Gavira and Herrera downed Latvia’s Smedins/Samoilovs in straight sets (21-19, 21-17) to round out the European Championship and claim the second European title for their country in the 20-year long history of the competition.
Mid-week instead of weekend. Energy and protein drinks instead of beer and cocktails. High on adrenaline, friendship and teamwork instead of just high. Welcome to the second year of a toned-down Charlie Saikley Six-Person Volleyball Tournament at the Manhattan Beach Pier.
The event is high on talent and competition, and low on adult beverages in red cups.
The latest version of the event, part of the International Surf Festival that runs through Sunday, was moved to mid-week last year for the first time after some years that got out of hand.
Player registration is now open for the 2013 AVP Salt Lake City Open. Registration fee is $150 per team - $75 per player (each player registers separately). The Qualifier will take place at Wasatch Beach at The Sports Mall in Salt Lake City, UT on August 14-15, followed by the Main Draw, which will be held in Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT on August 16-18. Registration for the tournament closes at 5pm PST on Wednesday, July 31. For more information, or to register, click the button below:
A billionaire computer wizard from southern California is in part responsible for a former BYU volleyball player's cherished lifestyle.
Not to mention all the perks that come with the sunshine and beach, a fake one of which will send Casey Patterson home next month. The AVP will play a pro volleyball tournament in Salt Lake City for the first time ever.
A two-time cancer survivor who never played indoor volleyball, Jake Gibb is used to having something to overcome. And despite finishing No. 1 in the world on the Federation Internationale de Volleyball beach tour in 2012, a disappointing fifth-place finish in the London Olympics left the then-36-year-old standout in anything but a celebratory mood.
The Costa Mesa resident, now 37, said he spent his entire off-season contemplating whether to keep competing on the beach, as well as whether he wanted to eventually make a run at an Olympic medal that has eluded him at the last two Summer Games (he also finished fifth in Beijing in 2008, the first of his two appearances with former partner Sean Rosenthal).