New Pro Series event at Hickory Point Beach in Tavares, Florida this December will replace
Atlantic City Pro Series event scheduled for September.
Fountain Valley, California (August 3, 2022) – The Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) announced
today that it will add a new tournament to its 2022 schedule, bringing the country’s premier professional beach
volleyball tour to Central Florida.
The new AVP Pro Series Central Florida Open will be held December 2-4 at Hickory Point Beach on the
shores of Lake Harris, replacing a Pro Series event that had been scheduled for mid-September in Atlantic
City, New Jersey.
“We are excited to add this new event to our schedule for 2022 and extend our season into December,” said Al
Lau, CEO of the AVP. “The AVP has not played a tournament in Central Florida since 1997, and after 25 years
we’re thrilled to be coming back and working with a terrific venue at Hickory Point Beach. Florida is historically
one of the largest beach volleyball communities in the nation, and we’re eager to bring a professional event
showcasing the sport’s elite talent in front of this incredibly passionate beach volleyball fan base.”
“Hickory Point Beach is honored to be added to the AVP Tour schedule in 2022,” said Steve Bishop, Executive
Director/President for Florida Region of USA Volleyball & Venue Director for Hickory Point Beach. “Our venue
was built for championship and professional-level events such as this, and we look forward to rolling out our
Southern hospitality for the athletes and fans in December.”
The AVP’s 2022 season features the professional beach volleyball tour’s longest schedule and biggest total
prize purse in more than a decade, a broadcast schedule that includes 44 hours of tournament coverage
across three television networks, and support from a robust roster of corporate sponsors eager to align
themselves with the excitement and growth surrounding the AVP.
The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour season began with the AVP Pro Series Austin Open from May 6-8 and will
now conclude with the AVP Pro Series Central Florida Open from December 2-4, totaling 16 tournaments
across the United States and offering $2 million in prize money. The number of tournaments and total prize
money are both the largest for the AVP since 2009.
The AVP’s newly developed three-tier system includes seven Tour Series events (24-team brackets competing
over two days for a $50,000 purse), five Pro Series events (16 teams, three days, $125,000 purse), three Gold
Series events (16 or 32 teams, three days, $300,000 purse) and a new two-day, $100,000 Championship
The AVP originally planned to hold two tournaments in Atlantic City this season, with a Tour Series event July22-24 and a Pro Series event September 16-18. The AVP Tour Series Atlantic City Open marked the tour’s return to the Jersey Shore for the first time since 2014, and the tournament provided plenty of drama. Top-seeded Brazilian duo Larissa and Lili Maestrini won their third women’s Tour Series event of the season, while
10th-seeded Cody Caldwell and David Lee upset five higher-seeded teams en route to securing the men’s title,
the first AVP victory for both players.
“Coming off an amazing weekend of competition at the AVP Tour Series Atlantic City Open with tremendous
competition on both the professional and amateur sides, we feel bullish about the future of beach volleyball
there,” Lau said. “We had a terrific event in Atlantic City and look forward to being back there. Our goal is to
bring the excitement of professional beach volleyball to as many areas of the country as possible, and we are
excited to be adding an event in Central Florida.”
Each of the Pro Series and Gold Series events, as well as the Championships, will be televised, with nine
tournaments totaling 44 hours of television coverage on FS1, Bally Sports regional sports networks (RSNs)
and Tennis Channel. During Pro Series and Gold Series events, all matches from the stadium and one other
court will be streamed live on the AVP’s YouTube channel (@avpbeach). Veteran broadcasters Dain Blanton
and Camryn Irwin will call all the AVP action.
The full AVP Tour schedule, featuring 16 events from May through December in 12 states across the
country, can be found at avp.com/events.