2008 Manhattan Beach Open Showcases Olympic Champions

2008 AVP Manhattan Beach Open Wraps Up
Another Dominant Season for May-Treanor / Walsh
and Rogers / Dalhausser

Misti May Treanor prepares to spike a ball

Misti May Treanor prepares to spike a ball

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2008) – Top seed and Olympic gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won their unprecedented fifth AVP Crocs Tour Manhattan Beach Open Saturday

May-Treanor and Walsh beat fourth-seeded Jen Boss and April Ross, 21-18, 21-16, in the final to win the most sought-after title in beach volleyball. The final match will air nationally on FOX following the NFL broadcast (check local listings)

“We’re up there with the greats,” said May-Treanor, referring to putting another plaque on the Manhattan Beach Pier – their unprecedented fourth in a row – an honor awarded to every Manhattan Beach Open champion. “I don’t know if there’s another team who can do four in a row.”

May-Treanor and Walsh, who also clinched the AVP Crocs Cup, the AVP season-long championship, pocketed $100,000 for the win, the largest winner’s check in beach volleyball history.

But to do it, they had to come through the contenders’ bracket for just the fourth time in their six years as a team on the AVP Crocs Tour.

Saturday morning, they lost to Boss and Ross in the quarterfinals, 24-22, 15-21, 15-11, before playing their way back into the final via wins over 10th-seeded Lauren Fendrick/Paula Roca, 21-14, 21-14, and third-seeded Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, 21-11, 21-18.

This loss came at the heels of two straight tournaments following Beijing in which May-Treanor and Walsh failed to win a title after winning 19 straight. They had also won 112 straight matches before losing in Mason, Ohio, the first tournament after Beijing. A week later, they lost in Santa Barbara in the semifinals and took third. All of this inspired talk of a post-Olympic letdown.

“Were we hungry?” May-Treanor said. “Yeah, we were very hungry for a win here.”

This is the 17th of 18 events on the AVP schedule this year and the last of the team events, as next week’s tournament in Glendale, Ariz., is a format in which partners are mixed up known as “Best of the Beach.”

This season as a team, May-Treanor and Walsh won 12 AVP Crocs Tour titles, three international titles, an Olympic gold medal and had an overall AVP match record of 70-3, all three losses coming in the last four weeks.

DALHAUSSER, ROGERS WRAP UP SEASON OF DOMINANCE WITH WIN AT AVP CROCS CUP SHOOTOUT PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT MANATTAN BEACH OPEN

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2008) – Top seed and Olympic gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers won their third straight AVP Crocs Tour Manhattan Beach Open Saturday.

Dalhausser and Rogers beat third-seeded Nick Lucena and Sean Scott, 21-16, 21-15, in the final to win the most sought-after title in beach volleyball. They join three teams who have won at least three straight Manhattan Beach Opens, including the legendary teams of Mike Dodd/Tim Hovland and Karch Kiraly/Kent Steffes.

“That’s illustrious company,” Rogers said. “If you follow beach volleyball history, Manhattan means a lot.”

Rogers and Dalhausser won $100,000 – matching the largest winner’s check in beach volleyball history – and the Crocs Cup, the AVP season-long championship.

Overall this year, Dalhausser and Rogers won 11 of the 14 AVP Crocs Tour events they played and four international events, including the gold medal. This is the 17th of 18 events on the AVP Crocs Tour schedule and the final team event.

2008 AVP Manhattan Beach Videos

Rosenthal / Gibb vs Stofus Prosser Winners Bracket Round 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jazH6Qs0cjk

Match 33: Tyra Turner / Rachel Wacholder (7, Q1) def. Diane Copenhagen / Michelle Moriarty (Q33) 21-10, 21-8 (0:33)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yau732BGNFY

Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh (1) def. Dianne DeNecochea / Barbra Fontana (8) 21-16, 21-14 (0:40)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL21dZT38Hk

Match 17: Phil Dalhausser / Todd Rogers (1) def. Mike Morrison / Ty Tramblie (16, Q10) 21-16, 21-16 (0:52)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32MhFCpXClU

Match 16: Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Brent Frohoff (31, Q31) 21-14, 21-17 (0:39)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEm186KSD-c

Jake Gibb / Sean Rosenthal (2) def. Scott Ayakatubby / Brent Frohoff (31, Q31) 21-14, 21-17 (0:39)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBuDHbcKoZA

Tyra Turner / Rachel Wacholder (7, Q1) def. Diane Copenhagen / Michelle Moriarty (Q33) 21-10, 21-8 (0:33)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36tIZo3sebQ

Phil Dalhausser blocks a shot in Manhattan Beach

Phil Dalhausser blocks a shot in Manhattan Beach

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