There was no zinc oxide needed on the final day of the AVP St. Petersburg Open. With heavy rain and wind lashing the Tampa Bay area, the men's final between Theodore Brunner (serving) and partner Nick Lucena and Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson was suspended. The match will resume on Sept. 26 at the AVP tour's next stop, in Santa Barbara, with Gibb and Patterson leading by a set but trailing in the second.
Photograph by Kohjiro Kinno
By Alex Baker
Storms, rains and heavy winds forced the suspension of the men’s final and the cancellation of the women’s final at the AVP St. Petersburg Open.
“Due to severe weather, and to protect the safety of fans, players and staff, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour’s St. Pete Open at Vinoy Park was cut short,” said the AVP in an official statement.
Some of the world’s best volleyball players took over downtown St. Petersburg this weekend.
The Association of Volleyball Professionals came to town with players like three time gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings as they showcased their game to a new crowd of fans.
AVP Managing Partner Donald Sun said he’s thrilled with the turnout, the setup, and the location.
ST. PETERSBURG — Spectators packed Vinoy Park in anticipation of the final time 2012 Olympic silver medalists Jennifer Kessy and April Ross would play beach volleyball together.
Ross was tabbed by three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings for the 2016 Olympics; Kessy is reducing her schedule to focus on her family.