedung, Los Angeles/Kelly Rowe, Los Angeles (8) def. Katherine Fay, Grandville, Mich./Alley Miesch-Nie, Los Angeles (25), 21-12 and 21-11 (40);
Jeanette Simenson, Chicago/Julie Sprague, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (5) def. Leisa Butler, San Diego/Kim Cook, San Diego (28), 21-13 and 21-6 (35);
Patty Niemeyer, San Diego/Deanna Johnson, Bonita, Calif. (21) def. Cherry Simkins, Torrance, Calif./Josie Youngblood, Oceanside, Calif. (12), 22-20 and 21-16 (50);
Laura Higgins, San Diego/Karen Reitz, San Diego (13) won by forfeit over Bonnie Bright, Malibu, Calif./Veronica Sanchez, Los Angeles (20);
Kimberly Coleman, Corona Del Mar, Calif./Jeannette Hecker, Capistrano Beach, Calif. (4) def. Janice Harrer, Honolulu/Jessica Sudduth, Honolulu (29), 21-12 and 21-19 (30);
Franci Rard, Naples, Fla./Paula Roca, Tierra Verde, Fla. (3) def. Renee Nash, Worth, Ill./Kelly Price, Clinton Township, Mich. (30), 21-11 and 21-16 (41);
Gina Kirstein, Denver/Alicia Scott, Evergreen, Colo. (14) won by forfeit over Terri McNair, Los Angeles/Aimee Sorensen, Los Angeles (19);
Samantha Meador, Houston/Teri Van Dyke, Deerfield Beach, Fla. (11) def. April Chapple, Beverly Hills, Calif./Marlene Monteleone, Bellflower, Calif. (22), 21-11 and 21-16 (39);
Tanya Gwinn, Newport Beach, Calif./Dawn Steinhauser, Starkville, Miss. (27) def. Catie Fleisher, Los Angeles/Natacha Nelson, Redondo Beach, Calif. (6), 21-19 and 22-20 (42);
Sharman Mitchell, San Diego/Alicia Polzin, San Diego (7) def. Shannon Sneed, Redondo Beach, Calif./Lucy Weiner, Pacific Palisades, Calif. (26), 21-6 and 24-22 (48);
Barbara Birnbaum, La Jolla, Calif./Saralyn Smith, San Diego (10) def. Jennifer Maastricht, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Jean Mathews, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (23), 21-10 and 21-17 (42);
Kim Goodwin, San Diego/Karen Helyer, San Diego (15) def. Makalani Hovey, Redondo Beach, Calif./Renee Smith, Hermosa Beach, Calif. (18), 21-18 and 21-13 (44);
Jill Changaris, Woodland Hills, Calif./Lisa Marshall, Playa del Rey, Calif. (2) won by forfeit over Cheryl Binstock, San Diego/Susan Postnikoff, San Diego (31).

Second round (winners advance to main draw, losers eliminated, place 33rd)
Bailey/Koester (16) def. Valerie Duringer, Rancho Palos Verde, Calif./Helen Reale, Los Angeles (1), 21-16, 19-21 and 16-14 (63);
Alvarado/Shinn (9) def. Niedung/Rowe (8), 14-21, 21-15 and 20-18 (62);
Simenson/Sprague (5) def. Niemeyer/Johnson (21), 21-14 and 21-18 (40);
Coleman/Hecker (4) def. Higgins/Reitz (13), 21-18 and 21-12 (35);
Rard/Roca (3) def. Kirstein/Scott (14), 21-6 and 21-9 (35);
Meador/Van Dyke (11) def. Gwinn/Steinhauser (27), 21-14 and 22-20 (39);
Birnbaum/S. Smith (10) def. Mitchell/Polzin (7), 21-17 and 21-17 (50);
Goodwin/Helyer (15) def. Changaris/Marshall (2), 22-20 and 21-18 (53).

Women's Individual Match Results and Schedule
Women's Tournament Results
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Men's Tournament Results
Previous Women's Manhattan Beach Tournaments
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~ Tim Simmons


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