Kerri Walsh-Jennings and April Ross did something very special this year. They were perfect. But we’ll get back to their season in a moment. First, let me apologize for not getting my Huntington Beach Championships recap to you sooner. I’ve been putting it off, knowing that once I wrote this, it would signify that the 2014 AVP season was really over. I know most of the country has already started to feel the fall weather, maybe even hints of winter, but here in California we’re still wearing shorts and t-shirts, even after the sun goes down. So it doesn’t feel like summer is over to me.
Dusty Avol and I were really getting into our groove these last few tournaments together. When the fans are on the same page as the MC and DJ, it’s an amazing feeling. Like anything, the more you do it, the better you are at it. That goes for the AVP too. With Donald Sun’s first season behind him, this season seemed to take that next step in regards to fan turnout and public awareness of the tour. The AVP staff had one year of knowledge under its belt and could really focus on fine-tuning the experience for the fans and players. Everyone can find something to complain about, but let’s put it into perspective for a moment. Professional beach volleyball was DEAD in 2010. Four years later, the AVP is alive and putting on great tournaments for the fans. Are things perfect? Of course not. Should we expect them to be perfect right now? Absolutely not. The AVP, from this DJs perspective, is in a good spot and if things keep going well we’ll be in a great spot in the near future.
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