It wouldn’t seem like summer without the excitement of professional beach volleyball tournaments taking place on the sands of South Bay beaches and, despite some uncertainty, the schedule is finally set.
Pro action begins Saturday when the EVP Tour comes to Hermosa Beach. Featuring $3,200 in prize money in the Mens’ and Women’s Open competition, the event begins at 8 a.m. and also includes a co-ed 4-on-4 tournament.
Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), seeded No. 7, defeated Spain’s No. 10 Liliana Fernández Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan (21-15, 27-25 in 45 minutes) in their final main draw pool play match on Thursday to advance to the second round of single-elimination play.
Two other U.S. women’s beach teams advanced to the first round of single-elimination on Thursday.
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Two U.S. women’s beach volleyball teams qualified for the FIVB Rome Grand Slam on Tuesday in Italy.
The U.S. teams of Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) along with Jennifer Fopma (Bellflower, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.) will both begin pool play in the main draw on Wednesday.
Fopma and Sweat, seeded No. 3 in qualifying, defeated Switzerland’s No. 14 Tanja Goricanec and Tanja Hüberli, 21-11, 21-13 in 27 minutes. Day and Pavlik, seeded No. 10 in qualifying, beat Poland’s No. 7 Kinga Kolosinska and Monika Brzostek, 21-17, 21-18 in 35 minutes.
In spite of poor weather, Northern Ireland Beach Volleyball got off to a positive start at Portrush’s East Strand with the Ballymoney Blaze Club’s Open tournaments.
Local players David Park and Jeff Scott were at home and won the event, beating visitors Adrian Margol from Poland and his Portugese partner Ivo Teixeira in the final.
The matches had use of London 2012 posts and nets and beach volleyballs as part of London Legacy to Northern Ireland.