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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2013) – Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat won the women’s championship, and Theodore Brunner and Nick Lucena captured the men’s title Sunday in the $200,000 smart AVP Championships at Huntington Beach.
For three of the four players crowned champions, it was their first AVP title, marking a highlight for the end of the AVP’s 2013 season.
Fourth-seeded Fopma and Sweat beat third-seeded Lauren Fendrick and Brittany Hochevar in the women’s final, 21-19, 15-21, 15-9, marking the first AVP victory for both players. Fopma and Sweat lost in the first round to 13th-seeded Annett Davis and Morgan Miller, then won four matches in the contenders’ bracket before toppling second-seeded Summer Ross and Emily Day in the semifinals.
Fourth-seeded Brunner and Lucena won the men’s bracket, topping third-seeded Tri Bourne and John Hyden, 23-21, 7-21, 15-13. It was Brunner’s first AVP victory and Lucena’s first since 2010 – his third overall.
Brunner and Lucena moved unscathed through the winners’ bracket, beating the 13th, 12th and eighth seeds before upending top-seeded Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson in the semifinals, ending a four-tournament win streak for Gibb and Patterson on the AVP Tour.
Kerri Walsh Jennings missed an opportunity to set the all-time record for tournament victories by a women’s beach volleyball player, as she and teammate April Ross fell to Fendrick and Hochevar in the semifinals, 21-15, 21-17, giving them their second defeat in 20 matches as partners. Walsh Jennings has 112 career tournament victories worldwide, which ties her for the all-time women’s lead with former partner Misty May-Treanor, who retired after the pair won their third straight Olympic gold medal last August.
The smart AVP Championships at Huntington Beach was the last of seven tournaments on the AVP’s 2013 schedule. The season started in Salt Lake City (Aug. 16-18), then made stops in Manhattan Beach (Aug. 23-25), Cincinnati (Aug. 31-Sept. 2), Atlantic City (Sept. 6-8), St. Petersburg, Fla. (Sept. 13-15), Santa Barbara (Sept. 27-29) and Huntington Beach (Oct. 17-20).